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Creative Instagrams That Inspire: August 2018

Maria Velasquez
Blog / Makeup

This month has been filled with creativity and outstanding makeup looks created by John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduates. We’ve come across a variety of Instagram pages that are anything but minimalistic and offer outstanding talented looks.


KRISTA HANN / @that709highlight

Krista Hann’s inspiration comes from the art of makeup and how it can change someone’s confidence with just one sweep. She is also inspired by JCI Instructor Tracy Lai, and JCI graduates and influencers Kimberley Margarita and Samantha Ravndahl.

“I’ve always heard amazing things about JCInstitute which made me jump at the opportunity to really pursue my career in Makeup Artistry. My experience at JCI was completely worth moving across the country for. The passion the instructors have for setting their students up for success is overwhelming. I’ve learned things I didn’t even think were possible!” 

The inspiration for the above creative look is about representing Krista morphing into a professional makeup artist and moving outside of her comfort zone, also the JCI logo played a part in inspiring this colourful look.

OCEANA SAM / @oceanamua 

Oceana has always had a passion for makeup and began experimenting in her early years of high school. She loves the way makeup can enhance one’s natural beauty.

“It was definitely rough at first; mismatched foundation, colourfully popped eyeshadow, and let me tell you, squiggly winged eyeliner. But after that stage, I got better with more practice and just like any skill, the more time you put in, the more elevated the product of creation became.” 

This look was inspired by Oceana’s friend, a student at Emily Carr, who took Oceana to a gathering where she got to show off her creative side and try different drawing techniques. She learned the blind continuous line technique, which was a relaxed yet very unpredictable technique. As she drew on her canvas, her mind wandered to the rivers of B.C and therefore, her inspiration for her creative makeup look came from her artwork.

“I loved my time at JCI! I was able to learn so much and was presented with so many opportunities. I feel like JCI really cares about all their students and made us feel supported and valued as an artist. The reason I chose JCI was because of the reputation, amazing facilities and easily accessible location.” 

CHRISSEY LEYBURN / @chrisseyheartsfaces

Growing up, Chrissey Leyburn enjoyed watching movies and was allowed to watch a variety of movies, which is one of the things that inspired her to get into the makeup industry.

“I just remember watching in amazement. For beauty, Angela Basset in What’s Love Got To Do With It stands out to me. Her glowing brown skin was stunning and still is. I need her secrets! For special effects, The Exorcist, hands down. The way the late and great Dick Smith made Linda Blair slowly decay in the movie is truly amazing.” 

Ultimately, Chrissey’s personal inspiration came from her late sister Amy, who first introduced Chrissey to makeup.

“She had tons of makeup in her room and I remember laying on her bed and watching her do her makeup all the time. Cover Girl was her absolute favourite. I can still smell the unique scent of the Cover Girl pressed powder compact. The biggest thing she taught me was it doesn’t matter what race, religion, size or gender you are makeup is for everyone.” 

“Although I’ve graduated, I don’t feel like my experience with JCI is over. I have stayed in touch with my amazing instructors and still lean on them for guidance. They have all been so great, and are always willing to help, especially my FX Instructor Tracy Lai! She is a huge reason I decided to attend JCI. I saw an interview she did that was on Youtube, which I believe took place in her workshop, and I was sold! I knew I had to meet her and attend JCI and I am so glad that I did.”

STACEY KOSH / @stacey_kookie

Upon graduating JCInstitute and placing third place at the Vancouver 2017 IMATS Beauty/Fantasy competition, there’s no stopping Stacey Kosh from succeeding in her goals and dreams in the makeup industry. Her Instagram page is filled with creative looks that has allowed us to turn on our post notifications for this makeup artist!

“My inspiration comes from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and that is no joke! The imaginations to upkeep the number of demons is unreal first and foremost and have it be believable on top of that, is a beautiful thing to be inspired by.” 

Todd McIntosh, John Vulich and the instructors at JCInstitute have inspired Stacey in multiple ways. Each of their journeys is another reason why Stacey loves being apart of the makeup industry.

“My experience at JCI was amazing. The teachers are there for you when you’re ready to learn and put in the hard work. Makeup Artistry is a tough industry and there can be a lot of self-doubts and low confidence levels and the teachers were honest that this field isn’t easy, but it is definitely possible to do great things! I felt that my instructors really instilled a sense of empowerment. Thanks, coaches!” 

Lately, Stacey has been trying to create harmony in her editorial-inspired makeup looks and we are obsessed with these creative looks.

JCI’s 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.

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