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Born To Do This: JCI MUA Graduate Gracen Marie Smith Takes IMATS Atlanta

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Gracen Marie Smith knew she wanted a career in the makeup industry at the age of eleven. Inspired by John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry graduates Samantha Ravandahl and Leigh Dickson, Gracen wanted to perfect her makeup skills to become just as skilled of a makeup artist as these two Instagram influencers. And so she packed her bags and moved to Vancouver in October 2017. The blooming film industry was just one of the reasons Gracen decided to move, the other reason was due to the environmental aspects. She fel...


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BORN TO DO THIS: Janica Sandy, JCI MUA Student & IMATS Winner

Born and raised in Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America, Janica Tamika Sandy moved to Vancouver on January 3rd, 2018 to start the Makeup Artistry Program at John Casablancas Institute on January 4th. Janica competed at the 2018 Vancouver IMATS this past weekend, the largest makeup trade-show. She was nominated to compete in the Battle of the Brushes: Beauty/Fantasy makeup category and placed third! Congratulations, Janica! MEET JANICA SANDY:  "Moving to Vancouver has been an amazing experience so far. I possess a passion...


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Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Krista Natasha Hann completed five years at post-secondary and studied at the Memorial University of Newfoundland as a Naval Architect. As much as she enjoyed the program, it didn't feel right. And so, Krista decided to follow her dreams of becoming a professional makeup artist and moved to Vancouver, B.C. "Moving here was terrifying at first, I never experienced half of the things I have experienced here, but I am so glad I made the move. I miss home but the opportunities here are endless and the people are...


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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 accol...


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