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Best Wedding Makeup Artists in Toronto and GTA 2021

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Bridal Makeup is a beautiful and meaningful art. Every bride-to-be wants to look beautiful and confident on their wedding day. We want to help you find the perfect wedding makeup artist for you. We have compiled a list of the best wedding makeup artists in Toronto and GTA. As each one has their own style and preference, the list is in alphabetical order. These are the Top Wedding Makeup Artists in Toronto and GTA nominated by Best for Bride. Enjoy exploring and admiring their beautiful works of art! We have also included Frequently Asked Questions for Makeup Artists at the bottom of the post.

Amber Malik Makeup

Bringing a bride’s vision of how she wants to be seen on her most special day, to life.

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With over 20 years of experience in Bridal Makeup Artistry, I have had the opportunity to work with various brides, from different cultures, all with their own unique vision of how they want to look for their big day. This job has taken me to different countries, and allowed me to become such a crucial part of someone’s special day. I work together with my brides to come up with the perfect vision of their Makeup look based on their features, outfits, jewelry, and if they have a theme for their wedding. I specialize in South Asian Bridal Makeup, so we get to create different looks for all the events that take place, which is always so amazing. I have the opportunity to create flawless looks that are both traditional and timeless for a ceremony, to trendy and bold for a reception – giving my brides the best of both worlds. I am obsessed with my brides not only looking amazing, but feeling amazing when they see themselves in the mirror for the first time as a bride. Because of this, I ensure I’m available to them until they are ready to leave for their ceremony. When a bride books her Bridal Makeup with me, they have the comfort in knowing I will be there, by their side the entire time.

Aside from Bridal Makeup, I enjoy creating bold makeup looks on myself to share on my social media. This helps me to not only practice different techniques, but it allows me to keep up-to-date on the latest makeup trends. Makeup has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember, and creating various looks on myself has really helped showcase my talents, continue to learn, and step out of my comfort zone. Combined with my experience and passion, my makeup brushes welcome every bride to come sit in my chair. 



My name is Annika,  and I founded AnnimationsMkUp 6 years ago to change the face of Bridal Beauty, literally!

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We live to provide professional, friendly service with outstanding results. No more awkward, silent wedding mornings with a stranger who does what they want to do instead of what makes you feel like you! 
I began my career right here in the GTA in 2010, serving much of Southern Ontario, from Belleville to London and beyond. Over the years I have built my team with artists and stylists who exhibit excellent skill, professionalism, and positive energy, which is a major key to our Brand Difference. We have our teams based and focused in the GTA, as well a few sets of artists out west in Alberta who serve all of that province and eastern British Columbia. 
Brides have described us as talented, having contagious positivity, putting them at ease, and a joy to work with. It is their unforgettable, happy experience with us making that first positive impact on such an important day that drives us to serve with excellence.  
We now are proud to have a 5 Star Rating on WeddingWire and several publications in bridal magazines, continually striving to develop our skills and exceed our Brides’ expectations with each wedding we are so fortunate to be a part of. 


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Getting your hair wedding fit – Advice from one of Sydney’s best hairdressers

Advice from one of Sydney’s best hairdressers, Jules Peacocke, Director, Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup, Sydney, Australia

As soon as you’ve set the date of your wedding, deciding on your hair and makeup should be as high on the list of priorities as your wedding dress.

Having dealt with many brides over the course of my career, I am still amazed at how little attention many brides place on the “fitness” of their hair for the big day.  Getting your hair “wedding fit” probably takes even longer than getting your body in shape to fit that gorgeous dress you’ve chosen.

Many women are acutely unaware that their hair health is actually severely compromised.  It is impossible to create beautiful wedding hairstyles if the hair is damaged, lifeless and is not receiving the right at home care.

So here’s my list of top things to do to make sure your hair is as fit for your wedding as your body or mind is!

Check your hairdresser’s credentials

Not all hairdressers are able to style hair for wedding events.  They might be good at colouring, cutting and blow drying but they might not have received the right training to create beautiful up-do’s or editorial looking styles.  To check whether you like their style of creating wedding hair, you should arrange to have at least one if not two wedding hair and makeup trials. More on this later.

Check your hairdresser’s availability

There is nothing worse than finding out that your hairdresser is on holidays when you are getting married.  Alternatively, your hairdresser might not be willing or able to travel to your hotel or location. So what do you do then?

My recommendation is to seek out the best hairdresser in the area you will be located and start a conversation with them about jointly managing your hair direction with your regular hairdresser.

Do I have my hair done in salon or at the hotel?

It is generally more cost effective to have your hair done in the salon by a hairdresser than having them leave the salon to come to you.  You will be paying for travel time for them and any assistants they require. But it’s a matter of personal preference. Being in a salon ensure that all the products and tools are at your stylists disposal but leaving the “safety” of home or the hotel to travel to get their hair done could be the worst thing for some brides.

If you do an internet search for “wedding hair and makeup” you will get pages and pages of results for mobile hair and makeup artists.

Beware! Most of these “artists” are not qualified hairdressers and have only completed one-day hair styling courses, if that. They are generally offering this service part-time on weekends and have regular day jobs like you and I.  If they have assistants, it is likely that they are unqualified as well.

The other thing is that from my perspective as a master stylist who has put years into their craft, they generally take shortcuts like using tongs to achieve updo’s. Once you see photo’s of classically designed hair using traditional methods like curl sets and/or pin curls, there is no comparison with tong curls. The resulting hair styles are absolutely stunning, but I am biased.





Using a qualified hairdresser to style your hair on the day is your safest option.  If this is not possible, then ensure the best hairdresser you can afford takes charge of the overall colour and cut and arrange to have multiple trials with mobile hair artists to ensure they can create a style that you are happy with.

Get a timetable of who is working on whom and when.

We plan our wedding hair and makeup sessions with military precision and we work backwards from the time the bride needs to leave the salon or commence the process of getting dressed.

Whomever is doing your hair and makeup and potentially your bridal party’s hair and makeup, get a timetable from them and make sure they have allowed sufficient time for each of your wedding party’s hair type, preferred hairstyle, and travel time.

If they are not able to meet your bridesmaids before the event, then it helps the stylist to get some selfies of your friends so they know the hair type they are dealing with. There is nothing worse than the wedding party running behind because someone has very thick long hair that takes longer than average to style.

Getting wedding fit is a journey

Each bride should ask herself:

  • What am I thinking in terms of hair & makeup? Do I have an idea or am I at a loss?
  • Where am I now? What is the “true” and current state of my hair?
  • Where do I want to be? How far from the ideas I am thinking is my hair right now?
  • How long have I got? Do I have enough time to get from where I am now to where I want to be?

Your wedding hair style

Generally speaking, your wedding dress and potentially wedding theme (if any) will lead the journey to creating your personal style for your wedding day.

I’ve had clients who were getting married in the tropics and were opting for a “beachy theme”. The dress was a simple strapless design in lace.  We did hair trials and created a long beach wave look complemented by a simple flower wreath on the head.  We took plenty of photo’s and then arranged to have a local hairdresser recreate the style. It could never look the same but my client was happy and that’s what counts the most.

I always say that a “red carpet dress needs red carpet hair”. That doesn’t mean the hairstyle has to be an updo, just that the hairstyle looks absolutely fabulous and complements the fabulous dress and you feel comfortable in it.

Just keep in mind the likely weather conditions on the day and potentially have a Plan B hairstyle. Many styles that look great in photos like the beautiful waves reminiscent of the 30’s, don’t actually hold up that well exposed to movement or any weather condition.


Hair Length: I want or need longer hair

If you need or want longer than 6 inches of extra length and you have 8 months or more, then growing it might be an option. If not, you might want to consider hair extensions or hair pieces depending on the style you are going for.  Tape hair extensions can be very cost effective, quick to apply and easy to remove after your big event.

The most important thing is to have the hair extensions or pieces colour matched to your own hair once you have decided on the colour.

Great hair colour and great hair health go hand in hand

Getting great hair colour is strongly dependent on having healthy hair. If your hair health is compromised then you should not be thinking of drastic colour changes (for example going more than 2 shades lighter).

You should be putting your hair through a “fitness” regime of having hair treatments both at home and at the salon, and potentially keratin treatments to help the hair along.  As I mentioned previously, it is difficult to style hair that is damaged and lifeless, and get a good result.

Hair Colour:

I know it sound obvious but you should get your colour done about 1 week before your wedding. The number of wedding photo’s I see of women with regrowth is astounding. Not a great look.

Settling on colour.

I could go on for days about the problems and dangers of using boxed colour from the supermarket or drug store. Of course I am biased but there are some real issues. You might like to read this article Super hair colour is not supermarket hair colour.

One thing is certain, if you’ve been using boxed at-home colour for many years, then you should probably keep doing what you’re doing. Trying to lift or change the pigments from these types of colours can be very difficult and results can be variable to say the least even with the most experienced hairdresser.

Depending on whether you’re looking to make a statement with strong creative colour, elegant highlights or beachy balayage, you should be “testing” the colours and looks at least 6 months in advance.  Seek out the best hairdresser you can afford and the one that has the best reviews or recommendations. Don’t hesitate to stop people in the street!

Wedding Hair and Makeup Trials

I mentioned earlier that you should at least have one, if not two, wedding hair and makeup trials.  I ask my clients to give me at least three and a half hours of their time where we explore and try out different styles and looks.  We change things incrementally, take lots of photo’s and discuss the pro’s and con’s. There is often a lot of texting of photo’s to bridesmaids and mothers of the brides too!

It’s a great advantage to be able to go home and try on your wedding dress with your styled hair and makeup.

Don’t be afraid to have a second trial and be forthright about what you liked and didn’t like.

Final words

Despite all my advice regarding forward planning, the most beautiful brides are the relaxed ones. Hopefully my words of advice will help you be sufficiently prepared so that on the day you can sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne while being pampered and getting ready for one of the most special days of your life!

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Finding the Best Wedding Day Hair

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Every portion of your wedding is equally important. However, one of the ones that brides tend to focus a great deal of time on is their hair and how it will look on the big day. There are so many styles to choose from and you will be looking for an option that looks fabulous with your dress and in the many pictures that you will be taking.

There are many things that you can do to make sure that you are satisfied with the way your hair appears on your wedding day. Below are some of the simplest paths to take.

Review the Different Styles

Because there are many different hair styles to choose from, it is best to review your options and compare them to the specific time of day that your wedding is taking place. Certain hairstyles work best for winter weddings held at night and others are best for outdoor summer weddings.

You may also want to consider whether you are wearing a veil or other accessories in your hair as well as the type of wedding you are having. For most formal weddings, brides tend to stick with up-do’s while informal brides opt for long flowing or loose styles.

Make an Appointment

You will need to make an appointment with your salon a minimum of eight weeks before your wedding. It is also a good idea to check back periodically to make sure that your appointment is still on the schedule.

It is also likely that you will have to find a special hairstylist to complete your wedding day look. While your regular hairstylist may be a fantastic option, don’t be surprised if they do not specialize in wedding styles.

Complete a Run Through

Many brides choose to go through a practice session with their stylist to make sure that the hairstyle is the one that they had in mind and so that the stylist will have the opportunity to see how much time the style will take and to master creating it before your big day.

You can also determine if the style is comfortable and if it will stay place as it needs to. Just remember that an excess of pins can be uncomfortable and the more intricate that the design is, the more likely that you will have issues with it falling down throughout the ceremony.

Extra Tips

On your wedding day, make sure that you wear a button up shirt to have your hair fixed. This will help eliminate the issue that you will be faced when you are ready to dress for the wedding. You should also step into your gown rather than pulling it over your head so that you don’t damage your makeup or hair.

It is possible that your stylist will tell you to arrive with your hair dirty for the styling. This is a common request because there are many hair types that will hold together better if there is natural oil in the hair. This also helps to avoid fly-aways and other issues that are typically seen with clean hair.


Selecting the hairstyle that you will wear for your wedding can be an exciting thing to do. However, it is important that you plan is it wisely so that you do not have any issues with it on your wedding day. You will be able to avoid many of the issues that usually go along with your hair if you stick with the tips that are listed above.



Best for Bride

Best for Bride is a one stop shop for all of your wedding day accessory needs. They specialize in everything from wedding veils to tiaras to fun accessories to go with your favorite gown. You will find everything that you need for your wedding when you stop by one of their locations.

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How To Find An Engagement Ring That Fits Your Personal Style

Every woman is different…and each woman’s special diamond engagement ring should capture the essence of her own personal style.

By analyzing your own tastes and preferences, you can be more certain of choosing the ideal diamond and setting for your everyday wardrobe, hair and makeup, and general lifestyle.

If you’re shopping around for a special piece of bridal jewelry, you’ll love our quick guide to finding the best style for you!


Classic Bridal Gown

This type of woman values tradition – she seeks out the tried-and-true! You’ll probably enjoy wearing classic separates, such as cardigans in natural fibers, tailored dress pants, knee-length skirts, and classic leather boots or low-heeled pumps. With you, everything should be elegant and refined, and never too garish or trendy.

You’ll probably wear your ring with a gorgeous bridal dress that isn’t too embellished – a simple chemise, slip dress style, or classic princess design (without too much volume in the skirt) will appeal to you and your personal style.

For the classic/traditional woman, a diamond engagement ring should be sophisticated and timeless.

Classic three-stone diamond designs will almost always fit the bill!

Classic Diamond Engagement Ring

Your bridal hair and makeup will be classic and lovely – a chignon, traditional up-do, or sleek blow-out will highlight simple flushed cheeks, a touch of mascara, and soft-pink or berry-toned lips.

Classic Brides – Chelsea Clinton, the late Princess Grace of Monaco


Modern Bridal Gown

You’re daring, bold, and willing to take risks – you’re the sort of woman who is truly on the cutting-edge of fashion. You probably love perusing fashion magazines like Cosmo or Elle to get style ideas you can adapt to your own body type. You enjoy playing with line and silhouette (skinny jeans and fabulous high-heeled boots will probably be favorites for you!), and having lots of fun with accessories, makeup, and hair color,

Of course, you’ll need a diamond engagement ring that also pushes the envelope! Don’t settle for something that gets lost” on your hand – go for a modern showpiece that everyone will notice! Modern/trendy women needs extra pizazz in their engagement rings – they want to show their original style to the whole world!

Modern Diamond Engagement Ring

Taking chances is par for the course with you, so look for an original setting with a “custom” feel and a little “bling” – this sort of design will blend beautifully with your designer handbags, fashion-forward hair and makeup, and fun, Sex And The City vibe! Your wedding gown will be adorned with high-fashion touches that add uniqueness and a modern spirit to your special day!

Modern/Trendy Bride -Carrie Underwood, Beyonce Knowles

The Perfect Engagement Ring Can Be The Ideal Starting Point As You Begin To Plan Your Wedding!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to finding the right engagement ring for your own individual style. Once you’ve found the ideal diamond ring, it’s easier to begin planning one of the most special days of your life. Walking down the aisle will be a joy when you’ve found gorgeous bridal jewelry that really reflects who you are!