Speaker Bios

Bobbie Weiner

Bobbie Weiner is a make-up effects industry veteran and author. Her work appears in films includingTitanic, Pumpkinhead ll, Behind Enemy Lines, Shooter and Dear John and the Broadway showsWicked and Mamma Mia! She introduced her make-up line, Bloody Mary, more than 15 years ago, and her book, I Can Do This, came out in 2011. Weiner supplies the U.S. Department of Defense and funeral homes with her products, which will also be featured in the upcoming season of True Blood.

Anabel Vargas

Anabel Vargas is an award-winning international make-up artist and educator. She works in print, commercials, video production and film. Her work has been featured on MTV, Good Morning America, NBC, Telemundo, TV Land, Access Hollywood and E! Online. Some of the most beautiful faces in the world have benefited from her creative style and technique. With her husband, she owns and operates the Vargas Beauty Arts Academy, the Vargas Photography Studio and Vargas Beauty & Arts Pro Store.

Arielle Toelke

Arielle Toelke has an affinity for the unconventional and is continuously drawn to projects that push the limits of her creativity. Whether it's a full-length feature or a photo shoot, she consistently delivers in terms of professionalism, originality and unique talent.

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.

Beau Nelson

Celebrity make-up artist Beau Nelson, has been creating beauty for more than half of his life. His work is generously informed by his passions for contemporary art, art history, high-end architecture, design and music. He resides in New York City, where he maintains a varied, star-studded clientele including Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller, Iman, Mary J. Blige, Brooke Shields and Blake Lively.
Becca Gilmartin

Becca Gilmartin

Beauty editor of Australia’s premier beauty publication, LAUD Magazine, and ABIA’s “2014 MUA of the Year” Becca Gilmartin’s beauty- and body-art talents see her working with names such as Kimbra, Danni Minogue, Antonia Kidman and PNAU—as well as the TV shows The Voice, Australia and Germany’s Next Top Model + X Factor. Author of Makeup Artist Bootcamp and We the Painted, with sold-out tours of her in-demand course Makeup Artist Bootcamp, Gilmartin is considered one of Australia’s favorite MUA’s.

Bethany Serpico

Bethany Serpico initially planned to be a video-game designer, but when she began sculpting creatures featured in her games, she found a new artistic outlet. Anatomy, nature and gore all influence her designs. After graduating from Makeup Designory, she began her freelance business with work on haunted houses. Since then she has done Live with Kelly and Michael, National Geographic Brain Games and Nightmare: New York. She was a contestant on Face Off Season Six.

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.

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.

Dani Fonseca

Native New Yorker Dani Fonseca brings more than 15 years of extensive knowledge and experience from the fine art, theater and fashion industries to her business. She has also taught thousands of beginning and professional make-up artists worldwide as a guest instructor at the Make Up For Ever Academy New York and Hong Kong, the Academy of Freelance Makeup, The School of Makeup Art, Complexions and The School of Professional Makeup.

Dany Sanz

Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of MAKE UP FOR EVER. In the 1980s, there were very few products available to professional make-up artists; with the help of her husband, she launched MAKE UP FOR EVER in 1984. She created a MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy in 2002. With the brand in more than 52 countries, it’s easy to see how her mission to create high-quality make-up for professionals and everyday women has succeeded.
David Martí and Montse Ribé

David Martí and Montse Ribé

David Martí and Montse Ribé, of the Barcelona-based make-up effects shop DDT Efectos Especiales, won a 2007 Achievement in Makeup Oscar for their work on Pan’s Labyrinth. The pair has also worked on Mama, Biutiful, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, The Orphanage and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

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.

Floriane David

Originally from Paris, France, Floriane David serves as a lead educator for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy New York. In this role, she is responsible for developing curriculum and sharing her expertise and techniques for all facets of the make-up industry. David initially studied under the brand’s creator and artistic director, Dany Sanz. Throughout the years, David has taught in London, Dubai, Lebanon, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Korea and Austria.

Joe Nazzaro

Joe Nazzaro is a New Jersey/London-based freelancer who’s been writing for Make-Up Artist magazine since Issue 26. With more than a dozen books and 3,000 interviews to his credit, he contributes to such magazines as Dreamwatch, TV Zone, Starburst, Fangoria and Cult Times. His first book was a collaboration with Michael Westmore, and Nazzaro released Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves in November 2018.

Josh Turi

Josh Turi is an Emmy Award-winning make-up artist. His New Jersey-based company Designs to Deceive has provided make-up, make-up effects, prosthetics and custom props for film, television and theater for more than two decades. His credits include key artist and lab tech for Saturday Night Live, prosthetic designer and department head for Orange is the New Black and prosthetic designer and department head for Mathew Barney’s River of Fundament.

Judy Chin

Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning make-up artist Judy Chin has designed make-up for film, television and theater for more than 25 years. Her film credits include Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Black Swan, Oz The Great and Powerful, Money Monster, American Pastoral and many more. Her television credits include the third through the sixth seasons of Sex and the City. Her theater credits include Golden Child, God of Carnage and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.
Kanesha Perry

Kanesha Perry

From retail to the runway, Kanesha Perry has been beautifying clients for more than 18 years. She truly believes in beauty from the inside out, whether it be celebrity clients, editorial, fashion- week shows or helping the everyday client find the perfect hues. Perry believes that personal divinity radiates from within us all.

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.  

Leigh Sikorski

Leigh Sikorski is passionate about accelerating the careers of exceptionally talented creative artists. After more than 10 years working with top photographers in high fashion and advertising, she took over the director position of Kate Ryan Inc.’s Hair, Make-up, and Styling divisions. Currently leading the careers of more than 20 artists, Sikorski’s group serves a great mix of fashion and commercial clients. In addition to the talent, she enjoys the benefits of being affiliated with the Kate Ryan Inc. Photography division, which reps some of the top beauty and lifestyle photographers in the business.

Louie Zakarian

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

Milagros Cerdeira

Milagros Cerdeira has done make-up design for Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Sister Act. She has worked on Broadway and in opera for more than 18 years, on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Into the Woods, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, Tango Argentino, Little Me, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Life and Death of Marina Abromovic, Anna Nicole and White Raven

Nicky Posley

Nicky Posley has more than 10 years of make-up artistry experience. Posley’s work has been featured in Elle, Today’s Bride and Intersection and on the runway for designers such as Max Azria, Calvin Klein and Imitation of Christ. As an active artist, he is also on set for editorial, music video and television shows.

Nix Herrera

For the past 20 years Nix Herrera has been working as a FX make-up artist and body painter with some of the industry’s top companies and premier events. Through his unique vision Herrera blends together special FX and body art, creating award-winning pieces and allowing him to bring to life his art and passion. From the U.S. to Asia he has worked with companies such as Universal Studios, SyFy, European Body Art, IWATA and Gucci.

Patricia Bencosme

Pachi Cosmetics was created by Patricia Bencosme. The line has a Latin touch; it was designed for women all over the world who want to have fun and feel sexy with extraordinary make-up. The fabulous, high-quality products are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, allergy-tested and non-comedogenic. Pachi Cosmetics also features an unbelievable color selection. Our slogan is, “It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s make-up.”

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.
Rae Morris

Rae Morris

Apart from being one of the world's most influential make-up artists, Rae Morris is also a best-selling author and the designer of the acclaimed Rae Morris brush range. She works with fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire and global superstars including Pink and Kelly Roland. Also, as L’Oréal Paris Australia makeup director (2003-2013), she directed more than 100 fashion shows for key fashion designers. Her natural talent and her willingness to share her knowledge have made her one of the industry’s leading educators.

Rashaad Santiago

Renelyn Monteloyola

Renelyn Monteloyola, of Makeup by Ren Ren, created her beauty blog/YouTube channel in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry and cater to women of all ethnicities, ages and walks of life. Her social-media presence has garnered millions of views; she has partnered with major cosmetic companies for reviews/campaigns and reader events. In 2009, she launched a successful freelance make-up enterprise, Urban Pretty, which provides make-up services and education.
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.

Sam Fine

Sam Fine is the man of choice for beautifying women of color. He’s worked his magic on supermodels Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Iman and superstars Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Hudson and more. But it was the experiences from his formative years selling make-up that inspired him to write his first book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African - American Women, followed later by his first instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Beauty.

Sherri Laurence

Sherri Laurence has been doing make-up for 15 years for a wide range of media, including film, television, red carpet, commercials and print. She is currently make-up department head on Blue Bloods; other projects have included Country Strong, Life on Mars and The Normal Heart. Laurence has worked with some of the industry’s top celebrities, directors, producers and studios.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is a single mother of two and an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won The People’s Critics Choice Award for transforming 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 was the personal make-up artist to Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and others. She wrapped Avengers 4 (Untitled) this year. She also has a successful brand called Siân Richards London.

Stephanie Crespo

Stephanie Crespo studied beauty and effects make-up at the Make-up Designory in New York. She has worked with M.A.C. for several years; she is now the lead make-up artist and creative marketing manager for Pachi Cosmetics brands/promotions. Crespo has worked with Jerseylicious, Telemundo, Univision, the Cárdenas Marketing Network, Neutrogena, Mercedes-Benz and fashion designer Viktor Luna. Her work has been featured on UpTempo Magazine, Blake magazine, Social the Lifestyle Magazine and Raine magazine.

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.

Valerie Gladstone

Valerie Gladstone is a journeyman hairstylist and former president of  IATSE Local 798. Her film credits include For Colored Girls, Black Swan and The Great Debaters.  Her Broadway credits includeBeauty and the Beast, The Seagull and Thurgood. Last year she was the third on CBS’s Blue Bloods.


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.
Vincent Schicchi

Vincent Schicchi

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