Speaker Bios

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.

Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson has been a make-up artist for the last 10 years, working in many different diverse facets of the beauty industry. From retail to freelance to manufacturing and educating, Andersen has been able to experience cosmetics and artistry from all angles, developing her techniques and knowledge of beauty. Anderson has developed a unique aesthetic seeking to create work which evokes emotion through the power of make-up. Anderson describes her aesthetic as “organized chaos."

Anastasia Durasova

Anastasia Durasova knew she wanted to be a make-up artist from a young age, creating her first body painting work at 15 while she was still in art school.  Since then she has cultivated an illustrious career, studying at the Makeup Atelier in Paris, producing editorial work for the top international publications, partnering with the greatest photographers, and working on the most celebrated faces and bodies in the world. Fascinated by New York City’s vibrant colors and sounds, she turns human bodies into art pieces.

Andrew Sotomayor

Andrew Sotomayor is an Emmy winning celebrity make-up artist with 15 years experience in fashion, television, film, red carpet, beauty editorial, and beauty brand development. Sotomayor has made up Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winning actors; Grammy winning singers; three daughters of two different United States Presidents; a dame; editors, socialites, and senior executives from some of the world’s most influential companies. His clients have worn his make-up for appearances at Project Runway, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The CBS Early Show, The Rachael Ray Show, CNN, The Emmy Awards, The Tony Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and The Met Gala.
Becca Gilmartin

Becca Gilmartin

Beauty editor of Australia’s premier beauty publication, LAUD Magazine, and ABIA’s “2014 MUA of the Year” Becca Gilmartin’s beauty- and body-art talents see her working with names such as Kimbra, Danni Minogue, Antonia Kidman and PNAU—as well as the TV shows The Voice, Australia and Germany’s Next Top Model + X Factor. Author of Makeup Artist Bootcamp and We the Painted, with sold-out tours of her in-demand course Makeup Artist Bootcamp, Gilmartin is considered one of Australia’s favorite MUA’s.

Carine Trezza

Carine Trezza is a self-described workaholic, certified spinning instructor and make-up artist that currently leads the social media and communications department at OFRA Cosmetics.  Growing the OFRA Instagram to almost one million followers was part of her mission to take OFRA from a pro make-up brand to a consumer-friendly brand. For future, Trezza wants to continue to break barriers in the beauty industry and teach make-up artists that e-commerce and online platforms is where the industry is headed.

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.
Christopher Milone

Christopher Milone

Christopher Milone (or as he is known to many, Maquillage or Chris Maquillage), is a multitalented and multifaceted make-up artist. Based in New York, his work has appeared on the big screen, onstage with Madonna and on the runways of fashion week. A make-up history geek with a wealth of knowledge about the history and beginnings of make-up, he loves sharing this passion with fellow artists and talking about the industry he loves so much. 

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.

Fatima Thomas

M.A.C. Senior Artist and glam fanatic Fatima Thomas’ approach to beauty hails back to the club and disco culture of the 1970s and the high-octane style pioneered by the likes of Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Iman and Grace Jones. Her day-to-day responsibilities include designing looks for shows, creating body-painting concepts for commercials and traveling the world to prepare celebrities (including Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Fergie and Cyndi Lauper) for public appearances.

Gisel Calvillo

Make-up artist Gisel Calvillo manages a busy schedule, working on various projects around the world, including fashion weeks, magazine editorials and hosting her own workshops. She also manages a large stable of private clients whom she works with on public appearances. Her main point of reference is timeless elegance, as personified in the likes of Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. She also loves strong female subjects such as French novelist George Sand. “Art history and the world that once was is always a great thing to revisit,” she says.

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.

Jeanna Bonello

Jeanna Bonello started her career as a modeling agent in San Diego in 2003 and fell in love with representing talent. Bonello has over 15 years in the game and seven of them representing top hair and make-up artists at Cloutier Remix. In 2017, with the shift to beauty influencers Bonello opened up an umbrella agency called Greyscale Management that specializes in beauty influencers. She can’t imagine doing anything else with her life. Being an agent and seeing potential in others is in her blood.  

Jessica Padilla

Jessica Padilla fell in love with make-up backstage at a dance performance at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped playing with make-up since. She has done make-up for NYC and Paris Fashion Week, TV, film, theater, editorial and commercial photoshoots and is a proud member of Local 798.  Padilla is a make-up maven who has an endless passion for her work and a curiosity to keep learning, which has led to an in depth understanding of the make-up industry and the specialized skills necessary for jobs in many different areas. Coming to make-up as a performer herself, she has a flair for the theatrical and time period specific creations, but can also deliver the basics of beautiful skin and clean beauty. Padilla currently freelances throughout NYC but can’t wait to see where her artistry will lead her next.
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.

Joe Nazzaro

Joe Nazzaro is a New Jersey/London-based freelancer who’s been writing for Make-Up Artist magazine since Issue 26. With more than a dozen books and 3,000 interviews to his credit, he contributes to such magazines as Dreamwatch, TV Zone, Starburst, Fangoria and Cult Times. His first book was a collaboration with Michael Westmore, and Nazzaro released Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves in November 2018.

Jordan Hanz

Jordan Hanz, a trained portrait artist, uses herself as a canvas, transforming into everything from Wonder Woman to the Night King from Game of Thrones. Hanz has a dedicated following of 700K+ fans on Instagram and 600K+ on YouTube. Her creative process is not one to be missed.

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 Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She has been featured in numerous fashion publications, global campaigns and on the runway. Fitzpatrick 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.

Louie Zakarian

Louie Zakarian has been the make-up department head at Saturday Night Live for more than 20 years. His credits include The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, Across the Universe, Evening and the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Zakarian is a five-time Emmy winner for his work on Saturday Night Live.

Luis Casco

Luis Casco has been a make-up artist with top celebrities, models and photographers for more than 25 years. He has led teams at Paris, New York and Russia Fashion Weeks and The Emmy’s. From 2013 to 2016 he was lead on-camera make-up artist on Project Runway, All Stars and Mexico’s Next Top Model. Casco consults with cosmetics brands from Mass, Direct Marketing to Prestige. He continues to be a sought-after brand ambassador, TV personality and beauty author.
Madeline Leonard

Madeline Leonard

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.”

Michael Laudati

A 36-year veteran make-up artist, Michael Laudati has worked in film, theater and television.  Originally inspired by Lon Chaney, Dick Smith and the Universal horror movies of the 1930s and ‘40s, his favorite projects incorporate period and character make-up using traditional out-of-kit techniques combined with subtle prosthetic appliances.  A member of Local 798 and Local 706, he has worked as a personal make-up artist for Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Liam Neeson, Walter Matthau, Chazz Palminteri and others. 

Michael Maddi

Michael Maddi started in the industry at a young age, and by 18, he was assisting make-up artist Ed French on C.H.U.D. Early credits include The Blob, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Once Around and Last Exit to Brooklyn. By his early 30s Maddi headed the make-up department at Saturday Night Live. He now creates 3-D animation along with make-up. His make-up effects company, Illusioneering, creates a range of hyper-real effects and make-ups, from designs to custom props and fully articulated puppets.

Michelle Kearns

Michelle Kearns is a make-up artist with 15 years’ experience working in film and television. Her department head credits include 20 seasons of Chopped, many independent films and most recently four seasons of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Kearns is now freelance and working in television in New York. A strong advocate for unions, she joined IATSE Local 798 in 2006 and is always looking for ways to contribute to building a stronger membership.

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).
Nicki Ledermann

Nicki Ledermann

In Germany, Nicki graduated from the Pestalozzi Gymnasium, High School of the Performing Arts, with a Major in Latin and Fine Arts. After 2 years of studying at the University of Music in Munich, she relocated to New York to become a makeup artist. Starting out in print and fashion she quickly moved on to design makeup for independent movies, tv shows and major motion pictures. Nicki has designed films and tv shows for some of the most prestiges directors in the business, such as The Coen Borthers, Steven Soderberg and Martin Scorsese. Nicki is a 5 time Emmy nominee for the tv shows "Sex and the City", Steven Soderbergh's drama "The Knick" and Martin Scorsese's HBO series "VINYL". Nicki won an Emmy Award for her makeup design of "Boardwalk Empire", the pilot, directed by Martin Scorsese. "The Devil Wears Prada" earned Nicki a BAFTA nominee, she is also 4 time nominee and 1 time recipient of the Hollywood Guild Awards. Some of Nicki’s most recent makeup design work includes the film musical "The Greatest Showman" and the highly anticipated dramas of 2019 "The Irishman" by Martin Scorses and Todd Phillip's "Joker". Nicki was one of the first women to be honored with the "Designing Women Award" by "New York Women In Film and Televison" for her overall body of work. Nicki is a member of the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" and the "Bristish Academy of Film and Television Arts" (BAFTA).

Nix Herrera

For the past 20 years Nix Herrera has been working as a FX make-up artist and body painter with some of the industry’s top companies and premier events. Through his unique vision Herrera blends together special FX and body art, creating award-winning pieces and allowing him to bring to life his art and passion. From the U.S. to Asia he has worked with companies such as Universal Studios, SyFy, European Body Art, IWATA and Gucci.


As a make-up artist, Nzingha has 30 years in the entertainment industry, working on popular shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, CSI: NY, 30 Rock, Project Runway, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire. She also worked on the Tony-winning musical Wicked. And she’s the former contributing beauty editor for VIBE Magazine, Nzingha's Beauty Notebook for Girl Magazine, and currently participates in the annual industry insider beauty picks for InStyle magazine’s Annual Beauty Special. Nzingha’s awards include two MTV Awards, MVDG Award, NABFEME Fashion & Style Executive of the Year Award, two-time winner of Women of Excellence Awards and numerous VH1 Fashion Awards nominations. She has worked with such platinum recording artists such as Prince, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, to name a few.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sue Devitt

Sue Devitt started as assistant to Francois Nars and went on to have a successful make-up career. Devitt also had an eponymous global beauty brand for 10 years. Currently, she consults artists that are developing brands.

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 A. Dedde

Lifelong New York resident and self-taught make-up artist. Dedde has been creating make-up effects for the entertainment and haunted house industry for 25 years. He was inspired by movies like An American Werewolf in London and The Thing. His passion was fueled for creating horrifying make-ups, zombies, creatures and monsters. You can find more of his work on Instagram at infectedfxstudio.  
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.

Toni Malt

Toni Malt has an innate talent for creating extraordinarily beautiful faces. Her work is regularly published in fashion magazines worldwide including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire. A Chanel ambassador, Malt firmly believes in passing on her secrets. “There is great power in skill and knowledge and I want to share that with aspiring make-up artists,” she says. This desire to teach has been a major influence on the creation of her first book, Transform. To learn more about Malt and her academy, visit tonimaltacademy.com/.