Ulla Gaudin is a recognized professional makeup artist and founder of Cinematics by Ulla, the only online makeup academy that focuses solely on teaching TV and film makeup. With a 20 year career working in the international stage, film, and television industries, she has contributed her makeup artistry expertise to such films as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and All the King’s Men and has worked alongside several award winning actors such as Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria, Laura Dern, Sean Penn and Kristen Stewart.
Ulla’s expertise includes prosthetic makeup, wig making and educating aspiring artists. She has mentored and educated hundreds of future artists in Finland, England and the United States.
Ulla is a firm believer in supporting others and giving back to her community. She sits on the board of the Metro Centers for Community Advocacy and the ABWA (American Business Women Association) chapter in New Orleans where she resides with her husband and two adorable children.
What I believe in
Some people are born singers or salespeople. I was born a makeup artist and stylist. Before I could tie my shoes, I was coloring my dolls’ faces with Sharpies, cutting their hair or sewing pieces for their next fashion show.
Despite some raised eyebrows and “That’s not a real career” from the people closest to me, I decided to follow my heart and went through a rigorous 4-year degree program and internships at Cosmetology School in my native Finland. I was living my early childhood dream!
After working years in TV, film and theater in Finland, and a few years stint in England, I moved to U.S (to Hawaii to Florida to Louisiana… yep, I lived in New Orleans during Katrina). I have kept my passion alive and have now worked with big names and big brands in the film and commercial industry for over 20 years.
I love being part of the "magic" whether it's for a movie, commercial or a printed image. I strongly believe we are better together, all working for the same end result. Being courteous and pleasant towards your fellow crew members is the number one rule I live by.
When most people refer to general makeup artists they are actually referring to beauty advisors, not makeup artists. Beauty advisors are people who work at makeup counters and do not have makeup certifications but are trained by the counter on how to use and sell their specific products.
Ulla believes one can never be finished with education when it comes to makeup. Besides techniques and products, her initial training included anatomy, chemistry, history and prosthetic makeup from molding to finished product. Even after 20+ years in the film industry, she takes continuing education classes regularly.
Ulla's creative edge comes from her knowledge of not only makeup but hairstyling too. Why not do it all, and why not do it well?
In her native Finland, the rules of hair and makeup department differ greatly from IATSE. Because of the in depth training readily available, anyone working in the film/ TV/ theater aspect of profession is required to possess not only makeup skills but also be fully trained as a hairstylist.
Ulla is very skilled in all aspects of hairstyling: color, cuts and styling. She keeps up with trends and new techniques by regularly attending courses.
Ventilating is a skill that anyone can learn, but it takes special character to have the tenacity and patience to create a full lace wig from scratch.
Ulla is a highly trained wig master, with passion to create the most beautiful wigs available. She has been featured for her special skill in makeup artists' professional publication "Makeup Artist Magazine".
Ulla can handle any of your full lace or lace front wig needs, whether it's a special order wig or simply a repair.