Alphonse Wiebelt’s career in the fashion and beauty industry has given him a well-rounded background, from make-up artistry and product development to education. Co-founder of Musebeauty.Pro and creator of ESUM Brushes, he is honored to share his expertise and passion for beauty.
Amber Dreadon established her career as a M.A.C. artist in her home of Auckland, New Zealand. She has done fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, for designers including Chloé, Proenza Schouler and Kenzo. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Elle
. Her celebrity clients include Lorde and Florence Welch. She has also worked on television series, red-carpet make-up, art installations and make-up for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.
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.
Angel "Mac Daddyy" Merino
Angel “Mac Daddyy” Merino is a digital beauty creator, celebrity make-up artist, artistic director and entrepreneur. He has worked closely with some of the industry’s top photographers, models and Hollywood stars such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Chanel Iman, Mel B and many more. His work has appeared in Teen Vogue
, The New York Times
and Latina Magazine
. Merino has his own make-up brand, Artist Couture, and inspires his 1.3 million social media followers.
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.
Brian Kinney is a Primetime Emmy-nominated make-up artist and a Journeyman in IATSE Hollywood Local 706 Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild, where he serves as Makeup Craft President and Executive Board Member. Founder of Full Slap FX and the Hurt Box molds, Kinney has been professionally working in the U.K. and U.S. in film, television, theater and print for nearly 20 years, with credits including Purge: Anarchy
, Fear the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones
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
Christien Tinsley is an award-winning make-up artist and one of today’s leading special make-up effects creators for film and television. His renowned work and inventiveness on The Passion of the Christ
(2004) garnered him an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for developing a process known as the prosthetic transfer. Tinsley continues to own and operate Tinsley Studio and Tinsley Transfers, Inc. while maintaining his working relationships as a make-up artist and character designer.
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.
Make-up artist Craig Reardon worked with Rick Baker on projects including The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Funhouse
and An American Werewolf in London
. Reardon worked with his idol and mentor Dick Smith on Altered States
. Reardon’s additional film credits include Poltergeist, Dreamscape, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Weird Science
and The Goonies
. His TV movies include The Dreamer of Oz
and ’90s TV shows include Star Trek
: Deep Space Nine
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and The X Files
Dion Peronneau has led the Peronneau Agency for 22 years. The agency began as an image development firm in 1990. Peronneau represents hair, make-up and wardrobe stylists, and the agency has become a go-to source for webisode producers and on-line beauty editors. Celebrity clients have included Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and many more. Advertising clients have included Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, L'Oréal, Pepsi, McDonalds and Revlon, to name a few.
Dutch Bihary enjoys applying his illustrative style to all face- and body-painting media. He teaches classes internationally and was a finalist in the first season of Skin Wars. He also enjoys 3-D black-light mural art and special make-up effects; he has several movies and music videos to his credit. Bihary’s unique painting style led him to coin a technique he calls Blobology. With his wife, Brecky, he owns and operates Contours FX.
Emmy-nominated artist and cosmetics innovator Eugenia Weston is gifted with a remarkable sense of color and design. She created Senna, the first retail pro make-up line, in 1976 and the pioneering Form-A-Brow stencil and in-store brow-shaping services that launched the mega-brow category. Senna make-up is in demand by celebrities and pro artists on productions such as Dancing With The Stars, American Horror Story, NCIS: New Orleans
and Avengers: Age of Ultron
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.
Francesca Tolot’s first love is painting and her greatest influence is Renaissance art. Born in Italy and residing in Los Angeles, Tolot’s career has no boundaries—from edgy music videos and editorials to Hollywood legends and red-carpet events. Tolot’s collaborations with celebrities include Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron, Beyonce, Golden Barbie and Chloe Moretz. Her artistry is showcased in the book One Woman 100 Faces
for which Beyonce wrote, “Francesca Tolot is the most extraordinary make-up artist of our time.” She has collaborated with Ofra Cosmetics for her long-awaited collection which will launch at IMATS L.A.
Frank Moore has more than 25 years of experience as an agent/producer in Los Angeles; he has spent the last 17 of those at Celestine Agency, where he is responsible for promoting and marketing artists. Celestine was founded in 1986 by Angelika Schubert, and continues to be a leader in the fashion, beauty, music and film industries.
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
, CNN and E! Entertainment Television.
His work has also been seen in the pages of the hottest fashion magazines including Vogue
, and Harper's Bazaar
. Most recently, he did Gwen Stefani’s make-up on three seasons of The Voice
Gregson Gabrio Gregson Gabrio studied digital cinematography and film production at Loyola Marymount University and is now a Local 600 Digital Imaging Technician. He liaises with all the crafts on set, as well as post, to create a workflow and look that best suits the picture. His understanding of how the camera interprets color allows him to discuss color use with the artists. His credits include Gangster Squad, Bad Words, Horrible Bosses 2 and the 2015 film Blackhat.
Born and raised in southern California, Henry Vasquez has been active in the beauty industry for the last eight years. From working as a make-up artist for M.A.C. Cosmetics to doing commercials, beauty campaigns, film and print to learning from some of the most established artists working today, Vasquez continues to build his artistry. As head make-up artist for Hot Makeup Professional, Vasquez furthers his mission to build stronger bonds within the beauty community through mutual support.
Jordu Schell is a renowned American sculptor and concept artist who has been working in the film and television industries for more than 25 years. Films for which Schell has designed creatures and characters include Predator 2, Men in Black, Alien: Resurrection, Avatar, The Mist, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Edward Scissorhands, Creature of Darkness, Dragonball Evolution
and more. Schell also teaches sculpting and design at his Chatsworth, Calif. studio.
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.
Lindsay Dickhout started her company, Million Dollar Tan, out of college and changed the way spray tanning was done by using a spray gun instead of airbrush. She was soon tanning celebrities and models. She also developed her own tanning solution and retail products that looked natural, faded evenly and dried quickly. With 13 years in the industry and more than 3,000 professional accounts in 34 countries, she has mastered the perfect spray tan.
Madeline Leonard has been representing make-up artists since 1986. She is the owner/director of Cloutier Remix. “Originally we spent a lot of time face to face with artists and clients,” she says. “Portfolios were the main tool. Today our focus is much wider and more strategic ... how to reach clients in a crowded market, how best to showcase make-up artists' talents and how to facilitate lucrative and rewarding career extensions for already established artists.”
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.
Two-time Emmy-nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been doing make-up in the film and TV industry for more than 30 years. Prior to forming his own make-up effects company, MBP Inc., Burnett worked with Rick Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Burnett’s credits include The Ben Stiller Show
, Universal Soldier
, The Forsaken
, Star Trek: Enterprise
and Mad TV
. Burnett is currently the make-up designer for the Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
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.”
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.
Sydney-based Odd Studio is a world renowned and award-winning company at the forefront of prosthetic make-up, creature effects, character design, costume props and models and props. Directors Adam Johansen and Damian Martin have more than 20 years of industry experience. Together they founded Odd Studio 11 years ago. Their ongoing dedication to the art, their practical approach and their extended family of talented crew keep the company in high demand for in-camera effects.
Award-winning body painter Pashur is known throughout the world as the Picasso of body painting. His influence is apparent throughout the industry. He has sold out workshops in Australia, Europe, the U.K., Canada and the U.S. He was a body-painting expert on Face Off
and helped develop the body-painting competition show Skin Wars
. His clients include Cirque du Soleil, Toyota, Nikki Minaj, Wrangler, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TNT, Playboy
and other magazines. CanvasAlive.com/Instagram: @pashur_bodyart
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
Roshar is an international make-up artist based in New York City and Los Angeles who is known for his unconventional work in the fashion industry. His work has appeared in Vogue
, Marie Claire
, Harper’s Bazaar
and countless others.
Since launching Ruby Makeup Academy in 2006, founder/CEO Ruby Polanco has expanded her company to three locations in Los Angeles. She’s been published in FHM
and New Beauty
, among others. In early 2014, Inc.
magazine declared Polanco’s business one of America’s 500 fastest growing companies. She has worked with countless celebrities in various venues, from TV shows to the runway. Polanco’s empire continues to grow daily, spreading love and make-up.
From teen runaway in Brisbane, Australia to the runways of Dior and the covers of Vogue Italia
magazine, Stephen Dimmick has never been one to believe in limitations. For the last 26 years, his hands have created the faces of Oscar-winning celebs and the most outrageous pop sensations, but Dimmick’s true passion is to make women not just look beautiful but FEEL beautiful—because it’s more than make-up!
Steve LaPorte started his make-up career in 1979. He went from working in make-up studios to opening his own studio to running NBC’s in-house lab and finally department-heading his own shows and maintaining a home make-up lab. He's a 30-year Local 706 Journeyman and longtime member of the motion picture and television academies. He's won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Saturn and a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. Current projects include Bosch
Tamara Jacobs Tamara Jacobs was born and raised in Los Angeles and holds art studio and art history degrees from UC Santa Barbara. After college she worked for an art dealer before entering beauty representation, first at The Magnet Agency and then at Atelier Management, where she opened the West Coast beauty division with a roster of make-up, hair, wardrobe and set design. After nearly nine years, she has established herself as one of the best in the business.
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.
Before starting his small effects shop in Denver, Todd Debreceni worked for Ted Turner at WTBS in Atlanta, 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television Animation. Among his credits are Ink
, My Favorite Martian
and Captain Phillips
. He has created effects for many productions and teaches in the U.S. and overseas; his book Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen
has been hailed as the bible for make-up effects artists.
Tracey Taylor is a professional hair and make-up artist whose work has appeared in such publications as Vogue, Glamour, Allure and InStyle. She is the preferred artists for A-list clients including Brooke Burke, Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek. She has worked with various television shows, including Burn Notice and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Taylor is a Temptu Pro artist and shares her expertise as a master-class instructor for the company.
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.
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. Recent films include Shock and Awe
starring Woody Harrelson and James Marsden, A Star is Born
starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and the quirky life-inspired film Welcome to Marwen
starring Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.
M.A.C. Senior Artist Victor Cembellin began his career with the company in the mid-’90s. Early in his career he worked with Liza Minnelli—even doing backup vocals as she warmed up her voice. Other career highlights include working on shows for Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen. Cembellin has an affinity for old-school glamour and keeps a library of references spanning movies, music videos and historical art movements.
Vivian Baker is a veteran make-up artist who has enjoyed a career in film, TV, commercials, print and fashion for more than 25 years. She has worked on such high-profile projects as Oz The Great and Powerful
, Grey Gardens
and her latest film, Jurassic World
. Her clients include Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks. Baker says having the proper lighting wherever she works is critical to her success.