Speaker Bios

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.

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.

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.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is an award-winning sculptor from the north of England. His credits include The Wolfman, Men in Black 3 and American Horror Story. Hill’s skill in capturing likenesses began at the age of 4, when he started digging clay from a riverbank. He is known primarily for his highly realistic silicone sculptures and portraits. His work is sought by collectors such as Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and Greg Nicotero.

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.

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. 
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