2015 Make-up Artists and Hairstylists Guild Award Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Make-up Artists and Hairstylists Guild Award nominees!

We would like to recognize and congratulate MUD alumna Essie Cha on her nomination for Best Contemporary Make-up in Television Media Series from AMC’s  The Walking Dead, MUD alumna Sarah B. Wolfe on her nomination for Best Make-up in Theatrical Productions (Live Stage) for Kinky Boots and finally, congratulations to MUD Faculty Member Vanessa Dionne for her nomination for Best Make-up and Best Hair Stylist in Theatrical Productions (Live Stage) for Così fan tutte.

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Industry Speaks: Cloutier Remix

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Madeline Leonard, Director and Owner of the prominent agency Cloutier Remix, along with her team Libby Anderson and Marissa Alfe,visited Make-up designory Burbank to give students and alumni some insight on what it takes to get representation. The advice they gave was hearty and straight forward. “Show only your best work. Your portfolio is only as strong as your weakest image,” stated Madeline Leonard. Marissa, a new comer to the agency is focused on moving forward in the digital direction. She emphasized the importance of making sure your Online presence represents you as a professional artist and reflects your work and experiences in the best light, especially if you’re seeking work as a Brand Ambassador. “Brands want to protect their image and want someone that conducts themselves in a way that aligns with their brand.”

During the group discussion, the panel was asked to describe what it meant to have an agent. “We do whatever it takes for the artist to be seen in the best possible way, that they get credited for their work, and that their image is protected as a brand—artists are their own brand. Nothing we do for our artists is too big a task, or too small,” responded Libby, while adding, “my goal is to make my client’s goals happen.”

Upon concluding the group discussion, the panel graciously agreed to review MUD Alumni Magali Perets’s website magalirachel.com and give her pointers on how to make it presentation-ready. “Portfolios these days are all online. It’s rare that a portfolio is delivered as a hard cover. Your site must state exactly what you do, it must be easy to navigate and again, show only your best work!”

We would like to thank Madeline and her team again for taking the time to share their valuable insight with our students. We hope they visit us again soon!

About Cloutier Remix | http://cloutierremix.com/

Cloutier Agency­—Los Angeles’ premiere hair, makeup and styling agency—is reborn as Cloutier Remix.
Always respectful of its remarkable legacy of longevity in relationships with artists and clients, Cloutier Remix is taking on the future.

Says Madeline Leonard, heartbeat of the agency for the last 23 years and now owner, “Our new name update reflects our developing direction. In addition to continuing to represent prestigious, innovative beauty and fashion talent, we’re also forging new alliances worldwide and establishing a stronger presence in New York.”

This global positioning is the next logical step for the agency, given that the clients, companies and media who generate beauty and fashion imagery are worldwide players. Furthermore, Cloutier Remix artists are at home on the world stage. At any given time, in fact, Cloutier Remix is sending talent to work on location on five continents.
With a stellar roster and flawless integrity in place, Cloutier Remix will continue to build real alliances with clients and artists. And that’s a beautiful thing.

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Day of the Dead Make-up Tutorial

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Dia De Los Muertos

Contributor: Briana Perkins, MUD Make-up Artist In our recent Free Saturday Workshop held at MUD NY and MUD LA (See Eventbrite Calendar for upcoming workshops) we created a colorful skull make-up  that is widely used in the Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, a Mexican tradition dated back to the time of the Aztecs and Halloween. Festivities are held to honor dead loved ones with offerings of food, sugar skulls, marigolds and altars, taking place between October 31 through November 2. Learn more about the Dia de los Murertos tradition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead In case you missed the live event, we recreated the look in a step-by-step pictorial below. (1) First, prep the skin with MUD’s Face Primer. This will help the cream products to glide on evenly. (2) Next, cover the entire face with the white cream from the Character FX Wheel and then powder with Zero Loose Powder and #720 Brush to set the cream. (3) Using MUD’s Cake Eyeliner in black and the 900# Brush, start to outline the different designs desired for the face. Don’t worry if the designs aren’t perfect because this will blend nicely with the eye colors. (The #900 brush is amazing for this kind of detail work!) (4) Begin coloring in the design with the eye colors. The colors I chose for this look are: Sugared Violet, Voodoo, Velvetine, Onyx and Daisy.  The #800 & # 810 brushes are amazing for blending the colors together and for smudging away any harsh lines. Have fun and be playful with colors; day of the dead is all about the décor and multitude of colors. (Tip: If you use the eye colors wet it will intensify the look even further) (5) Use MUD’s Eye Pencil in  black to outline the petals around the eyes. If you want to bump up this look further, you can glue gems around this area using Duo eyelash glue. (6) Using Velvetine (or the color of your choice) use the #510 Brush to contour your cheekbones, temples and forehead. (7) Finish the look with filigree again using the cake liner and #900 brush. The more detailed the better! (8) A Dia de Los Muertos look wouldn’t be complete without a floral headdress. Dress it up however you would like and celebrate a day to honor all our loved ones that have passed. Feliz Dia de los Muertos! ~Briana

Highly-Pigmented Cosmetics—What Does This Mean?

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People often ask, “are MUD products just for professionals?” Although our products are developed to meet professional standards, MUD cosmetics are available to everyone.  Every Saturday, Make-up Designory offers FREE workshops to help you better understand how to use MUD products as well as teach basic make-up application techniques.  The workshops are held at the MUD Shops in Los Angeles and New York and in some MUD Studio locations around the world.

MUD cosmetics are highly pigmented. What does this even mean? Products that are high in pigment are developed for professional use; they contain more color and coverage than other products. For instance, your over-the-counter liquid foundation contains about 15-25% pigment, while MUD’s cream foundation offers 40% pigment.  The benefits of a high pigment product are 1. you need less product to achieve full  coverage results 2. high pigment products are more versatile and 3.  they have long-lasting staying power.

A little product goes a long way.

Let’s use MUD’s cream foundation as an example. For a full coverage face application, you would typically use about ½ of what you would with an over-the counter foundation. This product is best applied by make-up sponge or MUD’s 940 foundation brush. The secret to achieving a flawless face is using the correct color (or color combination) and proper blending. The end result is a full, even, matte coverage. This type of make-up photographs wonderfully, so it’s great for bridal, special events, print work and film.

Versatility means you can use the product in more than one way.

MUD’s cream foundation has a silicone base and can be combined with other silicon base products like MUD’s Face Primer and MUD’s HD Air. For instance, if you want a sheer coverage with a dewy finish, you could combine a drop of Face Primer with a bit of cream foundation and mix (Image 2). The product will glide onto the face and result in a beautiful sheer finish. For problematic spots that might need more coverage, like dark spots and acne, you could apply a small amount of cream foundation on the spot and blend.

High pigment products have staying power.

The second element that determines the color/coverage of cosmetics is the vehicle. Vehicle is the element  of the base that gives it its slip, or the ability to move on the surface during application (for instance, the silicone in the cream foundation). Sometimes, the more vehicle you have in a product, the higher the chance of it breaking down on the skin. A product with more pigment and less vehicle will “stay put” because it’s harder for the product to move.

Visit our YouTube Channel for some make-up tutorials and have fun trying different looks and techniques on yourself! With anything, practice makes perfect. If you can, come out to our free workshops. They’re taught by our MUD Make-up artists and are open to anyone who wants to learn more about how to apply like a pro.

The following MUD products were all developed with a high-pigment formula.

  • MUD Cream Foundation
  • MUD Concealers
  • MUD Eye Colors
  • MUD Pressed Powders
  • MUD Cheek Colors

MUD products can be purchased on mudshop.com

Industry Speaks: David DeLeon

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“I’m not a diva. My work is the diva. Art is bigger than life.” David DeLeon

Last night, Emmy Award winning Make-up Artist David DeLeon, who just wrapped CBS’s The Crazy Ones (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, James Wok, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton) stopped by MUD Burbank to lend a room-full of students some of his valuable time and words of expertise and wisdom. David was interviewed by MUD’s good friend and colleague, Deverill Weekes.

Q: How did you know that make-up is what you wanted to do?
A: “I would ditch school –now, don’t you ditch school!– and go to the library and read Scavullo on Beauty (by Scavullo, Francesco, Random House, 1978) it’s a beautiful black and white book of “before and afters.” I was enthralled by the transformations.”

Q: How did you get started?
A: “My first celebrity client was Kathy Najimy. I met her assistant at a party—it’s one of those things that happens in this town, a door sort of opens—and she needed a make-up artist for a stage show. And that started the whole thing.”

Q: Who are your heroes?
A: Michael Westmore. Dick Smith, Ve Neil, Todd MCIntosh, Pat McGrath—I am obsessed with her right now. There are so many—I look up to everyone.

Q: Why [are you obsessed with] Pat McGrath?
A: “Because she’s so out-of –the-box with her Avant-Garde make-up, she makes people look ravishing.”

Q: Who are the great make-up artists you’ve worked with and what made them great?
A: “Michael Westmore. He is a great make-up artist and delegator. He makes people feel like they can do it. He’s very encouraging and very gentle in his approach. I’ve worked with Ve Neil, she’s just a powerhouse, talented and wonderful.”

Q:  You have a sort of “famous” relationship with Sara Michelle Gellar, you worked with her so many times. How did that get started?

A: I met Sarah at the first presentation of Buffy. Sarah came in and it was just instant comradery, it was instant fun and laughing.

Q: Before we started, you said something about a really good, clean beauty make-up. Will you talk about that a little bit?
A: “Beauty make-up is the bread and butter of this business. If you can do that, you have more opportunities to work, than if you just do FX or if you just do character work.”

Q: What’s your personal [life] code?
A: “Do unto others ..” [as you would have them do unto you.]

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received?
A: “Show up. Do your job. Eat free donuts. And, go home.”

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During the interview, and intertwined in the hour long conversation, there were some great words of advice. Here, we sum up some of David’s quotes.

“Establish relationships. We pull from people we know. It’s rare that you hire someone you don’t know anything about.”
“You’re never going to work under optimum conditions. You have to learn how to operate under chaos.”
“Do whatever you’re passionate in. I’m passionate about beauty. It’s good to know all sorts of make-up, but stick to what you’re passionate about.”

Thank you, David for being an inspiration to our students!

David DeLeon Bio
Emmy Award winning Makeup artist David DeLeon’s artistic sense and attention to detail makes him a sought after makeup artist from Hollywood to New York and beyond. David brings a passion and commitment to every project he is involved with. He has worked with such talents as Barbra Steisand, Ellen Degeneres, Portia de Rossi, Harrison Ford, sarah Michelle Gellar and Jane Fonda to name a few. He has lent his talents to numerous films, television shows, stage plays, and print work. He also lectures at makeup schools and conventions around the world. http://www.daviddeleonmakeup.com/
Follow David on Twitter @DeLeonMakeup

What’s in Your FX kit?

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Make-up Artists often count on one another for technique tips, resource information and product recommendations. Although there is a lot of information on the Web, MUA’s have shared their knowledge on a peer-to-peer basis since the time when there were only few reference make-up application books and *gasp* no Internet. So, we asked Cat and Niko to share with us the contents of their FX kit and share with us why they’d recommend the products they use.

Niko Gonzalez and Cat Paschen, MUD grads and Face Off Season 6 contestants, what’s in YOUR FX kit?

Cat: We recently stopped by the MUD Burbank campus to give the students a lecture titled ‘What’s In Your FX Kit?’ and went over our FX kit necessities as well as our favorite brushes, tools and paints with the students.

Niko: We always stress the importance of over packing for any make-up job. You must always be prepared for anything. You never know what you will be asked to do on set, schedules change last minute all the time. It is better to have all of the basics packed and ready to go in your kit at all times. Below is a list of our FX kit necessities that we always keep in our kits.

Basics

We always carry a little bottle of latex and a jar of 3rd degree with us at all times. You can create almost anything with these two items- they are great for quick or unexpected FX that you might have to do on set from aging to injuries. Having a variety of different colors of dirt is great to have as well. Depending on the location you are shooting, the color of dirt and dust will change. Having different shades will give you a more realistic look. We also keep wax paper pallets, gloves, neutral set powder, thickened pros-aid cream, glycerin for sweat and a tear stick packed at all times.

Glues

We also recommend carrying small bottles of Spirit Gum, Pros-aide and Telesis 5. Pros-aide 1 is our favorite go-to glue because of its bond strength and price. However, it is important to have other glues such as spirit gum (which is the gentlest glue) in case the talent you are working on has an allergic reaction. Telesis is also great to use for quick fixes because it bonds instantly without having to wait for it to dry.

Blood

We keep a variety of different bloods with as well. They range in price, color and consistency to fit the look we need to achieve and the shot the director wants. Our go-to bloods include Fleet St. Drying Blood and Drying Past. The blood dries in place without cracking so it will not smear and ruin continuity. My Blood is also one of our favorites for a fresh, wet blood look.

Paints

We always have a few RMG wheels, basic cream colors as well as some alcohol palettes. The Ben Nye Bruise Wheel and Death wheels are my favorite go-to cream colors for FX. Alcohol activated palettes such as Skin Illustrator are our absolute favorite colors to use on set because we know they will last all day without smearing and can paint any kind of prosthetic. If we know we are doing a specific FX heavy project we will pack other paints such as water based paints and alcohol based air brush paints. Kyrolan, Wolf and Mehron Paradise colors are our favorite water based paints that are great for doing large surface areas fast.

The important thing is making sure you pack products that are multi-functional and work on a variety of materials/ skin types to save room in your kit. I find it fascinating to look through other make-up artist’s kits, I always learn about a new product and pick up a cool tip! Keep searching, practicing and experimenting with different products and find ones that work for you.

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Mark your calendars! Niko and Cat will be back at the Burbank campus with the rest of the local season 6 Face Off contestants on March 11th for lecture covering their experience on the show.

Keep up with this fantastic duo on their professional studio pages: DYADMUFX

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