Ever since I was a little girl I loved makeup and playing dress-up! My dream was not only to work with cosmetics, but to to be a scientist developing and formulating cosmetic products in a lab. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Calgary. I continued my studies in London, England graduating with a specialized post graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Science.
While studing cosmetic formulation, I also learned its application and graduated with Honours from the exclusive Fashion Makeup & Hair Styling Program at the London College of Fashion. This experience changed my whole life; I discovered my true passion - Makeup Artistry! I re-directed my career from cosmetic chemist to makeup artist.
In 1997, I moved to the West Coast and after completing yet another diploma (in Advanced Makeup and Special Effects, from Blanche Macdonald Institute), I worked as a Vancouver Makeup Artist in the film industry for several years. Over the past 16 years, I have worked on TV shows, commercials, short and feature films, music & corporate videos, fashion / editorial photo shoots, live shows, celebrities, models and numerous brides. Some of my clients include: Hillary Swank, Chad Lowe, Hedy Fry, TV Series - Alice I Think, Life Network - Crash Test Mommy, GM, Aids Foundation, Canadian Home Income Plan, Richmond Center Fashion Show and the Leo Awards.
Combining my makeup skills as an artist and my science background, I am excited and proud to carry my own line of professional Cosmetic and Skincare products, “IRIS COSMETICS”.