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January 2014

School News:

CMS Holiday Party-
Last month CMS hosted our annual Holiday Party. Current students, graduates, instructors, and friends joined the CMS staff to celebrate a fantastic school year. Partygoers were greeted with live music, food and drinks, and festive holiday decorations.

Early in the evening, CMS Director Emeritus and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vice President, Leonard Engelman, and his wife, Esther, dropped by to chat with guests and pose for pictures. The program officially began with CMS Director of Admissions, Lee Joyner, giving a short speech welcoming guests and highlighting some of the great things the school was a part of in 2013.

Following his speech, CMS instructor Wendy Ann Rosen unveiled her brand new online beauty magazine, UNCOVER. Take a look at UNCOVER here: www.uncovermag.com. The magazine features work from many of our graduates. CMS also raffled off two brand new tablets and one iPad Mini to three lucky students!

The night continued with movies streaming in the computer lab and guests chatting and listening to live music.

We appreciated everyone who attended the party and shared a lovely evening with us. We look forward to great things in 2014!

Ve Neill Scholarship-
A new year means a new Legends of Makeup scholar! Famed makeup artist Ve Neill stopped by CMS to help choose the recipient of the 2014 Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship. Ve, along with the scholarship committee, reviewed dozens of contest submissions in search of one ultimate winner.

After a lengthy review process, Jessica Rousseau of Tustin, California was chosen as CMS’ big winner!  Jennifer’s makeup skills include beauty makeup and special effects, as well as sculpting and design. We look forward to Jennifer starting classes at CMS!

During Ve’s visit, she also met with last year’s winner, Angie Davis. Angie demonstrated a makeup design inspired by the film Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while Ve looked on. Ve was extremely impressed with Angie’s work. Watch their meeting here:


IMATS Los Angeles-
The International Make-up Artist Trade Show or IMATS made its annual stop in Pasadena, California, this month. As always, CMS turned heads with some spectacular demonstrations! On Friday, CMS’ booth featured demonstrations from KC Mussman and Maryam Kianjam. KC transformed model Chloe Gray into “The Valkyrie”, which featured an elaborate prosthetic chest piece. Maryam, CMS’s first ever graduate from Iran, did a fantastic beauty demonstration on model Christie Larson. Maryam’s makeup featured a Persian calligraphy-inspired design and a stunning costume of her own making.

On Saturday, airbrush auteur and CMS instructor Nelly Recchia completed her airbrush demonstration. She transformed three models into insect-like creatures complete with antennas and an intricate, freehand design. Graduates Josh McCarron and Jamie Leodones created prosthetic head and face pieces used in the demo and Kaity Licina assisted with the application. Last year’s Legends of Makeup contest winner and YouTube sensation, Angie “Goldiestarling” Davis, was also on hand and presented a makeup design on friend and fellow YouTube star, “IWanted2c1video.” Angie’s work featured a gorgeous beauty look and carefully airbrushed neck design. For the day’s special effects demonstration, Melissa Jimenez and Luis Vega transformed model Mick Ignis into a tribal alien hunter equipped with a poly foam body suit and foam latex face piece. Melissa and Luis created the concept together, with Luis designing and sculpting and Melissa adding texture, painting the pieces, and contributing to the design. They worked together to apply the makeup.

Sunday brought Tuesday Coren to the booth’s stage where she demonstrated her original beauty makeup design on model Alexandra Mathews. Her design featured a beautiful combination of cool makeup colors and an elaborate headdress mimicking a stained glass window. On the special effects side, Prae Pitayanon, assisted by Aya Ikuta, Miya Aoki, and Mossemon Manson created “The Diablo”. Modeled by Kat Sheridan, “the Diablo” featured fiery colored prosthetic horns and chest piece.

Also on Sunday, two CMS demos took to the show’s larger “Moving Image Stage.” First, Melissa Jimenez and Luis Vega recreated their makeup from Saturday while explaining their process to the audience. Then CMS grads and Face Off veterans Miranda Jory and Laney Parkhurst applied their “Queen” makeup to model Megan Albertus. Miranda and Laney managed to finish in style despite also applying a second makeup earlier in the day at the Crown Brush booth.

Fellow CMS grads were all over the floor all weekend. Chloe Sens, Graham Schofield, Corinne Foster, Mo Meinhart, Kaity Licina, Nestor Castaneda, and Lina Hang all worked on sponsored demonstrations for major makeup companies. Instructors Mirelle Bertrand and Brad Look also did makeup—Brad in the Graftobian booth and Mirelle for a special seminar for Bdellium.

The weekend also included entries to the “Battle of the Brushes” competition from several of our graduates. For the character/special effects category, KC Mussman, Eric Prius, and Lina Hang entered fantastic designs. KC took home the 2nd place prize! For the beauty/fantasy category, Christian Buca, Agne Skaringa and Claire Piao entered their designs. Christian won 3rd place with his fantastic Salvador Dali inspired makeup on model, and fellow CMS grad, Hailey Parker. Congrats to all our graduates on a job well done!

Graduate News:

Graduates Sabrina Wilson, Karla Alves, and Laura Lieffring are all working hard in the makeup department for NBC’s hit show The Voice!


SyFy’s hit reality show FaceOff premiered this month! Graduates Chloe Sens, Graham Schofield, Margaret Caragan, and Corinne Foster are all competing this season for a chance at the grand prize. The premiere saw great work from all four of our graduates. Chloe took home the night’s big look during the first week. Congratulations to the group! Tune in every Tuesday at 9/8c to watch the competition.

Friend of the school and sometime instructor Joel Harlow, has been nominated for the Academy Award in Makeup and Hairstyling for his work as makeup department head for The Lone Ranger. Congratulations to him!

Also, graduate Lufeng Qu has been nominated for a Make-up Guild Award for her special effects work on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters alongside Mike Elizalde! She’ll be going up against a highly-decorated friend of the school in three-time Oscar-winner Ve Neill, who is nominated in the same category. Lufeng worked with Ve on the first Hunger Games film.