PARAMITA INC. - TOP PRIVATE MAKEUP SCHOOL IN CANADA since 2002
Paramita Academy of Makeup Inc. - Ottawa
Ancelene MacKinnon and Katie Simmonds are instructing classes and running Paramita's location in Ottawa.
Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Ancelene MacKinnon has had a lasting love for makeup and fashion. As Paramita's cover model, she also has experience modeling for designers, stores, magazines, TV commercials, runway shows, and photographers across Canada. Ancelene’s affinity for the industry was further sparked at the age of 13 watching her sister Jessica develop and run Paramita Academy of Makeup.
Now, 15 years later, Ancelene is thrilled to manage and teach in Canada’s capital with her sister and fellow makeup enthusiast, Katie. After acquiring her certification from Paramita in 2008, Ancelene has done makeup in Ottawa, Toronto, and P.E.I. for photo shoots, weddings, prom, magazines, TV, documentaries, the East Coast Music Awards, and the Canada Games.
With a flair for photography that came from studying journalism, Ancelene has an artistic eye, having engaged in multiple creative projects. The opportunity to build and enhance the skills of aspiring makeup artists is coming full circle for Ancelene.
As twin sister to Paramita’s owner, Katie Simmonds has been learning and improving under the wing of Jessica since her school opened in 2002, and has been doing makeup since the sisters were in their teens.
As a busy mom of two, Katie has been doing makeup in her spare time, but finds that makeup artistry is a natural talent alongside her other artistic hobbies such as painting, drawing and writing. She has studied art for more than 10 years, having taken various courses.
Katie has done makeup internationally in countries which include Argentina, Brazil, and England. When the opportunity arose to teach at Paramita’s Ottawa branch alongside her sister Ancelene, she jumped at the chance to expand on her already extensive knowledge and bring it to the next level by teaching the art to others.
“I believe that enhancing the natural beauty of each person brings forth such a feeling of satisfaction. Each person has features that they like about themselves, finding a way to give them a boost allows their natural beauty to truly be appreciated.” – Katie Simmonds
They teach the one week "Fashion & Bridal Makeup Artist Certificate Program" and provides their students with makeup artistry certificates issued from Paramita's Founder, Jessica Simmonds.