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Putting on Makeup

My love affair with makeup began as soon as I was able to reach up onto my tiptoes, peer at my reflection in my mother’s vanity mirror, and slick cherry-flavoured chapstick on puckered lips like it was going out of style.


The obsession with makeup turned into my favourite game growing up—I would play ‘beautician’ for my sister, painting her toenails, twirling her hair onto foam curlers and concocting homemade facials that I swore provided her with ‘the ultimate glow.’


By the time I was old enough to regularly wear makeup, I was already experimenting with colours and products, dabbling in techniques that I adopted from fashion magazines. When my girlfriends and I went out dancing or wanted to turn the boys’ heads, I was the ‘go-to’ friend whom everyone asked to apply their makeup—and I was happy to comply. There’s just something exquisitely satisfying to me in transforming a person’s self-confidence by simply accentuating the beauty within.

So, it was a natural decision for me to make makeup my profession. I graduated from the esthetics program at Gordon Robertson Beauty Academy in Montréal, Quebec in 2002. Upon certification, I worked as an esthetician, nail technician and makeup artist in a number of beauty salons and spas, including the exclusive Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in Cambridge, Ontario.

After a few years, I decided to focus solely on special event makeup. I love to learn about the latest makeup styles and products, so I decided to study with the MAC Masters Pro program. To ensure that I am at the top of my game, I continue to take these courses even today.

Every wedding season, I grow excited at the prospect of transforming nervous brides-to-be into radiant newlyweds. Taking part in their special day and making them feel beautiful and self-confident as they walk down the aisle makes me incredibly happy and I love it!

I primarily work with MAC professional products and tools, but have uncovered some ‘beauty gems’ over the years that I use to round out my palette. While I offer bridal makeup artistry, I also provide on-site makeup services for other special occasions, such as proms, galas and fashion shows.

I can’t wait to work with you to enhance your natural beauty and make your special day that much more magical. And, I guarantee that the compliments you will receive will leave you blushing....

Jackie XO


“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you!” – Coco Chanel.

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