Speaker Bios

Alex Hansen

Alex Hansen is an internationally acclaimed Makeup Artist that creates from his own inspirations at levels of the highest standards. Awarded in multiple festivals and competitions all over the world for body painting and Special FX makeup; Alex is driven to push himself further as an artist with every success or achievement. His amazing talent and experience have built an international first class reputation over the years. His ever growing art form extends from airbrush murals and illustrations to Sculpting, Costume Design, and his unique forte: Body Paint. As a 5 time World Champion for Special FX and Airbrush Body painting, Alex Hansen enjoys teaching seminars and makeup classes all around the world sharing his techniques, entertaining and inspiring the artistic communities with his open personality. As an experienced Airbrush artist, Alex Hansen plays a large role in the Body Painting community as well as the Make-up field, having big hollywood productions in his Resume such as "300", "Death Race", "The Aviator", "The day after tomorrow" and "Immortals".

Amber Michael

Amber Michael is an award-winning, professional makeup artist, painter, and published photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 11 years experience, she specializes in Special Effects, Bodypainting and HD Beauty makeup application.  Amber creates work for Film, TV, music videos, commercials, theatrical productions, photo shoots, live events and more. She has worked with many high-profile clients from Celebrities, CEOs, to President Bill Clinton.

Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons is a prolific make-up artist who specializes in character teeth and prosthetic facial effects for film, television, theater and multimedia promotional productions. Lyons heads up a team of very talented professionals at Fangs FX, based in Buckinghamshire. Fangs is a team of dedicated make-up artists. Every challenge is met with imaginative design and skill. This is reflected in the clientele who have come to rely on Lyons and his team, from award-winning personal make-up artists to special effects companies who have gone on to win BAFTAs and Oscars.
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.
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.

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.

Jasmine Ringo

Award winning makeup artist and educator who’s work spans greatly from beauty to special FX. Strong specialty in airbrush makeup and beauty emphasized work. She educates and cultivates other artists to be their best. She is the creator and owner of The Makeup Collective + The Airbrush Collective.

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 Atlanta.

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

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

Milene Melendez

Milene Melendez has been a professional makeup FX artist and body painter for over 10 years, working in a wide variety of genres from body painting, beauty, and special makeup fx. After getting her start, she quickly became Lead MUA with some of South Florida's Major Entertainment Companies for high profile clients including The Hard Rock and other Seminole casino events all over South Florida, as well as body paints and specialty makeups for Comcast, HBO, Miami Dolphins, TLC, and Nova SEU. Her credits include a multitude of independent films and commercials, and television shows including HBO’s Ballers. She has lead the makeup team on multiple feature films for Lifetime and other networks. She is an internationally published artist for magazines including Ellements magazine and Revista La Verdad, book shoots for women's empowerment organization Dress For Success, as well as a lead artist on the runway at Miami Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Swim Week. Her work can be seen on various music videos, commercials, and national ads including Toyota Rav 4.

Neil Morrill

Neil Morrill is a sculptor/make-up effects artist, with over 24 years of experience in the UK and Canada. His work includes Band of Brothers, The Descent, Crimson Peak, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Strain and more recently Hereditary and IT. Morrill was credited as supervisor/designer on Suicide Squad and the upcoming DC film Shazam.

Omar Sfreddo

Omar Sfreddo is a South Florida based special fx artist, body painter and prop builder. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Omar moved to California to work in the film industry where his credits include Chronicles of Riddick, The Last Samurai, Spiderman 2, Blade 2, Sky High, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Zathura. Omar’s considerable talents caught the attention of the SyFy Network, where he starred in Season 9 of the hit show FaceOff. Between 2007 and 2017 he headed the art department for one of South Florida’s premier event companies, Forte Entertainment. His time at Forte included making large props, scenic facades, body painting, makeup fx and graphic design for special events at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, El Clasico Miami 2017, and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Omar’s work can also be seen in ads for Sony, RAV4 commercials, various independent films, and as a premiere celebrity artist during Key West’s Fantasy Fest. Since moving to Atlanta, GA, in August of 2019, Omar has already worked on several productions including Earthgang music video “Up,” Deadly Cults, and Toby Sells Creature Makeup FX Shop for the film Ghost Draft. Omar looks forward to continue to grow as a makeup artist in the Atlanta film industry.

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.

Stephanie Anderson

With over a decade of Theatrical and Special Effects Make-up experience, Stephanie Anderson is one of the most accomplished and award-winning artists in the Atlanta area.  Her creative work has been routinely featured in film, television and throughout the music industry.
For the past 10 years, she has served as the MU Department Head for LED Experience, a corporate entertainment firm that creates magical, cirque-styled events for clients across the continent.

Vivian Baker

Vivian Baker is a veteran make-up artist who has enjoyed a career in film, TV, commercials, print and fashion for more than 25 years. She has worked on such high-profile projects as Oz The Great and Powerful, Grey Gardens and her latest film, Jurassic World. Her clients include Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks. Baker says having the proper lighting wherever she works is critical to her success.