Become a professional Make Up Artist

posted on February 24th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

You can become a professional make up artist! One of LISOF’s most popular Short Courses and Degree modules is Fashion Make Up, whereby students are taught the skills and latest techniques used to create  a variety of looks. Using professional top class products from M.A.C Cosmetics, students learn the basics of foundation, bridal makeup, catwalk look, history of makeup, makeup for mature skin and more.

“We are proud to work with M.A.C Cosmetics. It is a professional brand and was created by a professional make up artist for make up artists and M.A.C’s number one client is the make up artist. One of the reasons that cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder bought M.A.C was due to the growing strength of M.A.C and to assist with their production, however the key fundamentals of this brand have stayed true to the creator. (As part of the contractual agreement)” –  Janine Mc Nulty, Head Make up Lecturer and Course Developer at LISOF.

Janine goes onto explain that M.A.C has its own leadership team under the Estee Lauder Group, with its own Global Brand President and Creative Director. If we look to the market at all other make up brands, eg: Krayolan (stage and theatre makeup), Smashbox (studio makeup), MUD (professional education brand, Inglot, etc…these are all professional brands which are sold to the public.

“In fact I, (Janine)  do not know of any brand that is exclusive to make up artists.”

LISOF has been powered by M.A.C Cosmetics for several years. Our association provides students with insider knowledge on global trends, techniques and new products, informative Master Classes as well as demonstrations at LISOF Open Day, happening 25th March this year: Book HERE! At our annual fashion shows, M.A.C is the team we can depend on for professional product, service and demos.

Kim Morton, National Communications Manager at M.A.C South Africa, – suggests visiting these websites for more insights regarding M.A.C Cosmetics:

Estee Lauder and M.A.C Cosmetics

Become a professional make up artist! Call us for more information: JHB campus: 0113261698 or Pta campus: 0123420069

*UPDATE (12 June 2016)

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Janine Mc Nulty, Head of Make-up and Course Developer at LISOF for 7 years. She has an Honours Degree in the Dramatic Arts from Wits. Janine started her career at MAC in 2005, as a retail artist, was then promoted to Retail Manager, became a resident trainer. She was then promoted again to Manager of Retail Operations. She has participated in local Fashion Weeks and as a freelance in the Bridal Industry. Her passion is teaching and makeup!

Backstage at LISOF Fashion Show 2016:

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Mac make-up used on the latest 007 movie

posted on November 4th, 2015 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

How the dead came to life in Spectre’s epic opening scene, with a little help from makeup designer Naomi Donne

The dead are alive. Dancing to the heartbeat of a steady drum, spectres twirl through the dusty streets of Mexico City in a march for the Day of the Dead. On this day, spirits of the departed are welcomed to pay their respects to the living, a colourful celebration of a time when the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest.

Among them, a man with a licence to kill. His face concealed by a grinning skeleton mask, he is jolted along by the flow of the crowd, another ghoulish groom with his “Catrina,” icon of the afterlife, by his side. But this assassin has eyes only for his target, the elaborate ritual swirling around him a mere backdrop to his deadly mission.


According to makeup designer Naomi Donne, this epic cinematic spectacle “is the most visually exciting opening to a Bond ever.” And, as the woman responsible for overseeing makeup for the 1500 extras who bring the scene to life, she should know.

Working with a team of 100 local makeup artists in Mexico City, Donne and her crew collected thousands of Day of the Dead references from across South America while conceptualizing the shoot. From traditional texts and as interpreted by high-fashion visionaries, “these are the looks we then executed,” she explains. “But the artists pushed it even further, using airbrushing and other techniques, to beyond my wildest dreams.”


To ensure smooth sailing on the day, “every single face had to be made up, charted and photographed weeks before we shot the sequence.” Working with the team on the ground via WhatsApp from her base in the US, “they would send images for me to add my notes.” It’s no wonder Donne describes the scene as presenting “the biggest challenge of my career.”

Luckily, she had director Sam Mendes on her side: “Sam liked it and went for it – because he has very good taste and a strong sense for the aesthetics of a piece. He often wants to push things to create a visual impact, and he told us, ‘you can go as far as you want. I love this look’.”


In the event, special palettes of M·A·C Chromacake were created for each “character” –waltzing Catrina, skeleton bride or groom. “We also had to ensure that the products would last all day on the shoot – 12 hours in the heat of the city,” adds Donne. But also, “we wanted it to fall apart a little. If it was dripping a little and slightly smudged, there was an authenticity to the look.”

Of course it’s Bond himself, emerging from behind his mask, who brings the authentic scent of the macabre to this Day of the Dead.


Words by Ruby Warrington (
SPECTRE ©2015 Danjaq, MGM,

CPII.SPECTRE, and related James Bond Trademarks,

TMDanjaq. All Rights Reserved. Photos by Stephen Vaughan and Jonathan


At Lisof, we are in partnership with MAC Cosmetics for all make-up students to use this premium product. To learn more about how you can get your career as a Make-Up artists started contact:

Telephone: 086 11 54763