Art of Makeup School


Celena Rubin Makeup

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.

View her portfolio here.

kelli thomsen

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

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.


Thomas Surprenant instructor & sfx program designer

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.


Christina Carlsson instructor

With over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, Christina brings her highly creative vision, technical expertise and eclectic experience (from salon & television in Los Angeles to runway & stage in New York City) to the world of Portland fashion & bridal.

Christina also owns Marquee Salon + Studio in Vancouver WA, a destination for creative hairstyling and bridal artistry.


Sarah Prevo instructor

Sarah was one of The Art of Makeup’s first Certificate Program graduates. She has gone on to be a full time and well respected makeup artist specializing in film, print, and Special FX makeup. She has worked on locations all over Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Kendra Barber

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:

Vogue Italia
Ellements Magazine
Elegant Magazine
Kirameki Magazine
Like a Lion Magazine (Aus)
Lost Freedom Magazine
Jute Magazine
Quiescent Magazine
Beau Nu Magazine
Editorial Magazine
Giuseppina Magazine
Glacier Magazine
Midnight Muse Magazine
Lively 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 page.