Hollywood’s professional makeup school

March 2012

Syfy began its second season of its reality show Face Off in February. The series explores the world of special effects makeup artists and the unlimited imagination required to create amazing works of living art. Cinema Makeup School was involved with the season well before it aired. Almost a year ago the show held auditions for season two at CMS for students, graduates, and instructors. Two of our graduates, Miranda Jory and Tara Lang, made us proud as they competed against 13 other skilled makeup artists for the chance to win $25,000 in makeup supplies, the 2012 Toyota Camry hybrid, and $100,000! The contestants were tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain. Challenges incorporated effects make-up, and included a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and molding. This season’s judges included our Legends of Makeup Scholarship honoree and three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill, as well as Glenn Hetrick (Optic Nerve FX Lab) and fx designer extraordinaire Patrick Tatopoulos (Underworld, Dark City, Godzilla). CMS was also invited to the taping of the finale in October, where many of our students and graduates attended.

Sweden’s Next Top Model
As 2012 came to a close, Sweden’s Top Model contacted CMS in search of Makeup Artists. They had two episodes planned that required advanced makeup skills including one where the models would be turned into zombies. The second has yet to air, so we’ve got to keep quiet about the content. The first shoot took place at Linda Vista Community Hospital, an abandoned hospital which in recent history has become the center of several paranormal investigations. The artists, CMS Graduates Alicia Mizrahi, Danielle Baum, Eva Buinowski and Lina Hang, started their morning making up a male zombie who was used to scare the models and reveal the day’s photo shoot theme, as well as introduce their guest photographer Janice Dickenson. They then completed high fashion zombie looks for the top eight models in the competition. The second episode airs April 3rd and can be viewed here:http://www.tv3play.se/play/266364/?autostart=true

Cinema Makeup School Hosts Japanese K-2 School
On January 26 Cinema Makeup School hosted 63 students from the K-2 beauty schools in Osaka and Nagoya, Japan. We had a great showing the students what Cinema Makeup School has to offer. Japanese CMS graduates gave tours of the facility and then Kevin Brennan and Carlton Coleman provided character makeup demonstrations. This was another great opportunity for us to build relations within the international makeup industry.

CMS Takes London by Storm: IMATS 2012
In February of Cinema Makeup School flew across the pond to attend the International Makeup Artists Trade Show (IMATS) in London. Director of Admissions Lee Joyner and instructor Carlton Coleman lead the CMS booth which handed out information about the school and hosted two live Special FX makeup demonstrations and creature maquette sculpting. They were assisted in their work by CMS graduates Dave Felstead, Jodi Marie Spencer and Alexandra Myta.

Instructor Work
Mireille Bertrand – Cinema Makeup School Beauty and High Fashion instructor Mireille Bertrand has been hard at work when not teaching at the school. She was recently featured at a RAW Artists event for her work on underwater makeup. Her work was also publish in Holla Magazine, which is published in Spain and sold to an International market. Her work was also recently showcased in the USA publication Estetica.

Gayla Basehart – Beauty Makeup instructor Gayla Basehart recently worked on three shows that are currently on the air. She does the makeup for Betty White’s “Off Their Rockers” a hidden camera show. She is also the Key Makeup Artist for “Judge Alex,” the daytime courtroom show and “Excused” a new reality dating show.

Steve Costanza – Character makeup instructor Steve Costanza just wrapped a new Ethan Hawke movie titled “Vigilandia.” The movie is a sci-fi thriller also starring Lena Headey from Game of Thrones. Steve was Dept Head of Makeup and Makeup FX. He has also been working on the Disney shows. “A.N.T Farm” and “Kickin It” providing and applying FX and Beauty makeup. He finished “Smiley“, a feature film. Starring YouTube stars: Shane Dawson, DeStorm Power, Richard Ryan, Nikki Limo. Steve acted as Dept Head over all makeup and FX. Fellow CMS instructor Greg McDougall Co-managed all FX work with help from Cinema graduates Jennifer Quinteros and Ali Magee.

Graduate Work
Universal Studios Grinchamas – This year many CMS graduates, including Amanda King, Samantha Ward, Laura Leiffring, Karla Alvez, and Sabrina Wilson were able to work for Universal Studios on their seasonal “Grinchmas” production. The artists focused on character makeup and prosthetic application to create whimsical Whos and Grinches all over the park.

Jen Evans – Film and Television Program Graduate October 2009
Jen graduated from Cinema Makeup School in October 2009. CMS gave her the confidence to seek work on her own and continue to grow. She has worked on the set of KTLA and So You Think You Can Dance, was the Key Makeup for Silversun Pickups music video and interview and the Crash Kings music video directed by David Arquette. She has worked with celebs including Jaime Foxx, Mary Murphy, Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Beau Dunn and more. Most recently Jen worked with Chalene Johnson on the LIVE with Kelly Show in NYC. Jen’s work can be seen here: www.dripbook.com/jenevans

Andrea Mendoza – Graduate High Fashion Program December 2011
While she graduated from Cinema Makeup School’s evening program only recently, Andrea has worked on a wide variety of projects. Since graduation she has been involved with a TV pilot, two films and four music videos, including the film Rude Boy: The Movie, doing both hair and makeup along with other CMS graduates, and Destenee Mckenzie’s new music video “OK.” Andrea is currently working as part of the Smashbox event team.

Jessica Ortiz – Graduate Master Makeup Program March 2011.
Since graduation Jessica has worked with plenty of great photographers, directors, actors and crews. In July 2011 she had her work shown at Comic Con San Diego for a T.V. pilot as the makeup artist and the special effect artist as well. While Jessica has worked on three feature films, the most recent, titled “So This is Christmas”, was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma and featured Vivica A. Fox, Eric Roberts, Lexi Ainsworth and Titus Makin Jr. Jessica was the Dept. Head Hairstylist and also applied makeup for the shoot. Less than a year from graduating Cinema Jessica already has 5 IMDB credits under her belt, with many more to add.

Chico Kitabata – Graduate Character Makeup July 2009
Chico worked on Moonbootica’s music video for the song “Our Disco is Louder Than Yours.” She was responsible for the special effects makeup and blood effects. She also acted as the makeup assistant for a recent V magazine shoot photographed by Bruce Webber. Chico has been working in the film industry as well, being the makeup assistant for the Sundance nominated film “Wrong Cop.”

Christine Thompson – Graduate Master Makeup Program December 2010
Since graduating, Christine has worked with other graduates on a variety of projects. At Monsterpalooza 2011 she assisted Miranda Jory with the application of a bird-man makeup. Christine was also a creature model for a demo at IMATS in Pasadena in June of 2011 as well as the CMS Open House demo with Ve Neil in December. In addition to a few independent and student films, Christine worked with fellow graduate Julian Bonfiglio on two music videos for Mike Snow with CMS instructor Don Lanning. Her most recent gig was a music video for Super Black Market with a team of 6 graduates making multiple zombies and blood effects.

Mari Idaka – Graduate Master Makeup Program June 2010
Mari has been working on expanding her portfolio by doing makeup for a wide variety of projects. She has worked with models providing editorial shots for portfolios, musicians on images for their albums, and actors in films. She worked on the film “Anatomy is Destiny” as a special effects and body painting artist.

Lina Hang – Graduate August 2012
Lina has had a busy 6 months since graduation. She is currently interning at MEL EFX Labortories, along with graduate Harry Ulhorn, with Emmy & Academy Award winning artist Kevin Haney. She won 1st place in Modern Basic Cosmetics competition. She has also worked with numerous photographers, models and clothing companies such as “Make Me Chic” Clothing Company, “Lavsh” Clothing, “Pily Q Barcelona” Clothing, “Creative Recreation” Shoes, Wunder Model Management and Posh Models. Some of the images were selected by Vogue Italia Editing team, featured on W25 Magazine, Satellite Magazine, The Goods Magazine, Nu-Mode Magazine, Stilletto Magazine, Chaos Magazine, and Rebel Ink Magazine. Lina has also worked in the film industry as the Key Makeup Artist for “Creative Recreation” Spec Commercial, Key Makeup Artist for “Damn Wonderful” directed by Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Key Makeup Artist for J. August Richards (Grey’s Anatomy) Project, Makeup Artist Assistant on “Redemption of a Dog” directed by Paul Hannah / Starring Tamera Mowry. She is also the Personal Makeup Artist for Actress Tiffany Hines at Red Carpet Events.

Tara Lang – Master Graduate October 2006
Last month Tara received a last minute phone call to do an old age AND gender swap makeup for LMFAO‘s music video, “Sorry For Party Rockin.” She did the makeup for Red Foo, who plays Agnes. Fellow CMS graduate Corrine Foster also worked on the project, turning Sky Blu into an old man. Tara is also entering the Local 706 Union for Makeup Artists and Hairstylists – congratulsions!