January 18, 2009
Makeup artist Danielle Holcomb analyzed the face of 12-year-old Serena Snaer on Thursday, trying to figure out how to make her uglier. Serena was being prepped for her role in a drama at Wilson Middle School, where she was to play “Flaky Snow,” the antithesis of Snow White. Holcomb had already added a witch-like prosthetic nose, reddish-brown face makeup and fake warts to Serena’s face, but was looking for a way to make the student look more startling, Holcomb said before spotting unused black and gray hair that she decided to use as a mustache, beard and hairy supplements to Serena’s fake warts.
February 1, 2011
Two Burbank special effects makeup artists survived an intense first elimination episode Wednesday night in Syfy’s new reality competition series “Face Off.” The show’s debut pitted 12 up-and-coming artists in challenges that tested their edgy creative skills, including turning a live model into a hybrid of a half-human/half-animal. Judging were renowned sci-fi makeup artists three-time Academy Award winner Ve Neill (“Pirates of the Caribbean”)
April 18, 2007
After winning her first Emmy Award last year, Linda Rondinella-Osgood didn't think anything could be better — until she found out her daughter, Melinda Osgood, was nominated this year. Rondinella-Osgood's hairstylist team won the Daytime Emmy for "General Hospital" in 2006 and in June her 21-year-old daughter's team from the same show will find out if they've won for makeup. "You can't even explain how proud you feel when your daughter is doing the thing you've enjoyed for so many years and doing it well, obviously, to get the nomination," said Rondinella-Osgood, of Burbank.
December 1, 2004
Rima Shah At this school in downtown Burbank, students learn the essential skills they need to survive in the world -- the beauty world. Through classes such as "beauty make-up artistry," "studio hairstyling," "wardrobe styling" and "special make-up effect," the Make-Up Designory school teaches what it takes to appear not just beautiful but also burnt, scary and bleeding. Founded in 1997, the school moved to downtown Burbank in 2000 in search of a bigger location.
January 17, 2001
Karen S. Kim SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Red-haired and fair-skinned with freckles, 24-year-old Rhea Brown sat on a stool and watched her partner sculpt, mold and smear gray clay across a cast of her own head. "I'm going to be a chubby black lady," Brown said, verifying her partner's plans for the clay. Brown is a part of the special-effects makeup course at the Make-Up Designory, a vocational school in Burbank providing training in fashion, hair styling and makeup artistry for television and film.
March 20, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- While some high schoolers sweat away their afternoons over greasy hamburger grills, Syed Ibrahim is calm and cool as he counts money and helps customers at Washington Mutual Savings. Ibrahim, 16, is one of more than 1,000 local high school students in the the Regional Occupations Program. The program, in its 14th year, offers students 16 and older the opportunity to take courses in such varied subjects as retail marketing, computer animation and cosmetology.
March 2, 2005
Deborah P. Nathan Glamour, glitz, rolled hair and shoulder pads all graced the stage of the Alex Theatre Saturday night. The Alex Film Society's screening of "Mildred Pierce" (Warner Bros., 1945) was rendered an even more stellar tribute to the motion picture icon by way of a Joan Crawford look-alike contest. A pre-show reception gave contestants the chance to strut their stuff before a distinguished panel of judges and guests. This classic film's story pivots on -- to put it politely -- a difficult mother-daughter relationship.
September 14, 2002
Joyce Rudolph For giving back confidence to female cancer patients, Bebe Tamberg will receive the Beautiful People Award at the 29th annual brunch Sept. 22 benefiting abused women and their children. Tamberg is the creator and coordinator of the Personal Appearance Rehabilitation Center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. She offers what she calls a "bridge back to the normal world" to women experiencing the personal appearance side effects resulting from cancer therapies.