Meet JCI makeup student, Megan Sheppard
! She’ll be participating in IMATS Vancouver 2016′
s Battle Of The Brushes competition in the Beauty/Fantasy category this weekend. Read on to learn more about her as she prepares for this exciting event!
Describe the moment when you found out that you were accepted into Battle Of The Brushes.
The moment I found out I was accepted into Battle Of The Brushes, without warning I started sobbing on the Seabus home. Like, ugly cried. My friends called me and asked if I had got an e-mail yet. I checked right after and i only read to the “good news” in the title and just lost it then and there. It has been a dream of mine since starting makeup back in high school (to be a part of IMATS) and I’m so grateful to be chosen to compete!
What inspired you to get into makeup artistry?
Makeup is something that can break the divide between fantasy and reality. Seeing a character come to life is something I’ve been doing since grade 7. I have been a Cosplayer for almost 6 years and have had the honor of bringing characters that people love to life. I had bounced between different career options all throughout high school from wanting to be a pharmacist to being weeks away from being in the military, but I always found myself going back to this hobby. I knew if I wanted to be happy in life I would have to make my passion my career. Makeup also gives people confidence in themselves which I believe is super super important. Makeup can give someone that extra boost of energy to go out and enjoy life. I want to be able to give someone that boost that they may find hard to find in themselves and give them a push in the right direction for self love and care.
Do you have signature or a favorite makeup look that you enjoy doing?
I love doing a gold halo eye on myself but since I have hooded eyes no one can see how pretty it is. But honestly I love mixing it up and changing my look on a daily basis (aka it depends on how early I get up in the morning).
Name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without?
I live by my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
. For my guys and gals with hooded eyes do yourself a solid and treat yourself. I won’t leave my house without my NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick
in Tea and Cookies or Sandstorm. Those 2 colours, I swear by. I’ve sold my soul to Kat Von D
‘s Ink liner in Trooper. This eyeliner is the only liner that hasn’t chipped off throughout the day on me or transferred into my crease. I will be wearing her liner to the grave.
Tell us about your experience while attending JCI’s Makeup Artistry Program. Do you have any favorite moments?
JCI’S Makeup Artistry Diploma Program is everything I could ask for and more in a school. The staff are professional and overall amazing. They all have bubbly personalities and are super helpful! I also couldn’t have asked for better classmates. Each girl in my class has their own special place in my heart. They are all so funny and have such positive energy that I’m going to miss them so much. Everything that has happened to me while at JCI was my favourite moment, as cliche as it sounds, its 110% true! I’ve never been so excited to be at school.
With IMATS coming up soon, can you tell us about how you’re preparing for the big day?
I was a Cadet for 5 years and to me, organization is key. I’ve created a schedule for myself to work by up until the competition day. The amount of support from my friends and family is keeping me on track and focused. My hometown is cheering me on, so let’s show IMATS Battle Of The Brushes what this Vernon girl can do!
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