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

Sam Fine

Sam Fine is the man of choice for beautifying women of color! 

He’s worked his magic on supermodels Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Iman and superstars Queen Latifah, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Hudson and more.

 

But it was the experiences from his formative years selling makeup that inspired him to write his first book, Fine Beauty: Beauty Basics and Beyond for African – American women, followed later by his first instructional DVD, Fine: The Basics of Bea

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

Kevin Yagher

For over 30 years Kevin Yagher Productions Inc. (KYPI) has been a forerunner in providing high-end special make-up effects for the entertainment industry. Yagher started the business when the art of special make-up effects was still in its adolescence. Beginning with such characters as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Chucky in the Child’s Play, Yagher established himself as one of the top make-up effects artists. Yagher went on to create the Crypt Keeper on HBO’s Tales from the Crypt as well as win a number of awards. 

KYPI has collaborated with many top film directors and several well-known actors, such as Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible 2. Other projects include Paramount’s The Spiderwicke Chronicles, Face/Off and Sleepy Hollow, Sony Pictures’ Master Of Disguise and Adaptation as well as Universal’s The Hulk. Recently, KYPI completed 12 seasons on the hit show B

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.

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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.  

Mark Coulier

Mark Coulier

Mark Coulier has won Academy Awards and BAFTAs for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Iron Lady. A veteran make-up artist, his work appears in films including both parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, X-Men: First Class, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, The Fifth ElementNightbreed and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

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