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.

Alexandra Bastien

Alexandra Bastien is a body painting and multidisciplinary artist from Québec, CA. She creates spectacular body art for events across the globe. Known for her movie poster portraits she paints on models, Bastien’s work has been featured in more than 15 countries. She has won several awards and honors including the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.

Ankita Bhardwaj

Ankita Bhardwaj is a fashion and beauty influencer based in Toronto. Her creativity and style is influenced by her South Asian heritage. Bhardwaj combines a passion for fashion, beauty and culture to create content aimed at inspiring and empowering women. Her biggest goal is to get this message across: be proud and confident in who you are and embrace where you come from. As a woman of colour, inclusivity and representation for all types of skin shades, sizes and personalities in the beauty and fashion world is important to Bhardwaj.

Cig Neutron

Winner of the all-star season 11 of Face Off, Cig Neutron is a special make-up effects artist, creature designer and fabricator. He has worked on a variety of films and shows including: Suckerpunch, Tron: Legacy and Star Trek Discovery.

Colin Penman

Colin Penman is an Emmy-winning make-up artist with 29 years of experience in film and television. He began primarily focusing on prosthetic and special make-up effects, but soon broadened his skills to encompass all aspects of make-up artistry. Penman heads the make-up department on Star Trek: Discovery and the hit series American Gods.  Other notable credits include the Stephen King mini-series 11-22-63, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Kennedys, Defiance, Copper and Hairspray.  

Donald Mowat

As make-up department head/designer on 8 Mile, The Fighter, Sicario, Nightcrawler, Stronger, The Darkest Minds and the upcoming movie First Man, Donald Mowat is one of the film industry’s most sought-after make-up artists. A long time member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Hollywood Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706, Mowat has received awards and nominations for several projects, including Blade Runner 2049, Nocturnal Animals and Prisoners. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the film industry and various charities. Mowat has been associated with the beloved charity The Actors Fund of Canada and Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television which led to the formation of an annual make-up category: Canadian Screen Awards.

Hugo Villaseñor

Hugo Villaseñor has been working in film and TV for almost 14 years. He’s a graduate of Make-up Designory in Burbank, Calif. Some of his credits include ClownScouts Guide to the Zombie ApocalypseThe Conjuring 2The Bad BatchMystery Science Theater 3000 and Annabelle: Creation. He's currently working as key prosthetics on the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series.

James MacKinnon

As a Journeyman Makeup Artist, James MacKinnon has 31 years of film and television experience in all aspects of makeup, special effects, and design.    James has 5  Emmy’s for his work on StarTrek Discovery, Nip/Tuck," American Horror Story: “Freak Show”, “Hotel”, and “Roanoke”, he also boasts three Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Artisan Awards and numerous other Emmy and H&MU Guild Award nominations for outstanding makeup.   James’ years of working on the Star Trek franchise including “Deep Space 9", "Voyager", and "Star Trek First Contact” has led him to the coveted position of Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Effects for "Star Trek: Discovery” (Season 1 & 2) and Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Design on Patrick Stuart’s new “Picard”, airing on CBS All Access. Jan 23 2020    James has served as Department Head or Key Makeup Artist on over 115 projects in his career ranging from 4 films in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, “Stigmata”, “GI Joe 2", "Priest", and “Halloween H2O”, to "Parks and Recreation", “Alias”, "CSI NY", "Providence", and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch" to name a few. He also transformed Ashton Kutcher into Steve Jobs, for the 2013 Biography, "Jobs".   James believes in always learning and growing, adding to his vast knowledge of makeup design and techniques, and honing his craft. He loves to teach up-and-coming makeup artists by sharing what he has experienced throughout his storied career.   - follow him on social media @jrmackinnon for updates.

Jane McKay

Senior make-up artist Jane McKay has had an expansive career. McKay began as an esthetician but changed course in 1989 when she was hired by M.A.C. to create and lead its global artist training division. One defining moment at M.A.C. was when co-founder Frank Toskan sent her to appear on Oprah in his place in front of an audience of 80 million. After 10 years at M.A.C., McKay left to concentrate on her make-up artistry. Today, McKay hosts master classes, writes for various publications and designs make-up looks for photo shoots and fashion shows across international cities.

Jason Detheridge

Jason Detheridge is a special effects make-up artist and fabricator who has been working in film and television for 14 years. He considers himself to be lucky to have worked with very talented people on some cool projects. Recent credits include the TV series Hannibal, The Strain and American Gods—as well as the film The Shape of Water.

Jessica Ferreira

Jessica is a full-time make-up artist, who has been part of VDL cosmetics’ North America from day one. She developed an interest in make-up through her passion for the arts, experimenting with various colours, techniques and textures. Ferreira was trained at College of Makeup Art and Design where she learned everything from fashion to prosthetics. She has honed her skills on various short and feature films, as well as many fashion shows and theater productions.

Jordan Liberty

Jordan Liberty is an L.A.-based make-up artist, photographer and educator. His iconic work has been seen on television, at New York Fashion Week and in beauty brand campaigns worldwide. He is most known for his YouTube channel which approaches make-up tutorials and education from a professional perspective. Liberty has recently been featured in Glamour, On Makeup and Make-Up Artist magazines, and in 2015 he received a coveted Best of Beauty award from Allure

Martin Younan

Celebrity make-up artist, beauty expert and spokesperson, Martin Younan, brings his exceptional talent and expertise anywhere he goes from fashion weeks to film festivals. After the completion of his studies in Canada, he moved to the U.S where he worked by the legendary Laura Mercier. He holds the ability to flawlessly enhance his client’s beauty whether it be red carpet or editorial. Younan continues to work in Canada, the U.S. and international markets.

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. This January he was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on The Shape of Water.  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 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).

Niki Sky

Niki Sky is an entrepreneur, and fashion and beauty influencer based in Toronto. She is the CEO and founder of international hair extension brand Fancy Hair, and is launching two new beauty products later this year. Social media has played a huge part in helping Sky get her businesses off the ground and is constantly inspiring her to create products that the beauty industry is asking for.Her goal is to inspire young aspiring entrepreneurs to chase their dreams and work hard to achieve them, no matter what it takes.

Rocky Faulkner

Rocky Faulkner is a diverse make-up artist with 20 years of experience. He is known for his work on StarTrek: Discovery, True Blood, One Tree Hill, Salt and X-Men: Last Stand… to name a few.  

Sean Sansom

Sean Sansom is an award-winning special make-up effects artist, with more than 25 years experience in film and television.  Most recently Sansom was credited as supervisor/designer on The Strain series, IT, and as key on-set artist for The Shape of Water.  Also serving as a key artist on nominated/winning films, such as Suicide SquadGrey GardensCinderella Man, and Dawn of the Dead.

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.
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.