LA 2024 Speaker Bios2023-11-05T15:27:45-08:00
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Tisha Thompson

A trained professional makeup artist turned beauty business maven, Tisha Thompson, is the Founder and CEO of LYS™ Beauty with more than 20 years’ industry experience in clean beauty product development, brand management, marketing, finance and operations. Unapologetic in her pursuit to diversify the marketplace, Tisha built LYS™ as a landing-place for makeup and skincare solutions that are uniquely catered to various skin types, textures and tones, while addressing common skin concerns, like hyperpigmentation, dark spots and sensitive skin. With ingredients as her tool and confidence as the goal, Tisha is on a mission to dispel the myth that clean beauty, deep shade ranges and high-performance products cannot coexist.

Following a listen and respond approach to innovation, Tisha has spent years intimately studying the beauty consumer to fill gaps in the market as it relates to performance, shade offerings, undertones and marketing representation. Truly becoming one with the lab, she relays these consumer concerns for a final result that gives you the immediate payoff you want with the lasting benefits your skin needs. Because when it comes to your skin, compromising shouldn’t be an option.

Innately curious and hungry for change, Tisha dedicates her time traveling the world to discover best beauty practices, emerging trends and consumer-facing concerns to create products that break down barriers and build up confidence. She is known for celebrating the non-conforming views of beauty through globally recognized campaigns.

As a millennial mom of two, beauty enthusiast and undisputed go-getter, Tisha understands the industry’s need for clean products that are equal parts effective and inclusive. She dedicates her time traveling across the world to discover emerging trends, ingredients and practices and consumer-facing concerns, which are echoed throughout the company to produce a carefully curated collection of products that satisfy the needs of the global consumer. When she’s not at the baseball field with her two son’s, you can find her testing products in the lab, conceptualizing beautiful packaging or brainstorming strategies to break down the barriers in the beauty industry.

Dakota Patton

The World’s Youngest Makeup Artist Sensation.  Dakota Patton is not your average 6-year-old. At the age of 3, she made history by becoming the world’s youngest makeup artist, a feat that turned heads and captivated hearts. Her extraordinary talent has led her to the global stage, with appearances on top-notch media outlets, including Access Hollywood, Fox News, Daily Mail, Entertainment Tonight, Steve Harvey, and more. Dakota’s story is a testament to the limitless potential of youthful creativity and dedication, leaving a colorful mark on the world of beauty. Follow her journey as she continues to redefine the art of makeup, one brushstroke at a time. Dakota Patton: A pint-sized artist with a world of talent.

Jeanine Lobell

Since creating and launching Stila Cosmetics, Jeanine Lobell has been a mainstay in the beauty industry. As an iconic celebrity makeup artist, her work has been seen on the covers of Vogue, W, and Elle, as well

as glamming the faces of Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett just to name a few.

Now she’s launched “Neen,” the high-performance, environmen- tally conscious makeup line. Made for every skin tone, Neen serves pressed pigment shadows, 2 in 1 cheek and lip, hydrating glosses and highlighters, and a volumizing mascara. Taking sustainability to new heights, all components are an evolution in eco packaging design.

Jamie Greenberg

Jamie Greenberg has made herself one of Hollywood’s most indispensable makeup artists as a highly sought after beauty personality. Her work is seen on red carpets and is often featured in magazine editorials for Allure, Esquire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and more. Some of her most frequent clients include; Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Chelsea Handler, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Stewart, Jane Levy, Mae Whitman, Busy Phillips, and many other amazing women! She engages her audience through her Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok on a daily basis. In October 2020 Jamie launched her cosmetics line that now features The Blighlighter, Multeye Masks, B.F.M.R. Mist, and The Bloss. All of her multi-functional products are clean, vegan, and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. Eternally excited and ready for new challenges, Jamie brings warmth and vitality to every assignment and enhances each of her clients with her playful and optimistic sense of beauty.


Ashunta is a trailblazing beauty industry veteran with over two decades of experience, renowned for her unique and flawless clean beauty technique. Her innovative approach to makeup has garnered the attention of prestigious brands like Dior, Biore, Codex Beauty, Armani Beauty, Mary Kay, Cover Girl, Nair, Simple Beauty, Milani, Elizabeth Arden, Loreal, Smashbox, Jane Iredale, and many more, leading to impactful collaborations in the world of social media and magazines.

With a stellar career working alongside today’s hottest stars such as Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Rihanna, T araji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alicia Keys, Tessa Thompson, and many others, Ashunta’s artistry has graced the faces of some of the most iconic celebrities in the industry. Her journey began as a male groomer, catapulted by influential figures like P. Diddy and Usher, who entrusted her to groom top male stars like Jay Z, Swizz Beatz, Denzel Washington, and even basketball legend Michael Jordan.

But Ashunta’s impact goes beyond her incredible talent; she’s a dedicated mentor, nurturing the next generation of makeup artists, especially women. Many of her mentees have gone on to serve A-list celebrity clients, a source of immense pride for Ashunta. She believes in paving the way for others and champions diversity in the industry, stating, “As a Black Creative, it is my duty to ensure continued opportunities for all.”
Ashunta’s work shines on the covers of leading global publications, at major red carpet events, on the sets of #1 television shows, in blockbuster movies, TV commercials, and music videos. She serves as the Department Head of “The Best Man,” set to release in December 2022, and her impressive credits include being a Makeup Artist on hit productions like “Empire” (2015-2020), “The Lost City” (2022), and ”Hidden Figures” (2016). Ashunta’s legacy in the beauty industry is marked by excellence, mentorship, and a commitment to making a difference.

Joel Harlow

Academy Award-winner JOEL HARLOW is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures.

In 1986, Harlow left his home town of Grand Forks, ND to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan initially as an animation major.  It was makeup and prosthetics that were his true passion however, and he eventually found work on an array of low budget genre pictures, creating characters on shoestring budgets.

Los Angeles was the next logical destination for a makeup effects artist in the late 80s, early 90s, and Harlow soon found himself there. After a decade long career working for the various makeup effects studios, he eventually joined the union. This now allowed him the opportunity to, not only create and build makeups but also apply them on set. taking a character full circle from design to completion would prove his specialty.

Anxious to now apply his skills on set, Harlow began working steadily on such high-profile films as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Planet of the Apes, Constantine and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, creating a long-standing relationship with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Harlow would be the key makeup artist, makeup effects supervisor, and prosthetic makeup designer on “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, again directed by Verbinski.  Being well versed in the aesthetic of the “Pirate” films, he would go on to be makeup designer and department head on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall.  Finally having his hand in all five Pirate films as Department Head of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales additional photography.

In 2009 Harlow had ventured from the crusty old world of Captain Jack to the futuristic polished world of Captain Kirk, where he was tasked with creating looks for the Romulans and reintroducing the Vulcans for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, ultimately winning an Academy Award for his work in 2010.  Previously, Harlow had already won a Critic’s Choice award for his work on Alice in Wonderland, as well as Primetime Emmy Awards for the television miniseries versions of Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining, and receiving nominations for Mad Men, Carnivale and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

For the past 8 years Harlow has worked as Johnny Depp’s makeup artist on Alice in WonderlandAlice Through the Looking GlassThe Tourist, Transcendence, Mortdecai, Tusk and Into The Woods, as well as makeup designer on The Rum Diary, “Dark Shadows,  Black Mass and The Lone Ranger, for which he was nominated for a second Academy Award.

In addition, Harlow was key makeup artist on Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons, key prosthetic makeup artist for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, key prosthetic makeup artist on Green Lantern and makeup department head on Battle: Los Angeles.

For Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, Harlow enlisted some of the industry’s best artists to help bring a staggering 56 different alien races to the screen. Never before had there been so many different and elaborate practical makeup creations offered up in a single film, a fact that Harlow and crew take immense pride in.

Currently, Harlow’s company, Morphology FX Inc. continues to create a full range of state-of-the- art makeup, special makeup effects and prosthetics.  Seeing characters through, from lab to set, continues to be the artistic passion of everyone on the team.

Jason Hamer

Jason Hamer at Hamer FX is a highly skilled makeup effects artist with over 30 years of experience in the industry, based in the bustling city of Los Angeles. With an impressive career spanning over three decades, Jason Hamer has earned a reputation as a master of makeup effects and prosthetics, having worked on numerous film and television productions.
Jason has proven himself as a true industry veteran, having started in the business in the early 1990s, honing his craft on various productions before gaining recognition for his work on high-profile films like Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and The Daniel’s Everything Everywhere all at Once and Killers of the flower Moon. With an unwavering dedication to the craft, he has created memorable characters, creatures, and special effects that have captivated audiences worldwide.
In 2017, Jason took a bold step and opened his own shop located in Burbank, California.  HamerFx has quickly become a go-to destination for filmmakers and production companies looking for exceptional makeup effects work. HamerFX is known for its state-of-the-art facilities and a team of highly skilled artists who work tirelessly to bring their clients’ visions to life.
Jason Hamer’s talent and dedication have not gone unnoticed, having been recognized with 7 Emmy Awards nominations and two wins for Outstanding Makeup. His work has also been featured in numerous publications and recognized by industry peers.
As a makeup effects artist, Jason is a true artist and visionary, continuously pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the field. With a passion for his craft and an unwavering commitment to excellence, he has established himself as one of the most sought-after makeup effects artists in the industry.

Einat Dan

Israel-born Einat Dan is a multiple award-winning make-up artist working globally in fashion, beauty and body painting. Her clients have included Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood and others, and she has worked on fashion shows worldwide. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Posh, InStyle, Maxim, Tatler, Make-Up Artist magazine and other publications. Dan has a passion for creating fashion films—as writer, director, producer and make-up artist. She teaches international master classes and workshops for professional make-up artists. In 2012, she created her line of beauty brushes, M.I.A. by Einat Dan.

Luisa Abel

Luisa Abel is a highly acclaimed make-up artist, who recently worked as the Make-up Department Head/Designer on Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Abel has  worked with Christopher Nolan as Designer/Department Head on his last six films, including (in addition to OppenheimerTenetDunkirkInterstellarThe Dark Knight Rises and Inception. Notably, Abel has also Department Headed Ben Affleck’s Air, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and American Sniper, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man, and Wally Pfister’s Transcendence.

Upcoming projects include Twisters, described as an American epic disaster film Directed by Lee Isaac Chung (starring Daisy Edgar Jones, Glen Powell and David Corenswet), which is set for release in the summer of 2024.
Born and raised in South America and trained in London U.K, Luisa is based in Los Angeles, California and is represented by the Milton Agency.

Jaime Leigh McIntosh

Jaime Leigh McIntosh is an Emmy Award-nominated Hairstylist, who recently worked as the Hair Department Head on Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, Andrew Dominik’s Blonde and Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, as well as the Personal Hairstylist to Michelle Pfeiffer on Showtime Network’s The First Lady, which earned her an Emmy-nomination for “Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling”.
Upcoming projects include, Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins; Ti West’s Maxxxine and as personal hairstylist to Ana de Armas on Len Wiseman’s Ballerina.
When Jaime Leigh is not on set, she is chatting with hair & makeup artists from the international film community as the host of ‘The Last Looks Podcast’.
Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, Jaime Leigh is now based in Los Angeles, California and is represented by The Milton Agency.

Adrien Morot

Academy Award®-nominated ’s lifelong passion for movie makeup was triggered at an early age after watching the original Planet of the Apes movie on television. Over the last 30 years, he has worked on more than 150 movies. His talent, in depth knowledge of the craft, versatility and groundbreaking technological advancements in the field of makeup effects has brought him to work on a vast array of film projects ranging from the recently released box office hit M3GAN for which he has designed and created the titular character, to creating the makeup effects for the Best Picture Academy Award winner The Revenant. Other notable film projects include Vice, X-Men Days Of Future Past, Night At The Museum, The Lighthouse, The United States VS Billie Holliday, Warm Bodies, Crawl and Barney’s Version for which he was nominated for an Academy Award®

A regular Darren Aronovsky collaborator, Morot recently broke new technological ground for his latest film The Whale by being the first to use 3D printing technologies to create a subtle character facial and body prosthetics for a movie. Using these new techniques, Adrien created and applied the makeup for the main character in the film of Charlie played by Brendan Fraser.

Morot owns and operates 2 makeup effects studios in Montreal and Los Angeles, where he lives with his family.

Madeline Leonard

Madeline Leonard is owner/director of Cloutier Remix and brand consultant in the Lifestyle/Beauty/Wellness space.  She facilitates the connections between artists/experts/influencers with initiatives, brands, services, launches and media. Madeline’s long standing relationships with artists, brands and media are the foundation of what has made her agency so extraordinary for the past 30+ years. Madeline  continues to strategically broker meaningful partnerships and creative collaborations among artists, brands, and projects. ” Today our focus is much wider and more strategic. We facilitate how to stand out in a crowded market. She focuses on global brand partnerships and strategies. “Collaboration is the only path for great things. I’ve never lost the excitement that comes from being a part of a creative venture. “

Vincent Van Dyke

Vincent Van Dyke has been a professional working in the makeup effects field for over 15 years. Primarily working as a sculptor and painter he eventually found his way to one of Hollywood’s leading makeup effects companies, The Burman Studio, where he ultimately became creative director and project supervisor. He was given the core foundation needed to have his own company by owner’s Bari and Tom Burman. Learning the fundamentals of building teams and orchestrating these teams to get the best work possible under extremely tight deadlines on TV shows like Nip Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy. For both shows he was nominated for 4 primetime Emmy awards.

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