Speaker Bios


Adam Johansen

Adam Johansen

Adam Johansen is co-director of the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning prosthetic and creature effects company Odd Studio. He, along with co-director Damian Martin, run their internationally renowned shop in Sydney. Johansen’s body of work spans more than 20 years and includes Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, Farscape, Babe: Pig in the City, Where the Wild Things Are and Gods of Egypt. He was recently prosthetic supervisor on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and co-creature effects supervisor on Alien: Covenant.
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.


Becca Gilmartin

Becca Gilmartin

Beauty editor of Australia’s premier beauty publication, LAUD Magazine, and ABIA’s “2014 MUA of the Year” Becca Gilmartin’s beauty- and body-art talents see her working with names such as Kimbra, Danni Minogue, Antonia Kidman and PNAU—as well as the TV shows The Voice, Australia and Germany’s Next Top Model + X Factor. Author of Makeup Artist Bootcamp and We the Painted, with sold-out tours of her in-demand course Makeup Artist Bootcamp, Gilmartin is considered one of Australia’s favorite MUA’s.
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Damian Martin

Damian Martin, co-founder of Odd Studio, is an Oscar and BAFTA award winning make-up artist specializing in prosthetic and creature make-up . Some of their film credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, Farscape, The Wolverine, The Matrix Reloaded, Babe: Pig in the City, Where the Wild Things Are, Superman Returns, The Cup, Australia,Gods of Egypt, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

Debbie Muller

Debbie Muller is a multi-talented make-up and hair artist working in film, television, print, fashion and theater. Her film credits include The Great Gatsby, The Wolverine and Backyard Ashes. She is also a global make-up and special effects educator and has traveled Europe with the BBC, working on documentaries. Her most recent work is Foxtel Channel’s Open Sather as make-up and hair supervisor. Her clients include Dannii Minogue, Paul Hogan, Bryan Brown, Jerry Hall and Xavier Samuel.
Eliza Campagna

Eliza Campagna

Eliza Campagna is a Sydney-based hair and make-up artist working in television, film, print and fashion. Her credits include the TV programs The Morning Show, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise, and films The Wolverine, Unbroken and The Great Gatsby. Her celebrity clients include The Bondi Hipsters, Edwina Bartholomew, Fifi Box, Melissa Doyle, Kylie Gillies, Andrew O’Keefe and Geoffrey Rush. She has taught previously at IMATS Sydney and at the Australian College of Make-up and Special Effects.

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.

Gino Acevedo

Gino Acevedo is a master of practical make-up effects and also embraces the digital art of creature design.  As the Textures Supervisor and Creative Art Director for Weta, Acevedo serves as liaison between Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, offering continuous design vision from initial illustrative designs through to the final digital effects shots shown on screen. Acevedo has award-winning talent and movie credits including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit series, King Kong, Avatar and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.


Jutta Schmitz

Jutta Schmitz

Jutta Schmitz is a multitalented make-up artist, hairdresser and wigmaker. She started her career in 2002 in Germany and worked internationally for theater, television and film. Her work has appeared in performances by Opera Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company and The Australian Ballet and ABC shows including Dirty Laundry and Spicks and Specks. She has worked on films including The Secret River and Gods of Egypt. Most recently, she supervised wigs on the Foxtel comedy show Open Slather.
Kiekie Stanners

Kiekie Stanners

M.A.C. New Zealand Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners is a sought-after make-up artist whose craft is infused with extensive training and experience in the fashion industry. Shaping faces nationally and internationally, Stanners has keyed fashion week shows in Sydney and New Zealand, as well as informing looks at Milan Fashion Week. Stanners has worked with some of the most celebrated entertainment industry professionals, from Lorde to Rita Ora to Natalia Kills.
Kylie Clarke

Kylie Clarke

Kylie Clarke has worked in the wig-making industry for 28 years all over the world in theater, film and television and has run her Sydney-based wig company for the past 15 years. Clarke is passionate about the creative storytelling process and creating pieces that transform an actor into character. Among her film credits are Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine; current theater productions include Matilda and Les Misérables.

Liza Coggins

Liza Coggins is a Los Angeles-based artist working in television, commercials and print.  Currently, she is Craig Ferguson’s make-up artist for Celebrity Name Game, and served as Make-up Department Head on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Guest Host Shows. She assisted body paint artist Joanne Gair on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues for five seasons. Liza’s celebrity clients include Ellie Kemper, Russell Crow, Kristen Bell, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum and Christina Aguilera.  Liza painted the detail on Ben Nye’s Patriot body make-up and has a degree in fine arts.
Martin Bray

Martin Bray

Martin Bray is a renowned make-up artist whose celebrity clients include Kelly Rowland, Miranda Kerr, George Michael and The Veronicas. He has directed make-up for Myer seasonal fashion parades and Sydney Fashion Week and is head make-up artist for The X Factor Australia. His work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and more.
Nadine Terens

Nadine Terens

Nadine Terens has worked professionally in Sydney since 2009 as a make-up artist, hairdresser and special effects artist. She is currently make-up supervisor on Network Seven’s long-running TV soap Home and Away. Terens’ credits include Nameless: The Broken Way, Australia, Deadly Women and Behind Mansion Walls, as well as numerous commercials, fashion, theater and many satisfied brides.
Rae Morris

Rae Morris

Apart from being one of the world's most influential make-up artists, Rae Morris is also a best-selling author and the designer of the acclaimed Rae Morris brush range. She works with fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire and global superstars including Pink and Kelly Roland. Also, as L’Oréal Paris Australia makeup director (2003-2013), she directed more than 100 fashion shows for key fashion designers. Her natural talent and her willingness to share her knowledge have made her one of the industry’s leading educators.

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.


Shay Evans / Felicity Frockaccino

Shay Evans/Felicity Frockaccino

Shay Evans is a costumier and foam-wig and headpiece creator originally from New Zealand, living in Sydney. Evans also goes by the stage name Felicity Frockaccino with his work being worn by many drag queen entertainers and performers all over Australasia. Evans’ past accomplishments include various WearableArt awards, DIVA awards nominations (2012, 2015) and a New Zealand Burlesque Festival Golden Garter award.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won the Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for the transformation she performed on Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards just completed working on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and will shoot Avengers 4 (Untitled) this fall. You can see more of her work on Chadwick Boseman on the Netflix original Message from the King. She also has a successful brand called London Brush Company
Tami Lane

Tami Lane

When Tami Lane was in college she took a tour of KNB EFX Group Inc. where she met Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. This meeting changed her life. Two weeks after graduating, in May 1996, Lane moved to L.A. and started work at KNB. Thus, her career in make-up effects began. In 1999, Lane traveled to New Zealand to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy where she reunited with Berger for the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—both were awarded the Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2006. Lane was again nominated in 2012 for her work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and for an Emmy in 2016 for Sons of Anarchy. Lane currently resides in L.A. and continues to work around the world. 
Yvonne Savage

Yvonne Savage

Yvonne Savage is one of Sydney’s leading hair and make-up stylists. She has experience in film, theater and photographic work in Australia and England. Following training at the London College of Fashion, Savage’s career has been a successful mix of film, advertising and editorial. Her credits include Gods of Egypt, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great Gatsby and Australia.
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