Faculty & Guest Artists

Make Up Artist Training by Award-Winning 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. Students who undergo make up artist training with currently working artists learn the latest trends using state-of-the-art equipment and practices.

Blue Whale Studios Special FX Artists

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry has partnered with Blue Whale Studios. They are a full service creative studio focused in Special Effects Makeup based in Atlanta Georgia. Each of Cosmix’s Special FX Instructors is a member of their team and a currently working artist. This alliance was formed out of our commitment to excellence and to escalate our student's technical skills focusing more on current industry practices including Silicone Prosthetics & On-Set Application for Film.

For over twenty years, Blue Whale’s makeup artists and technicians have provided services to the film, television, and entertainment industries. They have a team of on-set I.A.T.S.E. film union makeup artists and a lab crew who design and create prosthetics, specialty costumes, puppets, and other props for the industry. Their clients include Walt Disney, Sony Pictures, Universal, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, Fox, Xbox, and Microsoft.

Matt Silva

Matthew Silva, Co-owner of Blue Whale Studios Inc., has been working as a makeup artist for over 11 years and has been part of makeup teams on many major films. His acute attention to detail makes Matthew an extremely strong and versatile artist, with a skill set ranging from beauty and prosthetics to extremely technical sculpture, armor making, and prop building. His ability to lead and manage a team has helped the company expand to where it is today.

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Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy, Founder of Blue Whale Studios Inc., has been passionate about special effects makeup for most of his life. He has been working as a professional in the Makeup and Special F/X industry for over 24 years and has been part of makeup teams on many major motion films. His skills include everything from beauty makeup and body painting to advanced prosthetic and creature design. He works and teaches around the world, and loves to share his passion with others.

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Anthony Conica

is a special effects makeup artist based in Atlanta with Blue Whale Studios. He has been working in the entertainment industry steadily since 2012. He has experience in film, television, and broadway. Anthony specializes in lab work as a mold maker and silicone technician.

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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Cecilia Muench

Cecilia is a Makeup Artist, Skin Care Specialist, and Educator with over 25 years of experience. She was Artist Management Specialist for Skara Makeup Solutions in México, Creative Director for Inglot Cosmetics México, and National Trainer for Inglot Cosmetics USA. She co-developed corporate image and makeup training courses for Swarovski, Max Mara, Hunters America and Daniel Espinosa Jewelry and was featured in Harper´s Bazaar en Español magazine. She was Lead Artist for Makeup Atelier USA Makeup and Hair team at the 2019 Miami Swim Week. Her clients include: Eiza Gonzales, Ashley Benson, Patricia Arquette and Itati Cantoral.

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.

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.

Michelle Mendieta

was born in Miami. She specializes in airbrushing and is a national educator for Dinair Airbrush. She has worked for retail companies and freelances doing weddings and special events in South Florida. 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 done makeup for Miami Fashion Week. Her client list includes 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.