Speaker Bios

Danessa Myricks

Danessa Myricks

As a make-up artist, photographer and entrepreneur, Danessa Myricks’ career spans more than 16 years. She has mastered beauty application and made a name for herself as one of the most creative in the make-up industry. Inspired initially by the beauty business, Myricks’ career hit the ground running at the corporate level, where her true passions aligned with her artistry and marketing for ethnic skin tones. She has worked with numerous celebrities and co-created with multiple global beauty brands, including Kiss and Benefit Cosmetics. Currently, Myricks spends her time developing Danessa Myricks Beauty, a global beauty blend of professional insight and cosmetics.
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, hair care, 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.

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 Orlando, Fla.

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 skillset ranging from beauty and fashion to technical sculpture, armor making, and prop building.  

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 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).


Moving from Jamaica to New York when he was six 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.

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.

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.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won the Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for the transformation she performed on 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 just completed working on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and will shoot Avengers 4 (Untitled) this fall. You can see more of her work on Chadwick Boseman on the Netflix original Message from the King. 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.