Industry Speaks: Camden Toy of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Camden Toy of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Camden Toy is an actor, screenwriter, and editor whose love for acting and make-up runs deep into his childhood. He spent an afternoon with our students, graduates and fans discussing his passions, sharing his love of theater and theater performances, actors and artisans, make-ups and monsters.

Camden has had a fascination with the world of fantasy, classic horror and the make-ups that brought these characters to life from an early age. His father Malcolm was a make-up artist who had worked under Wally Westmore at the Paramount lot.

Camden shares a story of his first experiences with make-up. As a boy of no older than about 8 years old, his father found him rummaging through his make-up kit. Camden fondly recalls how his father leaned into him and quietly asks his son, “Do you want me to show you how to use that?”  Learning to apply old age make-up, with a putty nose and a fake beard, Camden’s lifelong love of make-up began.

MUD at the International Make-up Artist Tradeshow (IMATS) 2014

The Pasadena Civic Center was surrounded by beauty enthusiasts over the weekend with a line of shoppers waiting to get their hands on the latest beauty tools and to see their favorite make-up artists at this year’s IMATS Los Angeles 2014.  The sold out show featured a slew of beauty product companies, schools and more.  Once you were in the door, the music and sounds of happy shoppers filled the air the entire weekend.

This year’s Pro Night was the most successful Pro Night in the IMATS history, tripling in size of attendees on Friday night, just before the show opened to the public.  The MUD booth featured Disney actress and commercial model Jaida Benjamin, as the MUD artists demonstrated several looks including the Deep Forest trend.

Zombie SFX Demonstration


Nothing says “Welcome to America” like an awesome Zombie SFX demonstration. Students from Fukuoka, Japan visiting Hollywood World Beauty College met at the MUD New York campus for an unforgettable class. The 30 students were lead by Craig Lindberg as he discussed the process of application and the art of special effects.

Q&A with Debra Johnson – Makeup Artistry School

Every once in a while I do something called “Just Ask”…meaning ask me anything beauty-related and then I post my answers in this Q&A beauty blog. I found this question pretty neat!

Q: When I grow up, I want to work as a makeup artist like you. I watch tons of YouTube videos about makeup. What is makeup artist school like, how long did you attend, and do you have to graduate from college first?

A: I attended a 4 year university and graduated with a degree in Marketing prior to attending makeup school. This is not something that is required, but the knowledge I’ve obtained does help in the business!

International Beauty Expo in Long Beach, CA

The MUD Team helped hairstylists and other beauty professionals learn more about the latest application methods at the Long Beach International Beauty Expo. Held on June 16th and 17th at the Long Beach Convention Center, this show featured a variety of vendors from all over the country. Sean Conklin, MUD Lead Make-up Artist, taught four classes while Matt Berenty, MUD’s Admissions Adviser, answered questions from prospective students.

Students in attendance ranged from hair stylists from California and Nevada to image consultants from South Africa. Special thanks to MUD graduates Krista Johnson and Ann Beckette, who lent their beautiful faces as models for the event!

A few key points made by Sean included:

MUD Graduate Sean Campbell Shares a Touching Story

Last year I totally thought that Mother’s Day was the first Sunday of May. I had a doctor’s appointment that Saturday at 1 pm, but I decided afterwards that I would drive from Milan to Naples that afternoon to surprise my mother that Sunday morning. The weather was rainy as I set out on the high, but the further south I got, the more the clouds broke up until a rainbow appeared over the hills of Tuscany. As I continued driving and the sun went down, a full moon gradually rose, turning into a super moon (meaning that the moon appears to 30 times bigger than usual.) I was about a few exits from Naples conversing on the phone with a friend when it was brought to my attention that Mother’s Day was the following weekend. None the less I bought my mom flowers and surprised her Sunday morning. She was even more surprised than she would have been if it were Mother’s Day because she was definitely not expecting it. It was one of the happiest times I had seen her those past years.

MUD Now Offers Part-Time Schedules and Short Courses

With two main campuses in Los Angeles and New York along with our network of Partner Schools and MUD studios, Make-Up Designory strives to bring the best in make-up education to both the novice and experienced artist. MUD courses are designed along strict curricula with defined goals and our teachers are trained to help you meet and exceed your aspirations. The new MUD studio courses give you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, add to your passion for make-up artistry, or to help re-position you towards a new career. The standardized curriculum and focused teacher training of the MUD staff, allows you to have the same level of quality regardless of where you take a MUD course. In fact, the courses can be taken at one location or at different locations. Despite where the location you choose, your course records are tracked and certifications are delivered through the MUD corporate offices in California.


Sculpting Courses Now at MUD LA

Make-up Designory is excited to announce the Sculpting Course for Make-Up Artistry at the LA campus. This class will teach the techniques used by special make-up effects artists in labs to create clay models of a person or character in half scale. This is a non-vocational course to help make-up artists be better sculptors or to help the novice learn to sculpt.

5 Week Class Sessions Available

Saturdays between 8am-4pm:

  • April 20, 2013- May 18, 2013
  • July 13, 2013- August 10, 2013
  • September 7, 2013- October 5, 2013

Sculpture Course for Make-up Artistry

Tuition: $700 / Make-up Kits & Materials: $230.00

STRF Assessment: $ .50

For more information, call: 818-729-9420.

Interview with Meagan Hester, SYFY Face Off Contestant

MUD recently sat down with MUD graduate Meagan Hester, this season’s contestant on SYFY’s Face Off competition, to get a better look at how she has transitioned from being a student-in-training to working in the entertainment industry as a make-up artist. It’s plain to see that her not-so-plain, colorful personality shines through as she uses her MUD experience in the world of make-up, taking her far beyond just lipsticks and eye shadows.

So Meagan, what were your first thoughts when you heard the news about your being a contestant on Face Off?

I was freaked out! Am I ready for this? For the past two years, Face Off and I have been doing this amazing dance where they wanted me, then didn’t want me, but this time it was real! Actually, I was so excited that I was pulled over for speeding!

As a MUD graduate, what were your most memorable lessons learned during your training?

Make-up Designory's Open House / Los Angeles

Make-Up Designory’s Open House was a huge success! The event was held from 1p – 6p at the Burbank campus, and was packed with exciting proceedings from the time doors opened until the last make-up brush was put away for class the next morning.

The afternoon began with tours of the school while class was still in session. Prospective students witnessed the process of special effects, beauty, and airbrush make-up.

Soon after, special guest Kazuhiro Tsuji was presented with an Award of Recognition for his distinguished service as a world-renowned make-up artist by assemblyman Mike Gatto of the 43rd District. Make-up Designory would like to give our special thanks to Kazu for allowing us to display his latest work, Lincoln, in our studio for our Open House.