On Dec. 15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films that will remain in competition for the 2015 Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award. Click for the complete list.
On Dec. 15, the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the long list of films in
contention for the 2013 Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. Follow the link for the complete list.
Earlier this year, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences approved a rule changing the make-up award
title. Also, four make-up artists and one hairstylist were invited to join the academy as voting members.
Expect more room to move—and a shorter distance to walk—at this year’s
IMATS Vancouver. The show returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre
East July 21-22, but is now located in Hall B, which is larger than last
year’s space and is located closer to the Convention Centre’s entrance.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the
nominees for the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy
Awards. Follow the link for the nominees in the make-up categories.
Make-Up Artist magazine and Key Publishing Group has added a new beauty editor to the team: Chantel Heister. She will also be the education director at IMATS and will be handling beauty stories for the magazine and Makeup411.com.
Key Publishing Group—publisher of Make-Up
Artist magazine and its affiliated websites, and producer of the
International Make-Up Artist Trade Show—opened the doors to its new
location on June 7, 2011. Approximately 60 people, including local
make-up artists, came to tour the facilities, meet the staff and mingle
with families, friends and colleagues.
The United Kingdom-based cosmetics company Illamasqua has announced that
it is launching a make-up competition called the Distinction in Make-up
Artistry Awards 2011. Follow the link for complete details.
One make-up design worked three different ways for The Pee-wee Herman Show Live On Stage as it moved from Los
Angeles to Broadway and then to HBO, which is about to air the film it
made of the Broadway show.
London’s West Thames College graduate theater show this spring was more
than just a cap-and-gown affair. The Illamasqua cosmetics team—Alex Box,
Spob, Alex Cummins, Rosa Sibaja and Adam Sidwell—made a special
appearance at the make-up school to watch the show and present three
make-up awards to students.
The 2010 IMATS Los Angeles, held at the Pasadena Convention Center June
26-27, was the biggest IMATS yet. It attracted nearly 9,000 attendees,
up nearly a third from 2009, while the number of exhibitors rose from 85
Make-up brush manufacturer Anisa International Inc. wants to see your
brush design. The company is hosting the Sustainable Cosmetic Brush
Design Contest, which is open to anyone with a design concept for a
cosmetic brush made with sustainable materials.
The Beauty Bus Foundation and nail-care company OPI are throwing a
fundraising bash 11:30 a.m. April 25. The Beauty Drive will feature
beauty treatments, a hair show and auction and will benefit the
foundation, a non-profit that provides free in-home beauty and grooming
services to home-bound, chronically or terminally ill people and their
Make-up artist Carmindy, of TLC's What
Not to Wear, wants to make sure everyone takes care of their
eyes. She will be a judge in the Air Optix Aqua "Surprise Your Eyes"
contest. The contact lens company is soliciting tips and tricks for
healthy and looking beautiful. Read the full story for how to enter the
This February, eyebrows were a huge story at the New York and London
fashion weeks. For Elliott Frieze's London catwalk show, Academy of Freelance Make Up Pro Team artist
Rachel Wood designed a look inspired by actor Robert Pattinson.
The 1980s made another comeback at this year's fashion weeks, where
make-up artists were instructed to keep eye make-up slightly messy, even
lived in, as if the models had done it themselves. At London’s Falguni
& Shane Peacock show, Academy of
Freelance Make Up Pro Team artist Rachel Wood used that
not-too-perfect, '80s Vogue-style
colored eye shadow to complement the embellished '80s-style clothing.
The nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards® have been announced by
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Creators of looks for
an Italian prime minister, aliens, and the queen of England all vie for
Artist Roxanna Floyd, whose beauty, fashion, film and TV work was
described by one colleague as "lean and elegant," died unexpectedly
from as-yet undetermined causes on Jan. 28, 2010 in New York. She was
49 years old.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
François Nars, the founder and creative director of NARS Cosmetics,
celebrates the company’s 15th anniversary with a very exclusive new
release: 15x15, a book of 15 celebrity portraits, will be released in mid-November and available for just 30 days at www.15x15project.com.
If you're a fan of the TV show One Tree Hill, or always wanted to know what it is like in a make-up trailer, then listen to the Kelly Alexander Show podcast tonight at 7 p.m. (EDT). One Tree Hill make-up department head Tym Buacharern will be interviewed. Buacharern is also make-up artist for stars such as Janet Jackson, Pink and Alicia Keys.
This summer, make-up
artist Michael Thomas and pop star Michael Jackson died within two
months of each other (Thomas’ obituary is posted on our site). Here,
Thomas, who was Jackson's make-up artist for The Wiz, recalls some
memorable experiences with Jackson on and off the set. Thomas’ wife,
Christine Domaniecki, shared Thomas’ memories with us.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.
Make-Up Artist magazine has chosen themes for the 2010 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) student competitions. The Beauty/Fantasy theme will be Alice in Wonderland; the Character/Prosthetic theme is Grimm's Fairy Tales. Entry forms and deadlines, competition rules and more information will be posted soon on our trade show Web site: www.imatsshow.com.
On a cold and cloudy Oxford afternoon, U.K. make-up artist Sarah Terry collaborated with photographer Rebecca Parkes, hairstylist Sean Butt and designer Bibian Blue to create this dark vision of Alice in Wonderland.
The Victorian and Edwardian eras inspired Terry to contrast creams and
gold hues with vibrant reds and smoky blacks. Appliqués, feathers, nail
art and Butts’ elaborate hair design gave the looks texture. This
particular Alice (Samantha Wilkinson) and White Rabbit (Blossom Blois)
look innocent, but there’s a hint of mischief here, too. Let’s follow
them down the path, shall we?
The Hair & Makeup Artist Network held an industry mixer May 28 in
Los Angeles. This networking opportunity paired make-up artists and
hairstylists with professionals from the film, TV, music and
photography industries. Make-Up Artist magazine swung by for a visit. See photos from the event after the jump.
Following the recent death of Michael Jackson, Make-Up Artist magazine’s next issue (#79) will feature a retrospective of the King of Pop,
featuring interviews with a number of make-up artists who worked with
Jackson over the past three decades, as well as some exclusive,
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a change
in the Academy Award® for Achievement in Makeup. The Board of Governors
has agreed to a change in the wording so that there may now be a
maximum of three nominees, and statuettes awarded, per film. The change
takes effect this year.
The change in academy rules is “tremendously important” for make-up
artists and hairstylists working in the film industry, said the academy\'s make-up branch governor, Leonard Engelman.
Generations of movie make-up artists packed the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater on June 17 to honor a
man many described as their inspiration. “A Tribute to Dick Smith: The Godfather of Special Makeup Effects” paid loving tribute to Smith, whose long career has left a lasting imprint on the make-up world.
Note: This year's IMATS Sunday session will open later, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21. Make sure you check the detailed schedule and plan accordingly.
Special make-up effects artist Greg Cannom and global talent agent Timothy Priano will be keynote speakers at the 2009 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which also hosts a fashion show and Star Trekpanel. And in honor of Father’s Day, IMATS is giving away a TV and Blu-ray Player and offering free admission for all dads. IMATS will be held June 20-21 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles and is open to the public.
Other guest speakers include Oscar®-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, whose film credits include Amadeus, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver; artists including Joel Harlow and Barney Burman discussing their work on the new Star Trek film; and Nolan Robert, the winner of last season’s make-up reality show Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist.
In Issue 78 of Make-Up Artist magazine, Bobbi Brown talks to Brett Glass about her biggest year since launching her
eponymous line in 1991. A few weeks before her guest appearance and
book signing at the Make-Up Artist magazine mixer in New York (May 14), Brown discussed her new book, a free-standing store and Bobbi Brown University.
For the full article, pick up Issue 78 on newsstands the week of May 4 or order it here.
The editorial staff of Make-Up Artist magazine and Naimie’s Beauty Center present the Big Apple Make-Up Artist Mixer, a party and book-signing with internationally-acclaimed beauty expert Bobbi Brown.
Some of the biggest names in the New York make-up scene will attend
this festive event, where they’ll enjoy cocktails, canapés and
conversation about the latest industry news.
The mixer, sponsored by Naimie’s, will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May
14 in the Marlin Room of historic Webster Hall, located at 125 E. 11th
St. in New York. Admission is by invitation.
Make-Up Artist magazine is heading north this weekend for the Canadian Makeup Show, held for the first time in Vancouver, B.C. The Make-Up Artist booth will offer magazine subscriptions, back issues and make-up products.
Make-Up Artist publisher Michael Key will also speak at the show, along with celebrity artists Eve Pearl, whose clients include Meredith Vieira and Brooke Shields, and Sharon Gault, who has worked with Madonna and Pamela Anderson. Oscar®-winning make-up artist Bill Corso, who recently finished work on the HBO film Grey Gardens, rounds out the roster.
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show—better known as IMATS—will bring world-class make-up talent to Australia this fall. Keynote speakers for the show, held Sept. 12-13 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, include Rae Morris,
the make-up director of Australia’s Fashion Week, a four-time winner of
Australia’s Makeup Artist of the Year award and the author of Makeup
The Ultimate Guide.
Two plastic lizards and several plastic snakes slithered into “Finding
Inspiration,” a M.A.C. Pro event held March 29 in Portland, Oregon.
M.A.C. Pro Senior Artist Victor Cembellin taught this lively two-hour class and make-up demonstration to help
artists get their mojo working. “I hope this will open you up to a new
way of thinking,” he said. The class was divided into five parts:
finding inspiration, storytelling, harnessing creativity, executing a
vision and asking creative inner questions, followed by the live
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show—better known as IMATS—is heading toward the land of kangaroos and digeridoos. Michael Key, the publisher of Make-Up Artist magazine, has announced that the company will produce an IMATS in Australia in 2009. The show, open to the public, will be held Sept. 12-13 at the Sydney Convention Center, located on Darling Harbour.
Concealer—and lots of it—was just one of the products M.A.C. Cosmetics provided as sponsors of the new reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race. Hosted by M.A.C. spokesperson RuPaul, the show tested the make-up skills of nine drag performers (including Bebe Zahara Benet, pictured here), who made over real women as part of their quest to become America’s next drag star.
From ‘80s club looks to bold red lips, we get the exclusive details.
Mary Douglas, one of The Wall
Group’s emerging talents, worked the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall
2009 collections from Feb. 13-20 for designers Derek Lam, Michael Kors,
Brian Reyes, Isaac Mizrahi and Ralph Lauren. Here she gives Make-Up Artist magazine an exclusive insider’s look at the make-up created for the different fashion shows. Douglas has
worked for cosmetics brands including Yves Saint Laurent, M.A.C. and
Stila, and her work has appeared in magazines such as Marie Claire and in ads for Jimmy Choo, among others.
Out of a need to cover up her own lupus rashes, Nicole Paxson has created a line of cosmetics for people dealing with lupus and other
skin issues including acne, rosacea and birth marks. “I spent much of
my life trying to conceal rashes by mixing products,”
Paxson said. She tried theatrical make-ups ranging from Joe Blasco to
Dermablend, mixing them with Estēe Lauder and Shiseido, but the result
was always heavier than she wanted. “Growing up in south Florida, it
was awful. I was layering sunscreen with make-up, but it was so thick,
I’d go out in hot weather and feel like I was wearing a T-shirt on my
face,” Paxson said.
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show has just added a fourth country to its roster: Canada. Make-Up Artist magazine publisher Michael Key and Canadian Makeup Show producer Jeff
Saunders announced a merger late in February: All Canadian Makeup Shows
will now become IMATS shows.
Make-Up Artistalready hosts two annual IMATS shows: one in Los Angeles in June, the
other in London in January. A third show, to be held in Sydney,
Australia this September, was announced last fall. All IMATS shows are open to the public. For details on the
upcoming L.A. show, held June 20-21 at the Pasadena Convention Center,
go to http://www.makeupartistshow.com/. For information on the London show, visit http://www.makeupartistshow.net/.
The International Salon and Spa Expo, held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Long
Beach Convention Center in Southern California, attracted more than
30,000 beauty professionals—an increase from 2008 attendance, according
to organizers. The expo, which focuses on trends in beauty treatments,
products and business management, featured 440 exhibitors and classes
on hair, skin, nails, massage therapy and business practices. One
significant first for the show was the participation of the National
Latino Cosmetology Association. ISSE was sponsored by the Professional
Beauty Association, a group of salons and spas, distributors and
manufacturers. For more information on ISSE and other PBA events, visit
Crowds undeterred by economy and excited by speakers
The eighth International Make-Up Artist Trade Show London, held at
Alexandra Palace Jan. 24-25, 2009, rose to the challenge of a global
recession. More than a thousand visitors attended the show to learn
from educators, buy products and hear keynote speakers.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
Mike Elizalde, an L.A.-based make-up designer, sculptor and animatronic
engineer, has just received an Oscar® nomination for his work on Hellboy 2: The Golden Army;
he’ll share his experiences when he speaks at the 2009 International
Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which returns Jan. 24-25 to London’s
Alexandra Palace. Elizalde will also participate in a Hellboy 2 panel discussion featuring actor Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) and many of the make-up artists and creature creators.
The nominees for the 81st Annual Academy Awards® have been announced by
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Creators of a
backwards-aging man, a joker, and a demon hero all vie for the Oscar®.
Nolan Robert Mourns Friend/Finalist While Celebrating Win
What should have been a celebratory time for the cast and crew of the reality show Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist became a time of mourning instead. Todd Homme, the third runner-up, was
found dead in his apartment on Dec. 13. Toxicology reports came back
negative and the cause of death had not yet been determined at press
The Los Angeles-based show, which premiered Nov. 11 on Lifetime and ran
for six weeks, featured nine make-up artists sharing a house and
competing for $100,000, a contract with Max Factor and a shoot with InStyle magazine. The finale aired on Dec. 16. Out of the final three contestants, Nolan Robert won.
Australian make-up artist Napoleon Perdis has his own schools, his own cosmetics line, and now, his own reality show: Get Your Face On.
The program, filmed at Perdis’ flagship L.A. store, follows 12 make-up
artists as they vie to become his protégé. The one-hour, 10-episode
show debuted Dec. 8 on the TLC network and is airing every weekday
morning through Dec. 19. We asked Perdis to tell us more.
The pressure is on for make-up artists competing in Lifetime’s new reality series Blush: The Search for the Next Great Make-Up Artist. Contestants from around the country have their eyes on some pretty good prizes: a Max Factor contract, an In Style shoot and $100,000 in cash. The show, hosted by Vanessa Marcil,
premiered Nov. 11 with a Los Angeles-based house full of contestants:
Sharzod Kiadeh, Jessica Millington, Myke Michaels, Farah Carter, Maura
Mo Lewitts, Todd Homme, Nolan Makaawaawa, Rainell Chivonne and Maxi.
This holiday season, drama dominates movie screens. In this excerpt
from Issue 75 of Make-Up Artist magazine's holiday movie preview, we go behind-the-scenes of Twilight.
It’s about: Angst-y teen
romance between a girl and her beau, a pretty-boy vampire who must
fight the urge not to slurp her blood. Based on the bestselling
young-adult series, shot in gloomily atmospheric Portland, Oregon and
directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
Cinema Makeup School graduates recently competed in the Xbox 360
Monster Makeover Contest, held this fall in Los Angeles. The challenge?
To create characters based on the Xbox games Fable 2, Left 4 Dead,
Gears of War 2 and Fallout 3. A field of 20 competitors was narrowed
down to two finalists over the course of a week.
The Hair & Makeup Artist Network hosted its first annual Monster
Ball Halloween Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Tangier Restaurant
in Los Feliz, California. Hair and make-up artists from film,
television and print attended the event and helped transform
partygoers, including directors, producers, photographers, agents and
performers, into various creatures and characters. The Trainwrecks and
Fu Dogs performed live at the event. There was also a costume contest,
with door prizes donated by Cinema Secrets, Elain Cosmetics, Mothership
Salon, Vivid M.D. Skincare and others.
California cosmetics retailer Naimie’s is hosting a Customer
Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. In
celebration of the store’s 20th anniversary, more than 40 vendor
representatives will offer mini-workshops and some gifts with purchase.
Throughout the day, Naimie’s will give a 20 percent discount on most
products and bigger savings on select items; gift baskets will be
raffled and refreshments will be provided.
The workshops are
available for free on a first come, first served basis, and the
discount is only good on the day of the event. Naimie’s Beauty Center
is located at 12640 Riverside Drive in Valley Village, California. For
more information, call (818) 655-9922 or e-mail email@example.com.
So, you’ve got your cat tail, ears and whiskers all ready for your
feline Halloween costume, but the face make-up is missing something. If
you’re thinking of completing your costume with cat contacts, there are
some safety issues you should keep in mind.
Consumers and make-up artists need to be cautious of lenses found in
retail outlets or on the Internet. Often the retailers aren’t licensed
to carry the special effects lenses and the contacts may not be
manufactured to the correct standards. According to ophthalmologist Dr.
Jonathan Gording, special effects lenses often have two layers: the
inner white layer is basically a salt, he says, and a dye is applied to
the outer layer for the desired effect. These hand-made lenses are
fragile and need to be inspected for nicks, edge defects or other
Tonight, Oct. 23, the Hair & Makeup Artist Network will host its
first annual Monster Ball Halloween Celebration at Tangier Restaurant
in Los Feliz, California. Sponsored by E.I. School of Professional
Makeup, this creative showcase will give guests the opportunity to
mingle with celebrity hair and make-up artists from film, television
and print as well as top directors, producers, photographers and
Show the industry what you can do: Winners of a costume contest receive
prizes from Cinema Secrets and Mothership Salon. Door prizes include
products from Vivid MD Skin Care and Elaine Cosmetics. The doors open
at 8 p.m., and a cover charge of $25 before 10 p.m. guarantees a drink
ticket and food.
In an ongoing series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
will present the three-evening seminar “Makeup Artists and
Hairstylists: A Forum on Contemporary Technique” at the Academy’s
Linwood Dunn Theater. On Oct. 16, 23 and 30, attendees will get a
detailed look at motion picture make-up techniques and hairstyling from
the best in the business.
This weekend, Oct. 11 and 12, tune in to the Home Shopping Network
(HSN) for make-up tips from MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Director of Artistry,
Kevin Bennett. The HSN show gives viewers a sneak peak at the expert
training select students will receive when the MAKE UP FOR EVER ACADEMY
opens in New York City in 2009.
For each show, Bennett will provide a lesson based on a specific
make-up product. Lessons include: The three-step Complete
Complexion—steps to building long-lasting make-up application and the
two-part Simply Smoky—simplifying the “smoky eye.”
The 2nd Annual Beauty Business Conference is coming to Washington, D.C.
Oct. 11-13. Hosted by the nationally accredited Bennett Career
Institute, the three-day conference for make-up artists, hairstylists
and salon owners features seminars on how to run a successful beauty
business. From marketing to mutual funds, loans to lawyers, learn the
ins and outs from successful beauty industry representatives. Three top
photographers will provide a seminar for make-up artists on how to
learn lighting, testing and portfolio building.
The winners of the Creative Arts Emmy® Awards were awarded on Saturday,
Sept. 13 at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles. Make-up artist Matthew
Mungle won his fifth and sixth Emmy® Awards, for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and John Adams.
From www.makeupmag.com: Paul Starr, who
was found dead on Tuesday, Aug. 19, served as a keynote speaker for the
2006 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Los Angeles. In
this video excerpt from the show, Starr talks with Make-Up Artistmagazine publisher Michael Key, in front of a crowd of more than 400
people. With candor and charm, Starr describes his journey to becoming
a celebrity make-up artist and his love for creating human art.
best celebrity make-up artists know that you are taken into this world
and these celebrities put their face in your hands,” Starr said during
Have you ever wondered how story subjects get chosen for Make-Up Artist magazine?
Do you have ideas you want to share with the editors? Your chance for
face-to-face time has arrived. The Australian College of Make-up &
Special Effects (ACMUSE) in Sydney, Australia is hosting Make-Up Artistmagazine publisher Michael Key on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6:30–8:30
Come to ACMUSE at 5 The Crescent, Annandale in Sydney, Australia for
the opportunity to talk to industry leaders and enjoy some light hors
d’oeuvres. Call to RSVP: 61 2 9518 9000.
Make-Up Artist magazine is read in 50 countries around the world and was created in 1996 by Emmy Award-winning make-up artist Key.
Ray Sebastian Jr., a second-generation make-up artist, died from a massive heart attack on March 2 in Los Angeles. He began his career in independent films, became a journeyman in 1977 and worked on television shows including The Dukes of Hazzard and feature films including Mrs. Santa Claus.