My name is Klava Zykova and I’ve lived in France, China, Seattle, Victoria and Ottawa since leaving Russia at 22. If my life were a movie, it would be a romantic-comedy-adventure. I LOVE what I do. And I’m not going to tell you it all started while playing with my mother’s makeup as a child.
It was only after becoming a professional makeup artist that I became comfortable leaving the house without it. My story is, I didn’t think I was pretty enough. I used makeup to hide my flaws, idealizing that one “perfect” image of beauty and believing I didn’t have it myself.
After traveling extensively and applying makeup on women, I realized there is no one image of beauty. Everyone has imperfections and a one-of-a-kind radiance about them. This freed me from seeing makeup as a necessity, to seeing it as a tool for creative expression. For me, makeup is an adventure; an opportunity to take risks, try new things and to embody the many facets of beauty we have inside of us!
Fashion isn’t the only thing that changes season to season and year to year. New definitions of beauty are continuously emerging all around us. I learned this myself having to adapt my own daily makeup routine when I moved from Russia, to France, to China, to Canada. What worked in one country I quickly discovered could be distasteful in another. Keeping on top of the trends worldwide allows me to offer a fresh, current perspective to my work. This is what excites me about makeup. I am enthralled by the trends, soaking up the latest in fashion and beauty almost daily. For each look I create, all this creative insight and inspiration is channeled to perfectly align with the client’s vision. No two looks are the same. And why should there be when there are so many dimensions of beauty to explore and each canvas is unique?
For purely selfish reasons, I would like to be healthy, live long and take care of my family. Most makeup and skin care products have toxic ingredients that can build up in the body. I’m conscious of this in my practice and working toward being able to offer a number of organic beauty options to create a healthier makeup application for all my clients.
Today, I am settled in Ottawa with my one-year-old daughter, Anastasia, and my funny, patient husband. I enjoy yoga daily, my hip-hop dance classes, practicing herbology, escaping on the occasional road trip and reconnecting with nature. Are you ready?