Speakers


Alex Winter

Alex Winter came to prominence in the movies The Lost Boys and the Bill and Ted franchise. Winter has since directed three acclaimed narrative features: cult-classic Freaked, Fever and Smosh: The Movie. Winter’s TV credits range from MTV’s The Idiot Box to Emmy-nominated work for Cartoon Network, as well as numerous commercials and music videos. His documentaries Downloaded and Deep Web have earned nationwide critical acclaim. Winter is now making the definitive documentary on Frank Zappa, which set the record as the highest funded documentary in Kickstarter history.
Allan Apone

Allan A. Apone

Allan Apone is a veteran make-up artist and the president and CEO of MEL Products. He has worked as a make-up artist on more than 170 films and 250 television episodes, and has been the personal make-up artist for Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Sir Ben Kingsley. He was nominated for Emmy Awards for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and And the Band Played On. He was also nominated for a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for Three Kings.

Ashley Fierro

Ashley Fierro is a celebrity make-up artist who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet events, TV and film. She also created her own line of mineral make-up. With over a decade of experience, her fresh, natural and modern approach to beauty has attracted celebrity clients, including professional athletes and luxury brides, who want to maintain a consistent yet adventurous spirit. She has a luxury make-up studio in Southern California.

Ashley K. Holm

Ash K. Holm has become one of the industry’s most sought after make-up artists. Known for her daring and glamorous looks, Ash has established herself as a master of transformation. She has received many esteemed awards, taught master make-up classes and her work has been featured in editorial, social media and on television. Ash has a massive following thanks to her work on celebrity clientele including Carmen Electra, Khloe Kardashian, Lilly Ghalichi, Trisha Paytas, Janel Parrish, Angela Simmons, Erica Mena, Jourdan Dunn, Jenny McCarthy and many others.

Ashley Rudder

Ashley Rudder is a M.A.C. Pro Senior Artist and regularly teaches as part of the Artist Development and Training team. She is self-taught and worked for a small modeling agency in Dallas before joining M.A.C. in 2001, where she worked behind the counter near a major university with a diverse international student body. She credits her expertise in foundation matching to this exposure. She currently lives in Hollywood and has worked with Anna Wintour and Val Garland.
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.

Dany Sanz

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. In the 1980s, there were very few products available to professional make-up artists; with the help of her husband, she launched MAKE UP FOR EVER in 1984. She created a MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy in 2002. With the brand in more than 52 countries, it’s easy to see how her mission to create high-quality make-up for professionals and everyday women has succeeded.


Dominique D’Angelo

Dominique D’Angelo is a freelance make-up artist in Southern California. Her career as a make-up artist emerged as she began showcasing her unconventional aesthetic on social media, which caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of viewers. Through social media she has established working relationships with other artists, brands and companies. Her artistry is versatile—ranging from commercial to runway—but D'Angelo is most known for her style marked by a unique use of shape, color and texture.

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.

Fatima Thomas

M.A.C. Senior Artist and glam fanatic Fatima Thomas’ approach to beauty hails back to the club and disco culture of the 1970s and the high-octane style pioneered by the likes of Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Iman and Grace Jones. Her day-to-day responsibilities include designing looks for shows, creating body-painting concepts for commercials and traveling the world to prepare celebrities (including Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Fergie and Cyndi Lauper) for public appearances.

Greg Cannom

Greg Cannom is a three-time Oscar winner and Technical Achievement Award winner; he also appeared on the first Make-Up Artist magazine cover. He is best known for The Lost Boys, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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.

Jordan Liberty

Jordan Liberty is an L.A.-based make-up artist, photographer and educator. His iconic work has been seen on television, at New York Fashion Week and in beauty brand campaigns worldwide. He is most known for his YouTube channel which approaches make-up tutorials and education from a professional perspective. Liberty has recently been featured in Glamour, On Makeup and Make-Up Artist magazines, and in 2015 he received a coveted Best of Beauty award from Allure

Jordan Plath

Jordan Plath is a make-up artist with more than 20 years of industry experience working across creative, retail and commercial fields including film, television, theater and live events. As a member of the Kryolan Professional Make-up USA team, he serves as FX Make-up Specialist and Head of the National Education Program where he teaches a variety of workshops including airbrush, theatrical make-up and special effects.

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. 

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.

Lottie

Lottie is a bi-coastal freelance makeup artist who specializes in fashion. She is known mostly for her bold use of color as well as clean and beautiful skin. She divides her work between N.Y. and L.A. and works fashion shows in Milan every season. Her recent clients include Halsey, Emilia Clarke, Willow Smith and Alexandra Daddario; her work can be seen in Vogue, Elle, V, Numero and Love. Advertising clients include Calvin Klein, Urban Decay, Tarte, Kenzo, Dita Eyewear, Sisley and Bebe. In 2016 she had her first cosmetics collaboration creating a capsule collection with Limelight by Alcone. 
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.


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 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.

Mike and Eden Elizalde

Mike Elizalde is an Academy Award-nominated professional make-up artist and owner of Spectral Motion, a make-up effects and animatronics design studio. Eden Elizalde is a student at La Salle High School in Pasadena. She is passionate about the art of make-up. Eden has worked two seasons on American Horror Story under Eryn Krueger Mekash and Mike Mekash as make-up department production assistant.

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. 

Nikki French

Nikki French has always had a passion for make-up and fashion. At 17 she was signed to Ford modeling agency and moved to NYC. After years of being on countless covers of magazines, French realized modeling was no longer fulfilling her career desires. That's when she found social media and the world of fashion and beauty vlogging. Appearing in Cosmopolitan, Glamour and the Daily Mail, to name a few, helped land her as one of fashionista.com's top beauty influencers of 2016. 

Richard Redlefsen

Richard Redlefsen is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist. He is versed in beauty and prosthetic make-up application. A member of Local 706, Local 209 and SAG, he has worked on feature films and television in the US and abroad. Film and television credit highlights include Batman v Superman, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Star Trek (2009) and The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared.
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. He is 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.

Sam Fine

Sam Fine is the man of choice for beautifying women of color. He’s worked his magic on supermodels Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Iman and superstars Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Hudson and more. But it was the experiences from his formative years selling make-up that inspired him to write his first book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African - American Women, followed later by his first instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Beauty.

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

 Sir John

Sir John has built a reputation in the industry for his creative use of color and ability to transform women without masking their natural beauty. This young artist has achieved his own star status with snaps of his globetrotting life and behind-the-scenes work on the likes of Beyoncé, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Chrissy Teigen, Khloe Kardashian and Margot Robbie. Social media has become his portfolio, and it's a way for him to inspire others and get inspired by the masses.
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.
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.

Stuart Bray

Stuart Bray is a freelance make-up effects artist who has worked in film and TV since 1994. He specializes in all aspects of prosthetic make-up manufacturing, from design to sculpting, molding and application. His credits include Gladiator, Shaun of the Dead, Stardust and Doctor Who. He also runs a blog, teaches his own workshops and teaches at several make-up schools.

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. 

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.

Tom Burman

With a career spanning more than four decades, Tom Burman is a make-up veteran. His film credits include The Man Who Fell to Earth, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goonies, Nip/Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy. He has multiple Primetime Emmy awards and received an Oscar nomination for Scrooged (1989). Burman is credited with first establishing the use of the term “special make-up effects” in credits.

Ve Neill

Over the course of her career, Ve Neill has won three Oscars, two Emmys, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA and many more awards and nominations. From her early career as a rock ‘n’ roll stylist, Neill developed her skills as a make-up artist and designer specializing in extreme fantasy and character looks. Her film credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Hunger Games series. She is a judge on Syfy’s make-up effects show Face Off.
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