Speaker Bios2021-08-24T11:42:26-07:00

Lusine Galadjian

Recognized for her classic technique and innovative talent, Emmy nominated celebrity makeup artist Lusine Galadjian transformed her love for beauty and creativity into a full on way of life.  With over 21 years of experience in the industry, her work spans Television, Film, commercials, music videos, editorials and red carpet glam.

Some of the known faces she’s worked with include Tamera Mowry, Gina Rodriguez, Victoria Justice, Kelly Osbourne, Mariah Carey, Ashley Greene, Miley Cyrus and Demy Lovato to name a few. Lusine is an elite industry professional bringing beauty down to earth.

Anton Khachaturian

Whether he’s in front of the camera or behind the scenes, celebrity makeup-artist Anton Khachaturian has been working in the industry for over 17 years. You can’t watch a red carpet event or open an editorial without seeing his work! He has had the privilege of working with such celebrities as Selma Blair, Lana Condor, Zoe Saldana, Tia Mowry, Jane Lynch, Pamela Anderson, and many others.

Anton has been featured as an on-camera makeup expert on several different shows including RuPaul’s DragU, TLC’s Style by Jury, and Beauty School Knockout hosted by Vanessa Lachey.

Mike Fontaine

Mike Fontaine is a special makeup effects artist based in New YorkCity. At the age of 9, he became a protégée of legendary makeup artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather) and was closely mentored by him into his adult years. 

Mike has worked on over 30 films and frequently collaborates withMike Marino and his studio, Prosthetic Renaissance. His credits include
The Wolf of Wall Street, True Detective Season 3, The Place Beyond The Pines, The Irishman, and Coming 2 America. He recently completed filming The Batman as the key artist in creating Colin’s Farrell’s prosthetic makeup as the Penguin. Mike has also worked with Heidi Klum on creating many of her iconic Halloween looks over the past decade.

Stephanie Ingram

Stephanie Ingram has a respectable resume of work on some well known movies such as: Dark Phoenix, Christmas Chronicles, IT Chapter 2, Ava, and more.   But for IMATS LA 2022 she will join a powerful panel to discuss the work on The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Linda Dowds

Working as a Head of Department or as a Personal, Linda brings a broad base of expertise to her substantial career as a film and tv make-up artist,
with three Emmy wins; she has worked with Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank, Ralph Fiennes and Woody Harrelson; but most notably with Jessica
Chastain as they continue their long-standing collaboration (16 projects), including their work together on The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Molly’s
Game, The 355, and their current miniseries based on the George Jones and Tammy Wynette story.

From period to contemporary, fresh to glam, youth to aged, Linda has worked at home and abroad to bring to life the many characters that have
become the fabric of her make-up career.

Justin Raleigh

Justin Raleigh is a Primetime Emmy and MUAHS Guild award-winning creative make-up effects artist, as well as owner and CEO of Fractured FX Inc. With nearly 30 years in the special make-up effects industry, Justin has managed and art directed the creation of the special make-up effects, visual effects hybrid makeups, specialty props and specialty costumes for some of the most groundbreaking films and television series of recent years.

Some of his recent credits include: Aquaman, The Conjuring, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Midnight Mass, Westworld, American Crime Story: Impeachment, The Knick, Insidious, Swamp Thing, Sweet Tooth, and Army of the Dead.

Leonard Engelman

Leonard Engelman is an Emmy nominee and Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award winner. He has served as the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the former director of education at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. His work spans film, television, commercials, music videos and editorial. His celebrity clients include Cher (Moonstruck, Burlesque), Michelle Pfeiffer (The Witches of Eastwick), Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle) and Julie Andrews (The Princess Diaries). He has also worked with Val Kilmer (Heat), Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, Rocky IV).

Manuela Mendoza

Manuela is glad to be working for the Kryolan Professional Make-up team! Previously, she’s worked as an account coordinator for Anastasia Beverly Hills, as a make-up artist for The Golf Channel, and has freelanced in various regions of Florida. Esperamos verte pronto!

Mike Hill

Mike Hill is a world-renowned portrait sculptor and artist. Originally from Warrington, England, Mike now lives in Los Angeles, CA.
His career spans more than 20 years and credits include: The Wolfman, Men in Black 3, American Horror Story, The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Nightmare Alley.
Known primarily for his highly realistic silicone sculptures and portraits, Mike Hill uses innovative and unique methods to bring new forms to life.

Michael Burnett

Two-time Emmy nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been creating special
makeup effects in the film, television, and the themed entertainment industries for more
than 30 years. Michael has worked with academy award-winning make-up artists Rick
Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Michael’s film and television
credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek
Enterprise, Passions, and Mad TV. Michael designed and ran the makeup for Universal
Studios Halloween Horror Nights 17 times, more than any other person.
Currently, Michael is the Director of design & development for FrightNight Studios, a
Florida based company that creates makeup and effects for motion pictures, Television
and Theme Parks, including Bush Gardens, Universal Studios, and Disney.

Raymond Wong – Grex

Raymond is the lead product designer at Grex, a Los Angeles based, family owned and operated company specializing in the design and manufacturing of professional air powered tools and airbrushes. For over 15 years, he’s drawn from his love of creative design and formal engineer background to bring innovative new products and technologies to the industry – many of which are award-winning and patented.

You won’t find anyone else in the industry that knows more about the intricacies of the inner workings and manufacturing of airbrushes. But with the skill to simplify the complicated, rest assured he’ll be able to communicate all the technical stuff in a language you can easily digest.

Shaina Azad

Shaina Azad is the CEO and founder of SUVA Beauty, a cosmetic brand that is inspired by the lush, vibrant, creative islands of Fiji. Before she created her brand, Shaina came from a multi-faceted background of teaching, journalism, marketing, consulting, NPO work, and TV/ Film makeup artistry (ABC, TSN, SportsNet, and the SyFy Network). Additionally, her previous experience as a traditional artist plays an important role when creating products for SUVA Beauty. “I develop products based on their ability to perform. If it doesn’t meet my standards as a traditional artist, then the formula doesn’t move on to the next stage of development.” With Shaina and her all-star team at the helm, SUVA Beauty is consistently pushing to redefine and reinvent traditional beauty products.

Federica Castelli

Federica Castelli is an Italian special makeup artist and workshop technician.

She is self tough and began her career in the industry in 2015 after studying for a few months with the artist Elisa Ferrotto. Later she started a close collaboration with Andrea Leanza (with whom she worked on over 14 movies in the past 7 years). She has worked on many different Italian and international projects in collaboration with makeup artists, Valter Casotto, Martina Sandonà, Lorenzo Tamburini, Valentina Visintin, and workshops like Cosmesis (South Africa), DDT group (for a project in New Zeland), and EffektStudion (Sweden).

Last year, together with Andrea Leanza, she won the Italian award “David di Donatello” for best make up in Gianni Amelio’s movie “Hammamet” where they transformed the Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino into the renowned politician Bettino Craxi.

Selected movies she has worked on are: House of Gucci, Last Voyage of the Demeter, A classic Horror Story, The Traitor, The first King, Season 2 of the tv show Genius, Suspiria, Resident Evil VI.

Ed French

Ed French is an American makeup artist who has worked on over 70 films and television shows since 1981.

He was nominated at the 64th Academy Awards for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This was for Best Makeup. He shared his nomination with Michael Mills and Richard Snell.

In addition, he won an Emmy Award for his work on the TV show House.

Casey Wong

Casey Wong is a special make-up effects artist based out of Los Angeles. A self-taught artist, Wong has been a professional artist for over 10 years for film, television and theme parks. His early mentors in the industry included Forrest J Ackerman, Verne Langdon and Dick Smith. Wong has done seasonal work for Mageefx for Universal Studios, was the make-up department head on Sword of the Dead and was awarded the Henry Alvarez Rondo Award for Artistic Design in 2013 for his collective full-size figure work.

Sidney Cumbie

Sidney Cumbie is a self-taught prosthetic make-up artist and has been working for the RBFX Prosthetic Catalog for the past three years. He has also appeared on the SYFY hit TV show FaceOff where he competed as a contestant. Sidney doesn’t just apply the make-up though, he is also a creature model sitting for top artists such as Bill Corso and Chris Nelson.

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 and the Syfy show Defiance, and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.

Terri Apanasewicz

Terri Apanasewicz, a celebrity makeup artist for thirty years, has a client list that includes Cindy
Crawford, Kaia Gerber, Gisele Bundchen, Jenifer Lewis, Ming-Na Wen, and Miranda Lambert.
Her work has been seen on red carpets and featured in Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many others.

A-listers aren’t her only focus, however. She is the inventor of a patent-pending makeup palette
that will elevate the beauty business to a new level of sustainability and safety while enabling artists to
maintain creative freedom and focus.
Terri believes uplifting others benefits everyone, so she gives mini masterclasses in makeup
techniques to the general public at veryTerribeauty.com and mentors new artists and entrepreneurs.

Shelby Michael Patton

Shelby Michael Patton is a professional make-up and effects artist based in Los Angeles. She specializes in the creation of custom prosthetic make-ups for film and television. Patton graduated from MUD’s Master Program in November 2014 and won first place in the Battle of the Brushes character/prosthetic competition at IMATS L.A. 2015. Since then, her credits include Celebrity Undercover Boss, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Fear the Walking Dead, Aquaman and more. 

Emily Clayton

Emily is a creative media makeup artist who’s known for her avant garde beauty looks and punk makeup style. As well as working professionally in the makeup industry Emily is also a makeup educator and tutor. 

Originally from the UK, Emily is the winner of the first NYX UK Face Awards (2015) and is now residing in Dubai as a freelance international makeup artist.

Clayton recently did makeup for the 2021 MTV VMA’S and he’s been heavily working in all aspects of the makeup industry in the UAE including music videos, TV commercials and fashion campaigns. 

In 2017 she collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on a feature for Elle Middle East, and has been featured in Make-Up Artist magazine multiple times, as well as being a judge for the battle of the brushes in LA and NYC.


Clint Brock

Clint Brock is an educator who specializes in embracing natural beauty. A musician-turned-makeup artist, he is best known for his charismatic teaching style. His work has been featured in numerous beauty campaigns, newspapers, store openings, and television broadcasts, including CNN, FOX, Good Morning America, and the Stellar Awards. Brock has spoken at IMATS, IBS, The Makeup Show, Bronner Bros, Philly Beauty Expo, and Howard University. Brock is also a product developer and has not only helped create products many artists rave about and use, but he has also created educational materials that are being used across the globe. He hopes to create, inspire, and educate new artistry with each class he teaches.

Mimi Choi

Mimi is a Vancouver-based professional makeup artist renowned for her unique artistic style. Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald Centre in 2014, her pioneering illusionary work has garnered international attention and a large following on social media (@mimles). Mimi was born in Macau – a former Portuguese colony on the southeast coast of China known for its distinct European and Chinese influences. She immigrated to Canada with her parents in the mid 90’s where she now practices and teaches her craft.

Like her birthplace, Mimi’s inspiration stems from various sources. This includes patterns and textures from her surroundings, photoshopped digital art, and surreal paintings from artists such as Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher. In addition, Mimi suffers from sleep paralysis – a condition in which her mind is conscious, but her body becomes temporarily unresponsive while waking. During these bouts, she experiences vivid and often frightening visions which have inspired many of her more morbid and distorted face looks. She avoids viewing the works of other makeup artists however, as she believes that doing so will stunt her creativity. Instead, Mimi prefers to use her past works as a benchmark of her progress and maturity as an artist.

Coupled with her background and previous career as an educator, Mimi now instructs at Blanche Macdonald and leads various masterclasses and workshops around the globe where she demonstrates her iconic looks. She also freelances as the artistic director for various campaigns and her CV includes collaborations with brands such as NYX Professional Makeup, MAC, Kryolan, Mehron, UNICEF, Warner Brothers and Samsung to name a few. Since making a name for herself in the makeup community, Mimi’s work has exploded into the pop culture scene as she has been featured on various international television shows, magazines, music videos, and most notably at the 2019 Met Gala where she created the event’s most talked about look on actor/model Ezra Miller.

Love Larson

Love Larson is a Swedish make-up designer and prosthetic make-up artist.  He is best known for his works in Skyfall (2012), The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013), and A Man Called Ove (2015). He received his first Oscar nomination Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 88th Academy Awards

Love has also contributed to such projects as Let Me InThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Skyfall

He and his wife Eva von Bahr run The Makeup Designers Stockholm AB, which specializes in projects requiring make-up, hair and prosthetic d

Eva von Bahr

Eva von Bahr is a Swedish make-up designer, wigmaker and make-up artist. She is best known for her works in Arn: The Knight Templar (2007), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and A Man Called Ove (2015).  In 2016, she was nominated for an Oscar for The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  She has worked on more than 50 feature films, including Euphoria, Boy Machine, and The Shamer’s Daughter. She works throughout Scandinavia on make-up-driven productions and films requiring period make-up and hair design. She and her husband Love Larson run The Makeup Designers Stockholm AB, which has contributed to most Swedish film and TV produ

Donald James Mowat

Donald James Mowat is one of the film industry’s most sought-after make-up artists. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec Canada, to British parents Thomas Mowat and Flora MacDonaldhe has served as make-up designer/ makeup department head on such films as Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” “Sicario,” “Prisoners” as well as “8 Mile,” “The Fighter,” and personal make-up artist to Daniel Craig on “Spectre,” and “Skyfall.”

 Upcoming projects include Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dune” that will release in 2021 where Mowat was makeup, hair and prosthetics designer/department head.

With a career that spans over 30 years, Mowat is a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, IATSE Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild and BECTU UK.

Mowat has received numerous award nominations for his works. Most recently, he was recognized for his work in Blade Runner 2049 in 2018 with both BAFTA and MUAHS Guild Award nominations.

His other honors include a BAFTA nomination and MUAHS Guild Award win for Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” in 2017.  Saturn and MUAHS Artisan Award wins for “Prisoners” in 2014, and a Primetime Emmy Award win for Enchantment – Mark Twain and Me in 1992.

In December of 2018, Mowat was awarded with Canada’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for his work with BAFTA-LA. In 2012, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the film industry and as a former Board Director of The Actors’ Fund of Canada 2008-2014.


An exemplary leader, educator and mentor through his many volunteer speaking engagements with aspiring entertainment professionals at Pixar University, CMU College of Makeup Art & Design, Toronto, The London College of Fashion, IMATS, BAFTA Scotland, Glasgow City College and BAFTA BFI London and Bolton University Manchester. He continues to volunteer and mentor in the U.K. Canada and the USA.

Mowat is represented at UTA.  

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