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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 makeup. 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.  What worked in one country I quickly discovered could be distasteful in another.  At the same time, in every country, every woman 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 opportunity to embody the many facets of beauty we have inside of us!


Holistic Beauty


For purely selfish reasons, I would like to be healthy, live long and take care of my family. I’m passionate about all things green and organic and continually expanding our selection of clean, organic beauty options to create a healthier makeup application for all my clients at curb your hunger cravings. Creating beautiful skin is my number one priority as a makeup artist. I take a holistic approach, educating on natural wellness and eco skincare products so my clients can achieve vitality and luminosity in their everyday lives.




As a makeup artist with vast and diverse experience, I’m comfortable creating many different types of makeup.  However, throughout my career I noticed that the clients that I attracted most were brides and I realized that it perfectly aligns with the kind of makeup look I LOVE to create the most.  I approach bridal beauty by first focusing on recreating the elements of vitality so that the bride looks like the best version of herself – bright eyes, smooth radiant skin, luscious lips.  You know how we look like when we are happy, healthy, well taken care of and in love – that’s the look I’m going for!  That’s the look I became known for and what people come to me for – natural looking enhancement of brides’ beautiful features with perfect skin ranging from barely there makeup to soft glam.


Today, I am settled in Ottawa with my family of two lovely daughters and my funny, easy going husband. I enjoy yoga daily, dance classes, practicing herbology, escaping on the occasional road trip and connecting with nature.


I can’t wait to meet you and create your perfect beauty look!


– xoxo Klava Z.


Soft spoken skincare enthusiast, Audrey Hepburn movies collector, always finishes her meal with a dessert, loves busting myths within the beauty industry with scientific facts.

Olivia is a true artist with passion for beauty and photography, named by Narcity as one of Ottawa artists to follow on Instagram and nominated by Faces Awards as Ottawa’s Best Makeup Artist. Her interest in photography makes her an even better makeup artist because she understands light and knows firsthand how makeup translates in pictures. She is self taught and has worked in the makeup industry for over 8 years in bridal, beauty, retail, fashion and theatre. During the week she is managing one of the The Ten Spot Beauty Bars where she is becoming quite the skincare specialist as well.

Making her clients look and feel amazing is her mission through makeup styles ranging from natural and undone to gorgeous soft glam!

Wellness addict, spiritual growth junkie, yoga instructor, eco crazy person, lives solo (with her black cat Nero) in the country and loves it, used to have drinks with celebs and now makes her own nut milk drinks with the same enthusiasm.

Lyz Plant has been a professional makeup artist with an eco-beauty focus for over ten years. She founded leading edge shop Louche Lily, a non-toxic skincare and makeup destination for the latest in clean beauty products. Though the shop is no more, Lyz implements what she learned by helping dozens of women daily in skincare and makeup onto every face she works on.

Her work includes being a part of 18 fashion weeks across Canada, from Oscar winners, world politicians, hundreds of brides, countless magazine editorials and covers to the every day woman, Lyz loves to help bring your best self forward. It’s about feeling your best and brightest.


Avocado and sweets obsessed, though left her DJing in the past, still enjoys her extensive record collection, self-care pro – you can find her soaking in a bath, doing a face mask, enjoying a nice cup of tea and watching her favourite Netflix shows – all at the same time.

Yelena is a professional Makeup Artist for over 15 years now with a passion for makeup and skincare, teaching women the knowledge and skill set to feel empowered through both.

Yelena has a diverse experience in the industry ranging from runway, commercial, music videos, film, beauty and fashion editorials and her most favourite style of makeup – bridal. Throughout her career, makeup has allowed her to work with some of industry’s best in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Today, she’s internationally published in many beauty magazines and is back to settle in her home town Ottawa. She works as a freelance artist for brands such as Biotherm, Lancôme and Urban Decay.

Yelena believes beauty should be enhanced, not masked, and that by being a good listener and having the ability to adapt to every bride, while respecting her likes and preferences, is the way to create the most beautiful and memorable wedding look.

100% a dog mom of two, and lover of all animals, hence a vegetarian and a family girl to her very core. She has a passion for art, creative writing, and wandering the world.

Ashley has been in love with the beauty industry since she was a little girl. She had always been interested in expressing herself through art, colour and being creative. Over the course of a near-decade, she has studied the art of makeup in Paris, France, and have gone on to work for such brand name companies as Dior, Stila, and MAC Cosmetics. Each chapter has taught her the importance of growth and respect for individuality as well as self-expression. Ashley believes that a confident self is beauty in its most natural form.Specializing in beauty and bridal makeup, she takes pride in both listening to and connecting with clients. She loves creating a perfect beauty look together with a bride.


Retired Irish dancer after 20 years, quotes Friends references on the daily, the funkier the glasses, the better, addicted to the monthly challenges on her Apple Watch yet completely an old soul at heart who complains about having to deal with technology.

Molly always loved playing around with makeup, which turned into a job at MAC where her developing her creativity began. She loves makeup that is whimsical and playful, but equally loves the simplicity and classic beauty of bridal makeup. To further her knowledge of all things beauty and wellness, Molly went back to school and became a certified esthetician. She realized that there are so many benefits to understanding skin and proper skin care that can be brought to each makeup application.

Calm and steady, could be a professional organizer and declutter, always early, cat lover – those furry creatures really steal her heart.

After playing with makeup on her own, Janelle started her professional makeup career at Sephora 4 years ago. There she quickly developed the skills that helped her stand out as an artist and shortly became one of their youngest Senior Artists.  Once Janelle started doing bridal makeup it has become a great passion of hers and favourite kind of makeup to create!

Always serious and committed about developing her talent, she attended many masterclasses, the most memorable being Emmy winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett, and Jordan Liberty.  Janelle loves creating all styles of makeup from super natural to full glam drama.

Klava Zykova is an award-winning makeup artist and one of the most sought-after bridal beauty expert in Ottawa.

She is known for her expertise in creating beautiful skin, previously representing Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Mac over her 12-year career.

As an educator, Klava contributes guest editorials to beauty publications and leads seminars on makeup techniques, organic beauty and emerging trends.

Klava is available for private makeup lessons, group seminars and industry masterclasses.

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