Faculty & Staff
The L Makeup Institute culture puts students first in an environment designed to inspire and challenge one another. 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. Lissette has dedicated her 25 year career to makeup artistry. She began by honing her skills through years of working at elite designer trunk shows, photo shoots and catering to the local socialites of Las Vegas and celebrity clientele. Known for her exquisite fashion instinct, Lissette has had her talented works featured in local, national and international publications.
Dedicated to bring excellence to makeup artist 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 to insure the student’s education is one of quality and to create an educational institution that would support the needs of the makeup industry.
KYLE, Enrollment Director / Owner
Kyle Waugh has over twenty years of experience in business development and management in his native city, Las Vegas and is the founder of a number of successful startup ventures. At the L Makeup Institute Kyle oversees the admissions and finance departments and is responsible for worldwide outreach to talented students, the selection process itself, and the development of the institute’s policies 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.
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.
Chris, Instructor / Beauty & Special Effects
Chris J. Giraldo is a Las Vegas native with a great passion for the art of make-up. She started her career providing makeup application assistance for family and friends and ultimately pursued her career by attending the L Makeup Institute. As a graduate of the L Makeup Institute Master Makeup Artistry Program, Chris is professionally trained in all styles of makeup artistry – Beauty Makeup, Special Makeup Effects, Airbrush Makeup, Body Painting and Spray Tanning. Since graduating her career has flourished. Chris has provided numerous makeover consultations for her growing clientele, done many fashion shows, pageants, the Latin Grammy’s and numerous events along the Las Vegas Strip as well as interned alongside the great Special Makeup Effects artist, Tom Devlin. We now welcome Chris as a full time member of our highly qualified team of instructors.
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.
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.
MELISSA, Instructor / Wig Ventilating
Melissa Swensen has worked as a Hair and Makeup Artist in theatrical arts for over 20 years. Getting involved in theatre as a child, and continuing through higher education, Melissa holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Utah State University and an MFA in Hair and Makeup Design from North Carolina School of the Arts.
She has worked in theatre, Shakespearean festivals, ballet and opera companies across the country. From Broadway to Seattle Opera, New England to San Diego, including Jersey Boys Vegas Company, Melissa has built, designed, and run too many shows to count.
She is an avid proponent of education and returned to North Carolina School of the Arts as a visiting professor for a semester and taught beginning wigmaking and makeup classes. She is excited to share her knowledge and teach the next generation at the L Makeup Institute.
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.
LISA, Enrollment Director
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lisa Rosa Torti has been in the Makeup world for over 16 years. Starting in 2000, she worked with world renowned stylist Michael O’Rourke in helping launch Big Sexy Hair. In 2003, Lisa pursued her love of makeup at M.A.C. Cosmetics and quickly worked her way from being a Freelance Makeup Artist to Management. Recognized for her passion and ability to achieve results, Lisa was recruited to a large Cosmetology School where she consistently exceeded expected enrollment goals and objectives. The L Makeup Institute now has the pleasure of having Lisa lead our admissions department as Enrollment Director. Being professionally trained as a makeup artist and also licensed as a Cosmetologist, Lisa brings a unique and special perspective to the important responsibility required helping students choose the appropriate course of study consistent with their employment goals.