MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Nominated Grads: Carleigh Herbert and Hugo Villasenor

Carleigh Herbert

If you’ve ever watched American Horror Story, you know that the make-up and effects are always incredible. Whether it be Hypodermic Sally’s dark smoky eyes in Hotel or Twisty the Clown’s aged face paint in Freak Show, make-up is used to create the illusion of monsters, evil spirits, and everything in between. A limited series telling tales of disturbed horror and violence, the characters of American Horror Story play the ultimate canvas for a talented make-up artist who is prepared to stretch her artistic skill. 

Thus, we are so proud to say the make-up artist nominated this year for two Emmy’s for her work on American Horror Story: Cult is MUD grad Carleigh Herbert. This year, she has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special for her work on AHS. Carleigh Herbert has also developed a substantial portfolio outside of Cult, including a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) for American Horror Story: Roanoke in 2017.

Upon graduating from MUD, Herbert assisted in make-up FX shops to further refine her prosthetic skills. Within one decade, she moved on to working on cult television shows like American Horror Story, which display her special effects mastery with and without prosthetics. She told IMATS “I am constantly working to become a stronger and more established artist.”

Hugo Villasenor

Hugo Villasenor, a Make-Up Designory graduate from our Burbank school, has a diverse resume. From being the make-up shop supervisor for 2006 film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny to working as a make-up artist on The Conjuring 2, his work covers a wide range within the special effects make-up world. Some of his credits also include ClownScouts Guide to the Zombie ApocalypseThe Bad BatchMystery Science Theater 3000, and Anabelle: Creation.  

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This year, however, Hugo Villasenor finds himself with his first Emmy nomination for his work on Star Trek: Discovery. He has been nominated for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special for the make-up in an episode titled “Will You Take My Hand.” This was the fourteenth and last episode of the season.

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Supervising Sound Editor Jon Mete and his team have also been nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for an episode of the series titled “What’s Past is Prologue.” Gathering critical acclaim all around, Star Trek: Discovery is certainly taking a spot in the media spotlight. MUD is incredibly proud of our graduate, Hugo Villasenor. Live long and prosper!

MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Grads: Natalie Driscoll and Melissa Buell

Natalie Driscoll

Another accomplished MUD Grad from our Los Angeles school is hairstylist to the stars Natalie Driscoll. Like so many make-up artists, Natalie was drawn to make-up since childhood. On her website bio she says “in my younger years I dreamt of doing hair and make-up for film, television, weddings, and events. By working very hard my dreams have come true. Today I am doing it all.” Earning a make-up and hairstyling certificate from Make-up Designory, Natalie Driscoll has since gone on to style the hair of countless movie and television stars, red carpet events, and special occasions. 

Winning the Emmy for Outstanding Hairstylist for a Limited Series or Movie for her work on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Natalie finds herself recognized by the Emmys for her fourth time. She also won the award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie for her work on American Horror Story in 2012, was nominated again for her work on the same show in 2013, and won for her hairstyling on American Crime Story in 2016.  

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The nine-episode series investigates the murder of Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Stylistically the show holds on to European high culture amongst all the violence, starring beautifully tussled long haircuts, stylish runway updos, and clean men’s looks. Featured in InStyle and Vanity Fair, star Penelope Cruz’s daring fashion, make-up and hair on the show have created a lot of buzz in the entertainment community. Natalie Driscoll’s talents are certainly on full display. 

Melissa Buell

You might know her as the make-up artist responsible for Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and other stars’ looks on hit TV show Glee. In fact, this MUD grad has been nominated three times for an Emmy for her work on the show from 2011-2013, including nominations for Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera-Series and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special. However, this time Melissa Buell returns to the MUD Emmy nominated list after 5 years with not one, but two nominations for her brilliant on-set make-up.  

Melissa Buell’s first nomination is for her work on “Money’s in the Chase,” an episode from the flamboyant 80s TV show GLOW. The episode is the show’s first season finale, which received glowing reviews for its “aim of authenticity as period comedy, modern character study, and respectful wrestling adaptation” [link Vulture article]. Having to prep the actresses with colorful 80s make-up fit for the wrestling ring, Melissa Buell and her work were clearly as popular with the critics as was the series’ dramatic ending. 

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Buell is also nominated for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) for her work on The Last Tycoon. The episode, “Oscar, Oscar, Oscar,” is also this series’ season finale, full of romantic drama, secret ties, and emotional fallout. The 1930s time period lends Buell the opportunity for flirty lashes, bold brows, and defining lip colors. Buell has also been recognized for her work on Tron: Legacy, Scream Queens, and Love.  

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!