Makeup Workshop

Makeup Workshop

2-Day Makeup Foundations Workshop

Taught by Celebrity Makeup Artists: Jaylene McRae, Leah Elliston or Jordy Poon

As a world-class educational leader, Blanche Macdonald Centre is Canada’s #1 Makeup School. Internationally recognized for our fashion-forward curriculum and renowned training, we’ve been inundated over the years with thousands of inquiries from those who would like to access our professional training for more personal needs. 

We’ve adapted and customized our curriculum into a specially condensed two-day Makeup Foundations Workshop.  The Blanche Macdonald Centre has partnered with our sister company, our glamorous destination retailer CurliQue Beauty, to provide a two-day intensive Makeup workshop that will teach you the essentials of Makeup for personal application. This hands-on training will provide you with valuable expert feedback and instruction that will allow you to take meaningful steps in developing your beauty skills, confidence, and repertoire.

Upcoming 2-Day Makeup Foundations Workshops with Leah Elliston:

Feb 24th, 2024 & Mar 2nd, 2024 – Full!

April 20th, 2024 & April 27th, 2024 – now open for enrollment!

Fill out our Online Registration Form to register or to be notified of future workshop dates.

Workshop price: $690 + GST 5% = $724.50
Price includes a basic makeup kit which has a retail value of $200.
Note that your seat is not confirmed until payment has been received.

Maximum class size is 16 students.

Refund Policy

You acknowledge and agree to pay the fees indicated above within the terms of this enrolment contract. Fees are non-refundable. In the event you cancel and/or do not attend the workshop, no refund will be issued.

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such the registrar did not review this program.
Featured Makeup Artist and Instructor Jaylene McRae, as seen on CTV
makeup samples by Blanche artist Jaylene McRae
Featured Makeup Artist and Instructor Leah Elliston
Vancouver Makeup Workshop at Blanche Macdonald, Instructor Leah Elliston
Jordy Poon instructing in makeup foundations
Featured Makeup Artist and Instructor Jordy Poon
master makeup artist Jordy Poo

In this interactive, practical-based course, you will apply makeup each day and learn:

  • Makeup Station Basics: set up your own practical makeup area, which you will use throughout the workshop.
  • Sanitation and Hygiene: ensure that you keep your products and your face germ free, and learn how to sanitize your sponges. Make the makeup spatula your BFF!
  • Skincare: it all begins with the skin. We’ll cover cleansing, toning, moisturizing and primers, and review various products and applications.
  • Correct and Conceal: practice colour corrections, concealer techniques and foundation selection.
  • Contouring and Highlighting: pick up pro techniques, whether you want to soften things with a fresh dewy glow or dial it up and go full Kardashian.
  • Liquids, Creams and Powders, Oh My! Learn to work with different textures and application techniques.
  • Brow Power: groom and shape your eyebrows with makeup.
  • Eye to Eye: we’ll cover applications ranging from soft eyeshadow looks to intense dramatic looks with false eyelashes, winged eyeliner and smokey eye.
  • Blush Application: learn the benefits of cream vs powder, plus highlighters.
  • Lip Service: make your pout perfect with natural lip, lip liners, and various lip colours, products and looks.
  • Bring it: Full on glam! For those special events when you really want to step it up.
  • Retail Therapy: Build up your beauty haul and stock up on gifts with a special 20% shopping discount at CurliQue Beauty! (excludes The Ordinary)

The college reserves the right to change course offerings, course content, kit contents, facilities, faculty, tuition fees, and course schedules without notice.

For each workshop date, we rotate the Featured Instructors. Please note the Start Date and the Featured Instructor who will be teaching this class.

Jaylene McRae

“My art, my heart…The place where the soul knows it’s safe.” – Jaylene McRae

Jaylene McRae is a celebrated makeup artist, educator, and spokesperson.

A graduate of the Blanche Macdonald Centre, Jaylene has been a regular guest artist for CTV News showcasing beauty and bridal makeup trends, a featured artist on stage with the International Make-up Artist Tradeshow, a celebrated performer for TED X Vancouver, and is recognized as a leading educator and talent for MAKE UP FOR EVER, Thierry Mugler and our very own CurliQue Beauty. 

As a proud Indigenous Sober, Two-Spirit transgender identifying person, she has the opportunity to inspire others to find the courage to also reveal their best selves.  Jaylene feels that her life as an artist flows intrinsically with her journey of self-discovery. She is recognized as a supreme talent who has an incredible creative makeup repertoire from fashion editorial, special effects, and Drag. Whatever stage that she stands on as an artist or community leader she realizes that her presence and visibility are important. 

“Together for each other, we have the opportunity to inspire and educate.  Our identities, beautifully diverse and wonderfully unique.”

Click to read Jaylene McRae’s story!


Leah Elliston, Fashion and Editorial Makeup Artist

Leah’s illustrious career as a Fashion Makeup Artist has led her to fashion capitals worldwide, from New York, London, Milan, and Paris, working backstage at runway shows for prolific designers like Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli, and Chloé. She has amassed endless fashion editorial credits working with top brands, designers and models and is recognized as a beauty industry expert.

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. Somehow she finds the time to document her work and her views on today’s trends at her blog, Smudge Style.

As a prominent Makeup instructor within the Blanche Macdonald Makeup Artistry faculty, Leah has extensive instructional credentials including roles as a Senior Artist and Trainer for global brands such as MAC Cosmetics, Shu Uemura, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Click to read Leah Elliston’s story!


Jordy Poon, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Jordy is a renowned fashion makeup artist who has developed a celebrity following in New York and Vancouver. His work has appeared in major fashion campaigns, runways and fashion magazines, including Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and New York Magazine, to name a few. For Jordy, makeup artistry is a balance between personality, individuality, and creative flair. This philosophy allows him to develop wearable looks that cater to the specific needs of his clients, both high profile celebrities as well as the real women he works with. His lovable personality and passion for all things related to makeup has attracted a loyal red carpet following including Katy Perry, Jenna Dewan, Sienna Miller, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel and countless others.

Click to read Jordy Poon’s story!


2-day Makeup Workshop, from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

Attendees must be 15 years old on the first day of the workshop.
Class size is limited to 16 students.


For further information, please email us at:


Classes take place at the Atelier campus upstairs on the 2nd floor, above CurliQue Beauty
410 Robson Street, Vancouver BC

Tel. 604.685.5508 CurliQue Beauty
Tel. 604.685.5560 Blanche Macdonald Atelier Campus

Cancellation Policy: Fees are non-refundable. In the event the student cancels and/or does not attend the workshop, no refund will be issued.

Masks: Masks will be mandatory to wear when you enter our space. We encourage you to bring your own personal mask.

Classroom Area: Class is conducted upstairs on the second floor at the Blanche Macdonald Atelier campus. Each attendee will have their own dedicated makeup area to set up their makeup station. There are large washroom facilities nearby on the same floor.

Tools To Bring: As you will be applying makeup on your own skin, we recommend bringing your own personal cloth and face wash products if you prefer to. There will be disposable makeup wipes provided if you forget. You’re more than welcome to bring your own personal makeup products to use during the workshop. We ask that you please refrain from sharing your personal products with other guests. Please bring a notebook and pen if you’d like to take down notes.

Makeup Kit:  All other products will be supplied at your makeup station. Your brand new essentials makeup kit will be provided to you when you arrive to class. 

Allergies: If you have any allergies to any beauty product ingredients, can you please notify the Instructors on the first day.

Valuables: As this is an open classroom environment, we suggest leaving your valuables at home. While the campus is a secure environment with an onsite security guard, the school is not responsible for any personal items that go missing.

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