I met a client while I was a full-time artist on the Laura Mercier line. She was from Saskatoon, and her friend had convinced her to come in for some pampering and self-indulgence.

When I sat her in my chair, I talked with her for a while to put her at ease. She kept telling me how she was a farmer's wife and rarely wears makeup. I explained that I was simply going to work with her features in such a way to compliment her natural beauty.

When I was done, I gave her the mirror. I will never forget the look on her face. Her lips quivered and her eyes became teary. She smiled timidly,, let out a little whimper, and then hugged me. She told me this was the first time in 20 years that she felt beautiful. The last time she felt like this was on her wedding day.

Since that day my heart and soul have been invested in makeup artistry, helping women to look and feel beautiful. .