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JCI MAKEUP GRAD SPOTLIGHT: BRITTANY PESKLEVITS

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01.2016
JCI makeup grad Brittany from one of our favourite makeup YouTube channels, Getting Pretty.

Tell us about what do you do for work in the makeup industry?
At the moment, my main focus is my YouTube channel and making sure I have consistent video uploads. When I have the time, I still freelance doing makeup for weddings, graduations, photo shoots and sometimes video shoots.

What inspired you to get into makeup artistry?
I’ve always loved makeup and putting makeup on other people. Ever since I was little, I would ask my friends to come over for makeovers and we would just sit for hours playing around with different makeup looks. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I started thinking about pursing a career in makeup artistry. I always found myself doing my friends’ makeup for parties and other events so I did my research and reached out to other people who had gone to school for makeup and John Casablancas Institute’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program seemed like the perfect fit.

With a huge online presence, especially YouTube, do you have any advice for other makeup artists wanting to use social media to further their careers?
Absolutely! Social media is so important for anyone in any industry. Even if you’re a freelance makeup artist, your social media profiles act as a resume that anyone can access. It’s so easy today to get your name and business out there to other people through social media, so why not utilize that? Upload your best work and use the proper hashtags to make your photos more accessible. No need to overdo the hashtags though! You want to be genuine.

Which of your YouTube videos is your favorite?
I think I have 2 actually! My first is definitely “My Boyfriend Does My Makeup” video for obvious reasons! And my second is my Halloween Snapchat Rainbow Tutorial because it was so fun to film and was featured on a lot popular websites. It was really exciting!

1. My Boyfriend Does My Makeup 


2. Snapchat Rainbow Halloween Tutorial 


Name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without.
1. Essence Clear Lash & Brow Gel
2. Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector
3. Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

I wear these EVERY DAY!

Why did you choose to attend JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program?
After researching my options and listening to other people’s experiences, I decided to take a tour of the school and I was able to meet some of the staff. Everyone was so nice and welcoming and I loved that the curriculum included both beauty and special effects.

Do you have any favorite moment(s) while attending JCI?
I loved the whole experience but my absolute favorite moment was being given the overall achievement award! I felt very honored and extremely motivated. It was very rewarding.

Are there any projects from you that we can look forward to in the next year?
Completely unrelated to makeup, but I actually have a clothing line in collaboration with QTee.com. This year, we will be adding some more pieces!

What’s one piece of advice for JCI students and new graduates wanting to succeed in the makeup industry?
There are a lot of different career paths to take with your makeup artistry diploma. Aside from freelancing, you can start a blog or a YouTube channel, work for a makeup company, get into the film industry, develop your own products, anything! With that said, it’s still a major commitment and you need to work very hard to succeed in the makeup industry just like you would in any other circumstance. Find what makes you unique and what makes you happy and go from there.

Facebook: GettingPretty
Instagram: @GettingPretty
YouTube: Getting Pretty


The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal  and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

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