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.

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.

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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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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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".

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.

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.

Jessie Flannery

is a freelance makeup artist, specializing in Airbrush Makeup for Bridal parties and special events. She received a Bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware and is a graduate from the Production program at Cosmix. She has worked for several retail brands and Bridal companies in South Florida, including Bobbi Brown, Christian Dior of Fly Dry of Delray Beach. As a freelance artist, she is experienced in a wide variety of mediums, including runway for Miami Fashion week, short films and music videos.