Sunday, July 6, 2008

Vancouver Make Up Artist Wins Award At London Academy

On Friday June 27, 2008, at the London International Convention Center Shaifa attended the London Make-up Artists Annual Awards Ceremony. These prestigious awards honour, acknowledge and celebrate top international make-up artists from around the world and recognize them for their creativity, work excellence and achievement in 2007-2008.

Shaifa took the award for Best Make-up Artist in the Make Up Application category. Her outstanding contribution and dedication to her artistic skills makes her well deserving of this award. To qualify for this award Shaifa was nominated by the teachers at London School of Make Up and Hair Design. Based on thle number of nominations she received, Shaifa and 5 others qualified to be finalists for this category. Each judge was asked to individually pick the winner for each category and submit their selections on an official tally sheet to Thornton Chartered Accountants. The results were revealed at the Awards Ceremony where the air bristled with anticipation and excitement.

In 1997 Shaifa was th leading make up artist for Millennium Jeans International, an international private label clothing designer offering colour co-ordination, stage and photography make up application for photo shoots and runway models. Since 1997 Susan has taught hundreds of young girls through her private consultations and at Vancouver's Elite Retailer Holt Renfrew, and volunteered her services at many private institutions for girls. Combining her Bachelor's Degree in Commerce with her make-up and image training she has worked, through her programs, to build self-esteem in young girls and to teach them about true beauty secrets which she insists come from within.

In the area of Televison and Film Shaifa's work can be seen in Topshop UK and Schema Magazine front page layouts. For several years she has worked as an image and Make-up consultant for Holt Renfrew during their special event promotions. A highlight for Shaifa was doing the make-up for many Bollywood actresses who come to London and Vancouver for filming. In the Spring of 2007 Shaifa attended a full-time program at Vancouver Community College to train as a professional hair colorist and stylist, and grraduated with honors in June 2008.

Shaifa has also volunteered numerous hours every month to work on make-up for a local womens network production, musicals, and her community choir.

In all her various pursuits Shaifa uses a private label cosmetics available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. Holt Renfrews professional line of skin care, make-up and spa products are top quality, and suitable for photography, film and everyday life. Since 1997 Shaifa has been the top pick in Canada for leading Bollywood Productions in Canada and in 2001 earned the Make-Up Artist of the Year Award at London's Fashion House and a Top Achiever’s Trip to the Cayman Islands. She has been a National Artist Trainer with some of the leading name brand labels in the industry since 2001 traveling across Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa training Certified Make-Up Artists and Image and Spa consultants.

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