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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.