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Makeup Talk: 2017 A Year in Review


2017 was an amazing year for John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduates. From second and third place wins at IMATS Vancouver, to all that will inspire us to do creative makeup throughout the year.

This year has seen JCI makeup artists leave their mark in all aspects of the industry. In 2017, Samantha Ravndahl partnered with MAC Cosmetics, Leigh Dickson with L’Oreal, Kimberley Margarita was in the top 6 finalists for the NYX Face Awards, and Samantha St. John did social media campaigns with Smashbox and Makeup Forever.

The list of accolades doesn’t stop there. JCI makeup graduate, Trisha Porter, keyed the long-running television series, Supernatural, and countless JCI artists have worked non-stop on hundreds of productions in Vancouver.

You can find out our artist’s names in the credits of such hits as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Wonder, Prison Break, Super Girl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and in series for Amazon Prime, Netflix, the Hallmark Channel and a long list of feature films. The forecast for the Vancouver film industry continues to be strong for 2018, so plan to be busy!

Samantha Ravndahl

Topping the charts for 2017 is the outrageously successful, Samantha Ravndahl. This gal is killing it from all angles. A collaboration with MAC cosmetics, featuring a custom shade named after her, topping 2.4 million followers on Instagram, the purchase of a new home – all at the age of 24! This girl proves time and time again that hard work pays off, and dreams do come true if you believe in them…

Kimberley Margarita

Kimberley continues to amaze us with her daily posts of incredibly talented makeup! We don’t know how she manages to create so many new looks, but she is a true inspiration to all makeup artists. 2017 was a year of recognition for Kimberley, being highlighted as one of ELLE Canada’s top Halloween Makeup Artists for this Ice Cream Sundae look, and being selected as NYX Face Awards Top 6 Finalists and attending the NYX Face Awards in Los Angeles Congrats Kimberley!

Leigh Dickson

2017 has kept this stunner on the move! From the Eiffel Tower to Madrid, Leigh Dickson has been jet-setting with style. With an impressive 295K following her on Instagram to her work with Smashbox cosmetics and the L’oreal Colorista Squad, 2017 is wrapping up on an impressive note.

Samantha St. John

This girl is on fire! 2017 has seen her wow the likes of cosmetics giants such as Makeup Forever, Smashbox and NYX Cosmetics, all of which she has done contract work with this year in social media. Known for her fabulously gory special effects makeup, you can find @stjohnnnn on Instagram and watch her amazing tutorials on YouTube.

Savannah Way

Since graduating from the Makeup Program at JCI, Savannah has been busy with her freelance career and working with Sephora. In 2017, Savannah’s hard work paid off when she was offered a unique position to become the first ever personal beauty advisor with Sephora in Western Canada. What does she do in this exciting new role? “I am essentially a personal shopper! I educate clients how to apply makeup, skincare, fragrance, and hair and help them choose what is best for their needs!”

Gayle Lett

“Since graduating in May 2017, I’ve been able to collaborate with a lot of amazing talents. A big highlight for me is that I was able to contribute my work with different teams to create gorgeous photos that have been published in several different magazines!” Check out some of Gayle’s work in these publications: VEUX Magazine XPRESSIONS Magazine Realm Magazine Elegant Magazine IMIRAGE Magazine

Brittany Marie

This JCI graduate has found success to the tune over 223,000 subscribers on YouTube. Brittany’s fun tutorials will take you through daily routines on hair, makeup, and anything beauty! Check her out:

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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