Makeup legend Todd McIntosh is more than a guest on his regular visits to Blanche Macdonald. Todd is family.
As our Makeup Director, Todd’s expert fingerprints – the same ones that won Emmy Awards for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Pushing Daisies – can be found over Canada’s ever-evolving and most complete makeup curriculum. He’s been at the helm of Blanche Macdonald’s Makeup Program for nearly 30 years now. So when Todd makes one of this regular pilgrimages to Vancouver, it’s more than business. It’s pleasure too.
That pleasure was shared with Blanche Macdonald’s students and instructors as Todd spent a week and half with us this summer, providing multiple days of detailed artistic and career advice with the next generation of makeup superstars.
Todd’s time at Canada’s Top Makeup School began with one-on-one sessions with our Battle of the Brushes contestants at the Vancouver IMATS, delivering wisdom that helped our graduates to a clean sweep of the podium – first, second and third – in the Character Prosthetics category and a superb second in the Beauty/Fantasy.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Todd since I was ten years old, when I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” explained Battle of the Brushes first place winner Devon Burbank. “The fact that he took time to critique my work was amazing. He suggested so many ideas about hiding edges and folding things out. Todd is incredible. At the end he gave me a full hug and I freaked out.”
Todd went on to spend two days visiting classes in progress, meeting students while providing hefty doses of inspiration and hands-on expertise.
Can I have your autograph please? There was no shortage of Howard and Tami fans as Academy Award-winning makeup legends Howard Berger and Tami Lane took to the Blanche Macdonald stage and demonstrated their prowess in special effects makeup! It was a full of day of demos and lively discussion from casualty character to ageing makeup using Silicone Prosthetics, questions and answers about all things makeup filled the room and inspired our guests. Included were topics such as where to buy product and tools, budgeting for feature films, working on trilogies and what it means and takes to be a success in this ever-changing, innovative industry – no subject was left unaddressed. Howard and Tami’s overflow of knowledge and wisdom left everyone excited and ready to push their craft to new heights! Thank you Howard and Tami for an awe-inspiring Signature Series event!
Howard Berger & Tami Lane
Academy Award Winners for Outstanding Makeup
The Chronicles of Narnia - the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
With motion picture credits ranging from such mega block busters as the ongoing Chronicles of Narnia series, Kill Bill 1 & 2, and Green Mile to the spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy, Blanche Macdonald Centre is proud to showcase the creative and technical talents of these celebrated makeup luminaries. It is an honour and a privilege for us to host them at Blanche Macdonald.
This will be her first appearance at a makeup school in Canada. Over the course of her illustrious 30 year career, this renowned makeup artist has received no less than 19 international nominations for her outstanding makeup work. Neill has won 3 Academy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 4 Saturn Awards, a BAFTA, a Local 706 Character Makeup Award and was the first artist to be awarded the Hollywood Foreign Press “Makeup Artist of the Year Award”. Blanche Macdonald Centre is thrilled to announce that Ve Neill, one of the most renowned makeup artists in the motion picture business, will be doing several makeup demonstrations at the Blanche Macdonald booths.
Sharon Gault will be speaking at the Canadian Makeup Show in Vancouver this weekend but it is only at the Blanche Macdonald Centre where she will demonstrate her makeup talents and skills to our makeup school students with looks from the latest runway collections and her recent Lady GaGa music video.
Internationally known for her groundbreaking work in the cosmetics industry, Sharon Gault has created iconic looks for some of the biggest names in show business and fashion and in the process defined emerging trends for two decades in modern pop culture.
Already a veteran of the Hollywood fashion scene, it was not until she toured with Madonna on the "Blonde Ambition" tour and was featured in the candid feature documentary "In Bed with Madonna" that Sharon came to the attention of the world. To this day, many people know her simply as "Mama Makeup", a nickname given to her by the dancers on the tour.
3 time Oscar Winner showcases her Makeup Movie Magic at another Blanche Macdonald Exclusive!
Can you feel the frenzied excitement? The energy is palpable. Ve entered the building to a standing ovation from one hundred plus Makeup students and this was only the morning session! With a full slate of Makeup demos, instructor training and media tour scheduled, Ve got right down to work. Starting off with a demo reel of her Career highlights, she then launched into her first Makeup demonstration of the day - from her most recent professional endeavour with Johnny Depp, the makeup from Sweeney Todd.