Interview with Douglas Noe: Emmy Award Winning Make Up Artist

July 9th, 2010

I met Doug at his home in Los Angeles. He just returned from working on his most recent project “A Lesson Before Dying,” starring Cicely Tyson. Doug was Ms. Tyson’s personal makeup artist and created a unique character makeup for her role.

How did you get started as a makeup artist and how long have you been in the business?

Interview with Karen J. Westerfield: Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist

July 2nd, 2010

This month’s star interview of the month is with three time, Emmy award winning makeup artist, Karen J. Westerfield, of Star Trek’s, Deep Space 9. I visited with her in the valley, at her home in North Hollywood, California. She is currently in her seventh season with Deep Space 9, and loves spending time with her three-year old daughter Allison.

How long have you been a makeup artist?

I’d say about ten years.

Did you have a different career prior to becoming a makeup artist?

Yes, I worked in crafts service in the film industry.


Interview with Tina K: Aesthetician and Owner of Belle Visage Day Spa

June 25th, 2010

I visited Tina at her Day Spa in Studio City, California. “Belle Visage” has a warm and inviting atmosphere for all those wanting to indulge themselves in a day of pampering.

Give me a brief overview of your background and why you decided to become an aesthetician?

Interview with Rick Geyer: Wigmaster for the Los Angeles Music Center Opera

June 18th, 2010

I visited with Rick at his home in Burbank, California which currently is being remodeled. Rick celebrates his eleventh season with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. He’s in full swing building wigs and preparing for the fall repertory. The opera season opens on September 8 with performances of “Carmen” and “Werther”.

What did you do prior to becoming a full time wigmaster for the LAMCO?

I was working for Estee Lauder doing makeup demonstrations in malls across southern California. I was also working in theatre doing wigs and makeup for Long Beach Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Opera, South Coast Repertory, and some equity waiver shows. I also traveled around with regional opera companies.

Interview with Mandy Benton: Graduate of Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts

June 11th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to follow your dreams and come to Los Angeles and go to Make Up School. We decided to interview a recent graduate from one of the local schools to give you an idea of what it’s like. Straight from Houston, Texas meet Mandy Benton! She is a recent graduate of Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts, and is on her way to being the next makeup goddess! She loves the fast pace and excitement Los Angeles has to offer for her new career as a makeup artist. Mandy is ready to paint the stars or perhaps give them an up-do? Mandy is multi-talented as a licensed cosmetologist, and the industry loves those who can do it all. Look out Hollywood, this Texan is on her way to stardom as a makeup and hair artist!

Interview with Dina Ousley: President and Founder of Dinair Airbrush Makeup Systems, Inc.

June 4th, 2010

Makeup Artist, Licensed Cosmetologist, and Animal Rights Activist for Cruelty Free Cosmetics

I interviewed Dina at the Dinair Airbrush Makeup Headquarters in the Valley. She took time out of her busy day to talk with me about her rise to Airbrush Divahood. Dina is the original “Airbrush Makeup Artist to the Stars” since 1981, though her career in the film and television industry began over twenty years ago. Busy with new product developments and spreading the Dinair Revolution through the Airbrush Makeup Institute, Dina’s time is limited to a few choice projects. These projects include, a new Ford Mustang commercial with Catherine Zeta-Jones, the trailer for “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”, and consulting with celebrity makeup artists regarding new technologies like high definition television. Dina can also be known as an animal caretaker, matchmaker, and Junior Achievement Sponsor at Kennedy High School.

Interview with Dana Nye: CEO & President The Ben Nye Makeup Company

May 27th, 2010

Happy was the day when MakeUpMania brought on one of the most famous lines in cosmetics history. Here is the story behind the company from the CEO himself. Dana Nye was originally interviewed on Make Up Mania in the Fall of 1999. Since then we have insider product news that is happening in the New Year. Ben Nye announces their launch of metal palette paint boxes. Artists love to use those popular little boxes!!! New from Ben Nye includes palettes in the form of Aqua Paints, Lumiere Colors, and concealors. The first two palettes will be available in 6 and 12 packs. The concealors will be available in a valuable 12 pack. All will be refillable with those popular little snap-in containers that we are all familiar with. Also look for some great new Lip Lining pencils in a formula equivalent to MAC. Shades equivalent to these brand includes Spice, Nutmeg and Really Red. Other colors include some favorites similar to Stila, Chanel, and Christian Dior. Nye’s new logo appears on these svelte looking long-length lip pencils. They have gone to Germany to have these top quality pencils made. Available from leading suppliers at $6-$7.00 retail

We’ve been building a new home for MuM.

May 18th, 2010

Crash ! Boom !!! Bang !!!

Whhhrrrr …

You know the sounds – building something. That is what it has been like around MuM HQ the last few months., the rebuilding of Alot of loud noises, fixes, pours and frameworks going up. Tremendous amounts of data being bricked in silicon and reloaded into a whole new way to see the web.

And just like a house – it starts to come together and give a warm glow of what the future in such an abode can bring. We did it! Our new home – dusting off the edges and making room for all the new and shiny and all the old and comfortable things to make it a just right.

Interview with Eva Marie Denst: CEO Extraordinaire of Make Up Mania

May 15th, 2010

Fast Facts on Eva the CEO Extraordinaire: raised in Denver, Colorado, Bronco fan, attended the University of Bridgeport, lived in New York City, was a punk rocker, loves astronomy, owns and operates 5 different companies, has groovy taste for way cool things, and is about to take over the world of makeup, so watch out! Read about our exciting founder and CEO of the very sassy site Make Up Mania.

Tell me how you became a makeup artist?