CHANGE YOUR CAREER, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

With the previous and current economic climate in Alberta, many people have had to make career changes. At Delmar, many of our students both past and present have found themselves making a huge career change slightly later in life in order to support their families and/or taking the opportunity to pursue a passion that was laying dormant for many years. For many, they find it a daunting challenge going to school full-time and working while raising a family. However, many of our students have proven with hard work, dedication and perseverance, it can be done. Not only do we need to complete school but then we have to start at the bottom (often at minimum wage) in a salon accumulating apprenticeship hours. This can often be a financial burden on families. So why do we do it you ask? For the love of the industry! I reached out to Delmar graduate Juliana who is loving her career change. Here is her story:

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Hello DELMAR blog family !

It’s a pleasure to be here and sharing some of my experiences! I’m Juliana Rachewiski , DELMAR May 2016 class graduate and New Talent hairstylist @ HairBenders Salon, Airdrie. I’m passionate about hair and making people feel beautiful! After all, who doesn’t like to feel and look beautiful?!!

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Although Hairstyling was always my dream, I pursued a Bachelor in Marketing and Communication and worked at a bank for almost nine years. While it helped pay the bills, I would say I was unhappy because I always liked fashion and the beauty industry.

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Transitioning into this industry was a long process, which began when I came to Canada. I really wanted to get involved but I chose to postpone my dream to raise my two boys. I was a stay home mom for 12.5 years.

 

When we moved from Toronto to Airdrie in 2015, I decided to do something for myself and to help my family as well. I thought about Esthetics and Nails but I felt that hairstyling would be more recession proof and at that time, Alberta was starting to feel the hit 😞. I asked some salons which school they would recommend and everyone recommended Delmar, as it is well known in the industry, they prepare their students for the government exams, and they have a partnership with Apprenticeship and Industry Training. That made my decision easy!

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The first week at Delmar was great yet overwhelming. I was the oldest in the group and everything about hair was new to me. I wasn’t self-taught nor did I have prior experience. Some of the other girls had experience taking Cosmetology in High School or they had hairstylists in their family.

 

Oh my gosh, it was a hectic time learning everything from theory, to finger waves, roller sets, color wheels, cutting techniques, etc. There were so many things I never imagined we would have to learn. Foiling hair on time, and manoeuvring a marcel curling iron were huge milestones to overcome.

 

However, when I take on a challenge, I put 100% of myself into it! I have a super busy and unique family and it was definitely difficult to manage study time, practicing and finding time to work on all the projects…especially for a perfectionist like myself 😊.

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Some people are bolder than others, more courageous I’d say. They go to school and face it without worrying how it will turn out. However, that was not me and I struggled so much in the beginning with the idea of making a mistake! After all, if you cut too much, you can’t glue it back on!

 

 

To all those interested in taking on this challenge which requires a lot of commitment, my advice is to use each minute you have in school to practice, do better and overcome your difficulties. If you need an instructor to hold your hand for you to get the hang of a movement with a tool, ask for it. Work as much as you can to build your confidence in dealing with people.

 

 

Hairstyling is a beautiful industry and extremely gratifying especially when you do amazing work on your client. There are no words to describe the satisfaction I feel when my client loves her/his creation!

 

 

However, it is a tough, competitive industry as well. It is definitely not a 9-5 job where you close your computer and go home. We work many hours and it can be a challenge to build your clientele, the money will be tight for a while and the learning has to be constant in order to offer the 5* service clients deserve. All of those extra hours working made me wonder if I had chosen the right career as I still have a family to dedicate myself to. However, all of the effort and work I have put in so far and knowing my clients are so happy and satisfied with their looks, makes me want to continue to grow and do better each and every day!

 

I have taken courses in both women’s and men’s cutting techniques, advanced color classes, extensions and business management. When starting out in a salon you will be required to build your clientele. This requires planning, promoting your business to get clients into your chair, upgrading your service, and retaining clients. Product knowledge is very important as well! It is part of the service we offer and it is important to educate clients on how to maintain their style/color and have a beautiful healthy hair. Everything is a circle of trust you build with your clientele.

 

Never take anything for granted!

  • Clients will leave you for other stylists and new clients will come.
  • There will be always a stylist that knows more than you; be humble, listen and observe.
  • Find a salon that fits your personality; being unhappy at work makes people miserable and I have been there many times.
  • Be kind and gentle; helping each other is a true “pay it forward” because everyone was once an apprentice.

 

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Delmar blog family! I will say goodbye for now and I hope I have given you some points to reflect on and consider! Perhaps one day our path will cross 😉.

Whatever you do, do it with love and dedication! It will pay off!

Follow Juliana on Instagram at loveinthehair.by.jules

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“Why Not” A guest blog by: Pierro .A.

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Hello, friends! I’m Pierro and I am so honored to share with you some of my experiences with Delmar! I’m originally from Edmonton then I moved here just a week before I started school back in November. I didn’t really have any background knowledge in hair styling except for knowing how to cut my own hair. I essentially learned from watching YouTube videos and practicing on myself. I was asked by a number of my friends if I could tuck their hair. So after they realized my potential, my friends encouraged me to go to hair school and make it my career – so I said why not! It was so strange at first going back to school but once I stepped foot into Delmar and after a few awkward conversations with everyone in my class, I knew instantly that I would enjoy it here!
Drills, drills, drills! They weren’t the easiest at first but I’m grateful for them because it taught me all about the techniques and how to hold and use tools in ways I never thought we could. After being in class learning theory and drills, it was so exciting to be on the floor! I was able to style, educate, transform and make all of my clients feel and look good!
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Follow Pierro on Instagram: @pjambertihair
I’ve always been in love with hair and fashion so when I found out that Delmar students are partnered up with Numa (See above photos), I couldn’t wait to volunteer and show my creativity and have my work be published! It brings me joy seeing that my work is not only being recognized by the public but also being loved.
My time with Delmar has been nothing but good times! It’s really bittersweet only having 2 months of school left. But I’m so grateful that I got to learn so much from each and everyone of my instructors and I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned after school!
Shouts out to my class for being one of my amazing supporters and friends! 
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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

Featured Beauty Influencer: Kathy Tran

 

BEAUTY INFLUENCE

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In today’s world beauty has become an internet sensation! There are many social media outlets that are both important for Beauty Professionals to explore, upload, and experience as well as grow due to the success you can achieve using it to your benefit.

Delmar College promotes using Social Media towards growing your career and to get your name known to the world. Beauty lovers like Delmar College students are able to utilize these media outlets such as : Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook in so many ways to either promote, educate, and learn through any direction they choose.

Delmar College wants to shine some light on some of our students who’ve become amazing at their trade, known to individuals, and are making a name for themselves through social media.  These students are Delmar College Featured Beauty Influencers!

 

 

This months Featured Beauty Influencer: KATHY TRAN

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Where is Kathy now?

Kathy has been working in salons since she completed school 2 years ago. She’s completed her apprenticeship hours & exams and has been a fully licensed stylist for 1 year. Kathy picked up her career and started a new journey working in Toronto, ON at Lisa Dinh Hair Studio for the last 7 months as a Junior hair stylist and LOVING IT!

 

What Kathy does

 

Kathy specializes in Colour but will occasionally do cuts. What she sees mostly in her chair are Balayages and Colour Corrections. Specifically taking dark asian hair to a light ashy blonde tones. 
Daily bookings will range from 2-3 clients per day as it takes time to do these drastic yet BEAUTIFUL masterpeices. 

 

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Kathy is currently booked 2-3 months out on weekdays, and even further for weekends (5-6 months).

“I always suggest that a client rebook in advance, otherwise we do have a wait-list available for cancellations”. 

“My Instagram is my portfolio. It is a great tool to use for advertising the type of work you do and also attract the type of work you want to do. It also shows my progression over the years. I also use Instagram to connect with other hair enthusiast and get inspired as well”.

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This beauty Influencer started her career at Delmar College. Kathy was enrolled in a 3-day 1400hr Hairstyling program in which she embraced her talent and was hired directly from school. Kathy has 1,828 followers on her IG account and growing! Like many cosmetologists Kathy embraced her talent and first love and specialized in it! Color is Kathy’s forte however she still keeps fresh with cuts too!

 

Here is what Kathy has to say about Delmar College: 

“My experience at Delmar College was GREAT! I was taught everything I needed to know to enter into the hair industry with full confidence. Getting my license was a piece of cake because Delmar’s training was so intense (in a good way). I love how the classes were smaller and our instructors were very caring with our education. A lot of people will say ‘ you will forget everything you learned in hair school and develop your own ways’ but even today I am using a lot of the skills that Delmar had taught me!”
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Take your talent to the next step

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Want to learn how to do Hair so you could one day be an influencer like Kathy Tran? You could get your start at Delmar College! We offer a wide range of programs like Hairstyling, BarberingProfessional Aesthetics, Clinical Aesthetics, Makeup artistry, Eyelash Extensions, Microblading, Nail Technician,  Apprenticeship Hairstyling Program ; as well as many short course programs like Brazilian waxing and IPC training (Infection Prevention Control).

 

 

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Follow Kathy on her journey
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Diary of a Hair Student #10 by Morgan Calvert

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Hello Everyone,
 To all of you that always kept up with my blogs throughout my Delmar experience – Thank you! This will be my last post as I graduate at the end of march! This month of school is going to be really busy, due to everything finishing up. We had our last potluck and our unlikely inspiration photo shoot project recently and Id like to share some of my work with you.

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School has been really fun and I met a lot of great people including the instructors and all the students that I’v met along the way! I hope to keep in touch with a lot of them and I wish them all the best in their hair styling futures!
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my photos from my most recent work including my last color correction with Delmar College.
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Thank you for reading 🙂
-Morgan

January 2018 at Delmar: A Recap

With a New Year – Comes new possibilities! Ever thought to yourself  “I wonder?” Well now you don’t have to second guess your career. Now with Delmar College you can work AND go to school with our many 3-day course options. Create more opportunities with your life, bring in more income to your household, and finally LOVE what you do! 

Want to see what it is like to become part of Delmar College’s family? Check out what we got up to last month and see for yourself! 

 

This month we welcomed many new classes! Join us by saying once again – WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

 

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JANUARY NAIL TECHNICIAN CLASS

 

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JANUARY CLINICAL ESTHETICS CLASS

 

 

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JANUARY PROFESSIONAL ESTHETICS CLASS

 

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JANUARY 2ND PERIOD APPRENTICESHIP CLASS

 

…Delmar College shared their instructing floor with Nick from Marda Loop Barber shop

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– We are so pleased to have Nick (Delmar Graduate) come in to our school and share his success stories, and show some of his amazing tricks of the trade with our students!

 

…We’ve shared many upcoming Promotions, Sales and Online Contests…

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…We’ve had a Successful Taper Workshop with 60+ clients…

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– We here at Delmar are constantly having Taper Workshops for our senior students. If you are interested in being a volunteer for our students – keep an eye out on all our Social Media Outlets for upcoming workshops! 

 

…We’ve shared some of our Students at work. If you would like to see more – Visit our website.

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Delmar College announced more appointment availability

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…and we’ve shared many student awards & prizes.

 

 

Did you happen to catch all the Blogs we have posted? If not click the link below to check these amazing stories out.
Diary of a Hair Student by Morgan 
– What it’s like to be a student bu Autumn
Student Ambassador for December by Moe 
Path to Red Seal by Morgan 

 

We have also published another “Delmar Morning Chatter” with Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors. In this Months Vlog Brittany did a Clinical Esthetics Service overview! If you have ever wondered what we offer – check out this video by clicking the link!

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Now the best for last…

Our Announcement of our Student Barber Shop Opening & Prices

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Keep a close eye on our social media to see any surprise offers we may be having for the 24th! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT! 

 

Coming up…
* New promotions
* New monthly specials
* New enrollment
* Delmar Morning Chatter #4
* Delmar College guest speakers
* Partnerships
* Contest winners
* Student awards

 

Are you interested in becoming part of this amazing family ?
Contact Shaunad@delmarcollege.com to enroll today and better your future through education! 

 

 

 

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– Brittany Connors
Social Media Coordinator, Instructor
Delmar College

 

 

No gimmicks Just great education!

 

 

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Diary of a hair student #8 by Morgan Calvert

Hello everyone,

It’s been amazing lately with school and all the opportunities it has opened up for me even before I’ve graduated. I recently started working at Tommy Guns in the downtown core location and love it.

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School is crazy busy right now. We’re doing so many things at once including some final projects and our second term midterms are coming up. I am honestly super nervous about it. I’m also really excited about graduating and being able to work in a barber shop or salon full time.
In the last month I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my hair colouring and hair cutting skills because of all the time we now spend on the floor.


Over the holiday season we had a contest for who could sell the most amount of gift cards under our names. I am happy to share with you that I came in second and also attained top retailer of the month!
I was never one to do well in high school so being able to accomplish so much at something I really love is amazing and empowering.


I hope you enjoy the pictures of my recent hair makeovers on some of the amazing clients I have had the chance to work with at Delmar.

Thank you for reading.

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– Morgan

 

 

No gimmicks just great education

 

 

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Social Media Coordinator Brittany Connors

September 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

We welcomed our new evening Esthetics class!

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Welcome to our new September Hair Design class!

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Welcome to our first period Apprenticeship students!

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Congratulations to our Makeup 102 graduates!

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September Delmar Ambassador, Callie Nuyens, wrote a really great blog post for us. If you missed it click here.

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Morgan Calvert wrote another installment of our Diary of a Hair student. Click here to check it out.

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Our banner went up and construction is under way at our new campus!

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And we featured some amazing student work. Scroll down to see it all.

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Hair: Abell / Model: Bryce / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Makeup by Chloe

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Hair: Emily / Makeup: Martha

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Hair: Stephanie / Model: Ceanna / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Nails by Silvana

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Hair: Melanie / Model: Denise / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Hair: Typhani / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Concave Layers by Reagan

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Hair: Trista / Model: Brandon / Photo: Analog Dog Creative

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Hair: April / Model: Maddie

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Diary of a Hair Student Entry #4 by Morgan Calvert

Hello Everyone,

Being in school at Delmar college has been a lot of fun the last month, we learned a lot about the chemicals and ingredients that go into hair services and how they work. I personally find this stuff very interesting because I feel like once I have a complete understanding of everything that goes into hair color and lightening I will be able to start creating really amazing things with human hair.

We also just started doing color application and I find this to be really fun and surprisingly relaxing. There were a couple of people in my class that found it to be a little stressful, so if you decide to take a hair program and you are struggling, don’t panic because there are people that found it just as hard as you do that are now doing amazing!

This program is moving along way faster than I thought it would be, I feel like we just started the program and we’re about to start working on the salon floor this following month.

I think most of the class is pretty nervous about starting on the salon floor but I have a good feeling about everyone in the class doing well on the midterm exams and doing an amazing job on the salon floor.

I believe that as long as we all remember that we’re still learning, and not be too hard on ourselves, the turn out will be amazing!!

Below are some photos of everyone doing their first color application and some pictures of my first spiral perm wrap!

Until next time, stay positive!

Morgan Calvert

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August 2017 at Delmar: a Recap

Thank you to everyone who made August such a great month at Delmar College! Here is a recap of what we got up to…

Morgan Calvert wrote a third installment to the Diary of a Hair student blog journal. She has been keeping us up to date on how her class is progressing through the 1400 hour Hair Design program. Click here to read her last entry, and stay tuned, because next week we will be publishing her fourth entry.

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Lainnee Simpson was our Delmar Ambassador for the month of August. Click here to read her blog post. Thank you Lainnee for being such a great ambassador of our college!

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Sarah Haji completed our Masters of Esthetics diploma. She is the first and we could not be any prouder of her accomplishments. She also represented Delmar at the Skills Alberta competition and went on to become a member of Team Alberta and competed at Skills Canada last spring. Click here to learn more.

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We welcomed some guest speakers as well.

Thank you to Jason Olandesca of GLOW M+D Clinics for spending the day with our Clinical Esthetics students. We learned so much about the medical side of the beauty business.

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Thank you to Coy of Coy Hair for coming in and educating our hair students on the UNITE hair care line. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Delmar Nail Technology alumni Ria Parsbey wrote a blog post for us about what life was like after graduation and how she has built a successful business. Click here to read her post.

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We welcomed a new Hair Design class!

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Aaron Knox joined our Makeup Department. Aaron brings a ton of talent to the team and will be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and 104 programs. Click here to read more about him.

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Aaron will also be hosting our Halloween Haunt workshop at the end of September. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details.

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We shared some amazing images from some of our past student photo shoots. Scroll down to check them all out.

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Hair: Meghan Roberts / Model: Taylor Wood

 

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Hair: Mitra Grondin / Model: Airelle Rogado / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Jade Isaak / Model: Laura Phaneuf / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair: Cheril Lim / Model: Alejandrina / Photo: Brandon Shaw

 

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Hair Design student Brianna with her model. Photo: Brandon Shaw

Now accepting future barbers. Have you always wanted to specialize in men’s grooming? Delmar College is proud to announce that your dreams can now become your reality. Our 1400 hour, licensed and accredited, Barber & Hairstyling program is ready to launch and become the first of its kind in Alberta. Class starts in October. Limited seats available. Call us at (403) 264-8055 for details. Student aid options available. Click here for more information.

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Delmar College Welcomes Aaron Knox 

Body artist Aaron Knox applies his airbrush skills to the human form, that allow him to bring exceptionally creative designs to life through a range of artistic techniques.

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After studying the art of body painting in Montréal, Aaron formed the company Liquid Imprints Face and Body Art, with his wife, Melanie, 10 years ago. Working for some of the biggest companies in Toronto providing living breathing artwork. They continue today to change the landscape with their unique artwork wherever they go.

Aaron’s work has been showcased at a number of conventions where he collaborates with professional make-up brands, artists and photographers, creating stunning body paintings.

Airbrushing is the main medium used in all the designs. Also specializing in character makeup and special effects. His body painting has been a main feature at continuous Imats shows in LA & NY, Fan Expo, Toronto Comicon, & the Allied Beauty Show.

Publications:
Make-up Artist magazine, and Xpressions magazine.

To see more of his ongoing work please visit modelmayhem.com/Aaronknox or skinillustrator.com/Aaronknox and follow him on Instagram @knoxbodyart
Delmar College is pleased to announce that Aaron Knox will now be teaching our revamped Makeup 103 and Makeup 104 programs. He will also be hosting our upcoming Halloween Haunt workshop, September 29 to October 1, 2017. For program details please email Linda Villeneuve at lindav@delmarcollege.com.
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