Speakers


Alex LaMarsh

Alex LaMarsh

At 6'2" Alex LaMarsh is a force to be reckoned with, whether she’s wielding a make-up brush or producing photo shoots. LaMarsh moved from Nebraska to San Francisco to study fashion and costume design; she worked as a theater and opera costumer before moving to New York to model. After living and working in Los Angeles for more than a decade, she moved to New York, where she’s now a make-up and hair artist and a beauty columnist.
Amazing Jiro

Amazing Jiro

As a prosthetic make-up artist and educator from Tokyo, Japan, Jiro specializes in special make-up effects and 3-D face and body painting. Jiro also runs the JUR Amazing School and has won awards for his make-up work.
Brian Champagne

Brian Champagne

Brian Champagne has been a professional make-up artist for 30 years and is the three-time U.S. and world champion facialist in Bio-Therapeutic’s Face of the Future contest. Champagne will be the Host of the 2018 Competition. His clients include Miss USA, Miss Universe, Selena and Reba McEntire.  And he’s worked on the Oscars, Houston Rodeo and the Emmy Awards. Champagne is a social media sensation, a top educator and holds the world record for the largest make-up workshop in history known as Living Legends and Friends. He created Brian Champagne Skin Care, a high performance line formulated to be perfectly compatible with make-up.
Charnelle Smith

Charnelle Smith

Aim Artists Agency founder Charnelle Smith began as a receptionist with Cloutier. As an agent, she has an unwavering commitment to building long-standing relationships throughout the entertainment business. One of her strongest attributes is her ability to match the right artists with the right clients, creating continued rebooking. She treats her clients with fairness and respect, and artists she represents know they have an agent who advocates for them both creatively and financially.
Crosby Carter

Crosby Carter

Crosby Carter is a beauty and fashion industry maven. She has represented hairstylists, make-up artists, groomers, fashion stylists and tastemakers for more than 15 years. Carter’s talented network has touched camera, video, editorial and social media campaigns for beauty, fashion, music, film, television and celebrity. Her clients include Christian Dior, Chanel and CoverGirl. Carter helps launch careers, looks and merchants from obscurity to the red carpet.
Cynthia Rivas for MAC

Cynthia Rivas

Cynthia Rivas grew up near Hollywood and began working for M.A.C. at 19. Making the most of every opportunity through M.A.C. as well as freelance work to hone her skills and network her way to red-carpet clients, Rivas has risen through the company and was promoted to M.A.C. senior artist for North America in 2012. Rivas has worked with many celebrities, fashion shows, music videos and editorials.
Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin

With 20 years’ experience in both artistry and development, make-up artist Daniel Martin has established himself as a premier talent. He has consulted and developed products for brands including Lancôme, Tatcha and KohGenDo and built relationships with international fashion houses and an extensive A-list roster that includes Jessica Alba, Julianne Moore, Chloë Sevigny and Elisabeth Moss. He serves as brand ambassador to Christian Dior Beauty and splits his time between New York and Paris.
DeShawn Hatcher

DeShawn Hatcher

DeShawn Hatcher is a make-up artist, educator, author and Guinness World Record holder as beauty director for the longest runway show. Hatcher’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, WWD, Vogue Mexico and Essence and on celebrities including Beyoncé, Tom Cruise and Vanessa Williams. Her book Assisting Rules! The Ultimate Guide to Assisting Makeup Artists and Hairstylists in Beauty, Fashion & Print helps explain the industry, which she also discusses in her blog and on Periscope.
Erik Soto

Erik Soto

Erik Soto is the Kat Von D Beauty global make-up artist. For six years, Soto was on the Sephora PRO team at New York Fashion Week and the Sundance Film Festival. Soto works closely with Kat Von D, producing a spectrum of new looks for the brand. His passion for beauty is contagious. Soto embodies Kat Von D Beauty from his rule-defying creations and obsession with color, his fashion-forward aesthetic and his artistic point of view.
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.
Gail Kennedy

Gail Kennedy

Emmy-winning artist Gail Kennedy has more than 30 years’ experience and is recognized as one of the industry’s top make-up artists in period work. Her more than 80 film and TV credits include Legends of the Fall, Into the West, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, PasschendaeleHell on Wheels and Fargo.

Joel Harlow

Joel Harlow’s career in make-up began in 1986. In close to 30 years as a professional make-up artist, he has been responsible for cutting-edge make-up and prosthetics featured in several high-caliber projects for film and television. His work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, garnering him two Emmy Awards and an Oscar. His expansive credit list includes all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek, Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary, The Lone Ranger and Logan, among many others. At IMATS Los Angeles 2013, he launched his custom line of professional silicone prosthetics through Frends Beauty Supply.

John Stapleton

M.A.C. Senior Artist John Stapleton’s editorial work has appeared in Us, Details, Interview, Spin, The New York Times Magazine, Girlfriends, Los Angeles Times Magazine, WWD and many other publications. He has appeared on Manhunt, The Cho Show, America’s Next Top Model, E! News, How Do I Look?, The Tyra Banks Show and more. He has worked on celebrities including Anika Noni Rose, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Jamie  Lee Curtis and Margaret Cho.

Jos Brands

Jos Brands learned make-up artistry at the Royal Flemish Opera; during his international career, he has worked for film, TV, stage, fashion photographers, designers and advertising projects. Brands has headed Kryolan Professional Make-up International Creative and Education for more than 10 years. He conducts seminars worldwide on airbrushing, body painting and high-definition make-up. He has developed a comprehensive pedagogical concept for the innovative techniques of high-definition make-up.


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. 
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.”

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.

Melissa Street

Melissa Street is an Emmy-winning freelance make-up artist with more than 25 years’ experience in non-union film, TV, print, theater and live events. Her company, Epic Makeup, serves clients including Microsoft, Nike, Xbox, NBC, CBS and E! News. Her celebrity clients include Carlos Santana, Foreigner, Kenny Loggins, Michael Jordan and others. Her film credits include When You Find Me, Walter, Sports Heaven and more. She is the key make-up artist for the NBC 7 San Diego news team.
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.
Michael Westmore

Michael Westmore

Michael Westmore is an Oscar- and nine-time Emmy Award-winning make-up artist. He was the make-up supervisor at Paramount and headed the Star Trek franchise make-up department from The Next Generation forward. His films include Raging Bull, Rocky and The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Mila Thomas

Named one of Essence "9 Black Celebrity Makeup Artists You Should Know", Mila Thomas has been a beauty trendsetter and guru for over 17 years. While Thomas made her mark in Los Angeles on VH1's hit franchise Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, she currently is leading her team as the Key Artist for E!'s new show Hollywood and Football where they execute Thomas' signature Young Hollywood Glam look. This signature look has landed Thomas work on The US OpenE! Fashion PoliceVH1's Basketball Wives, Comedy Central, & at The Golden Globes. 
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.
Nichole Christine

Nichole Christine

Nichole Christine is a professional make-up artist and manicurist who has worked in the beauty industry for 10 years. Her extensive background in both artistry and education has earned her the positions of both director of product development and lead artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. She is also the make-up artist and model behind OCC’s innovative #LipOfTheDay series.
Paul Roustan

Paul Roustan

With more than 10 years as an award-winning body painter and photographer, Paul Roustan has garnered global acclaim for his work. It has been featured in galleries, books, newspapers, magazines and television programs, including Playboy, Airbrush Action, DIG Boston, Chicago Sun-Times, Skin Wars, The Talk and The Queen Latifah Show. Roustan earned a master’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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.

Sandy Collora

Sandy Collora has worked in the film and entertainment industry as a designer, sculptor, painter, make-up artist and director for the last 25 years. Starting at the Stan Winston Studio right out of high school, he went on to work on films including Jurassic Park, The Abyss, RoboCop 2, Total Recall and Men in Black

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
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.

Sue Cabral-Ebert

Sue Cabral-Ebert has worked on more than 30 feature films and 17 TV series, department heading such features as Outbreak, Pleasantville, Erin Brockovich and The Perfect Storm. Cabral-Ebert has earned two Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards and four Emmy nominations. She is a member of the A.M.P.A.S and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Cabral-Ebert has been the president of the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, Local 706, since 2003. 
Tamanna Roashan

Tamanna Roashan

Tamanna Roashan is the creator of DressYourFace and has been a beauty educator for more than 15 years. She travels all over the world to work on influencers and celebrities. She has turned herself from a make-up artist into a brand, launching her own make-up palette with Anastasia Beverly Hills, hairstyling tool line with BombayHair.com, as well as her own lash line and henna tattoos. Roashan is most noted for her online classes through DressYourFaceLive.com and has an astounding 2 million followers on Instagram.

Tanya Deemer

Tanya Deemer has almost two decades of experience in the fashion/beauty industry. She is a licensed celebrity make-up and hair artist whose work can be seen from the runways of New York Fashion Week to Hollywood’s big screen. She can also be seen on Extra TV and The Doctors as a celebrity make-up and hair artist, teaching the viewers some industry tips and tricks. Deemer also serves as a global educator at such venues as IMATS and recently launched her Makeup Artistry Certification program at the South Bay LA Makeup Artistry Institute.
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