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How to Take Better Instagram Photos

17
08.2017

Capturing a picture for social media requires patience, good apps for filters and a lot of editing. Don’t worry if you don’t have a professional camera, you can use your old iPhone 5 and still make a photo look bright and sharp as if it were taken with an iPhone 7.

The Tips and Tricks to Taking High-Quality Instagram Pictures: 

The Basic Rules:

Before you take any picture with your smartphone, make sure you have the grid feature turned on and try to use natural lighting as much as possible. Keep an eye on the subject you are trying to capture for your photo, and play around with the angles. Taking pictures from unusual viewpoints tend to come out very interesting and different.

The Background: 

The background where you take your photos is crucially important. Choose an appropriate background that will go along with your Instagram feed and one that doesn’t have distractions. A great image can often be ruined with a Starbucks cup or other clutter in the back.

Here’s some inspiration for different styles of photos: 

Hair Photos: 

When using a ring light for hair photos, make sure you are up close and personal with your client! The closer you are, the clearer the picture. Using natural light is also a great option. Get your client to laugh, play with their hair or shake it around to add some movement to your feed. With those action shots – use the burst function to get a clear photo.

Up your Instagram hair page by using decor with clients pictures. See these inspirations photos from John Casablancas Institute’s Hair graduate and instructor, Elissa Wolfe:

Fashion Photos: 

Fashion photos are always tricky, because finding that perfect background that suits your outfit is time consuming. Take a look at where local bloggers around you take their pictures by clicking on the location tagged in their photos. That should give you some inspiration on where to find good backdrops around your area! Try a mix of urban settings, natural backgrounds and plain walls to capture the perfect #OOTD post.

And don’t forget to take pictures from all angles!

Nail Photos: 

Before taking pictures of your nails, or your client’s, many bloggers say that their secret tip is to use baby wipes to moisten any dry bits on your hands and have it looking clean before taking pictures. Lighting is also super important! Try using a ring light or taking your pictures outside to get the clearest image. Make sure your nails are the focus in your pictures and use these pictures as inspiration:

Makeup Photos: 

Whatever you do, do not use the Instagram camera to take pictures, especially when taking pictures of close-up makeup looks. Makeup pictures always have to be extra clear in order to view crease lines, eyebrow colouring and all other products used on your/your client’s face. See below for examples:

The Smartphone Rules:

  • Always use the Rule of Thirds
  • Keep HDR off: Photos may turn out unnatural and overdone
  • Try a clip-on selfie ring light for your smartphone when taking close-up selfie pictures
  • Shoot during cloudy days: lighting is diffused and these days are perfect for photography

The APPS:

Here are the must-have editing apps that you will need:

With these tips and apps, your Instagram pictures will be better than ever! Remember to stick to an Instagram theme and you’ll start gaining more likes and followers.


(JCI) is widely recognized as the industry leader in providing job-ready training and has been setting the standard for artistry and innovation for over 30 years.

Established in Vancouver since 1978, JCI continues to stand behind top professionals in the areas of fashionmake up, hair and esthetics. With note-worthy careers as award-winning makeup artists, international fashion stylists, skilled spa technicians and cutting edge hairstylists, graduates of JCI continue to shine.

Supportive and positive learning practices provide students with the most beneficial educational experience.

Our faculty is comprised of leading industry professionals and guest instructors from various aspects of their respective fields. Our instructors and graduates continue to win awards and gain recognition for their work and contributions to their industries. Just 1 block down from the Waterfront Station, JCI sits surrounded by cafes, design studios, art galleries and photographers’ studios – the perfect place for students to absorb creativity and find constant inspiration.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Makeup

Minimal Summer Makeup Essentials

20
07.2017

At some point throughout the summer, we begin to dread wearing makeup due to the heat. If you’re someone who wants that perfect summer minimal makeup glow, you’ve come to the right spot.

Try out these effortless techniques for a clean, refreshing and natural makeup look: 

The last thing you want this summer is your makeup melting into your sangria. To achieve a natural look, you’ve got to get your hands on the right products. Some of those products include:

Waterproof Mascara: 

If you haven’t got your lash extensions done this summer, then we would recommend you to check out the pros of extensions for the warmer months. If that doesn’t float your boat, make waterproof mascara your best friend this season.

The YSL Everlong Waterproof Mascara is long-lasting and clump-free a girl’s dream come true. Other mascara products that are known to be waterproof and smudge free are: The Dior Blackout Mascara, Covergirl Eyebrightening Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, and also the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara.

Make Your Foundation Look Like Your Skin:

If you wear a full-face of foundation during a hot day, then expect your makeup to dribble down your chin. Skip your normal foundation routine and substitute it for a light-weight silicone formula that will give you coverage while allowing your skin to look natural.

The L’oreal Infallible Foundation is made from a rich silicone formula and gives a matte finish. Other products you could use include: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Powder Foundation SPF 24, M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation and also the Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup.

“The Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin, especially during this hot weather. It is also recommended if you have acne-prone skin.” – Makeup Reviews 

Moisturize With Fresh Skincare: 

To keep a natural healthy glow, you must invest time to take care of your skin. It’s important to moisturize daily, especially in summer. To protect your skin from moisture loss and prevent dull skin from appearing, use the Fresh Skincare’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, a lightweight cream that enhances your skins natural radiance.

Summer Glow:

This summer is all about strategically applying highlighter on your skin for a glowing and shimmery look. The purpose of a highlighter is to define your cheekbones.

“When the skin is already sun-kissed, highlighter brightens up the highest parts of the face.” – Daniel Martin, Makeup Artist 

The MILK Makeup Highlighter is an essential you will carry with you everywhere. To achieve a perfect summer glow, use this product that has been made popular by Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, and apply on these 3 popular areas:

These products will not only give you a natural look, but your summer makeup routine will be quicker and more efficient. Check out our Pinterest for more summer beauty hacks.


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 / Makeup

Canada Day Makeup

30
06.2017

The celebrations for Canada 150 have begun and we’re thrilled for this long weekend. This year, the festivities are going to be bigger than ever which calls for wearing the hottest summer outfits with glam makeup looks.

Not sure how to get dolled up this weekend? Take a look below at some of our favorite makeup looks for Canada Day:

Less Bitter, More Glitter! 

Take your makeup routine up a notch and shine like a star with glitter makeup this weekend. This look is perfect for a night out and will make your eyes pop!

Makeup by Adila Khalid

 

Get this runway-ready glitter lips by watching this Youtube tutorial by Amys Makeup Box.

Classic Red Lips

JCI Fashion graduate, Instagram blogger and Canadian beauty influencer, Sayeh Sharelo, knows how to pull off a classy red lip! The simple and timeless red lip is always a good makeup choice.

Click here to watch the Youtube tutorial on this look

Festival Ready Lips

Attending a Canada Day festival or theme party? Here’s a makeup look that will make you the center of attention. Put on some red lipstick, add glitter ombre and your lips are ready to shine!

Red Eyes

Make your eyes pop with red eyeshadow and liner. Not sure how to pull this look off? Check out this article on Elle that shows you how to pull off red eye makeup.

For more makeup inspiration and what to wear for Canada Day, check out the JCI Canada Day Looks board on Pinterest.


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 / Makeup

Freaky Friday Makeup

09
06.2017

There’s no denying that students and graduates from John Casablancas Institute have a creative and wide imagination. From aliens to zombies, these artistic makeup artists have created the most terrifying and creepy looks.

Take a look for yourself, if you dare.

Samantha St John

It seems as if JCI Makeup graduate Samantha St John celebrates Halloweens almost every day! We are not complaining – with over 25K followers on Instagram, this Canadian beauty influencer is a wildly talented hair, makeup, and special effects artist.

 

 

Keep up with Samantha on her Youtube channel

Emily Crawford 

Recent Makeup graduate Emily Crawford, left a lasting impression at JCI by creating a terrifying “BARAKA” look for her final prosthetic exam.

 Danielle Rudnisky 

Electrical burns, chemical burns, slit throats and severed fingers– our students get the chance to create all these looks in the JCI Makeup Program. Current student Danielle has mastered the art of special effects makeup.

 

Aside from being a makeup artist, Danielle is also a professional photographer. Click here to follow her Instagram page. 

Kimberley Margarita

A JCI Makeup graduate, Canadian beauty influencer, Youtube phenomenon and an Instagram sensation with over 535K followers, Kimberley Margarita is a talented makeup artist who just got placed in the top 20 for the NYX Cosmetics Face Awards! Congrats Kimberley.

Check out her video for the Top 30 NYX Face Awards.

The second challenge for the Face Awards has been revealed and voters will be able to vote for the top 12 from June 16-23. For more information on how you can vote for Kimberley, visit the Face Awards 2017 website.

Keep up with Kimberley Margarita on her Youtube Channel: Colour Creep

Luke Taylor

Luke recently graduated the JCI Makeup Program and finished his final prosthetics exam by creating this creepy alien creature. This image can also be viewed on the JCI Instagram page.

Jennifer Day

Current JCI Makeup student, Jennifer, created this “Drop Dead Gorgeous” corpsing look during an airbrushing class. Check out all those perfect details!

Alexandra Gill

Alexandra graduated the JCI Makeup Artistry program and has continued her passion for bodypainting, as seen on her Instagram account. Here’s a look at two of her recent body painted creations: “Night Shine” and “Psychedelic Chameleon.”

Janelle Montague

Janelle is currently enrolled in the JCI Makeup Program and has been enjoying creating special effects makeup looks. Her latest creation is this frightening zombie!

Follow Janelle on her Youtube channel: Genie Slays

We may be months away from Halloween 2017, but it’s never too late for a little inspiration. JCI Makeup artists aren’t afraid to take risks and show off their dark side with these makeup techniques.


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 / Makeup

Beauty Talk: Spring Wrap-Up

30
05.2017

Spring is wrapping up, but not without leaving us with a few treasures.

One of the highlights of this Spring was the launch of MAC Cosmetics new Samantha Ravndahl lipstick. Samantha graduated the JCI Makeup program and is a beauty influencer with over 2.4 million Instagram followers. As if we weren’t proud enough of this Youtube vlogger already. A huge bravo to Ms. Ravndahl on another successful endeavor! Her sheer nude lipstick color is gorgeous and a must-have in every artist’s kit.

NYX Cosmetics is on a roll with the opening of their new freestanding stores. The NYX Robson location just opened this month, and you will be sure to see some familiar JCI faces working behind the counter at both the Metrotown and Robson locations.

In addition to offering a fabulous selection of products at already great prices, NYX has just announced that they are offering a 30% discount at their freestanding store to current makeup students to facilitate and support your artistry! They will require your JCI student identification at the point of sale to honor the discount.

Sephora has just launched their brand new Summer Internship program. The Summer Internship Program is a paid internship and is designed to provide candidates with direct work experience in a specific department within Sephora Stores. During the eight-week program, interns will be paired with a mentor who will provide them with on-the-job work experience and role shadowing opportunities to further career aspiration.

Participants will also receive various training focused on client services, various departments and functional areas and an opportunity to interact with senior leaders in the business. In addition to working and training in a specific area, participants will participate in team designed initiatives and a final cumulative project to address a current company opportunity.

If you are a current student and would like to apply, Sephora has asked that you submit your resume directly to Jennine Cook (jennine@jcimakeup.com) by June 5th. All submissions will be forwarded directly to Sephora. 


Blog Contributor: Jennine Cook, Makeup Program Co-Director, and Industry Liaison

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,
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