Speaker Bios

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.

Dannica Lamoureux

Also known as @DannicaDots, Dannica Lamoureux is a make-up artist, educator and trainer with over two decades of industry and sales experience. She is best known for her unique training and catchy soundbites. Lamoureux’s magnetic personality and on-camera presence has landed her many media opportunities. A tomboy at heart, with a flair for beauty and artistry, she is always looking to push creative boundaries and inspire those around her to do the same. Throughout her career she has worked on celebrity clients including Kehlani, Ria Mae, Martin Short and Gord Bamford. In her current role in Montreal, as Make Up For Ever Canada’s national educator, Lamoureux creates, builds and facilitates all educational trainings for the Canadian field teams. She is well known for her strategic storytelling abilities, and makes learning fun and accessible by demystifying product knowledge and sharing relatable experiences.

Gregory Arlt

Award-winning make-up artist Gregory Arlt is the director of make-up artistry for M.A.C. in Los Angeles. Born and raised in L.A., he has been doing make-up professionally for over 25 years. Arlt started out with a major in art history and theater and began his make-up career at the prestigious boutique Fred Segal in 1989. A red carpet expert, Arlt works with some of the most famous faces in the world including Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Liza Minnelli, Alicia Keys, Cher and Victoria Beckham. He appears regularly as a beauty expert on TV shows such as Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, CNN and E! Entertainment Television. His work has also been seen in the pages of the hottest fashion magazines including Vogue, Allure, Elle, Glamour, and Harper's Bazaar. Most recently, he did Gwen Stefani’s make-up on three seasons of The Voice.

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.  

Marika D'Auteuil

Marika hails from a small town in northern Quebec, Canada, where she is found a way to stand out and break through the mold. Following a suggestion from her mom, she began to experiment on herself with makeup. She developed a fascination for colors and textures and organized photo shoots to immortalize her first creations. Conceptual photography and editorial looks are styles that interest her most.
She moved to Montreal at the age of 20 to pursue her dream of working in photography. Marika collaborated with as many artists as possible to quickly build her portfolio and develops her artistic and avant-garde techniques that started to rapidly attract attention in the industry.
She has been able to count Le Cirque du Soleil, Nivea, L’Oreal, Sephora & Make Up For Ever among her clients and her work has been seen on television as well as in international magazines and on New-York Fashion Week runways.
She now teaches master classes since 2018 which has allowed her to teach in Canada, France and South America.

Matthew Richard

Matthew Richard (also known as @mattmakeup) is a Montreal-based professional make-up artist and influencer relations lead for MAKE UP FOR EVER Canada. After graduating from Vanier College in 2012 in business management and marketing, Richard chose to pursue a career in the field of make-up. Following his love and passion for all things make-up and artistry, he began his career at Sephora Ste-Catherine in Montreal where he remained for five years and quickly advanced from a beauty adviser to a senior artist. Richard transitioned to a more corporate, beauty role when he began at Make Up For Ever in 2017.
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Megan Garmers

Megan Garmers is the founder and director of New York City-based make-up services company MG Hair and Makeup. She sits on the Make-up Designory Advisory Committee and is often quoted in The Knot’s national and regional magazines and in various online wedding blogs. She is The Knot China’s Western Beauty Expert and spoke at the multicity tour of The Knot's National Night of Beauty. She also travels nationally to teach hair, make-up and business classes for make-up brands and schools.

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.

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.

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.

Stan Edmonds

Stan Edmonds has been a motion picture make-up artist for more than 30 years. He worked with Clint Eastwood on his Academy Award-winning film, Unforgiven, and has served as head of department on films like Scary Movie, The Butterfly Effect and I, Robot, For the past 10 years, Edmonds has served as the Department Head of Make-up Design at Vancouver Film School. His experience from industry and make-up education has honed his ability to give insightful critique on portfolios in the areas of photography, presentation and categories. Over the past decade, Edmonds’ students have gone on to have productive careers in make-up and win many awards, including 65 IMATS wins internationally. Meet with Edmonds to learn how to best present your work and set yourself apart from the competition.
Tami Lane

Tami Lane

When Tami Lane was in college she took a tour of KNB EFX Group Inc. where she met Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. This meeting changed her life. Two weeks after graduating, in May 1996, Lane moved to L.A. and started work at KNB. Thus, her career in make-up effects began. In 1999, Lane traveled to New Zealand to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy where she reunited with Berger for the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—both were awarded the Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2006. Lane was again nominated in 2012 for her work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and for an Emmy in 2016 for Sons of Anarchy. Lane currently resides in L.A. and continues to work around the world. 
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.

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.