Using felt tip pens in high school, Kaija Mistral Towner discovered her love of the lip stain. That took her to Vancouver Film School where she studied Makeup Design for Film and TV. She graduated at the top of her class in a program including both special effects and beauty makeup. She then moved to Seattle to accept a job working for Laura Mercier cosmetics where she honed her skills on a variety of faces and built an encyclopedia of product knowledge. While at Laura Mercier, she was asked to style assist for Nordstrom.com. One thing led to another, until last year she traveled to the Grammys with Mary Lambert as HMU and hiked through the wilderness with Stanley thermoses. Now, using her on set and film experience she feels fortunate to work for herself collaborating with exciting agencies and brands, splitting her time between New York and Seattle. Kaija is known for her light touch, bringing out the natural beauty of the subject and being fun and easy to work with. Photo by Jorge Salas.