MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Nominated Grads: Nicole Faulkner and Jen Fregoz

Nicole Faulkner

Nicole Faulkner, alias “Lipsticknick” has developed a name for herself as celebrity make-up artist, with a personal brand marked by bold lips, feathery eyelashes, and flawless skin. You might know her from her beauty influencer status online, with 518,000 followers on Instagram and 42,100 followers on Twitter. She’s performed as herself on Todrick Hall’s MTV reality show Todrick in 2015, only broadening her internet base and front-facing public persona. Her expertise shows through both her industry and technical smarts, as she has become known for applying picture-perfect dramatic looks spanning from drag to high fashion.   

This year, she has received her second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) for Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s episode “10s Across the Board.” She was nominated for this same award at the Emmys last year, and has worked on the show for the last two years. A show focused on over-the-top looks and extravagant performances, one might imagine the job is many beauty make-up artists’ dream.  

Passionate about art from a very young age, Nicole chose to get an art-focused make-up education at Make-Up Designory before moving on to the professional world. Plus, Nicole Faulkner not only graduated from Make-Up Designory, but also has come back to teach, calling MUD “one of L.A.’s most renowned makeup schools” on her personal website [link]. She has also toured as a make-up instructor, and used her marketing and artistic skills to work with multiple large companies and celebrities including the Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Todrick Hall, and Def Leppard.  

Jen Fregozo

Nominated for the same award as Nicole Faulkner for her make-up on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, outstanding make-up artist Jen Fregozo is a MUD grad from our Los Angeles school. She has collected over 20 years of experience in the industry since she graduated from Make-Up Designory, including work for people like Jennifer Lopez, Mat Devine and Siera Kustebeck, and Naya Rivera. She also has worked on movies including WinterthorneThe Blackout, and A Night of Nightmares 

In addition to beauty make-up, Jen Fregozo is an expert in the world of character make-up as well. Creating the make-up for characters based on Saturday Night Live’s ‘Gilly,’ a DC Comic’s Joker, or zombies for a live attraction, Jen Fregozo has become an expert in demonstrating special effects character make-up. She was also the Senior Makeup Assistant Supervisor at Dark Harbor up until 2015. Her character make-up skills have even earned her spots as resident expert on multiple make-up “how-to” videos, like this:  

Working on the set of Ru Paul’s Drag Race amongst equally talented peers like ‘Lipsticknick’ seems to be an absolute blast. In an interview with Bionic Buzz, Jen Fregozo was caught speechless, giggling “we love it” and agreeing with her coworker that there’s simply no better way to describe the experience. During this interview, Jen said she was drawn to make-up artistry after having an interest earlier in life in art, media, and pop culture. Like so many MUD grads, Jen’s artistic talent is obvious, as she creates creative and out-of-this-world looks on TV’s most popular drag show. 

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Make-Up Review and How To

Lucy Liu

Last night’s 64th annual Primetime Emmy’s were held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre, and was hosted by one of my personal favorite late night TV personalities, Jimmy Kimmel.

We saw quite a few strapless and sweetheart gowns this year. Zoe Deschanel, Morena Baccarin, Julianne Hough, and Kat Dennings looked slick and sexy with this style. Kat Dennings rocked a low cut burgundy piece by J. Mendel, and I think she made the right choice by wearing her hair down, in soft locks, and pairing it all with a bold, earth toned red lip.

Color-wise, I’d say the two leading hues of the evening were bright yellow and orange. Padma Lakshmi and Ginnifer Goodwin exemplified this Autumnal trend with two festive but elegant burnt orange dresses. The ladies in yellow were Julianne Moore, Kaley Cuoco, and Claire Daines – who all looked positively radiant.

This makeup How To, however, is inspired by the lovely Lucy Liu – who wore a futuristic Versace gown with bold black eyeliner and stunning cheeks. Her skin was beautiful and light with just a soft hint of freckling around her nose and cheeks. I love freckles as you can either choose to play them up with your makeup (always a personal favorite) or to conceal them using MUD’s Flawless Cream Foundation. The fun thing about having freckles is that you always have this option.

Get the Look!

Face: First, use MUD’s Cream Foundation in your shade to get Lucy’s flawless skin. Apply a medium coverage with MUD’s #940 Foundation Brush. Set the foundation using either a Loose Powder for a matte finish, or a Dual Finish Compact Powder for a more dewy look.

Cheeks: To accentuate your cheek bones with a pop of color, use a blend of Soft Peach Cheek Color and Poppy Cheek Color with your #710 Brush and dust along the cheek bone in circular motions until you reach your desired intensity.

Eyes: Lucy’s look is all about the eyes. To achieve the same effect, use MUD’s Black Cake Liner with our #100 Brush. Apply medium to thick winged out eyeliner starting from the inner corner and working your way outwards. Using MUD’s #810 Smudger Brush and Graphite Eye Color, smoke out the cake liner slightly to soften the effect while maintaining a bold line. Next, use your #800 Blending Brush and softly blend Galaxy Eye Color into the crease. Apply lashes and a load of Cream Mascara.

Lips: Nude is the way to go with this look. Try outlining your lips with Lip Pencil in Natural and fill in with a generous coat of Bare Lip Glaze.

Television’s Biggest Night: The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Jane Lynch hosts the Emmy’s

The anxiously awaited Primetime Emmy awards were held at the legendary Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles last night, and oh-what a night it was.

Funny lady Jane Lynch was the host and was hilarious as she lit up the stage and the audience with her “show biz” styled comic flash. Lynch, is usually known for keeping it casual. Typically seen dressed down in a track suit like she does as Coach Sylvester on Glee, or in a manly styled uniform like the one she wears as a Best Buy Manager in 40-Year Old Virgin, she is rarely known for glamming it up. However on tonight’s red carpet she looked positively radiant in a long purple strapless sweetheart gown. Her makeup was done beautifully in that it accentuated her eyes by smoking them out slightly with charcoal (Graphite) and silver (Tinsel) shadows followed by a bold strip lash. Her skin looked smooth and fresh with a bronzer and a beautiful pink cheek and she kept her lips soft and natural with a light pink glaze (Cupid).

This star studded event was filled with talent, comedy, gratitude, and the feeling of dreams coming true. Modern Family was clearly a favorite as it picked up 5 Emmy’s and nearly all in a row. It was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite looks this year as there were so many stunners. Clare Danes and Maria Bello had two of my favorite looks. Clare had bold, bright eyes, lined with black liner and a blue eye shadow to complement her shiny blue and silver dress. Maria chose to go a bit lighter on the eye, also a pink gloss on the lip, and a fresh almost dewy finish for her skin. My own personal Emmy award for Best Makeup of the evening goes to the lovely Kerry Washington. She stunned us all by going for a 1940’s vintage look with winged out black eye liner, lashes and a stunning shade of classic red lipstick which paired perfectly with her strapless red gown that literally took my breathe away.

When prime time combines comic genius, like getting “lynched” with Jane and red carpet fashion/ beauty, than we at home are handsomely rewarded in the entertainment department. Oh-what a night!

To Get Kerry Washington’s 1940’s red carpet look: Face: As soft and natural as possible, apply MUD Cream Foundation with the #940 Foundation Brush. Place a very small amount of Poppy Cheek Color on the cheeks using the #710 Powder Blush Brush. Kerry’s cheek bones are very pronounced and easy to spot. If yours happen to be less notice able, place two fingers along the side of your face and you will feel the natural curve of your face. Place the cheek color just above the under part of the cheek bone. Eyes: Black Cake Eyeliner used with the #100 Round Liner Brush with a steady hand and a winged out tip. Apply either strip lashes or individuals depending on your desired lash intensity. Place Honeysuckle Eye Shadow along the brow bone using the #320 Oval Shadow Brush as a highlight. Lips: Begin by lining the lips with MUD’s Lip Pencil in Red. Then, go over the liner and fill in entire lip using the #310 Portable Lip Brush and Lady Bug Lip Color.

Now all you have to do is find a little red dress to go with such a stunning makeup look!

— Reiva Cruze

Emmy Make-Up Trends: Nude Lips and Flirty Eyes

Olivia Wilde

Looks like the make-up on the Emmy’s red carpet was mostly nude lips and eyes to die for. It was all about the liner, lashes, and the occasional classic red lip. The ladies saved the drama for the dresses and opted for clean dewy skin and smoldering eyes… and we loved it! Cheers to Olivia Wilde for pulling off a clean, polished look. Now that’s how you do a nude lip and flirty eyes.

To get Olivia’s look:

1. Keep the skin clean by applying a light application of MUD Cream Foundation. To get a sheer application, mix in a bit of Face Primer. Keep it dewy by not setting with powder.

2. For a soft cheek, add a little Rose Petal Cheek Color to the apple of the cheek and contour with the Rose Beige Cheek Color.

3.  For flirty eyes, start with MUD Galaxy Eye Color over the lid and just above the crease; be sure to apply below the bottom lashes as well. Just below the crease and starting from the inner corner, work your way out along the lid with Tinsel Eye Color. Add a little Tinsel to the inner bottom corner of the eye for some extra sparkle. For added intensity, add some Graphite Eye Color to the outer corners of the lid.

4. Line the lash line with MUD Black Cake Eyeliner and to the bottom inner membrane use the MUD Black Eye Pencil.  For added drama, apply a couple of clump lashes to the outer corner and finish with two coats of MUD Volumizing or Cream Mascara.

5. For the finishing touches, add Rose Clay Lipstick and top off with Shine Lip Gloss for a shimmering lip.

How to Create an Emmy Award-Winning Look


Look #1: Tina Fey

Absolutely stunning with darker eyes and neutral lips, Tina Fey has the winning look for 2009. To recreate Tina’s eyes, use MUD Eye Colors in Bone just under the eyebrow, Espresso on the lid and into the crease, and Onyx on the outside corners, softly blending into the center of the crease. Add Cake Eyeliner in Brown along the upper lid to give definition to the eyes; finish with a couple of coats of Cream Mascara. To recreate Tina’s cheeks – kissed with a just hint of color – try MUD Color Creme in Sweet Cheeks. As a subtle counterpart to dark eyes, use neutral lips. Tina’s natural lip look can be achieved using Natural Lip Pencil filled in with Rose Clay Lipstick.

Look #2: Drew Barrymore

With Drew, it’s all about fresh, clean eyes paired with luscious lips that pop! Keep eyes simple using MUD Cashmere Eye Color on the lid, Bone just under the eyebrow, and Chamois in the crease. Next, add a very thin line of MUD Cake Mascara in Black on the upper lash line and dust cheeks with a light swish of Soft Peach Cheek Color. Finally, the lips bring this look together with a gorgeous combination of Mai Tai and Ladybug Lipsticks.

Look #3: Kristin Chenoweth

A very hot look for this year’s Emmy’s, Kristin Chenoweth was a winner all the way around. “Exotic” says it all with dark eyes and nude lips. To achieve Kristin’s eyes, use MUD Honeysuckle Eye Color just under the eyebrow, Pixie on the lid, and Espresso on the crease. To really make this look pop use MUD Eye Pencil in Black on the upper and lower lash line and finish the eyes with several coats of Cream Mascara. Kristin’s cheeks are soft and barely there; to achieve this look, use a very soft touch of MUD Rose Petal Cheek Color. Nude, natural lips allow the eyes to remain the focused on this fabulous look. To get this look, try mixing Sandy Beach Lipstick with Iced Latte Lip Gloss for that perfectly natural look.