Local esthetician Robyn Schwartz reached Top 5 at this year’s Contessa in the category of Nail Enhancement Artist.
In its 23rd year, Contessa, also known as the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards, is the longest running and most prestigious award in Canada.
Schwartz, from Polished & Pampered Hair & Esthetics does all the esthetics, including gel nails, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and reiki.
“There are around 25 categories but each one has specific guidelines and looks that they want you to send in,” Schwartz explained. “But it’s really up to you for how it looks. You do your work, send in your photos and hope for the best.”
Judging is based on contestants from around the country sending in photographs of their works. Each submission is evaluated on several points, including originality, creativity and technical execution.
“If you make the Top 5 they call you and you go to this big gala awards ceremony in Toronto,” stated Schwartz. “They didn’t announce anything past first place, so I don’t actually know where I placed.”
This is the second time Schwartz has entered the competition. She placed in the Top 10 her first time.
“I’m very excited that I made Top 5, and it’s a huge honour,” said Schwartz. “It was a huge eye-opener to fashion and creativity. To be surrounded by that, it was just amazing.”
Schwartz will be entering the competition again next year and hopes to place first.