Speaker Bios

Craig Reardon

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.  He did TV movies including The Dreamer of Oz and ’90s TV shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X Files.  
Tunnell Sisters

Denise and Janice Tunnell

Denise and Janice Tunnell are accomplished international make-up artists, beauty experts, and entrepreneurs. The Tunnell twins both have had 20-year-careers, expertise, and backgrounds, that cover many facets of the entertainment industry including film, television, theater, and print. Some of the projects that they’ve worked on are House of Cards, Atlanta, Survivor’s Remorse, Underground, Hunger Games, Furious 7, and Captain America ... to name a few. Giving back to the industry, 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.”
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. 

Emily Clayton

Emily Clayton is a talented make-up artist who also goes by the name of Vanity Venom. Clayton won the 2015 NYX U.K. and Ireland FACE (Fine Artistry of Cosmetics Elites) Awards, and in 2017, she moved to Dubai to become the head make-up artist for Cirque Le Soir. Recently she collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on a feature for Elle Middle East.
Frances Hannon

Frances Hannon

Hair, make-up and prosthetic designer Frances Hannon attended The London College of Fashion and trained at the BBC. She won her first BAFTA for the TV miniseries The Singing Detective. Over the years, Hannon worked on diverse projects including The Gathering Storm (BAFTA win), Conspiracy (Emmy nomination), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Da Vinci Code, X-Men: First Class, The Kings Speech (BAFTA nomination), World War Z, Captain Phillips and The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which she won a BAFTA and an Academy Award in 2015.

Gary Christensen

As a make-up artist and designer for theater, Gary Christensen has won a Drama-Logue award for his prosthetics make-up design for Comedy of Errors at the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Recently, he designed silicon make-up effects for Time Stands Still. In London from 2013-15 he was a demonstrator for Mouldlife and Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studios at International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) and United Makeup Artists Expo (UMA Expo). As a theater make-up instructor, Christensen has taught at several colleges and universities, such as California State University Fullerton and Riverside City College. Also, for two years he served as the “Backstage” columnist for Make-Up Artist magazine.

Jennifer Aspinall

With 14 Emmy nominations under her make-up belt and a 2009 Emmy win for MADtv, Jennifer Aspinall honed her make-up skills working in horror films such as the cult-classic, The Toxic Avenger, Spookies, and Street Trash. Most recently she’s been department head on Disney TV’s Walk the Prank and worked on the crews of Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2013), and Season 1 and 2 of Westworld. Aspinall says, “I take jobs that are interesting and challenging to me and I want to do them. I don’t really work. I get to do what I like to do and get paid for it.”

Kate Walker

Founder and creative director of Ruby Rouge Makeup, Kate Walker is an international hair and make-up artist specializing in bridal and fashion makeovers. As a career-driven businesswoman, Walker has sought to build a brand that would combine her perfectionist tendencies and creative talents to deliver an elite client experience. Walker travels internationally to push the boundaries of bridal beauty, focusing on the importance of skin preparation to combat wedding day stressors and the overall objective to “create the best version of you.”

Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

Recognizable in the make-up industry for her unexpected play on texture, color and shape, Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick approaches beauty as high art, using the face as her canvas. After completing Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Global Makeup Artistry Program, Fitzpatrick pursued a concentration in advanced special effects at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She has been featured in numerous fashion publications, global campaigns and on the runway. She has emerged as the Best Makeup Artist Finalist at the 2016 Canadian Contessa Awards.

Lan Nguyen-Grealis

The youngest winner of Kryolan’s 2013 Golden Mask Award for Make-up Art, Lan Nguyen-Grealis is a self-taught make-up artist and internationally published author. The beauty editor of Phoenix magazine, her editorial work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle UK, Cosmopolitan and Russian Vogue; she has also served as head make-up designer for key fashion shows. Nguyen-Grealis presents a journey through her art at IMATS London, prior to launching her latest book, Art and Makeup.

Leah Carmichael

Leah Carmichael has been a make-up artist for over 15 years, working extensively in beauty and fashion. Carmichael assisted the legendary Francesca Tolot and is no stranger to music videos either, having worked on Beyoncé’s Grammy Award-winning visual album Lemonade. Carmichael’s signature skill: comprehensive complexion expertise, from shade matching and corrective work to adjusting skin texture and finish.

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is an award-winning sculptor from the north of England. His credits include The Wolfman, Men in Black 3 and American Horror Story. Hill’s skill in capturing likenesses began at the age of 4, when he started digging clay from a riverbank. He is known primarily for his highly realistic silicone sculptures and portraits. His work is sought by collectors such as Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson and Greg Nicotero.

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).

Patricia L. Terry

Patricia L. Terry has directed more than 100 theater productions. For 13 years she served as artistic director of the Alternative Repertory Theatre, where she directed 35 productions, including Seascape, No Exit, Macbeth and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. While at ART she also won a Drama-Logue award for her direction of The House of Blue Leaves. In addition, Terry was producing artistic director of the Pandemonium Word Ballet and Literary Circus. And for the past several years she has written a blog, Pat’s Musings on Living La Dolce Vita, about her experiences being retired in Italy where she spends six months of the year.

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.

Sarah Jagger

Sarah Jagger is a fashion make-up artist obsessed with skin! Over the past 15 years, Jagger has created looks for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, along with campaigns for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, working with photographers such as Juergen Teller. When Jagger is not behind the camera she can be found reporting for British TV, magazines and blogs on the latest skin and make-up trends, with a passion for high-tech formulations.

Steffanie Strazzere

With 14 years of industry experience, Steffanie Strazzere has refined her craft, creating extraordinary editorial looks backstage at New York Fashion Week, as well as in print for Vogue Italia, US Weekly and Inked Magazine. During her 12 years with globally renowned cosmetic retail brands, she facilitated master classes and led advanced training where she demonstrated her exceptional skills in beauty, avant-garde artistry and special effects.

Tara Buenrostro

Driven by her limitless creativity, profound artistic skill and proclivity for teaching, Tara Buenrostro has spent 13 years working in an extensive range of capacities. Whether she’s behind the scenes at photo and video shoots, leading artistry teams at premier cosmetic brands, filming her own tutorials, consulting with bridal clients or teaching, Buenrostro inspires everyone she meets to explore their own self-expression through beauty. 

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.