After studying painting and drawing at Cal State University at Northridge, Michelle Buhler moved to France to study art at the American University in Paris and the Ecole de Beaux Arts. After her studies, she stayed and began her career in make-up at the height of "Pret a Porter." Designing new make-up looks at fashion shows for young designers like John Paul Gaultier and Yoshi Yamamoto, she did make-up for the covers of Vogue and L'officiel with photographers such as Helmut Newton and Guy Bordin.


After returning to Los Angeles she entered the world of commercials and rock video working for the likes of Madonna and Prince, also doing projects such as the "Cutting Edge" show with the talented directors of Little Miss Sunshine, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Eventually, she moved into her dream of doing films searching out unusual projects and collaborating with the visionary indie directors, David Lynch, Bryan Singer and Quentin Tarantino.


After designing the "look" for Pulp Fiction she formed a 12 year relationship with actor John Travolta turning him into everything from President Clinton, to an overweight Archangel, to a scarred and drunken diabetic professor. She would go on to win the first award for contemporary make-up from Local 706 for The General's Daughter. Her talents and body of work run from blood and effects to stylized characters, to fashion and beauty.

Recent Credits


  • REVENGE - Seasons 1, 2, & 3 ABC - Key Makeup Artist

  • PHANTOM - Directed by Todd Robinson - Makeup Department Head

  • ENLIGHTENED - Seasons 1 & 2, HBO - Makeup Department Head

  • OFF THE MAP - ABC - Makeup Department Head

  • FRED: THE MOVIE - Directed by Clay Weiner - Makeup Department Head

  • EXPECTING MARY - Directed by Dan Gordon - Makeup Department Head

  • SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOS - Directed by Mark Ruffalo - Makeup Department Head

  • HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE - Directed by Peter Chelsom - Makeup Department Head

  • RECOUNT - Directed by Jay Roach - Makeup Department Head



Best Contemporary Makeup, Feature at the 2000 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guld Awards

2010 - present

2010 - present






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