Speaker Bios

Alphonse Wiebelt

Alphonse Wiebelt’s career in the fashion and beauty industry has given him a well-rounded background, from make-up artistry and product development to education. Co-founder of Musebeauty.Pro and creator of ESUM Brushes, he is honored to share his expertise and passion for beauty.


Amber Dreadon

Amber Dreadon

Amber Dreadon established her career as a M.A.C. artist in her home of Auckland, New Zealand. She has done fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, for designers including Chloé, Proenza Schouler and Kenzo. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Oyster. Her celebrity clients include Lorde and Florence Welch. She has also worked on television series, red-carpet make-up, art installations and make-up for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Cirque du Soleil. 


Anabel Vargas

Anabel Vargas is an award-winning international make-up artist and educator. She works in print, commercials, video production and film. Her work has been featured on MTV, Good Morning America, NBC, Telemundo, TV Land, Access Hollywood and E! Online. Some of the most beautiful faces in the world have benefited from her creative style and technique. With her husband, she owns and operates the Vargas Beauty Arts Academy, the Vargas Photography Studio and Vargas Beauty & Arts Pro Store.


Angel Merino

Angel "Mac Daddyy" Merino

Angel “Mac Daddyy” Merino is a digital beauty creator, celebrity make-up artist, artistic director and entrepreneur. He has worked closely with some of the industry’s top photographers, models and Hollywood stars such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Chanel Iman, Mel B and many more. His work has appeared in Teen Vogue, The New York Times and Latina Magazine. Merino has his own make-up brand, Artist Couture, and inspires his 1.3 million social media followers.
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.


Brian Kinney

Brian Kinney

Brian Kinney is an Emmy-nominated Journeyman make-up artist serving as Local 706 make-up craft coordinator and executive board member. He has worked in film, television, theater and print for the last 15 years. Since training at England’s Delamar Academy, Kinney has worked in effects labs, on set and in classrooms in North America and Europe. His work appears in feature films and television shows including The Purge: Anarchy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Scenic Route


Chloe Sens

Chloe Sens

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. 


Christien Tinsley

Christien Tinsley

Christien Tinsley is an award-winning make-up artist and one of today’s leading special make-up effects creators for film and television. His renowned work and inventiveness on The Passion of the Christ (2004) garnered him an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for developing a process known as the prosthetic transfer. Tinsley continues to own and operate Tinsley Studio and Tinsley Transfers, Inc. while maintaining his working relationships as a make-up artist and character designer.


Courtney Tichman

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.


Craig Reardon

Craig Reardon

Make-up artist Craig Reardon worked with Rick Baker on projects including The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Funhouse and An American Werewolf in London.  Reardon worked with his idol and mentor Dick Smith on Altered States. Reardon’s additional film credits include Poltergeist, Dreamscape, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Weird Science and The Goonies.  He did TV movies including The Dreamer of Oz and ’90s TV shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X Files.  


Dion Peronneau

Dion Peronneau has led the Peronneau Agency for 22 years. The agency began as an image development firm in 1990. Peronneau represents hair, make-up and wardrobe stylists, and the agency has become a go-to source for webisode producers and on-line beauty editors. Celebrity clients have included Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and many more. Advertising clients have included Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, L'Oréal, Pepsi, McDonalds and Revlon, to name a few.


Dutch Bihary

Dutch Bihary

Dutch Bihary enjoys applying his illustrative style to all face- and body-painting media. He teaches classes internationally and was a finalist in the first season of Skin Wars. He also enjoys 3-D black-light mural art and special make-up effects; he has several movies and music videos to his credit. Bihary’s unique painting style led him to coin a technique he calls Blobology. With his wife, Brecky, he owns and operates Contours FX.


Eryn Krueger Mekash

Eryn Krueger Mekash

Eryn Krueger Mekash is a 28-year TV and movie make-up veteran. Her credits include Eat Pray Love, Whip It!, My Sister’s Keeper, Running With Scissors, Alpha Dog, Glee, Nip/Tuck, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Everybody Loves Raymond. She has worked for Stan Winston and Rick Baker, among others, has received 23 Emmy nominations and just won her first Emmy for The Normal Heart. She is the department head on American Horror Story.


Eugenia Weston

Eugenia Weston

Emmy-nominated artist and cosmetics innovator Eugenia Weston is gifted with a remarkable sense of color and design. She created Senna, the first retail pro make-up line, in 1976 and the pioneering Form-A-Brow stencil and in-store brow-shaping services that launched the mega-brow category. Senna make-up is in demand by celebrities and pro artists on productions such as Dancing With The Stars, American Horror Story, NCIS: New Orleans and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl is a five-time Emmy winner, author and beauty authority. A leader in high definition beauty, Pearl and her work have appeared on The View, Today, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, Saturday Night Live, the Academy Awards, American Ballet Theatre and more. As an innovator and trendsetter, she continues to develop EVE Pearl Beauty Brands. Her Reverse Contouring and signature methods are used worldwide to minimize time and maximize results.
Francesca Tolot

Francesca Tolot

Francesca Tolot is considered one of the most innovative make-up artists in the industry. Her clients have ranged from Elizabeth Taylor to Chloë Grace Moretz. She made her mark in the music arena, working with Madonna, Faith Hill, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani. Her best-known work has been with Beyoncé, from Super Bowl performances to Vogue covers and 36 of the singer’s videos. Tolot has worked with prominent magazines worldwide and on major feature films. Her new book, One Woman 100 Faces, showcases groundbreaking make-up looks, photographed by her husband, Alberto Tolot.


Frank Moore

Frank Moore

Frank Moore has more than 25 years of experience as an agent/producer in Los Angeles; he has spent the last 17 of those at Celestine Agency, where he is responsible for promoting and marketing artists. Celestine was founded in 1986 by Angelika Schubert, and continues to be a leader in the fashion, beauty, music and film industries. 


Gregory Arlt

Gregory Arlt

Keynote speaker and M.A.C.'s Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt, began working at Fred Segal in 1989. By 1993, he had built a healthy clientele as a make-up artist. When four M.A.C. artists told him he should work with M.A.C., he interviewed and was hired instantly. He now teaches master classes worldwide and works the shows in Paris, Milan, New York and L.A. Clients include Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige and Victoria Beckham.

Gregson Gabrio

Gregson Gabrio studied digital cinematography and film production at Loyola Marymount University and is now a Local 600 Digital Imaging Technician. He liaises with all the crafts on set, as well as post, to create a workflow and look that best suits the picture. His understanding of how the camera interprets color allows him to discuss color use with the artists. His credits include Gangster Squad, Bad Words, Horrible Bosses 2 and the 2015 film Blackhat.


Henry Vasquez

Henry Vasquez

Born and raised in southern California, Henry Vasquez has been active in the beauty industry for the last eight years. From working as a make-up artist for M.A.C. Cosmetics to doing commercials, beauty campaigns, film and print to learning from some of the most established artists working today, Vasquez continues to build his artistry. As head make-up artist for Hot Makeup Professional, Vasquez furthers his mission to build stronger bonds within the beauty community through mutual support.


Jordu Schell

Jordu Schell is a renowned American sculptor and concept artist who has been working in the film and television industries for more than 25 years. Films for which Schell has designed creatures and characters include Predator 2, Men in Black, Alien: Resurrection, Avatar, The Mist, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Edward Scissorhands, Creature of Darkness, Dragonball Evolution and more. Schell also teaches sculpting and design at his Chatsworth, Calif. studio.


Kanesha Perry

Kanesha Perry

From retail to the runway, Kanesha Perry has been beautifying clients for more than 18 years. She truly believes in beauty from the inside out, whether it be celebrity clients, editorial, fashion- week shows or helping the everyday client find the perfect hues. Perry believes that personal divinity radiates from within us all.


Lindsay Dickhout

Lindsay Dickhout

Lindsay Dickhout started her company, Million Dollar Tan, out of college and changed the way spray tanning was done by using a spray gun instead of airbrush.  She was soon tanning celebrities and models. She also developed her own tanning solution and retail products that looked natural, faded evenly and dried quickly.  With 13 years in the industry and more than 3,000 professional accounts in 34 countries, she has mastered the perfect spray tan.


Madeline Leonard

Madeline Leonard

Madeline Leonard has been representing make-up artists since 1986. She is the owner/director of Cloutier Remix. “Originally we spent a lot of time face to face with artists and clients,” she says. “Portfolios were the main tool. Today our focus is much wider and more strategic ... how to reach clients in a crowded market, how best to showcase make-up artists' talents and how to facilitate lucrative and rewarding career extensions for already established artists.”
Michael Astalos

Michael Astalos

Before he was a lighting specialist, Michael Astalos was a professional photographer. After marrying a professional make-up artist in 1990, he built the first make-up station incorporating both daylight and tungsten lamps in a portable system that would become the industry standard for film, TV and commercials; he supplies these through Cases for Visual Arts. In 2014, he introduced a new line of LED lights, and his latest company, The Makeup Light, was born.


Michael Burnett

Michael Burnett

Two-time Emmy-nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been doing make-up in the film and TV industry for more than 30 years. Prior to forming his own make-up effects company, MBP Inc., Burnett worked with Rick Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Burnett’s credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek: Enterprise, Passions and Mad TV.  Burnett is currently the make-up designer for the Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Michèle Burke

Michèle Burke is the winner of two Academy Awards for Achievement in Makeup and was nominated for another four. Burke is also the winner of two BAFTA Awards and an Emmy. Born in Kildare, Ireland, Burke began her career doing make-up for fashion and horror films. Of her work Burke said, “I have a very straightforward approach to make-up ... Explore the creative boundaries of the assignment while keeping the execution simple, quick and effective.”


Norman Cabrera

Norman Cabrera

Norman Cabrera is a 30-year special make-up effects veteran who has sculpted and designed monsters for the movies since age 19. He got his start in Hollywood working for Rick Baker on several films including Harry and The Hendersons and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. During his career, he has lent his talents to top make-up effects studios on the first and second Hellboy films, Species, From Dusk Till Dawn and other films.


Odd Studio

Odd Studio

Sydney-based Odd Studio is a world renowned and award-winning company at the forefront of prosthetic make-up, creature effects, character design, costume props and models and props. Directors Adam Johansen and Damian Martin have more than 20 years of industry experience. Together they founded Odd Studio 11 years ago. Their ongoing dedication to the art, their practical approach and their extended family of talented crew keep the company in high demand for in-camera effects.
Pashur

Pashur

Award-winning body painter Pashur is known throughout the world as the Picasso of body painting. His influence is apparent throughout the industry. He has sold out workshops in Australia, Europe, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. He was a body-painting expert on Face Off and helped develop the body-painting competition show Skin Wars. His clients include Cirque du Soleil, Toyota, Nikki Minaj, Wrangler, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TNT, Playboy and other magazines. CanvasAlive.com/Instagram: @pashur_bodyart


Rod Maxwell

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.

Roshar

Roshar is an international make-up artist based in New York City and Los Angeles who is known for his unconventional work in the fashion industry. His work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and countless others.


Ruby Polanco

Ruby Polanco

Since launching Ruby Makeup Academy in 2006, founder/CEO Ruby Polanco has expanded her company to three locations in Los Angeles.  She’s been published in FHM internationally, Maxim and New Beauty, among others. In early 2014, Inc. magazine declared Polanco’s business one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies.  She has worked with countless celebrities in various venues, from TV shows to the runway.  Polanco’s empire continues to grow daily, spreading love and make-up.


Stephen Dimmick

Stephen Dimmick

From teen runaway in Brisbane, Australia to the runways of Dior and the covers of Vogue Italia and Time magazine, Stephen Dimmick has never been one to believe in limitations. For the last 26 years, his hands have created the faces of Oscar-winning celebs and the most outrageous pop sensations, but Dimmick’s true passion is to make women not just look beautiful but FEEL beautiful—because it’s more than make-up!
Steve Laporte

Steve LaPorte

Steve LaPorte started his make-up career in 1979. He went from working in make-up studios to opening his own studio to running NBC’s in-house lab and finally department-heading his own shows and maintaining a home make-up lab. He's a 30-year Local 706 Journeyman and longtime member of the motion picture and television academies. He's won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Saturn and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. Current projects include Bosch and Longmire.
Tamara Jacobs

Tamara Jacobs

Tamara Jacobs was born and raised in Los Angeles and holds art studio and art history degrees from UC Santa Barbara. After college she worked for an art dealer before entering beauty representation, first at The Magnet Agency and then at Atelier Management, where she opened the West Coast beauty division with a roster of make-up, hair, wardrobe and set design. After nearly nine years, she has established herself as one of the best in the business.


Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 30 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. He has contributed to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the Syfy show Defiance, and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.
Todd Debreceni

Todd Debreceni

Before starting his small effects shop in Denver, Todd Debreceni worked for Ted Turner at WTBS in Atlanta, 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television Animation. Among his credits are Ink, My Favorite Martian and Captain Phillips. He has created effects for many productions and teaches in the U.S. and overseas; his book Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen has been hailed as the bible for make-up effects artists. 


Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is a professional hair and make-up artist whose work has appeared in such publications as Vogue, Glamour, Allure and InStyle. She is the preferred artists for A-list clients including Brooke Burke, Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek. She has worked with various television shows, including Burn Notice and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Taylor is a Temptu Pro artist and shares her expertise as a master-class instructor for the company.


Vargas

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.


Ve Neill

Over the course of her career, Ve Neill has won three Oscars, two Emmys, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA and many more awards and nominations. From her early career as a rock ‘n’ roll stylist, Neill developed her skills as a make-up artist and designer specializing in extreme fantasy and character looks. Her film credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Hunger Games series. She is a judge on Syfy’s make-up effects show Face Off.
Victor Cembellin

Victor Cembellin

Victor Cembellin, M.A.C. Pro Senior Artist Northwest, began his career with M.A.C. in 1995. In 2000, he joined the Northwest Artist Training and Development team. His work includes doing make-up for fashion-week and awards shows and film festivals; he also shares tips and tricks with media outlets and develops workshops for M.A.C. artists. Career highlights have included working as Missy Elliott’s make-up artist on a world tour and keying a shoot for her “We Run This” video. 


Vivian Baker

Vivian Baker

Vivian Baker is a veteran make-up artist who has enjoyed a career in film, TV, commercials, print and fashion for more than 25 years. She has worked on such high-profile projects as Oz The Great and Powerful, Grey Gardens and her latest film, Jurassic World. Her clients include Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks. Baker says having the proper lighting wherever she works is critical to her success.


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