Speaker Bios

Alex LaMarsh

Alex LaMarsh

At 6'2" Alex LaMarsh is a force to be reckoned with, whether she’s wielding a make-up brush or producing photo shoots. LaMarsh moved from Nebraska to San Francisco to study fashion and costume design; she worked as a theater and opera costumer before moving to New York to model. After living and working in Los Angeles for more than a decade, she moved to New York, where she’s now a make-up and hair artist and a beauty columnist.

Catherine Shim

Catherine Shim has been working as a hair and make-up artist for over 10 years. Her passion has always been making others look beautiful and seeing their emotional reactions to her work. Shim is an avid airbrush make-up fan and her experience spans a range of assignments including NYFW, music videos, commercials, editorial, films as well as individual celebrity clients and brides. Most recently, Shim appeared on American Beauty Star

Caytha Jentis

Caytha Jentis is an award winning independent filmmaker. Her most recent project is “The Other F Word,” a comedic series on Amazon. The cast includes Steve Guttenberg and Judy Gold. Jentis has also written four features—produced three and directed two. Her features include: Bad Parents starring Janeane Garofalo, Cheri Oteri, Christopher Titus, Michael Boatman and Kristen Johnston (Cinedigm); And Then Came Love starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt; and The One starring Jon Prescott.

Courtney Haley

Courtney Haley is the founder of 10th Studio and has more than 20 years’ experience designing and manufacturing cosmetics for some of the most famous cosmetics brands such as Coty, Milani, Bare Escentuals, Neutrogena, Pretty Vulgar, Hard Candy, Revlon, L’Oreal and many more. Haley is an expert in manufacturing, and is now launching the first ever crowd funding platform by a beauty manufacturer for beauty influencers and new beauty brands to test their product ideas.

Dick Page

Dick Page is a British-born, New York-based make-up artist. His signature breakthrough work was in the U.K. in the early ’90s, mainly with photographers Corinne Day, David Sims and Juergen Teller and stylists Melanie Ward, Venetia Scott and Camilla Nickerson for British magazines including The Face and i-D. Over the past 30 years, Page has worked on countless magazines, advertising campaigns and runway shows with a great range of photographers, fashion designers, stylists and editors. From 1997 to 2017 he was an artistic director for Shiseido.  

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.

Jackie Gomez

Jackie Gomez is a celebrity make-up artist whose talent is in high demand. Gomez has been in the industry for more than a decade and has served as an ambassador to several notable beauty brands. Gomez currently educates artists as head of the esteemed Make Up For Ever Academy in NYC. Her passion for teaching is fueled by the opportunity to share her expertise with the multitude of students who pass through her classroom.
Jim Udenberg

Jim Udenberg

Jim Udenberg is beginning his 25th year as a make-up effects artist. After a decade as the make-up department head of Universal Studios Orlando, Udenberg moved to Norway where he was the head instructor of special make-up effects for an Oslo-based make-up school. During his time at the school he also established himself in the Scandinavian film industry and in 2010 left the school to focus full time on his private make-up effects studio, Imaginarium FX. In the coming months, Udenberg will expand his business further via a new studio space and an education division.

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.

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.

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.

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).
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.

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.

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. 
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.

Tim Pearson

Tim Pearson, Head Make-up Artist of Kryolan City New York, began his career in the world of make-up through drag and theatrical productions. Pursuing a dream of growth as an artist, Pearson has showcased his work in theater, television and film, as well as editorial looks for runway and photography. Over many years, Pearson has worked as a freelance artist, consultant and educator in beauty, fashion, fantasy and airbrush techniques.