From a corporate gal to a woman of the beauty world, Stephanie Daga has taken her passion for professional makeup and hair far beyond what she ever expected. Read on to find out how she got there and all of the things this beauty maven loves to wear…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
My name is Stephanie Daga and I’m a makeup and hair artist in Toronto. Ten years ago I had a dream to have my own career in makeup and hair, but I was stuck in a boring job working in law and at the mercy of the corporate 9-to-5 life. At that time, BlushPretty: Makeup+Hair Artistry was a small freelance business with a whopping one artist – me. It was a blog, a “moonlighting” job, a hobby. And then, four years after working in law and taking on clients for makeup and hair, I took a leap of faith, quit my corporate job, and took my “hobby” full-time. Fast forward to present day and BlushPretty is now one of the leading beauty boutiques in the GTA. With over 15 artists on the roster, BlushPretty offers a variety of services both in-studio and on-location. From makeup+hair, eyebrow grooming, indie beauty products, workshops, to everyone’s favourite beauty event, The Beauty Board, BlushPretty is everyone’s favourite little beauty boutique with a big heart.
How did you get interested in the world of beauty?
I think the question should be when was I not interested in the world of beauty. Ironically, I was always a bit of a tomboy; wearing sportier clothes, playing sports and wearing minimal makeup. But I always loved fashion and beauty magazines and admired the beauty of models, the power of pretty packaging, and the magic of makeup. Eventually I outgrew the tomboy stage, grew into a “woman” stage, and started doing makeup and hair for people… it all grew from there.
What’s your beauty must-have?
A really good lipstick… and some concealer.
What beauty/style trends are you excited for this year?
I love the trend of shorter haircuts on women with a bit of edge… which I sport right now, so I guess I am biased. I also like the return to fresh and soft makeup. I like seeing women look like themselves with very little makeup applied but still just enough polish. It’s like, you don’t have to have layers of foundation, highlight, blush, mascara on and a bold lip to make the statement… just throw on some tinted moisturizer and then rock your bold lip.
What’s your favourite spa or service?
A really good skin treatment or facial… and you don’t necessarily have to go to a spa… there are plenty of tricks and recipes for at-home facials available!
What’s the one – yes, just one – product you can’t live without?
Moisturizer. Everyone looks good with well-hydrated skin.
If you were a nail polish, your colour name would be _________.
Ha! That’s a good question. Chick in Charge… and it would be a bright, bold colour of some sort, but matte finish.
Favourite beauty/style ad campaign of the past decade.
Hmm… I am a big fan of anything Marc Jacobs and I am drawn to his ads for both style and beauty.