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IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Nicky Campbell

Maria Velasquez
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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.

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