For those looking to take their look up a notch, or have their makeup professionally done, look no further than the newly established Ky Artistry.
Kylee Torgalson, the creative mind behind Ky Artistry, has turned her passion for makeup into a career after receiving professional training in lashes, beauty and special FX makeup. Always something of a hobby, Torgalson really got into makeup artistry when she was sidelined by a serious injury.
“I’ve been doing makeup pretty much my entire life, but really got into it when I broke my knee a few years ago and had a lot of spare time on my hands,” explained Torgalson.
“In May of 2018, I got the opportunity to work alongside Ashley Dearden of Sinfully Sugar’d and learn lashes. In January of 2020 I went to John Casablancas Institute (JCI) located in Vancouver BC to get my diploma for Makeup Artistry, and when I was there, I got my certification for lashes to be able to do them on my own.”
JCI is Canada’s leading fashion, hair, makeup and beauty school. Torgalson received her Makeup Artistry diploma there in December 2020. As a born and raised Merrittonian, Torgalson decided to come back to the Nicola Valley and provide her newly certified services in her hometown.
“Growing up in Merritt my entire life, I absolutely love the atmosphere in our little town,” said Torgalson.
“I also have a majority of my family here, and Ashley at Sinfully Sugar’d was kind enough to offer me a space to branch out my business in town which was amazing. Ky Artistry is simply me being lucky enough to be able to do what I love for work. I started Ky Artistry to be able to offer makeup and lashes together or separate and I’m beyond excited to bring my services to Merritt,” Torgalson continued.
“I love being able to help be a part of someone feeling their best!”
Helping people feel beautiful and good about themselves is one of Torgalson’s favourite parts of her job.
“My favourite part about doing lashes and makeup for others is seeing the smile on their faces when the final look is revealed, I love making people feel beautiful.”
Torgalson is available for special occasions, such as weddings and graduations, but also emphasizes that there is no reason to wait for a once-in-a-lifetime event to utilize her skills. She can also help you achieve a lovely ‘day look’, wow your partner for date night or help you look your best for an upcoming job interview.
“I can also airbrush, which could include stencils or body painting,” said Torgalson.
“And I do Special Effects as well, the fun scary stuff. Even if you aren’t fully sure on the look you’re going for, I urge anyone to contact me, and we can work together to find something for the event of your choice.”
When she’s not busy working, Torgalson likes to get out and enjoy the backcountry of the Nicola Valley and spend time with her four-legged friend.
“In the summer you’ll most likely find me out camping and, in the winter, you’ll find me snuggled up inside with a good book, blanket, and my big old baby of a dog,” said Torgalson.
Torgalson continues to work out of Sinfully Sugar’d, practicing strict COVID safety protocols.
“The community has been so supportive, it’s crazy in the best way possible,” said Torgalson.
“COVID has sadly made it difficult for all of us I think, but I definitely feel the love and support from everyone. I hope to see some new faves soon.”
You can find examples of Kylee’s work on Facebook at Ky Artistry or on Instagram @kyartistry_interior
Her hours are flexible, and she is always willing to try a new look for a client. She encourages you to reach out to her over social media or from her work space at Sinfully Sugar’d at 1922 Voght St.