Stephanie Flores, a makeup instructor at the Salon and Spa Career College - Champlain Institute, took the students to work at a music video shoot with some of the biggest names in rap music in Toronto in September.
“It wasn’t a typical music video – the director pushed the level of artistic creativity,” said Flores. “It had a very futuristic look.”
The shoot was for Canadian rapper Belly’s new song “Hot Girl,” featuring Snoop Dogg, a Grammy-nominated rapper, producer and actor. The entire production took 18 hours. The students helped for about eight hours, doing full body work with body paint on 18 women in the video.
Flores and the students did research in class about how to create the look the director wanted before the shoot. After deciding that liquid latex was the way to achieve it, Flores ordered the product from the United States. The students applied the metallic liquid latex with sponge rollers in layers.
“The director wanted the girls to look like robots,” said Flores.
While Flores did the makeup on Snoop Dogg and Belly, the students were able to get a taste of a real gig. As discussed in class, the students were able to mold themselves into the environment and act like professionals.
“It went really smoothly,” said Flores. “The students were really excited. They conducted themselves appropriately and they didn’t want to leave.”
Flores has been in the makeup industry for about seven years. She’s done a lot of work with artists and musicians, including A-list names like R &B crooner NeYo and actress Vivica Fox. Flores also counts many Bollywood actors as clients.
The makeup program at the Salon and Spa Career College - Champlain Institute is four months long. Students earn a certificate in Makeup Artistry for Fashion, Editorial and Runway.
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