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IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Kathleen Fowlstone

12
10.2017

PART THREE OF IMATS BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES FINALISTS: KATHLEEN FOWLSTONE

Kathleen Fowlstone graduated the John Casablancas Institute Makeup Program early March of this year and recently came back to teach the Makeup Artistry Program. Kat is one of three JCI finalists who will be competing at the 2017 Vancouver IMATS this upcoming weekend.

As a self-taught makeup artist and body painter, Kat was apart of the 2014 IMATS and knew in that moment that she was on the right path. From being featured in Skin Markz Magazine for her amazing work to founding Little Monsters Studio, Kat has certainly left her mark in the makeup industry.

We are beyond excited to see Kat compete at the 2017 IMATS Battle of the Brushes on October 15 in the Beauty/Fantasy category. Catch JCI Makeup graduate and educator live at IMATS at 3:15 PM this Sunday!

An Interview with Kathleen Fowlstone:

What are you most excited about for IMATS?

Education! Learning new tips and tricks from industry professionals is priceless.

What is your favorite makeup brand? 

Mehron because of their variety in products.

Why did you choose to enroll at JCI for Makeup?

JCI offers a complete program with highly supportive staff and teachers!

Who is your all-time favorite makeup artist? 

Ve Neil, she is the brains behind many of my favorite movie makeups.

Which celebrity would you like to work with in the future and why?

Tim Burton! I would love to be the MUA that brings an iconic character to life.

Name your top 3 makeup products you can’t live without:

Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow products, Kat Von D tattoo liner, and Urban Decay setting spray.

What’s your number one makeup advice you could give? 

Be confident in your abilities, and always be open to learning from your peers.

 If you could give up one makeup product, which would it be: Mascara, Eyeliner, Lipstick, Highlighter or Foundation? 

Sorry highlighter!

MAKE SURE TO CATCH Kathleen Fowlstone AT IMATS ON OCTOBER 15 AT THE VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE EAST (HALL B). FOLLOW JCI INSTAGRAM FOR MORE COVERAGE ON THE EVENT LIVE AND VISIT IMATS VANCOUVER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT.


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 the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor 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 Institute 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 theater.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Features / Makeup

IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Stacey Koch

11
10.2017

PART TWO OF IMATS BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES FINALISTS: STACEY KOCH 

John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry student Stacey Koch is another JCI finalist who will be competing against recently graduated makeup artists at the 2017 Vancouver IMATS: Battle of the Brushes.

We are thrilled to see Stacey competing in the Beauty/Fantasy Awards Show on October 15, beginning at 3:15 pm. The theme for this year’s Beauty/Fantasy category is International Beauty.

Stacey is inspired by the endless possibilities to create and express a concept, character, and expression, which is why she enjoys practicing makeup. She enrolled in the Makeup Artistry Program at JCI because of the welcoming environment and creativity.

“The instructors at John Casablancas are the reason I chose this institute. The instructors are well-known in the Makeup Industry and are able to keep students up to date with the latest makeup trends and techniques.” 

Stacey looks forward to being at IMATS: Battle of the Brushes this weekend and meeting new makeup artists who enjoy the art just as much as she does.

“My all-time favorite makeup brands are Makeup Forever and Graftobian!” 

In the future, Stacey hopes she gets the chance to work with American actor, Jason Momoa.

“Your profession becomes enjoyable when you surround yourself with kind and humble humans.” 

If Stacey had to pick her top three makeup products that she wouldn’t be able to live with, she would choose the M.A.C Eyebrow Pencil and Natural Radiance Prep & Prime, and L’Oreal mascara.

Makeup Artists Francesca Tolot, Joanne Gair and Alex Box are all inspirations to Stacey. She admires the work of Joanne Gair and how she perfects fabric painting, and Alex Box is definitely an Instagram inspiration with over 156K followers!

“Keep practicing makeup. Even if you’re not happy with a specific look, make a plan and perfect it for next time. It’s the only way you’ll get better! And remember to always keep your brushes clean.” 

MAKE SURE TO CATCH STACEY KOCH AT IMATS ON OCTOBER 15 AT THE VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE EAST (HALL B). FOLLOW JCI INSTAGRAM FOR MORE COVERAGE ON THE EVENT LIVE AND VISIT IMATS VANCOUVER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT. 


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 the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor 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 Institute 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 theater.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Features / Makeup

IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Nicky Campbell

06
10.2017

John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduate Nicky Campbell is one of JCI’s IMATS Battle of the Brushes finalists. IMATS will be hosting their latest Awards Show in Vancouver on October 14 and 15. This competition brings together recently graduated makeup artists to battle for the top spot in the categories of Character/Prosthetics and Beauty/Fantasy.

We are so proud to have JCI’s very own Nicky Campbell take the stage on October 14. Nicky will be competing in the Character/Prosthetics Awards Show beginning at 3:15 pm. The theme for this year’s show is Guardians of the Galaxy.

We interviewed Nicky before her big weekend at IMATS Vancouver:

What inspired you to get into the Makeup Industry? 

I’ve always had a passion for art and have taken art classes since grade 7. After high school, I took a year off and in that year I began playing around with body painting and special effects makeup. I ended up growing a strong passion for it and love the fact that I can transform people into a work of art.

Who is your all-time favorite makeup artist?

In my eyes, Dick Smith is the best makeup artist of all time. He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Makeup”. He created two of the best old age makeups of all times the original Exorcist and the Amadeus.

Why did you choose to enroll at John Casablancas Institute? 

John Casablancas Institute has a well-rounded program and has a great job placement rate, which is why I chose to enroll in the Makeup Program at JCI.

Which celebrity would you like to work for in the future? 

I would want to work with Glenn Hetrick. He has worked and designed makeup for some of my favorite TV shows, including Buffy, Angel and the X-Files. He also designs costumes for American songwriter Lady Gaga (another celebrity I would love to work with). It would be amazing to have the chance to work for him at his studio Optic Nerve.

Favourite makeup brand? 

Kat Von D!

What are you most excited about for IMATS?

Besides the opportunity to compete and show my work in such an accomplishing way, I’m very excited about the vendors that will be there and stocking makeup for my kit.

Name your top 3 makeup products that you would not be able to live without! 

What’s one makeup advice/tip you could give?  

If I could only give one makeup tip it would be to always make sure your face is properly cleansed and moisturized before every application. This allows you have a clean canvas to apply makeup on. It also keeps your skin hydrated and gives you the perfect base for you to blend your foundation onto.

If you could give up one makeup product, which would it be: Mascara, Eyeliner, Lipstick, Highlighter or Foundation? 

Goodbye highlighter!

Make sure to catch Nicky Campbell at IMATS on October 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East (Hall B). Follow JCI Instagram for more coverage on the event live and visit IMATS Vancouver for more information on the event. 


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 the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor 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 Institute 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 theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Features / Hair

Jenna Johnson: JCI Hair Graduate and Stylist of the Year

02
10.2017

John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate Jenna Johnson is Kelowna’s Hairstylist of the Year.

“I’ve always been the creative type.”  

Born and raised in British Columbia, Jenna had known since high school that she wanted to pursue a career in hair styling. She enrolled at John Casablancas Institute to complete the 6-month long Hair Art Design Program in 2012.

“I’ve always been a wild one— I couldn’t sit still in classes and constantly had to be doing something with my hands.”

After picking up her first pair of scissors 5 years ago at JCI, Jenna has accomplished amazing goals. She recently celebrated 3 years of working at Plan B Headquarters, a hair salon based in Kelowna.

Jenna has been strongly inspired by one of her JCI Instructors Karl Brown, who has influenced her hair techniques. Other inspirations include Jamie Sea, the girls at Habit Salon, and Sofie.

“I loved my instructors at JCI. They were incredibly talented and knowledgeable. Each instructor had a different way of teaching but it was important learning all techniques going forward into my career.” 

Jenna gives her clients tips on how to properly maintain healthy hair and suggests two important tools: protein and moisture! Especially after a lightening hair treatment, it’s important to keep your hair nourished.

“My favorite hairstyle to create is a bob— whether it’s textured or blunt.”

If you’re interested in becoming a hairdresser, then you have to know that there is no time for sitting down in a busy hair salon! Jenna acknowledges that the best part of being a hair stylist is having a creative outlet that allows you to express your unique personality throughout every service.

“If you enjoy a clear headspace, then this is probably not the best job for you.” 

At the age of 21 and 22, Jenna has won Silver for Hairstylist of the Year in Okanagan, BC and this year she takes home a Gold for 2017’s Hairstylist of the Year.

Keep up with Jenna Johnson via Instagram: Blonde and Balayage


Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa / Features

JCI Body Spa Graduate: Gillian Cortes

28
08.2017

Gillian Cortes, born in the Philippines and raised in Vancouver, is a 22-year-old John Casablancas Institute Certified Esthetician and Lash Artist. Gillian enrolled in the JCI Body Spa Program in 2016 and graduated to pursue her career goals as an Eyelash Technician.

“I’ve always had a keen interest in the beauty industry but never thought of it as a legitimate career. I was originally interested in the Makeup Program, but once I talked to my advisor I was swayed into the Body and Spa Program. It had everything that I’ve always wanted to learn and more!”

Gillian began her post-secondary education by taking general studies in University, with thoughts of becoming an Occupational Therapist. Soon, however, she was introduced to the beauty industry and stumbled upon her perfect career path.

Gillian chose to study the Body Spa Program at JCI because of how authentic and real the program felt for her.

“I felt very comfortable and accepted by everyone at the school. I had visited previous schools to check the programs out, but I didn’t receive a comforting feeling. The staff at JCI definitely treats you like family, which I love!”

The Body Spa Program has both theory and practical aspects, which is what Gillian most enjoyed.

“At first it was scary working on real clients, but with practice, it became second nature. It really helped me gain my confidence to talk to my current clients. 
Q: What are the pros and cons of working in the Body Spa Industry?

The pros are that you aren’t tied down to just one job, there are many fields to specialize in. You can become a nail or lash technician, facial specialist, massage therapist, and the list goes on!

The hours and very flexible as well, you can either start a home business or be your own boss.

The cons include tiring and busy days, especially when you have a lot of clients, your body is constantly moving! Either you’re working with your hands, standing up or crouching over.

Even on slow days, you may not have many clients, but there are many spa duties to finish before closing.

“I personally never thought I would enjoy doing eyelashes so much. I became dedicated to the art of lash extensions. Work for me doesn’t feel like work because I enjoy it so much!” 

Q: When did you begin your Instagram page: “GCBEAUTYY?” 

I began “gcbeautyy” in 2015 and used my Instagram account as a platform for makeup. However, once I got into the Body Spa Program, I changed directions and began using the account to showcase my work.

I was really surprised by how my Instagram account has flourished. I started off by following many accounts: makeup companies, eyelash technicians and companies (both local and international), and my clientele.

I interacted with my followers constantly and kept my account updated on what was happening. Instagram felt like a second job to me! You really have to work hard, be consistent and patient.

“Everything amazing takes time to grow.” 

Q: What has been your prized moment throughout your career? 

My most prized moment throughout my career has been all the acknowledgment I have received for my work from eyelash companies, colleagues, and my clients. It really humbles me and makes me feel proud of how much I have grown.

All the endless practicing and researching really helped me become the artist I am today. I still have so much to learn but it’s an amazing feeling to have so many people love what I do!

“I actually got my first Eyelash Technician job by word of mouth.” 

When Gillian isn’t busy making her clients look and feel beautiful with lash extensions throughout an eight and a half hour day, she can be found spending time with her friends, perfecting her lash technique and timing on her family/friends, and taking care of herself.

“The learning doesn’t stop once your finish school. I watch a lot of Youtube videos and read blog posts about new techniques for lashing!”

With over 4,500 followers on Instagram, book your next lash appointment with JCI Body Spa graduate, Gillian Cortes!


The 44-week Body Spa Program is one of a kind in professional spa training, encompassing basic and advanced spa services. The program consists of in-depth theory and practical knowledge, constant student practice, family practice week, weekly tests, creative projects and spa floor services in a beautiful spa setting. By the end of the program, you will be spa ready by projecting professionalism and confidence in performing both basic and advanced spa services.

Davneet Dhillon,
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