At QC Makeup Academy, our dedicated professional tutors are committed to your success as a makeup artist. You’ll learn from top industry experts. Discover more about QC’s makeup, special effects, and hair styling tutors below.
Executive Makeup Artist
Nathan Johnson is a New York City–based celebrity makeup artist with over 20 years of industry experience. Nathan has worked on over 300 famous faces including Paula Abdul, Lea Michele, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Paul McCartney, and more. More than anything he loves to bring out the beauty and confidence of the everyday woman.
Nathan’s work has been featured in Glamour, Elle, Genre, Harper’s Bazaar, Access Hollywood, Running with Heels, and more. He was a makeup artist on seasons four and five of Project Runway.
As the executive makeup artist for QC Makeup Academy, Nathan is responsible for ensuring that all the instructional materials are in line with best industry practices. He’s also featured in the instructional videos for all of QC’s makeup courses, showing you professional makeup artistry techniques and practices on camera.
Professional Makeup Artist
Chantal Mariani is a New York-based professional makeup artist with over 40 years of industry experience. She’s had the pleasure of working on films, daytime dramas, news programs, and talk shows. She’s also enjoyed doing print work for models and actors.
She’s done makeup for several celebrity clients including James Earl Jones, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Burstyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon, Ray Liotta, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Richardson, Iman, John F. Kennedy Jr., Elle McPherson, Brooke Shields, Jaclyn Smith, and Cicely Tyson.
A Few of her television makeup credits include Goodday NY as Department Head, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, A Currant Affair, Larry King Live, Showbiz Today, and The 500 Home Run Club (Mickey Mantle). Film credits include She’s Back (Carrie Fisher), Day Traitors, and The Gifted. A few commercial credits include JP Morgan, Dean Witter, Ticketron and Nutri-System.
She credits her seasoned skills to her many years working among the industry’s top professionals.
She is proud to possess a reputation for creative and original style, excellent color and bone structure correction, fashion makeup, and accuracy in all mediums of the industry.
Professional Hair Stylist
With over 20 years of experience as a hairstylist and makeup artist on Broadway, Heather Wright is thrilled to bring her knowledge and expertise to QC’s students. Heather has led the hair and makeup department on over 20 shows including “Jersey Boys”, “Hello, Dolly”, “The Producers”, “Sweet Charity” and “Motown, The Musical”. She has worked with Jane Fonda, Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman, Bette Midler, Christina Applegate and David Hyde Pierce. Heather has also worked as a hair and wig designer for productions in New York, Los Angeles, and at the National Theatre in London. Some of her favorite experiences have included working on the Tony Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and on the David Letterman show.
Heather not only loves the artistry of hairstyling, but is always eager to share her craft with others – whether that’s someone just starting out in the industry, or a mesmerized fan who comes backstage after a show. Heather believes that being part of a creative team and helping to bring someone’s vision to life is tremendously rewarding. This could be for a multi-million-dollar Broadway musical or helping one person feel beautiful on their special day.
Special FX Expert
With 14 years of experience working as a special effects makeup artist and prop maker in New York City and Los Angeles, Michele Mulkey is the perfect tutor to introduce you to the world of special effects makeup! She has worked for countless reputable special effects shops, such as Keith Vanderlaan’s Captive Audience, Unit 7, Crisis FX, Alterian, Inc., Film Illusions, and Global Effects. She also has a well-rounded repertoire of film, television, and theater work!
Throughout her career in makeup artistry, Michele’s work has been featured in such feature films as The Last Samurai, The Chronicles of Riddick, Sin City, The Alamo, Seed of Chucky, Constantine, The Passion of the Christ, and more. She has also worked on known television programs like CSI Miami, Firefly, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and Charmed. She even worked on the off-Broadway production of “Beast!” Through these experiences, Michele has transformed the faces of celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Vin Diesel, Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, and Christopher Atkins, among many others.
Develop your skills in special effects makeup artistry with Michele’s experience and professional expertise!
Professional Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
Corianne loves everything from classic beauty and South Asian bridal glam to runway hair styling and metallic body paint and glitter. She is a firm believer in knowledge and professionalism and is excited to be a part of the QC Makeup Academy team.
Corianne Cowan is an Atlanta-based hair and makeup professional with experience in many different avenues of the industry. She has worked with dancers and circus performers, models, actors, business professionals, high-profile talent, and luxury brides. She regularly provides hair, makeup and men’s grooming for photo shoots, corporate videos, styled shoots and portrait sessions. Her bridal work has been published on many bridal blogs including Unveiled Weddings and Weddings Chicks, and in magazines such as Grace Ormonde Wedding Style and Trendy Bride.
Professional Makeup Artist
Since 1997, Pat Armstrong has been the owner and operator of Image Essentials Spa in Ottawa, Canada. She is known for her ability to make every client feel beautiful, special, and confident through her expertise and kind heart.
Pat has studied makeup artistry and worked in cosmetics with major lines like Germaine Monteil, Lise Watier, Sheseido, and Lancaster. Her impressive client list includes Olympic medalist Elizabeth Manley, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She has worked the main stage for the National Women’s Show, and is currently teaching at Algonquin College in the aesthetics program.
Pat says, “I feel that everyone is beautiful and I am grateful that I can help people feel that way about themselves, too.”