Our Nina Mua team is truly unlike any other. It is no wonder that we have students from all over the world come to the Big Apple just to attend our programs. We are proud to offer hand picked instructors that are experts in all fields of makeup artistry. They are well known in the industry and offer unique teaching styles. All licensed by the New York State Department, we are true professionals. We are here to not only teach you - we are here to sculpt you into the best of your abilities well beyond the craft. Here at Nina Mua, our connection extends well beyond your graduation!
NINA MUA - FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
All my life, I have had a passion to create an image for people, to make them feel different and look special. My first step to pursuing this passion was to attend Art school, upon acceptance, I was fortunate enough to be offered a job within the school. By the time of graduation, I was already a professional hair and makeup specialist. But, no matter how much knowledge you have, I believe that you must always learn more to improve and expand your skill set.
Christine Nelson - ADmission Agent
Christine joins our team as a former student with the passion for all things beauty. Born and raised in Brooklyn her love of makeup developed over time which led her to change her career path from Hotels to the Beauty industry. Christine has a degree in Hospitality Management and uses her personality to bond and make connections with everyone she meets. Since attending the school her clientele has grown and networking has given her the opportunity to do makeup all around NYC as well as New York Fashion Week.
Sue Cervelin - Office Coordinator
Brazil born, Sue Cervelin brings her artistic flair to our Nina Mua team in many forms. Not only does she share her passion for Makeup Artistry, but she is a talented, beauty photographer. Her keen eye for detail is what sets her apart from most in that she is experienced both in front and behind the lens. She takes each project and makes sure all elements are at the most pristine and professional level. In addition, Sue has a background in graphic design and web design from Microcam and Centro Paula Souza ETEC in Brazil.
LAUREN WHITWORTH LEAD INSTRUCTOR
British-born celebrity make-up artist Lauren Whitworth brings 16 years of global industry experience to Nina Mua.
Lauren's journey to becoming a professional make-up artist all began after she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Photography: she loved the process of what went on before the photography even started. Naturally, her innate understanding of how make-up translates through the camera lens coupled with her talent and attention to detail has made her highly in demand from professional photographers.
ALEXA JOHNSON LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Alexa Rae Johnson is a fourth-generation artist with a sharp eye and passion for beauty. Alexa was born and raised in New York, and brings over 6 years of experience in makeup artistry to Nina Mua. Alexa has had the opportunity to work on celebrity clientele including Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, Nicole Miller, Stacey Bendet, Piper Perabo, Amanda Hearst, Juno Temple, and more. She has worked on various editorial photoshoots, influencer events, weddings, and New York Fashion Week. Alexa’s work has been featured in Hamptons Magazine, Beach Magazine, and lifestyle and bridal blog, Green Wedding Shoes.
KRYSTLE FEHER LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Midwest born and raised artist Krystle Feher is one of the most well rounded of her type. A powerhouse in the film and beauty industry working tirelessly towards her dreams with no chance of slowing down. She can be described as a chameleon; adapting to fit any situation thrown at her with true artist roots and calm ease. Her talents have become one of the most sought after in the area, specifically for her extreme versatility.
Local to NYC, traveling always.
TAYLOR LEVITAN LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Taylor Levitan is proof that when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life! After having studied at the Bobbi Brown program at Emerson College, Taylor knew that she was meant to work in the beauty industry.
Extremely well known with The Knot, Taylor was a part of The Knot Dream wedding which was featured in US Weekly, worked dozens of weddings, galas, and bridal events! She is also a part of NYFW every year!
"As a makeup artist, my job is to make woman and men feel more beautiful, what is there not to love about my career!"
ROXIE BENZ LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Roxie Benz has been doing makeup for 8+ years. She has traveled all over the US to train, strengthen and grow her technique. Her work has been showcased in La Fashionista magazine as well as New York local businesses.
She is also a licensed cosmetologist. She excels at being very versatile in this ever growing industry. Her passion will always drive from the feelings and emotions she gets in return from all her clients while they're in her chair. She loves that everyone has the ability to shine in this industry, so always follow your dreams.
JOHANNAH ADAMS LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Johannah Beth Adams is a published NYC based makeup artist and is known for her Geode Crystal Lip Art, which gained her worldwide acclaim in 2016.
Her work has been published in print in magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour, and has been raved about in online publications such as Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, Huffington Post, Elite Daily and Buzzfeed.
Her expertise includes celebrity clientele, editorial photoshoots, brand campaigns, and NYFW.
CALEIGH ROSELLE LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Caleigh is an Academy of Makeup Arts, professionally trained make up artist. A highly celebrated makeup artist field for 5 years, working for brands such as Sephora, Smashbox, and MAC.
Caleigh worked on live interview sets such as Yahoo news, social media ad campaigns for brands including Infusium, a professional line of hair care products. Caleigh the key make up artist for music videos for recording artist such as Brian Fallon. Caleigh's goal is a passion for teaching, and making you feel beautiful!