As one of the most venerable and visible makeup training institutions, Cinema Makeup School is often called on to represent the makeup and special effects communities on major media outlets from all over the world.


CMS considers outreach to the general public a major part of its mission. We appear across a variety of venues, from magazines to Face Off, to promote practical effects and spread the word about becoming a makeup artist.

Hollywood Insider at CMS

Since its inception, the school has grown consistently for over twenty-five years. It has moved twice to upgraded facilities and even with more and more start dates offered each year, core classes are always full.


The current faculty pool—which rotates due to Hollywood’s continued demand for many of our instructors’ services—includes multiple Emmy® winners and nominees.

Many graduates of the school have gone on to do acclaimed work at the highest levels. Zena Shtysel has won multiple primetime Emmy awards and been nominated even more times for her work as key makeup artist on Dancing With the StarsMichelle Bankson has done key hair and makeup for countless top musical acts including P.Diddy, Coldplay, and David Guetta.


Sculptor and painter Casey Love has created beautiful concept art and effects work for over twenty feature films (including Men In Black 3AVPR: Alien vs. Predator Requiem and Priest) and is a sought-after designer of horror-themed art and memorabilia selling his original pieces for thousands of dollars. Even recent graduates have found work on major blockbusters like Iron Man 3, Inception and, The Lone Ranger.


Robert Lindsay, Rob Seal, Gage Hubbard and Wayne Anderson and more have charmed television audiences as contestants on SyFy Network’s Face Off makeup competition. Other grads occupy top academic positions at other major makeup schools. These are just a few examples; even graduates from CMS’s most recent classes are already starting their careers in major effects shops like KNB Efx, Amalgamated Dynamics, Makeup Effects Lab and Legacy Effects.

CMS with Joel Harlow & Scott Ian for Blood & Guts

In its third decade of instruction, CMS has never been a more vital institution. Exciting new offerings such as the Protégé Lab Internship Program, and improvement projects like the Jack Pierce Memorial Gallery for Makeup and Character Arts have radically enhanced and expanded the school’s offerings.


Current students and recent grads have placed highly in a number of recent student competitions, and some had their work featured in notable trade publications, like Make-up Artist magazine, before even graduating. Many others have gone on to high-profile jobs working with major effects shops or assisting well-known artists such as Steve Wang and  Kazuhiro Tsuji. Meanwhile, enrollment continues to grow.


Still, the plan remains the same: pair eager students with top established talent, teach them the latest methods in a concentrated creative environment, and great work will follow.

CMS Media Appearances

  • RedTV


  • Hollywood Insider


  • Business Insider


  • What’s Trending


  • InTheKnow


  • “Techgnotic”


  • SYFY “Face Off”


  • NERDIST “Blood & Guts with Scott Ian”


  • VICE “The Wolfpack Goes To Hollywood”


  • TRAVEL CHANNEL “Trip Flip”


  • CNBC “Treasure Detectives”


  • Syndication “The Doctors”


  • CCTV6 “Creative Sky”


  • TF1 “50MM Inside”


  • FOOD NETWORK “Will Work for Food”


  • REELZ TV “Dailies”


  • UNIVISION “Control”


  • XBOX LIVE “Monster Makers”


  • HISTORY CHANNEL “U.F.O. Hunters”


  • ANIMAL PLANET “The Most Extreme”


  • KTLA “Morning News”


  • EBS KOREA TV “World Education”


  • RedeTV ‘Vice’ concorre a oito prêmios do Oscar, incluindo o de ‘Melhor Filme’


  • PGA Tour China


  • Entertainment Weekly


  • L.A. Times


  • The Hollywood Reporter


  • Spiegel Offline (Germany) 


  • Screen Crush “Age of Apocalypse: Making the Coolest Cosplay of Comic-Con 2014”

CMS Trade Publications

  • Make-up Artist magazine


  • The Artisan magazine


  • Fangoria magazine


  • Nuke The Fridge


  • Below-the-Line News


  • Beyond The Marquee


  • “One of the most famous makeup schools in Hollywood”
    – TF1, 50mm Inside (France)


  • “Where magic comes to life. You can feel the energy as you take your first step inside one of the world’s best makeup schools.”
    – EBS World Education (Korea)


  • “The most prestigious [makeup] school in Hollywood.”
    – Alarma TV (Mexico)


  • “A place renowned for turning anyone into literally anything.”
    – The Hoyt’s Insider (Australia)


  • “One of the most renowned schools in Los Angeles in the field of special effects…the makeup artists here are the best of the best.”
    – Rede TV (Brazil