QC Makeup Academy’s Tutors

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.

Nathan Johnson

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 GlamourElleGenreHarper’s BazaarAccess HollywoodRunning 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.

Chantal Mariani

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.

Heather Wright

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.

 Makeup Course Instructors

At QC, we’re dedicated to bringing our students the top makeup experts and instructors in the industry. See who you’ll be learning from on your journey to a professional makeup certification! Click on the profiles below to learn more about the instructors.

Merrell Hollis

Merrell Hollis

Merrell’s star-studded accomplishments span over two decades. Merrell is the key makeup artist for The Wendy Williams and was the grooming consultant and makeup artist for Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment. Merrell has consulted for top beauty brands such as Mac and Clinique and has worked on countless celebrities.

Flora Kay

Flora Kay

Flora has enjoyed an international career as a makeup artist traveling from Hong Kong to London to the United States! She’s been the personal makeup artist of celebrities like Kate Moss, Wendie Malick, and Kid Cudi. Her work has appeared in top magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar.

Karuna Chani

Karuna Chani

Karuna is world-renowned for her ability to merge Western trends with Eastern cultural elements to create stunning bridal looks. She has two decades of experience working all over the globe and has her own makeup company, KC Makeup Inc. Her celebrity client list includes Priyanka Chopra, Shahana Goswami, and Amrita Singh.

Start Your Journey

It’s never too early or too late to start a career you’ll love. Enroll in an online makeup course with QC and become a certified makeup artist today!