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Along with making up some of the world's most famous faces - Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rosselini - and spending countless hours on editorial photo shoots, commercial sets, backstage at runway shows, episodic TV shows, and on-air appearances. Barbara was the co-founder and VP Product Development for Cargo Cosmetics and was also responsible for trend forecasting for FACES Cosmetics. She was the recipient of the Canadian Network of Makeup Artists (CNoMA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
A graduate of Complections herself; Jessica is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge and enjoys mentoring up and coming artists.
These days, C.J.'s biggest passion is training the next generation in the craft and artistry of prosthetic makeup. He holds a master's degree in education and teaches classes and workshops in sculpture, painting, and application. C.J. loves finding ways to break down complex processes- such as designing character makeups - into specific steps and principles. He is happy to be teaching at CMU and looks forward to helping his students realize their creative ideas.
Her work has appeared in fashion publications such as Flare, British Elle, Italian Vogue, Glamour and Chatelaine. Her advertising clients for both print and commercial work include The Bay, Harlequin books, Sony, Bell Canada, Revlon, Sporting Life and Holt Renfrew among others. Celebrity clients have included Malin Ackerman, Shay Mitchell, Nick Bateman, and Darryl Sitler to name a few.
Lori-Ann's creative eye and love of art, sees the face as the canvas and the makeup as the medium. Her easy going manner, presence on set, skill to work quickly, collaborate with the team, help bring the client's vision to life.
Inspired by the work of artists like illustrator Mike Mignola, and concept artist Pablo Muñoz Gómez, Ethan's approach to creature and character design borrows heavily from the natural world, while taking influence from sources like Dungeons & Dragons, H.P. Lovecraft, and the comic books he grew up with. Ethan's work has been featured by The Monster Makers Instagram page, and in addition to CMU he has done freelance work for Trent University.
Lesley also became heavily involved in the world of musical theatre as Head of Makeup for Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat with Donny Osmond, and Ragtime with Audra McDonald. She also worked on productions such as Lion King, Hairspray, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots and Lord of the Rings. Lesley's credits in the film and TV industry include films such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil as well as many TV series including The Boys, The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Shadow Hunters and Suits.
Through her teaching and mentorship, Lesley continues to share, inspire, and encourage a new generation of makeup artists.
Jessica began her creative vocation at McMaster University, receiving an Honours BA in the school's Film & Theatre program. She then continued her studies at Complections College of Makeup Art & Design, graduating from the Complete Degree Program. In 2017 Jessica also graduated from Laurenzos Hair School with the Complete Hair Diploma.
Having worked as the Key Makeup and Hair artist in a variety of formats, some recent long format credits include TIFF Special Program Feature Mouthpiece (2018) directed by Patricia Rozema, Film Farms Octavio is Dead! (2018) directed by the beloved Canadian Sook-Yin Lee, Sythia Films feature, and TIFF Best Canadian First Feature Bang Bang Baby (2014) and Canadian Screen Award and Emmy nominated web series The Amazing Gayl Pile (2014-2018). Jessica's work has been screened at multiple festivals including TIFF, Sundance Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Whistler Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Reel World Film Festival and Toronto and LA Webfests. She was awarded Best Makeup Design at the Rome Web Awards for her work on the three time CSA Nominated Webseries Whatever, Linda in 2015 and also holds three nominations for Best Makeup design at the Indie Series Awards (2014/2017/2018).
He has trained and worked all over the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the BBC in London. The Paris Opera Ballet to Al Jazeera in Qatar. He regularly does hair for Paramount Studios at TIFF.
During his long and wide ranging career Nathan trained as an apprentice wi maker in Bristol Uk with Campbell Young. This training lead to a 2020 Canadian Screen Guild Awards Nominee for Achievement in Hair in a film.Having been in Toronto for 12 years Nathan is an active member of Toronto film local IATSE 873 and is often the Head of Department on the films and TV series he works on, recently wrapping filming on the movie Lakewood staring Naomi Watts. Some other credits include Imposters, the Girlfriend Experience, Wayne, Ready or Not, Spinning Out, just to name a few.
Nathan looks forward to sharing the knowledge he has gained with throughout his career with the new generation of artists
Graduating with Honours some 20 years ago, Liz got her start by assisting hair stylists at salons, with weddings and backstage for events like Fashion Cares. Liz continued to develop her makeup skills by working for some world renowned makeup brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and NARS.
Shortly thereafter, Liz was signed with Plutino Group, a top agency representing Makeup, Hair and Fashion stylists. Here she began her freelance career and worked for various magazines like Glow, Chatelaine and Fashion, advertising and commercial clients such as The Bay, La Senza, Joe Fresh, Toyota, Tim Horton's and Verizon to name a few. Liz's work has appeared on celebrities during TIFF and has been showcased in numerous fashion magazines. Her celebrity clients include James McAvoy, Bryan Cranston, Sass Jordan, and Stephan Mocchio.
Liz continues her freelance work through P1M while maintaining her full time teaching position at CMU as Department Head of Hair and Fashion Makeup Instructor.