NICHE Magazine Makeup Artist – Sharon Rai | Editorial Makeup Artist

April 12, 2013

Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry is featured in NICHE Magazine the Spring 2013 Issue.  The looks created were a dark smokey eye, flawless contoured skin, and a nude lip.  We had the pleasure working with Fashion Photographer, Jennifer Dickinson, and the NICHE Team!




Polynesian Wedding at Hatley Castle | Victoria BC | Wedding Makeup and Hair

December 11, 2012

Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry had the pleasure of working with SR Bride Janelle – she had an amazing day at the end of September in Victoria BC – it felt like summer – blue sky’s, sun and warm weather!  Janelle & Itu choose to have their wedding ceremony at the Hatley Castle, because of the location – the views of the mountains and water.  The reception followed in the evening at the Da Vinci Centre in Victoria BC.

A month before the wedding, Janelle and two girlfriends arrived to the Studio for her Wedding Day Preview – she had her dress, shoes, selection of hair accessories and jewelry.  We had a chance to play dress up, trying different styles of makeup and hair, playing around with all her accessories and jewelry, while the girls enjoyed appetizers and sipped on wine. We kept working on different looks until we found the look we all loved!  Below is an image of the final look from the Wedding Day Preview:

On the Wedding Day, all eight ladies arrived to the morning to the SR Studio – where the girls got comfortable, and pampered with hair and makeup by the SR Team.  We also had Lily Kennedy from Lily Kennedy Custom Gowns join us at the SR Studio to help lace the wedding gown, and with Shane Deringer Photography capturing all the moments – including having a little touchup himself.


After finishing up at the Studio, we all headed to the Hatley Castle in Victoria BC for the ceremony.  Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry was on-location at the Hatley Castle before Janelle walked down the aisle, after the ceremony, and during her photo-sessions!  We provided a full day of pampering – to make sure every detail was perfect for Janelle & her bridal party.  We were with Janelle for everything – no hair was out of place, veil was perfect in all the shots, lips perfectly glossed, and skin shine free for her & her groom.  We also worked with her photographer, Shane to make sure the couple looked perfect in the shots (fluffing the dress, positioning the veil, hair piece, and bouquet).


Below is an image of Janelle with her Wedding Day Preview look recreated at the SR Studio on the wedding day, view more images of their beautiful Fijian Wedding.


Sikh Temple Wedding in Victoria BC || Union Club Wedding Reception

November 15, 2012

Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry had the pleasure of working with SR Bride Christina for her wedding day.  We arrived on-location to her family home in the Uplands of Victoria, BC early in the morning.

Christina wanted her look to be elegant and flawless, one that suited her style.  We went with a smokey eye to define her eyes, with flawless skin contouring her structure.  With hair, we added in hair pieces and extensions to give a full look, to finish we added in Orchids which completed the look.

The wedding took place at the Sikh Temple on Topaz in Victoria, BC, and the wedding reception was held at the Union Club of British Columbia.

Christina wanted to look her best, a result that was achieved by working together on her wedding – she wanted it to reflect in the photography.  View more images from her wedding, by Ronnie Lee Hill a Vancouver based photographer, she did an amazing job on the photographs.

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course Wedding | SR Bride Talks about her Experience

August 8, 2012


“My advice for those thinking of hiring Sharon and her team is…DO IT! You will NOT regret it. Right from our first meeting Sharon was extremely friendly, welcoming, and put me at ease. I have always worried about my hair and make up for my wedding because I feel like it is hard to style. I am so glad I chose Sharon and her team because she made me look like I came straight off the pages of a magazine! She is the absolute best at what she does. Also, her team that she brought on the day of the wedding did such an amazing job on all my bridesmaids. I was worried from the beginning that my hairstyle would fall out, but Sharon reassured me that it would not. She was right! Everything was perfect. She came to my house on the day of the wedding, which made my day so smooth and relaxed. I did not have to worry about anything! Hiring Sharon and her team for my engagement shoot and wedding day was the best decision I could have ever made!”

Kristin Hitchen – Cobble Hill, BC
Wedding Location – Cobble Hill, BC

Arbutus Ridge Golf Course Wedding

Butchart Gardens Wedding Victoria BC – Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist Sharon Rai

June 18, 2012

“I knew I wanted to look “amazing” for my groom on our wedding day, however, I am someone who wears minimal makeup and the idea of trying to do my own, and the idea of doing more than a quick pony tail for my hair was daunting! After finding Sharon’s website and learning that she would come to the wedding venue and create a “signature look”, I was interested in learning more.  I met with her and immediately felt comfortable.  Sharon was attentive to and respectful of my preferences for minimal eye makeup and wanting a “natural” look, and encouraged me to describe what I wished my hair to look like. I began with a vague concept of what I wanted and Sharon took those ideas on the day of my wedding and  “worked her magic”! The final look was so much more beautiful than I had envisioned; it complemented my dress perfectly!  My wedding photographer was complimenting me – saying it was the best updo he had seen. It was such a pleasure to work with Sharon; she has a delightful personality which made the wedding morning and the 3 hours of hair and makeup fly by!   I  loved the final “look” and most importantly, my groom loved the look, too!  Thank you Sharon for adding your expertise to our wedding day!  It was truly a special day!  Carla” 

Carla Clarke
Wedding Location:  Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC

No Sunshine – SR Bride Brightens the Day! Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa Bridal Stylist

May 18, 2012

No sunshine today – but the day got brightened by the mail – we just received a card from our SR Bride – Angie all the way from Australia!  A beautiful card & picture of her looking amazing at her wedding – which took place at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa.  The wedding was photographed by one of the top 25 most inspiring photographers of 2012 – Kim Kayln Photography.

“Sharon, Thank you for the simply stunning job you and your team did on me and the girls.  I felt so beautiful on the big day and I know Aaron certainly appreciated it too!  All the best for your future success.  Sincerely Angie” 

The wedding was also featured in Destination Inspirations – Inspiring Weddings Around The World.


Bear Mountain Resort Wedding – Victoria BC Bridal Makeup Artist

May 17, 2012

We received a card from our gorgeous SR Bride Carlie!  On her wedding day, Carlie arrived in-studio for services before her wedding which took place at the Westin in Bear Mountain Resort – Victoria BC.  She incorporated a vintage-winter theme for her elegant wedding – which looked perfect!  Curtis Pelletier did an amazing job with the wedding photographs view the images.

“Sharon, I just wanted to send you a big THANK YOU for doing my wedding makeup you did the most fantastic job.  Words cannot express how grateful I am, you not only made me look & feel beautiful, but you calmed me down and made my morning stress-free.  I cannot wait for the next occasion so we can try other awesome looks!  Thank you, Thank you,  Carlie Smith”

The Wedding Belles Shaw TV Hairstylist & Makeup Artist – Sharon Rai

May 1, 2012

Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry had the pleasure of pampering The Wedding Belles – BC Celebrities from Shaw TV with hair & makeup services at our relaxed urban-styled studio in Victoria BC.

The girls were fabulous to work with, we had Colleen from Foxgloves Flowers  join us – with beautiful bouquets, Kelsey Goodwin capturing the moments on video & photography.

Sarah had a beautiful dress – big & fluffy very ‘Sex in the City’ so we wanted a look to compliment the dress as well as her fun personality!  The SR Team gave her lots of volume and curls keeping it fun, with makeup we went with a classic look with a twist on the lip – with a hot pink.  Gwen Stefani’s image below was used as inspiration for the look:


For beautiful Aubrey we went with a ‘Old Hollywood Glam’ inspired look.  We defined her eyes, and gave her skin a radiant look.  Kim Kardashian’s image below was used as inspiration.


Watch the video to see how the looks were created before for the Launch of The Wedding Ring Vancouver Island at the Bridal Exhibition.  


Victoria Bride talks about her Experience with the SR Team

April 15, 2012

“I felt absolutely beautiful as did my bridesmaids – we looked amazing!” 
“Before hiring Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry to stylize my wedding look I was skeptical of anyone being able to create the look I was hoping for.  From Sharon and her team not only did I receive the look I was hoping for but it was more elegant and refined than I had imagined it could ever be.  I felt absolutely beautiful as did my bridesmaids – we looked amazing!  Sharon and her team were professional and fun which made for a stress free relaxing afternoon.  My advice for those thinking of hiring Sharon and her team is to not think or look any further these are the most talented ladies your gonna find!!!!!  Thank you Sharon and your team for making my day that much more special!”
Jennifer Harris – Victoria, BC
Wedding Location: Victoria, BC

Edmonton SR Bride talks about her Bridal Experience

April 12, 2012

“My advice to anyone considering hiring Sharon & her team – DO IT!  You will be like me and consider it the best decisions you ever made…” 

Other than AMAZING, I was unsure how I wanted to look on my wedding day so I knew I needed someone special to help in that department, after all, as we age all a bride has is her memories and photos and photos last forever!  Being from out of province I wanted to make sure I had someone very skilled and from everything I heard in the industry, Sharon Rai was the answer.

I booked four sessions with her:  wedding day preview, makeup lesson, wedding day session and a boudoir – simply radiant session.  For the wedding consultation I did my homework (had my top 5 photo picks of makeup and hairstyles) and from that she worked with me to create the vision I had in my mind.  The result was breathtaking!  For the boudoir, she just did what she does best – create the sizzle I needed and ensure it would look fantastic on camera.  The best part of both sessions was that I still looked like me but the best version of me in different flavours.  And on the wedding day……… I spent the morning laughing with my girlfriends and being pampered while overlooking the ocean because Sharon came to me!

From her I got the WOW factor.  She passed along knowledge of products and services and application techniques so I could replicate it again at my reception (scheduled for a few months later) and for whenever I wanted.  She was very gracious with all my detailed questions and there were lots, after all, when you are in the presence of an expert you want to learn as much as you can!  I can now look drop dead gorgeous in different ways and at any time.  My husband likes my new skills too.

As a result of all of this, my wedding day was only filled with the joy of my experience!  I didn’t have to wonder how I would look on camera or have to rush around.  Sharon came to me – it was relaxed, stress free and I was able to focus on relationships – not the details of the day.  The most rewarding aspect was knowing I looked my best when I celebrated joining my life with my best friend (let’s just say he was very appreciative of the fact – lol).

My advice to anyone considering hiring Sharon and her team – DO IT.  She is worth every penny and the knowledge you will gain is immeasurable.  Even if you are on a very tight budget, consider her teaching session or just booking her for the wedding day.  You will be like me and consider it one of the best decision you ever made.

Cindy Steinkampf – Edmonton, AB
Wedding Location: Sooke, BC