Product Focus: Eyebrow Creams

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Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s bushy brows or Instagram’s wavy eyebrow trend, eyebrows have dominated the make-up world for the last few seasons. However, unless you have perfect natural brows (and if you do, we’re all jealous), getting your eyebrows ‘on-fleek’ takes a little bit of care. In a world filled with eyebrow pencils, gels, and everything in between, finding the best product can be challenging. That’s why we at MUD engineered our line of Eyebrow Creams.

The unique formula fits into MUD’s Refillable 1″ Eye Compact, Universal Palette, or any MUD Palette that contains a well for eye products. Unlike some other eyebrow products, these Eyebrow Creams won’t dry out if exposed to air, they don’t require an air-tight seal. In fact, we love our eyebrow creams so much that we engineered a special brush just for this product. The #220 Brush comes with an ultra-sharp, short angled brush on one end and a spoolie on the other for your on-the-go convenience. This allows you to articulate perfect, hair-like strokes with even more precision than an angled eyeliner brush.

To use MUD’s eyebrow cream, follow these simple steps:

Step 1. Brush up the brows with a spoolie so that you expose any sparse areas and can see the natural direction of the eyebrow hairs.

Step 2. Look directly in the mirror and use your unique eye shape to find the ideal position for the brows. First, align the inner corner of the brow with your tear duct. Next, the center and arch of the brow should fall in line with the outer edge of your iris. Last, the second half of the eyebrow should be as long as the distance between the inner corner of the brow and the arch, so that the eyebrows are balanced and even.

Step 3. Dip the angled end of your #220 brush in the cream, swiping both sides of the brush so as to create a sharp tip. Following the natural direction of your eyebrow hairs, apply the cream in short strokes throughout the brow.

PRO TIP: For more dimension, use two shades of the eyebrow cream, filling in the general shape of the brow with the lighter color and adding in the darker color from the arch through the end of the brow.

Step 4. Brush the brows into place with a little bit of MUD’s brow fix for a finished look!

MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary With John Bailey

John Bailey hasn’t had the most typical make-up career. Starting in a college theater department, Bailey first picked up a make-up brush to do his own character make-ups for his college roles. However, his talent for make-up did not go unnoticed, leading to Bailey becoming the go-to make-up artist in the department and teaching his own class as an undergraduate.

Evolving from student to teacher, Bailey’s passion for education grew, as he became frustrated with the teaching techniques of so many industry-leading schools. Preferring a more easily digestible, detail-oriented approach, Bailey found full-make-up classes to be both rushed and unnecessarily overwhelming. Incorporating the company and co-writing MUD’s Beauty Make-Up Textbook, John Bailey is to thank for MUD’s step-by-step lesson plan.

Q: Going back to 1997 when MUD started, what was your role?

A: We came from a place where we were teaching make-up. But, people would teach a class in make-up in this rushed way, where you would watch a demonstration of a make-up, and then you just do it. That’s why, when we started, I wanted to break everything down into small, learnable bites. So instead of just doing a make-up, the first thing you would do is learn a little bit about the eyebrows when you walk in the door. The next day we would start learning how to base match. Then we teach them how to work with eyeliner: how to hold a brush, how to put the eyeliner on the brush, and we would dampen the brush and let them practice, so that they get used to the tactical aspects of it before they had to actually put on any make-up at all. We also developed the progressive eyeliner, where we would do a straight liner then turn it into a glamour liner, then turn it into a fashion liner, then close the inside corner. I’d teach them how to hold a brush instead of them just taking the brush and putting it on the eyes, because there’s certain ways that you hold a brush that make everything much easier. I always wanted to be taught how I learn best, and I think that most people taking make-up classes learn the way that I learn. We’re visually oriented, or tactile learners. A lot of people have problems with focusing, and I think the way we teach make-up gets rid of that because we’re doing short, specifically directed techniques.

Q: Did you start with the curriculum then?

A: The curriculum came first. Before MUD, I taught at a school with a two week beauty class. I thought that two weeks for a beauty class was just ridiculously short–I would have liked to make it six months long! So we put together a four-week class, where the first two weeks are basic skills, and the second two weeks are using those skills to create certain make-ups.

Q: Was beauty your specialty?

A: For me, beauty was the soul of it. There’s so many little things that you can do in beauty, and so many skills you develop that carry over into everything else. Beauty is much more interesting than people realize. You’ve probably noticed that when you’re younger you don’t understand the subtlety of things as much as you do when you get older. You don’t see the small things that make something work, but instead see the big picture.

Q: I heard when MUD started you would do these fourteen-hour days, doing the night classes and the day classes, right?

A: The day class would start at 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning and we’d finish at 5:00 in the afternoon. It was an eight-hour day, and then the next class started at 6:00. For about a year or so, I was teaching both. After that, because we were growing fast, I was mainly training teachers. I’d be in a classroom teaching a class and training teachers at the same time. And we got good at training teachers! They would be learning the short little skills and they’d follow me around and they’d watch how I’d teach things and the comments I’d make. Then, they’d just fall right in.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your background, before MUD?

A: I was in college theater. While I was there, I would get cast in character roles, and I started learning to do character make-ups. I’d take a class in the make-up there, work on it, read books, practice, and study. All of a sudden people were asking me to do the make-up for their show, and then some students wanted me to teach them a class. People would come by wanting people who could do some make-up to look like George Washington, or something like that. I got sidetracked a little bit after that time, buying some property and doing some real estate stuff.

Then I moved to California. They had a very good make-up class that Bill Smith was teaching out here. So I went to learn from him and decided I was going to get a degree, but he passed away just after I got there. Then someone recommended I go to school in LA, and they said they would give me credit for taking the classes there. Soon enough I started teaching, and then I left in ’97. Of course I didn’t expect to get into the school business so quick, but all of a sudden Tate had an idea and I had an opportunity. We went out on September 15th, and I incorporated. We started working on the lesson plans, and Tate started working on getting his business, and we found a little place in Toluca Lake, upstairs over a Mediterranean restaurant. Our first class was about five people and then it was eight people and then ten, and we had to get another room for another classroom, then we had to get another room for another classroom, and soon enough we had several offices up and down the street in Toluca Lake. When Tate found a deal for a place we could actually buy, we ended up with the Burbank school we’re in now.

Q: Were there any people who encouraged you to keep growing when you started MUD?

A: It comes to the point of who motivates the motivator, right? At that point the last thing other people want to see is you become successful. But we have a lot of teachers that have been around since the very beginning. Mary Anne, and Yvonne–Yvonne and I worked on the beauty book. Writing the book gave us the opportunity to put down some of the techniques on paper. The book was written as we were teaching the classes, so it starts off with the eyeliner and all that. But everything we do comes right back down to small, manageable bites–putting you into a situation to do this work.

Q: Did you ever think MUD was going to be this big?

A: Well, I always dreamed it would! Whether I really believed my dreams were true or not I don’t know, but I kept believing it. Would you believe it?

Q: I wouldn’t imagine it!

A: It’s like anything–it’s small little steps. The hardest thing in the world is to get everybody on the same track, teaching the same thing. For me, being able to teach the teachers, and then those teachers teaching, was much better because they would be doing the same thing. Make-up artists assume that everything they say should be known but it’s not! When you tell a person to pick up the brush–what does that mean? When people had difficulties, I actually taped the brush to their fingers so they could learn to use the brush just like an extension of your hand. It’s a movement, a flow. The only problem with getting bigger is it takes you further and further away from the things you wanted to do when you first started. But there’s no way to get around that when you run a large company, is there?

Q: Where do you see MUD in the next 20 years?

A: I’m just hoping that it keeps growing, because once you stand still you’re either growing or declining. We have the two major schools, and then we have the studio schools. The idea was to have hubs and all the studio schools from around plug into the hub. It would help maintain everything if we had not only Los Angeles and New York, but also Atlanta and Miami, for example. That being said, I think we’ve done more for cosmetic education than anybody else. In fact, I’m sure we have.

MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary with Paul Thompson


Starting his make-up career in 1987, Paul Thompson is MUD’s Director of Education and organizational leader behind the MUD Schools. Unlike our students, Thompson didn’t go to a traditional make-up school, instead he taught himself and took scattered classes under the guidance of an instructor at his community college. In the beginning he took jobs as a makeup assistant, learning from his experiences. As his career progressed he primarily worked in television and commercials, and ultimately opened his own FX shop. While working as a makeup artist, Thompson was also teaching extension courses at UCLA and doing master classes for multiple other cosmetic brands. Having fallen in love with the learning process itself, he went on to get a teaching credential and started teaching for MUD. Additionally, he authored the first edition of MUD’s character textbook Character Make-Up and co-wrote the second edition with Gil Romero.

Even with a firm belief in the power of education, Paul manages to keep things light and fun. whether he’s stealing his coworkers’ candy or face swapping photos of him and his wife, Francine, he keeps the MUD offices running with his goofy shenanigans. With his booming voice and high energy, Paul Thompson is the joyful lead behind the MUD education.

Q: What makes MUD different from our competitors?

A: From the beginning we fundamentally believe that the most important person in our organization is the student. We want them to have an exceptional experience at MUD learning makeup. To feel good about their choice of coming to MUD, and once they got in a class, we wanted to make it so meaningful and so outcome-based that they walked away getting everything they needed to start their career. In the beginning we really felt that we could make a makeup school that was better than anything that came before us. The other thing that continues to make us different is all the people that work here–all the different people that give voice to the education, whether it be the teachers, management, or the outside industry talking to us and working with us. It’s not a person, per se. It’s not Joe Shmoe’s make-up school, it is Make-Up Designory. So, it’s not based around me or Tate or any other single individual. It’s all about a company that does something of real value.

Q: Who is the MUD student?

A: I see students as so many different individuals. Our students are people that are just getting out of high school looking to start their career, but they can also be somebody that’s changing careers. I’m a make-up artist, and I’ve been a makeup artist my whole life. I see our student as me–as what I wanted and what I needed when I started. I learned as I went, and because of that I feel like I really relate to the students. I know what their needs are and, ultimately, what their dreams are regarding them wanting to be professional makeup artists. MUD is that company that really helps students to live those dreams.

Q: In the last 20 years, how have the MUD schools changed?

A: Originally, we said we were just going to do one school. But, we wanted to make the best school possible–one that had high-end, high quality education. I felt that we were doing a service that most schools couldn’t match because they just did not have the passion that we were pouring into it. Each one of the owners of the company were in the classrooms, doing everything we could to make the school the best it could be. The big switch came when we opened our NY campus and we expanded into Studios and Partner schools. Instead of just one campus, there are now 92 campuses offering some form of MUD education.

Q: Did you envision a cosmetic line back in 1997?

A: No, not so much. I know Tate initially was kind of like “oh maybe we should do products” but we didn’t have the wear-with-all to do that. It grew from Francine, really. She was the guru in product development and the rest of us would give her our opinions. She knew manufacturing and how to acquire things, she was the one who really got us started.

Q: Did you ever think MUD would reach the size it has now?

A: It’s hard to look back and go “oh, yeah, I knew we would be huge,” but I really didn’t. I knew we would be the size of some of the schools here in Los Angeles and have two or three classrooms, maybe four, tops. But, we grew to five classrooms and had extra teachers and people in the first year! I thought that all we would have is this cool little business and we would be set–and what I mean by “set” is that we would have jobs, we would do what we loved, we would be happy, and we would be able to make a good living. It’s crazy where it’s gone.

Q: Is there a most memorable moment from the last 20 years? Or maybe a funniest moment?

A: There’s a whole slew of funny events and things that have happened over the years. Time has absolutely flown by. My youngest daughter was born right after we started MUD, and seeing her in college now and knowing that’s how long the company has been around is cool, you know?

Q: Where do you see MUD in the next 20 years?

A: I think we’re going to see a lot more growth, on the education side we will be adding more campuses. For us, we are investing in the US and helping students live that dream of working as a makeup artist. It’s interesting how other cosmetic companies are moving to sell in China, even though to sell in China you have to test on animals. Companies are looking to China for that big untapped market. I really think the sky is the limit for the cosmetics side of things, however we will never test on animals.

Q: Is there anything else you want to include?

A: I love my job! We try very hard to help students find this level of happiness, to help them live their dreams. For me, I am so happy with the choices that I’ve made in my life and the great bunch of people that I work with. I couldn’t be luckier.

Product Focus: Deco

Of all the bright eye colors to try, I firmly believe that a fresh, matte turquoise like MUD’s Deco Eye Color is the easiest to incorporate into your everyday make-up routine. A shadow that blends easily with neutral bronze and gold shades, Deco is always perfect to make simple eyeshadows pop. Additionally, for days spent lounging on the beach, what better way to celebrate the season than with a mermaid-inspired look?

For me, a turquoise eye color has always been the staple statement drop shadow. The cool shade really pops on darker skin tones, and works especially well to define brown eyes. Every year when I get a tan, I love popping on a bit of blue shadow under the lash line with a thick black liner along the upper lash. To recreate the look, I recommend using MUD’s Cake Eyeliner with a #210 Angle Liner Brush and smudging in Deco along the bottom lashline with a #300 Shadow Blender Brush.

Deco also works well with our Bronzed Eye Color for a variety of looks. If you want to stick with the turquoise drop shadow, apply a wash of Bronzed with the #610 Blender Brush all over the lid and crease. To add even more dimension, pack a little bit of Spanish Gold on the center of the lid with the #300 Shadow Blender Brush.

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If you want the look to be a little bit bolder, pack Deco all over the lid with the #330 Shadow Fluff Brush. This can be worn on its own with just a little mascara for an editorial look, or with Bronzed applied in the crease for a summery smokey eye. An overall bronze eyeshadow look can even be accented with bright blue winged eyeliner or trendy blue dots along the lower lash. To experiment with some liner art, mix Deco with water or primer on a #100 Eyeliner Brush.

Deco can be purchased online, here.

Product Focus: Sandy Beach Lipstick & Maple Lip Pencil


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There are certain questions that most people can agree will never truly be answered. “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” “Why does round pizza come in a square box?” “Why is there no perfect nude lip color?” These questions rattle around in my head, some more often than others. I mostly feel confident that the egg came first and pizza tastes best round but that it’s harder to carry a round box, but the nude lip- that one had me stumped; until now!

Trust me; I know better than anyone how hard it can be to feel satisfied with a nude lip color. Either the shade is too deep, too light, too peachy, too this, too that. Or worse *DUN DUN DUN* the formula is drying. In the past I have added layer upon layer of lipsticks, glosses, matte liquid lips, etc. always to feel like I was coming up short.

For those of you who, like myself, have found the perfect nude elusive, look no further than MUD’s Sandy Beach Lipstick paired with Maple Lip Pencil! This combination allows you to mix and match a bit giving you the perfect nude every time. Wondering how? Follow these steps to rectify all of your nude lip struggles:

  1. Moisturize your lips with your favorite balm or chapstick (give them a bit of a scrub if  needed)
  2. Begin applying Maple Lip Pencil in steady, even strokes around the perimeter of the lip following the natural lip line
  3. Taper in the Maple to aid in the blending of the pencil and lip stick
  • For fairer skin tones use a light hand and gently blend slightly inward to the center of the lip
  • For medium to deep skin feel free to be more generous when applying the liner, coating as much of the lip as you desire
  1. Apply Sandy Beach Lipstick  using a lip brush, finger, or straight from the tube in a gentle patting motion beginning in the center of your lips blending outward to meet the lip pencil (add product slowly and build up to desired finish- a little goes a long way!)
  2. Take a long deep exhale and pat yourself on the back for conquering the Nude Lip Struggle!

*Pro Tip* Apply and blend lip product with finger tips, the body heat from finger tips gently warms up the product allowing it to sink into the lips for a flawless, natural finish! This technique also allows for product control and saves you from adding too much lipstick!

Shop Maple Lip Pencil

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MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary with Gil Romero

Our Associate Director of Education, Gil Romero, has been with MUD since the beginning. Choosing to become a make-up artist because of his childhood love for monsters, Gil has not only worked administratively but has also taught in our schools and acted as our Burbank location’s School Director. In 2009, Romero co-authored the second edition ofMake-up Designory’s Character Make-up textbook and has demonstrated special make-up effects techniques on behalf of MUD around the world.

As an independent make-up artist, Romero’s work has been seen on television shows like ScrubsPrison BreakThe ShieldAmerica’s Next Top Model and films like Midnight Movie and Route 666. In addition, he’s produced prosthetic make-ups for Universal Studios Hollywood and Tokyo live-action stunt show WaterWorld, the Anubis puppets for The Mummy II: Chamber of Horrors, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream character “Jack,” and live musical performers including Lady Gaga. With his extensive experience and personable nature, Gil Romero is a central piece in maintaining all of MUD’s schools, studios, and partner schools.

Q: What makes MUD different from our competitors?

A: I think there’s a lot of things that make MUD different from our competitors–the quality of teachers that we have and our structured and organized curriculum, primarily. As an organization we truly do care for our customers and our employees. We will make extra efforts for each customer and for each person that works for us. MUD is also unique in its approach, because we’re not just a hard sales atmosphere. We really try to investigate whether this is the right choice for the student and I think we do the same when we’re looking at people who are working for us and who are teaching and are in contact with these students. We want to make sure this is what they really want to do and we want to make sure that they’re well trained and well prepared to make a difference in the kids lives. Overall, it’s a sense of caring that comes from the company and from the employees that I think makes us different.

Q: MUD says it’s focused on the needs of the professional makeup artist. What is it about the MUD schools makes our grads so professional?

A: First and foremost, I’d say it’s our strict adherence to cleanliness, sanitation, and our ability to establish professional work habits. Beyond that, we try to immerse them in an atmosphere that feels safe and constructive and allows a student to learn. But we still hold the students to that same level of professional standard inside of the classrooms as far as behavior. Our opportunities to expose the students to professional industry speakers I think really helps us to set an expectation of the student.

Q: Are there any new directions that you see the schools being developed in the future?

A: I think our core classes are going to remain the way that they are right now. We’re looking at how we can separate these out and bring in some different levels of education that will then speak to people at different levels of learning. I’d like to see us develop avocational courses–courses just from a hobby standpoint–and, definitely, the continuing education aspect for different levels of professionals. I’d also like to see us bring in some emphasis on some traditional art studies, like maybe some more developed classes in color theory, or foundational art and drawing type classes.

Q: How did you envision the future of MUD back in 1997?

A: I never thought it would get this big! In 1997 I was just excited to be a part of something that was so new and what I felt was, at that time, so unique to the other institutions. Everybody was so close and everybody worked so hard to make sure that the school succeeded. We were really focused on student satisfaction and making sure that students not only progressed through the school, but also that they had the support they needed to be successful after their time with us. I don’t even think at that point in time I thought we would ever have a second campus, and then in 2005 New York happened. It’s amazing to see the level of growth that we’ve had in the last 20 years.

Q: You didn’t think MUD would reach the size it has now?

A: Yeah! I lose count every time I try to think about the amount of partner schools and studio campuses we have. I am fortunate enough to travel to some of these locations and spend some time with their educators, faculty, and administrators, and it’s amazing to be able to help them establish the quality of education that we offer at our primary campuses in their local markets. But I don’t even think that many of these locations ever thought they were going to have something of this quality and this caliber. It’s pretty cool to see the standard of make-up challenged and I’m really excited to see what the next 10-15 years is going to bring. It’s awesome to see how qualified graduates are out there making a difference.

Q: Where do you see MUD in the next 20 years?

A: I would like to see more of our primary campuses established in the United States. I think there’s still some very large international markets that I would love to see us develop a primary campus in, as well. I’d like to see something in the United Kingdom, and I think it would be nice to see something in an emerging area in Spain. There’s definitely room for more primary campuses and more growth to help out artists in all different avenues be it print, fashion, or film and television. I would also like to see cosmetics opportunities grow and the cosmetic company expand. I’d really like to see more distribution centers and more retail spaces inside of the US. I feel like we’re on the verge of seeing all that happen.

Q: What’s the most memorable moment from the last 20 years? Or is there a funniest moment that comes to mind?

A: So Burbank is a very eclectic neighborhood, and occasionally we would get people wandering in off the streets. Somebody had called my desk and asked me to come into the store. They didn’t elaborate. When I had rushed to the store, I saw a young lady inside the store causing a little bit of a ruckus. She was going through all the cosmetics in the display and going through some of the back stock and opening it up and physically trying the stuff on and dropping the package. I asked her to leave the store after staff had already asked her to leave, and she just blocked us out. She really wasn’t there all the way. So, I got on the phone with the police quite calmly and they said “is the woman located in the store now?” and I said “yes.”

They asked me to give a description of the woman, and I gave them a physical description of her when they said “what is she wearing?” I said “well, she’s wearing some sparkly woman’s underwear, fluffy slippers, a pearl necklace, a pink feather boa, and an old Sony walkman strapped to her waist.” The police officer on the other line just started laughing hysterically. She said “you’re kidding me?” and I said “no, absolutely not.” Of course, the police officers came in and helped the lady out, but it was definitely an odd moment for all of us who were standing there.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to include?

A: I’m proud to be a part of Make-Up Designory for almost the last 20 years. I’m always excited to talk a little bit about the company, the organization, the students, and the quality of our faculty. I’m happy to have the opportunity, like I said before, to go around and visit the other campuses and sights and I really do feel a sense of pride when I’m able to talk about what we do for our students. The best sense of pride I think comes from when we see the little bit of impact we make on our graduates. To be able to see what they’ve taken with our education what we’ve given them and how they’ve been able to grow and establish themselves in the industry is amazing. I think now, 20 years later, we’re really starting to see many of our grads making a big impact and it’s amazing. I’m proud to be just a small part of that.


Product Focus: Daisy Eyeshadow

When you stick to neutrals most of the time, it’s easy to fall into a rut with your daily make-up routine. Old go-to bronze and neutral shades can become a bore, and take the fun out of putting on make-up in the morning all together. However, there are many make-up looks you can wear day-to-day, once you open yourself up to the possibility of a little color. My personal favorite trend of summer 2018, for example, is bright yellow eyeshadow.


Luckily, MUD has us covered with a bright yellow-gold eye color, Daisy. The simplest way to rock this look is with a solid wash of the yellow shade all over the lids. I prefer to mix the eyeshadow with water or a little bit of MUD’s primer when I do this to make sure the shade is vibrant and pigmented. Just pack Daisy on the lid with a wet #320 Oval Shadow Brush and blend out the edges with the #800 Crease Brush for an easy, statement-making eyeEyeColor_Daisy copy

A second popular way to wear yellow eyeshadow is as a liner, and pairing Daisy with a little bit of primer or water sets you up for success. When I wear this look, I like to add our true-gold eyeshadow, Pyramid, in the inner corner to really elongate and open up the eyes. If you have a fairer complexion, I recommend adding a little bit of MUD’s Cake Eyeliner to maintain some definition and make sure the yellow doesn’t disappear into the skin. If you have a darker or more olive skin tone, however, feel free to wing out that yellow winged eyeliner as far as you would like, or even smudge a little bit of Daisy along the bottom and top lash line for a clever twist on the traditional smokey eye.

The most subtle way to wear this look is by placing a little Daisy along the inner corner of the eye and working it in across two-thirds of the lid with a #810 Smudger Brush and #320 Shadow Brush. Then, I recommend using a mix of Sunflower and Spanish Gold on a #330, #350, or #800 brush in the crease to soften out the look. Top off the eye with a little black eyeliner and you have a neutral going-out look with a sunny twist.

Daisy eyeshadow can be purchased here.

MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary with Stephen McCallum

Who is Stephen McCallum? A true jack-of-all-trades, Stephen has filled just about every position we have at MUD. In the beginning, McCallum and CEO Tate Holland did all the paperwork for the school side-by-side, including admissions and contracts. His greatest accomplishment at MUD is perhaps applying for the school’s accreditation–even in the face of a full software crash three days before the site team visited MUD’s Los Angeles location. In his own words, “if there’s something to be done around here I’ve done it–except that guy’s job,” pointing to Holland’s office, “and I don’t want it.”

Now, McCallum jokingly calls himself “the most overpaid secretary in the world,” but that’s not really accurate. McCallum always stays tied to Operations and management here at MUD. But his most important task of all? Keeping our office running with his mischievous sense of humor and opportune life advice. Full of laughs and stories, Stephen McCallum is the behind-the-scenes expert on all things MUD.

Q: How has the MUD team changed over the years?

A: In size and scope, we have changed enormously, from a small three-room school to an international corporation with two primary campuses, schools Europe, Latin America, and Africa, and many other educational partnerships around the world. However, in our essence and mission, MUD has changed very little in 20 years. We started as a group of friends, and very high goals…now, our goals remain ambitious and our friends have grown.

Q: Looking back, what do you think is the biggest challenge MUD has overcome?

A: The biggest challenges MUD had was being accepted as a real school, then as a real cosmetics line. However, with our true work ethic and a line of outstanding products, we quickly earned the respect of our students, our grads, and our professional friends in the industry. And, for twenty years, we have maintained that ethic and that respect.

Q: How did you envision the future of MUD back in 1997?

A:  The guys were good at their jobs, but risked their homes, their families, and their careers. I was a wandering leftover from the 60’s, not afraid to fail. But, they put their livelihood in my hands, asking me to manage the paperwork that is demanded in the business world. With the help and support from Crystal Wright, editor of “The Make-up and Hairstylist Guide,” Maurice Stein of Cinema Secret, Dana Nye of Ben Nye Cosmetics, and Wolfram Langer of Kryolan, we built a school ready to represent the film and television industry. And, the support of the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education set standards worthy of being lived up to, and have supported the school since the very beginning.

Q: What’s your most memorable moment from the last 20 years? Your funniest moment?

A: The most memorable moment was March 20, 2001, when the California State Senate made it “Make-Up Designory” Day, with State Senator John Scott presenting us with an official Resolution. The ceremony was nerve-aching. There were lots of people touring our brand-new facilities in Burbank, only two years after our start.

My most memorable moment was the original application and process for our Accreditation through ACCSCT (now, just ACCSC). It required five weeks of effort, 69 pounds of paperwork, and having our computer software completely crash two days before the on-site visit. We received the Commission’s approval on our first attempt.

There have been plenty of funny moments. However, the two best were:

  1. a) In 1998, our first year, we were on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. Right across the street was Trader Joe’s. After Paul completed a very descriptive injury demonstration, the student (not realizing the effect) walked across the street to get her lunch, sending the store into complete chaos. The staff even called 9-1-1 thinking she was in shock! We were asked to refrain from our students doing that again.
  2. b) In 2005, we had just opened our New York campus. Then, during the character class, students were so excited by the “characters” they were, they wore their makeups home, to show their families, on the subway. This, of course, created a whole new series of panics, resulting in NYPD sending us a letter to instruct our students they could not wear their makeups on the subway!


The Nominees are in… 2018 Emmys

It’s mid-July, and you know what that means: Emmys Season! Last week, this year’s nominees were announced, and we are prouder than ever of all the amazing MUD grads who made the list. Recognized for their work on Game of Thrones, GLOW, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and more, here’s all the MUD grads that were nominated this year:

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Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special

Emma Faulkes, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Game Of Thrones • The Dragon And The Wolf • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360, Television/Startling Television


Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Melissa Buell, Makeup Artist

Kristina Frisch, Makeup Artist

GLOW • Money’s In The Chase • Netflix • Glitter Pictures, LLC


Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)

Nicole Faulkner, Makeup Artist

Jen Fregozo, Makeup Artist

RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across The Board • VH1 • World of Wonder Productions


Gina Ghiglieri, Makeup Artist

The Voice • Live Finale, Part 1 • NBC • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc., Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television


Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)

Carleigh Herbert, Additional Makeup Artist

American Horror Story: Cult • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television


Melissa Buell, Makeup Artist

The Last Tycoon • Oscar, Oscar, Oscar • Prime Video • TriStar Television, Inc. and Amazon Studios


Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special

Carleigh Herbert, Additional Makeup Artist

American Horror Story: Cult • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television


Hugo Villasenor, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Star Trek: Discovery • Will You Take My Hand? • CBS (CBS All Access) • CBS Television Studios / Secret Hideout / Roddenberry Entertainment


Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie

Natalie Driscoll, Key Hairstylist

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions


Congratulations to all that are nominated! 

Product Focus: Smitten Kit

Are you looking for someone fun and flirty, with a little bit of an adventurous side? A girl you can take out to a high-class dinner or for some fun in the sun? Then look no further, because I’ve found you the perfect date. Let me introduce you to our newest palette, Smitten.

A stunning collection of six eyeshadows and one lip glaze, Smitten is a versatile palette with all the shades you need to get on board with the mauve trend. One side has three rich berry colors, while the other contains three blushing neutrals. The full set gives you the ability to go from day to night, or from editorial to more conservative looks in the bat of a eyelash.

A die-hard lover of solid washes of color, my go-to looks are a single swipe of the soft camel brown eye color, Chamois, or rich burgundy eye color Berrywood all over the lid from lash to crease. To spice up either look, I’ll smudge Vineyard, a warm, shimmering burgundy wine eye color along the upper lash line, or along the bottom rim of the eye as a drop shadow. If you have green or hazel eyes, you’re especially in luck–the brighter mauve or purple you go with these shades, the more these contrasting colors will make your eyes pop.

Another route you can take is with the more wearable nude shades, Galaxy, Cashmere, and Chamois. Together or separate, the three can make a variety of pleasant every-day looks, appropriate for business or a friendly family gathering. However, all three can easily be taken into the nighttime with the bright purple shade Velvetine, either applied with water or liquiset as a liner or smudged along the lower lash line. The shocking shade works surprisingly well with the kit’s tamest colors, opening you up to hundreds of looks. 

However, my favorite product in this kit is the nude lip glaze, Bare. Though our lip glazes might not look like the most exciting, I can’t emphasize enough how luxurious this formulation feels on the lips. Buttery and moisturizing, the lip glazes have a sheer pigment and a lot of movement–avoiding the sticky finish their industry counterparts often have. With its subtle sugary scent and wearable tone, this shade is perfect for a night out or a kiss on the lips. Needless to say–I’m totally Smitten! 

MUD’s Smitten Kit can be purchased here.