Rebecca Liddiard Interview Houdini Doyle Main

Working on a TV show means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but one thing that's always the same for the cast is that they spend a heck of a lot of time in the makeup chair.

We recently sat down with Rebecca Liddiard (yes, Ella from our fave web series MsLabelled) who just wrapped season one of Global’s new hit show, Houdini & Doyle. Working on a period piece—H&D takes place in 1901—means spending a lot of time in wardrobe and makeup and hair, which means Rebecca had some really amazing tips to share with us.

1. The real (and right) way to wear bobby pins.
Up until a year ago, I was under the impression that bobby pins went in your hair with the ridges going up. No! They actually go the other way, and the ridges keep them in your hair.

2. Use coconut oil for everything.
First thing: it’s a really good makeup remover! Just straight, virgin coconut oil does wonders for your skin. One of the makeup artists on H&D was all about it, and she gave me a jar of it and I’ve been using it ever since. It smells nice, it moisturizes your skin and it’s all-natural. You can use it in your hair to get rid of frizzies, you can use it to whiten your teeth, you can ingest it for nutrition (and ingesting it will help moisturize your skin from the inside out).

3. Foam insoles beat the expensive ones.
We started out with really fancy gel insoles, and it just wasn’t working for me. My feet were killing! What ended up working really well were these super cheap foam inserts. They’re honestly the cheapest ones you can get, and we just doubled them up and they made a huge difference.

4. Ask a makeup artist what colours complement you.
Ella (MsLabelled) is so bright and colourful, and the makeup artist was always putting me in bright pink lipsticks, and normally, I don’t even wear lipstick. But she said, with your skin tone, you should be wearing bright pink lipsticks. And ever since MsLabelled, I’ve only worn pink lipsticks.

5. Invest in the right products.
There are two things I discovered in the makeup chair on Houdini & Doyle. One is the Dermalogica line of skin care products. They’re costly but I do think they’re worth the cost. I use the ultra-calming cleanser ($51), the micro-exfoliant ($76) and the moisturizing serum ($77). I also started using a Kiehl’s face mask ($40)—even though I wasn’t really into masking. It’s a gel, and you can put it on thick or light. You can keep it on for 10 minutes at a time or rub it right into your skin and go to bed and just rinse it in the morning. It leaves your skin feeling like butter. It’s amazing.

Tune in to Houdini & Doyle on Global, Mondays at 9pm. If you missed the series premiere, you can watch it on or the Global Go app.

Sam Headshot 2015Samantha Speisman has been a lifestyle editor and writer for more than eight years. Prior to joining as managing editor, she was the health and fitness editor at She’s also written for popular Canadian sites like,, and