Looking for a Hair or Makeup Pro for Your Wedding Day? Here’s a List of Canada’s Best!

Fashion forward work by Makeup Artist of the Year Montreal's Jennifer Dionne.

The Contessa Awards are like the Academy Awards of Canadian Beauty. Beauty pros compete in a photo competition, vying to be the best of the best in the country. The annual awards are brought to you by the publishers of Salon Magazine (a publication I used to edit pre-Weddingbells and I also produced the Contessa Awards) and were handed out in a glitzy, glammy ceremony in Toronto on October 30. Here’s a complete listing of Contessa winners which features pros from all areas of the country, all of which would be perfect picks to help get you wedding-day beautiful.

Avant Garde Hairstylist: Palma Anshilevich, The Hair Spot, Toronto

Canadian Hairstylist, Canadian Salon Team and Quebec Hairstlist: Véronique Beaupré, local B, Montreal, 514.660.8291.

Elite Master Hairstylist: Guylaine Martel, Guylaine Martel Artistes Coiffeurs, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC. 450.446.8740

Makeover Colourist, Master Colourist: Timothy Switzer, Timothy & Co. Salon & Spa, Oshawa, ON. 905.721.9810.

Makeup Artist: Jennifer Dionne, Freelance, Montreal, 514.805.6681.

Men’s Hairstylist: Caffery VanHorne, Studio Caffery VanHorne, Toronto, 416.576.5522.

Multicultural Hairstylist: Jorge Joao, Koi Hair Studio, Brampton, ON, 905.450.0073.

Nail Enhancement Artist: Catherine Cote, Candy Nail Bar, Montreal, 514.707.4075.

Newcomer Hairstylist: Devon Plamondon, A Michael Levine Salon Group, Vancouver, 604.681.1444.

British Columbia Hairstylist: Chad Taylor, Moods Hair Salon, Vancouver, 604.688.1574.

Alberta Hairstylist: Wendy Belanger, Influence Salon, Calgary, 403.270.4247.

Saskatchewan/Manitoba Hairstylist– Reyn VonDyke, Elan Hair & Esthetics Salon, Winnipeg, 204.775.3526.

Ontario Hairstylist of the Year, Texture Hairstylist: Mandy MacFadden, Salon Decorum, Newmarket, ON, 905.853.7272.

Atlantic Hairstylist: Judy MacDonald, Hair Factory, Halifax, 902.492.5343.

Salon Business Excellence – Zazou Salon and Spa, North Vancouver, BC, 604.980.7223.

Salon Interior Design – Salon M Squared, Toronto, 647.346.6454.

Session Hairstylist: Olivier Miotto, Glam Salon Boutique, Montreal, 514.499.0601.

Student/Apprentice Hairstylist: Chrissy Alan, A Michael Levine Salon Group, Vancouver, 604.681.1444.