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JCI Makeup: Ones to Watch at IMATS Vancouver 2016’s Battle Of The Brushes

Meet JCI makeup graduate, Molly Mackay. She landed a spot in IMATS Vancouver 2016′s Battle Of The Brushes competition in the Character Prosthetic category and we’ll be there to cheer her on! If you’re at IMATS this weekend, come see Molly compete on Saturday, July 16, 2016. In the meantime, we sat down and got to know her a little bit more. .
Describe the moment you found out that you were accepted into IMATS Vancouver 2016’s Battle Of The Brushes. The moment I found out I was accepted into IMATS was after everyone else had found out so I had given up hope. There was one day I was woken up to a phone call from Makeup Artist Magazine asking if I wanted to take part in the IMATS competition.. I was shocked! I didn’t say anything for a few seconds which prompted her to have to say “hello?”.. I realized I hadn’t said anything yet I just went “Oh My God”! I’m not entirely sure if I even accepted the invitation, but I guess i did! After our conversation I immediately called my mom and boyfriend to share the good news.
What inspired you to get into the makeup industry?
I  grew up in Hawaii and used to dance hula as a little girl. I remember putting on makeup for our performances and becoming really fascinated by the whole act of getting ready for the show. All the excitement everyone had while putting on their makeup was the best part of the show. Not to mention, my parents wouldn’t let me wear it at home so that made it even more exciting! Then I started acting in high school and doing a lot of theater. During one particular show, I was an old granny and I was asked to attend a seminar to do old age makeup for the show. Fast forward to after the show: everyone comes out the back door to meet their friends and family. One lady who I had met before was standing outside, and said “wasn’t it fun to watch” “it must be cool seeing [my] friends up there” I realized she didn’t realize I was one of the actors and that I was just in my old age makeup. It was then when I realized the power of makeup. I felt proud and empowered, like I had successfully pulled off a magic trick.  I continued acting into university but slowly got drawn to the makeup side of things which prompted me to I switched my major from Psychology to makeup artistry. Here I am today.
IMATS Vancouver 2016 Battle Of The Brushes
Do you have signature or a favorite makeup look that you enjoy doing?
You can’t go wrong with a classic wing and lashes.
Name 3 makeup products that you can’t live without.
Estee Lauder Double wear
Stila kitten eyeshadow (its so pretty I even use it as a highlighter on my cheeks sometimes)
NYX brow pencil in vanilla taupe (don’t tell anyone but this has replaced my dip brow, its my drug store gem)
Tell us about your experience while attending JCI’s Makeup Artistry Dipolma Program. Do you have any favorite moments?
Attending JCI was a blast. I happened to be put in a class full of outgoing over-achievers and I have never loved a group of people more. I still keep in touch with a lot of them. and can’t wait to see what everyone accomplishes now that we have graduated! Getting to make 14 new brothers and sisters was the best part about JCI. My favourite moment of my time at JCI was… (can i not choose all of them?.. no? ok.. ummm) probably roaming around the streets of Gastown dressed as zombies scaring all the people around us.
With IMATS coming up soon, can you tell us about how you’re preparing for the big day?
I am doing copious amounts of research, with a star wars theme, the possibilities are endless but George Lucas put so much intricate detail in every character down to what they ate and who their ancestors were. I feel like my character has to respect this intricate detail and be just as well thought out. So I have 7 movies and millions of articles ahead of me. I will be the ultimate Star Wars nerd at the end of this IMATS!

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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