My name is Klava Zykova and I’ve lived in France, China, Nicaragua, 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. Plus I had acne which affected my confidence greatly. 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 doing makeup for women all over the world, I realized there is no “one” image of beauty. 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 enhancement or creative expression. Now I think of makeup is an opportunity to express one’s style and to embody the many facets of beauty we have inside of us!
I’m passionate about all things green, eco and organic when it comes to our wellness. I prefer a holistic approach, educating on natural wellness and clean beauty product options so that my clients can achieve wellbeing in their everyday lives. Honestly, what’s more beautiful than a healthy and happy woman radiating positive energy and vitality?
As a makeup artist with a 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 getting to know my clients and bringing their best version of themselves to life with bright sparkly eyes, smooth radiant skin and luscious lips. I became known for creating makeup looks that elevates brides’ beautiful features with perfect skin ranging from very natural makeup to soft glam.
Today, I am settled in Ottawa with my family – two amazing daughters and my hubby. When I’m not taking care of brides or teaching women makeup or running my small but beautiful business I’m passionate about learning all types of alternative healing modalities, try to practice yoga and dance as often as I can, make my own herbal tea blends, escape on the occasional road trip and connect with nature.
I’m so excited to meet you and create your PERFECT beauty look!
– xoxo Klava Z.