A Professional makeup artist and business woman for over 20 years, Sharon Sharpe-Titus has utilized her extensive background in formulation and colour selection to create her own brand of makeup. SST Cosmetics.
Sharon began as a model then moved into an education position for a major cosmetic company, but her success didn’t end there. Her drive and passion for the beauty industry propelled her into creating one of the most successful beauty distributions in Canada.
Sharon expressed a natural talent for artistry at a young age. Her keen eye for colour and texture which influences her work as a makeup artist, was derived from her experiences with art and painting.
SST Cosmetics is a brand that has a conscience for the integrity of the skin. It is a sophisticated, high fashion line with a focus on quality ingredients, free of harsh chemicals. This formulation produces exceptional colour and elegant textures to help you put your best face forward.
Melissa’s philosophy is as follows – believe in what you do and the rest comes easy. There is no exception when it comes to the product she helps develop, manage and educate on. Her passion for SST Cosmetics comes from knowing that SST is the best in the industry.
Melissa has worked closely with Sharon for 9 years in the beauty industry and continues to grow her artistry and platform skills thru workshops and education.
When Melissa is not managing day to day tasks of brand development her focus is on educator development. She works closely with her team of educators to ensure that Salons and Spas in the field are getting the best education possible when it comes to a makeup brand. Knowledge is Power when it comes too SST. “A knowledgeable sales associate selling a product that performs is the most powerful tool any salon can have”.
Working in the beauty industry is something Amanda kind of stepped into. She followed the footsteps of her mother who was a Hairstylist and decided to go to hair school. After attending MC Marvel College in Calgary, AB she graduated in 2009 with a diploma in Hair Styling. Not completely satisfied she enrolled at Artists Within and graduated with a diploma in Make Up Artistry 5 months later. “Even though I have only been working in the industry for 3 years, I have been in it my whole life. I was the 6 year old unpaid assistant on Saturdays at the salon and grew up dancing from a very young age wearing layers of make up at any given time”. Amanda continues to increase her spectrum of techniques in both Hair as well as Make Up thru continual education.
“Working with SST has opened my eyes to a completely different side of the industry. I have done competitions and never really felt at home, but teaching is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. SST has truly allowed me to grow in amazing ways as a Make Up Artist.”
Candace, an SST Educator since the initial training in 2007 has worked in the beauty industry for about 8 years. She attended Richards Beauty College in Regina and during this time completed her cosmetology program, advanced esthetics, nail technician, as well as advanced make up artistry. Candace continued her training in makeup artistry after beauty school and received her certificate in cosmetic air brushing.
“What brought me to the industry was the ability to make someone feel good about themselves, have fun at work, be an individual, and the creative art aspect of the industry just to mention a few. Her future goals are to own and operate salons across Canada, work on a Hollywood motion picture, and become a master stylist/makeup artist. “I personally believe in the path that SST Cosmetics has chosen. I stand behind all SST product’s and am proud to represent a brand that is a high fashion, quality line that is only available in salons and spas and that is free from harsh chemicals, parabens and undesirable ingredients. I myself can vouch that this is the ONLY makeup I can wear on my face. I’ve had my share of skin problems and for the first time in my life I’m not on a prescription pill for acne! I love the way my skin looks and feels with SST cosmetics. And every time I apply it on my clients I am blown away on the immediate improvement on tone, texture, and hydration that it brings to our skin! SST Cosmetics Rocks!”
Stephanie Roy was one of the first to join the SST family in 2008. She is originally from Quebec, where she completed her schooling in cosmetology. After graduating, she was eager to see the world and explore new horizons – Banff, Alberta became her new home where she has now been living for 12 years.
After overcoming her language barrier thru various jobs, she stumbled upon a hair shop owned by a French couple. What a perfect place to start doing hair! After a few years of working in the hair industry Stephanie was given the opportunity to head to Los Angeles for cutting classes. This is where she met Sharon Sharpe-Titus, and from there on out, always looked up to Sharon as a role model for success. With Banff being such a tourist and attraction town, it is also a destination wedding capital. In 2001 Stephanie felt the need to add make-up artistry to her resume. The demand for the bridal industry grew significantly and allowed Stephanie to build a thriving business. After using a few different brands of make-up over the years, it was such a treat when Sharon launched SST cosmetics. “It is so gratifying to work for a company that is health and skin conscious”.
Kaelee has been in the beauty industry for almost a decade. She was drawn to the industry due to her strong passion for art and love of drawing. At nineteen she started working as a receptionist at a busy salon and spa. “I realized that this was the industry I wanted to be in and had many new opportunities! I was later promoted to salon manager and then spa manager”. After working more closely with the spa and esthetic world, she made the decision to go to esthetics school, attending the Esthetics Institute, in Calgary, Alberta as well as Purely Inspired Academy of Beauty in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Kaelee has had the opportunity to do the makeup for a music video shot in Calgary and is currently pursuing more behind the scene work on photo shoots and music videos, but her true passion will always lie with being in the salon and having relationships with clients, co-workers and friends. “SST is a line of cosmetics that has helped me extend my successes in the industry. One of my favorite things about SST cosmetics is the difference that people notice in their complexion. Not only do people love that the products are mineral-based, but they can’t believe the weightless feel and the flawless, airbrushed finish to their skin. Also with my skincare clients- the ingredients in the products have made dramatic improvements in clients with acne problems and skin sensitivities. Personally, for the first time in over almost five years- this is the first time I have EVER been able to stop taking my medication for my acne. I can actually say at this moment I don’t have one blemish on my face!
Michelle Bortoluzzi is a Winnipeg based makeup artist & esthetician. She has always had a real passion for makeup and skin care. Michelle was drawn to the industry for personal reasons as she was always striving to find a makeup line that worked for her and the concerns she had for her skin. “Growing up I suffered from severe acne. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work.” Michelle came across SST in the Fall of 2007. After trying SST Michelle became hooked and her skin was changing for the better. She became an SST educator in the Spring of 2008 as she truly was inspired by the brand that literally changed her life!
Michelle works in a trendy Salon in Winnipeg’s happening Corydon Village as an Esthetician and Makeup Artist. Her portfolio consists of makeup lessons, bridal makeup, editorial work, photo-shoots, runway and competition work such as Contessa’s. She has also had the opportunity to teach evening makeup classes for Marca college.
“I really love what I do, and I am so thankful to work with such a great bunch of women that always inspire me, and encourage me. That is when you know you have a great fit.”
Caitlin Vodnoski is an Edmonton based educator and SST’s Alberta facilitator. She has 10 years overall experience in the beauty industry with 6 of those years dedicated to working as an esthetician, hairstylist and makeup artist. After working closely with estheticians at a young age her passion for the industry grew, she decided to study aesthetics and makeup artistry at the Blanche McDonald Center in Vancouver. Once her aesthetics and makeup artistry course was finished she continued her education by attending Marvel college in Edmonton for hairstyling.
Caitlin has had the opportunities to do photoshoots for Vue Weekly (local Edmonton paper), The Cutting Room Salon and Spa, Bridal looks, Editorial looks, local Edmonton hair competitions and stage makeup for local events.
Caitlin was first introduced to SST cosmetics in 2010 and instantly fell in love with the line. ‘The first time using the Oil Free Weightless Foundation it felt like my skin could breath again. I can’t imagine using any other cosmetics line on my skin. I’m passionate about this industry and all that it has to offer! I love SST cosmetics and can’t wait to share my knowledge and experiences about the brand with you!
Ashley is a Journeyman Hairstylist, Professional Make Up Artist, and Educator for SST Cosmetics inc. She was born into a family of hair stylists, which shaped her love for the industry. She started her career as a stylist just over 5 years ago, and soon after followed her passion for hairstyling with Make Up Artistry. Ashley completed her training in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at M.C. College. In 2009 she moved to Canmore working at a Salon and Spa doing Bridal Make Up, as well as various esthetics.
Ashley currently resides in Saskatoon, working as a Free Lance Make Up Artist, specializing in mile stone event make up including, bridal and graduation. She frequently works with local photographers on Boudoir photo shoots, making sure the model is photo finish ready.
Ashley is not only passionate about her art, but equally as passionate about SST. SST has been such an inspiration in her life. It has inspired her with creativity, giving her the extra tools to excel as a professional, and moulded her into an Educator. As a result of SST’s impact on her career, Ashley’s goal is to pay it forward and inspire others in the industry. Having the knowledge she has about the product line changes the way she thinks on a daily basis, giving her that extra power as an Artist, and an educator.