Celena Rubin founder & director
Celena Rubin is a professionally trained working makeup artist from Los Angeles with over twenty years of experience in the field. Starting at the age of sixteen, she studied theater makeup at Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet, and went on to study advanced makeup techniques during her university theater major. Celena then studied at a boutique private school with Emmy Award Winning makeup artist, David Dittmar, taking lessons from a successful working professional. Learning never stops though. Since then, she has taken many classes in fx, hairstyling, and more makeup! She has worked in theater, TV and film, print, commercials, advertising, music videos, runway and bridal. Celena has worked with some of the top celebrities and directors in Hollywood, and working for Good Morning America and 20/20, she has also worked with some of the top politicians in the country, including US Presidents and their families. Celena¹s makeup work has been spotted in W, Oprah, Rolling Stone, Time, Vanity Fair and many more top publications throughout the world.
Always looking for diversity and new challenges, she became a guest teacher at the industry renown Cinema Makeup School in Hollywood, discovering her love of education. She then decided to move to the Northwest and open her own makeup school. Celena is an advocate for encouraging local production and protecting makeup artists rights. By working with her legislators, the makeup artist community, and industry leaders, she initiated Senate Bill 836, which was unanimously passed by both the Senate and House and introduced into law on May 17, 2013. Teaming up again with her legislators, an expansion to the bill, Senate Bill 699, was passed on July 3, 2015. Makeup artists who work in film, TV, stage and professional photo shoots are now able to apply makeup and style hair in Oregon without needing a cosmetology or esthetic license.
See feature in Makeup Artist Magazine (issue #103): Make-up Artist Celena Rubin Creates Change at Capitol
Celena has continued her free-lance career in Oregon & WA, working on commercials such as Intel for Walmart, Asus, and Infinity; ad campaigns for Apple, Nintendo and Adidas; editorials for People Magazine, Women¹s Magazine, First Magazine, Portland Bride and Groom; and TV shows such as Grimm, DVD on TV and 20/20.
Kelli Thomsen instructor
Kelli Thomsen is a licensed esthetician and trained Temptu airbrush artist. She owns her own salon, Elixir Beauty, where she practices skincare, makeup, and nutritional health for her clients. She is a successful bridal makeup artist and popular in the local Portland fashion scene where she regularly does makeup for models on fashion photo shoots, specializing in flawless airbrush makeup application.
Kelli Gasaway instructor
Kelli Gasaway graduated at Beau Monde College of Hair Design as a fully licensed cosmetologist. Not long after, she studied at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, and then took her studies abroad to learn state-of-the-art haircutting and makeup techniques at the L’Oreal academy in Rome, Italy. Upon completion, she received her Instructor’s License to teach cosmetology. Kelli owns her own salon, Kelz Beauty, but spends much of her time on set for photo shoots, film and fashion events such as True Religion, Rock and Republic, and LA Fashion Week. She won 2012 Portland, OR Makeup Artist of the Year.
Kelli is a featured 100 must-follow stylists in 2018 MODERN SALON MAGAZINE’S Gamechangers & Social Media Beauty Influencers!
Thomas Surprenant sfx instructor
Thomas Surprenant is a two-time Emmy Award winning special effects makeup artist with over 30 years experience in film, TV and theater. He has worked on many notable TV shows and films including Star Trek, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. He is also the creator of specialty product line Thomas Surprenant Creations and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Art of Makeup.
Sarah Prevo instructor
Sarah Prevo is a freelance makeup artist specializing in film, television, and special effects makeup in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. She has worked on over 35 feature films, shorts, and television productions in the last 6 years of her career. She also regularly guest teaches at The Art of Makeup School and has been since 2015.
Linda Wong instructor
Linda Wong is a makeup artist located in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in Body Art, Makeup Fx, Beauty, Fashion Makeup, and studied Fine Arts in Chicago, Illinois.
She creates looks for theater, film, commercial, runway, and editorial. Linda became proficient with airbrushing and FX, while working for 13th Floor Entertainment Group, a national haunted house chain. She became lead makeup artist at the House of Torment in Chicago, IL. while working alongside Face Off contestants’ Michael Faust and finalist Evan Hedges. While working for 13th floor, she has created FX looks for performances, commercial adverts, television appearances, full length and local indie films.
Jessie Hafer instructor
Jessie Hafer is a professional makeup artist and hairstylist based out of Pacific Northwest. She provides professional makeup and hair services to film productions and photographers. With a wide skill set including salon hair services, beauty, special effects, character, and fashion makeup she is able to bring visions to life.
As her love for her craft grew she pursued her cosmetology license through a local Vancouver beauty school and began working at a local salon. She furthered her training at a local makeup school, receiving her certificate of completion from their master class.
Since then Jessie has settled in at Parkwest Studio salon, while continuing to work as a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist for film productions and photographers.
When she isn’t on set or behind the chair she can be found indulging her love of music, stitching away on her sewing machine, or teaching makeup.
Kendra Barber fashion photographer
Kendra is one of the top professional fashion photographers in the Portland Metro Area and also one of the primary Fashion Photo Shoot Day photographers for AofM certificate program students. She graduated from the New York Institute of Photography in 2012 with a focus in Professional Photography. Her stunning work has been featured nationally and worldwide in many publications, including:
Like a Lion Magazine (Aus)
Lost Freedom Magazine
Beau Nu Magazine
Midnight Muse Magazine
Full Blossom Magazine
Substream Music Press
Kendra has worked with AofM student graduates on a number of successful collaborations, including several published fashion shoots. You can check out her beautiful portfolio here and also find her work with AoffM students and graduates throughout the AoM Facebook and Instagram page.