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IMATS Vancouver 2016


July 16 & 17 At the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre

Are you serious about becoming a professional makeup artist? Competing in the IMATS Battle of the Brushes can give your career a huge boost. Competitors’ work is seen not only by industry leaders attending the shows, but also by thousands of social media users following the show.  Finalists also get a chance for international exposure by having their art featured in IMATS ad campaigns and show graphics. Additionally, the shows give competitors the chance to network in person with the pros doing the hiring. And the cash and prizes from participating exhibitors certainly don’t hurt!

The competition is open to students of recognized makeup schools and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date.

IMATS Battle of the Brushes 2016 Theme

Battle of the Brushes 2016 character theme: Star Wars (Darth Maul shown above)

The 2016 character/prosthetic theme is Four Decades of Star Wars. Makeups must be original characters inspired by the movies, and should not reflect actual characters.

Battle of the Brushes 2016 beauty theme: Carnival/Circus (makeup by Nelly Recchia shown above)

The 2016 beauty/fantasy category theme is Carnival/Circus.

IMATS/Make-Up Artist magazine will only accept competition entries postmarked by April 11, 2016. Finalist results will be announced the week of May 9, 2016.

To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don’t have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group. Please do not email your entry.

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Blog Contributor: Jennine Cook, Makeup Program Co-Director and Industry Liaison

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, students study everything from glamour 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 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 theatre.

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