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IMATS Vancouver 2017 Recap

Maria Velasquez
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Every year the International Makeup Trade Show (IMATS) is held to celebrate the makeup industry and allow recently graduated/graduating makeup students compete against each other to win awards and prizes in the Battle of the Brushes.

This year John Casablancas Institute had three graduates/students competing at IMATS on October 14 and 15. We are proud to announce that all three JCI Makeup Artistry grads/students took home a trophy in the Battle of the Brushes show! Congratulations to each talented woman who was a finalist at the Vancouver IMATS.


Recently graduated Makeup student Nicky Campbell competed in the Characters/Prosthetics category and took home second place! We are so proud of Nicky and her Guardians of the Galaxy character creation. Check out that huge prop gun that Nicky created all by herself!

“I feel both excited and nervous, I was not expecting this at all!” said Nicky Campbell after winning second place in the Battle of the Brushes. We’re excited to see what special effects makeup Nicky will come up with next.

Stacey Kosh 

Only halfway through the JCI Makeup program, and student Stacey Koch has already taken home third place in the Battle of the Brushes Awards: Beauty/Fantasy category! This stunning makeup creation is both detailed and accessorized beautifully, Stacey definitely deserved an award.

Stacey not only felt elated after winning third place, she was proud to have been recognized as a finalist at IMATS. Stacey thanks all her instructors at JCI for supporting her along the way.

Kathleen Fowlstone

Kathleen, who has graduated from the JCI Makeup Artistry Program, also competed in the Beauty/Fantasy category of the Battle of the Brushes and took home second place! It was an amazing experience witnessing two JCI Makeup students take home an award in the same category.

Kathleen is the founder of Little Monsters Studio and specializes in airbrushing and body art. We always look forward to seeing Kathleen’s work on her Instagram page: Little Monsters Studio.

It was a successful weekend for John Casablancas Institute at IMATS. We are beyond proud of students/graduates that competed in this year’s Battle of the Brushes. For more IMATS news and interviews with JCI winners, visit the IMATS Offical Facebook Page.

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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