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.