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Canadian makeup brands you should be using

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Purchasing makeup locally doesn't have to feel like a concession. With so many incredible Canadian brands out there, you don't need to look elsewhere! Next time you're at the mall, pick up one of these great Canadian makeup brands and see for yourself.

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MAC Cosmetics

It's easy to forget that MAC originated in Canada since it has since grown to be an internationally recognized brand. You know you're getting good quality when you get cosmetics that are specifically targeted towards professional makeup artists. The company was founded by two Canadian men in 1984, who aimed to have a line of diverse makeup products that were continually evolving to meet the developing needs of consumers. Although later bought out by an American company, MAC continues to produce an immensely large array of colours, in everything from lipsticks to eyeshadows. The brand also provides great base makeup options to get your look started, such as their Select Cover Up, which covers up blemishes and undereye circles wonderfully.


The company was originally created by a Chicago-born doctor looking to improve the lives of patients who were suffering from cosmetic allergies. It was then picked up by a Montreal wholesaler and has been distrubuted throughout Canada ever since. True to its origins, Marcelle's products are all hypo-allergenic and perfume-free. And, since acquiring another Canada-born company (Annabelle) they have become a source of bold, daring looks as well. Try Annabelle's 4SHOW compacts, which provide you with four bright colours in one convenient container. Or, for a more neutral combination, opt for Marcelle's Eyeshadow Quad.


Quo products are exclusively sold in Shopper's Drug Marts across Canada, which makes getting your hands on the line unbelievably easy. The brand offers some great cosmetics for eyes and lips, but their real excellence shines in their line of brushes. They offer every style of brush you could possibly need to complete your makeup look beautifully.


Founded in 1996, Cargo is a Canadian-created company that is constantly earning recognition for its incredible innovations in the makeup community. The company's products are known throughout the professional makeup business and are frequently used on movie sets. For the Hollywood look that celebrities rely on, consider investing in Cargo's blu-ray line. Or, for an additive-free approach to makeup, you can rely on the PlantLove Lipstick, which is 100 percent natural and comes in 18 shades that will make your lips pop.

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