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.
Angel Merino is a professional make-up artist and entrepreneur who captured the attention of celebrity clients and industry pros with his glowing skin technique. He parlayed this attention into beauty education with the Flawless Faces Make-up Tour, where he engaged his audience with live, in-depth seminars. He has also launched his own cosmetics line, Artist Couture, which has been a sensation. With more than one million followers and his passionate persistence, he is the definition of a “glow-getter.”
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Angela Johnson has been a make-up artist for 25 years, working in film, TV and Broadway shows. She won an Emmy for her work on PBS’s Mathnet. She department-headed the Broadway shows Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Mary Poppins. Her associate make-up design credits include Shrek and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; make-up design credits include the 2001 Broadway revival and German productions of 42nd Street and the national tour of Dr. Dolittle.
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.
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 special make-up effects department head for HBO’s Game of Thrones
, which earned him an Emmy.
Brian Champagne has been a professional make-up artist for 29 years and is the three-time U.S. and world champion facialist in Bio-Therapeutic’s Face of the Future contest. His clients include Miss USA and Miss Universe, and he’s worked on the Emmy Awards and Reality 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.
Brigitte Reiss-Andersen is an iconic make-up artist whose work can be found in books, museums and on the reference boards of the most influential make-up artists today. From the beginning of her career she was fortunate to work with the high fashion elite in Paris and New York City: Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Vogue
, Vanity Fair
, Harper’s Bazaar
, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman.
Christopher Milone (or as he is known to many, Maquillage or Chris Maquillage), is a multitalented and multifaceted make-up artist. Based in New York, his work has appeared on the big screen, on stage with Madonna and on the runways of fashion week. A make-up history geek with a wealth of knowledge about the history and beginnings of make-up, he loves sharing this passion with fellow artists and talking about the industry he loves so much.
Clint Brock is an educator that specializes in embracing natural beauty. A musician turned make-up artist, he is best known for his charismatic way of teaching about beauty. His work has been featured on numerous beauty campaigns, as well as newspapers, and television broadcasts including CNN, FOX and Good Morning America. Brock has also worked on product development with several cosmetic companies, hoping to create and inspire new artistry.
After a career in freelance makeup artistry spanning over a decade, David created Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in 2004 after finding himself limited by the lack of professional quality vegan cosmetics on the market. In 2009, following the smash hit launch of Lip Tar, OCC has become the go-to professional’s choice for pro-quality, 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Cosmetics.
Derek Kelly has worked with The Makeup Light company for three years. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan and has been acting since the age of 14.
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 Dominique is most known for her style marked by a unique use of shape, color and texture.
Ebony Amber is an artist and a fashion designer. In 2010, she started her first company, Asa Gleek Designs. The international organization RAW named her fashion designer of the year soon afterward As her business grew, she renamed her company Ebony Amber Designs, creating bigger and more technically advanced concepts. She took to costume design shortly thereafter. Amber's costumes have won awards at some of the largest comic conventions on the East Coast.
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.
Jackie Fan Jackie Fan is TEMPTU's Senior Manager for Education and Artistry. Coming from a background tightly woven with design, Jackie understands and pioneers upcoming trends in make-up artistry. Her contributions can be seen in fashion shows, TV commercials and red carpet appearances.
Joe Nazzaro is a New Jersey/London-based freelancer who’s been writing for Make-Up Artist magazine since Issue 26. He’s written for more than 40 magazines in a dozen different countries, including Starlog, Fangoria, Sci-Fi Now, SFX, Monsterpalooza, Film Review and Famous Monsters of Filmland, to name a few. Nazzaro has been writing extensively about make-up and make-up effects for more than two decades, including books on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Farscape.
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, Green Lantern, The Rum Diary
and The Lone Ranger
, among many others. At IMATS Los Angeles 2013, he launched his custom line of professional silicone prosthetics through Frends Beauty Supply.
Josh Turi is an Emmy Award-winning make-up artist. His New Jersey-based company Designs to Deceive has provided make-up, make-up effects, prosthetics and custom props for film, television and theater for more than two decades. His credits include key artist and lab tech for Saturday Night Live
, prosthetic designer and department head for Orange is the New Black
and prosthetic designer and department head for Mathew Barney’s River of Fundament
BAFTA-winning make-up artist Judy Chin has designed make-up for film, television and theater for more than 25 years. Her film credits include Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Black Swan, Oz The Great and Powerful, the Sex and the City movies, the upcoming Noah and many more. Her television credits include the third through the sixth seasons of Sex and the City. Her theater credits include Golden Child, God of Carnage and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.
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.
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Born and raised in Russia, Lana Chromium studied art in Moscow before moving to California and immersing herself in body painting. Chromium competed in Living Art America: The North American Bodypainting Championship from 2013-2015. In 2015, she won the second season of the Game Show Network’s body-painting competition series, Skin Wars
. Chromium premiered her signature brush line with Royal & Langnickel at IMATS L.A. 2016. See her portfolio at artbychromium.com
Louie Zakarian has been the make-up department head at Saturday Night Live
for 20 years. He has more than 20 years of experience in film, television and theater. His credits include Across the Universe, Evening, P.S. I Love You, The Ministers
and the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
. In 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, he received an Emmy Award for his work on Saturday Night Live
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.”
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 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
, Sports Heaven
and more. She is the key make-up artist for the NBC 7 San Diego news team.
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, Nikki realized modeling was no longer fulfilling her career desires. That's when she found social media and the world of fashion and beauty Vlogging. Conquering the social media scene—appearing in Cosmopolitan
and the Daily Mail
to name a few—has helped land her as one of Fashionista.com's top beauty influencers of 2016.
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
, Make-Up Artist
magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle
It was RuPaul’s brilliant beacon of fabulousness that initially lured senior artist Regan Rabanal toward the M.A.C. counter. After first seeing the drag superstar appear in a campaign of the early 00s, Rabanal admits to becoming hooked. His family, consisting of two artist parents, encouraged him in 2006 to leave his home city of Seattle and pursue his lifelong goal of living in New York, where he works today as a M.A.C. Senior Artist for North America.
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
Roque Cozzette is an 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.
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 makeup 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
After learning his craft and working in Italy, Sammy Mourabit’s make-up interests veered into fashion in Belgium and Paris. His work has been featured at award shows and in major editorial shoots including V
and Harper’s Bazaar
. He has worked with esteemed photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein and Annie Liebovitz. In 2012, Mourabit was invited by Madonna to be her personal make-up artist for her 2012 MDNA international tour. He remains a highly innovative, in-demand artist and continues to ignite ground-breaking passion for his work.
Sarit Klein Sarit Klein is a make-up department head for TV and film, and a member of IATSE Local 798/706. She is known is known for her work on the films The Smurfs, When in Rome and Descent, and the Netflix original series Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
Shaune Harrison is a successful special make-up effects artist and the founder of the Shaune Harrison Academy in Manchester, a prosthetics school. Shaune’s love of films started at an early age, and after years of trying to recreate classic creatures, he finally started in the film industry in 1988 working in special make-up effects. Shaune has been a key member on productions such as the Harry Potter
films, Captain America: The First Avenger
, World War Z
, Star Wars Episodes 1
, Sleepy Hollow
, The Mummy
, The Fifth Element
, The Da Vinci Code
, Game Of Thrones
and Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron
With 14 years of industry experience, Steffanie has refined her craft, creating extraordinary editorial looks backstage at New York Fashion Week, as well as in print for Vogue Italia
, US Weekly
and Inked Magazine
. During her 12 years with globally renowned cosmetic retail brands, she facilitated master classes and led advanced trainings where she demonstrated her exceptional skills in beauty, avant-garde artistry and special effects.
Driven by her limitless creativity, profound artistic skill and proclivity for teaching, Tara has spent 13 years working in an extensive range of capacities. Whether she’s behind-the-scenes at photo and video shoots, leading artistry teams at premier cosmetic brands, filming her own tutorials, consulting with bridal clients or teaching, Tara inspires everyone she meets to explore their own self-expression through beauty.
Theo Salisbury has been freelancing in the film industry since 2015. He currently lives in London and was self-taught until October 2016 when he began attending the London College of Fashion. He is the founder of the Exilian Fx Studio. Exilian Fx Studios work has been seen in a variety of the prominent make-up events in the UK. He specializes in prosthetic make-up application.
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.
Timothy Priano's reputation as an agent has elevated the careers of his artists, including such luminaries as Laura Mercier, Oscar Blandi and François Nars. Today, Artists by Timothy Priano works with some of the most prestigious and influential names in the beauty business: Matin, Bruce Grayson, Charles Baker Strahan, Patrick Melville and Garth Condit, among others. The agency's artists work with top beauty brands including Redken, Chanel, Herbal Essences, Neutrogena, OPI, Laura Mercier and Aveeno.
Tyler Green has his own studio in his home town of Litchfield, CT where he teaches and inspires students in all aspects of SFX Makeup. He is the founder and CEO of Creative Genius, LLC. Tyler has applied his creative talent and considerable skills in the sculpting and molding processes to create the Wonderband Systems, an organizer for people who use a multiplicity of tools to achieve a single task. He's ready to use his likeable charm and creative designs to compete once again in Face Off All-Stars.