OWNER & PRESIDENT| The Be.You.Tee.Bar
As an Indigenous woman entrepreneur, Angie Zachary has taken her passions and transformed them into a thriving full-service beauty bar and professional makeup artistry school. She tells us her Top 3 Makeup Tips, what drives her and how her passions have made The Be.You.Tee.Bar one of the best local beauty destinations and The Be.You.Tee Factory, the first professional makeup school in Winnipeg.
Angie Zachary has a quiet confidence that, as soon as you talk with her, starts to ignite your own confidence, without even realizing what is happening. It’s hard to put your finger on it exactly, but it’s her energy, sage advice and heck, even the sound of her voice that draws out this nuanced sense of positivity and self-confidence. Now, that is truly inspirational!
We meet on a Thursday afternoon at NYGÅRD HQ in Winnipeg, a place where she has been many times before, as a freelance makeup artist. This time, however, she has come full circle and is back in the place where it all began and where she learned the foundation of running a business—because as a freelance makeup artist you are a business of one. Angie started freelancing at NYGÅRD after working in the beauty and fashion industry for several years, and she credits NYGÅRD for giving her credibility as a makeup artist. “I always talk about NYGÅRD first because it is an internationally recognized brand,” she says. “When I was in New York, I saw my work on a billboard in Times Square.” It was here in Winnipeg that she honed her craft and learned the ropes of how to work on set, how to work for certain people and how to do high fashion “editorial” makeup.
Angie started her business, The Be.You.Tee Factory, in 2014 because she saw a gap in the market—if you wanted to be a professional makeup artist, you had to leave Winnipeg to go to school. She also has a passion for health and self-improvement, so she wanted to incorporate that aspect into the business, as well. So, since the school’s inception, she has helped over 200 women get their qualifications and open up their own freelance businesses. As a natural succession, Angie has expanded her brand to include The Be.You.Tee Bar, a full-service, state-of-the-art beauty bar on trendy Corydon Ave. Here, her team of 17 hairstylists, makeup artists and aestheticians offer luxury services for all guests. She decided to open the beauty bar because Winnipeg did not have a dedicated place for women to go for a blow-out or just get their makeup done. This is something that Angie loves to do whenever she travels, so she wanted women to be able to have the experience of making an ordinary day into a special occasion, right here in Winnipeg.
It is inspiring to see that Angie’s no-fail attitude comes from within and unsurprisingly, the main thing that drives her is freedom for women. Freedom from feeling insecure or frazzled before a special event—”That is the one thing I hold on to in life, it is my mission.” She is energized by people, as they inspire her to bring her A-game to the table every day—by learning new things, she can teach and inspire others. Celebs like the Kardashians and Jennifer Lopez also inspire her because they have taught people how to accept different body shapes and sizes and that everything they do is to an exceptional standard. It seems that some of Angie’s self-confidence comes from her icon, Linda Nelson. Linda, who also freelanced at NYGÅRD as a fashion stylist, has been a guiding force in Angie’s life since she was 12-years old. “I call Linda my work mom because she always kept me professional and instilled the value of working to excellence,” recalls Angie. “She is someone who has been a mentor to me and someone that I have always looked up to—she is my ICON.”
As far as personal style is concerned, Angie does not skip a beat when she lists off the four Must-Haves that her clothes need to possess: classic, glamour, rock ‘n’ roll and vintage, and this is why she LOVES the 50th Anniversary Iconic Collection. She is obsessed with the Iconic Embroidered Beaded Velvet Jacket because it embodies all of these things, “I think it is an awesome jacket and I absolutely love it,” she explains. ‘I love that everything in the Iconic collection is full of the details that I want and expect out of my clothing —I love Peter Nygård clothes.”
“I call Linda my work mom because she always kept me professional and instilled the value of working to excellence,” recalls Angie. “She is someone who has been a mentor to me and someone that I have always looked up to—she is my ICON.”
The value that Angie places on what she has learned from others, her strong inner-compass and her approach to life, makes her advice to young, aspiring women all the more impactful. ” I honestly think that the thing that holds most young women back is the way that they speak to themselves. They should always talk to themselves as if they were speaking to a young girl that they care about. For example, you would never tell a young girl that she looks fat today or that you don’t believe in her idea, so you should never say that to yourself. I believe that self-talk is such a huge part of success and how a person projects themselves to the world.”
Angie’s Top 3 Makeup Tips:
- Avoid powder – it makes your skin look dryer which makes you look older
- Always wear bronzer – it gives you that healthy glow, makes your teeth look whiter and your eyes brighter
- Always wear lipstick – it instantly makes you look polished and ready to go
What’s on Angie’s Bucket List?
- I want to go to Italy, as I have never been out of North America
- I am writing a book that about sexual polarity (why people are attracted to the people they are and what keeps people attracted to those people) and hope to finish it by the end of 2019
- I am expanding my mobile division, called Your Be.You.Tee Call, where the team of hairstylists, makeup artists and aestheticians go out to weddings or special events
- I am in the process of creating an online makeup school, so despite time and geographical limitations, everyone can become a certified makeup artist
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