About DYAD

Our Mission

About Cat

DYAD Make-up & FX Studio is owned and operated by Cat Paschen and Niko Gonzalez. As soon as they meet each other, they realized they shared an extraordinary love, passion and drive for make-up that was hard to find. After competing on Syfy's 6th season of Face Off, the two opened DYAD Make-Up & FX Studio.


Both Cat and Niko's experiance working on set, heading projects, working in labs and continuous education help them bring a vast amount of knowledge to the company. This helps them to bing your ideas to life and provide the highest quality work possible.


DYAD's work can be seen in feautre films, television shows, webisodes, comercials and at live events. DYAD frequently travels doing make-up demos to promote different compaies. These jobs range from demonstrating products, make-up applications, teaching classes/ workshops, appearing or working trade shows or marketing.


DYAD also teaches workshops on special fx make-up application and creation.


Please take a look at our portfolio to view examples of our work.


We strive to provide the highest quality work to ensure your make-up is flawless and effects realistic. Weather you are a bride, model, actor or director, we will work with you to bring your vision to life. Our hard work ethic, eye for detail and friendly personality will ensure your satisfaction.

About Niko

Cat Paschen was born and raised in the San Francisco/ Bay Area. After graduating San Francisco State University, Cat decided to switch career paths. Instead of applying to law school, she decided to apply to work at MAC cosmetics. After being hired at MAC she decided to move to LA to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist. After graduating from Make-up Designory's Master Make-up Artistry program, she went on to work for MUD's FX lab. A year after graduation she was chosen as one of the contestants to compete on Syfy's 6th season of Face Off. Cat has been fortunate to travel the world doing make-up for films and trade shows in places such as Vietnam, London, New York, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, LA and Mexico. She has keyed numerous film projects and been apart of many great make-up teams including Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Universal's Grinchmas, Knott's Scary Farm. In her free time, Cat enjoys sculpting, painting and playing with her dog Butters.

Nicolas "Niko" Daniel Gonzalez was born and raised in San German, Puerto Rico. Since he was a kid, he has been involved in theater, dance groups and Tae Kwon Do. He would volunteer to do the make-ups for his high school and college theater productions. After taking a formal make-up class at his college, more and more people started requesting him to do their make-up. This gave him the push to pursue make-up as a professional carrier and brought him to his now home, Los Angeles. After graduating from Make-Up Designory's Master Make-up Artistry Program, he went on to work for the school's FX lab, retail cosmetic store and is now trained as a substitute teacher. A year and a half after graduating, Niko was chosen as one of the contestants to compete on Syfy's 6th season of Face Off and made it to top 4. Niko has traveled the world doing make-up in Japan, London, New York, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, LA and Mexico.

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We offer on set or at home beauty services that include: HD, print, film, bridal, editorial, runway, high fashion, avant garde, natural, corrective, male grooming, air brush, tattoo cover



We style hair for on set characters as well as for social events including: up-do’s, straightening, curling, bridal, braiding/corn rows, extensions, male grooming



We are trained to use all industry standard materials including all the newest materials to hit the market. We will use a combination of these materials and prosthetics to achieve the look you need for your specific project weather it’s for an injury, creature or custom prop: -prosthetic application:silicone, gelatin, foam latex, pros aide transfers-hair laying-old age-bald cap-blood tubbing-gore-injury- custom fake tattoos-tattoo cover-



We not only apply prosthetics, but can make custom appliances or props to fit your specific project. We also offer molding services to our fellow sculptors. We do all of our lab work in house ultimately saving you money. Our lab services include: -life-casting -sculpting -Mold making:stone, silicone, fiberglass, syntactic, matrix -Custom Prosthetics: silicone, foam latex, gelatin, pros aide transfers, polyfoam -Advanced molding materials: -resins, 1630, Vitaflex



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