Hollywood’s professional makeup school

December 2009

Master sculptor, creature suit designer, special makeup effects artist and director Steve Wang joined us at the school for a presentation on his work. Steve showed a slideshow of his work on movies including “Hellboy”, “Monster Squad” and “Predator” and brought examples of his creature suits, sculptures and animatronics as well giving an extensive lecture on the creative and technical processes involved in creating a creature suit. The seminar, which was packed with industry professionals and budding makeup artists alike, was enjoyed by all; we can’t wait for the next one!

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Academy Award and six-time Emmy winning makeup artist Kevin Haney demonstrated special makeup effect techniques during an invitation only seminar at CMS. Mr. Haney’s credits include “Driving Miss Daisy”, “Addams Family Values”, “Death Becomes Her” and “The Shawshank Redemption”.

Graduate/Student Work 
Congratulations to Master graduate Katie Machaiek who was selected to compete in the Toronto IMATS Character Competition. Katie recently created an alien prosthetic for a web series called “Zimm” as well as a commissioned piece of Lord Voldemort for a Comic-Con attendee.

CMS students and graduates: Audrey McVay, Lauren Moreno, Deborah Taylor, Ingvill Velde, Brooks Belhumeur, Oceane DeVellis, Tomey McGowen, Jennifer Gutierrez, Courtnee Moffett, Luisana Luna, Stephanie Kirby, Ashley Chang, Mina Abramovic and Lindsay Krieger worked with the contestants and judges during the 2010 Miss California & Miss Teen California finals show at the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino in Rancho Mirage on November 22, 2009. This is the first time in 15 years the finals have been televised and the third year that CMS has worked with the organization. The show can be seen online at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2621448

Graduates Liz Mendoza, Tomo Hayashi, Scott Mueller, Gage Hubbard, Christina Chen, Tomey McGowen and Samantha Ward all worked for Larry Bones of Boneyard FX during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios creating everything from flesh-eating zombies to an army of pig-faced minions for the scare zones, mazes and roaming scare-actors.

CMS students and graduates: Tuesday CorenTara McKinneyJennifer GutierrezCat Alfonso, Lauren Bracco,Carolina HernandezAlicia SanchezKathleen TyHeather RoachJacqueline YoungChristina ChenHannah Lux DavisApril KoeberleMaria LandoniNelly BernalAilinh TranAlicia CaterisanoKatie MachaiekLisa Lindvall,Antonio ReyJennifer EvansMelissa AcevedoAphrodite KellyJessica CruzHaylee McFarlandGeena Baillie,Heather CrosbieMarissa WilliamsEmily NakasoneCelia JohnsonLacie Guzman, and Jasmin Ponce were excited to be a part of numerous fashion shows during Los Angles Fashion Week including shows for designers Ekozania, Sue Wong and Carlos Haro and group shows for Emerging LA Designers, Fashion Minga and Passion Revealed.

2007 High Fashion graduate Amber Bruehl landed an amazing gig earlier this year back in Oklahoma. She assisted Catherine Conrad on a feature film titled “The Killer Inside Me” starring Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck.  Amber has also done numerous photo shoots, University of Oklahoma student films, was recently featured on Oklahoma City Fox News channel for makeup during a wedding segment, and has been working under celebrity hair/makeup artist Sharon Tabb doing weddings and local bridal fashion shows. In July of 2008 she worked with fellow graduate Amanda Banfield on the World Championship Of performing Arts, doing hair and makeup for teams USA and Canada.

Master graduate Bridget Clarke created and axe-wound to the head makeup for Wicked Lit, a week long live action theatrical production held in the Doheny Gray Stone Mansion and Park in Beverly Hills. Bridget recently completed an independent film for the Norris Collaboration; the film was shot on location in Joshua Tree National Park where she had to battle the elements while creating a gun-shot wound to the chest.

Brooks Belhumeur is currently a west coast special events artist for Estee Lauder Cosmetics, has completed one feature film “The Devil You Know”, one short film “Positive: A Test of Life”, and 6 student films and multiple fashion shows as well as being a makeup instructor for a talent agency where he teaches makeup for photo shoots. 

Competition Winners
Congratulations to our recent High Fashion, Character and Special Makeup Effects competition winners!

June High Fashion Winners

  • 1st place:Mayera Abeita
  • 2nd place:Melissa Gates
  • 3rd place:Hyun Sim Joo

July Character Winners

  • 1st place:: Jennifer Gutierrez
  • 2nd place:Melissa Gates
  • 3rd place:Tara McKinney

July SFX Winners

  • 1st place:Songsak Mongkolthong
  • 2nd place:: Samantha Mion
  • 3rd place:Elizabeth Hetherington

July High Fashion Winners

  • 1st place:Carolina Hernandez
  • 2nd place:: Taylor Tompkins
  • 3rd place:Alicia Sanchez

August Character Winners

  • 1st place:Teryl Crombie
  • 2nd place:Brenna Maiden
  • 3rd place:Wing Yeung Li

September SFX Winners

  • 1st place:Mayera Abeita
  • 2nd place:Ashley Ryan
  • 3rd place:Catherine Alfonso

September High Fashion Winners

  • 1st place:Melissa Acevedo
  • 2nd place:: Katie Machaiek
  • 3rd place:: Jennifer Evans

October SFX Winners

  • 1st place:Chikako Kitabata
  • 2nd place:Garret Christensen
  • 3rd place:Luisa Toledo

October Character Winners

  • 1st place:Jessica Cruz & Lene Reppe
  • 2nd place:Trifiro & Jennifer Cabezas
  • 3rd place:Nina McArthur & Lace Guzman

November High Fashion Winners

  • 1st place:Ingvill Velde
  • 2nd place:Deborah Taylor
  • 3rd place:Kelsey Boutte