James Vincent x Kevyn Aucoin x BMC

April 13th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

“How do you define your style to market yourself? What is your brand? Mine is uptown glamour with a downtown edge.” James Vincent

Just wrapped up an awesome presentation by Makeup Artist rockstar James Vincent on one of his favourite Makeup lines, Kevyn Aucoin.  Here are a few pics for now. Much more about him, the presentation and all the tips and tricks he had up his tatted sleeve to follow. In the meantime, check out our live tweets @BlancheWorld!

James with our beautiful Makeup Program Director Karen Esprez!

And hey, it’s James’ birthday tomorrow. Give him some love and follow him at @JVincentMakeup on Twitter!

Face Chart Transformations

February 29th, 2012 / Posted by natasha

We’re loving this series of gorgeous face charts designed by recent Blanche Macdonald makeup grad Marian Mina. Watch them come to life!

Marian translates her designs onto herself. Stunning!


Marc Jacobs A/W 11 Campaign

October 12th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Helena Bonham Carter. Yeah she’s fun, fearless and quirky and that’s why we like her. When she becomes the face of a Marc Jacobs campaign, we turn our heads to check it out.

And the Makeup Artist chosen to complement Helena’s wacky style? None other than the incredibly talented Blanche Macdonald Makeup graduate Janeen Witherspoon!! With a Vogue cover, an exclusive for AnOther Mag (love AnOther!), a huge celebrity and elite model clientele and London, Paris and Milan Fashion Week shows every season, we can’t be more proud of our international High Fashion Makeup Artist rockstar!

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Supermodel David Chiang Brings The Runway to Blanche Macdonald

June 23rd, 2011 / Posted by natasha

At Blanche Macdonald, we’re always proud of how our Fashion grads make their mark across the Fashion World.  For Fashion Merchandising grad David Chiang, his mark is being seen by millions every day.  It’s been four years since he left BMC and in that time, he has become one of the top male models in the world.
“Brave Hearts”, Vogue Hommes Japan Spring 2011; Stylist: Nicola Formichetti; Photographer: Steven Klein; Source: The Fashionisto

Between castings in Europe and right before he left to walk for Milan Fashion Week, this busy supermodel brought his gorgeous 6’2, fast-food loving, outspoken, good-humoured and loveable self (head to toe in his signature shades of black) to our Downtown Campus to catch up with the fabulous ladies in our Fashion Department and to hang out with one lucky Fashion Merchandising class.

Here he is with some of our amazing Fashion staffers Donna, Peggy and Mel!

David exploded into the Fashion Scene after his debut in Fall 2010.  His stunning looks quickly made him a favourite for the international runway: Rick Owens, Paul Smith, Ermenegildo Zegna, Missoni, Richard Chai, Diesel, rag and bone among many others… and even as an exclusive for Dior Homme. He’s also the first Asian model to ever walk for Emporio Armani. His all time fave show? Alexander McQueen’s final Menswear Fall 2010 where McQueen personally asked David to stay for fittings.
(L-R) Alexander McQueen Fall 2010, Diesel Black Gold Fall 2011, John Varvatos Spring 2012 in Key Outfit.

David’s dream is to walk the catwalk with wings on. Victoria’s Secret wings. Specifically, Tyra’s wings. Given the whole gender-bending model trend going on, this just might happen. David’s androgynous looks, and those of his fellow model and bestie, Andrej Pejic, have made them two of the most recognized faces that currently defy the norms in the modelling industry. While we may have to squint our eyes and lean closer to he monitor to see how his handsome features work as a woman, some of the world’s most iconic designers were quick to take note. Even Karl Lagerfeld told David that he was a “very beautiful Chinese girl”!(L-R) Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2012, Dior Homme Fall 2011 Exclusive, Emporio Armani Fall 2010

Read more about David Chiang in his interview with The New York Times’ Fashion blog, The Cut.

Hey Fashion, Makeup & Hair students and grads – recognize these industry pros?

(Clockwise from Top Left) David with Makeup Artist legend Pat McGrath, Fashion Designer (ex Artistic Director of Nina Ricci) Oliver Theyskens, Fashion’s Fave Photoblogger Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, Duffy (top Hairstylist), BMC’s Fashion Queen Peggy Morrison (naturally) and the creator of The Fashionisto, Carl. Source: David’s Facebook page

And for more eye candy… the models. These photos are from David’s “David Loves…” Facebook Album. Check out those cheekbones!

It’s times like this when we take a second to breathe from our busy, exciting lives to remember just how many of the people who have crossed our path have had the honour to meet, mingle and work with so many of the top actors, musicians, models and industry pros, that we are reminded of how small the world really is.

Six degrees of separation? How about one. If Karl Lagerfeld had his own Facebook, he’d probably be showing up on our “suggested friends” list right about now…

Dress Up!

June 14th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

We love our Global Makeup grad Oz Zandiyeh’s work in these shots from hacidMAG, a Barcelona-based online mag with a mission to bring together the freshest talent and content. With traveling to and from Toronto to work for Food Network, Eat St. (airing now), Plaid Magazine, keying the L’Oreal-Matrix Canada Hair Show in Vancouver and having the privilege to work with great talent for many more Editorial, Print, Bridal and Film-work, Oz now has international work to add to her great list of credits!

Cover and Editorial of hacidMAG, “Dress Up!” – June 2011
Photography: Florence Leung
Styling: Vad Davis
Makeup and Manicure: BMC Global Makeup graduate Oz Zandiyeh
Hair: Yuki Lam
Model: Brooklyn Hammel of Key Model Management
See full photos at hacidMAG Online: http://hacidmag.com/


BMC Makeup Grad x Vogue Turkey

May 13th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

Vogue Turkey: Bohemian Rhapsody
April, 2011

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Take us back to the days we’ve never lived…

April 28th, 2011 / Posted by natasha

I spent the day at a creative photo shoot hanging out with a few of Blanche Macdonald’s most creative minds including Artistic Director, Photographer, Stylist and BMC Fashion Instructor Tyler Udall and Makeup Pro and BMC Instructor Jon Hennessey. Being a late 60’s/early 70’s-inspired photo shoot, it was awesome watching the collaboration and seeing how these pros put their twist on a decade we never lived or were too young to remember. We shot at the Waldorf Hotel, which is decked out in Teak wood, palm trees, random Tiki art, 1960’s wallpaper and shag carpet – a pretty perfect place for the shoot in a quirky sort of way.

This is Alicia, our model for the shoot.

Tyler was artistically inspired by the incredible American Photographer Stephen Shore and the constructed angular pieces of the late 60’s by Fashion Designer and legend, Pierre Cardin. When young Alicia arrived, he quickly adapted to her young and sweet appearance, keeping with the colour scheme and softness of textures explored. The concept transformed, in Tyler’s words, to “an early 70’s disgruntled pre-teen on holiday with her parents and not wanting to be there”, which you can totally imagine when you see these final shots!

Take a look at the series of behind-the-scenes pics along with the final, developed photos!

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The 2011 Sephora PRO Beauty Team

October 12th, 2010 / Posted by natasha

If you haven’t heard already from our Facebook page, then we have some awesome news for you….. Huge congrats to not one, but two of our Makeup grads, Sladja Markovic and Sherry Chen for making it onto the 2011 Sephora Pro Beauty Team!!

The SEPHORA Pro Beauty Team: You know that friend who always looks glam, has drool-worthy makeup, and gives you the best beauty tips ever? Now imagine 14 friends like that – and you’ve got the Sephora Pro Beauty Team.  These makeup idols know everything there is to know about getting gorgeous, and they’re always ready to dish up pro secrets.Meet our girls, Sherry and Sladja! If you ever get a chance to meet them in person, they’re so fantastic and outgoing and their passion for makeup literally radiates for miles on end.  They both paid us a lovely visit to tell us about their life-changing experiences. After beating out 191 contestants who competed in San Francisco, New York, Houston, and Salt Lake City for the second round, Sherry and Sladja, along with 26 others, were off to an intense five-day final competition in Las Vegas. At the end, only 14 were chosen as the best of the best artists to represent Sephora for 2011!

For the competition, they had to complete two challenges: media and makeup.
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Plenty of Fish

September 23rd, 2010 / Posted by natasha

It’s a cute story how Markus met Anne eight years ago.

Just recently, the local millionaire, Markus Frind, founder and CEO of the globally successful personal dating site, Plenty of Fish, exchanged vows with Anne (his front desk girl) in the beautiful stretch of beach of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico!!  To compliment the scenery, the couple flew in our Makeup grad, Jayna Bussiere, to do all the hair and makeup for the entire wedding party at the wedding destination!
This was definitely one of those moments where Jayna had to pinch herself, “Is this for real? Can I seriously call this work?”

Unfortunately, the rain would not stop pouring on the day of the wedding so the pictures in front of the endless blue backdrop had to be postponed until the following day. In other words, Jayna had to stay an extra day.  But of course, who wouldn’t mind that? Especially when it’s in the company of such a close-knit group and on a resort! Everyone was so much fun, too! After the shoot, since the gowns had served their purpose, the whole wedding party jumped into the sea behind them (yes, gowns on and all), splashing and laughing!

The couple loved working with Jayna so much, she was booked to do the bridal makeup for their Vancouver reception. Take a look at the pictures of Jayna’s makeup from their masked ball soirée on WedLuxe!

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