Holly Pearson
Vancouver Make-up Artist

About Holly Pearson

Hello! Thank you for visiting my website today. I am a makeup artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. I work mainly with TV and Film, but I also do makeup for photoshoots, weddings, etc.

How did I get started? I’ve always had a huge love for beauty, art, and makeup. When I was really young, my parents hired a face painter for a few of my birthday parties. My friends and I were entranced as she transformed us into whatever animal or character we could think of! I liked asking to be a sabre toothed tiger. I definitely think that having her at my birthday parties planted the seed into getting me interested in makeup and paint.

I always wore unique clothing and makeup in junior high, and high school. I loved everything 80s punk and goth, so I drew a lot of inspiration from that. My passion for fashion and makeup grew stronger when I was in high school. I took a fashion sewing class for 3 years, and made a lot of fun and different clothing, but I realized that with all my reference photos and inspiration from models on the runway, I was actually drawn in more by the makeup than the clothing, and I realized that was what I was actually most interested in. I remember after I figured that out, I told my teacher in my fashion class that I wanted to be a makeup artist, and perhaps its because I lived in a small city in Alberta, but she told me that if I wanted to be in the beauty industry a hairdresser or a seamstress, there’s no money in makeup, and there wasn’t really such a thing as a makeup artist. I was in total disbelief when she told me that, but it fueled my desire to just make it happen.

Since that day in school, I started doing makeup on friends, and family, and also got a full time job at a grocery store to save up money so I could move to Vancouver, and go to Blanche MacDonald College for their full timed makeup artistry course. I attended Blanche MacDonald in 2009, and graduated, with some of the highest marks in my class. Not only did I learn about makeup for fashion, I learned how to do special effects and prosthetics, airbrushing, and makeup for TV and Film. I loved it ALL, but I learned that I was most interested in makeup for TV and Film, because you can do all different mediums of makeup, and you always have to produce the best work you possibly can!. I knew that if I wanted to get into that, I would need to get into the film union IATSE 891, which we were told in makeup school that its a very difficult endeavour because the standards are so high, and its very hard to join in general.

Maybe my high school fashion teacher was a little right, because it certainly wasn’t easy getting into makeup full time after I graduated. With there being several makeup schools in Vancouver, it certainly didn’t make finding work easy at first! But I did whatever I could to keep myself going. I had a full time job working retail in a sports store, but after work, or on my days off I would do makeup for fashion shows, student/indie films, weddings, and photoshoots, you name it, I did it! Eventually I started working regularly at Shaw TV on my days off from the sports store, doing makeup e hosts and guests for some of the local talk shows. I knew that I had to stick to it, and be persistent. It took me 7 years to get into IATSE, because at the time it was a slower period in TV and Film, but all that time and hard work and patience paid off, and at the end it has helped me to be a better, more well rounded makeup artist. In the last few years I’ve had the pleasure of working on different makeup teams, on different shows and features such as: No Tomorrow, X Files, Deadpool 2, Salvation Season 2, and the Twilight Zone,

I have a lot of pride in my job.I would say that I don’t need motivation to get where I’m going.This isn’t just a job for me. I surround myself daily with makeup, fashion and entertainment. I’m always learning and always amazed at the new things the industry has to offer. I’m easy to get along with and I am told that I make people feel comfortable, relaxed in my chair and that I have a really gentle hand. I love helping clients and talent look like the best version of themselves. Or to help someone become a character that is so far from what they areactually like in real life.

My personality, vision for beauty, art and makeup makes me unique.

I smile, I laugh, and I live for my job.My dreams as an artist have come true.This has been my passion since I was young, this is my dream that I’m living.I live by these words…”YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY” .I believe that I have chosen mine.

I look forward to working with you soon!