Hollywood’s professional makeup school

June 2013

Cinema Makeup School Celebrates 20th Anniversary
On May 5th, CMS gathered past, present and future stars of the movie makeup world at its Hollywood campus on Sunday to celebrate 20 years in business. Major industry names, including Academy Governor Leonard Engelman and legendary makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek), came out to support the school and watch Oscar winner and CMS instructor Joel Harlow (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) transform fellow makeup artist Ron Pipes (Mad Men) into a whimsical fish-man creature inspired by the work of classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

A Place for Makeup: The Jack Pierce Memorial Gallery for Makeup and Character Arts
On May 30th, CMS officially dedicated its new school gallery in memory of makeup icon Jack Pierce. Pierce was the first makeup department head for Universal Pictures in the 1930s and 40s. His iconic monster designs, such as the flat-headed monster from Frankenstein and the furry-faced werewolf fromThe Wolf Man, have become cultural touchstones, even if the man behind them is little-known outside of makeup and monster movie enthusiast circles. The gallery is open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and features work by modern masters such as Joel HarlowSteve Wang, andLeonard Engelman.

Angie Davis, YouTube Star, Named 2013 Ve Neill Scholarship Winner
Angie Davis of Advance, North Carolina, is better known to makeup fans by her stage name, Goldie Starling. That’s the pseudonym Davis uses when producing her popular series of video makeup tutorials, which reliably draw thousands of viewers. It was under her given name, however, that Davis’s work first caught the attention of the CMS scholarship panel. Davis’s style—which features detailed painting and big, whimsical ideas full of references to pop culture and art—catapulted her to the top of the pack, finally catching the eye of three-time Oscar®-winner Ve Neill herself. Neill chose Davis as recipient of a $10,000 scholarship for study at Cinema Makeup School, which Davis plans to use to expand her work into prosthetics and special effects.

Cinema Makeup School Impresses at Monsterpalooza
Hot on the heels of January’s successful IMATS showing, CMS graduate artists hit the labs again for March’s Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank. The school produced multiple acclaimed demonstrations for the three day show. These included “The Hive” by Midge OrdonezJordan Morris, and Jamie Leodones, which turned graduate T.J. Loza into a shambling anthropomorphized beehive; the shapely alien “Galilea” by KC MussmanJosh McCarron’s noble “Ice Warrior,” complete with LED-lit horns; Melissa Jimenez’s “Spider Lady” an alluring arachnid modeled by Mo Meinhart, who also created the memorable costume; and “Master of Monsters” by Wayne Anderson, a 20-foot-tall behemoth creature suit with leg extensions and motorized wings built for his brother Robert. In addition, CMS sponsored a quick zombie makeup class with Joel Harlow and were visited at the booth by heavyweights such as Dick SmithMichael WestmorePatrick Tatopoulous,and many of Wayne’s castmates from the most recent series of SyFy’s Face Off.  The designs attracted plenty of praise from the many makeup artists and industry figures in attendance and drew a huge crowd all weekend.

CMS Talent Dominates on Face Off Season 4
CMS-ers Wayne Anderson (graduate) and Kris Kobzina (instructor) were two of the three finalists on season 4 of SyFy’s Face Off competition. Although neither won the grand prize, everyone at CMS is extremely proud of Wayne and Kris for making it so far. The same goes for Katie Machiaek (graduate) who made a strong showing in the first few episodes and rebounded from being cut to win multiple online “redemption challenges.”

CMS “Heroes” Help Elizabeth Glaser Foundation Combat Pediatric AIDS
CMS grads Midge OrdonezJamie LeodonesJordan MorrisIvan Sharudo, and Melissa Jimenez volunteered their painting and photoshop skills for a good cause in June. The group headed to Century City for the annual “A Time For Heroes” fundraiser, where CMS contributed alongside companies like Disney, the NFL, NASCAR and Creative Artists Agency to help stop the spread of pediatric AIDS in the developing world.

Graduate News

Rosa Lieb (Master, 2012) has been working steadily since graduating late last year.  She has done work for Italian Vogueand working on music videos and commercial shoots for print and online content. She has also worked on NBC’s Today show and done makeup for celebrities.

Master grad Jason Henricks has continued his steady work with West Edge Opera, doing makeup and hair/wigs for the season opener, L’incoronazione diPoppea a reimagining of the Monteverdi classic set in the 1960s.

Ashley O’Boyle (Master, 2012) has been using her makeup and hair skills to give back to the community. She has been working with Glendale Adventist Medical Center helping fit cancer patients with wigs and makeup. She also works with the Beauty Bus Foundation. Ashley will also be a RAW Artist featured makeup artist on June 23rd in Costa Mesa.

In addition to her acclaimed demos for IMATS and Monsterpalooza, Melissa Jimenez (Master, 2012) has been keeping very busy with a mixture of photo shoots and film and video projects. She did special effects work on a concert video for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, and worked a Mad Max-esque photo shoot for the NewNowNext awards that was shot on a huge sprawling set in the desert with a large cast of models. Her work can also be seen in the upcoming video for Jessie J’s single “Beast Within.” In between shoots Melissa has also found time to become a fixture at the CMS offices where her photo editing and graphic design skills make her very valuable.

Graduate Taylor Tompkins was nominated for a Music Video Producers’ Association Award for her work on “Love Me” by Lil Wayne feat. Drake and Future. Congratulations, Taylor!


Mirelle Bertrand has continued her work with Bdellium cosmetics, completing a booth demo at The Make-up Show Los Angeles. Grads Melissa Jimenez and Alicia Mizrahi Siller assisted. She also earned two “stylist spotlight” features for the Amika Hair Company.