Makeup ProgramsHighlights

You will learn to create stunning looks for the stage, film, fashion, bridal or TV. From gorgeous to gory, you will learn from leading makeup artists in the industry as you master everything from the “smokey eye” to lab techniques and special effects.

2014 Leo Awards: A HUGE congrats to JCI grad Tracy Lai for Best Makeup in a Motion Picture for Evil Feed. Assisted by JCI’s Maura Halliday. Jennifer Ruth also took home the award for Best Hairstyling in a Motion Picture for her work in Evangeline!!!

Makeup Industry: Career Prospects

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, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of makeup artistry- from everyday beauty to nightmare-inducing special effects.

As the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face-casting in Western Canada, JCI is often the first stop for recruiters. Our dedicated Industry Liaison, Jennine, will work with you to think beyond the classroom- where will you go from here? Jennine has a network of connections at her disposal, which means job postings are communicated directly to you. Whether you want to pursue makeup artistry in fashion, film, or special effects, an education at JCI will give you a serious advantage when starting your career.


Makeup Artist (MUA)

As a Makeup Artist, you can pursue work in a number of industries including film, television, theatre, fashion, and cosmetics. In these fields, you’ll be in charge of transforming actors or models using cosmetics and/or prosthetics. If you prefer to fly solo, freelancing independently might be your thing. If you thrive off working with others, you can always work as part of a team.

Social Media Artist / Influencer

The Internet is the go-to place for answers, and makeup tutorials are no exception. As a Social Media Makeup Artist, you can build a career by posting your work on various social platforms, like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube. As your following grows, advertisers may approach you to use their products and advertise their brands to your audience. Successful Social Media Makeup Artists can also be offered contracts to make appearances at industry events.

Out-of-Kit Effects Artist

As an Out-of-Kit Effects Artist, you’re responsible for the application, colouration, maintenance and removal of all out-of-kit effects. In other words, you’ll be the expert on injury simulation, which means cuts, wounds, blisters, scratches, bullet holes, scars, tattoos, bald caps, bites, birthmarks, bruises, blood, and disfigurements are all part of your repertoire.

Prosthetic Artist

Love creating creatures straight our of fantasy or horror movies? As a Prosthetic Artist, you’re in charge of everything from designing the prosthetic, to sculpting it, moulding it, casting it, and removing it. Ultimately, your job is to create advanced cosmetic effects that result in seriously out-of-this-world transformations.

Film & Television Artist

As a Film and Television Makeup Artist, you’ll work behind-the-scenes on sets of feature films, indie films, MOW (Movie of the Week), music videos, commercials, television series, and news broadcasts. You’re responsible for the design, application, continuity and removal of all makeup- which sometimes includes out-of-kit effects as well.

Body Painter

Body Painters use the entire body as their canvas, transforming it using temporary paint or cosmetics. As a Body Painter, you’ll often use a combination of airbrush and conventional makeup techniques to create seamless works of art on your model.

Bridal Makeup Artist

Want to play a meaningful part in a bride’s big day? As a Bridal Makeup Artist, you specialize in beauty makeup, and often hair, for special events like weddings and graduations. You’ll start with a consult to create the desired looks, then schedule the appointments for the event and perform the application. It’s a mobile job that lends itself to new places and faces.

Makeup Artist Instructor

A Makeup Artist Instructor demonstrates the art of makeup including techniques in beauty, skincare, bridal, fantasy, special effects and lab techniques. An Instructor shares their passion of makeup artistry and teaches valuable tricks of the trade to up-and-coming makeup artists for all facets of the industry.

Demo Artist

If you’re passionate about specific cosmetic brands, you can represent them by working on-call as a demo artist. It’s a chance for you to perform makeovers on clients using that brand’s products, often in a department store or retail setting.


Fashion Week makeup determines which looks will reign supreme this season. As a Makeup Artist in Fashion, you’ll design and apply makeup for runway shows, including Fashion Week shows across the globe. Typically, you’ll represent a major cosmetic brand that is sponsoring the event.

Editorial or Photography Artist

Love the idea of creating looks that will live forever? Asan editorial or photography artist, you’ll specialize in applying makeup for magazine shoots, newspapers, billboards, and commercial or fashion advertisements.

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Laura-Clare McDermott Executive Assistant at VancouverFilmStudios “I just have to say what a pleasure it was working with you on Friday. You are amazing at handling infinite amounts of pressure as well as time constraints, all whilst managing a team of eight seamlessly. Everybody here at VFS loved working alongside your staff and felt you played such crucial part of Friday’s success.

I truly appreciate all your hard work; you exceeded my expectations. I will not hesitate to reach out to JCI in the future for any events we hold here at VFS.”

CARLY SYME XM Field Manager | Mosaic “This note is long overdue, but wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to you and your team for transforming almost 100 individuals into the most epic looking Zombies Vancouver has ever seen!

Once again, thank you for everything. You were an absolute pleasure to work with!”


Marisha Ferland
“Very qualified and enthusiastic instructors. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thanks for all the support. Love my JCI family!”

Claudia Lahti
“I really enjoyed my experience at JCI. All the teachers had great knowledge and are all so encouraging. We all got to go know each other very well and became sort of like a small family. Even though the course is ending the teachers all encourage us to keep in touch and come back and visit. It feels like we aren’t going alone out into the industry”

Tori Binns
“I fully enjoyed my time at JCI. The instructors and staff have been so supportive throughout the entire time and I feel lucky to have been taught by such inspiring and successful people. I definitely feel motivated and prepared for what comes next!”

Edina Schubert
“The instructors at John Casablancas for the Makeup Artistry Diploma Program were effective and helpful beyond what I had expected. I enjoyed the course and feel excited to start a career in this industry. If I had not attended John Casablancas, I feel that I would not have been properly prepared or educated. No other school compares! Thank-you to all the teachers and staff!!!”

Kayla Konechny
“The experience has been one I will never forget. I will take all the skills and knowledge I’ve learned with me throughout my life and never stop practicing. I would like to thank all the instructors for their help and support. It has been a really fun and unforgettable experience, and I will miss it a lot. I am looking forward to pursuing my career as a professional makeup artist.”

Jessie Rivas-Gonzalez
“The experience here was absolutely amazing! I feel that my choice to attend JC Institute was the best for me and would definitely recommend the school to other aspiring artists. The =instructors are the best! Thank you all! The knowledge and confidence I’m leaving with is thanks to all of you.”

Cassandra Trahan
“This school is professional and I am more than happy with what I have learned. I couldn’t have asked for better instructors and a better learning environment. The small class sizes really helped with keeping things personal. I’ve gained more confidence being here and I wish I didn’t have to go.”

Richelle Shane
“I feel that JCI was a really great experience. We were taught in a professional environment that helped prepare me for everything beyond the school. I love it and I am really happy with the experience.”



JCI grads continue to take the makeup industry by storm. Our grads are working in every facet of the makeup industry from cosmetic giants like Bobbi Brown, MAC, & Makeup Forever to the film studios, TV shows and the Fashion scene. JCI grads are widely regarded as the leaders in both professionalism and skill!

Confirmed graduate placements:
2015 – 87%
2014 – 93%
2013 – 96%
2012 – 87%

Rachel Jones
1st Place winner for Vancouver Fashion Week Makeup Competition.

Canadian Runner up for Lancome Colour Design Awards.

Moved to London, England working as full time artist for fashion, beauty, personalities, advertising.

Her work had been seen in multiple full length feature films, as well as advertising campaigns for companies such as Aspinal, Swarovski Paris, Manish Arora and Maybelline.

Rachel’s real passion is Fashion and her work has graced the cover of OVER 150 Magazines varying from Tatler to Vanity Fair.

Clients include: British Glamour, Disney, Marc Jacob, MTV European Music Awards.

Check out her mind blowing breadth of work at

Rachel Griffin
Twice nominated for an Emmy for the X-Files.

Film Credits include Poltergeist II, Lake Placid, Deep Rising, GI Joe, Millennium, Ratz, Flight 180, Strange World.

Samantha Ravadahl
Instagram super star and creator and founder of Batalash Beauty.

Makeup guru and social media phenomenon.

Generated over 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

International acclaim as aspiring artists around the globe seek out her advice and follow her trendsetting makeups.

Follow Samantha @ssssamanthaa on Instagram.

Liz McLeod
Makeup and Hair JCI grad.

Top Student Award winner for Makeup and Over-all Achievement Award winner.

1st Place Winner for IMATS – Toronto for BEAUTY category “Battle of the Brushes”.

Top Finalist for Global Shu Uemura Makeup Competition.

Senior stylist at Mink Makeup and Hair (company owned by JCI grad Jenny Ruth) and has an amazing portfolio for fashion, film and special effects makeup.

Tracy Lai
2014 Leo Award winner for “Best Makeup in a Motion Picture” on Evil Feed

Extraordinarily talented SFX artist and beloved Head of SPFX Makeup Department.

Watch her spotlight video!

Bree-Anna Lehto
Back to Back Victories as JCI sweeps the IMATS competition, 1st and 2nd place 2 years running!!

Raising star takes 1st place for 2013 and 2014 IMATS Vancouver!

Bree-Anna Won 1st place in the BEAUTY category “Battle of the Brushes” – IMATS Vancouver 2013 (JCI grad Robin Russle takes 2nd place also for Beauty)

In impressive back to back wins, Bree-Anna takes 1st place again at the 2014 IMATS Vancouver but this time for the “Battle of the Brushes” SFX category. Again, a JCI grad takes 2nd place in the SFX category with a win by Jaclyn Hachey.

Jennine Cook
Outstanding graduate and Top Student Award Winner see’s phenomenal success and brings it all back to JCI!

Starting her education off in Film at the New York Film Academy and studying costume and art design, Jennine took the long way around to recognizing her true love: makeup!

She spent years after graduation working in beauty, fashion, TV and Film with such clients as McDonald’s, Mattel Toys, Oxi Clean and Kohl’s and spent a decade as the Key Artist on W Network’s “The Shopping Bags” and Slice Network’s “Making it Big”. She was also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Makeup in a Short Drama.

Jennine’s unstoppable quest to do it all led her to open her extremely successful Makeup and Costume Business in White Rock: “Transformations.”

Knowing the real deal when we see it, Jennine was hired at JCI over the years as an Instructor, Program Director and JCI Industry Liaison where she assists our awesome makeup gradates with transitioning into the Makeup world and finding employment.

Jennine’s overwhelming success was reflected recently as the recipient of the “Aboriginal Business of The Year” award for 2014 from the BC Achievement Council.





Classes are 20 hrs per week.

Program is considered full-time for student loan purposes, but allows students to continue to work while they receive their training.

A variety of schedules are available: 3 days per week from 9:00 – 4:30 pm Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday or Thursday / Friday / Saturday

Or Evening/Weekend: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 5:00 – 9:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please contact the school for specific start date information.

Max Students: 16 per class

Total Course length: 45 weeks (including breaks/holidays)






  • Introduction to the industry
  • Biology of the skin and facial shapes
  • Makeup application principles


  • Cosmetic sales techniques
  • Hair styling for visual media

photography, high fashion & period makeup

  • Makeup for photography
  • Fashion and runway makeup
  • Period makeup and celebrity look-a-like
  • Computer lab 1
  • Photoshop
Makeup Unlimited 3

Makeup principles for film, TV and theatre including airbrushing

  • Introduction to the film industry
  • Script breakdown – character analysis
  • Lighting, film, cameras
  • Film, tv and video – basic makeup
  • Stage and fantasy makeup
  • Airbrushing techniques
  • Fantasy makeup
  • Computer lab 2
  • Digital marketing
Makeup unlimited 4

Special makeup effects

  • Aging with latex and paint
  • Injury smulation and gelatin effects
  • Hair work – beards, moustaches & sideburns
  • Baldcaps
Makeup unlimited 5

Prosthetics/lab techniques and advanced airbrushing

  • Special effects lab
  • Separators and sealers
  • Sculpting
  • Moulds/prosthetic piece
  • Lifecasting
  • Gelatin prosthetic
  • Pros-aide transfers
  • Foam latex application
  • Silicone prosthetic application
  • Aging prosthetic application

Computer lab 3

  • Website development

Seminar 3

  • Employment clinic

Fashion & Beauty (FAB) Makeup Program

This program was designed for the artist who “loves the glamour but hates the gore.” This FAB-focused program provides training for all the fashion + beauty elements of makeup and prepares graduates to take the beauty biz by storm.

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