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Masayo Laing

Independent Makeup Artist +

Masayo Laing

Masayo is a qualified makeup artist, creative director and event organizer. She has been employed as a freelance makeup artist in the Toronto area since 2013.

Since 2015, Masayo has been a creative director and event organizer for some of Toronto's most successful photography workshops. Masayo has combined all three talents towards developing a niche in creative and authentic traditional Japanese whiteface - including Geisha, Maiko and Kabuki stylings. Her work is found in a wide variety of venues.

Applying makeup behind the scenes
Behind the scenes makeup application

Event Organizer

Event Organizer

Photography Workshops

From 2008 to 2015 Masayo Laing co-organized over 100 workshops for one of Toronto's most successful and longest running fashion photography workshops - BFG Photography.

As event organizer, artistic director and lead makeup artist, Masayo learned every aspect of what it took to consistently organize a quality workshop. This experience inspired her to begin her own workshop series.

Toronto Fashion Modeling and Photography Workshops

Started in 2017, Masayo is sole organizer of the Toronto Fashion Modeling and Photography Workshops series. The workshops are aimed at serving multiple photography skill levels - from beginner to advanced.

demonstrating whiteface makeup application for fellow makeup artists
Photography Workshop team photo

Creative Director

Creative Director

As a Creative Director Masayo has entered exhibits in local and regional exhibitions. These showcases include live fashion shows such as both the Toronto and Montreal RAW and the Beauty & Health Expo. Cultural exhibitions include Matsuri at Dundas Square, the East Asian Festival at Waterloo University, Asian Heritage Day at IBM Canada LTD, over 100 fashion photography workshops and more!

model in shadow in femme fatale style
From a popular femme fatale workshop
imaginative kimono styling black and white
Provocative Kimono Styling with Workshop Model
three kimono models backstage at Toronto RAW
Authentic Japanese stylings - backstage at Toronto RAW

Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist

Makeup Qualifications

Masayo has graduated from two professional makeup schools

  • Toronto School of Professional Makeup
  • Mitsuyoshi Makeup for Traditional Japanese, Tokyo Japan
demonstrating whiteface makeup techniques for professional colleagues
Demonstrating advanced whiteface techniques for professional colleagues
Montreal RAW backstage team photo
Montreal RAW backstage team photo

Makeup Niche

Makeup Niche

Masayo's authentic Japanese white face themes have been showcased by Canadian cultural and business organizations. They include the Japan Consulate of Canada, the Canada-Japan Society, IBM Canada Ltd and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, to name a few. Masayo's authentic Japanese makeup and styling themes are also included in her advanced workshops.

project areas past & present

project areas past & present

  • Cultural Events
  • Anime North
  • RAW
  • Caribana
  • Japan Consulate
  • Canada-Japan Society
  • Steampunk model - Beauty by Masayo Workshop
    Steampunk Workshop Theme
  • Local Businesses
  • Headshots & Personal Portraitures
  • Corporate Events
  • Promotional Speaker
  • Clothing Catalog
  • Magazine Published
  • Maiko Saki Theme at GUU Izakaya Toronto
    Maiko Saki Theme at GUU Izakaya Toronto
  • On Location
  • Independent Film
  • Music Video
  • Theatre
Zameer - Shut the World Out Music Video
Zameer - Shut the World Out Music Video