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Melissa Martin

Director of Education, Senior Instructor

Melissa is more than familiar with the many aspects of multi-media production. With over 20 + years experience in makeup design, she utilizes her expertise in all facets of the industry.
Melissa has a flair for innovation and working with color; traits she has applied consistently in her makeup career. She studied Color Theory and Art History while attending University. Working for major cosmetic houses and makeup artist ranges, she gained extensive product knowledge of various brands. She has freelanced locally for Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, and MAC(to name a few). And on the National level, for Chanel and Christian Dior. Additionally, Melissa established a successful private client base, including bridal, event, and print, which led to the inception and co-ownership of Mirror, Mirror Makeup Studio.

In 2005, work brought Melissa to London where she was employed as an International Master Artist and Trainer for P8N8 Skin Colours. She was involved in 6 London Fashion Weeks, and utilized her expertise to provide content for editorials in many UK-based magazines.

Her dream of working in television and film resulted in an advanced training certificate in Multi-Media Makeup from the renowned London-based Greasepaint Studios. While in Europe, she worked as a designer in commercial, film, music videos, television, and theatre mediums.

Returning to Minnesota, Melissa continues to work as a commercial makeup artist. She remains current for her new-found passion; education. In 2008, she began as a guest speaker at Faces ETC of MN, and shortly after, signed on as the evening instructor. In 2009, she moved to the Day program and became the Director of Education. Melissa finds it especially rewarding to witness the professional development and success of Faces ETC graduates.

Fluent in airbrush and conventional makeup, period/era, basic SFX, and hair styling, Melissa excels in commercial, film, industrial, new media, print, television, music videos, theatre and bridal mediums.

Her professional touch as Department Head and Key Makeup for many films, videos, corporate sponsors and other production houses, keeps her in high demand as a local artist. Often working on productions, Melissa has the ability to mentor her Faces ETC of MN students and graduates so they may gain valuable “on-set” experiences.

Melissa holds feature length IMDB Film Credits and is a board and committee member of MNWIFT. Her resume includes film features and shorts, HDTV (broadcast news, pilots, game shows, dramas, reality and talk shows) commercials, national ad campaigns in USA, Europe/UK, fashion, editorial, runway, London Fashion Weeks, music videos, lifestyle, weddings, occasions, and is a published beauty expert.