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IMATS Vancouver 2016 Battle Of The Brushes
Meet JCI makeup student, Tiera Murray. Her excitement for makeup and incredible fantasy creations has landed her a spot in IMATS Vancouver 2016′s Battle Of The Brushes competition in the Beauty/Fantasy category. If you’re at IMATS this weekend, come cheer her on this Sunday, July 17th,2016. In the meantime, we got to know Tiera a little more!
Describe the moment when you found out that you were accepted into IMATS Vancouver 2016’s Battle Of The Brushes.
It was amazing! Realizing you were given such an amazing opportunity to share your passion and creativity was a moment of pure excitement!
What inspired you to get into makeup artistry?
Art and Makeup are my life! I’ve always been into art since before I can remember. It was in high school that I started playing around with makeup, particularly Fantasy Makeup. I would look at the body as a canvas for my fantasy makeup. People seemed to like what I was doing so I kept with it and now I’m here doing what I love everyday!
Do you have signature or a favorite makeup look that you enjoy doing?
Oh of course! My favourite makeup look is painting giant mouths, doing creepy smiles or huge teeth with a long tongue or hand creeping out! All my makeup friends on Instagram say it’s my signature and that’s how they know it’s my makeup!
Can you name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my Mehron Paradise paints! They are so smooth and they smell like coconut. Who doesn’t like coconut? Another thing I think I’d die without is my London Brush Company Brushes AND Cleaner. They were given to me by Siân Richards last year at IMATS and have changed my life. They can do anything; the way they hold the paint and apply with no streaks blows my mind. And her cleaner is organic. It smells amazing plus it takes out anything, even Skin Illustrator! Finally I’d have to say my one of favorite products are my Morphe Brushes eye shadow palettes 35B and 35C. They are SO pigmented and work amazing for beauty or fantasy makeup.
Tell us about your experience while attending JCI’s Makeup Artistry Program. Do you have any favorite moments?
I’m currently still at John Casablancas Institute and am loving every single moment of it! I love all the girls in the class and working with each other on days were we get to body paint or do something super gross like cut throats. The best! I have so many amazing memories I can’t pick just one.
With IMATS coming up this weekend, can you tell us about how you’re preparing for the big day?
With IMATS coming up soon I’m doing makeup every second I can. When I get home at night from school and over the weekends. I’ve just been practicing, practicing, and more practicing! I’ve gone through the makeup on my model a few times and will be doing so again this week for final touches.

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 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 theatre.

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