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Michael Westmore to Receive Vanguard Award at 11th Annual Make-Up Artists, Hair Stylists Guild Awards


Michael Westmore (photo courtesy MUAHS Guild)

Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning make-up artist Michael Westmore will be honored with the esteemed Vanguard Award at the 11th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706), presented by Ardell Professional. The gala will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2024.

Westmore’s illustrious career spans over five decades and has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. From the breathtaking beauty of Elizabeth Taylor to the bloody Rocky series, to the Romulans in Star Trek, Westmore’s artistry has captivated audiences and set the standard for make-up and hair styling in film and television. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored him with four nominations and an Oscar®in 1986 for his artistry on the film Mask. He has received a record 45 Emmy nominations, bringing home nine statuettes.

“IATSE Local 706 is excited and thrilled to honor Michael Westmore with the Vanguard Award,” said Karen J. Westerfield, Business Rep IATSE Local 706 Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild. “His contributions and expertise to our industry are unparalleled. His unwavering encouragement and guidance to elevate our members, along with the Westmore Legacy, will continue to inspire future generations of Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists. We are truly honored to celebrate his achievements and incredible talent. We recognize him as the Man, the Myth, the Mentor…Michael Westmore,”

The Vanguard Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the make-up and hairstyling industry and has left a lasting impact on the craft. Westmore’s talent, creativity and dedication to his craft have earned him this prestigious honor. His work has not only elevated the art of make-up and hair styling but has also inspired countless artists in the industry.

As previously announced, Kevin Haney, Oscar® and Emmy®- winning make-up artist best known for his work on Driving Miss Daisy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Hocus Pocus 2; and Ora T. Green, Emmy-nominated hair stylist known for her work on Star Trek: Nemesis, Blade and “Good Times,” will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards. Producers of this year’s MUAHS Awards (#MUAHSawards) are IngleDodd Media and Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Creative. Further inquiries regarding the MUAHS Awards should be directed to Sue Cabral-Ebert at [email protected]. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

About Michael Westmore:

Legendary make-up artist and mentor Michael Westmore has been making up the stars for film and television for over 50 years. He has won an Oscar® and nine Emmys for make-up, handling everything from the Rocky and Rambo films to creating the Sleestaks in Land of the Lost, and many of the alien looks for the various Star Trek series that followed the original. He is a member of the renowned Westmore family. Since 1917, almost every major studio has had a Westmore supervising their make-up departments, including his father, Monte Westmore, on Gone with the Wind.

Westmore notably transformed Sylvester Stallone into Rocky Balboa for the Rocky film series and Robert DeNiro into Jake LaMotta for Raging Bull, among many other makeup miracles. He created hundreds of alien characters for over 18 years and more than 600 episodes of Star Trek in all its iterations, from “The Next Generation” to “Enterprise.” Westmore’s talent as a makeup artist became legendary for creating memorable disguises for Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra for the 1963 film, The List of Adrian Messenger. He later went on to become the preferred makeup man for Bobby Darin and Elizabeth Taylor, and worked on such movies and TV shows as The Munsters, Rosemary’s Baby, Eleanor and Franklin, New York, New York, and Blade Runner, among others.

Later he turned his attention to writing articles and books on cosmetics and their application, including his latest book, Makeup Man: From Rocky to Star Trek, The Amazing Creations of Hollywood’s Michael Westmore. Today, Westmore serves as an on-camera mentor for the Syfy channel makeup reality show, Face Off, which is hosted by his actress daughter McKenzie.

The 11th Annual MUAHS Awards are proudly sponsored by Presenting Level: Ardell Professional; Platinum Level: Eminence Organic Skin Care; Gold Level: Bespoke Pro Designs; Silver Level: Le Mieux Skin Care, MAC Cosmetics.

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