We had the good fortune of connecting with Sébastien Tardif and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sébastien, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal was always to start my own business, make it flourish and prosper on my own terms. That is exactly what I have been able to accomplish with Veil Cosmetics. That does not mean that my career is over yet as I find the challenge and stimulation necessary to thrive to keep me going and to feel a certain degree of satisfaction and happiness through it all. For as long as I will be able to expand and grow my company I’ll be a happy camper.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a makeup artist I have always had a passion for skin and made radiant, glowing complexions my signature makeup style. Whether backstage at New York fashion week, on set for Vogue or Glamour magazine, that signature style helped to set myself apart and was an integral part of my success. No matter the skin tone color or skin type, I always find a way to make it work and to achieve that lit from within glow. Playing with different products and making them work to my client’s advantage is really how I honed my skills and became a better makeup artist over the years. Once the opportunity to start my own line presented itself almost ten years ago, I immediately knew that complexion was going to be at center of it. I have done makeup for over 65K women over the years from models, celebrities to everyday women so you can say that I have had my ear to the ground. I created Veil Cosmetics to be able to offer my dream weightless textures and easy to use makeup and skin care to help women achieve great skin, but not looking or feeling like wearing any. The no-makeup makeup look is Veil Cosmetics’ specialty. When wearing Veil Cosmetics people will tell you how great and radiante you look as opposed to say: “your makeup looks great” which is very different. I am very proud to have earned every bit of my success by always looking ahead, never taking no for an answer and creating my own opportunities. I was never handed on a silver platter anything and that is exactly how I expected to work towards where I am today. Yes, it has been challenging at times, especially when I decided to take a job all the way in Asia and lived there for 5 years away from family and friends and solely focusing on the work. I remember wishing to travel for a living when I was 15-16 years old: careful what you wish for… I sure did that, way beyond my wildest dreams as I made a career globe trotting for about 20 years. I never saw much of the places I visited because of work constraints and missed out on a lot of family reunions, birthday celebrations or simple spur of the moment one on one coffee dates with friends but that was my choice and makeup is my passion and all of that has led me to where I am now. I have learned the most from my challenges and found solutions along the way and that still holds especially true as an entrepreneur. There is not much to learn from an easy success compared to a failure or hard times caused by say a pandemic. I always try to find new ways to overcome the hardship and come out better off on the other side. I do have my days when nothing seems to work and feel like I can’t control the issues or problem. Selling makeup online is an assured bumpy ride and technology has a mind of its own. I depend on the expertises of a lot of IT field experts to overcome bugs and glitches as there are many. That can be very frustrating at times and learning to let go is a daily challenge. I am really excited for 2021 and the years to come as Veil Cosmetics has lots of great innovative ideas and products to come. Radiant and lit from within skin is at your finger tips with Veil as I strive to help women to Love Their Skin.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was to visit me here in Montreal, it would all start at my place in Old Montreal with drinks and dinner as I love entertaining and catch up in a warm home atmosphere. Walking around my old neighbourhood is alway magical during the hot summer days or through a snow fall in the winter. So many local shops, coffee bars to stop by along the way while capturing and breathing in the essence and inspiration the surrounding architecture has to offer. Cocktails at Bar George at the Mount Stephen Hotel is a must to further the magic in a historical victorian mansion in the middle of downtown. Dinner at Barroco with bar seatings for the best view and scoop on what to eat and to drink all night. A walk in the Mount Royal Park to burn some of those calories makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city while remaining in its heart and walking all the way up to its Belvedere to take in the most beautiful view atop the city The AURA light show at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal is a great excuse for a sneak peek into this architectural marvel. A bicycle ride along the Canal LaChine is one of my favorite ways to see other areas of town at a nice pace where maybe a picnic could be planed along the way after a stroll to pick up local produce at the Atwater Market. If we were feeling like socializing with a party vibe, we would head to Grinder for dinner in Griffintown and stumble downstairs for a nightcap at King Crab. Other great things to do: Romantic dinner at Chasse et Pêche restaurant. Visit the Biodôme nature park for a lovely day discovering wildlife and nature in a magical setting. The best tacos and quesadillas at La Capital on Saint-Laurent Blvd. Cocktails in an intimate speakeasy vibe at Cloakroom on Rue De La Montagne. Best and coolest Vietnamese meals at Cafeden in Little Italy. And a visit the Centre Phi for contemporary art/shows/films on Saint-Paul in Old Montreal.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shout out goes to my parents whom always supported my choices and career path. Upon graduating High School, I vividly remember electing to further my studies in the fine arts through my University Bachelor Program and that certainly was not a popular choice. I recall people openly doubting and questioning my parents about my career choice but my parents never criticized me nor did they ever try to sway me into choosing something else that better suited their own ideas or ambitions. Feeling supported and encouraged to make my own decisions and discovering on my own terms what my passions were certainly has had a big impact on my well being and success. And for that, I am forever grateful to them.
Other: www.sebastientardif.com (my personal website)