Speaker Bios

Adamme the Beauty Warrior

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 For Ever 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.

Anastasia Soare

Beauty pioneer, creative visionary and powerhouse entrepreneur Anastasia Soare is founder and CEO behind Anastasia Beverly Hills. Soare immigrated to the U.S. from Romania; soon she leveraged a fierce resolve and education in art and architecture to fuel her entrepreneurial vision. In 1990, she introduced a new brow-shaping service to clients—later patented as the “Golden Ratio” method—that has gone on to become a staple service and enduring category in modern beauty. Soare continues to push boundaries today, expanding beyond the brow category with the company’s leading prestige cosmetics line and the establishment of The Anastasia Brighter Horizon Foundation, which supports and advances the lives of young adults exiting the foster care system.

Andrew Velázquez

Currently an instructor at Cinema Makeup School, Andrew Velázquez 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, Velázquez regularly created the sisters’ red carpet ready looks. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Velázquez 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 Group working on productions such as The Orville and The Walking Dead

Andy Schoneberg

Andy Schoneberg was born in Casper, Wyo. 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 a 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!

Angie Davis

Angie Davis is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist specializing in beauty and special effects. A formally trained visual artist, her interest in make-up began when she started posting educational make-up tutorials on YouTube in 2009. Widely known as Goldiestarling, her videos have gained over 59 million views. In 2013 she was the Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship winner at Cinema Makeup School and then last year, she won on the hit TV show Game Face. Davis’ work has been featured in Make-Up Artist magazine, the New York Times, on ABC News, Yahoo Shine, Daily Mail, AMC’s The Walking Dead and more.

Ashley Fierro

Ashley Fierro is a make-up artist and educator who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet, professional athletes and luxury brides.  Creator of Business of Makeup®, Fierro has taught students from all over the world how to take their creative passion and turn it into a full-time career.  Her experience spans over a decade. With a fresh, natural approach to beauty, Fierro inspires artists and students of all experience levels.   
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.”   

Becca Cullati

Becca Cullati is a celebrity make-up artist and educator who has been working in the beauty industry for more than 15 years. She has worked on several popular film and TV shows and collaborated with many A-list clients including Hilary Clinton, Betsey Johnson and Anne Hathaway, as well as heading up the hair and make-up departments of numerous Los Angeles and New York City fashion weeks. Cullati is developing curriculum and leading the west coast education department of It Cosmetics, a brand that stands for authenticity and helping women feel their most beautiful.

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.
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.

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, Local 706 make-up 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 Make-up Designory 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.”

Caroline Hernandez

It was the Punk scene in northeast England that ignited the imagination of senior artist Caroline Hernandez. The iconic counter-culture inspired Hernandez and gave her determination. She received a scholarship to study at the London College of Fashion. Simple make-up on beautiful skin is her mantra. And her aesthetic remains imbued with a strong sense of theater. These days Hernandez juggles working backstage at fashion weeks, behind-the-scenes on TV dramas, preparing celebrities for public appearances and teaching. But there will always be a place in her heart for the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Adam and the Ants and David Bowie.

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 Make-up Artists & Hairstylists 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 effects 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.”

Chloe Sens

Chloe Sens is a special make-up effects artist, designer, pre-production shop painter and sculptor based in Los Angeles. After relocating from Austin, Texas in 2011, Sens won a scholarship to Cinema Makeup School. Upon completing school, she worked for Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Universal Studios—along with companies such as Gucci, Fifth Harmony, Kryolan and Bdellium Tools. Sens has also joined some of L.A.’s most successful effects shops as a painter on film and television projects, including Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Underworld: Blood Wars and Grey’s Anatomy. She’s won several awards and has been featured in Make-Up Artist magazine. In 2013, Sens was a Season Six contestant on Syfy’s hit show Face Off. And she recently completed Gucci’s 2017 Fall campaign.

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.  
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.

David Malinowski

David Malinowski has been a working make-up effects artist since 1996. He worked with esteemed artists such as Nick Dudman, Neill Gorton, Kristyan Mallett, Neal Scanlan, Conor O’Sullivan, Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier at his Coulier Creatures. In October 2000, Malinowski created and founded ATD Creations. His credits include London’s Burning, Merlin, The Wolfman, Iron Lady, The Revenant and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This year Malinowski won a BAFTA, an Academy Award and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for his work on Darkest Hour, along with Kazuhiro Tsuji and Lucy Sibbick.

Derek Krout

Tulsa, Okla. native Derek Krout is the prosthetic manufacturing supervisor at KNB EFX Group and has been with the company for 17 years. He developed an interest in the craft as a youth, while watching horror films. After attending Western State University, he was a member of the first class of the Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects Program. Krout 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, Beyoncé 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.

Dick Page

Dick Page is a British-born, New York-based make-up artist. His signature breakthrough work was in the U.K. in the early ’90s, mainly with photographers Corinne Day, David Sims and Juergen Teller and stylists Melanie Ward, Venetia Scott and Camilla Nickerson for British magazines including The Face and i-D. Over the past 30 years, Page has worked on countless magazines, advertising campaigns and runway shows with a great range of photographers, fashion designers, stylists and editors. From 1997 to 2017 he was an artistic director for Shiseido.  

Doug Jones

A native of Indianapolis, Doug Jones graduated from Ball State University with a minor in theater. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and has been working ever since. He’s acted in more than 25 films, including Hocus Pocus, Batman Returns, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Crimson Peak. He has earned widespread appraise for many roles, and is beloved as a true character actor.

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 Local 706 after being key artist on Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser. 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 include Eat Pray Love, My Sister's Keeper, Running With Scissors, Alpha Dog, Glee, Nip/Tuck, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Everybody Loves Raymond. She has received 29 Emmy nominations and six wins and is the department head on American Horror Story.

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

Fidel Gonzalez is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist, photographer and senior beauty editor for XIOX magazine. He has been compared to many of today’s master artists. With his artistic style of make-up there's never a dull moment with Gonzalez on set. He is truly an outstanding make-up artist, who calls himself a painter of light as his style is truly a masterpiece of art.

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 longtime 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 IMATS and United Makeup Artists 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. 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 into the newly renamed Alchemy Studios. Early credits include Buffy, Angel and The X-Files. Hetrick worked with Ve Neill on The Chronicles of Riddick and The Hunger Games series and stars with her in all 13 seasons of the hit show Face Off.  
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 theater 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 Harper's 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. 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.

Jason Collins

Jason Collins is the owner of Autonomous FX, Inc., a full service makeup and effects studio located in Los Angeles, Ca. Film credits include ‘Blade Runner: 2049’, ‘Stronger’, ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and the upcoming films ‘Hostiles’, ‘Under the Silver Lake’, ‘Zoe’ and the Netflix film ‘Bright’. Television Credits include: ‘Snowfall’, ‘The Mick’, ‘House M.D’ and upcoming shows ‘The Resident’ and Netflix ‘Alexa and Katie’. Jason has won two MUAHS Guild Awards.

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.

Joel Harlow

Joel Harlow’s career in make-up began in 1986. In more than 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.

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.”  

Katie Quinn

Katie Quinn is co-founder of Kona Tanning Company, and three-time Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tanning and body make-up artist. She has worked with Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr, and quietly maintains the daily glows of countless celebrities. Her contouring tips have been featured in Voque, Cosmopolitan, Lucky and Harper’s Bazaar. Quinn has written three books on mastering airbrush contouring and beauty business marketing. Instagram: @konakatie

Kazuhiro Tsuji

Kazuhiro Tsuji is an Oscar-nominated make-up effects artist whose credits include Looper, Killing Them Softly, Tropic Thunder, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Planet of the Apes, Norbit and Click. He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2007.

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 Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She has been featured in numerous fashion publications, global campaigns and on the runway. Fitzpatrick emerged as the Best Makeup Artist Finalist at the 2016 Canadian Contessa Awards.

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.  

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.
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.

Maryse Gosselin

Working at Cirque du Soleil since 2003, Maryse has collaborated in more than 14 creations including Zumanity, Kà, Corteo, Love, Wintuk, Zaia, Iris, Ovo, Amaluna and Kurios. In 2014, she held the key make-up artist position on Toruk - The First Flight inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. More recently this year, she designed the make-up on the two newest productions Sonor and Viaggio, presented on the largest cruise ship in Europe with Cirque du Soleil at Sea.

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 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.

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.”


Michele Monaco Hetrick

Michele Monaco Hetrick is a Local 706 make-up artist who, along with her husband Glenn Hetrick, runs shows at Alchemy Studios such as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans and Star Trek: Discovery.

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 productions 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 make-up effects studio KNB EFX Group. He has been an employee at KNB for over a decade.

Mila Thomas

Named one of Essence magazine's "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 look has landed Thomas work on The US OpenE! Fashion Police, VH1's Basketball Wives, Comedy Central and at the Golden Globes. 

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 Mehron, 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.”

Neville Page

Neville Page’s work as a creature, wardrobe and concept designer has made him one of the world’s most sought-after entertainment industry artists. Credits include Minority Report, Planet of the Apes, X-Men 2 and 3, The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Superman, Avatar, Cloverfield, The Watchmen, The Hulk, Star Trek and Prometheus. In addition to his film career, TV appearances and photography work, Page is a design consultant for the automotive industry and is developing his own line of educational art products. He has taught abroad in Switzerland, at the Otis College of Art and Design and The Gnomon School of Visual Effects. His first directorial projects are currently in development.
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.

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. 

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.

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.


Rocky Faulkner

Rocky Faulkner is a diverse make-up artist with 20 years of experience. He is known for his work on StarTrek: Discovery, True Blood, One Tree Hill, Salt and X-Men: Last Stand… to name a few.  
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.

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 Siân Richards London.

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. 

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.

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. 
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, the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.
Tom Hester

Tom Hester

Tom Hester has designed and sculpted for Hollywood for more than 35 years. His early work with Rick Baker included such films as An American Werewolf in London; Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes; Michael Jackson's Thriller, Harry and The Hendersons, Gorillas in the Mist and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Aside from live action film work and his personal fine art bronze sculptures, Hester was the lead character designer for the animated blockbusters Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.
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.”

Ve Neill

Ve Neill is one of the most renowned make-up artists in the motion picture business. She has earned 21 international nominations that include eight Oscar nominations. She won three Academy Awards for Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood, two Emmys for Pee-wee’s Playhouse and The Shining and a BAFTA for Pirates of the Caribbean. Neill created space travelers for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Galaxy Quest; rock ‘n’ roll vampires for The Lost Boys; transformed Johnny Depp into Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd; and Robin Williams into Mrs. Doubtfire. She’s been a judge on the hit TV series Face Off and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Local 706. She has three films coming out this year: Shock and Awe starring Woody Harrelson and James Marsden, A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and the quirky new life-inspired film Welcome to Marwen starring Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.
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