Speaker Bios

Adamme

Meet Adamme the Beauty Warrior: a licensed cosmetologist, beauty, fashion and entertainment make-up artist. Adamme appeared on both seasons of the TV show Global Beauty Masters—first as a contestant, winning the Champion Global MUA Trophy presented by Kryolan Professional Make-up, and then as a judge. He is a red carpet beauty correspondent for make-up conventions, as well as a platform artist and ambassador for multiple brands like Kryolan.  Adamme has dedicated his life to performance, dance and beauty artistry. After attending the prestigious Roosevelt School for the Arts, he spent many years as an apprentice with M.A.C. and serving as a lead artist at Dior, Laura Mercier and Make Up Forever Paris. His infectious laugh and charismatic personality made Adamme a fan favorite on Season 2 of Dance Your A** Off.  
Amazing Jiro

Amazing Jiro

Amazing JIRO is a Tokyo-based prosthetic make-up and face/body paint artist. His company is Amazing Studio JUR and he runs Amazing School JUR. With more than 16 years of experience, he currently works as a special effects make-up artist and creative art director in film, TVCM and advertisement. Examples include Attack on Titan, Shin Godzilla, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and NISSIN Cup Noodle 7 Samurai. His art book, Amazing JIRO-SPECIAL MAKEUP, was published in 2017.

Andrew Velazquez

Currently an instructor at Cinema Makeup School, Andrew Velazquez has a background in high fashion and education and is a licensed cosmetologist. He has created signature looks for some of Hollywood’s brightest stars—from Lady Gaga to Michelle Williams, RuPaul, Demi Levato, Neil Patrick Harris and Carmen Electra. As a make-up artist on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Velazquez regularly created the sisters’ red carpet ready looks. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Velazquez was the key make-up artist for Florence and the Machine, including applying avatar-like body make-up for her radiant dancers. Catch him this season on the hit show American Beauty Star!

Andy Bergholtz

Andy Bergholtz is a 20-year veteran of the toy and collectible industry, designing and sculpting characters for Marvel Comics, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and many others. Bergholtz transitioned to special make-up effects in 2015 co-sculpting the Demogorgon for Netflix's Stranger Things and is currently an in-house sculptor at KNB EFX working on productions such as The Orville and The Walking Dead

Andy Schoenberg

Andy Schoenberg was born in Casper Wyoming and raised on the edge of the Great Plains of Montana where he taught himself the art of make-up with the desire to be make-up artist. He moved to Los Angeles 31 years ago and has enjoyed a successful career contributing to films such as Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2, Ed Wood, Jurassic Park, Inglorious Basterds, The Walking Dead and The Orville!
VAN17: Bari Burman

Bari Dreiband-Burman

Nominated for an Oscar for Scrooged in 1989, Bari Dreiband-Burman has received six Emmys and 23 nominations for her work in, among others, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Tracy Takes On…  Dreiband-Burman is currently executive producing the upcoming documentary feature Making Apes:  The Artists Who Changed Film. On fighting stereotypes, Dreiband-Burman says, “I think what you bring to the table is not gender-specific.  I think when I started other people made it an issue.  It wasn’t an issue to me.  Physical strength was sometimes an issue, but I found a way to solve it because I wanted to be an independent, highly functional person that didn’t need help.”   

Barney Burman

Oscar winner Barney Burman (Star Trek) is the president, founder and artistic director of B2FX, a creature and character design company. Burman and his team provide make-up effects for the TV show Grimm; other credits include a Radio Shack Super Bowl ad, Teen Wolf, Star Trek Into Darkness, H8RZ Haters, Alias, Scrubs, Chuck, Medium Blades of Glory, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, Mission: Impossible III and Tropic Thunder. Burman has also produced the genre films Voodoo Possession, Piranha Sharks and Haunting of Cellblock 11.


Brandi Kjarsgard

Brandi Kjarsgard traveled from Pennsylvania to complete Cinema Makeup School's master diploma program through the Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship. It was this opportunity that allowed her to officially learn the art of make-up and to network within the industry. She is still chasing her dreams of getting into the local 706 union and working full-time as a make-up artist.

Camille Della Santina

Camille Della Santina has received two Emmys, one for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1995 and the other for The Stand in 1994.  She has also received nine additional Emmy nominations.  Santina has since become an entrepreneur—with the expertise she garnered using silicone prosthetics, she created an anti-aging treatment called SilcSkin which is distributed in 30 countries.  Working with actors, Santina has this advice, “When you’re doing effects, you’re taking away some or all of the actors’ senses.  A lot of times they can’t hear, can’t see, and they still have to act.  They’re not just a piece of meat you’re going to glue stuff onto.  It’s all about their persona; they have to feel their character.  It’s got to be about the actor and her feeling at ease and helping you with the design.  They know themselves and they know the character, so they can help.”

Carleigh Herbert

In 2017, Union 706 Makeup artist, Carleigh Herbert wrapped the final Season on Teen Wolf as make-up department head. Herbert has been a busy make-up effects artist since she left Makeup Designory (MUD) in 2007. She was nominated for a 2016 Emmy as part of the team for American Horror Story: Roanoke. Herbert believes, “I am constantly working to become a stronger and more established artist. I want to continue running shows, getting to work with the artists that inspire me, and putting myself and my art in different mediums to accomplish those goals.”

Cheri Montesanto

Cheri Montesanto was nominated for three Emmys and won all three for The X-Files in 1999, 2000, and 2001 as well as a Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Award, also for The X-Files, in 2000. Montesanto was make-up department head for CSI: Miami for eight years, has worked on The Night Shift, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and is currently working as make-up and make-up fx department head for Better Call Saul.  Montesanto, always pragmatic, reminds new make-up artists, “There isn’t one person on the film set who is there for charity.  You’re not here because we like to have an extra make-up person, you’re needed here.  By the same token, if you’re not doing it, they’re going to get someone else that will.”

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson is a self-taught make-up artist working professionally for over 28 years. Member of Local 706, the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he has earned two Emmy wins for American Horror Story, a Guild Award and, most recently, an Academy Award for his work on Suicide Squad. His credits include Kill Bill, Sin City, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool and the upcoming Bright and Halloween.

Colin Penman

Colin Penman is an Emmy-winning make-up artist with 29 years of experience in film and television. He began primarily focusing on prosthetic and special make-up effects, but soon broadened his skills to encompass all aspects of make-up artistry. Penman heads the make-up department on Star Trek: Discovery and the hit series American Gods.  Other notable credits include the Stephen King mini-series 11-22-63, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Kennedys, Defiance, Copper and Hairspray

Cristina Waltz

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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.
Danessa Myricks

Danessa Myricks

As a make-up artist, photographer and entrepreneur, Danessa Myricks’ career spans more than 16 years. She has mastered beauty application and made a name for herself as one of the most creative in the make-up industry. Inspired initially by the beauty business, Myricks’ career hit the ground running at the corporate level, where her true passions aligned with her artistry and marketing for ethnic skin tones. She has worked with numerous celebrities and co-created with multiple global beauty brands, including Kiss and Benefit Cosmetics. Currently, Myricks spends her time developing Danessa Myricks Beauty, a global beauty blend of professional insight and cosmetics.

David Grasso

David Grasso began dabbling in make-up effects in his home town of Abington, Mass., and was very lucky to have a very supportive family that helped fuel his dream. He eventually moved to L.A. and found work in several effects shops until he landed a job at Stan Winston Studio. His credit list includes Terminator 2; Jurassic Park 1,2 and 3; Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim, Silent Hill, Suicide Squad, The Walking Dead and The Orville.

Derek Krout

Derek Krout the prosthetic manufacturing supervisor at KNB EFX Group Inc., a native of Tulsa, Okla., who developed an interest in the craft as a youth, watching horror films, has been with the company for 17 years. After attending Western State University, he was a member of the first class of the Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects Program. He has accumulated numerous movie and TV credits during his prolific career, highlighted by an Emmy nomination for his work with the long running series, The Walking Dead
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,” “Harper's Bazaar” and “Elle.”  Her clients include Tom Cruise, Beyonce and Vanessa Williams.  Hatcher’s book, “Assisting Rules! The Ultimate Guide to Assisting Makeup Artists & Hairstylists in Beauty, Fashion & Print” helps explain the nuances of the industry, which she also discusses in her blog and YouTube Channel.

Erica Preus

Since graduating from Cinema Makeup School, Erica Preus has been working in make-up as a beauty, character and special effects artist. In 2015, Preus got into Union Local 706 after being key artist on Joe Dirt 2. She has worked as a day player on American Horror Story: Roanoke, Feud, and Teen Wolf. Preus was recently head of department for a Disney pilot, Forever Boys (2017) creating four unlikely teenage vampires. Preus says, “I feel if I’m able to keep working exclusively as a make-up artist full time, then that to me feels like success. As long as I’m holding a brush, I’m really happy. I know that’s not the sexiest answer, but that’s how I feel.”
Eryn Krueger Mekash

Eryn Krueger Mekash

Eryn Krueger Mekash has 29 years of television and film industry experience as a make-up artist. She’s diversified in beauty, make-up effects and design. Her credits cover a range of productions, including department heading Eat Pray Love, My Sister’s Keeper and Alpha Dog. She’s also headed television series Glee, Nip/Tuck and Everybody Loves Raymond. Mekash has won three Emmys for her work in American Horror Story: Freak Show and The Normal Heart, and has 25 Emmy nominations. This year she won three Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

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.

Fidel Gonzalez

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Garrett Immel

Garrett Immel moved to L.A. in 1985 (at age 17) with dreams of movies and creatures in his heart. Encouragement from make-up great William Tuttle gave him the confidence to look for work in make-up labs, which led to sculpting for Craig Reardon. By his senior year he was sculpting full-time at a theme park company. After college, his first movie as an on-set make-up artist was Army of Darkness, where he met his long-time employers, friends and therapists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. The fruitful 27-year relationships have led to his involvement on many wonderful projects, including seven great years on The Walking Dead and, most recently, working with Berger on The Orville

Gary Christensen

As a make-up artist and designer for theater, Gary Christensen has won a Drama-Logue award for his prosthetics make-up design for Comedy of Errors at the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Recently, he designed silicon make-up effects for Time Stands Still. In London from 2013-15 he was a demonstrator for Mouldlife and Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studios at International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) and United Makeup Artists Expo (UMA Expo). As a theater make-up instructor, Christensen has taught at several colleges and universities, such as California State University Fullerton and Riverside City College. Also, for two years he served as the “Backstage” columnist for Make-Up Artist magazine.

Glenn Hetrick

Glenn Hetrick’s first foothold in Hollywood was with Optic Nerve as a lab tech, fabricator and painter—later becoming the CEO and reinventing the business model, partnering with longtime friend and collaborator Neville Page, evolving the shop even further into the newly renamed Alchemy Studios. Early credits include Buffy, Angel and X-files. He has worked with Ve Neil on Pitch Black: Chronicles of Riddick and Bioshock. Today, he personally supervises every effect for his studio’s many projects including hundreds of forensically accurate make-ups and corpses for Crossing Jordan, Hugh Jackman’s body replicas for The Prestige, all of the make-up illusions and prosthetics that propelled Heroes and CSI:NY, and the surreal effects in Sony’s Legion—just to name a few.
Gregory Arlt

Gregory Arlt

Award-winning make-up artist Gregory Arlt is the director of make-up artistry for M.A.C. in Los Angeles. Born and raised in L.A., he has been doing make-up professionally for over 25 years. Arlt started out with a major in art history and theatre and began his make-up career at the prestigious boutique Fred Segal in 1989. A red-carpet expert, Arlt works with some of the most famous faces in the world including Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Liza Minnelli, Alicia Keys, Cher and Victoria Beckham. He appears regularly as a beauty expert on TV shows such as Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, CNN and E! Entertainment Television. His work has also been seen in the pages of the hottest fashion magazines including Vogue, Allure, Elle, Glamour, and Bazaar. Most recently, he did Gwen Stefani’s make-up on three seasons of The Voice.

Howard Berger

Howard Berger is co-founder of special make-up effects studio KNB EFX Group, Inc. He has worked as a make-up artist for over 35 years—starting as a teenager working for Stan Winston on Predator, Aliens and Pumpkin Head. He worked for his idol Rick Baker on Harry and the Hendersons. In 1988, he formed KNB with his best friend and business partner Gregory Nicotero. Berger has won an Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy and Saturn Award. His favorite films he has worked on are Army of Darkness, From Dusk till Dawn, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hitchcock, which he was nominated for an Oscar for best achievement in make-up. He continues to work as a department head and educate the next generation of make-up artists.

Hugo Villaseñor

Hugo Villaseñor has been working in film and TV for almost 14 years. He’s a graduate of Make-up Designory in Burbank, Calif. Some of his credits include ClownScouts Guide to the Zombie ApocalypseThe Conjuring 2The Bad BatchMystery Science Theater 3000 and Annabelle: Creation. He's currently working as key prosthetics on the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series.

Indiana Allemang

Indiana Allemang is a make-up and special effects artist working in Toronto for the past 16 years. She splits her time between keying major television shows, mini-series and feature films such as Star Trek: Discovery, American Gods, and Stephen King’s 11/22/63. She also worked with Guillermo del Toro on The Strain. Allemang donates her make-up skills to women’s causes, such as Dress for Success and Look Good Feel Better. 

Jacenda Burkett

Jacenda Burkett has been a make-up artist for 25 years. She started her career with Lancôme cosmetics working on fashion shows, editorial and commercial work. She currently works in film and television as a department head or personal with celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Jennifer Connolly, Daniel Craig, Al Pacino, Zac Efron and many more. She continues to grow with this ever-changing industry.

James MacKinnon

James MacKinnon has 29 years of film and television experience in all aspects of make-up, special effects and design. Along with three Emmys for his work on Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story: Freak Show and AHS: Hotel and three Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, he also boasts four Emmy nominations. MacKinnon is the department head of prosthetics and make-up effects for the new Star Trek: Discovery. Past credits include Jobs, The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, First Contact, Alias, Larry Crowne, CSI: NY and Stigmata.

Jennifer Aspinall

With 14 Emmy nominations under her make-up belt and a 2009 Emmy win for MADtv, Jennifer Aspinall honed her make-up skills working in horror films such as the cult-classic, The Toxic Avenger, Spookies, and Street Trash. Most recently she’s been department head on Disney TV’s Walk the Prank and worked on the crews of Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2013), and Season 1 and 2 of Westworld. Aspinall says, “I take jobs that are interesting and challenging to me and I want to do them. I don’t really work. I get to do what I like to do and get paid for it.”

Jennifer Yen

In her former life, Jennifer Yen was a TV villainess fighting Power Rangers and had to wear heavy make-up 15 hours a day. This wrecked her skin. Yen developed rosacea, psoriasis, adult acne and hives. Her skin suffered, along with her confidence. And so, she went on an all-out quest. She tried everything to regain healthy skin, but nothing worked. That’s when she rediscovered her grandmother's Asian beauty wisdom and created Purlisse Beauty.

John Landis

John Landis is an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He is best known for the comedy films he directed, such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Three Amigos! (1986), Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and for directing Michael Jackson's music videos Thriller (1983) and Black or White (1991).

John Wheaton

With over 25 years’ experience and countless film and television credits, John Wheaton has developed a reputation as one of the top make-up effects designers in the industry. Early experience includes Emmy Award-winning work with Optic Nerve on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5 and The X-Files. Nowadays he works alongside Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX Group to help dream up characters for shows like The Walking Dead and Seth McFarlane's The Orville.

John Wrightson

John Wrightson was born in Saugerties, NY on April 20, 1983. The eldest son of horror artist Bernie Wrightson, John developed a love for make-up, monsters and movie making at a young age and put his love to good use when he moved to California in 2002. Since then, he has worked as a sculptor, painter and application artist on projects like The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Beyond, The Orville, Logan, Gotham and Man of Steel.

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

Karen Westerfield

Karen Westerfield has three Emmy awards for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1992, 1993, 1995 for her work on Armin Shimerman as Quark, the Ferengi bar owner, as well as nine additional nominations.  Now retired from the industry, Westerfield offers this advice to newcomers: “You can’t give up.  If you really want it and that’s your dream, then you keep going and try to learn everything that’s out there…You have to stay up with new products, new trends, you have to watch a lot of films.  That’s how you continue your education.  There’s a lot you need to know to be good at your craft.”  

KC Mussman

KC Mussman was born in the U.S., but grew up in Israel “larping” (live action role playing) which led to doing make-up for her friends’ films at University. She moved to Los Angeles to study at Cinema Makeup School and after graduating, Mussman set up one of the first “all female” shops in L.A., Nocturnal Designz. Mussman was a finalist on the 2017 summer season of Face Off. As a shop owner, she says, “We get the craziest phone calls all the time. ‘We need 17 zombies tomorrow morning.’ We talk with, and sometimes educate, our producers and directors so that they know exactly how much time it’s going to take and what the budget will need to be.”

Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

Recognizable in the make-up industry for her unexpected play on texture, color and shape, Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick approaches beauty as high art, using the face as her canvas. After completing Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Global Makeup Artistry Program, Fitzpatrick pursued a concentration in advanced special effects at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She has been featured in numerous fashion publications, global campaigns and on the runway. She has emerged as the Best Makeup Artist Finalist at the 2016 Canadian Contessa Awards.

Kevin Yagher

For over 30 years Kevin Yagher Productions Inc. (KYPI) has been a forerunner in providing high-end special make-up effects for the entertainment industry. Yagher started the business when the art of special make-up effects was still in its adolescence. Beginning with such characters as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Chucky in the Child's Play, Yagher established himself as one of the top make-up effects artists. Yagher went on to create the Crypt Keeper on HBO’s Tales from the Crypt as well as win a number of awards.KYPI has collaborated with many top film directors and several well-known actors, such as Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible 2. Other projects include Paramount’s The Spiderwicke Chronicles, Face/Off and Sleepy Hollow, Sony Pictures’ Master Of Disguise and Adaptation as well as Universal’s The Hulk. Recently, KYPI completed 12 seasons on the hit show Bones.

Leah Carmichael

Leah Carmichael has been a make-up artist for over 15 years, working extensively in beauty and fashion. Carmichael assisted the legendary Francesca Tolot and is no stranger to music videos either, having worked on Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning visual album Lemonade. Carmichael’s signature skill: comprehensive complexion expertise, from shade matching and corrective work to adjusting skin texture and finish.
Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge is Lancôme’s Global Creative Director and a 20-year veteran of the beauty and fashion industries. She is known for her work on A-list celebrities including Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and many others. Eldridge has also collaborated with top fashion houses including Prada and Chloé, and her work has appeared on the covers of many fashion magazines. On top of all that, she just produced her first book: Face Paint: The Story of Makeup.
Lois Burwell

Lois Burwell

Academy Award winner Lois Burwell was the make-up designer and department head on the World War I epic War Horse. She began her film career in North London, working on rock videos and school projects. She eventually got her big break when she ran the make-up department for Bill Forsyth’s Gregory’s Girl. Her credits include such beloved films as The Princess Bride, Legend, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Fifth Element, Highlander, Mona Lisa and Braveheart. More recent films include War of the Worlds, Catch Me If You Can, Almost Famous and Saving Private Ryan. Burwell now lives in Carpinteria, California with her husband, five hens and two horses.

Marietta Carter-Narcisse

Marietta Carter-Narcisse, internationally renowned educator and celebrity make-up artist, has a passion for sharing beauty--whether with a color palette in hand, brush poised before a famous face or lecturing before a classroom full of a new generation of artists. Her film and television credits include Sparkle, The Negotiator, Sphere, Malcolm X, Boyz n the Hood, Ghost and Whitney, which she received a Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild nomination. Carter-Narcisse has also been published in numerous industry publications, e.g. Make-Up Artist Magazine as well as authored several works of her own, including The Official Film & Television Planner and an industry terminology book Roll Sound…Rolling…Speed…Marker…ACTION. Carter-Narcisse is highly involved in the industry and is even a voting member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Michèle Burke

Michèle Burke is the winner of two Academy Awards for Achievement in Makeup and was nominated for another four. Burke is also the winner of two BAFTA Awards and an Emmy. Born in Kildare, Ireland, Burke began her career doing make-up for fashion and horror films. Of her work Burke said, “I have a very straightforward approach to make-up ... Explore the creative boundaries of the assignment while keeping the execution simple, quick and effective.”


Mike Ross

From a young age, Mike Ross was captivated by the film industry. Ross relocated to L.A. 17 years ago and began his career in TV and film working on-set and in leading make-up effects studios such as AFX Studio, Optic Nerve, Film Illusions, Quantum Creations, Artistic Innovations and Legacy. He has contributed special make-up and creature effects on films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI: NY, Heroes, Predators, Thor, Hitchcock and, most recently, X-Men, The Walking Dead, The Orville and American Horror Story. Currently, Ross is supervising the mold shop department at the award-winning special effects make-up studio KNB EFX Group. He has been an employee at KNB for over a decade.

Mimi Choi

Mimi Choi is known for her surreal illusionist make-up creations using easy-to-find, everyday make-up products. The Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor has collaborated with Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Velour Lashes and musician Beck. Her work has also been featured in various international magazines, blogs and websites with more than 19 million views. Choi’s stunning illusionist creations have garnered her a flourishing online following of over 340,000 on Instagram (gaining nearly 250,000 in less than six months).

Mo Meinhart

After having two successful non-make-up careers, Mo Meinhart decided to pursue her lifelong interest in make-up and came to Los Angeles to attend Cinema Makeup School. Since graduating, her career has been steadily growing. In 2017, Meinhart was department head on Nosferatu, a remake of the classic vampire film starring Doug Jones, In a Foreign Town, a period film set in the 1920s freak show circus genre, and two other horror films from independent production company Diablo. Meinhart believes, “Building and maintaining good relationships is key and it’s true what they say, follow your dream, never stop working hard, and anything is possible.”
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 and 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 various styles of make-up, ranging from beauty to body painting. Learn more about Lujan at NickLujanMUA.com.

Norman Cabrera

Norman Cabrera is a 32-year make-up effects veteran. At age 20 he began working with Rick Baker; their shared credits include Harry and the Hendersons, Coming to America, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Men in Black 3 and more. Cabrera has lent his sculpting and design talents to top studios like Spectral Motion, Morphology, ADI, XFX and KNB EFX Group on Hellboy, Species, Death Becomes Her, From Dusk till Dawn, Star Trek: Beyond and more.

Patricia L. Terry

Patricia L. Terry has directed more than 100 theater productions. For 13 years she served as artistic director of the Alternative Repertory Theatre, where she directed 35 productions, including Seascape, No Exit, Macbeth and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. While at ART she also won a Drama-Logue award for her direction of The House of Blue Leaves. In addition, Terry was producing artistic director of the Pandemonium Word Ballet and Literary Circus. And for the past several years she has written a blog, Pat’s Musings on Living La Dolce Vita, about her experiences being retired in Italy where she spends six months of the year.
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. He is also the author of Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London and Lost in The Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, which will be released Summer 2017.

Peter Macon

Peter Macon is an actor of stage and screen. His many credits span years between Law & Order, Shameless, Dexter, How to Get Away with Murder and most recently Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi hit The Orville, playing Lt. Commander Bortus the Moclan. Macon has won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002.

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.

Rick Baker

Rick Baker worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of the last 30 years: Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Mighty Joe Young, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, X-Men: The Last Stand and Click. In 1981, he received the very first Oscar for Achievement in Makeup for his work on An American Werewolf in London. Over the course of his career, Baker has won seven Oscars, seven Saturn awards, three BAFTA Awards and an Emmy, among many other honors.
Robin Mathews

Robin Mathews

Robin Mathews was department head on Dallas Buyers Club, for which she received an Achievement in Makeup  and Hairstyling Oscar and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for Best Period and/or Character Make-Up. She also worked on Wild, Into the Wild, theTwilight films New Moon and Eclipse, The Runaways (after which she was offered a Make Up For Ever contract), Oz The Great and Powerful, Django Unchained, The Voice and more. She has been the personal make-up artist for Reese Witherspoon, Melissa Leo, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker, among others.


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.

Sarah Jagger

Sarah Jagger is a fashion make-up artist obsessed with skin! Over the past 15 years, Jagger has created looks for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, along with campaigns for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, working with photographers such as Juergen Teller. When Jagger is not behind the camera she can be found reporting for British TV, magazines and blogs on the latest skin and make-up trends, with a passion for high-tech formulations.

Sara Seidman Vance

Sara Seidman Vance is an Emmy-nominated make-up artist who started as a performer. She has been featured in several magazines, as well as "Mazel Tov! The Complete Book of Jewish Weddings" by Lea Bayer. Vance has been in the film and TV industries for over 30 years; she was make-up artist for Katie Holmes during the first three seasons of Dawson’s Creek. And she is considered one of the leading industry experts on make-up in the high definition arena. She teaches the nuances of light and make-up techniques and how to effectively adjust make-up for complex lighting situations. Vance is also known for her skill in corrective make-up application.

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.

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

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.
Tami Lane

Tami Lane

When Tami Lane was in college she took a tour of KNB EFX Group Inc. where she met Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. This meeting changed her life. Two weeks after graduating, in May 1996, Lane moved to L.A. and started work at KNB. Thus, her career in make-up effects began. In 1999, Lane traveled to New Zealand to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy where she reunited with Berger for the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—both were awarded the Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2006. Lane was again nominated in 2012 for her work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and for an Emmy in 2016 for Sons of Anarchy. Lane currently resides in L.A. and continues to work around the world. 

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. 
VAN17: Valli O'Reilly

Valli O’Reilly

Valli O’Reilly won an academy award for her work on A Series of Unfortunate Events in 2005.  Since then, O’Reilly has worked on Alice in Wonderland as make-up designer for Tim Burton, on various television projects, and as personal make-up artist for Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Dustin Hoffman, and Sharon Stone among others.  To train for a career in make-up, O’Reilly suggests, “Get some type of art training.  Learn what highlight and shadow is all about.  Art school helps with that.  Also, keep all your opinions about the people on the show, other make-up and hair people, to discuss at home, not in the trailer.”
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