MUD at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

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Contributor: Stacia McCarthy

The Art Institute of New York City partnered with  Make-up Designory to debut their Spring 2015 designs at New York’s prestigious Mercedes Benz fashion week.  The two schools were in good company, earlier in the day the tents featured names like Tory Burch, Badgley Mischka, and Pamela Roland to name a few. The festivities took place at 8pm on September 9, 2014 at Lincoln Center.

Doors opened at about 7:30pm and the seats began to fill with fashion enthusiast all eager to see what the students had come up with. The show included 13 designers from the Art Institute with over 20 models (male and female) all prepared by MUD Make-up artists. The designers’ creations featured a wide range of bright colors with an eclectic mix of textiles and patterns.

Lead Make-up artist keying for the 3rd time was MUD Graduate Jackie Caruso.  Jackie managed a team of 17 Make-up artists who are also MUD affiliates.  She describes her vision for the show, explaining that the idea was to create a clean-faced look with contouring, a wet smoky eye and dramatic brows. All of the make-up artists used MUD products including; the eggplant purple lipstick, the Brownstone eye shadow, and the Ice eye shadow. The look also incorporated eyelashes which MUD happily donate.

The event was coordinated by MUD’s Assistant Director Brenna Belardinelli. Make-up artist were selected by Brenna based on proficiency and experience. Participants have a range of expertise in both fashion and beauty make-up application due to skills they have honed at MUD. Participating in such an event is undoubtedly a resume builder and a great way to network with other industry professionals. Current MUD students even got in on the action; Tatiana Muñoz an international student from Colombia is currently enrolled in the Master make-up artistry program and participated for the first time.

As another Fashion Week wraps we would like to congratulate our grads on a job well-done!

Industry Speaks: Todd McIntosh

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“I could recognize an artist’s stroke; I knew that the same hand that created this make-up, created that make-up.”

Interviewed by Deverill Weekes, Article by Myrna Martinez

Todd McIntosh is a believer—a believer in theatre and movie make-up magic, a believer in an artistic hand that has been touched by a higher power—a believer in knowing every aspect of make-up artistry is the key to no-missed opportunities. When the key that unlocked your life’s calling is found in classics like Dark Shadows, or the theatrical magic of Peter Pan, and—Spock’s ears?—you know you’ve been called to be an artist.

At eight years old, Todd began exploring what he could do with an eyeliner pencil, drawing lines on his face and creating characters with available materials. A neighbor who surely saw something amazing in this young boy, gifted him with a book on how to create stage make-up. By 12 years old, he worked in theatre; by 15 he was molding; by 16 he was teaching his high-school classmates make-up techniques and by 18 he was employed by a Studio.

This young, talented artist was on his way to creating multitudes of characters in his lifetime. Determined to master his craft, he learned all aspects of make-up, from beauty to character and Make-up FX.

“Every skill you are without is every job you go without,” is Todd’s ambitious philosophy. But, only a special kind of passion for what he does can cause him to be so driven. “I could recognize an artist’s stroke; I knew that the same hand that created this make-up, created that make-up.” With such keen focus on the artistry, Deverill asked if there was anyone who contributed to his fire—and like many artists before him, he answered, “Dick Smith.”

“Dick Smith was my first, well, I don’t have the words for it. He has this artistic ability that transcends the average—he has a hand that’s been touched by God.” Todd continues, “I went to a museum with Dick and he had me looking into paintings. I saw colors in skin I had never seen before—greens and blues—and I learned first-hand from Dick Smith.”

Today, Todd is inspired by make-ups on shows like Supernatural, Salem and American Horror Story. He remembers a certain aging make-up in a final shot of AHS that he thought was absolutely brilliant.

Now, our students’ eyes are on you, Mr. McIntosh. We are so very honored that you visited MUD and shared your personal stories of growth and inspired us with your experience.

MUD LA Students with Todd McIntosh, Daveid DeLeon and Deverill Weekes

About Todd / http://www.mcintoshmakeup.com/

Todd McIntosh is known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Emmy Winner, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Pushing Daisies (2009) (Emmy Winner)

MUD Alumni Shine Backstage at MISS USA

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And the 2014 MISS USA winner is … Nia Sanchez representing the state of Nevada! Last Sunday, the fourth-degree black belt beauty received the MISS USA 2014 Tiara amidst a cheering crowd at the Civic Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As the official cosmetics sponsor for MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA, Make-up Designory congratulates all of this year’s beautiful contestants!

It has been an absolute thrill to have taken part in this event which included not only the sponsorship for cosmetics, but the opportunity to have a special team of MUD Make-up Artists chosen by Sean Conklin, Lead Artist to make-up all 51 of the MISS USA contestants for the registration and fitting events, photo shoots, the dress rehearsals and the live show.

The MUD Alumni team of make-up artists included Lauren Smeraglia, Ashley Guirdy, Vanessa Moreno, Chelsea Wallace, Jessica Poche, Jill Pugh and Denise Zamora.

We asked Sean to elaborate on his strategy for choosing such a successful group of artists. Sean stated,

“I chose our team based predominantly on their skills and personalities, and each artist had to be a MUD graduate. The goal was to create a great working dynamic. Since we would be working on 51 contestants, judges and t.v. personalities in a span of 12 hours, we needed to be quick, precise and, needless to say, pleasant. Now that the whirlwind of events are over, I look back and am astonished at the way our team performed—like clockwork. The girls were all willing and able, and as a whole, I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”

It takes amazing individuals to make a great team, we asked Sean to sum up in a few words why he chose each artist. Here’s what he said:

On Lauren Smeraglia “Lauren carries MUD products at her salon The Powder Room. She is familiar with MUD products. When I went to her Salon to offer further product and retail training, we connected instantly.  She was one of the first on my list of contacts.

On Ashley Guirdy: ”I remember Ashley as a student. She has a great personality and she’s a fantastic artist. It was great to have a Louisiana local!”

On Vanessa Moreno: “This gal is as sweet as can be, but her skills really ‘pack a punch’!”

On Chelsea Wallace: “Chelsea’s background includes Pageants. Her experience, along with her upbeat personality, and her excitement for joining the MUD MISS USA team is what sealed it for us.”

On Jessica Poche: “She’s another Louisiana local, so having her friendly personality and excellent make-up skills on our team worked out perfectly.”

On Jill Pugh: “Jill is fast and furious (laughs). Her make-up skills in beauty are superb and her work ethic is phenomenal. We are lucky to have gotten her on board.”

On Denise Zamora: “Dee is my right hand woman! She’s great at delegating, awesome at her make-up skill and loved by all.”

Thank you to all who participated in this amazing event. For more photos, visit our Flickr Page and http://instagram.com/makeupdesignory

 

MUD Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Caruso

At Make-up Designory Schools, our most important goal is to provide our students with the education and experience needed to be successful in the make-up industry. Whether it’s working on a movie set as a special make-up effects artist, or beautifying brides in the billion dollar bridal industry, it is an imperative part our program that we are an available and active resource to students even after graduation. In our “Alumni Spotlight Stories” we are proud to share the accomplishments of MUD Alumni to inspire, take pride in and applaud the great artists in the Make-up Industry.

Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Caruso
Contributor: StaciaMcCarthy

Jackie Caruso is a 2009 graduate of the MUD Journeyman certificate program, where she received training in hair, make-up, skincare and airbrush. Since completing her studies at MUD, Jackie has been a consistently working make-up artist, freelancing in various industries such as print, film, television, runway and bridal.

Jackie Caruso

Her highest level of achievement since obtaining her degree from MUD has been keying shows at New York Fashion Week for the past two years. The make-up looks applied to the models were designed entirely by Jackie who participated in and supervised the execution of her creative concepts.  Recently, her work has been published in Seventeen Magazine and Metro NY.

Jackie attributes the success she has seen throughout her career to the skills she obtained at MUD. She explains how MUD’s diligent career services team put her in contact with industry professionals and taught her how to market herself as a business and as a brand in order to get the kind of jobs she wanted.

In addition to her freelance work, Jackie spends her days working at the Make-up Designory MUD Shop in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Her future goal is to one day own her own shop where she can incorporate her well-honed skills and expertise to lead her staff.  We will continue to watch Jackie and see what success she will achieve in the future!

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How to Create a Flawless Face and Bumping it up with a Smoky Eye

Make-up Designory (MUD) has partnered with the Miss Universe Organization as this year’s Official Cosmetics Sponsor of 2014 MISS USA® and 2014 MISS TEEN USA® competitions. Since our MUD Alumni will take part in beautifying the contestants for the competition, we thought we’d show you how to create the beautiful looks seen on stage. In this video playlist, MUD’s Lead Make-up Artist shows you how to create a flawless face make-up and also, how to create a beautiful smoky eye.

We hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed producing them for you!

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MUD at IMATS NY 2014

 

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The IMATS 2014 premiered this past Saturday at New York City’s Pier 94 in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Make-up artists and enthusiasts gathered to participate and view the festivities of the prestigious and highly anticipated event. Highlights included demos featuring multiple Mud Alumni, Make-up competitions and famous faces.

The show kicked off on Saturday with a prosthetic museum curated by MUD’s Special Make-up Effects Instructor Anthony Giordano. Various characters were featured from film, television and music videos for all attendees viewing delight. Giordano was assisted by a group of MUD alumnae including: Olivia Cui, Sky Vega and Alyssa Vandall.

Fans of the SYFY TV Series “Face Off” had the opportunity to pose for photos and view demos created by Face Off contestants and MUD alumni Catherine Pashen (Cat), Niko Gonzalez and Bethany Serpico. Cat and Niko presented their “Exo Bride” demo and Bethany created an alien-like creature, while show-goers snapped photos and asked for autographs.

MUD Instructor Kelly Budd also performed a demo and with the assistance of former student Korina Artemiadis, she unveiled her avant-garde beauty inspired character during the final hours of the event.

The show wrapped with the Battle of the Brushes character prosthetic competition featuring two MUD alumnae Renee Varela and April Townes as well as 8 other contestants, all competing for a cash prize and the opportunity to be featured in the IMATS Make-up Artist Magazine.

Fans also said goodbye to Face-Off contestants Cat and Nikko as they performed their final demo on Sunday featuring their demon inspired character.

Contributor: Stacia McCarthy

Industry Speaks: Jake Garber

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Oscar-nominated and Emmy winning make-up artist Jake Garber was our Industry Speaks guest last night. We caught him just before this self-proclaimed “road-dog” disappeared for the next seven months to transform people into gruesome Walkers for AMC’s uber-popular zombie series, The Walking Dead .

A room filled with students, staff and friends listened attentively for the secret of Garber’s drive, the inspiration for his creativity, the “a-ha” moment that led him to become a make-up artist.  His response: “It was a Halloween hobby gone bad.” That humorous statement set the tone for the rest of the hour while we sat back and enjoyed his colorful behind-the scenes stories and invaluable make-up tips from his experience working in a wide range of environments.

Before collecting a number of awards and nominations (see list here), Garber started his career in a way that’s familiar to many artists in the industry—by willing to work hard and learn from the pros. He credits Make-up Artist Gary Boham for giving him his start in make-up. He trained with Gary for about five years on a variety of projects and gained the fundamental skills that prepared him for his move to Los Angeles in 1989. When he arrived in L.A. , he was hired to work for Universal creating masks for characters like Frankenstein and Wolfman.  The job lead was through a connection Garber made years before.  “I met Mike Burnett at a convention. He said, ‘call me when you get to L.A.’ I called the day I arrived and got work pouring masks six days a week.” Every job he’s had since then has stemmed from making monsters at Universal.

Today, Jake Garber’s credits include Django Unchained, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Man with Iron Fists, Hellboy, Priest, Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2, Predators and more.

Jake took us through his career reel and gave some great insight into the techniques used for each make-up and shared some on-set problem/solution scenarios you would never imagine. (Let’s just say his creative solutions, or ‘MacGuyver techniques’ once involved a cigarette filter and corn nuts to create a busted lip and broken teeth effect.)

Don’t miss out on the next Industry Speaks event! This is your chance to meet the most accomplished professionals in the industry, ask questions and hear the most inspiring behind-the scenes stories. Did you know that Quentin Tarantino was specific about the color of blood used on set? It has to be a certain type of bright red – thanks for the tip, Jake.

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MUD at IMATS 2014

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The Pasadena Civic Center was surrounded by beauty enthusiasts over the weekend with a line of shoppers waiting to get their hands on the latest beauty tools and to see their favorite make-up artists at this year’s IMATS Los Angeles 2014.  The sold out show featured a slew of beauty product companies, schools and more.  Once you were in the door, the music and sounds of happy shoppers filled the air the entire weekend.

This year’s Pro Night was the most successful Pro Night in the IMATS history, tripling in size of attendees on Friday night, just before the show opened to the public.  The MUD booth featured Disney actress and commercial model Jaida Benjamin, as the MUD artists demonstrated several looks including the Deep Forest trend.

The MUD booth in the special effects hall featured Karl Zundel and Karrie Ann Sillay with a group of 2013 grads working on a tall, full body alien creature.  The character suit and prosthetic appliances were equipped with mechanical hands and a light show that have had the team in preparation mode for over 3 months.  Artists Dalton Kutsch (2007 MUD Grad) and Casey Love (1998 MUD Grad) also demonstrated some amazing sculptures throughout the weekend.

Kevin James Bennett’s presentation in the MUD booth and onstage as IMATS’ keynote speaker included a demonstration of a clean fresh look, a colorful look for the bold and the beautiful, as well as a classy evening look.  Giving out some of his favorite beauty secrets, Bennett wowed the crowd with his simple methods of getting the perfect foundation setting.

Beto Franca was back just in the US from Brazil, just in time for IMATS.  Showing off his amazing airbrush and body painting, the audience stood in awe at the intricate details from start to finish. Meanwhile, in the special effects room, Face Off cast members Cat and Niko created a Labrinth Hoggle using multiple pieces of prosthetic appliances.

The IMATS 2014 events are off to a great start.  Next stop is New York in April at Pier 94.

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The Man Behind IMATS and Make-up Artist Magazine: Michael Key

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With IMATS Los Angeles just around the corner, the buzz surrounding this huge industry event is deafening. To give you an idea of how big, let’s just say 10K tickets were sold and over 200 vendors will be present. The show offers excellent make-up educations classes taught by the industry’s best, live on-stage presentations, special make-up effects demonstrations, show-only offers by the best make-up brands, Battle of the Brushes student competition and more!

How did something that was just a “trial” become so popular? Last night, when Deverill Weekes interviewed Michael Key, make-up artist and the man behind IMATS and Make-up Artist Magazine, we got a simple answer: there was a need for it.

Michael is a musician who was caught in a twist of fate. When asked what started his career in make-up, he replied, “music was my first love, but it wasn’t taking. I’ve always loved movies, and I came across ‘Cinefex’ a magazine that covers behind the scenes movie make-up. It had a step-by-step on how to sculpt, and I thought, `I could do that’. So, I went to a hobby store, purchased plaster and clay and did everything wrong.” It turns out, that after 7 weeks, he successfully sculpted a head. He and his friends used it as a prop to scare people. Then, he got his friends to pitch in to purchase foam latex, so they too could have their own props. Project after project Michael was able to make somewhat of a portfolio, although, he credits his “gift of gab” for getting him his first make-up effects studio job.

Michael’s make-up career includes five Emmy Award nominations, and two wins for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His make-up credits include Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Planet of the Apes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charmed, Batman and Robin and more. (IMDb: Michael Key)

Deverill asked, “Who were your heroes and mentors?” With no hesitation, Michael names Michael Westmore, Jack Dawn, Christopher Tucker, Jack Pierce, Rick Baker, and Dick Smith. He credits Michael Westmore for teaching him lessons you don’t learn in a text book, like how to work with a producer and how to present yourself as a class act. He is grateful for Dick Smith for agreeing to be a part of the first IMATS stating that because of Mr. Smith, it was a success.

During Michael Key’s early career, he noticed that there weren’t enough resources for aspiring artists. Everything he learned was from trial and error and knowledge shared by his peers and mentors. Because this knowledge was so valuable, he was inspired to get it in writing and thus Make-up Artist Magazine was born. He admits that he’s shocked it went beyond the first three issues, but today we celebrate 106 issues of a great publication.

The interview concluded with a raffle for two sets of sold-out IMATS tickets.

Thank you Michael Key for sharing your story with us, and thank you fate for putting Cinefex in his hands!

MUD and Beauty Launchpad Magazine

Beauty Launchpad December 2013

MUD Los Angeles photographer Derek Althen had the opportunity to work with Beauty Launchpad Magazine and recruited two recent MUD grads Lisa Ribar and Natalie Stow to assist Linda Flowers (Hair Dept.Head/ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Marie DelPrete (Make-up artist/ The Hunger Games) for the shoot. Derek also recruited MUD grad Denise “Dee” Zamora to assist with photo shoot production.

The magazine gave credit to Make-up Designory for providing the studio space as well as credit to the MUD grads for assisting Make-up and Hair.

Other Artist involved:
Michelle Bouse: Make-up specialist/ Lips, eye lash & brows.
Guy Tang: Hair for male model. http://www.beautylaunchpad.com/video-tutorial-hunger-games-inspired-winter-lavender-hair-color

Link to Beauty Launch Magazine digital version.
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/creativeage/launchpad_201312/#/60
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/creativeage/launchpad_201312/#/52

Beautiful work everyone!