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BAILEY VAN DER VEEN, YouTube Makeup Mega-Guru and Regional Trainer for NYX Cosmetics, in Words + Pics

Blanche Macdonald 畢業生Bailey Van Der Veen 在YouTube上有超過103,000訂閱,而在IG上有超過30,000追蹤!這麼有人氣又有才華的他,被知名彩妝品牌NYX Cosmetics重用為她們的Regional Trainer地區培訓彩妝老師!他被NYX發覺是在 從BMC畢業的一年後 參加了NYX舉辦的Vlog影片視頻必賽。

我們特別約了Bailey 來做一個專訪,希望他的故事能讓大家聽到一些關於這個行業發展的各種可能性 Bailey是一位來自Manitoba的一個小鎮的女孩,現在搬到多倫多這個大城市!我們用電話跟Email採訪Bailey, 問他這一條成功的路是怎麼走出來的!

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Blanche Macdonald Centre: 你在成為知名彩妝師之跟YouTube紅人之前,你的大學是修歷史還有古典學,那麼擁有這們多樣化的學歷,什麼吸引了你來選擇彩妝呢?

Bailey van der Veen: 我很早就知道我會靠化妝吃飯。但是我是來自Carman,是一個在Manitoba南部的很小的一個小鎮。在那的地方 想要當化妝師是個禁忌,是沒人敢去做的。當時我對化妝學校都沒有什麼資訊,直到我16歲自己上Google收尋Blanche Macdonald 跟你們詢問。

我成長的地方注重的是農業,教育,跟醫療保健,所以我也很自然而然的選了這類的主修。我變得很熱愛護理,而我高三的時候 下午都在Red River College專科大學修他們的保健護理科。我是我認識唯一一個在高中畢業前就大專畢業的人!我後來繼續在Manitoba大學接著我的學業。過了幾年,我開始不那麼喜歡我正在修的保健護理學,而開始上一些藝術課,建築課,還有一些藝術歷史課。到後來是主修藝術歷史 跟副修古典學 畢業的。

但這還不是我的真正熱愛的! 我後來在Winnipeg有接觸到一些扮裝皇后,開始幫他們化妝而展開我的創意力!在這時候 我又再一次上 Google收尋Blanche Macdonald,然後在我大學畢業四個月後就搬到溫哥華開始在BMC上課了!

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BMC: 你在成為知名彩妝師之跟YouTube紅人之前,你的大學是修歷史還有古典學,那麼擁有這們多樣化的學歷,什麼吸引了你來選擇彩妝呢?

Bailey: 我很早就知道我會靠化妝吃飯。但是我是來自Carman,是一個在Manitoba南部的很小的一個小鎮。在那的地方 想要當化妝師是個禁忌,是沒人敢去做的。當時我對化妝學校都沒有什麼資訊,直到我16歲自己上Google收尋Blanche Macdonald 跟你們詢問。

我成長的地方注重的是農業,教育,跟醫療保健,所以我也很自然而然的選了這類的主修。我變得很熱愛護理,而我高三的時候 下午都在Red River College專科大學修他們的保健護理科。我是我認識唯一一個在高中畢業前就大專畢業的人!我後來繼續在Manitoba大學接著我的學業。過了幾年,我開始不那麼喜歡我正在修的保健護理學,而開始上一些藝術課,建築課,還有一些藝術歷史課。到後來是主修藝術歷史 跟副修古典學 畢業的。

但這還不是我的真正熱愛的! 我後來在Winnipeg有接觸到一些扮裝皇后,開始幫他們化妝而展開我的創意力!在這時候 我又再一次上 Google收尋Blanche Macdonald,然後在我大學畢業四個月後就搬到溫哥華開始在BMC上課了!

BMC: 你覺得你之前學的專業有啟發你身為化妝師的靈感嗎?

Bailey: 我獨特的學歷真的讓我跟其他人有一個分別。我藝術歷史的背景讓我能很有慨念的去了解化妝的理論,而我的醫療背景讓我可以在特效方面把任何一難雜症都畫得很逼真!很多人常問我,如果可以重來 我會不會希望在高中畢業後直接去BMC,我的答案每次都是No. 我的學歷造就了今天的我,也讓我成為了一為更好的化妝師!況且有多少人能說他有三的文憑掛在牆上啊?(爸媽,不客氣喔!)

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BMC: 當你決定要選擇化妝這條路時,為什麼選擇BMC? 在你的經驗裡,我們的Global Makeup Artistry 課程你覺得怎麼樣?

Bailey: 我選擇了BMC因為我知道你們的課程有我想要學的所有。我已經知道怎麼塗口紅了,我想要的是跟最資深的老師學更上一層的技巧!我本來是以 近電視電影圈為目標而去上課的,但是我後來被其他的行業吸引了。

上Global Makeup Artistry課程太棒了!我常說,課程怎麼樣是看你自己付出了多少。假如你坐在最前面,常常發問問題,你的收穫會比其他人多。我知道我必須要成功,所以我把我所有的都投放進去這個課程裡了!這就是我能盡量問問題的地方,一個我能盡量向最專業的人士收集資訊的地方!

我很感謝我的老師們:Jenna, Holland, Leslie, Cori, 還有Jen Folk, 以及職業生涯諮詢部門的Heather 還有Jen! 很不敢相信才兩年前我是一個住在Manitoba,穿著白雪公主的醫院工作服的健保看護人員!

BMC: 你在YouTube還有IG上累積了很大量的粉絲!你能告訴我們關於成為一位社交媒體的大明星的這條路嗎?你是怎麼開始的呢?你開始發一些化妝的影片跟教學跟產品分享之後,對你的工作有什麼影響嗎?

Bailey: 我開始在YouTube發影片是我開學的不久前。我教了我自己怎麼佈置背景,拍攝,修片,拍照,行銷,還有推銷!我開始在Blanche Macdonald 上課後,我有拍攝一些我們學校的道具的開箱影片,討論上課的感想,而因此有引來很多觀眾喔!

說真的,我一開始是以分享我的彩妝技巧跟小撇步開始的!我的頻道到現在還是沒有變很多,我常發一些是用口紅色號的影片,再來是一些彩妝教學,還有屋些Vlog。但是我每天還是會教自己一些新的打光技術,還有製片技巧,讓我能發一些更高品質的影片!我都是自己來的,所以就像是一個第二份的全職工作!

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BMC: 我們來討論一下NYX Cosmetics什麼樣的機會讓你成爲他們的地區培訓彩妝老師了?你最愛這份工作的那個方面呢?

Bailey:三個字:NYX FACE Awards. 在2014年4月,我在Blanche Macdonald 畢業的五個月後,我參加了他們的FACE Awards比賽,在他們比賽截止的前一個晚上在IG上發了一個我前一年畫的萬聖節骷魯頭妝。那一篇文受到很多關注,而我成功入圍了前30名!

關於NYX Face Awards: 那時候參賽者需要交出一系列的影片。好幾輪被投票,而最後留下來的6位會被送到LA洛杉磯,跟所有美妝部落格網美參加活動!其中一位會被選為當年的美妝Beauty Vlogger然後獲勝$50,000獎金!

 我慘選的時候我大概5000 YouTube的訂閱人數,而我的競爭對手的頻道有300,000訂閱!有Blanche Macdonald的幫忙,我每一輪,包括「流行歌手」「70年代」「百老匯」等主題 我都有順利投票達標,被入圍前6名!他們把我飛去LA洛杉磯,跟迪士尼的MAKERS Studio工作室的工作人員跟編輯人員一起完成我最後一個作品!我還參加了Beauty Con化妝展,還有去在W Hotel 還有Roosevelt Hotel的派對,還有去Teen Choice Awards頒獎典禮,還有到NYX總部看他們的新產品!真的太棒了!我跟了很多品牌見面,跟他們打關係。NYX FACE Awards真的是我變成YouTube紅人的快到線!我後來贏了那一年的技術獎,然後我的人生就徹底改變了!

隔一年我跟NYX 一起製作 他們在London Drugs店的活動的影片,然後當公司被歐萊雅集團收購後,我被分派到多倫多,成為他們新開的獨立店的經營團隊的其中之一!我當了我們在Queen West的旗艦店的經理,直到我成為 NYX Professional Makeup Canada的教育經理還有品牌大使!

這是我夢想的工作!NYX跟Vlogger有很特別的一個關係,而且他們真的會回饋給我們這些vloggers。我很開心我在一個 又可以在自己的YouTube頻道跟IG隨心所欲的發文,又可以進我們的獨立店還有其他的經銷店像London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, 還有Rexall用我們的無傷害化妝品 去訓練跟啟發其他的彩妝師!沒有其他的品牌給了我這麼大的自由,打開雙手邀請我!我為了NYX Professional Makeup而活, 我真的不能再要求比這個更好的職業了!

BMC: 可以跟我們分享描述你的一整天的行程嗎?

Bailey: 我的每一天都很不一樣!今天我會在蒙特利爾 為我們的經銷商介紹我們2017最新的化妝箱;明天會幫Shoppers Drug Mart拍一個美妝教學影片;接下來我會飛去溫哥華開一個見面會,或是去我們三個獨立店的其中一家 培訓我們的彩妝師,跟他們分享我們最新的產品(我有跟你說我們有超過2000多品項嗎?)我還要為NYX Professional Makeup想一些活動,例如發布我們的#fromehtola比賽;還會在我們的旗艦店主持活動;還有幫忙我們其他店的開幕。我們8月份會在渥太華開店喔!

BMC: 身為一位地區培訓彩妝老師,你對教育跟領導因該不陌生。對於正在開啟他們的化妝生涯的彩妝師,想要當YouTube明星,IG成名,或是代表他們最愛的品牌的彩妝師,你有沒有什麼建議可以分享給他們呢?

Bailey: 現在全世界都是彩妝師,所有都注重在社交媒體。要在社交媒體保持自己的存在感!#標井字,#全部都標。這樣品牌還有其他的彩妝師才會看到你。我們活在一個數位革命的時代,任何人都可以當他們想要當的,所以放上你最好的作品!當你用井字標記一個品牌,他們有可能會看到你的照片,甚至把你加到他們的媒體名單上! 我有好幾次都是因為我在社群媒體的存在 而被電視台的人還有其他廠商聯絡!你不需要花一年的時間洗刷子才成功成名。你的線上存在感就你的作品集,好好利用他!

我從來沒想過我會在Make Up For Ever, Too Faced, YSL, Lancome, NYX, Murad, Bioderma, Soag & Glory, Urban Decay; Proctor & Gamble’s, Covergirl, Herbal Essences, Olay, Pantene, 還有其他更多的品的媒體名單上!我現在可以享受適用跟評論新的產品,還有搶先看到還沒上市的產品喔!這些寶貝都會被珍收到我的化妝工具箱裡!

BMC: 接下來呢?

Bailey: 我會繼續在加拿大的NYX Professional Makeup brand 工作,創造出更多的內容發布在我的YouTube頻道跟IG,然後希望在2017年可以再多領養塞三隻貓。

 

**Editors note: Bailey is focusing on her YouTube and Freelance Makeup career and is an ongoing NYX Ambassador. 

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BAILEY VAN DER VEEN, YouTube Makeup Mega-Guru and Regional Trainer for NYX Cosmetics, in Words + Pics

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It’s 11:30 PM on a Friday night and I’m standing in front of the bathroom mirror wearing half a face of makeup. On the counter: an old receipt from Holt Renfrew with product names from NYX Cosmetics scribbled across the back, a spillage of tubes, kits and compacts from my own collection, and my iPhone, which is paused mid-frame in the final few minutes of a fabulous smoky eye makeup tutorial.

This is anything but your typical step-by-step. On my mobile screen, Blanche Macdonald grad Bailey Van Der Veen looks every bit otherworldly with her jet-black hair, ivory complexion and aquamarine eyes—but she has a larger-than-life personality that transcends the lens and an easy, unscripted approach to being in front of a camera. She’ll interrupt a technical explanation to exclaim over the beauty of a palette’s colors, textures and finishes: the way a swatch of eyeshadow darkly pigments the pale skin of her wrist or a swipe of illuminator shines iridescent over her knuckles in the studio lights; she’ll laugh and pull faces for her audience while demonstrating the desired effect of a brush or blender. It makes her lessons seem less like chilly digitized master-classes and more like a warm, veritable presence—as if she were a terrifyingly talented friend who’s come over to your apartment on her night off with the contents of her work station to show you the latest and give you a few pointers.

With more than 103,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel and 30,000 followers on Instagram, it’s obvious that makeup amateurs and aficionados alike regularly seek her counsel on hot products and inventive how-tos. It should come to no one’s surprise, then, that it-brand NYX Cosmetics snapped her up to be their Regional Trainer in 2015, the year after she graduated from Blanche Macdonald’s Global Makeup Artistry Program and dominated the vlog-based NYX FACE Awards—and that she keeps on creating despite her busy up-and-up career, regularly surprising and delighting her international fan-base on the internet.

Through a series of phone calls and emails, I spoke with Bailey—a small-town Manitoba native currently living in Toronto—about her path to becoming social media’s makeup maven and the daily thrills of representing one of the coolest names in contemporary cosmetics. Like it or love it: Here’s Blanche Macdonald’s #flashchat with this artist extraordinaire.


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IT'S NO MYTH: INSTA-FAMOUS NAIL ARTIST LITTLE MYTHY CREATES LEGENDARY NAIL LOOKS

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Whether she's living her best self at music festivals around the world or staying in the know with the latest fashion trends, Blanche Macdonald Nail Studio graduate Little Mythy is constantly gathering inspo for her nail creations. With just over 20K followers on Instagram in only a couple of years, she’s carved a niche into the nail world for herself and her outlandish, quirky but always impeccable designs. One look at her pastel coloured, fruit-centric and googly-eye clad creations gives you all the insight you need into their creator: she’s unique, bubbly, meticulous and a lover of absolutely everything that’s cute. So let her tell you all about her “lyfe & nails. But mostly, N A I L S.”

Blanche Macdonald Centre: What made you decide that doing nails was something that you wanted to pursue as a career?

Little Mythy: Well I was at a point where I felt like I needed something more but I wasn't really sure what that was. I was and still am interested in a bunch of very different things. That being said I was always super into nails . . . I'd get crazy things all the time – every nail different type-deal. My festival nails were always the biggest hit. In 2014 I was at one of my favourite music festivals (Bass Coast) and I had these rad fruit nails – the amount of people who would ask me over the weekend where I went to get my nails done was just crazy. In my head a lightbulb went off and I just thought, "I need to learn how to do this, all of these people could be my clients". I decided right there I was gonna go to nail school. I left the festival and I made an appointment with Blanche and I was signed up within a month. 

BMC: So great to hear! What do you remember most about your time at Blanche Macdonald?

LM: There was a point during my time at Blanche where I was dealing with some pretty major personal things and I wasn't sure I was gonna continue with the program. It was extremely hard but with the support from my friends and family I was able to stick with it and complete the program. I'm proud of myself for that.

*Side note I also ate waaaaaay too many ham & cheese croissants at that little cafe next door.

BMC: Yaas, girl! Good thing you did stick with it! You’ve got some pretty rad and zany nail designs on your page! Where do you get your ideas for your designs / shapes / colour combos?

LM: I'm inspired by 80's/90's prints and artists. Saved by the Bell type stuff, lots of shapes and pastel colours. Also lots of fashion & things I see in everyday life.

BMC: What has been your favourite set of nails that you’ve done?

LM: That's hard. But probably anything I've done involving painted fruits or my retro pastel pattern nails. Oh actually! I did these nails with googly eyes on them the other day and I think those would be my favourites to date.


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Makeup Graduate Pepper J Gallegos: New Mexico's Shining Glory

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“For my entire life I felt that humans are boring looking,” laughs Pepper Gallegos. “I always liked sci-fi growing up and thought people should have ridges, horns and tails like the aliens on Star Trek. Why don’t we have these? So as soon as I started learning how to create them at Makeup School, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I wanted to turn people into aliens and make them look real. A new life exploded within me.”

Life these days is a blur of creativity for the Blanche Macdonald Makeup graduate. Working in her home state of New Mexico she’s brought a slice of Canadian makeup expertise to A-list productions ranging from TV masterpieces like Breaking Bad and Graves to on-line hits like T@gged to movie blockbusters including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Lone Ranger and Batman v Superman.

It’s an incredible résumé for an artist who didn’t even know a career as a movie makeup magician was possible until encountering Canada's Top Makeup School by chance on a visit to Vancouver.

Pepper always had natural talent. Before becoming a Makeup Artist she was working as an art teacher and had her sculptures and paintings exhibited across her hometown of Las Cruces. But that ability was paired with an eternally positive demeanour that allowed her to even turn tragedy into opportunity.

“To cut a very long story short, my mother was in terrible shape when she passed away,” recalls Pepper. “She had a big laceration on her face. For my father’s sake I wanted to make her look as good as possible, so I fixed her face using wax and makeup. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, that was my way of saying goodbye. I wasn’t making career plans, but I thought if I could help people see their family members look their best at tragic times, that would be great.”

Two years later, Pepper was on a road trip across North America to scatter her parents’ ashes across their favourite cities. One of those stops was Vancouver.


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Fashion Design Graduate Jesse Samuels Sews On-Screen Style in Hollywood North

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Jesse Samuels never planned on entering the movie business. But when the aspiring designer was presented with a chance to create clothes for the entire watching world to see, she jumped at the opportunity. In her role as a seamstress in Vancouver’s ever-busy film and TV industry, she’s flexing her fashion muscles on a daily basis.

“You’re making something brand new every day,” she beams. “It’s incredibly creative because you continually run into issues. You need to know how to problem-solve and use your skills to make it work. All I ever wanted to do was sew for a living so this is perfect!”

You’ve seen Jesse’s clothes in Imaginary Mary, Legends of Tomorrow and The 100. You’ll soon spot more on the forthcoming series Lost in Space and Snowpiercer. Sew far, sew good.

“When we’re building costumes the designer will make sketches and bring those to a cutter, who will interpret it into a pattern,” explains Jesse. “I work with the cutter to actually make the toile or the muslin, which are two terms for the first version of the garment. The designer will approve that and pick out fabrics and notions. At that point it also has to be approved by the producer and director. Then I make the finished garment. It can go surprisingly smoothly but if it’s not approved we have to start from scratch. That can happen a day before we have to start shooting.”


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Bringing Makeup Magic to Vancouver, Emmy Winning Makeup Artist Holland Miller, Blanche Macdonald Instructor and Graduate

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Making monsters comes naturally to Holland Miller. They’re part of his psyche already. So why not bring them to the big screen?

“I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis and intense nightmares my whole life. In eighth grade I decided to face my fears and went to the opening night of Nightmare on Elm Street. I didn’t sleep for the next two nights, but at the same time, I couldn’t get enough of it.”

The Blanche Macdonald Makeup School graduate-turned-instructor had caught the bug that would lead him to become an internationally renowned Makeup Effects magician. Now he’s inspiring the next generation, on screen and in the classroom. You’ve seen his work in Deadpool, Death Note, Star Trek Beyond, Supergirl, The Magicians, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, The Cabin in the Woods, Elysium, Sucker Punch, Underworld Awakening, A Haunting In Connecticut, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Underworld: Evolution, The Chronicles of Riddick, Twilight: New Moon, The X-Files, Fringe, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Almost Human, Falling Skies, Stargate and (to the excitement of his current crop of students) Riverdale. It’s an incredible résumé, considering his makeup career’s unlikely beginnings.

“By facing my fears I thought that when I did have these nightmares, I wouldn’t be scared. I wanted to know everything, so I bought all the Fangoria magazines and sci-fi and horror fanzines I could get my hands on. I went to community college when I was 17 and did some art courses. In a commercial illustration class I drew a coffin with a corpse coming out of it for a funeral home. I thought it was funny as hell. My instructors rejected it without even looking at it.”

With an artistic career looking unlikely, Holland enlisted in the US Navy. On duty in the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War, the opportunity to reignite his creative tinderbox arrived unexpectedly.

\"We’d run emergency first aid simulation operations. They were looking for someone to simulate wounds. I told them I was into horror movies. I had cotton, latex, rubber and little bits of plastic. I made a broken femur and tibia from what I remembered from Fangoria. People were blown away with how graphic it looked. Seeing how shocked people were with how gross and realistic they thought it was, I knew I could do this.”


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ONE TO WATCH: FASHION MARKETING GRADUATE JENA HIRSCH INTERNS AS MAISON MARGIELA'S COUTURE PRESS INTERN

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Dedicated, determined and fierce Blanche Macdonald graduate Jena Hirsch took one step out our doors after graduating from our Fashion Marketing program and was swept away by the alluring tide of the fashion world across the pond. But to where exactly? Paris! For what? A dream internship in the illustrious atelier of Maison Margiela as their Artisanal (couture) press intern. Despite speaking basically no French, Jena has immersed herself in a new, beautiful dream world filled with couture, baguettes, endless Uber trips and of course, their show in Paris Fashion Week. And yes, she met John Galliano!

Blanche Macdonald Centre: First things first - we heard you met John Galliano! Tell us everything.

Jena Hirsch: I did! It’s such a small company that all the teams work together often.  The one time we had a conversation, it was about one of the looks coming back from a shoot damaged so it was both terrifying and exciting that he knew my name! My main interactions with him and his team were when they would hand select things for a shoot.  They would need different pieces and I would bring the looks to them because it was my responsibility to know who had them and where the items were.  

BMC: So amazing! And what was it like working their fashion show?

JH: That’s when things got super busy! There were days I was there for 12 hours and I worked a couple weekends as well. This year was particularly hectic because the show was held at the Margiela headquarters. It was a fairly last minute change of plans so pretty much overnight the headquarters needed to be turned into a runway. It was so beautiful! They recreated John Galliano’s office and had such a gorgeous white space.  My job at the show was to sign in guests as they arrived and show them to their seats.  This meant I got to greet a lot of celebrities and bloggers that I admire and even have an extended chat with people when they had questions.


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One to Watch: Fashion Marketing Grad and Stylist Ghazal Elhaei leads Vancouver-based Agency Capital G Creatives

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Ghazal Elhaei is a creative force to be reckoned with. Between running her self-started digital marketing and events agency, Capital G Creatives, styling as part of her core creative team, and working on visual art while developing related side projects, I marvel aloud at the enormity of her typical workday when she stops by the Blanche Macdonald Atelier campus in the morning on her way to her studio. But a full calendar isn’t daunting to this Global Fashion Marketing grad: “If you want to make time, you make time,” she assures me, and laughs.

Warm, charismatic, and brimming with ambitious energy, Ghazal is an astonishing do-all fashion industry insider unlike anyone you’ve met before. But don’t just take my word for it: Here she is, in her own words, on being fearless in fashion, building a dynamic business from the ground up, and what it’s like to be an integral part of Vancouver’s vibrant creative community.

Blanche Macdonald Centre: How did you know you wanted to pursue a career in fashion, and what made you choose to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald?

Ghazal Elhaei: Fashion has always been very relevant to my life, but I’m not one of those people where, growing up, I had a passion for fashion. I wanted to be a writer like Diane Sawyer and to work for Vanity Fair or The New York Times.

I spent a couple years pursuing music before I went to Blanche Macdonald. I was a singer. A big part of my music career was creating my brand, my image, and the different outfits onstage. When I was making the transition from music to the next phase of my life, fashion made the most sense. It’s more behind-the-scenes than music; it’s about design, not about what’s happening in front. That’s something I’ve always enjoyed: Seeing how everything gets put together.

While putting on big shows and photoshoots for myself, I developed this—intrigue, I guess you could say, for the fashion world. I met with [Blanche Macdonald Admissions Associate] Pam [Chong] and it seemed like a good fit.

Going into any situation, you have to do your research. Blanche Macdonald had the energy that I liked. Right off the bat when I walked in and met everybody, I saw the teachers running around, and the students, and I thought, “This is totally my kind of vibe!” When there’s someplace that makes me feel that way, I jump right in. I started about a month after I applied.


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Makeup Instructor Leah Elliston Brings Fashion Week Fabulousness to the Classroom

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Blanche Macdonald students in Leah Elliston’s Fashion Makeup classes receive more than insider tips and techniques from an Artist regularly creating magic backstage at Fashion Weeks around the world. They’re also getting daily shots of inspiration from a Makeup Artist whose passion for fashion continues to swell.

“Working at a big show is amazing,” insists Leah. “It’s hectic and there’s pressure, but it’s always exciting. When I see the models in the clothes, makeup and hair, that’s everything to me. If it’s a collection or a designer I love, I’ll still get goose bumps. I worked on a Mary Katrantzou show in London two years ago that was absolutely stunning. The intricacy of design was so beautiful. The talent you’re working with across the board at a Fashion Week in London, Paris, Milan or New York, from the designer to the Makeup team, is ridiculous. It’s so cool to be a part of that.”

Leah’s awe-inspiring résumé is a reflection of a life that regularly takes her away from her Vancouver home. Among its many highlights are her stints working at various Fashion Weeks for names and brands like Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, Giambattista Valli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Simone Rocha, Balmain, Temperley London and Chloé. Away from the runway she’s brought her artistry to the Juno and Leo Awards, the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival (where she groomed stars included Forest Whitaker, Kevin Spacey, Josh Groban and James Taylor). Somehow she finds the time to document her work and her views on today’s trends at her blog, Smudge Style. All of which make clear that Canada's Top Makeup School students are in the presence of Makeup royalty.

There was an artist dwelling inside Leah from an early age. She’ll cheekily remind anyone asking that the proof of that latent talent arrived when she was a six year old growing up in Nottingham, England.

“I won an award!” she laughs. “When Prince Charles and Princess Diana got married my school held a painting competition. From the entire school, I was the winner! My prize was a cup sent directly from Buckingham Palace!”


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SASKATOON'S RESIDENT HAIR AND MAKEUP EXTRAORDINAIRE FALLON BRYNNE NYGAARD

They're the pruners of our strands, the keepers of our secrets and the masterminds behind those picture-perfect balayages. These Blanche Macdonald Pro Hair graduates are just getting their feet wet in the whirlwind world of Hair, but already, they're making waves in their new careers. Spanning the scene from stylists and barbers to Pro-Educators and entrepreneurs, our grads run their very own hair salons, hold the hottest seats in top salons, and work behind the scenes to create stunning editorials. Armed with the knowledge of our internationally recognized training, and a pair or two of super-sharp shears, these remarkable individuals have heard the entrepreneurial call of the Hair world and they have answered back. With Contessa Awards and other prestigious national and international competitions under their collective belts, our grads are climbing the ranks of local and international scenes one snip at a time. It can be hairy, but they're ready for anything!

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Double Blanche Macdonald graduate Fallon Brynne Nygaard has been setting Saskatoon ablaze with her beauty skills since graduating from Blanche Macdonald’s Pro Hair Program and Freelance Makeup Program. Finding her home at The Lemon Tree Salon and Studio, Fallon has amassed quite the following of dedicated clients who come for her sparkling and shimmering attitude and stay for the fierce blowouts, killer cuts and show-stopping colours. Her love of sultry hair and brows that are on fleek is challenged by only one thing - her love of dogs! (“Seriously, I want like 65!”) Meet this charming, cheeky and totally kick ass animal lover and graduate that is raising the bar of Saskatoon’s beauty game one beautifully blended balayage at a time.

Blanche Macdonald Centre: Fill in the blanks! My name is _____  and I am known for always doing / having ______ and ________. When I’m not at work, I like to wear ______ while doing my favourite activity, ______. All my friends would say I am _______!

Fallon Brynne Nygaard: My name is Fallon Brynne Nygaard, and I am known for always running into things, knocking over product shelves, and tripping at work, yet somehow being able to do hair with grace! While I’m not at work, I like to wear dresses and high heels while doing my favourite activity which is usually freelance gigs! I truly just love to work.  All my friends would say I am "the real MVP; a true homie!"

BMC: What game show or reality show you would slay if you were on it?

FBN: Dr. Phil. If "cash me ousside" made Danielle Bregoli famous, I have no doubt this is where I would find my fame and be instantly moved to a glamorous mansion in Beverly Hills and Jenny from the block would hire me as her personal stylist and makeup artist immediately!


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