Speaker Bios

Brian Kinney

Brian Kinney

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 and CSI.

Conor McCullagh

Conor McCullagh began his career in 1990. He made large-scale foam sculptures and molds for animatronic theme park characters before getting a foothold in film and television. By 1993, McCullagh was the creature supervisor for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. From there, he moved onto feature films like Mars Attacks! Freddy vs. Jason and Seed of Chucky. In 2011, McCullagh became the first champion of the hit TV series Face Off. That victory led to work with three-time Oscar winner Ve Neill; in 2015 he was head of prosthetic make-up for the TV show Outcast.

Danessa Myricks

As a make-up artist, photographer and entrepreneur Danessa Myricks has mastered the art of make-up. With the creation of her eponymous line, Danessa Myricks Beauty, and her work in the studio and with numerous global brands, she continues to combine art and product manipulation to create compelling beauty images. Her insight on texture, color, product payoff and how lighting can synergize on camera is essential to understanding all forms of beauty.

Danielle Doyle

A premier make-up artist and president and creator of The Perfect Face Cosmetics, Danielle Doyle has worked in the beauty industry for two decades. TPF Cosmetics—which is designed for film, photography, stage and everyday perfection—has held the honor of the Official Cosmetics Partner for the internationally televised Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions. Doyle currently resides in Houston where she offers business and artistry education courses for new and experienced make-up artists.
Tunnell Sisters

Denise and Janice Tunnell

Denise and Janice Tunnell are accomplished international make-up artists, beauty experts and entrepreneurs. The Tunnell twins have each had 20-year careers that cover many facets of the entertainment industry including film, television, theater and print. Credits include House of Cards, Atlanta, Survivor’s Remorse, Underground, Hunger Games, Furious 7 and Captain America. The sisters have co-hosted an online radio show for the past 10 years called Beauty Talk and are the creators of a cosmetics line for women of color called Illusions Cosmetics.

Derrick Rutledge

With the stroke of a brush and the eye of a master Derrick Rutledge has claimed his place as a premier make-up artist. His art has graced the faces of the legendary and the aspiring alike, creating undeniable looks for the celebrity and unforgettable moments for the everyday. Today as founder of Derrick Rutledge About Face (DRAF LLC), Rutledge has created a team of beauty experts on the subject of aesthetics, make-up application, haircare, styling and imaging. This team of future beauty image all-stars is trained in the DRAF Technique of Perfecting Your Presence.
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.

Donna Premick

Donna Premick has been part of the film industry for over three decades. Premick has served as department head for the Emmy nominated The Walking Dead for the first four seasons along with Halt and Catch Fire and Lodge 49. In addition, Premick was a personal for Diane Keaton and John Travolta.
Einat Dan

Einat Dan

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. 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. 

Helder Marucci

Helder Marucci is a makeup artist from Brazil who has been working in the industry for 7 years.  

Jane Richardson

With over 27 years of experience in the beauty industry, Jane Richardson is a respected make-up artist who currently fulfills the role of Global Artistry Director for Nars Cosmetics, a position designed to communicate the philosophies and ideals that François Nars bestowed on the company at its inception. Richardson has cultivated an immense repertoire of experience in the beauty industry and has contributed her polished technique to projects for television, runway fashion shows and fashion editorial.

Jasmine Ringo

Jasmine Ringo has been working as a make-up artist since 2004. In 2011 she began her education with a large make-up brand from Paris. Recently, Ringo has been in two seasons of Syfy's Face Off, including Face Off All Stars. She was asked to return to Syfy for a new show called Game Face—Ringo won the first episode. Currently, she has relocated to Atlanta. Here, Ringo is working in film and on the TV shows The Gifted and The Walking Dead. She teaches workshops out of her home studio.

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.
Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy has been working in the make-up effects industry since he was 17, doing film, television, theater, corporate conventions and theme parks. His film credits include Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I Am Number 4, Zombieland and The Crazies. Levy runs Blue Whale Studios Inc., a full-service make-up and special make-up effects facility located in Atlanta.

Jordan Plath

Jordan Plath is a make-up artist with more than 20 years of industry experience working across creative, retail and commercial fields including film, television, theater and live events.  As a member of the Kryolan Professional Make-up USA team, he serves as FX Make-up Specialist and Head of the National Education program, where he teaches a variety of workshops including airbrush, theatrical make-up and special effects.

Ken Diaz

Ken Diaz has been a make-up artist in film and television for over 40 years. His many awards include two Academy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards. Diaz’s managerial skills, problem-solving and innovative approaches as the special make-up effects coordinator on John Carpenter’s The Thing were instrumental in creating many of the film’s milestone special make-up effects. Diaz’s accomplishments in the areas of age transitions, tattoos, prosthetics, facial hair, character and beauty make-up are well-known in the industry. Diaz is also a well-respected lecturer, educator and product innovator.

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones is a professional make-up artist residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Working professionally since 1987, she devotes most of her time to the feature film and print photography industries. Jones’s make-up brushes have graced the faces of such celebrities as Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Kate Winslet, Robert DeNiro, Michael Keaton and Vince Vaughn. Politically speaking she has worked with President Barack Obama, former Presidents William Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She has also worked on projects for companies that include Ford, Adidas, Nike, Gatorade and more. She has worked on campaigns for Prescriptives Cosmetics, Avon and Cover Girl. She is a union IATSE 798, and IATSE 38 make-up crew member and has worked on over 54 films including: Gran Torino, Whip It!, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Insurgent, Vacation, Triple 9 and 8 Mile. Her music industry work has included projects with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Behind the Music with Kid Rock, VH1 One on One with Aretha Franklin, Behind the Scenes- “Up In Smoke Tour” with Eminem, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Xzibit and numerous others. Jones is credited with two Rolling Stone covers, one with the White Stripes and one with Uncle Cracker and Die Trying. Jones has also delved into the sports arena working with numerous athletes like Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, WWE wrestler Dave Batista and others.

Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva, co-owner of Blue Whale Studios Inc. has been working as a make-up artist for over 10 years and has been part of make-up teams on such projects as Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Accountant, Allegiant, The Vampire Diaries and Selma. Before partnering with Jonah and Crystal Levy, Silva owned a well-known Atlanta based make-up effects shop: Black Tie FX. His acute attention to detail makes Silva a strong and versatile artist—with a skill set ranging from beauty and fashion to technical sculpture, armor making and prop building.  

Michael Burnett

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, Passions and Mad TV.  Burnett is currently the make-up designer for the Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Davy

Born in Canton, Ohio, Michael Davy began his make-up career with his father, Dick Davy, in 1974 as a “masker” for the Masonic Scottish Rite at age 12 and became a member of the Dick Smith “School of the Telephone.” In 1988 Smith sponsored Davy into IATSE Local 798 and is celebrating his 30-year membership anniversary this year. Throughout his career Davy has developed many innovative products used by many world-class make-up artists today, including Water–Melon , Silicolor, Collodacolor, Foaming Sponge Gelatin and more.

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).
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.

Romero Jennings

Moving from Jamaica to New York when he was 6 years old gave director of make-up artistry Romero Jennings a dual heritage that offered him an eclectic and fruitful taste for both the fast pace of the city and the more wholesome approach of island life. Jennings describes his style as having four main aspects: color, nature, futurism and technology—a heady mix that he terms “organic alien.” Not the most typical approach perhaps, but certainly a winner that has propelled him to worldwide acclaim. Joining M.A.C. in the 1990s, Jennings has always felt at home among the brand’s team. After working in Japan, where he was offered a place to study and assist make-up artists such as Mitsuru Kohno and Savaro Watanabe, Jennings returned to the Big Apple with big plans. In the spirit of his chiseled icons, Jennings’ preferred look involves a perfected skin with a strobing face effect and an architectural eyebrow. Landing a full-page interview in the New York Times Magazine was a standout career moment, second only to being interviewed by Kim Kardashian, whom he describes as “a living doll.”

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.

Saisha Beecham

In less than 10 years, professional make-up artist Saisha Beecham’s reputation for her flawless “face-lifting” application has quickly gained the attention of the country’s most renowned faces. Whether it’s for a red carpet event, magazine cover, television appearance or film, when her distinguished clients want their look done with a brush of perfection, they trust their faces in Beecham’s hands.

Saj Mack

At the age of 5, Saj Mack announced to her parents that she wanted to be an "artist paint-ist," all while wearing her favorite frosty pink lipstick. After seeing a transformation of her own skin by a professional make-up artist, Mack started teaching herself how to correct skin and achieve a flawless canvas with make-up. Seeking to learn more about make-up artistry, she attended Complections International Makeup School and graduated with honors. Now with over 10 years’ experience, Mack is one of the top make-up artists in Atlanta providing expertise in film, television, print, commercial and advertising, bridal and special effects. Her creative and colorful flair in both personality and portfolio can be easily attributed to growing up in the Caribbean. Mack currently works in Atlanta and New York and is a member of IATSE 798 Makeup and Hair. Her work can be seen in print in Porter Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Time, Modern Luxury and on screen in Sleepy Hollow, Pitch Perfect 3, The Founder, The Boss and Allegiant.

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.

Samantha Reese

Samantha Reese is a Field Representative for IATSE Local 798 Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists. As a career make-up artist for over 22 years she has worked on the faces of countless actors, performers, musicians and politicians. From working as a department head on multiple films and television series she now represents make-up artists and hairstylists working under collective bargaining agreements for the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Union. She now spends her days making sure that make-up artists and hairstylists are being treated fairly on the job with safe working conditions, good wages and benefits. Reese understands how politics and labor laws come into play when the rights of workers are being threatened and can amplify the voice of employees on the job, working under a collective bargaining agreement.

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.

Selena Miller

Selena Miller is a Union 798 Member doing make-up for films, TV, stage and print. Her first feature film was Edward Scissorhands and Miller’s latest projects include: Selma, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther, Pirates of The CaribbeanEmpire, Star, The Vampire Diaries. And she is listed as department head of background on The Hunger Games series.

Shaina Azad

Professional make-up artist, Blanche Macdonald instructor and marketing consultant are just a few titles Shaina Azad has held over the years. Her multi-faceted background provides her with the upper hand in creating an eye-stopping, color cosmetic line that has taken social media by storm. Less than three years ago she founded SUVA Beauty which currently has over 250k dedicated followers on Instagram and is sold internationally by retailers like Bloomingdale’s and Forever21. 

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 Anderson

With over a decade of theatrical and special make-up effects experience, Stephanie Anderson is one of the most accomplished and award-winning artists in the Atlanta area. Her work has been featured in multiple films, TV shows and music videos. For the past 10 years, she has served as the key make-up artist for L.E.D. Experience, a corporate entertainment firm that creates magical, cirque-styled events for clients across the continent.
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.
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