New York-based make-up artist Ayami Nishimura’s work has appeared in Dazed & Confused, i-D, 10 Magazine, international editions of Vogue, Teen Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has collaborated with the photographer Rankin on beauty shoots, charity projects and the beauty book Ayami Nishimura by Rankin. Nishimura has also done international fashion-week shows and worked with designers including Missoni, Acne and Marni. Along with Rankin, Nishimura has worked with photographers Ellen von Unwerth, Albert Watson and many others.
Two-time Emmy winner Charles Porlier is dedicated to furthering the craft of make-up. ‘It’s about sharing, really,” he says. “I enjoy helping new artists reconcile the myths with the realities of our competitive business.” Porlier’s 32-year career has included work on such films as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, X2, Thir13en Ghosts, Door to Door and Mission to Mars. He recently worked on AMC’s The Killing and the Web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Dana Michelle Hamel is an award-winning film and television make-up artist. She has worked with directors and producers including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow and others. Her credits include Wayward Pines, Lake Placid, The Hurt Locker and Fringe. Her celebrity clients include Jessica Alba, Zooey Deschanel, Eva Mendes and many others. Her work has appeared in InStyle, Make-Up Artist, Time and People. She has developed a skincare and make-up line set to launch in 2015.
After graduating from Blanche Macdonald Centre, Danielle Fowler has enjoyed a successful career. She has worked on projects including Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Secret Circle, along with various television shows. She’s now serving as make-up department head on the CW’s Arrow, for which she earned a Leo Award nomination this year.
Gideon Hay has worked on TV series, movies, stop-motion and CG animation projects, public art, prototype toys and maquettes. A few career highlights include working on Deep Rising, episodes of The X-Files, Stargate, the second and third X-Men movies, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the second and third Night at the Museum films, Snakes on a Plane and Slither. Hay works as a freelance sculptor and teaches sculpture in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Groundbreaking Oscar winner Dick Smith—whose work on films including The Exorcist, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver, The Hunger, The Godfather and Amadeus earned him the nickname “the godfather of special make-up effects”—died July 30 in Los Angeles. He was 92. Along with his talent and ingenuity, Smith was known as an artist who generously shared his knowledge.
Smith was NBC’s make-up director from 1945-1959. He developed new materials and shades of color, and pioneered the use of foam latex and plastics in quick changes. He also developed PAX paint and multi-piece appliance make-up, authoring the Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook and creating Dick Smith’s Advanced Professional Makeup Course. He consulted for several films and schools, was a longtime Make-Up Artist magazine columnist and made several speaking appearances at IMATS.
For Amadeus (1984), he shared an Achievement in Makeup Oscar with Paul LeBlanc. Smith’s work on the 1967 TV special Mark Twain Tonight! earned him an Emmy Award. Smith received an honorary Oscar at the 2011 Governors Awards for his life's work. (Follow the link for coverage of the event.) And on Feb. 15, 2014, IATSE Local 706 honored Smith with its Make-up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards.
Professional make-up artist Joanna Schlip has worked with some of the most celebrated people in the entertainment industry. Her work has graced the covers of magazines worldwide. Her 15 years of experience in the European fashion industry has honed her skills to an elite level, which keeps her consistently booked for commercials, print campaigns, covers and red-carpet events. Schlip’s clients include Iggy Azalea, Avril Lavigne, Christina Applegate, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato and Faith Hill.
MastersFX is an award-winning, full-service prosthetics and character-effects company. Founded in 1987 by Todd Masters, the company has been lending its make-up and effects expertise to the film industry for decades, garnering numerous industry awards and nominations. Not just a traditional effects shop, MastersFX strives to advance creature performance with its unique approach to practical and digital effects integration. Recent credits include Falling Skies, True Blood, Hemlock Grove Season 2 and Underworld: Awakening.
Shauna Magrath is an award-winning make-up artist with more than 45 film and television credits earned over 19 years. Her celebrity clients include Meg Ryan, Hilary Duff, Ryan Reynolds and David Duchovny. In 2008, she received her certification in permanent cosmetics at the Canadian Micropigmentation Centre in Toronto. Soon after, she opened BeautyINK, a boutique make-up and micropigmentation studio in Vancouver British Columbia. Magrath volunteers for the BC Cancer Agency’s Look Good Feel Better program.
Spencer Barnes is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist. His publicity/red-carpet clients include Julianne Hough, Amy Adams, Angie Harmon, Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mila Kunis, Brooke Burke, Olga Kurylenko, Jessica Chastain and Olivia Wilde. His editorial and commercial credits include Merle Norman, Lancôme, Maybelline, Allure, Elle, Flare, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair Italy. He has taught numerous master classes and created the beauty make-ups for Ben Nye’s 2013 catalogue.
Award-winning body painter and photographer Vargas has taught at technical schools and seminars worldwide. His work has appeared in international galleries, the Capitol Rotunda and runway fashion shows, and on Good Morning America, MTV and Telemundo. Clients have included Marc Anthony, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. His latest work includes the World Cup Calendar 2014 and the Naked Vegas promo reel. With his wife, Anabel, he runs New Jersey’s Vargas Beauty Arts Academy.