Speaker Bios

Ashley Fierro

Ashley Fierro is a make-up artist and educator who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet, professional athletes and luxury brides.  Creator of Business of Makeup®, Fierro has taught students from all over the world how to take their creative passion and turn it into a full-time career.  Her experience spans over a decade. With a fresh, natural approach to beauty, Fierro inspires artists and students of all experience levels.   

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.

Josef Rarach

Josef Rarach has more than 15 years of film and television experience in prosthetic and special effects, and as a creature performer. Rarach is co-owner of FX Creator, a full-service prosthetic and special make-up effects lab. His film credits include Solomon Kane, The Zookeeper’s Wife and Hard to be a God. The unique style of his work can be described as sfx make-up demonology or occult fx.

Li-Sa Choi

Li-Sa Choi is a make-up artist from Australia who is trained in film, TV and special effects make-up. Choi started her career in make-up after studying at The Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup in 2015.  Her passion lies in creating realistic and stylized character creations, particularly incorporating prosthetics. In 2016 she won the Prosthetics Division of Sydney IMATS Battle of The Brushes and has gone on to work on films such as Kong: Skull Island and Choi most recently finished working on DC's Aquaman in the costume department.  

Mario Dedivanovic

With a career spanning more than 18 years, and a fan base in the millions, Mario Dedivanovic is one of the most sought-after celebrity make-up artists. Renowned for his ability to create a flawless face, his work has been featured in magazines such as Harper's BazaarElle,GlamourVogue and Seventeen. Clients include Kim Kardashian-West, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Ciara, Ariana Grande, Tyra Banks and more. When he’s not traveling, Dedivanovic lives in his hometown of New York City.

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.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin has worked in the make-up industry since 2009, having been chosen over 731 applicants for an apprenticeship at Millennium Effects. He has worked as a freelance sculptor, mold maker, painter and make-up artist for effects companies across the country and established his own company specializing in hyperrealism and medical models. Martin is also a teacher at Gorton Studios and several universities. 
Rod Maxwell

Rod Maxwell

Award-winning special make-up effects artist and director Rod Maxwell has melded digital and practical effects for more than two decades in projects including his film The Wishing Well. He created the Flesh Master Color System and Flesh Master game for iOS to help artists learn color matching. He also teaches Cinema Makeup School classes on out-of-kit make-up effects, advanced prosthetics, creature maquette and digital effects. Maxwell is a former Face Off competitor.

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.

Shylie Parsons

Shylie Parsons is an Australian make-up artist and costume designer specializing in head to toe creations. Graduating in 2015 from the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup, she launched quickly into her career. With special thanks to her win in 2016 at Sydney IMATS Battle of the Brushes, she has gone on to secure numerous jobs in the film, music and editorial world of make-up. Parsons is excited in what the future has to offer. 

Vlad Taupesh

Vlad Taupesh has more than 30 years of film and television experience in all aspects of prosthetic, special effects and design. Taupesh is co-owner of FX Creator, a full-service prosthetic and special make-up effects lab. His film credits include Solomon Kane, The Zookeeper’s Wife, Hard to be a God and Burial of the Rats. The unique style of his work can be described as sfx make-up demonology or occult fx.