After Graduation: a Survival Guide by Ria Parsbey 

My name is Ria and I’m the owner of Talon Nail Bar. I graduated from the Nail Technician Program at Delmar College in 2015. I was, and still am, completely obsessed with all things beauty and fashion. It was no surprise to anyone that I got into the beauty biz. When I was 16 I became a makeup artist, when I was 18 I entered the fashion industry, at 19 I ran a makeup school, and became a Nail Tech when I was 30. Here’s my guide to surviving the beauty biz and nail industry after graduation.

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I always knew that I wanted to be a business owner. But I’ve seen many salon owners and beauty professionals open businesses thinking they can provide great beauty services. But it ain’t that easy and they often end up with really poor businesses– this is why I am choosing to do things a little bit differently.

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I opened Talon Nail Bar in November of 2015 and worked as a sub-contractor. Unfortunately, I made my first big business mistake. I worked for a young woman that had no idea how to run a business. She had no business plan, no marketing plan, absolutely nothing. I wasn’t given the opportunity to build any clientele and I quickly wasted 8 months. It was time to move on.

Let me tell ya, there is a huge learning curve when it comes to running a business and providing services at the same time. I learnt that you need to do your research, trust no one, be bold, ask questions and always have your own back.

I was given an amazing opportunity to move Talon Nail Bar to a cooperative beauty boutique in Inglewood. I did my research, asked a lot of questions, and before I knew it my luck had changed. Now that I had found a great location for my business it was time to grow my clientele. This is by far the most exhausting and challenging part of the beauty business. With an industry that is full of competition it’s so important to stay on top of the game. So, how am I doing this? Social media, social media, social media.

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Learning and educating yourself about hashtags, posts that keep your audience’s attention, taking amazing pictures of your work and keeping things original. Reposting other people’s work and tagging others is also a fantastic way to draw attention to your posts. Advertising on social media is another great way to gain followers and clientele, it’s also an affordable way to get the word out about your business. But social media fatigue is a real thing and it can become overwhelming, so limit yourself and don’t obsess over it too much!

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Okay, so you’ve got an amazing location, you’re getting the word out about your business, clients are walking through the door and now it’s all about staying on top, keeping up with trends, and staying skilled. In the nail industry, this is huge. There are new nail trends almost monthly and while only some of these trends stay around, a lot don’t. But you need to be offering the latest and greatest! This can get expensive so my best advice is to spend money on education instead of always following trends. Take as many courses as you can and learn as much as you can. Knowledge is power. I would also recommend focusing on basic skills and becoming confident with that, as the nail industry can become really overwhelming. I’ve also learnt that beauty professionals love being asked questions and educating others, so ask as many questions as possible and learn from others in your industry. This can also give you an edge on your competition and ultimately give you more confidence.

If I could offer any piece of advice for people fresh out of beauty school it would be to be yourself, stay true to who you are and never let anyone tell you that being you isn’t good enough. Trust me, this will happen. Stay authentic and do things differently. In the end it all comes down to originality.

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Ria Parsbey is the owner of Talon Nail Bar and is a Delmar College alumni. We are proud to showcase the successes (and the challenges) of our graduates. You can see Ria’s work and learn more about her business by checking out her webpage, www.talonnailbar.com
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Makeup Artistry at Delmar College

Are you interested in becoming a makeup artist? If you are, then you clicked on the right post, because today we are talking about how our makeup programs work here at the college.

Yes, programs. Not just one, but four different programs, leading to a diploma in Makeup Artistry if you choose to complete them all.

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Makeup by instructor Erin Halisky

By breaking it down into different classes this gives you options and the opportunity to take it in full, or just focus on where your interests are.

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Fantasy makeup by Makeup 102 grad Taylor

So let’s break these classes down for you.

Everyone starts in Makeup 101. Why? Because we aim to set you up for success. This class gives you the core knowledge you need and also gives you a certificate in Infection Prevention Control, allowing you to safely and professionally offer makeup services.

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Makeup 101 students hard at work

The focus in 101 is on natural to dramatic makeup applications and allows you to have a good basis of knowledge and hands on experience for bridal and grad makeup applications.

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Glam look by instructor Erin Halisky

Once you successfully complete Makeup 101 you have the freedom to take the other classes in any order you choose. That said, we do recommend that you take our 102 program prior to taking Makeup 104.

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Bridal makeup by Makeup 101 grad Christine

Makeup 102 is what we call our Advanced Makeup class. It is very much a hands on program that covers more advanced techniques for eye makeup, camouflaging techniques, ethnic bridal makeup, theatrical and fantasy applications, and also covers updo’s and heat styling for hair. This gives you the advantage of being able to style hair on photo shoots and for bridal or grad purposes, as well as doing the makeup.

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Hair styling for photo shoots and bridal is covered in Makeup 102

Makeup 103 is our Airbrushing Workshop. This covers basic airbrushing principles to body work and stenciling. We are proud to partner with pro brand TEMPTU for this module, and include a professional grade kit with compressor and hand piece.

Makeup 104 is our Special Effects Makeup class. Learn how to work with latex and gelatin to create amazing fantasy pieces, including prosthetics.

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Delmar instructor Erin Halisky (center) with some of her students and their special effects models

We partner with the best in the business. Our kits are truly pro kits and prepare you to enter the industry as a freelance artist. Where do we source them from? Who other than pro brand MAKE UP FOR EVER. Our Makeup 101 and 102 modules include extensive kits from this amazing brand that was created by makeup artists for makeup artists. Our Makeup 103 kit is sourced from TEMPTU, and our Makeup 104 kit includes professional special effects products from a variety of brands.

Want more information? Click here to be directed to our Makeup Programs page on our website, or call Shauna at 403-264-8055. We would love to tell you all about it.

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Have you ever thought about going back to school to learn a new skill or start a new career, only to find that the program hours and the weekly commitment would be too much? Maybe you looked into some evening classes through a continuing education department, only to find that funding was never an option.

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We hear stories like this all of the time. In response we have developed a variety of programs that can be taken in the evenings and weekends.

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Nails by Nail Technician graduate Cassandra Aravena

Our Nail Technician, Hairstyling Pre-Employment, and Professional Esthetics programs can all be taken in an evening/weekend format, and are eligible for student aid.

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Lash Extension graduate Sara working on her lashing skills in class

Eyelash Extensions, and all of our Makeup modules can also be taken in the evening, but are currently not eligible for student aid funding because they are shorter programs.

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Makeup 101 students

Are you unsure of what program may suit you? We are here to help you with program placement, payment options, and funding applications. Click here to go to our admissions page.

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Esthetics graduate Lindsey practicing microcurrent

Delmar College has been creating successful grads since 1950. We have seen a lot change over the past 67 years, and we have changed along with it. The advent of full time programs offered in a non-traditional format is just one example.

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Happy graduates!

So don’t let your day job get in the way of making the career change you have been looking for. Check out our website www.delmarcollege.com or call us at (403) 264-8055 to schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor today.

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Makeup Trends by Erin Halisky

BLUSH!

Blush is back! Think 80’s and the electric blush colours they had back then. Matching it to your nail polish, your lip colour, even blending it up to as far as your temples is going to make a statement this year. Sounds a little crazy but when done properly can be such a cool look. One of my faves during these cold Albertan winters is cream blush! Apply it like you would with regular blush using a blush brush, circular motions, applying to apple of the cheek first and blending all the way back to the hairline. Gives you a beautiful winter glow!

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BOLD AND PASTEL LIPS!

Having a really well defined dark or pastel lip – Both can be really hard to achieve and sometimes hard to find!  My favorite pastel and really dark colours of lipsticks I have are from MAC and MAKE UP FOR EVER.  Tip: Always apply on dry lips so no bleeding occurs.

Pastel: Sometimes when using pastel colours it’s better to conceal the natural lip pigment with your concealer before going in with the lipstick.

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Dark: An easy way to enhance those really dark colours that can get messy is taking concealer to define and clean up your lip line.

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EASY SMOKY EYES!

Most of us can be a little scared to try anything smoky when it comes to our eye shadows but the key is a good primer and blending. My absolute favourite to use is Painterly by MAC. Having a good amount of this layered onto the lid, apply a bold shimmery colour all over your lid using a blending brush in circular motions. For the crease colour choose an even darker matte colour. Add highlight just under the brow bone and in the corner of the eyes. This look doesn’t necessarily require eyeliner and that’s what makes it so easy. I always like loading on the mascara and adding a little gel liner in my waterline to make my eyes look more pronounced.

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GLITTER!

If it was up to me, glitter would be in all year long! But its sooo pretty in these winter months. You can get them in pigment form which is a little tricky to use or you can get them in the form of liquid eyeliners. These eyeliners you can easily build and get an elegant look in no time. My favorite that I recently discovered are by Revlon. You get a coloured liner on one side and a gel glitter on the other. Viola!

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I am so excited for all the upcoming trends in makeup. I am also REALLY excited to announce that we are now offering a Diploma in Makeup Artistry at Delmar College. It is a modulated diploma, so you can earn it at your own pace. I’m teaching the first module in a couple weeks, and the second in March. If you love makeup like I do (a lot), come take my class!

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December at Delmar: a Recap

December brought another busy month at the college.

We saw some awesome student work from all of our departments. Here are some highlights of that awesome work. Thank you to our students who worked so hard to create all this work, and thank you to Brandon from Analog Dog Creative for the professional images.

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We featured Kylie Lebedeff, our December student of the month. You can read our post, featuring her, by clicking here.

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Our evening Esthetics class started something new. They will each be documenting their progression through the program, and will take turns doing a monthly blog post, journaling their experiences. December’s post was by Kathy. Click here to check it out and stay tuned for this month’s post, coming soon.

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We welcomed guest speaker, Lisa, from SkinCeuticals. She did a chemical peel workshop with our Clinical Esthetics students.

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We said congrats and good bye to our January 2016 Hair Design class.

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Our June Esthetics class also graduated.

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And so did our Makeup 101 class.

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Our November Esthetics class had a science fair.

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There were a lot of holiday celebrations during the last week before Christmas. Here are some shots of our students having fun, dressing up, and even having a potluck or two.

From all of us at Delmar College, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best in 2017!

Stay tuned, next week Erin is back with some makeup trends for 2017.

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Student of the Month: Kylie Lebedeff

My name is Kylie Lebedeff, I am 22 years old. Hair school was not my first post-secondary institution I attended. Straight out of high school I attended university pursuing a degree in education. After 3 years I decided that education wasn’t for me. After talking to different schools and universities I decided Delmar College is where I wanted to be.

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I started my education at Delmar in August 2016, and have loved each day. There is never a dull moment at school; each day is filled with new theory and practical. Even when we are practicing finger waves and perms all day long, I never feel that I am not enjoying my day at Delmar.

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I really love this style I created

Getting better at the things I struggle with is all part of growing as a stylist. Cutting has so far been my favourite part of school. Andrew is a great instructor and has always pushed me to do my best and beat my goals.

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Accepting my Student of the Month prize

Now that I have found the career path I feel most confident in I am thriving. My grades are the best they have been, my passion is growing every day and I love coming to school. I am confident this is where I should be and I cannot wait to grow further.

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Kylie is our December Student of the Month. She was nominated by her instructors because of her contagious positivity and her reliability. She is truly a Delmar ambassador!

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November at Delmar: a Recap

We started November on a high note and welcomed our November Nail Technician class on the first of the month.

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We hosted another graduation ceremony and reception on November 2. Congratulations to all of our graduates in attendance, and thank you to guest speakers Lina Chammoury of Edges Salon & Spa, and Lisa Coombs of Joico.

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The $100 Gift Card for $50 Sale launched again!

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Student of the Month, Jamie Osaka, was featured in our last blog post (click here to read it), and she won an awesome prize for, well, being awesome! She is our first ever school-wide student of the month recipient. How do you get this title? Simple. Just be a Delmar ambassador and your instructors could nominate you. From all those nominations, one name will be chosen per month.

Some of our students and staff spent a Sunday getting creative with some amazing presentations and demonstrations at the Grey Eagle Casino for the IBS Beauty Roundup.

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Delmar College was happy to welcome our newest Professional Esthetics class in November!

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Congratulations to our March Hair Design class on their graduation! We wish you all the success in the world.

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We extended another huge Delmar welcome to our new November Hair Design class! They are doing some amazing things, and we cannot wait to feature some of their work.

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We caught up with Delmar alumni, Morgan McLaren. She took over our blog and shared a piece with us about what inspired her to become a hair stylist. (Click here to read it)

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MAKE UP FOR EVER stopped in and held an amazing class with our Esthetics and Makeup students. A huge thank you to Pro Business Manager Jacqie for coming in and sharing so much with us. All of our Makeup students receive an amazing kit from MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro line, and we are proud to be partnered with them.

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Our Esthetics department held another Industry Scavenger Hunt day. Our esthetics students are paired up into teams and sent out into Calgary to complete some beauty industry related tasks. They win some pretty cool prizes, but more importantly, they get to meet people in the industry.

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Congratulations to first period Apprenticeship grads! We look forward to seeing you all in second period.

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We held another highly successful Eyelash Extension course. Here is one of our recent students Sarah, working on her lashing skills. For those who are interested, we will have another class running in January.

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What an amazing month we had! Thank you to everyone who made it so. December brings the holidays, and all the cheer that goes with it. We can’t wait to showcase all the glitz and glam that will happen around the college! December also brings a giving spirit, and all of us at Delmar would like to embrace that and help our fellow Calgarians during what can be a hard time for so many. For the month of December we will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank. If you bring in a minimum of three of those items to your next appointment in December, you will receive 20% off your services that day.

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Hair + Creativity by Morgan McLaren

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My outlook on hair is that it is another form of creative expression. Being someone who went to art school before hair school I can’t help but see the similarities. To me the transition has been just as fulfilling because I still get to use my creative skills every day.

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When you look at hair, art, and design there are a lot of parallels. In hair we have to use our imagination and creative problem-solving  in order to create the desired look for clients. In art, a blank canvas is an opportunity and every client comes to us with their canvas (their hair). This is when creative problem-solving truly comes into play because you were working on a canvas that other artists before you have worked on.

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Initially, we study the shape of our clients hair and work with that shape to create the most desirable form for their facial features. Then comes colour, where we have to work with their natural colouring as well as their artificial colouring to create our vision. To me colour is a lot like painting, our formulations are a mix of the primary colours just like when you paint. All this while figuring out the most flattering tones and which colours truly work best together. Popular today is the balayage technique, this free hand painting on your clients hair makes you truly feel like an artist. Each technique we learn can be expressed uniquely creating our own touch!

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When it comes to styling, it really reminds me of sculpture work.  You are creating a desired texture with product to best showcase your form and colour. Also popular today is hair tattooing, which is like drawing into your clients’ hair. It’s so much fun doing that kind of work because you are challenged drawing on an uneven surface!

In regards to inspiration, like art and design, it is better to pull it from unlikely places. In hair, if you’re always looking at hair photos you are not pulling from abstract inspiration. I believe true creativity in hair comes from other places. You may be inspired by colour in nature, art, your daily life, food, and an infinite amount of other places. I think the combination of creativity and technical skill in hair makes it so fulfilling.

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Like art, sometimes you get an artist’s block in hair. You may go through times where you feel uninspired. I think that is why education is so important. It challenges you to keep learning and expand your abilities. I am always left full of inspiration and fully motivated after a class.

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Hairstylists use their creativity to create a look for their clients that suits their personality and lifestyle. Like design, you have certain parameters you have to work within and I think the hardest thing is controlling your creativity.

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Morgan McLaren is a recent graduate of Delmar College. She is currently apprenticing at Karma Salon in Calgary, AB. You can call 403-282-2485 to book your hair service with her. You can also check her out on Instagram @morganm_hair

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*All images are used courtesy of Morgan McLaren*

October at Delmar: a Recap

October brought a lot of celebration around the college. From celebrating new beginnings to congratulating graduates, we said “welcome” and “congrats” almost every week of the month. So, take a scroll, and check it out…

Welcome to our new October Hair Design students!

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Welcome to our new Hair Styling Pre-Employment students!

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Welcome to our new October Professional Esthetics students!

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Our Hair Design students enjoyed some inspirational and educational guest speakers. A huge thank you to Jo-Anne Dicken, owner of The Fringe; Hillary Gibson, Bedhead educator; and Chelsea Mann, Wella educator. We loved having you all!

Congratulations to our graduates from our first ever, Makeup 102 Advanced class!

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Makeup instructor, Erin Halisky, wrote an amazing blog for us. Click here to check it out.

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Here are some awesome pictures from the work that our Makeup 102 students did throughout their program. A huge thank you to Dana Zarowny for coming in and taking some of these fantastic pictures during their class.

Congratulations to our April Professional Esthetics graduates! We wish you all a lifetime of success!

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Linda Villeneuve, our Director of Esthetics, wrote a fantastic blog about how she would like to change the beauty industry. Click here to read it.

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Our March Hair Design class had their final photo shoot with Brandon from Analog Dog Creative. It was another success, and we are starting to see the professional images come in, so stay tuned for posts on our social media sites featuring some of their creations.

Our evening Professional Esthetics instructor, Vanessa Oakley, wrote a blog piece for us, all about how to care for your skin as the weather changes, and also how to prep and remove all that Halloween makeup that comes with the month of October. Click here to read it.

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We finished the month with a very festive, and happy Halloween! Thank you to everyone who decided to participate in dressing up for the day.

We hope you had as great an October as we did!

Audrey

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Makeup Artistry by Erin Halisky

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!

 

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Onsite working with a beautiful bride for hair and makeup

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Here I am with my most recent Advanced Makeup class

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!

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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.

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You can cover tattoos, do car decals, actual paintings, body paintings,sculptures and monsters! Anything can be your canvas.

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Before tattoo coverage

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After tattoo coverage

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!

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Halloween makeup by me

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.

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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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