Speakers


Alex Box

Alex Box

Alex Box has distinguished herself as a creative multi-platform artist who ingeniously mixes art, science and nature. Box has also worked her magic on beauty editorials in VogueWAnother MagazineDazed & Confused and more. Her celebrity work includes Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Azalea Banks. She’s also designed iconic catwalk looks as make-up director of international fashion shows for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel.
Barrie Gower

Barrie Gower

Barrie Gower graduated from the London College of Fashion, where he studied specialist make-up. His first job was at the BBC Visual Effects department, followed by his first major film, Saving Private Ryan. He has worked for industry leaders such as Weta Workshop and Rick Baker. He contributed to the prosthetics for Oscar-winning films The Wolfman and The Iron Lady. Gower is prosthetics supervisor for HBO’s Game of Thrones, which earned him two Emmys.
Candice Banks

Candice Banks

Candice Banks has been a hair and make-up artist for 20 years. She studied and worked in Scotland until 13 years ago when she came to London to work on Shaun of the Dead. Banks’ credits include Hot Fuzz, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Robin Hood, John Carter and Wrath of the Titans. She’s been the hair supervisor on Game of Thrones since Season One, is a five-time Emmy nominee and has won a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award.

Caron Keane

As a national make-up artist for Urban Decay, Caron Keane has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Keane has done everything from editorial to television, with a few celebrity clients along the way.
Chris Hickson

Chris Hickson

Chris Hickson has worked in motion pictures as an artist and photo double for Leonardo DiCaprio for four years, working on The Wolf of Wall Street and The Revenant. He's worked extensively with Sian Grigg and Duncan Jarman throughout The Revenant for test makeup.
Danny Marie Elias

Danny Marie Elias

Danny Marie Elias is a make-up, hair and prosthetics artist with a broad range of experience including film, TV, fashion, media and editorial. Some of her credits include BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe X Factor, The Underwater Realm and Doctor Who. Her work’s been in FaceON, Edge, The Guardian, Vogue Italia and Men’s Health.
David Marti

David Martí

David Martí has been a make-up effects artist for 25 years and is the co-owner of DDT Efectos Especiales. He has worked on more than 70 films, including Pan’s Labyrinth, for which he won the Academy Award in 2007. Some of his other credits, along with DDT partner Montse Ribé, include Crimson Peak, Hellboy, The Skin I Live In, Mama and the upcoming A Monster Calls.
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.
Duncan Jarman

Duncan Jarman

Duncan Jarman has worked in motion pictures as a prosthetic make-up artist for more than 20 years. He is a two-time Emmy winner and was nominated recently for a BAFTA and an Academy Award for his work on The Revenant.  Jarman’s film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Saving Private Ryan, The Aviator, Band of Brothers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Einat Dan

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. 
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.


Frances Hannon

Frances Hannon

Hair, make-up and prosthetic designer Frances Hannon attended The London College of Fashion and trained at the BBC. She won her first BAFTA for the TV miniseries The Singing Detective. Over the years, Hannon worked on diverse projects including The Gathering Storm (BAFTA win), Conspiracy (Emmy nomination), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Da Vinci Code, X-Men: First Class, The Kings Speech (BAFTA nomination), World War Z, Captain Phillips and The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which she won a BAFTA and an Academy Award in 2015.
Frederic Letailleur

Frederic Letailleur

With more than 18 years’ experience, Fred Letailleur is renowned for his creativity and expertise in the make-up industry. His work across fashion, film, theater and television sectors has allowed Letailleur to stay at the forefront of emerging make-up trends. As Yves Saint Laurent Beauté’s National Face Designer and make-up artist, Letailleaur’s work epitomizes the edgy femininity of the modern woman and perfectly embodies the YSL attitude.

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.
Giuseppe Cannas

Giuseppe Cannas

Giuseppe Cannas joined the National Theatre as head of department in 2011. He has worked worldwide across the industry disciplines, including for Disney’s The Lion King and McQueen. He’s passionate about technical excellence and developing the emerging field of live cinema broadcasting for theater.
Hannah Martin

Hannah Martin

Bobbi Brown PRO Artist for the UK & Ireland, Hannah Martin began her career with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 2007. She was personally trained by Brown 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.
Helen Casey

Helen Casey

Helen Casey has worked at the National Theatre since 2008 on a wide range of productions, most notably as key creature make-up artist for Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein. Casey is involved in the education and apprenticeship programs at the National Theatre.
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.


Jane Walker

Jane Walker

Jane Walker has been a make-up artist for 35 years. She began her career at the BBC in 1981 where she trained and worked before starting her freelance career. She joined the Game of Thrones team in 2013 and has four Emmy nominations and two wins for her work on the series. Her film credits include Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, from her collaborations with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
Karla Powell

Karla Powell

Karla Powell is an award-winning artist known for her creative make-up; she has designed an array of make-up products to enhance artists’ kits. Powell recently toured the U.K. teaching her sold-out Lip Art Workshops, and she hosted a Temptu Pro master class in New York. She has nearly 1 million followers on her social media platforms and works with brands to manage their social campaigns.
Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander had 10 years’ salon experience before he attended London College of Fashion. He worked for several hair and make-up designers before becoming a hair designer himself. Some of his credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Robin Hood and John Carter. He’s been a hair designer on Game of Thrones since Season One, Episode One. He has six Emmy nominations and has won a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award.

Kevin James Bennett

Kevin James Bennett is known across the industry as one of the most product-driven, business-focused artists of a generation. Not only is he an Emmy Award winner and incredibly successful make-up artist, he is a leader and educator in all aspects of the industry, an inspirational voice and, without a doubt, one of the most intensive product experts. 
Leon Smikle

Leon Smikle

Leon Smikle is a special make-up effects artist working in TV and film. His passion for creating characters lead him into the world of prosthetics and Nick Dudman’s make-up effects creature department. He’s worked on projects including The Iron Lady, X-Men: First Class, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Game of Thrones and The Revenant.
Leonard Engelman

Leonard Engelman

Leonard Engelman is an Emmy nominee and Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award winner. He is also the former Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the former director of education at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. His work spans film, television, commercials, music videos and editorial. His celebrity clients include Cher (Moonstruck, Burlesque), Michelle Pfeiffer (The Witches of Eastwick), Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle) and Julie Andrews (The Princess Diaries). He has also worked with Val Kilmer (Heat), Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, Rocky IV).
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.
Madelyn Greco

Madelyn Greco

Madelyn Greco is a five-time world champion body painter, along with her painting partner and spouse, Scott Fray. The pair are the only artists in history to sweep all five of the World Bodypainting Festival’s categories consecutively, achieved in four years’ time. They've also captured titles in the United States and Asia and set a Guinness World Record in 2007. Greco is Competition Director/Co-Producer of Living Art America: The North American Bodypainting Championship. She enjoys making international connections surrounding her abiding passion for this art form.
Mahealani Diego

Mahealani Diego

Best known for her work on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Godzilla, Mahealani Diego’s fashion work has also been seen around the world at New York Fashion Week, Couture Fashion Week, Dominican Republic Fashion Week, Bucharest Fashion Week and India International Fashion Week. Upcoming film projects include Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Mike Makesh

Mike Mekash

Mike Mekash started his career as a graphic artist in the skateboard and snowboard industry. In 2000, he moved to Los Angeles to be lead designer for Tinsley Studio where he drew tattoos for film and television shows. After parlaying his skills, Mekash evolved into a make-up artist where he has worked on films such as John Carter, Iron Man 2, Felon and recently, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Mekash has been Emmy-nominated nine times and earned three wins, two for his work on American Horror Story.
Neill Gorton

Neill Gorton

In a career that spans 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. Gorton has won six Royal Television Society awards, three Welsh BAFTAs and a BAFTA Craft Award, along with several other nominations. He also runs the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio, providing training in prosthetics and make-up effects to newcomers and professionals alike.
Nick Dudman

Nick Dudman

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


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.


Paul Davis

Paul Davis

Paul Davis is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose first film was the 2009 feature documentary Beware the Moon, on the making of An American Werewolf in London. He is also the author of Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London and Lost in The Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, which will be released Summer 2017.

Paul James Merchant

London-based Paul James Merchant leads Kryolan’s international make-up team. As a self-taught artist, his talents are wide-ranging in theater, fashion, body painting, TV, advertising and editorial. In addition to being a global educator, Merchant’s work includes Next Top Model Live in Britain, Ireland and America; London Fashion Week; and features in FaceON, Make-up International (M.U.I.), Warpaint, Make-Up Artist magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vogue.
Rachel Tang

Rachel Tang

Rachel Tang is a Rodial senior make-up artist based at the exclusive Sculpting Bar in Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge, London location. Tang has extensive experience creating a range of beauty looks, with a specialty in contouring. Her make-up education began with making over family and friends and she has now progressed to a professional level preparing celebrities for the red carpet and clients for their weddings.
Rebecca Butterworth

Rebecca Butterworth

With more than 15 years’ experience, M.A.C. Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth has worked backstage on prestigious shows such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, and with artists like Val Garland, Alex Box and Isamaya Ffrench. Recent work includes Craig Green’s first ad campaign shot by iconic photographer Nick Knight and editorials for Elle and L’Officiel magazines.
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.
Sarah Gower

Sarah Gower

After graduating from Teesside University with a BA in Creative Visualization in 2000, Sarah Gower began working in the visual effects department of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. She has worked for Framestore and Cinisite as visual effects coordinator and digital intermediate producer on projects such as X-Men: First Class and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. She now coordinates all projects for BGFX. Gower was nominated for an Emmy for her work on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Sunita Parmar

Sunita Parmar

A graduate of the London College of Fashion, Sunita Parmar has been a prosthetic and special effects make-up artist for 16 years. Parmar knew she would pursue a career in prosthetics from an early age. She has worked with an array of the industry's leading Heads of Departments on theatre, television and film productions. Some of the larger productions include: Harry Potter; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; X-Men: First Class; Under the Skin; the Hobbit; WWZ; Guardians of the Galaxies; The Revenant; Game of Thrones and most recently Dr. Strange.
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, the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.
Tom Hester

Tom Hester

Tom Hester has designed and sculpted for Hollywood for more than 35 years. His early work with Rick Baker included such films as An American Werewolf in London; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; Michael Jackson's Thriller, Harry and The Hendersons, Gorillas in the Mist and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Aside from live action film work and his personal fine art bronze sculptures, Hester was the lead character designer for the animated blockbusters Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
Tristan Versluis

Tristan Versluis

Born in Zimbabwe, Tristan Versluis lives in England and specializes in prosthetics and special make-up effects. He’s worked in film, TV, advertising and music videos and is renowned for his fine sculpture, eye for color and ability to create “truly imaginative, believable characters.” Versluis’ credits include Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Night RisesWorld War Z, The Revenant and more. He’s won an Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for Games of Thrones Season Four and he's currently the supervisor on Annihilation.
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