Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Industry Insider Interview with Paul Venoit

As a leading Canadian celeb hair and makeup artist, Paul has worked with some of the coolest Hollywood beauties including Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss and Liv Tyler. But his role as a stylist on the makeover show Look-A-Like and as a judge on Canada’s Next Top Model, Paul is no stranger to the Canadian scene. Read below for his beauty must-haves, top trends for spring, and tips for saving your cash. Your fave Spring makeup & hair trends… I am a big fan of the softly sculpted face, brown metallic eyes and lightly stained lips we saw on Spring runways. There is something very sexy and commanding about how understated yet powerful this look is in reality.

Your Inspiration… To be inspired one must be open to possibilities so meditation and yoga play a significant role in the process. I draw inspiration from other cultures, architecture, paintings, jewels, music, nature and the urban scene.

Your Beauty Tricks… To save money and look your best this summer I suggest buying products that have long lasting results… no need to keep re-applying all day. Keep your look clean and natural.

Your Summer ‘09 beauty arsenal… A facial moisturizer with a minimum of SPF 30. These products offer great value and bang for your buck: - LashBlast Waterproof Mascara - LineExact Liquid Liner Pen (keep those eyes defined!) - New Simply Ageless Blush coming in July 2009 – sets like a cheek stains, looks healthy and sunkissed - Outlast Lipstain – no fuss, easy application and long lasting - TRUblend MicroMinerials Foundation and Bronzer… they’re light in texture and look super natural!

Current Obsessions … Yoga and meditation, all things holistic that are beneficial to both the body and spirit. Modern hippie-like jewelry expressing the rituals and beliefs of global cultures. Ancient spiritual designs and symbols; elements of tribal style.

Your Ultimate Entourage… Madonna, just cause she’s the bomb! Kate Moss – she’s an industry icon and I love her. Angelina Jolie – cause she takes it to another level. Oprah – there is just so much to learn from her. The Olsen Twins (…so what?!)

Worth the investment… A good skincare regime, great shoes, and a smart hand bag. Skincare is the foundation for all your beauty needs. I spend way too much money on creams… I’m not always sure how much better one is from the other but the more expensive the cream; the better I feel. I know its nuts! But here’s an opportunity to save on cosmetics: CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation offers prestige technology without the department store price.

Your colors… When it comes to my personal fashion, I tend to gravitate towards pastels and earth tones in the summer and darker colors like greys and black in the winter. I avoid green at all cost it looks horrendous on me.

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