Speaker Bios

2015 Battle of the Brushes

Battle of the Brushes

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.

Cliff Wallace

Cliff Wallace is a special effects make-up artist known for his work on Blood Diamond, Black Hawk Down, Fury and Kajacki.   

David Horne

David Horne

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.

David White

David White

David White began his film career at 18 on The Keep and Lifeforce. He formed his own company, Altered States FX, in 1996. He continued to take on more complex movie projects as make-up effects designer with Captain America: The First Avenger and Snow White and the Huntsman. His most recent work includes Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, which earned him Oscar and BAFTA nominations, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Mummy.
Einat Dan at IMATS

Einat Dan

Einat Dan is a multiple award-winning make-up artist working globally in fashion, beauty and body painting. Her clients have included Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood and others, and she has worked on fashion shows worldwide. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Posh, InStyle, Maxim, Tatler and other publications. She teaches international master classes and workshops for professional make-up artists. In 2012, she created her line of beauty brushes, m.i.a. by Einat Dan. 

Emilie Guillermin

Emilie Guillermin is a Belgian freelance make-up artist with more than 16 years’ experience in the industry; she has studied make-up styles including theatrical, body and face painting, special effects, television and photographic. Part of the Kryolan International team, she worked on the company’s 2014 calendar as well as on Expo Cinema Today, the Miss Universe pageant and Berlin’s BAMBI awards. She has taught in India. Additionally, she has done make-up for musicians Joe Cocker and Usher.

Gabreila Hajek-Renner

Gabriela Hajek-Renner

Gabriela Hajek-Renner has been an Austrian make-up artist for more than 25 years and specializes as a body painter of special effects. She is the 2014 World Bodypainting Festival Champion and has won in the Special Effects category at the World Bodypainting Festival many times over. Now a judge for the 2015 World Bodypainting Festival, Hajek-Renner also serves as the director of the oldest Austrian make-up school, located in Vienna, and educates all levels of make-up artists through workshops and master classes.  

Hajek-Renner is teaching at IMATS for The World Bodypainting Academy which promotes the art of bodypainting through focused training courses including techniques, special effects, beauty and fashion make-up, as well as commercial application and competitions. The WB Academy offers regular courses in Vienna, London, Seoul, Moscow and takes workshop requests worldwide.


Gillian Blair

Gillian Blair has 41 years of experience in TV and theater. Starting out as mustache maker with the National Theatre in 1972, she completed her make-up training at the BBC in 1977. For 10 years, her wig business serviced the requirements for most West End musicals of the era, including Evita and Cats. In the ʼ90s, Blair rejoined the National Theatre as a wig supervisor. Her work has appeared in productions including Theatre of Blood; War Horse (at the National Theatre and in the West End); and One Man, Two Guvnors. She also worked on Travelling Light, a play about the origins of silent movies.
Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin

Bobbi Brown PRO Artist for the UK & Ireland, Hannah Martin began her career with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 2007. Martin was personally trained by Bobbi herself. Martin creates beauty looks for New York and London Fashion Weeks as well as Condé Nast Brides the Show. Her editorial work has been featured in Vogue and Cosmopolitan among others.  An expert in bridal make-up, Martin assisted the bridal party of the 2011 British royal wedding and created Zara Phillips’ wedding look.

Jan Sewell

Jan Sewell

Jan Sewell is a BAFTA-winning make-up artist with a wide-ranging career spanning film and television. She won a Goya Award for Agora, a World Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA for her work on French and Saunders and a British Television Advertising Craft Award for Best Makeup, Hair and Prosthetics for the commercial “Would I?” Sewell’s celebrity clients have included Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Rachel Weisz, Emma Thompson, Thandie Newton, Joely Richardson, Charlotte Rampling, Vanessa Redgrave and many others.


Andrew Gallimore

Veteran make-up artist Andrew Gallimore has worked alongside renowned photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and David Bailey; his work has appeared in publications including Vogue, Dazed and Confused and Harper’s Bazaar. Gallimore is currently beauty director for Hunger and an ambassador for NARS. Most recently, he collaborated with photographer Rankin to publish his first beauty book, Andrew Gallimore by Rankin, highlighting his dynamic approach to make-up. Celebrity clients include Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen, Suki Waterhouse, Sienna Miller, Jessie J and Bjork.

Lan Nguyen-Grealis

The youngest winner of Kryolan’s 2013 Golden Mask Award for Make-up Art, Lan Nguyen-Grealis is a self-taught make-up artist and internationally published author. The beauty editor of Phoenix magazine, her editorial work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle UK, Cosmopolitan and Russian Vogue; she has also served as head make-up designer for key fashion shows. Nguyen-Grealis presents a journey through her art at IMATS London, prior to launching her latest book, Art and Makeup, available September 2015.


Lee Pycroft

Lee Pycroft, is an international make-up artist and the founder and owner of MY-Management UK. Her client list includes the likes of Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, and Elle Macpherson and her editorial work has appeared in Glamour, Tatler and Marie Claire. She has consulted for leading cosmetic brands and is quoted regularly across a variety of UK media. Pycroft is a rare combination of commercial savvy and artistic ability. Recently, Pycroft created My-Makeover, which works regularly with leading charities offering bespoke make-up sessions.

Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou

Second-generation Londoner Lizzie Yianni-Georgiou studied business, beauty therapy, hairdressing and wigmaking at university, then completed an on-the-job training course at an independent television company before becoming a full-fledged make-up and hair artist for film and television. A 30-year industry veteran, in 2015 she won a Critics’ Choice Award, a Hollywood Film Award and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award, and was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA, for her work on Guardians of the Galaxy.

Mark Bowles

Mark Bowles is a self-taught artist who came from alternative club-kid culture in Ireland and London. He now specializes in creative editorial and his own unique brand of men’s make-up. Most recently he served as co-author and head of make-up for the book The Art of Male Makeup. In the future he hopes to take his work further into colleges and make-up schools to change the industry’s approach to men and make-up.


Mark Coulier

Mark Coulier has won Academy Awards and BAFTAs for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Iron Lady. A veteran make-up artist, his work appears in films including both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, X-Men: First Class, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, The Fifth ElementNightbreed and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Neill Gorton

Neill Gorton

In a career spanning more than two decades, Neill Gorton, with his company Millennium FX, has designed make-up effects, prosthetics and animatronic creations for hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Inkheart, The Wolfman, Doctor Who, Little Britain and Torchwood. In this time he’s won six Royal Television Society awards, three Welsh BAFTAs and a BAFTA Craft Award, along with several other nominations. Gorton also runs the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio, providing training in prosthetics and make-up effects to newcomers and professionals alike.
Paddy McGurgan

Paddy McGurgan

Paddy McGurgan is one of Ireland’s leading make-up artists. Trained by top make-up houses including M.A.C., Stila, NARS and Laura Mercier, he believes in constant training and staying current with trends and techniques. McGurgan’s work has appeared in several advertising campaigns and photo shoots. His editorial work has appeared in OK!, Hello, Reveal, Fate, Go Belfast, Ulster Tatler, Northern Woman, IN, Eve and Irish Hairdresser Magazine. McGurgan has also been Belfast Fashion Week’s head artist for 10 seasons running.

Penelope Gwen for Treasure House of Make-up/Mehron UK

Penelope Gwen

Penelope Gwen is a self-taught British artist who works within the mediums of make-up artistry, self-portrait and modeling. She is known for her experimental approach to makeup, creating emotive pieces that challenge conventional notions of beauty and capture the imagination. Her unique style has gained her a substantial fan base on Instagram, where her creative explosions inspire tens of thousands each day. Penelope Gwen has worked for numerous photographers, clothing designers, brands, and magazines.


Phyllis Cohen

Phyllis Cohen has worked for many publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Dazed & Confused, and for celebrities such as David Bowie, Annie Lennox and Daphne Guinness. Her body paintings have appeared in many advertising campaigns. Cohen has created bespoke facial adornments for fashion work since the ’80s. She has a master’s degree in fine art from Goldsmiths University of London. In 2012, she launched Face Lace, intricate ready-to-wear make-up designs, now sold in 15 countries worldwide.


Rod Maxwell

Award-winning special make-up effects artist and director Rod Maxwell has melded digital and practical effects for more than two decades in projects including his film The Wishing Well. He created the Flesh Master Color System and Flesh Master game for iOS to help artists learn color matching. He also teaches Cinema Makeup School classes on out-of-kit make-up effects, advanced prosthetics, creature maquette and digital effects. Maxwell is a former Face Off competitor.
Sofia Bue

Sofia Bue

Sofia Bue is from Denmark but has lived in New Zealand for six years, working as a sculptor and make-up artist. She works with Weta Workshop, best known for their work on Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Avatar. Alongside Weta she is very active in the body art industry, and has won several awards, including first in Special Effects Make Up at the World Bodypainting Festival in 2013. She is currently art directing her own body-art collection, Bodies of Art.


Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Emmy Award-winning artist Steve Johnson has been making mind-boggling creations for 30 years. His company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Johnson’s projects also include live-action performance for clients including Criss Angel and animatronic characters for theme parks around the globe.


Tate Steinsiek

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.

Vincent Ford

Vincent Ford

Vincent Ford is a Hollywood make-up artist with more than 10 years’ experience in beauty, commercial and celebrity make-up.  His work appears in magazines, on TV and in editorial spreads.  His focus is on clean lines and detail.  His desire to create flawless work lead him to specialize in airbrush make-up.  He has worked with many make-up companies, but specifically with TEMPTU PRO, creating educational curricula that allows him to share his knowledge with other aspiring artists.