By: Caitlin Stiles
The 9th Annual Makeup Artist and Hair Awards (MUAHS) are underway! The event will be an exciting hybrid premiere of a live ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, as well as a virtual showing to a worldwide audience on February 19th, 2022. The MUAHs honor makeup and hair moments that blew us away in motion pictures, commercials, television, and live theater.
While the main nominees will be announced January 11th, the Lifetime Achievement nominees had a huge moment in the spotlight last month on December 16th. Ardell Professional, Shiseido Makeup, and Schwarzkopf Professional hosted a dedicated photoshoot turned cocktail soiree for these nominees, as well as the MUAHS Board and VIP list. Celebrity photographer Carlos Lopez shot this event meant to highlight the attendees where they celebrated and shared their accomplishments.
Julie Socash, the CEO for the MUAH Board, announced a winner for each of the two categories. Michele Burke received the award for Lifetime Achievement in Makeup, while Joy Zapata took home the prize for Hair. They will collect their awards at the ceremony in February.
Michele Burke is an Irish-born Canadian makeup artist, who has citizenship in the United States as well. Her body work is nothing short of extensive: she is a two time Oscar winner with the 1981 critically acclaimed Quest for Fire and 1992‘s Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In addition, she’s been nominated for The Cell, Austin Powers, and Clan of the Cave Bear. She also claimed an Emmy nomination for her work in Alien Nation (1988). Her career has spanned over decades and dozens of movies, from fantasy to comedy.
Joy Zapata‘s career in hair-styling started with Battlestar Galactica, and this would serve as quite the foreshadowing event for the rest of her career. She nailed an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Hair-styling regarding her work in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993. Hairspray Live! was her next award in 2017, but her flair for sci-fi work was lauded again for Westworld, where she won two Emmys two years in a row (2017 and 2018). She is also known in film, with Legally Blonde (2001) and A Star is Born (2018). She has also been Jack Nicholson‘s personal makeup artist since 1996, working with him on films such as Mars Attacks! (1996) and The Departed (2006).
Shiseido also had a golden moment here, as a major brand hosting and sponsoring the event. They introduced the artists to their Synchro Skin line – foundation, concealer, and tint – as well as their new PowderGel shadows. The Synchro skin line boasts 24 hour flawless wear as well as a combination of pearls, microcrystals, and filters that constantly adjust to ambient lighting. This is ideal for a makeup artist on stage and the big screen. The PowderGel shadows, inspired by Japanese graphic art, are similarly long-lasting and striking, and take to the screen. Several artists in attendance will be adding Shiseido makeup to their kits.
At this year’s MUAHs, there’s a lot to celebrate for makeup and hair moments on the big screen as well as the theatrical stage. It’s also a good time to remember all the looks we’ve been served over the years! What do you think we’ll see at the MUAHs in February?