Meet Amy Kikkert, a recent JCI grad and lifecasting fanatic! Her excitement for makeup has landed her a spot in IMATS Vancouver 2015′s Battle Of The Brushes competition in the Character Prosthetic category.
1. What inspired you to get into makeup artistry? I found Nightmare Factory (a documentary about KNB Effects) on Netflix one night what they did looked so interesting. I decided I wanted to start doing that as soon as possible so I started looking for schools right away.
2. Which celebrity would you like to work with in the future? I can’t really say that there’s a specific celebrity that i’d like to work with. I just want to do what I love and hopefully meet some interesting and inspiring people along the way!
3. Do you have a favorite makeup look that you enjoy doing? Concerning beauty I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, but when it comes to special effects I love doing a huge laceration that I can fill with lots of texture and guts.
4. Name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without? Considering I’m a makeup artist I honestly don’t wear very much makeup. I wouldn’t say I can’t ‘live without’ these products but if I had to choose; Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, anything that will help me apply a winged liner and (since I can’t think of another beauty product) Bondo. If I showed up to a special effects job involving prosthetics without bondo i’d probably have a minor meltdown.
5. Describe an industry trick that you think everyone should know about. Use a concealer that’s a shade darker than your skin tone and that has orange undertones!! The orange will help cover the purpley/blue under-eye circles. If you go lighter than your skin tone it will make your bags look even worse!
6. What convinced you to choose to attend JCI’s Makeup program? When I walked into the school I instantly felt like I belonged there. If I feel uncomfortable in my environment that usually raises some flags – but I felt so comfortable that I instantly decided JCI was the school for me.
7. Describe your favorite moment(s) while attending JCI. There were a lot of great moments at JCI. Lifecasting was definitely one of them – trying not to make the people being lifecasted laugh was a serious struggle. There were also some hilariously horrific stories about working in the industry that one of our teachers told. It always ended with everyone in tears from laughter. There was also an incident with blue eye shadow which i’m not going to get into.
8. What would you like to see happen with your career in the next 5 years? I want to be working full time in the film industry for sure, but I’d be happy doing whatever as long as I get to do what I love.
9. Name 3 favorite songs currently on your playlist. I can’t choose it’s literally impossible. The best I can give you is my top 3 bands: The Trews (2003-2008 was their prime), The Pretty Reckless, and… it’s between 90’s Our Lady Peace and 2006 Arctic Monkeys.
We’re proud to have 8 JCI students and graduates competing in this year’s Battle Of The Brushes. Be sure to cheer them on at IMATS Vancouver on May 30th with the Character Prosthetic category and May 31st with the Beauty Fantasy category.
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