Faculty & Guest Artists

You will study under a team of Professional Makeup Artists who have years of experience in the entertainment, fashion, and beauty industries. Our instructors will inspire you as they share their real-world experiences working on feature films, television series, runway shows, music videos, and other events.

Lee Grimes

grew up outside of Orlando, Florida. Since early childhood, he was inspired by makeup special effects. At age 24, he began making prosthetic appliances and studying makeup and special makeup effects. Soon after, Lee began assisting as a special makeup effects artist. One of his first credits was The New Leave it to Beaver, then several Nickelodeon series: "Clarissa Explains it all", "Kenan and Kel", "All That". In the 90's, he worked with Brittany Spears, Justin Timberlake & Christina Aguilera on "The Mickey Mouse Club". In the past twenty years he has worked on over 60 feature Films and Television series. His credits include: "Monster", "The Final Destination"," Zombie Land", "Sorority Row", "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "Dumb and Dumber'er", "The Sopranos", "Dexter", "Larry the Cable Guy", "Oz the Great and Powerful", "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and numerous others. In 2011 he began doing Lady Gaga's special effects. He is currently working on the TV series "Salem".

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Luandra Whitehurst

Luandrahas a broad range of skills from beauty and corrective makeup to special makeup effects. Based out of Central Florida, LuAndra began her career at Universal Studios and on independent films airbrushing and applying prosthetics. She works with Blue Whale Studios, a full service Makeup FX Lab in Orlando, Florida that designs and fabricates prosthetic appliances.LuAndra work has been seen on numerous television commercials and CNN Broadcasts, on film and television shows including "The Walking Dead", "The Hunger Games", Beautiful Creatures", "Magic City", and in Germany at Europa Park's "Horror Nights". She is a member of the Hairstylist and Makeup Artists Film Union local 798. Currently she is working on "Guardians of the Galaxy 2".

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Nadine Chiasson

received her B.A. in Education from Moncton University in Canada. She is a Cosmix graduate. Currently Nadine is an international platform artist for Youngblood Cosmetics. She has been lead artist for Miami Fashion Week for 8 seasons and keyed over 100 fashion shows. She works for news networks and her work is seen on MSNBC, Fox News, CBS and CNN. Her clientele includes musicians, singers, athletes, politicians, and other celebrities including Celine Dion, Nayer, Deepak Chopra, Andrea Boccelli, Bill Clinton, John McCain, Fareed Zakaria, Alex Rodriguez, Walter Isaacson, Bob Schieffer, Charles Osgood, Karl Rove, Leslie Visser, Melinda Crane, Mia Kovacic, Dick Morris, and Chris Matthews.

Malinda Ballesteros

is a makeup artist with over fifteen years of experience in film & television. She has worked in Vancouver, British Columbia, Boston, Massachusetts, and Miami, Florida. Her specialties include beauty, character building, injury simulation and airbrushing. She has worked on the Television Series’ “The Glades”, “Magic City”, “Burn Notice”, and “The L Word”. Her film credits include “Iron Man 3”, “Dolphin Tale 2”, “Surrogates”, and “The Game Plan”. Malinda is a member of IATSE Local 798 and a member of the Television Academy. Currently, she is Makeup Department Head of the Netflix original series “Bloodline”.

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Tim J. Hays

is a special makeup effects artist. He worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for over 14 years where he did every style of makeup, airbrushed, and created and applied prosthetic appliances. His work has been seen on various TV commercials and shows including the CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, E! Latin America and a UK morning show. He has worked on award-winning short films and videos, participated in live events such as Old Town Halloween, Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue, Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas at Universal Studios. Tim has also lent his talents to many local theatrical productions. His masks and props are sold all around the world, and one of his personal highlights was being invited to apply Halloween makeup at the White House. He is a member of the Hairstylists and Makeup Artists Film Union local 798.

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Derek Garcia

is a Special FX Makeup artist specializing in airbrushing, prosthetic application, sculpting and concept design. Derek was a finalist on the hit TV show “Faceoff” Season 3 on the SyFy channel. Derek has worked on numerous projects, including seasonal work at Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas. He has also worked on commercials, TV shows filmed in Miami including "Burn Notice", "The Glades" and "Graceland". He has also worked with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders body painting at their swimsuit fashion show calendar reveal. Currently he works on many independent films and projects, often employing graduates to help.

Sher Salzman

is a celebrity/fashion makeup artist from L.A., where she was represented by Zenobia Agency. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Elle, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Vogue (Italian), Taqa Q (Japan) Vital (France) and the Spanish publication Venue. Her credits include Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon, Keifer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Melanie Griffith, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Voight, and Garcelle Beauvais, Reebok, Calvin Klein, Bloomingdales, Saks, Macy’s and Speedo. She has been a platform artist for various companies, has consulted for Estee Lauder in product development, and was the West Coast Beauty Expert for Mademoiselle Magazine. Most recently she has worked as key makeup artist for the new reality series "Golddiggers".

Patricia Urribarri

patricia-makeup-artisthas over 10 years of experience as a professional makeup artist in the entertainment and beauty industry. She has worked as a makeup artist and educator for cosmetic companies including M.A.C. Cosmetics, Shu Uemura, Stila, Too Faced, and Inglot. She received extensive training at Aveda Institute and was a makeup instructor at a Cosmetology School. She has contributed to various projects including fashion shows, film, TV commercials, photo and editorial work.Patricia continues her love for makeup, bringing her many talents, professionalism & enthusiasm to the classroom giving her student's exposure to the industry’s most in-demand products, looks, and techniques.

Janine Wehby

received her BA in theatrical design with a focus in costumes and makeup from Columbia College Chicago known for its education in the visual, performing, media and communication arts. For 9 years, she has specialized in bridal and theatrical makeup. Janine trained under Rick Jarvie, Chicago’s Lyric Opera’s wig master. She is a member of the I.A.T.S.E local 500 union, and has done hair, makeup and wardrobe for many productions. Her credits include numerous Broadway shows: Wicked, Looped, Anything Goes, Becoming Dr. Ruth. Since 2010, her work has also been seen on the runway at Miami’s Fashion Week.

Michelle Mendieta

is a native Floridian born in Miami. She has over 9 years of experience as a professional makeup artist and specializes in airbrushing. She is a national educator for Dinair Airbrush traveling and providing training to professional makeup artists. She has worked for several retail companies and freelances doing weddings and special events in South Florida. She has experience in many different medias including television, runway, award shows, and other events. Her work has been featured on TLC's television series “The Little Couple” and “Four Weddings”. She has also been on the makeup team for major runway shows during Miami Fashion Week. Her client list includes many actors, musicians, and celebrities. She worked on the 2011 and 2012 Emmys, the 2013 Oscars, and the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Milene Miranda

is a professional makeup artist, working in a wide variety of genres from beauty to special makeup effects. She graduated from the Production Program at Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry. Milene currently works as the lead artist at multiple entertainment companies for The Hard Rock and other Seminole casino events all over South Florida. She also does specialty makeups for Comcast, HBO, Miami Dolphins, TLC, and Nova SEU. Her credits include many independent films and commercials, and television shows including HBO’s Ballers. Her work has also been seen in publications such as Ellements magazine and Revista La Verdad, as well as on the runway at Miami Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Swim Week.

Avi Ram

is a professional airbrush artist who started airbrushing t-shirts in Israel when he was 18. Avi creates designs and airbrushes bodies, canvas, clothes, cars, motorcycles, just about anything. He was a contestant on the television reality show competition "Skin wars". He has also competed in many national body-painting competitions. In 2015, he won 1st place in the Face & Body Art International Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Marietta Carter-Narcisse

is a celebrity makeup artist and internationally renowned educator.

She began her career in the fashion industry in the early '70s in NY. By 1983, she was an assistant wardrobe stylist on the Commodores' European Tour and toured with Natalie Cole.She went on to work on many hit music videos, commercials, award-winning television shows and films.

Her film credits include: "Old Dogs","Baby Boy", "The Negotiator", "The Red Violin", "Sphere", "Eve's Bayou", "The Long Kiss Goodnight", "A Time to Kill", "Strange Days", "Tina: What's Love Got to Do With It?", "Malcolm X", "Boyz 'N The Hood", "Ghost", and numerous others. A respected expert in her field, Carter-Narcisse has been interviewed by Vogue, Glamour, Premiere, Seventeen, & other magazines, radio and television shows and newspapers. She has also written numerous articles for industry magazines, reference books,and several internet sites.

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