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The top 10 places to get your makeup done in Toronto

The top places to get your makeup done in Toronto don't simply do special-occasion cosmetics. They offer a roster of services for anyone looking to learn some new tricks, hone their application skills, or want someone else to help them look sun-kissed, famous, or just plain good-looking.

Here are my picks for the top places to get your makeup done in Toronto.

Eye Love Beauty Bar
Best known for her brow consultation and shaping, owner Mary Dang also invites clients to attend personal makeup tutorials ($40 for eyes, $90 for full-face, and $65 for special event wear). The makeup brands Dang uses from her personal collection include M.A.C., Stila, and Nars, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies for lessons so as to best suit their needs.

Blush Pretty
Blush Pretty's location at Richmond and Niagara has no single specialty, instead equipped with the professionals and resources to qualify them as skillful in all tricks of the trade. The salon's services include everything from makeup application workshops to an 8-session brow "arch support" class (to help you achieve beautiful eyebrows), consultations, and aesthetic pampering for both brides and grooms.

MYNC Beauty
MYNC Beauty's three locations (found in Queen West, Yorkville, and Yonge and Eg) offer anything from lash tints, lash perms (yes, that's a thing), to full makeup application in a variety of styles. Their menu of looks includes the sassy post-vacation facade "Sex on the Beach" - or try "The Manhattan," a glamorous look for evenings out spent sipping cocktails. The menu also hosts a la carte items like lash application, eye makeup, and glitter for the kids.

Shelly's Beauty Studio
The only studio on the list to offer drag makeup services, Shelly's Beauty Studio in Willowdale caters to more than just men or women on their wedding day. Besides the expected daytime, evening, and bridal cosmetic services, this quaint boutique offers appointment bookings for film and television appearances with nearly a dozen different professional makeup artists, along with the option of a private portrait photography session for $225. Prices start at $70 for full-face makeup application and cap at $135 in-house for special occasion services.

Civello's Rosedale location boasts a grandiose, castle-like entrance. While most clientele know them for their famed hair stylists - whom (bonus points!) have been featured on the Marilyn Denis Show and did the 'dos of several stars on the MMVAs' red carpet--their aesthetic talents also branch out into beauty. The brand's four locations (others run out of Queen West, uptown, and Oakville) offer personalized makeup lessons ($80+), eyelash extensions ($100-$240), eyelash and brow tinting ($20-$65), and full makeup application ($55+).

ORYA Beauty Boutique
ORYA's small boutique sits just south of Dupont St. on Avenue road. Its tiny exterior houses a clean, white-walled studio that offers a wide range of services, including makeup. A basic makeup application charge is $75, or you can enlist the services of their famed "eyebrow guru," Christina Gitzias (a definite perk to the experience).

Madison Beauty Studio
Tucked in between antique shops and women's clothing stores is Mount Pleasant's Madison Beauty studio. The modern storefront houses a sleek but homey interior where clients can enjoy a growing number of niche beauty brands and services ranging from daily makeup application to evening cosmetics. Their staff brings with them over 25 years of experience beautifying locals and international talents alike.

If you're not too sure about what makeup suits you, check out Privilash. The Midtown studio books free 30-minute personal consultations to help you learn which features you'd like to play up (and likely those you'd like to conceal, too). Makeup lessons with a professional artist are also available in prices ranging from $90-$250, along with à la carte services and specialty evening looks.

Allan Parss
Allan Parss' posh St. Lawrence salon, suited with massage chairs and personal TVs for customers getting their hair done, also offers full makeup application for $55 a pop. The salon's small staff come prepared to give customers complete makeovers (if that's what you're looking for) and most importantly, their utmost attention.

Kirsch Cosmetic Studio
Kirsch Cosmetic Studio's diverse set of services include $45 first-time makeup lessons for teen girls (aged 13 to 18), group makeup lessons as a fun outing for friends (starting at $100), and long-wearing, camouflage products that are
colour matched to skin conditions like vitiligo, hyper pigmentation, and rosacea. The studio's trusty staff custom mixes foundation for each client and offers one-on-one private sessions for those interested in learning personalized makeup application.

Did I miss your favourite? Leave your favourite places to get makeup done in the comments.

Writing by Alex Brown. Photo by Civello on Facebook.

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