Speaker Bios

Allan Apone

Allan A. Apone

Allan Apone is a veteran make-up artist and the president and CEO of MEL Products. He has worked as a make-up artist on more than 170 films and 250 television episodes, and has been the personal make-up artist for Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Sir Ben Kingsley. He was nominated for Emmy Awards for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and And the Band Played On. He was also nominated for a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for Three Kings.

Andrew Whiteoak

Andrew Whiteoak is a wigmaker and make-up artist; he’s the head of wigs and make-up at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Over a 20-year career, he has designed and created wigs, make-up and hairstyles for hundreds of productions, including Cabaret, Twelve Angry Men, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol and East is East. Whiteoak is a State Registered Senior Hairdresser, committee member of the National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers and a BECTU member.

Barney Nikolic

Barney Nikolic is a 30-year make-up veteran. Early in his career, he headed the wig and make-up department at the Staatsoper Hannover, where he designed and created make-up, special effects and theatrical masks. In 1995, he joined the special make-up effects crew for the Harry Potter films. He has also contributed to European film, TV and music-video productions. Nikolic teaches at Brushstroke, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and elsewhere.
2015 Battle of the Brushes

Battle of the Brushes

The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Eight competitors will be selected for each competition. Cash and/or prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition. To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don't have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group. The character/prosthetic competition takes place on Saturday. Competitors will be given prosthetics on the day of competition, which they must incorporate into their designs. The time limit for the character competition is three hours. No outside prosthetics are allowed, only the ones supplied by IMATS. Our 2018 character/prosthetic theme is Victorian Emporium. The beauty/fantasy competition takes place on Sunday, and the time limit is two hours. Our 2018 beauty/fantasy theme is Wildwood Warrior.
Bill Corso

Bill Corso

Bill Corso has collaborated with industry legends including Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Steve Johnson. His film work includes John Carter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (for which he won an Achievement in Makeup Oscar). Corso and Johnson earned two Emmys for their work in TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining. Corso is a governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also recently founded the Digital Make-up Group, which aims to combine make-up and digital effects.

Chloe Sens

Chloe Sens is a Los Angeles-based, IATSE Local 706 special make-up effects and beauty artist for film, TV and commercial projects. She has worked with brands and companies including Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., NBC, Universal Studios, Fox, Legacy Effects and Ocean Park Hong Kong. Sens has also worked on projects including The Orville, 2017 Fall/Winter Gucci Campaign and Avengers: Infinity War, to name a few. She has been featured in Vogue, Make-Up Artist magazine and the book The Leading Ladies of Makeup Effects.

Christopher Tucker

Widely regarded as a pioneer in the U.K. make-up effects industry, Christopher Tucker’s extensive credits include The Boys from Brazil, Quest for Fire, The Meaning of Life, Dune, High Spirits andThe Company of Wolves. But it was Tucker’s work with actor John Hurt for The Elephant Man in 1980 that created one of the most iconic make-ups in cinema history and led to the creation of a make-up Oscar the following year.

Courtney Tichman

Courtney Tichman is the global brand manager and lead make-up artist for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. She has been cultivating her craft for more than 16 years. With more than 13 years of fashion-show experience, she has traveled all over the world supporting some of the world’s most influential designers.

Daniel Parker

Daniel Parker began his career with Star Wars: Episode VIReturn of the Jedi, on which he worked with Stuart Freeborn. In 1987, Parker and Nik Williams founded Animated Extras, which is known to produce some of the finest effects work in the world. Parker won a BAFTA for The Gathering Storm, in which he transformed Albert Finney into Winston Churchill, and has been nominated for two Emmys, one for Treasure Island and another for the mini-series Band of Brothers. He received an Oscar nomination for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Other credits include Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomApocalyptoThe Hurt Locker and Cloud Atlas.
David Horne

David Horne

David Horne has more than 24 years’ experience as an educator, guest speaker, make-up designer and product innovator working in all areas of the make-up industry. He has been a driving force behind the launch of the new book The Art of Male Makeup. He has held managerial and directorial roles at M.A.C. and Illamasqua as well as maintaining a freelance career. He is a former academic senior lecturer and course leader at London College of Fashion.

Denis Kartashev

Award-winning Russian make-up artist Denis Kartashev has been cultivating his craft for more than 13 years. His make-up has graced the pages of the most influential magazines in Russia, including Elle, Vogue, L'Officiel, Dolores Magazine and Hairs. In 2013, he set up his own make-up academy, known as the Denis Kartashev Make Up Academy, and launched a make-up brush brand under the name Make Up Designer. He is a creative partner of Inglot Russia.
Einat Dan

Einat Dan

Israel-born Einat Dan is a multiple award-winning make-up artist working globally in fashion, beauty and body painting. Her clients have included Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood and others, and she has worked on fashion shows worldwide. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Posh, InStyle, Maxim, Tatler and other publications. Dan has a passion for creating fashion films—as writer, director, producer and make-up artist. She teaches international master classes and workshops for professional make-up artists. In 2012, she created her line of beauty brushes, M.i.A by Einat Dan. 

Funmi Odegbami

Funmi Odegbami is the CEO of MiNK London Hair and Makeup Agency, founder of London’s Makeup Show Live and a member of the Black Women in Europe Power List. She has done make-up for runway, editorial, TV, music videos, events, celebrities and more. She won Make-up Artist of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards UK 2013 and has been nominated for Best Make-up Artist in the 2014 Global Film Fashion Music Television Theatre & Sports Awards.

Gary Cockerill

Gary Cockerill is one of the U.K.’s most respected and well-known make-up artists; his work spans stage, screen, editorial, celebrity, events and advertising. His celebrity clients have included David Beckham, Kelly Brook, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, Honor Blackman and Isla Fisher. Cockerill will be bringing out a brand-new make-up book full of beautiful imagery, amazing makeovers, inspirational stories and educational tidbits in 2015, as well as his own range of make-up products.

Gemma Horner

Gemma Horner is part of the Charles Fox make-up team and the Kryolan international team. She has taught across the U.K. and worked on London Fashion Week, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model Live, Coldplay's “Charlie Brown” video, some of The X Factor series, America's Next Top Model, the Miss Universe pageant, the World Bodypainting Festival and more. She has made video tutorials, and her work has appeared in Make-Up Artist, Makeup International and Illusion

Gillian Blair

Gillian Blair has 41 years of experience in TV and theater. Starting out as mustache maker with the National Theatre in 1972, she completed her make-up training at the BBC in 1977. For 10 years, her wig business serviced the requirements for most West End musicals of the era, including Evita and Cats. In the ʼ90s, Blair rejoined the National Theatre as a wig supervisor. Her work has appeared in productions including Theatre of Blood; War Horse (at the National Theatre and in the West End); and One Man, Two Guvnors. She also worked on Travelling Light, a play about the origins of silent movies.
Karla Powell

Karla Powell

Karla Powell is an award-winning artist known for her creative make-up; she has designed an array of make-up products to enhance artists’ kits. Powell recently toured the U.K. teaching her sold-out Lip Art Workshops, and she hosted a Temptu Pro master class in New York. She has nearly 1 million followers on her social media platforms and works with brands to manage their social campaigns.

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.  

Mike Spatola

With more than 30 years’ professional experience, Mike Spatola is the author of The Monstrous Makeup Manual, books #1 and #2. He's been nominated twice for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup Emmy Awards, and twice for CableACE Awards. He worked on Return of the Living Dead, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Iron Man 3 and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt. He is the chief academic officer at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles.
Neill Gorton

Neill Gorton

In a career that spans more than two decades, Neill Gorton—with his company Millennium FX—has designed make-up effects, prosthetics and animatronic creations for hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Inkheart, The Wolfman, Doctor Who, Little Britain and Torchwood. Gorton has won six Royal Television Society awards, three Welsh BAFTAs and a BAFTA Craft Award, along with several other nominations. He also runs the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio, providing training in prosthetics and make-up effects to newcomers and professionals alike.
Nick Dudman

Nick Dudman

BAFTA Award-winner Nick Dudman is the creative force behind the visual world of Harry Potter, including all make-up effects and animatronics. His credits also include The Mummy Returns, Interview with the Vampire, The Last of the Mohicans, Alien 3, Batman, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Willow, Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi and The Hunger, on which he assisted Dick Smith. Dudman started his career assisting Stuart Freeborn on Yoda for Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back

Nilam Holmes-Patel

Dubbed by those in the know as “the Eyebrow Queen,” Nilam Holmes-Patel has had a 20-year career in the beauty industry. She is renowned for setting trends, especially where brows are concerned. Her international A-List clients have her on speed dial, and this client list has grown steadily through her professionalism. With the launch of the new Make Up by HD Brows collection, her aim is to expand her brow expertise into make-up artistry.

Pablo Rodriguez

M.A.C. Senior Artist Pablo Rodriguez has worked with a wealth of fashion publications, including L’Uomo Vogue, Elle, Nylon, Harper’s Bazaar and Jalouse, and with celebrities including Rachel Weisz, Daisy Lowe, Saffron Aldridge, Daphne Guinness, Ivana Trump, Zandra Rhodes, Heidi Klum and Eva Herzigova. Working at the international fashion collections, he can be found backstage at shows for Vivienne Westwood, Gucci, Lanvin, Missoni, Elie Saab, Moschino, Chloe, Matthew Williamson, Zac Posen and Rick Owens.

Paul Merchant

As global head of make-up at Kryolan, Merchant has worked in all disciplines of the make-up industry, from beauty to fashion, body painting to editorial and even theatrical. As a self-taught artist, he has developed his own style of working. “I love to play around with products and find different and interesting ways of using them, other than their intended purpose.” His work includes London Fashion Week, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, X Factor, various editorial campaigns, tutorial videos and fashion shows. Merchant’s work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue.

Sarita Allison

Sarita Allison began her career as a make-up artist on photo sessions for Bjork, Bob Hoskins, Ben Kingsley, Alexander McQueen and others. She has done video promos, album-cover shoots, advertising and commercials. Her film and TV work has included Judge Dredd, The Mummy, Touching the Void, Stella Street, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, Skins, Nearly Famous, Scallywagga, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Penny Dreadful.

Sheelagh Wells

Sheelagh Wells has worked on everything from TV period drama and science fiction to award-winning ballet and opera productions. Her broad spectrum of work also includes major documentaries and feature films. She was nominated by the Royal Television Society and won a BAFTA for her work on the Doctor Who series in 2006. She also worked on the original Doctor Who when she was a department head at the BBC in London.

Tate Steinsiek

Writer, director and make-up artist Tate Steinsiek established Ill Willed Productions in 2001 to provide special effects make-up, prosthetic application and fabrication to the film and television industry. Clients include The Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, the History Channel, Discovery, HBO and others. His work has appeared in Make-Up Artist magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Variety. He is a two-time Face Off contestant and works frequently with filmmaker Clive Barker.
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.


Award-winning body painter and photographer Vargas has taught at technical schools and seminars worldwide. His work has appeared in international galleries, the Capitol Rotunda and runway fashion shows, and on Good Morning America, MTV and Telemundo. Clients have included Marc Anthony, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. His latest work includes the World Cup Calendar 2014 and the Naked Vegas promo reel. With his wife, Anabel, he runs New Jersey’s Vargas Beauty Arts Academy.

Yolanda Bartram

Yolanda Bartram is a multiple award-winning body-paint and special effects make-up artist. She owns BodyFX, a make-up, face and body-art company in New Zealand. Bartram teaches and demos her work throughout the world as well as working for film and TV in New Zealand and creating art in her own studio. BodyFX’s Prosthetics is a feature line of innovative and creative prosthetics for the make-up industry.