Speakers


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.

Alessandro Bertolazzi

Before setting out to work in make-up design, Alessandro Bertolazzi worked as an assistant set designer for stage productions in Italy. His involvement with Malèna (2000) opened the door for him internationally, and soon he joined The Milton Agency—a decisive step towards his longtime collaboration with director David Ayer. The two have teamed up on numerous projects, including Fury, Bright (post-production) and Suicide Squad—which earned Bertolazzi the 2017 Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar alongside Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson. His work on other films such as Biutiful, J. Edgar, To the Wonder and The Impossible has helped to distinguish Bertolazzi as an industry leader.
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.

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.
Cliff Wallace

Cliff Wallace

Cliff Wallace is a special effects make-up artist known for his work on Blood Diamond, Black Hawk Down, Fury and Kajacki. Cliff is also a regular contributor to Make-Up Artist magazine.

Conor O’Sullivan

Conor O’Sullivan may be best known for his make-up work in The Dark Knight, where he had a hand in creating the Joker’s make-up—noted as one of the most iconic of all Joker make-ups. He has also been highly regarded for his prosthetics work on the first three series of Game of Thrones helped the TV show achieve its notorious success. O’Sullivan has been nominated for numerous awards. His most recent work was as creature and make-up effects supervisor on Alien Covenant.
Danessa Myricks

Danessa Myricks

As a make-up artist, photographer, and entrepreneur, Danessa Myricks has had a career that spans more than 16 years.  She has mastered the beauty application and image and made a name for herself as one of the most creative in the make-up industry. Inspired initially by the inner sphere of the beauty business, Myricks’ career hit the ground running at the corporate level, where she discovered her true passions aligned with the trajectory toward artistry.  She aspired to alleviate issues of cosmetic marketing for ethnic skin tones.  She aims to touch all faces equally. Her artistic expertise and drive enabled opportunities to work on numerous celebrities and co-create with multiple global beauty brands, including Kiss and the prestigious Benefit Cosmetics. Currently, Myricks spends her time developing her brand Danessa Myricks Beauty, a global beauty blend of professional insight and cosmetics.

Danielle Roberts

With a background in editorial and fashion, and over 10 years’ industry experience, Roberts now leads the artistic direction for make-up brand Urban Decay with retail, social media and PR within the U.K. and Ireland. “Make-up is a means of personal expression. Be who you want to be, with extra glitter.”

Dominic Hailstone

Dominic Hailstone is a London based director, screenwriter and digital artist. Best known for his work on The Interview with the Vampire, Funny Man and The Work of Director Chris Cunningham.
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. 

Emily Clayton

Emily Clayton is a talented make-up artist that also goes by the name of Vanity Venom. After winning a top industry award in the UK—UK and Ireland FACE (Fine Artistry of Cosmetics Elites) Awards 2015—Clayton came stateside and continued to take the industry by storm.
Eva von Bahr

Eva von Bahr

Eva von Bahr is a Swedish make-up designer, wigmaker and make-up artist. In 2016, she was nominated for an Oscar for The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  And in 2017, Bahr followed that up with an Oscar nom for A Man Called Ove.  She has worked on more than 50 feature films, including Euphoria, Boy Machine, The Shamer’s Daughter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She works throughout Scandinavia on make-up-driven productions and films requiring period make-up and hair design. She and her husband Love Larson run The Makeup Designers Stockholm AB, which has contributed to most Swedish film and TV productions.
Geoff Portass

Geoff Portass

Geoff Portass studied graphics at Leicester College but his first love was always movies. After years of trying to break into the industry, Portass landed a job as a prosthetic and make-up effects artist on the film Life Force. This pivotal experience was followed by work with Bob Keen at Image Animation producing the work he became known for: special make-up effects on Highlander, Hellraiser, Hellbound and Nightbreed. Portass has gone on to have an extremely successful career and currently works as a freelance educator.
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.
Jim Udenberg

Jim Udenberg

Jim Udenberg is beginning his 25th year as a make-up effects artist. After a decade as the make-up department head of Universal Studios Orlando, Udenberg moved to Norway where he was the head instructor of special make-up effects for an Oslo-based make-up school. During his time at the school he also established himself in the Scandinavian film industry and in 2010 left the school to focus full time on his private make-up effects studio, Imaginarium FX. In the coming months, Udenberg will expand his business further via a new studio space and an education division.

Jo Bull

Joe Bull has over 20 years’ experience as a make-up artist. Originally, Bull worked in the fashion editorial field and worked for notable publications such as Vogue, I.D, Elle and Marie Claire. In 2004, Bull broke into the exciting world of fashion and celebrity through her work with actress Scarlet Johansson. Since she has worked with numerous celebrities, including Olivia Palermo, Kiera Knightly, and Paul McCartney—just to name a few.

John Cormican

Hellraiser was John Cormican's first feature film. Since then, he has worked on several feature films, TV shows and in the advertising industry.  A special make-up FX artist, specializing in prosthetic make-up, in 2002 Cormican won an Emmy for prosthetic make-up working at the Jim Henson Creature Shop.  He currently works as a senior sculptor for Madame Tussaud's, sculpting the head of Benedict Cumberbatch among other assignments.
Kate Walker

Kate Walker

Founder and creative director of Ruby Rouge Makeup, Kate Walker is an international hair and make-up artist specializing in bridal and fashion makeovers. As a career-driven businesswoman, Walker has sought to build a brand that would combine her perfectionist tendencies and creative talents to deliver an elite client experience. Walker travels internationally to push the boundaries of bridal beauty, focusing on the importance of skin preparation to combat wedding day stressors and the overall objective to “create the best version of you.”
Lianne Moseley

Lianne Moseley

Canadian make-up artist Lianne Moseley specializes in body painting, editorial and commercials. With a decade of experience in the industry, this self-taught creator has turned her passion into a quickly ascending career. She has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including The Daily Mail, MTV, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.
Love Larson

Love Larson

Love Larson is a Swedish make-up designer and prosthetic make-up artist. In 2016, he was nominated for an Oscar for The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  And in 2017, Larson followed that up with an Oscar nomination for A Man Called Ove. Artists including Rob Bottin, Steve Johnson and Dick Smith inspired him to pursue a career in make-up and make-up effects. He has worked on many films and TV series, including Let Me InThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Skyfall. He and his wife Eva von Bahr run The Makeup Designers Stockholm AB, which specializes in projects requiring make-up, hair and prosthetic design.
VAN14: Megan Garmers

Megan Garmers

Megan Garmers is the founder and director of New York City-based make-up services company MG Hair and Makeup. She sits on the Make-up Designory Advisory Committee and is often quoted in The Knot’s national and regional magazines and in various online wedding blogs. She is The Knot China’s Western Beauty Expert and spoke at the multicity tour of The Knot's National Night of Beauty. She also travels nationally to teach hair, make-up and business classes for make-up brands and schools.


Mike Hill

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is an award-winning sculptor from the north of England. His credits include The Wolfman, Men in Black 3 and American Horror Story and he most recently completed work on Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water. Hill’s skill in capturing a likeness began at the age of 4, digging clay from the riverbank. He is known primarily for his highly realistic silicone sculptures and portraits. His work is sought by collectors such as Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and Greg Nicotero.
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.
Nicholas Vince

Nicholas Vince

Nicholas Vince played the Chatterer (a Cenobite) in Clive Barker's Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker's Nightbreed. In 2016, he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and is Patron of the London Horror Festival.
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. This coming August he strays off the road and back onto the moors once again with his first book, Beware The Moon – The Story of An American Werewolf in London. This 200 page, hardback book is, in the words of director John Landis, “the most complete and accurate account of the making of American Werewolf”.

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.
Robert Keen

Robert Keen

Bob Keen is a visual and make-up effects artist that has worn many different hats in the film industry, including director and writer. His make-up artistry can be seen in notable films such as Event Horizon, The NeverEnding Story, Hellraiser and Highlander. Keen has been nominated for six Saturn Awards, all for best make-up.
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.

Roque Cozzette

Roque Cozzette is a make-up artist, photographer, innovator and educator who thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart. He’s a seasoned beauty-industry pro with a multifaceted career spanning three decades, experienced in photography, television, print, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development. He has co-created with celebrities including Christina Milian and Melody Gardot, and his brand, Cozzette, offers cruelty-free cosmetics, make-up brushes and beauty photography.

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
Sharon Dowsett portrait

Sharon Dowsett

Sharon Dowsett is an internationally renowned and award-winning make-up artist who has been in the industry for 30 years, working with top photographers, designers and stylists. Her journey towards success began in film and TV, leading her into music videos and eventually breaking into the fashion industry. Her work often has a story element to it, as she enjoys envisaging the character behind the look. Whether creating an edgy editorial make-up or something more commercial, she always marries beauty with creativity.

Shaune Harrison

Shaune Harrison is a successful special make-up effects artist and the founder of the Shaune Harrison Academy in Manchester. Harrison started in the film industry in 1988 working in special make-up effects and has been a key member on productions such as the Harry Potter films, Captain America: The First Avenger, World War Z, Star Wars Episodes I and II, Stardust, Sleepy Hollow, The Mummy, The Fifth Element, The Da Vinci Code, Game Of Thrones and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Emmy Award-winning artist Steve Johnson has been making mind-boggling creations for 30 years. His recent book, Rubberhead: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX was published in 2017 and chronicles his legendary career in film and TV.  Johnson’s company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Johnson’s projects also include live-action performance for clients including Criss Angel and animatronic characters for theme parks around the globe.
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.
Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis studied at London College of Fashion and has a degree in costume, wigs, make-up and technical effects for the performing arts. She has produced, designed and worked on 43 operas and five musicals and plays. Davis has collaborated with names such as Zandra Rhodes, Isaac Mizrahi, David Bailey and Vicki Mortimer, to name a few. Her work has appeared in Vogue and ID Magazine.
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