Speaker Bios

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.

Emily Clayton

Emily Clayton is a talented make-up artist who also goes by the name of Vanity Venom. Clayton won the 2015 NYX U.K. and Ireland FACE (Fine Artistry of Cosmetics Elites) Awards, and from 2017 to 2018, she was the head make-up artist for Cirque le Soir in Dubai. Recently she collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on a feature for Elle Middle East, and she was featured in Make-Up Artist magazine (Issue 129).

Joanne Gair

Joanne Gair is an artist and imagemaker who has emerged as the premiere make-up artist/body painter in the world. Originally from New Zealand, Gair has worked worldwide with the top photographers, directors, supermodels and celebrities. Her list of clients includes Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, Christina Aguilera, Olivia Wilde, Demi Moore, Kate Upton, Lady Gaga and Martin Scorsese. Her work with Madonna spanned 10 years and includes numerous music videos, the Blonde Ambition Tour and its subsequent feature documentary Truth or Dare. Gair’s extensive work with editorial (Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Black Book, Harper’s Bazaar), fashion campaigns (Donna Karan, Versace, Victoria’s Secret, Guess, bebe) and cosmetic companies (L’Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, Oil of Olay, Rimmel and M.A.C. Cosmetics) has established her as a fixture in the fashion industry. The August 1992 issue of Vanity Fair, featuring Demi Moore wearing nothing but a suit of body paint, earned Gair worldwide recognition and put her at the pinnacle of the body-art genre. The brilliantly painted swimsuits in the 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featured a 12-page layout using six models as the canvases. Her work has now become a yearly fixture in the SI Swimsuit Issue. In an industry besieged by trend followers, Gair has established herself as the trendsetter.

Nicholas Lujan

Make-up artist and pro-educator Nicholas Lujan joined MAKE UP FOR EVER in 2010 and has since taken on many roles within the brand. It was at MAKE UP FOR EVER that Lujan discovered his love for teaching. He is proud to count founder Dany Sanz as his inspiration and mentor. Lujan has adopted many of Sanz’s artistic philosophies and techniques and has educated on several platforms.

 Sir John

A consummate visionary, Sir John uses the power of cosmetics to exalt women to their highest impact. He has worked with some of the most sought-after fashion and beauty industry professionals—from Mario Testino to Steven Meisel to Naomi Campbell. Since 2010 Sir John has worked with Beyoncé on everything from album art to music videos, concert tours, Super Bowls and a history-making September Vogue cover in 2018. His passion for authenticity in beauty and fashion has led Sir John to work as an ambassador and consulting celebrity make-up artist for L’Oréal Paris, as well as in partnerships with brands including Glossier, M.A.C., Yves Saint Laurent and Estée Lauder. His work has appeared on the covers of Make-Up Artist magazine, Glamour, Elle, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Sir John is also the co-executive producer and celebrity mentor on Lifetime’s American Beauty Star.
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.