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December 2011

Ve Neill Open House
CMS hosted its annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 11th and it was a huge success! Three-time Academy Award Winner Ve Neill came out to the event to demonstrate a multi-piece silicone gel-filled prosthetic application designed and created by CMS graduates Ian LomeMiranda Jory and Miyo Nakamura, with guidance by Director of Admissions Lee Joyner, along with assistance from current CMS students. She was assisted in the demo by Miranda and Miyo in front of a crowd of over 100 people! The event was MC’d by Leonard Engelman, the Governor of the Makeup Branch of the Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ve and Leonard stayed after the demo was complete to share some of their wisdom with current students and join in the festivities, which included delicious food, an art exhibition in the CMS museum, a ventriloquist, and a performance by a group of street bucket drummers. CMS was honored to have both Ve and Leonard at our school again and we look forward to having them back for more events!

LA Women’s Expo
This year Cinema Makeup school was able to take part in the first annual Los Angeles Woman’s Expo. We had a team of about 20 students doing 15 minute “bump up” makeovers! Not only were we able to make visitors of the expo look stunning, but we also had 3 demonstrations to show a quick peek at what our school is all about. First we had instructor Mirelle Bertrand do a wedding makeup demo. Next, graduate Lacie Guzman showed how to take a regular day makeup and turn it into a glamorous evening look. Lastly, we had graduate Eva Buinowski Do a pretty Zombie to show off a bit of the special effects we offer at our school.

Freddy Chavez Olmos –Graduate 2003
Freddy is currently living in Vancouver, Canada and working in the Visual Effects industry for films such as District 9, The Thing (the 2011 version), Tron Legacy, Watchmen and the Dark Knight among others. He co-directed a horror/fantasy short film called “Shhh” inspired by director Guillermo del Toro’s childhood nightmares. He hired a special effects makeup artist to create a hybrid of prosthetic makeup and created CGI effects for the project.

Carolina Hernandez -High Fashion Photographic Makeup Graduate July 2009
Carolina most recently displayed her makeup talent at the Long Beach Zombie Walk 2011. An estimated 14,000 people showed up to participate in the event and Carolina was on hand to provide festive airbrush makeup to those in attendance.

Lauren Jenkins -Master Makeup Graduate December 2010
Over the year since her graduation Lauren Jenkins has been working with a number of photographers and models signed with Wilhelmina Model Agency. Her high fashion editorial makeup work was featured in many professional portfolios as well as recognized by master makeup artists across the nation. In October 2011, Lauren’s special effects application won first place for the recognized Spook-o-rama makeup competition. 

Yuko Kamada  –Master Makeup Graduate December 2010
Yuko has expanded her commercial portfolio by working on two short projects in the past month. The first was a commercial for The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit that presents scholarships to exemplary students. The second included doing various interpretations of traditional Japanese makeup for the first annual LA Eiga Fest which was held at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood

Ramon Blanco- Master Makeup Graduate January 2011
Between teaching at makeup schools and working for both MAC and Bobbi Brown cosmetic lines, Roman worked with Miss Teen Plano USA for the Miss Teen Texas 2011 pageant.

Kelz- High Fashion Graduate October 2010 
Portland, Oregon Makeup Artist of the Year 2011 and founder of Kelz Beauty, Kelli “Kelz” Gasaway has been steadily working her hair and makeup magic for various events, fashion shows, and photoshoots. As a freelance hair and makeup designer, she has had the opportunity to work with talent such as Daniel Baldwin and Amy Roloff.  In October, Kelz was hired as the Key Makeup Artist for Fashion Remix 2011 featuring Peniche Fashion and Betsey Johnson. Most recently she has been focused on holding photographic styling workshops and demonstrations for students and upcoming stylists.

Christa Gasbarre – Current Student 2011
Christa Gasbarre is a current student in the master program. She recently did makeup for a wedding that required the bride and groom to look like vampires. The couple is holding marriage ceremonies all over the world, and trying to adopt the wedding culture of each place they visit. This included Christa’s help in transforming them into Vampires for their Halloween wedding on Sunset Boulevard.

Rita Horvath- Prosthetics Graduate May 2011
After finishing the Prosthetic Makeup course at Cinema Makeup School, Rita was asked to work as a Prosthetic Makeup artist on the second season of Showtime’s The Borgias. She will be working with Jeremy Iron.

Marlene Moura- Character Makeup Graduate June 2007
Marlene Moura is currently working on the film, Rouge Bresil, directed by Sylvain Archambault.  The film features Stellan Scarsgard of Good Will Hunting and Pirates of the Caribbean