I think of makeup as an art and I have always been a fan. I started drawing, colouring, painting, sculpting on anything I could get my hands on ever since I was two. My mum became a Mary Kay lady when I was a teenager and that’s when I discovered makeup. It was a daily art for me. I was always that crazy kid in school experimenting and trying new things. I used to get made fun of all the time for wearing fake eyelashes!
After high school I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. Job after job, nothing had interested me. I ended up getting my first cosmetic job at a little drug store and I absolutely loved it. Getting to go to updates and schools of each brand to see the latest trends in skincare and the makeup world kept me intrigued.
I worked my way into a management position at a larger boutique store, and at a young age had a big responsibility. I loved it. And I loved everything about the beauty business, so that is when I decided to make it a career.
I packed up all my things and moved to Vancouver to attend John Casablanca’s full time makeup artistry program. Best and funnest thing in my life I had ever done.
In my mind makeup could only go so far from what I knew, and then what I was learning; from glamour to airbrushing to special effects, the possibilities were now endless.
I moved back to Calgary a year later and worked full time at MAC for a few years before I got onto my teaching path. I never ever thought of myself being a teacher, but I love it so much.
To be able to share my creativity, talent and skills with others who have the same interest, and to be able to help them grow as an artist, it’s so rewarding!
My favorite makeup looks to do are everything! But my most favorite thing to do is anything with airbrushing and special effects because there is sooo much to do. And prosthetics are super cool.
You can cover tattoos, do car decals, actual paintings, body paintings,sculptures and monsters! Anything can be your canvas.
Halloween has always been my favorite time of year. It’s a time to get crazy and creative! Transforming anyone into the imaginative! One of my fave pages on Instagram is Prorenfx. How they transformed Heidi Klum into Jessica Rabbit last year for Halloween was unreal!
There are a ton of makeup artist that inspire me but my #1 has always been my past manager and now good friend from MAC, Noelle Dow. She taught me everything from techniques to application and even communicating to customers, clients and now students! I wouldn’t be the artist I am today without her.
Erin Halisky is a Makeup Artist and licensed Hair Stylist. She teaches all of our makeup programs here at Delmar College, as well as teaches in our Hair department. Stay tuned for more posts from Erin, as she will be a regular contributor talking about all things makeup!
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