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.
Angel Merino

Angel "Mac Daddyy" Merino

Angel “Mac Daddyy” Merino is a digital beauty creator, celebrity make-up artist, artistic director and entrepreneur. He has worked closely with some of the industry’s top photographers, models and Hollywood stars such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Chanel Iman, Mel B and many more. His work has appeared in Teen Vogue, The New York Times and Latina Magazine. Merino has his own make-up brand, Artist Couture, and inspires his 1.3 million social media followers.

Angela L. Johnson

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 BeastTarzan 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. 


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Anthony Giordano

Anthony Giordano is a New Jersey native with a degree in Industrial Design. He has worked as a special effects fabricator and make-up artist for the last 19 years. Giordano's movie credits include The Last Samurai, Spider-Man 2 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. He has been a set and costume fabricator for Disney, has created training suits for NASA and special effects for Saturday Night Live. Giordano's Broadway credits include Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Shrek the Musical. Other clients have included Madonna, Metallica, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Madonna and Korn. Giordano is also a special make-up effects instructor at Make-up Designory New York. 

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.
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.
Brian Champagne

Brian Champagne

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

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 fashion elite in Paris and New York City: Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, VogueVanity FairHarper’s Bazaar, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Grace Coddington and Tonne Goodman. Follow her on Instagram @brigittemakeup.

Camila Bravo

Camila Bravo is a make-up artist and beauty influencer. A rising star and trendsetter in beauty and bridal, she continues to grow the freelance business she started at the age of 19. An artist and educator, Bravo features video tutorials and beauty tips on YouTube and Instagram, while sharing her enthusiasm and positive lifestyle approach. Her global reach extends to her fans, established brands, media and publications.
Christopher Milone

Christopher Milone

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, onstage 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

Clinton Brock is an educator who specializes in embracing natural beauty. A musician turned make-up artist, he is best known for his charismatic teaching. 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.       
Craig Lindberg

Craig Lindberg

Craig Lindberg’s journey as a make-up artist began with the countless horror films and comedies he saw growing up. Lindberg became one of Last Looks Makeup Academy’s first students, and is now an instructor there. His credits include Saturday Night Live, The Knick, Boardwalk Empire, Lincoln, Noah and The Magnificent Seven. He is a two-time Emmy nominee.

David Klasfeld-Whitten

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

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.
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.

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.

Ebony Amber

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

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.
Frederick Sanders

Frederick Sanders

Frederick Sanders has been professionally making up clients since 2004. His work challenges the mold, capturing the client’s best look while maintaining a refined overall presentation. He teaches a master class in body painting and specialize in brows, skin and airbrush.   
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Jeremy Selenfriend

Emmy-nominated artist Jeremy Selenfriend has been working professionally in the special make-up effects industry for 15 years (Elementary, The Wiz Live, Boardwalk Empire). With his prosthetics shop, Monster in my Closet, Selenfriend has brought to life the seemingly unimaginable for countless TV shows and features. His passion and love of the field has made him a highly sought after artist. 

Joe Nazzaro

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.


Josh Turi

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.

Judy Chin

Emmy-nominated and 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, Money Monster, American Pastoral 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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Lana Chromium

Lana Chromium

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 Skin Wars. Chromium premiered her signature brush line with Royal & Langnickel at IMATS L.A. 2016. See her portfolio at  artbychromium.com.

Louie Zakarian

Louie Zakarian has been the make-up department head at Saturday Night Live for more than 20 years. His credits include The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, Across the Universe, Evening and the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Zakarian is a five-time Emmy winner for his work on Saturday Night Live.
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.”
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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 Astalos

Before he was a lighting specialist, Michael Astalos was a professional photographer. After marrying a professional make-up artist in 1990, he built the first make-up station incorporating both daylight and tungsten lamps in a portable system that would become the industry standard for film, TV and commercials; he supplies these through Cases for Visual Arts. In 2014, he introduced a new line of LED lights, and his latest company, The Makeup Light, was born.

Michael Key

Michael Key is an Emmy Award-winning make-up artist whose credits include much of the Star Trek franchise (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager), plus Jingle All the Way, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Coneheads. He started Make-Up Artist magazine in 1996 and the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in 1997 to connect make-up artists worldwide, providing them with resources, networking opportunities and inspiration.

Michael Maddi

Michael Maddi started in the industry at a young age, and by 18, he was assisting make-up artist Ed French on C.H.U.D. Early credits include The Blob, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Once Around and Last Exit to Brooklyn. By his early 30s Maddi headed the make-up department at Saturday Night Live. He now creates 3-D animation along with make-up. His make-up effects company, Illusioneering, creates a range of hyper-real effects and make-ups, from designs to custom props and fully articulated puppets.
Nick Lujan

Nick Lujan

After a successful period as a freelancer in Las Vegas, make-up artist and pro educator Nick Lujan joined MAKE UP FOR EVER in 2010 and has since taken many roles within the brand. It was during his evolution at MAKE UP FOR EVER that he discovered his love for educating others. Among his mentors Lujan proudly counts brand creator Dany Sanz. Within his journey at MAKE UP FOR EVER, he has adopted many of her artistic philosophies and techniques. Lujan has educated on many platforms, where he has inspired thousands of students and transmitted his knowledge of form and composition in many styles of make-up, ranging from beauty to body painting. Learn more about Lujan at NickLujanMUA.com.

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. 

Rebecca Herman and Leighanna Skene

Rising make-up stars Rebecca Herman and Leighanna Skene first came to the attention of Emmy winner Josh Turi when he judged their New Jersey school’s make-up competition.

Regan Rabanal

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

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

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.

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.

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 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. Pictured with Josh Turi, photo by Joe Nazzaro

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.

Steffanie Strazzere

With 14 years of industry experience, Steffanie Strazzere 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 training where she demonstrated her exceptional skills in beauty, avant-garde artistry and special effects.

Tara Buenrostro

Driven by her limitless creativity, profound artistic skill and proclivity for teaching, Tara Buenrostro 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, Buenrostro inspires everyone she meets to explore their own self-expression through beauty. 

Theo Salisbury

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 Studio's work has been seen in a variety of the prominent make-up events in the U.K. He specializes in prosthetic make-up application.
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.
Timothy Priano

Timothy Priano

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.
Tom Denier Jr

Tom Denier Jr.

For more than 20 years, Emmy-nominated make-up effects artist Tom Denier Jr. has worked in film, TV, print and theater; his credits include Dogma, The Smurfs, Men in Black 3, Spy and Noah. He has been part of the Saturday Night Live make-up department for more than 10 years.Denier, along with Vincent Schicchi, runs a New York-based state-of-the-art make-up/creature effects shop. Credits include The Good Wife, Happyish, The Americans, Forever, SPY and Ghostbusters (2016).

Tyler Green

Tyler Green has his own studio in his home town of Litchfield, Conn., where he teaches and inspires students in all aspects of make-up special effects. He is the founder and CEO of Creative Genius, LLC. Green has applied his talent and skills to create the Wonderband Systems, an organizer for people who use multiple tools to achieve a single task. He's using his likeable charm and creative designs to compete once again in Face Off All-Stars.
Vincent Schicchi

Vincent Schicchi

Vincent Schicchi has been working in theater, television and film for more than 25 years. In theater, he supervised Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and The Woman in White, as well as acting as the personal make-up artist for Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner during the limited run of Cyrano de Bergerac. His film and television credits include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Men in Black 3, The Strangers, The Smurfs and The Heat.Schicchi, along with Tom Denier Jr., runs a New York-based state-of-the-art make-up/creature effects shop. Credits include The Good Wife, Happyish, The Americans, Forever, SPY and Ghostbusters (2016).
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