Emerging Makeup Artist

We are very proud of our students and graduates for their excellent work provided throughout  2017! We have a few Emerging Makeup Artist very knowledgeable progressing really quickly gaining experience by working in department stores, on set, during the SD Fashion Festival, LA Fashion Week, for the bridal industry and other companies.

Our students are trained to learn the most advance techniques, practicing daily, building their portfolio and expending their presence on social media with the help of our guest models, photographers and educators.

Please enjoy and learn more about a few of our students & graduate students. We would like to present to you these wonderful and emerging artist.

Stay tuned for other featured students & graduates coming up soon. 

 Student Nicholas Carana

Student Nicholas Carana

Nick Caruana was born and raised in San Diego, California. He developed a passion for arts and sciences at a young age. Having a background in art, he began to explore makeup during high school. He became dedicated to honing his craft. He is attending Maquillage Makeup Academy in San Diego where he is expanding on his skills as a makeup artist and works hard to build a career for himself. On the science side, he worked at UCSD for three years in the department of pharmacology as an intern for Dr. Nicole Purcell. This intensive study program pushed him to become very detail oriented, a fast paced worker, and helped him collaborate with others effectively. He has a strong understanding of the human body on a larger scale and a chemical level, which has helped him with skincare and makeup application.

Having a background in beauty makeup, Nick has expanded his abilities to include fashion and new media makeup. He is working for the San Diego Fashion Festival as the Makeup and Hair Fashion Show Coordinator and Backstage Makeup Lead during the event. He strives to bring his scientific and artistic background into the makeup and fashion industry by focusing on clients individual skin needs and facial morphology. He strives to not only become a professional makeup artist, but also teach clients techniques that they can incorporate into their makeup routine. He considers makeup an art form with a living canvas. 

* Nick is a full time employee at SEPHORA where he started his career putting in application what he learned in the “classroom”.

 Student Nicholas Carana

Student Nicholas Carana


 Student Monica Higdon

Student Monica Higdon

Monica “Mo” Higdon is a former chemist who has always had an interest in skin care and the transformative nature of makeup. She got her start when she began to use makeup as an artistic escape from daily corporate life. After completing courses in both Los Angeles and San Diego, she branched out as a freelance makeup artist working on local music videos, weddings, and fashion shows.

Mo enjoys many aspects of being a freelance artist. From the excitement and creativity of the runway, to the pleasure of making people feel beautiful, she loves to share tips and tricks with everyone in her chair. As someone who used to be intimidated by the seemingly unattainable glamour of makeup, Mo believes that makeup can and should be for everyone.

She brings a rare combination of science and art to each and every swipe of the brush. Mo aims to continue to build her portfolio by working in New Media, specifically music and TV shows and commercials, and advertising campaigns.

In addition to working as an artist, Mo is developing her own skin care line using natural products, a childhood dream come true.

* Monica is the creator of MOMO Rosehip Facial Oil skin care products. 

 Student Monica Higdon

Student Monica Higdon


 Graduate Student Lizette Lanz

Graduate Student Lizette Lanz

Makeup artist Lizeth Lanz Schattner was born in Mexico, daughter to a radio DJ and a Medical doctor. She was always attracted to  drawing and attended some art classes. She learned how to play the guitar at 15 years old claiming it kept her out of trouble.

Ms. Lanz earned a bachelors degree in Psychology and concentrated on working in clinical therapy.  In parallel her artistic side was nurtured  through belly dance practice, performance, and instruction.  It was backstage where her love for makeup was born.

Years later she took a small makeup class with a Salon owner for a couple of months, these were personal and not very structured, but it got her some practice with salon clientele.

Often she fantasized pursuing a career in makeup artistry but the idea of abandoning psychology didn’t fit in her belief system.  It was when she moved to the United States that Lizeth had the rare opportunity to start over; to pause and assess her ideal discipline.  She decided to enter the Maquillage Makeup Academy and quickly started volunteering for gigs to gain experience.

Today she focuses on, TV, commercials and short films with a clear goal of someday creating a collection of cosmetics and being a key makeup artist behind  Music Videos, TV and Film.


Maquillage Makeup Academy is also presenting the look of each season during the San Diego Fashion Festival runways. It is an honor to have our students, graduates and professionals being part of the International Event presented in the United States finest city. 

 Backstage at the 2017 San Diego Fashion Festival 

Backstage at the 2017 San Diego Fashion Festival 

What to expect in the New Year! Spring/Summer 2018 shows have been full sparkly, colorful and creative.

  Designer Kenneth Barlis Runway show

Designer Kenneth Barlis Runway show

The gorgeous bronzy-burgundy smoky eye is inspired by some of the fabrics seen in the collection. Eye shadow palettes are full of warm reds, pinks, berries, and browns.

Maybe one of your favorite: Shimmery baby blue shadow paired with graphic liner, glossy lips and lots of sparkle!!

We also have slashes of silver glitter that stretched from the brow bones all the way down to the cheekbones.

Cream and powder highlighters stay the “Star products” and are apply on the lids and cheekbones.

For the most creative mind you will be able to create a traditional cat eye — drawing on different variations of double lines and negative space wings depending on the model's face shape.

  The San Diego Fashion Festival 2017

The San Diego Fashion Festival 2017

  The San Diego Fashion Festival 2017

The San Diego Fashion Festival 2017