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.

Arielle Toelke

Arielle Toelke fell into make-up and special effects after graduating college with a BFA in painting. She works primarily in film and TV. Career highlights include sculpting and fabricating alien Gaga heads for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way music video and four seasons as make-up department head on Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You can also see Toelke’s work on the first season of Master of None—and seasons one and two of Instinct. And she’s the founder and designer of the sustainable clothing line, Four Rabbit. 

Bernard Pochic

Passionate about beauty, Bernard puts himself at the service of women to make them more beautiful and make them feel good about themselves and their skin. At any age. As Training Director for NAOS (BIODERMA-ESTHEDERM), he strives to disseminate to the greatest number and in the most practical way the best knowledge to create and maintain healthy and luminous skin. For him, the most beautiful makeup is one that applies to naturally healthy skin.

Bri Trischitta

Special FX and beauty make up artist, Bri Trischitta grew up with a steady passion for all things creative. Working stage crew all through out high school, it became clear to her that she wanted to be the woman behind the magic. Bri is a licensed cosmetologist and a proud graduate of Make Up Designory. She is published & award winning, and throughout the years has done much freelance make up work, for both photography and film. Since relocating to New York City, she is regularly on set. In 2016, she won first place in the Battle of the Brushes at the international Make-Up Artist Trade Show , in both beauty and Special FX categories.

Caliann Feimer

Caliann Sophia Feimer is a Multimedia Graduate from the Make-up Designory NY Campus. She is formally trained in Beauty, Hair styling, and Special Make-up Effects. Caliann is a two time winner of Make-up Artist Magazine’s IMATS Battle of the Brushes. She has performed hundreds of fast-paced prosthetic applications and airbrush make-up applications with a team at Six Flags Great Adventure for the past four Fright Fest seasons. In addition, she has been a make-up artist for elaborate demonstrations in the MUD booth at IMATS NY, numerous films, the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade, and MAC. Caliann continues to elaborate and expand her experiences working in both beauty and character design.

Catrina Grieco

Catrina is a New York City based Make-up Artist. Her passion for make-up stemmed from her love for Halloween. She always loved using make-up as a way to transform and express herself and her creativity. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Catrina decided to change career paths and enter into the art of make-up. She began her career in the Halloween industry working for a haunted house. She went on to attend Make-up Designory's New York campus & completed the Master Make-up Artistry program. Since graduating she has worked on photoshoots, fashion shows, music videos, commercials, short films, feature films, and live events. She plans to continue working hard and growing as an artist in all aspects of the make-up industry with a focus on special effects. In April 2016, Catrina was awarded First place in Battle of the Brushes at the New York International Make-up Artist Trade Show. Catrina is proficient in beauty make-up as well as special makeup effects, lifecasting, prosthetic applications, prosthetic fabrication, sculpting, mold-making & hair punching. She is currently a part-time instructor at Make-up Designory NY and is a licensed instructor in accordance with NYSED Regulation 126.6(f).

Chelsea Vaughan Hunkler

Chelsea Vaughan Hunkler is the head applicator at SafeWhite and has been with the company for over a year.
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. 

Church Haley

Church Haley has over 12 years of experience in Makeup and FX. He specializes in airbrush and prosthetic character Makeup's. His airbrush work has been shown at New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, heavily featured in NYZ Apocalypse and many other New York theatrical attractions. Church is an educator/instructor at School of Makeup Effects (SoME), sharing his passion for Makeup and practical FX with developing artists while keeping active in television and film.

Craig Lindberg

Craig Lindberg’s journey as a make-up artist began with the countless horror films and comedies he saw growing up. He used those influences and his artistic background to become a make-up artist. His credits include Saturday Night Live, The Deuce and Power. He is a three-time Emmy nominee.                          

David Presto

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).

Flynn Pyykkonen

Flynn Pyykkonen has been working for the past 11 years in film, fashion, TV, commercials, editorial and on location for destination weddings. Her clients include Alec Baldwin, Rosario Dawson, Nicky Hilton, Bill Clinton, Mary Barra and Nathalie Emmanuel. Pyykkonen’s work can be seen in Instyle, Forbes, Wired, and Martha Stewart. Her corporate clients include Milly, ABC, Refinery 29, ESPN and Google.

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Frederick Sanders

Frederick Sanders has been making up clients since 2004. His long list of celebrity clientele includes Erika Alexander, MC Lyte, Chante Moore, Phylicia Rashad, Pastor Shirley Caesar and India Arie. He is an in-demand make-up artist for events including BET Honors, the Grammys, and the Essence Music Festival—he’s also created looks for the shows R&B Divas: Los Angeles, Married to Medicine and Braxton Family Values. Sanders teaches a master class in body painting and specializes in brows, skin and airbrush. He finds joy in teaching and has become a master airbrush educator for TEMPTU.    

Gabby Lee

J Guerra

Working in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, J. has an acclaimed clientele in fashion, print, theater, special make-up effects, television, and celebrity red carpet make-up industries. Born in South America of Spanish and Brazilian descent, J. grew up in New York City and became a self-taught make-up artist. J. began his career freelancing and assisting top agency make-up artists. He is one of the youngest and most elite make-up artists, and has worked on shows at Mercedes-Benz New York and Paris Fashion Weeks. Known for his wide range of skills, innovative techniques, and proficiency in all areas of make-up, J. is now a sought-after make-up artist who creates runway looks for designers, works on major television sets, produces an array of editorial and commercial looks, and works with many celebrity clients. Mr. Guerra is a licensed instructor in accordance with NYSED Regulation 126.6(f).

J Sterling Hurley

This Midwestern native moved to New York City well over 20 years ago with a passion for art, culture and the energy that only New York can offer. His work has appeared in regional, national and international fashion magazines as diverse as Rolling Stone Italia, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Surface, and Zink. He has worked with a wide range of celebrity talent including Liam Neeson, Mandy Moore, Natasha Henstridge, Robin Tuney, Vivian Green and Kherington Payne, to name a few. He is a versatile artist and is able to seamlessly transition between the mediums of photography, film, television and live performances. His long career has been sustained by his constant inspiration by the world around him. He believes that successful design is the result of both the cerebral and the emotional. He has applied this perspective to wide range of projects from MTV, VH1, HBO and countless music videos, commercials and live events. As an artist he is greatly influenced by the ever-evolving worlds of art, fashion and pop culture, which he constantly immerses himself and finds that in the beauty and fashion worlds it is imperative to keep up with the latest products and techniques to successfully execute his work. He strongly believes in the power of make-up not only to transform the outside but also to foster well-being on the inside of his clients. Beyond the promise that cosmetics offer exists their true impact, enhancing self-esteem and promoting a sense of well-being. J. Sterling is a licensed instructor in accordance with NYSED Regulation 126.6(f).

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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.

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.

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.

Joel Harlow

Joel Harlow’s career in make-up began in 1986. In more than 30 years as a professional make-up artist, he has been responsible for cutting-edge make-up and prosthetics featured in several high-caliber projects for film and television. His work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, garnering him two Emmy Awards and an Oscar. His expansive credit list includes all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek, Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary, The Lone Ranger and Logan, among many others. At IMATS Los Angeles 2013, he launched his custom line of professional silicone prosthetics through Frends Beauty Supply.

Kevin James Bennett

Kevin James Bennett is known across the industry as one of the most product-driven, business-focused artists of a generation. Not only is he an Emmy Award winner and incredibly successful make-up artist, he is a leader and educator in all aspects of the industry, an inspirational voice and, without a doubt, one of the most intensive product experts.  

Lisa Frost-Leveridge

Lisa Leveridge has been a professional make-up artist and hair stylist for 25 years. Her career began after graduating John H. Glenn High School and Long Island Beauty School in New York, where she received a cosmetology license. She began working on various television productions for ABC, NBC, FOX, HBO, MTV, VH-1, PBS, and Comedy Central, as well as print and runway for Revlon, and Betsey Johnson. In 1996 she was given the opportunity to move to Los Angeles where she continued as the makeup artist for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, (later named Real Time with Bill Maher). This led her to join the make-up artist union local 706. Her vast experience in the industry has allowed her to work on sitcoms, sketch shows, reality shows, talk shows, episodic, game shows, commercials, award shows, red carpet events, news shows, print ads, and fashion shows. She has also been the personal make-up artist for Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra, and Kathy Griffin. Her celebrity client list includes; Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Hanks, Chris Rock, Claudia Schiffer, Ben Affleck, Sarah Silverman, Michael Buble, Bill Clinton, Lisa Kudrow, Jaime King, Rob Lowe, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano, Alec Baldwin, Nicole Richie, Jack Black, Marilyn Manson, Cyndi Lauper, Green Day, and Guns n Roses. Most recently she lends her talents to Dancing with the Stars.

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Marissa Masella

With over 15 years of work in the industry, Marissa Masella, specializes in make-up for film, television and photography. She is experienced in a variety of make-up applications, from beauty and fashion to special effects and prosthetics. Her experience also extends into styling hair and doing wig work. Ms. Masella is also Co-Founder and Head Make-up Artist for Wicked EFX, Inc. and is a licensed instructor in accordance with NYSED Regulation 126.6(f).

Martha Melendez

Martha Melendez was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx in New York City.  She found her way into the film and TV make-up industry through her husband Schavaria Reeves, a sound mixer. As soon as Melendez picked up a make-up brush and placed it on her first face she fell in love. She had found her passion. With the help of generous make-up artists Melendez quickly learned her way around the industry.   

Michael Key

Michael Key is an Emmy Award-winning make-up artist whose credits include much of the Star Trek franchise (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager), plus Jingle All the Way, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Coneheads. He started Make-Up Artist magazine in 1996 and the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in 1997 to connect make-up artists worldwide, providing them with resources, networking opportunities and inspiration.

Michelle Clark

As a lover of grit and glitz, Michelle finds a way to add sheen, glitter or gloss to almost every face she touches.  She is an experienced artist backstage at fashion weeks around the globe, has a celebrity rock n roll clientele and loves to talk shop.  “MAC has enabled me to enhance the inner and outer beauty of every individual I have the pleasure of painting.”

Milagros Cerdeira

Milagros Cerdeira has done make-up design for Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Sister Act. She has worked on Broadway and in opera for more than 18 years, on Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Into the Woods, Bells Are Ringing, The Wild Party, Tango Argentino, Little Me, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Life and Death of Marina Abromovic, Anna Nicole and White Raven

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.

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.


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.

Pamela Faller

Pamela Faller is one of Mehron’s leading in-house make-up artists and has been a Mehron product expert since 2009. With a B.F.A in Creative Arts, she uses her creativity, flare and background in the industry to bring a fresh perspective to the Mehron brand. As a product expert she has contributed content for Brit + Co, Popsugar, Short Hair Style Guide, Elite Daily, Happi, Harpers Bazaar, Dark Beauty Magazine and Poisonous Pinups Magazine. Faller travels extensively, participating as a key artist for Mehron’s trade show events. She has gained a professional knowledge of the brand and employs her talent and expertise to partake in various editorial photo shoots, instructional video productions, fashion shows, blog entries and prominent educational classes.

Delaney Banda

Delaney is the Marketing Manager at SafeWhite.

Ray Shealy

Ray Shealy is the CEO at SafeWhite and has been with the company for five years. Shealy was selected by American Venture Magazine as one of the top “40 Under Forty” executives in the U.S. in 2007.

Romero Jennings

Based in New York, NY, Romero Jennings travels the world working with designers to create looks for fashion weeks and editorials. He believes in using technology with make-up to create innovative looks. Jennings says, “I always get inspired by facial features when creating make-up.”


YouTube makeup artist who is known for her ThatGirlShaeXo channel. She is particularly known for her make-up tutorials and beauty advice vlogs.                 .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          .         .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          .    

Shelley Wapniak

Shelley Wapniak is a New York based Body Paint Artist who was featured on Season 3 of GSN’s Skin Wars an International competition based Body Paint show. She was raised in an Orthodox family and has held on to many of the orthodox traditions even now as an adult living and working in an unusual and modern career   Shelley is the sole proprietor of "Body Art By Shelley Wapniak." And "SeeSaw Party Art." Shelley is a graduate of SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry with a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture.  She is also a published Illustrator and Mural Artist. Shelley’s Instagram handle is @BodyPaintNY

 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.

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Sydney Salpietro

Sydney Salpietro is a professional makeup artist based in New York City. She received her training at the Makeup Forever Academy in New York, completing the Master Program of 600 hours of hands on training in beauty, fashion, TV & film, and stage & artistic. Sydney graduated top 4 of her class and was the recipient of the Academy’s “best of TV & film” award. 
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 Pagan

As a Trainer for the east coast, Timothy Pagan inspires, trains, and ignites Morphe Beauty Artists’ passion for makeup across the globe. With 14 seasons of New York Fashion Week in his back pocket, and past experience working with top, notable artists in the industry such as Kabuki and Tom Pecheux, his artistry skills have no limits.

Victoria Bessarab

For over 16 years, Victoria Bessarab—one of the most experienced make-up artists in the Ukrainian fashion and beauty market—has become the favorite to celebrities, designers, TV directors and photographers of Eastern Europe. In 2015 she became the first student from Kiev to study at Cinema Makeup School, and in 2016 she took second place in IMATS Los Angeles’ Battle of the Brushes. Bessarab’s prosthetic make-up artwork has become revolutionary in Ukraine. Bessarab created images for top Ukrainian musicals such as Baron Munchausen and The Guardians of Dreams. She was also chief make-up artist for TV projects So You Think You Can Dance UA, The X-Factor UA, Dancing with the Stars, Ukraine’s Got Talent and Next Top Model UA. At her eponymous Media Academy, Bessarab helps make-up beginners learn first steps and the skills required for a pro career. Her students include hundreds of make-up artists from Ukraine and beyond.