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.

Omar Sfreddo

is a Special Makeup FX Artist, Body Painter, and Prop Maker. He was a Face Off Season 9 contestant. He has worked for many production companies: Steve Johnson’s Edge Fx, Film Illusions, Global Fx and Crisis Fx. His mastery of lab techniques strengthens students' fabrication skills.

Omar is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was trained in special effects, model making, props, creature design, and product design. Shortly after graduation, Omar moved to LA where he landed his first job working on Blade 2.

Since then he’s worked on many Hollywood productions-Chronicles of Riddick, Spider-Man 2, Scooby Doo 2, Sky High, The Last Samurai, Zathura and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Omar additionally has worked on many cosplay events and conventions, as well as on one of South Florida's best Haunted House.

Marietta Carter-Narcisse

is a celebrity makeup artist and internationally renowned educator.

is an internationally renowned educator and veteran celebrity film and television makeup artist. She has been department head for numerous shows including Rebel, Beaches, Sparkle, Malcolm X, Tina: What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Baby Boy, Boyz N the Hood, A Time to Kill, and Whitney. Carter-Narcisse is a member of the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild I.A.T.S.E Local 706 and a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She holds a Master of Science degree in higher education, as well as valid cosmetology licenses in both California and Florida.

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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, The L Word, Bloodline, and American Crime Story. Her film credits include Iron Man 3, Dolphin Tale 2, Surrogates, The Game Plan, The Irishman, Grand Hotel, The One and Only Ivan, and The Last Thing He Wanted. Malinda is a member of IATSE Local 798 and a member of the Television Academy.

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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.

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 finalist on the Season 2 reality show Skin Wars and winner (the best make up artist) on the Season 2 reality show Global Beauty Masters. 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. In 2017, Avi did a camouflage body painting tour in Israel. The 14-location calendar shoot around the country shows off Israeli landmarks and picturesque sites. He then went on and participated in a mermaid body painting event in China. He has painted many celebrities including Tyra Banks, Rebecca Romijin, and Cardi B.

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 licensed Cosmetologist and 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, Four Weddings, Telemundo's Pequeños Gigantes, and Master Chef Latino. 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 including bestselling author James Patterson, American chef, restaurateur, and television personality Geoffrey Zakarian, and award winning American rapper, Cardi B. . She worked on the 2011 and 2012 Emmys, the2013 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.

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 and Season 13 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. He works on many films and projects including The Avengers Infinity Wars and the The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.