Andrew Whiteoak is a wigmaker and make-up artist; he’s the head of wigs and make-up at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Over a 20-year career, he has designed and created wigs, make-up and hairstyles for hundreds of productions, including Cabaret, Twelve Angry Men, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol and East is East. Whiteoak is a State Registered Senior Hairdresser, committee member of the National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers and a BECTU member.
Barney Nikolic is a 30-year make-up veteran. Early in his career, he headed the wig and make-up department at the Staatsoper Hannover, where he designed and created make-up, special effects and theatrical masks. In 1995, he joined the special make-up effects crew for the Harry Potter films. He has also contributed to European film, TV and music-video productions. Nikolic teaches at Brushstroke, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and elsewhere.
The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Eight competitors will be selected for each competition. Cash and/or prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition. To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don't have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group.
The character/prosthetic competition takes place on Saturday. Competitors will be given prosthetics on the day of competition, which they must incorporate into their designs. The time limit for the character competition is three hours. No outside prosthetics are allowed, only the ones supplied by IMATS. Our 2015 character/prosthetic theme is Age Make-up Challenge.
The beauty/fantasy competition takes place on Sunday, and the time limit is two hours. Our 2015 beauty/fantasy theme is Historical Beauty Trends.
Bill Corso has collaborated with industry legends including Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Steve Johnson. His film work includes John Carter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (for which he won an Achievement in Makeup Oscar). Corso and Johnson earned two Emmys for their work in TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining. Corso is a governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also recently founded the Digital Make-up Group, which aims to combine make-up and digital effects.
Chloe Sens is a special make-up effects artist and sculptor based in Los Angeles. After relocating from Austin, Texas in 2011, Sens won a scholarship to Cinema Makeup School. After completing school she worked for Jordu Schell, Rick Lazzarini, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Vevo, Myspace, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Kryolan, Iwata Medea and Bdellium Tools. She has won several awards and her work has appeared in Make-Up Artist. She was a Face Off Season Six contestant.
Widely regarded as a pioneer in the U.K. make-up effects industry, Christopher Tucker’s extensive credits include The Boys from Brazil, Quest for Fire, The Meaning of Life, Dune, High Spirits andThe Company of Wolves. But it was Tucker’s work with actor John Hurt for The Elephant Man in 1980 that created one of the most iconic make-ups in cinema history and led to the creation of a make-up Oscar the following year.
Courtney Tichman is the global brand manager and lead make-up artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. She has been cultivating her craft for more than 16 years. With more than 13 years of fashion-show experience, she has traveled all over the world supporting some of the world’s most influential designers.
Daniel Parker began his career with Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi, on which he worked with Stuart Freeborn. In 1987, Parker and Nik Williams founded Animated Extras, which is known to produce some of the finest effects work in the world. Parker won a BAFTA for The Gathering Storm, in which he transformed Albert Finney into Winston Churchill, and has been nominated for two Emmys, one for Treasure Island and another for the mini-series Band of Brothers. He received an Oscar nomination for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Other credits include Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Apocalypto, The Hurt Locker and Cloud Atlas.
David Horne has more than 24 years’ experience as an educator, guest speaker, make-up designer and product innovator working in all areas of the make-up industry. He has been a driving force behind the launch of the new book The Art of Male Makeup. He has held managerial and directorial roles at M.A.C. and Illamasqua as well as maintaining a freelance career. He is a former academic senior lecturer and course leader at London College of Fashion.
Award-winning Russian make-up artist Denis Kartashev has been cultivating his craft for more than 13 years. His make-up has graced the pages of the most influential magazines in Russia, including Elle, Vogue, L'Officiel, Dolores Magazine and Hairs. In 2013, he set up his own make-up academy, known as the Denis Kartashev Make Up Academy, and launched a make-up brush brand under the name Make Up Designer. He is a creative partner of Inglot Russia.
Funmi Odegbami is the CEO of MiNK London Hair and Makeup Agency, founder of London’s Makeup Show Live and a member of the Black Women in Europe Power List. She has done make-up for runway, editorial, TV, music videos, events, celebrities and more. She won Make-up Artist of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards UK 2013 and has been nominated for Best Make-up Artist in the 2014 Global Film Fashion Music Television Theatre & Sports Awards.
Gary Cockerill is one of the U.K.’s most respected and well-known make-up artists; his work spans stage, screen, editorial, celebrity, events and advertising. His celebrity clients have included David Beckham, Kelly Brook, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, Honor Blackman and Isla Fisher. Cockerill will be bringing out a brand-new make-up book full of beautiful imagery, amazing makeovers, inspirational stories and educational tidbits in 2015, as well as his own range of make-up products.
Gemma Horner is part of the Charles Fox make-up team and the Kryolan international team. She has taught across the U.K. and worked on London Fashion Week, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model Live, Coldplay's “Charlie Brown” video, some of The X Factor series, America's Next Top Model, the Miss Universe pageant, the World Bodypainting Festival and more. She has made video tutorials, and her work has appeared in Make-Up Artist, Makeup International and Illusion.
With more than 30 years’ professional experience, Mike Spatola is the author of The Monstrous Makeup Manual, books #1 and #2. He's been nominated twice for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup Emmy Awards, and twice for CableACE Awards. He worked on Return of the Living Dead, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Iron Man 3 and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. He is the chief academic officer at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles.
BAFTA Award-winner Nick Dudman is the creative force behind the visual world of Harry Potter, including all make-up effects and animatronics. His credits also include The Mummy Returns, Interview with the Vampire, The Last of the Mohicans, Alien 3, Batman, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Willow, Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi and The Hunger, on which he assisted Dick Smith. Dudman started his career assisting Stuart Freeborn on Yoda for Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back.
Dubbed by those in the know as “the Eyebrow Queen,” Nilam Holmes-Patel has had a 20-year career in the beauty industry. She is renowned for setting trends, especially where brows are concerned. Her international A-List clients have her on speed dial, and this client list has grown steadily through her professionalism. With the launch of the new Make Up by HD Brows collection, her aim is to expand her brow expertise into make-up artistry.
M.A.C. Senior Artist Pablo Rodriguez has worked with a wealth of fashion publications, including L’Uomo Vogue, Elle, Nylon, Harper’s Bazaar and Jalouse, and with celebrities including Rachel Weisz, Daisy Lowe, Saffron Aldridge, Daphne Guinness, Ivana Trump, Zandra Rhodes, Heidi Klum and Eva Herzigova. Working at the international fashion collections, he can be found backstage at shows for Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Lanvin, Missoni, Elie Saab, Moschino, Chloe, Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen and Rick Owens.
Sarita Allison began her career as a make-up artist on photo sessions for Bjork, Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, Alexander McQueen and others. She has done video promos, album-cover shoots, advertising and commercials. Her film and TV work has included Judge Dredd, The Mummy, Touching the Void, Stella Street, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Skins, Nearly Famous, Scallywagga, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Penny Dreadful.
Sheelagh Wells has worked on everything from TV period drama and science fiction to award-winning ballet and opera productions. Her broad spectrum of work also includes major documentaries and feature films. She was nominated by the Royal Television Society and won a BAFTA for her work on the Doctor Who series in 2006. She also worked on the original Doctor Who when she was a department head at the BBC in London.
Writer, director and make-up artist Tate Steinsiek established Ill Willed Productions in 2001 to provide special effects make-up, prosthetic application and fabrication to the film and television industry. Clients include The Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, the History Channel, Discovery, HBO and others. His work has appeared in Make-Up Artist magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Variety. He is a two-time Face Off contestant and works frequently with filmmaker Clive Barker.
Award-winning body painter and photographer Vargas has taught at technical schools and seminars worldwide. His work has appeared in international galleries, the Capitol Rotunda and runway fashion shows, and on Good Morning America, MTV and Telemundo. Clients have included Marc Anthony, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. His latest work includes the World Cup Calendar 2014 and the Naked Vegas promo reel. With his wife, Anabel, he runs New Jersey’s Vargas Beauty Arts Academy.
Yolanda Bartram is a multiple award-winning body-paint and special effects make-up artist. She owns BodyFX, a make-up, face and body-art company in New Zealand. Bartram teaches and demos her work throughout the world as well as working for film and TV in New Zealand and creating art in her own studio. BodyFX’s Prosthetics is a feature line of innovative and creative prosthetics for the make-up industry.