Educators & Faculty

The L Makeup Institute culture puts students first in an environment designed to inspire and challenge oneanother. Our educators are professional working makeup artists who share the secrets of their success while providing personalized attention to ensure that each student discovers and develops their own unique style and artistic talent. We teach the importance of research and preparation, combined with lab work, interactive lectures, demonstrations, cooperative learning, practical exercises, and assignments. The curriculum breaks down each application into individual elements and incorporates daily projects and skill-building sessions, allowing students to master every aspect of makeup artistry in their chosen program or course. This approach enables students to learn by doing through hands-on repetition focused on methods to improve technique and results. As students master skills, they learn to incorporate them into more complex applications. To complement our curriculum, we incorporate Audio-Visual aids, guest speakers, field trips, projects, activities, as well as specialized outside professionals such as photographers and hairdressers visit our facility to share their expertise.

LISSETTE, Education Director / Owner


Among Las Vegas’ most sought-after makeup artists, one name has emerged as a true virtuoso talent; Lissette Waugh. Although licensed as an Esthetician, Lissette has dedicated her 20 year career to makeup artistry. She began by honing her skills through years of working at elite designer trunk shows, photo shoots that catering to the local socialites of Las Vegas and celebrity clientele. Known for her exquisite fashion instinct, Lissette has collaborated with numerous legendary hair stylists and has had her talented works featured in local, national and international publications.

Dedicated to bring excellence to makeup education, Lissette is responsible for developing the curriculum and educational standards for the L Makeup Institute, a part of which includes hand-picking and training every educator. Her commitment to makeup artistry is that the student’s education is not only one of quality, but also to create an educational institution that would support the needs of the makeup industry.

KYLE, Enrollment Director / Owner


Kyle has over twenty years of experience in business development and management in his native city, Las Vegas. He is an entrepreneur at heart and the founder of a number of successful startup ventures.

Kyle oversees the L Makeup Institute admissions and finance departments and is responsible for worldwide outreach to talented students, the selection process itself, and the development of institute’s admissions policy and practices.

Kyle brings to any initiative, extensive direct experience in sales, marketing and finance. Among his many strengths are his abilities to recognize and attract talent, coalesce that talent into a powerful team, and ensure that they accomplish what may seemingly be the impossible.

JESSICA, Instructor/Beauty


From a young age Jessica Difilippo knew she was destined to become an artist. As she grew so did her passion and knowledge, studying different types of art until her fascination with the makeup industry led her to makeup artistry. Jessica is a professionally trained makeup artist and alumni of the L Makeup Institute. As an accomplished makeup artist, Jessica is experienced in many areas of makeup including freelance, runway, on set commercial, studios, on location photo shoots, and as a trainer for several cosmetic companies. Jessica’s now shares her mastery of beauty as an Educator at L Makeup institute.

NICHOLLE, Instructor/Beauty


Nicholle Pendergraft is a professional makeup artist with 15+ years working in all aspects ofmakeup artistry. In addition to being a skilled and experienced makeup professional, Nicholleearned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from California Polytechnic State University where she firstfell in love with Theater, Film and Entertainment. Blending her behind the camera experience withher love of makeup brought her to Las Vegas where her flawless techniques in makeup artistryand wig ventilation, styling and design has been featured in The Lion King, Jersey Boys, Rock ofAges, Zumanity, Chris Angel Believe, and Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers. This drive to learn andgrow has taken her on the next adventure where she is “beyond thrilled” to be a part of the LMakeup Institute ­ inspiring the next big names in makeup artistry.

TOM, Instructor/Special Effects


Tom Devlin has spent 14 years as a professional special makeup effects artist – monsters, horror movies, and Halloween are his passion. At the young age of 20, Tom was nominated for an Emmy along with the rest of the FX crew for their work on X-Files Season 9. Since then Tom has worked on over 100 feature films such as Scorpion King, Red Dragon, Daredevil, Terminator 3, X-Files, and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. In addition to his movie accolades, Tom’s work has been seen on the small screen in Modern Family, in theme parks such as Six Flags and Cedar Fair, and even in the theater where he won the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for his work in Re-Animator the musical. SyFy reality series “Face Off” didn’t overlook his talent, Tom appeared as a contestant and quickly became a fan favorite with his winning horror villain “Teddy Told Me To”, a terrifying take on the teddy bear. Tom now shares his expertise with a new generation of artists as the lead Special FX educator at the L Makeup Institute.

RAGEN, Instructor/Body & Airbrush


Ragen Mendenhall is a native of Las Vegas. Her artistic inclination was obvious at an early age and she developed her skills attending the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. She then moved on to study at Seattle Art Institute under a full tuition, portfolio based scholarship.

Ragen is known for her richly detailed fantasy paintings. Her works are exhibited in galleries and coveted by collectors. As an accomplished painter and respected fine artist, Ragen Mendenhall brings her unique creative style and sophisticated sense of design to the ‘living canvas’, elevating bodypainting into the realm of fine art and high fashion. Ragen now shares her passion and expertise as an Educator at the L Makeup Institute.

ROGER, Instructor


Celebrating 30 years in the entertainment business, Roger is a two-time recipient of The Hollywood Make-Up Artists and Hairstylist Guild Award. Roger has been responsible for creating makeup, hair & wig designs for commercials, videos, film, and stage productions including: David Foster and Friends, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, Rent, the King & I, The Mel Brooks Musical the Producers, as well as numerous Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectaculars. Well known as the production Makeup and Hair Supervisor for Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, Roger has designed the makeup and hair for hundreds of performing Artists.

Stricker’s work has also been featured on runways as well as a variety of high profile publications, television and award shows including: Carman Marc Valvo, Hache, Sally LaPointe, and Alexander Herchcovitch. Henry Bendel, InStyle, Marie Claire, Playboy, Vanity Fair, Time, BRAVO’S Watch What Happen’ s Live, The Tonight Show, The View, E! Daily10, Tyra, Chelsea Lately, the Tony Awards, and the Grammy Awards. Roger has had the pleasure of working with award winners including: Cher, Hugh Jackman, Madonna, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Wayne Brady, Frank Sinatra, Nene Leakes, Debbie Reynolds and Ellen Burstyn.

The L Makeup Institute is now privileged to have Roger as an Educator, sharing his vast knowledge and experience with our students.

KAYLA, Admissions Director

Kayla grew up in a small town in North Carolina with aspirations to move to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas where she has worked for some of the top salons and beauty schools in the Country. Kayla was recruited by the L Makeup Institute in 2012 for her extensive admissions background and friendly personality. Serving as the Admissions Director, Kayla will show great care assisting you or your child through the application and enrollment process.