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Meet Tania Kanemaru-Chang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tania Kanemaru-Chang.

Tania, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
For 15 years, I had the honor of working under a pioneer of movie makeup. Mr. Maurice Stein, whose works include the original Planet of the Apes, Ice Pirates, Golden Girls, Laugh In and many more.

Those years gave me the opportunity to work with and get pointers from many famous Makeup Artists. Rick Baker, Stan Winston, Barney Burman, Vincent Kehoe, and Brad Look have all helped me continue my education in both beauty and special FX. Plus, it’s where I met my wife, Tania, who has just as many years of makeup artistry experience!

Although we enjoy working on set, we’ve found that our real passion is educating people in the art of makeup. We’ve traveled locally and internationally teaching all aspects of makeup to individuals and groups in beauty, special FX, and Halloween makeup. We have worked with burn survivors, people with vitiligo and rosacea to teach them application technique they can do themselves. We’ve also helped local hospitals and emergency services with their triage drills.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The largest problem we have faced is getting the word out… advertising. Now that we are getting more familiar with social media, the word seems to be creeping out. We used to get most of our clients by referral.

Please tell us about ShadeZ FX, beauty & art.
ShadeZ FX offers Beauty, Bridal, Event & FX Makeup…And we’ll come to you!!!

Our Professional staff is skilled in all aspects of Beauty, Theatrical, and Special FX Makeup Artistry. We are also available for triage exercises for the fire department, police, hospitals and military.

We have the pleasure of working with 50-year veteran hair stylists, Ms. Pat Garner, whose skills in hair sculpting and period styles are out of this world! Traveling the town is our Skin Care Specialist & Esthetician, Ms. Josie Schindler, offering At-Home Facials and Massage Therapy by appointment.

ShadeZ FX, beauty & art was created by Takuo & Tania Kanemaru Chang. Together they have over 40 years of Beauty and Special FX experience, and a lifetime of other art media.

We also offer Classes, not only to the entertainment and beauty industries, but also to the average person for Everyday Beauty, and Halloween makeup!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have done a lot more networking in the beginning. You can learn a lot by listening to others.


  • To register for a class or book an appointment, we ask for a 50% deposit.
  • Beauty Makeup starts at $65
  • There is a $50 additional charge for house calls

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