Our Honorees

speaker
Linda Dupree
Past Honoree

Linda Dupree is an established professional in the world of fashion and beauty who is a recognized expert in the field of makeup artistry. Linda’s unique and creative style has spawned a demand for her services from the following celebrities; Brooke Shields, Raven Symone, Lynn Whitfield and Super Model Beverly Johnson. As a makeup artist, her work was featured in Tyler Perry’s play, “Why Did I Get Married,” (Kelly Price’s character) as well as several record labels including “Bad Boy Entertainment.” Her work can also be seen in numerous International hair, beauty and fashion publications. Linda worked as a regional artist for Chanel. She was also a skilled artist for Iman, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, MAC, and NARS.

speaker
Reggie Wells
Past Honoree

Reggie, who has over 30 years of experience, is an Emmy Award-Winning makeup artist and the author of Face Painting. Reggie is currently writing his autobiography and working on his upcoming makeup line which will be launched in 2009. Drawing from his extensive client list, he will share the secrets to revealing your most alluring physical attributes as he has done with his many celebrity clients.

Reggie has been working with Oprah since 1989. He is the makeup master behind all 80 covers of O Magazine. In addition, his work has appeared on the cover of Essence on nearly sixty occasions and in issues of Glamour, Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Time, and Bride's to name a few.

Reggie believes that every woman is a beautiful individual and doesn’t need an entire face of make-up. He will share his steps to flawless beauty – including skincare preparation, his secrets to creating the perfect face and the proper techniques for applying your makeup! He will help you focus on YOUR finer points…your eyes, lashes, cheekbones, lips, etc. Techniques to enhancing your natural beauty are only days away…don’t miss the opportunity to learn to accentuate your positive features during a day of beauty with Reggie Wells!

speaker
Yvonne Eagle
Panelist

Yvonne has been doing makeup for over 10years. Not only is Yvonne a seasoned makeup Artist she is also a Philanthropist. Yvonne is responsible to doing New York Times #1 Best Selling book “Think Like a Man”. Her TV experience includes but it not limited to The House of Payne, The Walking Dead, The Ricky Smiley Show and Necessary Roughness. Her Movie credentials are Tyler Perry’s why did I Get Married TWO, Medea Goes to Jail, American Pie Reunion and Let the Church Say Amen. Even with her busy schedule Yvonne works with the department of labor, helping women find employment and gain self-confidence with their appearance.

speaker
D’Andre Michael
Past Honoree

What do Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole, Paula Patton, Garcelle Beauvais, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Carlson, Meagan Good and Angela Bassett have in common?

D'Andre Michael.

The Peoria, Illinois native made his way in the beauty industry by apprenticing and assisting top Paul Mitchell Stylist Carol Morrow and celebrity makeup artist Gwynnis Mosby in Atlanta. D'Andre had the opportunity to meet the one person who inspired him: Kevyn Aucoin, whom he wanted to assist. But Kevyn told him "your work is great and you should try to make a name for YOURSELF, don't get caught up in assisting." That sage advice remains one of the most defining moments of his career.

Making his way to the BIG APPLE all of his dreams began to come true. Not only did he become a highly sought after makeup artist, by some of the worlds most prestigious celebrities (recording artists, models, actresses and personalities). D’Andre Michael, worked with some of the worlds most influential Fashion and Beauty Magazines (Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, InStyle Magazine, etc), the latest videos, album covers, commercials, fashion campaigns, working with directors and photographers such as Patrick Dermarchelier, Albert Watson, Annie Leibowitz, Odette Sugarman, Mike Ruiz, Lionel Deluy, Klinko and Indrani and many more.

Now residing in the land of Celebrity (Los Angeles), D'Andre Michael's career has soared to heights one could only dream of.

D’Andre Michael, in spite of his shyness, he was featured on such shows such as the “It Factor”, “Access Hollywood”, “E-Television”, “BET”, “MTV” and several BTS Clips and videos. With published works, interviews, advice columns and highlights on his craft in several of today’s top Magazines. D’Andre Michael, has launched his own brand “by d’andremichael” which his first product was a luxury line of candles which was sold in high-end resorts and spas across the country. As well as creating and developing his own cosmetics line, called U.G.L.Y. Girl Cosmetics (Undeniably Gorgeous Lovely and Young). By upending the idea of what U.G.L.Y. really means, D'Andre Michael challenges young girls as well as young women/women alike to look inside themselves and to defy conventional aesthetic labels.

speaker
Cheryl Thomas
Past Honoree

Cheryl is a freelance make up artist working in Broadway, Fashion, and Beauty. Her work has appeared in; Neiman Marcus “The Book”, Lands End, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Ave. Cheryl has worked with live fashion shows with top designers; Channel, Giorgio Armani, St. John and Carolina Herrera.

Her expansive credit list includes touring with Disney productions of The Lion King (Hair/makeup supervisor),“Mary Poppins” 1st National Tour (Makeup Supervisor), “The Lion King”, Mary Poppins, “Beauty and the Beast” and Deaf West/Theater of the Stars “Big River” tour. She has designed and maintained wigs and makeup for The Atlanta Opera, Opera Carolina, True Colors Theater, The Alliance Theater, The Atlanta Ballet, and Theater of the Stars. She has also worked Tony award winning Broadway shows “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane, Mary Poppins, and “Spiderman – Turn off the Dark. “A Leap of Faith”.

Her Celebrity and Television clients include but not limited to; Loretta Lynn, TLC, Outkast, Alicia Keys, CNN, CNN international, NBC World of Sports, Entertainment Tonight, E! and Fashion Emergency

NaChera “Cherry” Brown is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with 16 years experience in all aspects of makeup. She is the owner of The Ahmni Makeup Academy, Atlanta's school of Beauty, Theatrical and Special Effects. Although she attained a bachelor’s in Finance from Florida Southern College, providing beauty has always been her first love.

She has been a key note makeup instructor for the Bronner Brothers Co. for more than 7 years, as well as makeup artist and creative director for the majority of their show campaign covers in the recent decade. You have seen her work on celebrities such as Sherri Shepherd, Faith Evans, Nene Leakes, and Tika Sumpter just to name a few. Her work has graced the cover and pages of some of your favorite magazines such as Essence, Denim , Black Hair Sophisticates, Upscale and Glamour.

Cherry is more than just your typical makeup artist and instructor ,she is a visionary! Her work exudes EXCELLENCE! www.tama-edu.com

speaker
Bridgit M. Crider
Instructor - Paid Class "Set Etiquette /Panelist - SFX

Bridgit is a Atlanta based 2 time nominated and Emmy Award winning makeup artist. She is also a S.E. Emmy member and an I.A.T.S.E 798 Union makeup artist. Bridgit's career in makeup and in the beauty industry has a span of over 20 years. She has done makeup for numerous major campaign's and productions from editorial, commercials, television and film. Bridgit is also a previous PMAC Award recipient.

speaker
Alexandra Butler
Paid Class

From a structured background in Industrial Engineering, to the creative world of a Professional Makeup Artist, Alex isn't your typical Makeup Artist. In a matter of close to 8 years and at the age of 32 she has left the field of Industrial Engineering, moved to Atlanta, worked at MAC Cosmetics for 3 years, and pursued her passion of being a self taught freelance full time Makeup Artist. She has developed a strong following on Instagram of 86,000+, Facebook of 39,000+, Twitter of over 5,600, and YouTube of close to 25,000 Subscribers who are glued to her pages specializing in beauty, fashion, and natural hair.

Alex has worked on various celebrities, television shows, fashion shows, award shows, and photo shoots. Her most recent work can be found on TV One's “Verses and Flow” Season 5 on recording artist Avery Sunshine, which premiered August 27. She has also worked on various shows such as BET's Comicview on host Comedienne, Sommore, Bravo's “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, Vh1's “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”, WeTV's “SWV Reunited”, Vh1's “Atlanta Exes”, the 2013 BET Soul Train Awards, CW's “Vampire Diaries”, and Bravo's “The New Atlanta”. She has partnered up with Milani Cosmetics as their Key Makeup Artist at the 2015 DC Ubiquitous Hair and Trade Show, 2014 Haiti Bridal Expo and lead the brand at two Wal-Mart appearances in Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA in 2014, debuting the brand's new products to consumers and being the Celebrity Makeup Brand Ambassador. She has toured the globe nationally and internationally teaching her basic and advanced makeup classes to the masses. Her makeup class tours began in 2012, grew in 2013, and in 2014, she taught in over 15 cities. She is scheduled to travel to over 20 cities teaching two hands on makeup classes in each city by the end of 2015. She prides herself on being an educator and to one day develop a Makeup Academy after establishing a well known name for herself in the entertainment and beauty industry.

speaker
Erin Madigan
2018 Honoree - Decade Maqui / Judge - Bridal

A former New York fashion model began her cosmetic career in the 1970’s with Shiseido Cosmetics America & Mary Quant Cosmetics of London as an educational trainer. In 1975 she was contracted by Biba Cosmetics of London, and was positioned in Bloomingdales, New York as counter manager and principal educator for all of the Biba counters. She has a long list of freelance credits for photo, fashion shows, television, video and film – including Paul Mitchell, Passion Magazine, Saks 5th Avenue, Toni & Guy, Atlanta Magazine, Seventeen, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elite Models in Paris. Erin is a graduate of the Christian Chauveau Institute De Maquillage Artistique in Paris, France under the direction of Danny Sanz (Makeup Forever). She is also a graduate of the Marvin G. Westmore Academy Of Cosmetic Arts in Hollywood, CA. where she was also featured as an advanced training educator and developed the fashion makeup course for the academy which included photography, runway and bridal makeup. Erin has won countless awards at national and international makeup competitions for her artistry in fantasy makeup, body painting, bridal and fashion photography makeup, and was presented the prestigious C.I.D.E.S.C.O. International Award Of Excellence representing the United States and placing 2nd in the World Makeup Competition.

speaker
Naja Alston
Judge - Bridal

Naja Alston is an accomplished and creative makeup artist with experience in all aspects of media makeup: fashion, video and print. Her training and education, along with her affable personality provides her clients with a dependable, detail-oriented, and multi-faceted professional to add to the success of the creative team of any project, within the production budget and schedule, regardless of the nature, scope or location. Whether her responsibilities take her on location to a motion picture set, television studio, video session or to a photographic makeup shoot for a catalogue, Naja displays her mastery for creating the right look, a "flawless on film" look, whether by artistry techniques, beautiful skin tones, breath-taking shading or coordinating exquisite colors always with the needs, goals and objective of the project foremost in her presentation.

Naja Also created a cosmetic lip product line called "Yasin Beaute" soon to be revamped to “Your Beaute.” Yasin Beauté (Rich Beauty) was founded in early 2012 by Ceo Naja Alston. Naja has always had an increasing love for make-up and everything related to beauty. Naja was born in Rocky Mount, NC and raised in Atlanta, Ga. where she developed an interest in make-up at a young age. At 16 years old, she pursued her interest by arching eyebrows in a neighborhood nail salon and by the age of 18 she was providing make-up services for several businesses. In 2007 is when she decided to pursue make-up artistry as a career. She began free-lancing with Ultimate Model Management, Inc., which whom her mother (Rose Battle) holds the title as President.

Naja has worked with people throughout the industry in the field of television, film, print ads, personal photo shoots, weddings as well as self-esteem building projects for battered women shelters. Cosmetic lines she has worked with include Fashion Fair, Clinique and most recently Chanel Cosmetics, which also helped inspire her style for Yasin Beauté. Naja developed a YouTube channel in early 2011 providing videos weekly to share her techniques as an artist with others interested in learning. A percentage of sales on this website will be donated to benefit research and assistance for Cerebral Palsy and Alzheimers disease.

"I give much thanks to God first because I would have never accomplished anything without him. I also thank my mother for helping make that first step to becoming an artist an easy one. Now I look forward to helping so many more women like myself believe they can not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Anything is Possible!"

Naja believes in creating a classic style of make-up for the realistic woman. Visit the online cosmetic boutique www.YourBeaute.com

speaker
Hana Ali
Judge - Fantasy

Hana Ali is an award-winning, internationally published makeup artist. In less than two years, she has become one of Atlanta’s most sought after professionals in the industry. Although formerly educated with a B.A, in Communications and a M.A. in Educational Technology, Hana decided in late 2011 to pursue her childhood dreams of becoming an artist and began freelancing part-time which later blossomed into a full-time career. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Hana started out practicing her makeup techniques on family and friends. As a self-taught makeup artist, it has been her natural ability, creativity, and talent for makeup that has attributed to her progressive career in such a short amount of time. She currently has over 50 publications to date which include: Bovanti Cosmetics, Nu Expressions & Isabella's Own hair care products, magazines such as Upscale, and Rolling Out,. She’s had the opportunity to work on television shows, commercials, TV pilots, independent films, music videos, with celebrity photographers and stylists, modeling agencies, singers, and actors. She is the co-founder of About Face Beauty Bootcamp in Atlanta, and teaches makeup classes at The Avenue Academy of Beauty & Culture in Chicago, IL. Hana specializes in all genres of makeup including bridal, special effects, beauty, print, & more. She is the co-owner of Beauty Marked, a beauty boutique located in Midtown Atlanta where she services her clientele.

speaker
Wanda C. Ashford
Judge - Fantasy

As the visionary of FaceMe, Inc., Wanda C. Ashford is transcending from a “home grown” to an “internationally known” makeup professional. A native Atlantan, Wanda has over a decade in the professional makeup industry. After understanding the self-taught gift that was within her, Wanda set out to hone her skills in the skincare and makeup industry by becoming a licensed aesthetician. Her expertise has taken her from a regional manager makeup artist with MAC and Estee Lauder to displaying her makeup artistry for Shania Twain, Bishop T. D. Jakes, OutKast, Derek Blank Photography as well as the BET Awards, BET Comic View, Bravo, VH-1, Atlanta Magazine, and VIBE.

Known as Mz. Wanda to her clients, Wanda’s résumé is extensive as a makeup professional; likewise, as a licensed aesthetician. Her skills and services in the areas of Skincare Preparation, European Facial Massage Techniques, Waxing Brow Shaping / Arching / Tweezing, Paraffin Treatments, as well as Extraction and Massage Treatments provides her clients more in-depth services in the area of skincare. With her infectious smile, soothing voice, and loving heart, Wanda makes certain her clients are satisfied with their services from start to finish.

Drawing from her extensive client list, Wanda has committed to giving back to those who desire to become makeup professionals and aestheticians. As an instructor, she provides in-depth knowledge, skills, hands-on techniques, and a helpful approach to begin a successful business. Although Wanda prides herself on ensuring her clients and students are satisfied with her services, it is her ultimate mission as a makeup professional, skincare guru, and instructor to express that beauty begins from within our hearts and extends to our outer exquisiteness.

speaker
Kiki Finley
Panelist

Kiki Finley started her career as a performance stage artist from childhood to Off-Broadway productions in New York and is currently an innovative beauty engineer with therapeutic finger tips. Born in Atlanta, GA., she has become one the most sought after artist with clientele as diverse as Bill Cosby, Laurence Fishburne, Mary Mary, Nene Leakes, Kirk Franklin and Tyson Beckford. Her raw talent and tenacity quickly caught the eye of iconic beauty teams at Chanel, Essence Magazine, Elle Magazine and The Oprah Magazine. kiki’s name continues to carry credibility within the entertainment industry as one of the best makeup/body artists throughout the North American region. Because of her talent and professionalism, she remains in high demand. “Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “The Following”, “Scary Movie 5” and UP Network could have chosen any other makeup artist out of the millions in the industry, instead they chose kiki Finley, a true beauty engineer which speaks volumes.

Kiki’s 16 years of experience as a beauty artist has rewarded her with recurring television projects such as The Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and CNN, Emmy Award-Winning International News telecasts, music videos and film projects. With her discipline and knowledge behind the scenes, she has transitioned to the role of producer and director of print campaigns, makeup & hair commercials, “How-To” vignettes and short fashion films with kiFin Media Productions LLC, continuing on her mission to become an international ambassador and beauty entrepreneur.

speaker
Stephen Moleski
2017 Honoree - Print Maqui

Stephen Moleski's meteoric rise in the makeup industry can be attributed to his notable body of work and A-list celebrity clients. His work in the film, music, television, fashion and glamour realms have paved an impressive career, contributing to his demand and stature Internationally, thus making him the go-to for celebrity glamour on every red carpet. A featured artist on multiple top-rated E! Network shows, Moleski is widely-credited as the means that firmly placed style queen Kim Kardashian on the beauty scene. His signature “smokey eye” has become synonymous with his name while his appearances on “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, “E! News,” “Girls Next Door,” “Extra” and “The Insider” have made his face as recognizable as his talent. Stephen has also been named “Best Makeup Artist” By Atlanta Magazine 2015. Jezebel, Atlantan Magazine 2014 and named “Top 100” Makeup Artist in the world by Shear TV.Moleski’s clientele base is as varied and vast as his credits— America's Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars(US,AUS), Xfactor(AUS,US), American Idol, Vanity Fair, People, Details, FHM, Radar, Maxim, Playboy, Women's Health.

speaker
Patrice Story
Judge

My name is Patrice Story and I’m originally from Richmond VA and a native of Atlanta for 11 yrs. My passion for makeup kind of happened suddenly. Growing up a tomboy most of my life makeup was never a part of my everyday routine. It wasn’t until summer 2011 I discovered the love of the art for makeup artistry. .In 2007 is really when makeup discovered me during my first fashion show as a plus model. That was my first time ever wearing makeup and I teared up after getting my makeup done. I had never seen myself look so beautiful. Throughout the years after that I kind of just watched other people and played with my own face. Never in a million years did I think I would fall in love with the art or makeup which now is my passion. 2011 it became an obsession and I wanted to know more about the art of application that YouTube don’t teach you so I saved my coins and invested my money into going to a makeup school. This was by far was the best investment I could have ever done. Since then I have worked on numerous fashion shows, video shoots, tv pilots, few celebrities, local magazines, traveled the US and more. My goal is to make everyone look and feel beautiful as I did that day makeup discovered me.

speaker
Derrick Blanks
Panelist

Derek Blanks is a talent unlike others who share his craft. Respected media brands like CoverGirl, ESSENCE, BET Networks and Sony Music Entertainment, to name a few, frequently seek him for iconic campaigns and cover shoots while celebrities’ request him exclusively for personal photo sessions including the Alter Ego, as made popular by NeNe Leakes of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Though his client roster boasts some of the biggest names on the planet including Oscar Award-Winning Actors Mo’Nique, Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson and Cuba Gooding Jr.; Olympian’s Gabby Douglas and Carmelita Jeter; Nicki Minaj, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Janelle Monae´, Chaka Khan, Kelly Rowland and Nick Cannon, Derek’s artistry is willingly available for anyone who desires to stand in front of his lens.

As a consummate visual artist, photographer, budding director and television personality with appearances on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy for The Wedding, The Insider, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and more, Derek Blanks is the definition of a true renaissance man, a title sincerely earned as one of the hardest working, studied & disciplined photographers in the country.

Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Blanks’ talents were undeniable even at a young age, prompting his parents to enroll him in APAC, an academic and performing arts complex designed to nurture his budding artistic skills. Blanks went on to successfully graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. In 2013, Blanks received the Alumni Award from the Board of Trustees for outstanding achievements and contributions to the arts.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when each shot is intentioned to be the perfect pairing of your image & the undeniable vision of a photographer like Derek Blanks, works so engaging can truly render you... speechless.

speaker
Carol Rasheed
Panelist - Art of Business

Carol Rasheed is a master in the craft of beauty. Stunning, captivating, glowing-from-the-inside-out beauty. Whether she is developing one of her celebrated spas, or on location designing makeup for film and television, or consulting for a national network, the one thing Carol alaways brings to the table, in addition to her overflowing wealth of expertise, is enthusiasm. She radiates it. She embraces it. She has harnessed it into a force that makes her one of the most sought after beauty professionals in the country.

Carol's impressive background spans more than 20 years. Her knowledge is grounded in being an innovative artist, with a keen sense of business. There are brains behind this beauty. She understands beauty is more than an art form. It is a business. As president and founder of Network Beauty, Inc., a Florida based corporation since 1994, Carol is well-versed in the power of beauty.

Discover the allure that has attracted the most notable names in entertainment, including Tyler Perry Studios, Discovery Networks, ABC Televsion, NBC, Nickelodeon Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Home Shopping Network, and Oxygen Media Network.

speaker
Eva Jane Bunkley
Presenter

A two-Time Emmy Award Winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and the creator of the hottest innovative in beauty tools yet, “The Makeup Bullet” a HiDef Cosmetic Sponge that fits snugly on a finger. She co-authored the book “The FabJob Guide to Become a Makeup Artist” and has worked on a wide array of television, film & print projects and on various faces including Usher, Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Holliday, The Rock, Quincy Jones and Marlon Jackson.

speaker
Judy Ponder
Honoree (2016)

This is Judy Ponder Patton. I was born in Atlanta, GA. at Emory University Hospital. Raised in Cascade Heights in southwest Atlanta by my wonderful parents Margaret Dortch Shaw, a southern woman and Harry L. Shaw a British man and small business owner.

After a failed marriage and being a single mother of 3 small children I moved to midtown Atlanta where I began to associate with artists and members of the Alliance Theatre and through those associations began working in film production as a production assistant in 1972. While working on a film in 1975 I was asked by the Make Up Department Head David Forest to join the make up department and work as his apprentice. I worked on several movies with David until he chose to move to Los Angeles from New York City. At that point I began getting my own calls to Make Up Department Head on movies, industrial films and commercials.

I met the love of my life and present husband Bart Patton on a movie in 1975 when he came here from Los Angeles to Assistant Direct "The Farmer" and together we have had a wonderful and busy career in film and commercial work all over the country. We now live in the north Georgia mountains in our little hideaway.

I have been very busy ever since my first day in film and with the recent tax incentives for the state of Georgia I'm working more than ever. I am very blessed in all respects.

speaker
Rosemary Kimble
Judge - Body Art

Rosemary Kimble is a seasoned Body Artist specializing in henna tattoos and face and body painting. She has been working professionally since 1997, having one of the longest spanning Henna Artist careers in the US.

As well as a Body Artist she has also been a Costume Artist and Event Planner since 1996. Her work is highly acclaimed and has been featured on the cover of Where Magazines’ Mardi Gras Edition as well as in Jezebel Magazine, Southern Woman and Womens’ Wear Daily. Her latest project, the Body Art Ball, opens Living Art America, the first US international body art festival sanctioned by the World Body Painting Association.

speaker
Merrill Hollis
Honoree

Merrell Hollis is a quiet storm that has influenced our perception of the exquisite. As a make-up artist and grooming expert, his creativity has catalogued mediums, models, innovators, celebrities and legends alike. His hands have effortlessly molded the images of an entirely new pop civilization of music, culture and the new black elite. His indomitable standard is precise but he disarms you with his smile, leaving imprints that have opened the doors to lasting relations. Born in Georgia, Merrell’s fascination with couture and make up commenced when he was just a boy. At seventeen, he forced his way onto a shoot with his favorite R&B group 112. It wasn’t long before he was being nurtured under the guises of Maurice Beaman who mentored and imparted expert advice. His degree in Fashion Marketing and Design from American Inter-Continental University and being a licensed Barber and Esthetician also provided a solid perspective of how he would conduct himself as a business man in New York. Today Merrell has anchored himself as reputable force in the industry. Whether dealing with the esoteric, the sensational or the ordinary, Merrell’s eye for details has redefined fashion’s concept of editorials, commercials and beauty presentations. His approach to beauty alone is epitomized in how he captures the emotion allowing its effect to grab you as you turn the page. Merrell is the grooming consultant and make up person for all the artists at Sean Combs Bad Boy Entertainment. He is also responsible for the many faces of our beloved queen of Media Wendy Williams. Both these innovators have allowed their faces to be canvassed by this young visionary who delivers them to the public with elegance and sincerity. His cosmetic expertise has been shared with Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the CBS Early Show. Editorially, his artistry has graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s, Bazaar, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Essence, GQ, Details, Interview, Rolling Stone, People and Men’s health. His work had also appeared in music videos for Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Coombs, Mary J Blige, Nelly, Usher, Faith Evans and Ludacris. Some of his celebrity clients include Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kim Cattrall. Throughout the decade, Merrell’s consultancy within the beauty industry has allowed alliances with the leaders of Clinique, Bobby Brown, MAC, Lancôme and Versace. His work also appears on product packaging for L’Oreal Paris and Soft Sheen Carson in addition to also being on display in the company’s advertising. He believes that good skin is foundation for great make up.

speaker
Karen Tascon
Honoree

Born in Colombia, she came to the United States when she was 2 years of age. As a little girl she found a great passion in painting and drawing. While in school, Karen took as many art classes as she could, not knowing that these early classes were pivotal in the making of her makeup artist career, and her artistic perspective in the art of makeup itself.

At 16, Karen found an interest in makeup and enrolled in an advanced makeup class. Immediately she realized the fundamental techniques she learned in her earlier art classes translated well into makeup application and creative design. Discovering her propensity to do makeup well, she began winning makeup competitions and focused more of her time learning and improving her craft. Chanel took notice, and she became one of the youngest regional makeup artists in the country. After working at Chanel, she transitioned to M.A.C., where she was certified in all levels of makeup artistry skills.

She always brings imagination, creativity, enthusiasm and a positive spirit to every job. From natural flawless beauty, to celebrity red carpet glamour, to editorial fashion, to avant garde, her passion and main focus is always using makeup as an instrument to bring her client’s vision to life, and that is her ongoing dedication and motivation in her makeup artist career.

speaker
Kara Ramos
Instructor

Kara Ramos has been working in the world of make-up artistry for over 15 years. She has experience doing everything from Cirque du Soleil to the news anchors on CNN. When it comes to make-up, Kara does not believe in rules. Every client has a vision and every person has a unique perception of themselves and therefore, make up should be an outward reflection of creativity and lifestyle.

Yolonda Frederick has been a creative force in entertainment since launching her make-up and image business, Face-Value, Inc., in 1998. A Senior Master Make-up Artist with industry leader Van Michael Salons for more than seven years, Yolonda became interested in makeup while studying Communications and Theater at Central Methodist University, where she earned her degree.

Known for her make-up artistry, Yolanda’s work appears in film, television, print and on-line for clients that include Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Emma Roberts, Harrison Ford, TLC, the Dave Matthews Band, Cartel, Bow Wow, Creed, Melissa Etheridge, OutKast, Monica, Adrienne Bailon, Nas, Da’ Brat, Rosilyn Sanchez, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn. Lynn Whitfield and Savion Glover. Corporate clients include MTV, VH-1, BET, TBS, CBS, ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Brothers Studios, Viacom, Time Warner, Hearst, Weight Watchers, Degree, Verizon, Anheuser Busch, McKesson, Adidas, LG Electronics, General Electric, Nike, Roberto Cavalli, Keds and New York & Company. Yolonda is also well-versed in enhanced computer graphics that merge technology with art to create bold designs and mapping strategies for body painting, special effects and character resemblance.

With her background in Liberal Arts, it’s no surprise that Yolonda also uses her writing talent as another form of creative expression. Along with her partner, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, she has co-written several screenplays and has been a key player on the Shee Entertainment production team, founded by Watkins herself.

Passionately committed to her art and to her community, Yolonda has supported the “Give Back A Smile” Foundation of The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for survivors of domestic violence through pro-bono make-up training and consulting for foundation clients. Yolonda is also founder and executive producer of the “Living Art” Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation awareness and fundraising event. Fusing an eclectic blend of fashion-driven body painting, music, art and culture, Yolonda’s list of celebrity supporters has included Usher and TLC’s T-Boz. Pernod Ricard’s Martell brand has recognized her work with “Living Art” as a part of its “Rise Above” campaign. A Rotary International Scholar, Yolonda completed courses towards her MBA at L’Universite Catholique De Louvain in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.

speaker
Alex Lucas
2017 Honoree - Fashion Maqui

Alex Lucas, 25 year veteran in the art of makeup application and design, believes in bringing out the unique qualities of each client by blending shadow and light to capture their individual allure. Alex perfected the looks of countless faces during his years working at Fashion Week in both New York and Miami. As a fine artist, Alex has had art exhibitions from the mid-west and the southeastern US. He works in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, as well as mixed medium. The artwork spans the range from fantasy, portraits, abstracts, landscapes and caricatures. His make-up artistry career has taken across Japan, the Caribbean islands and throughout the United States, Alex’s signature style as a trainer and lead makeup artist has appeared in several arenas including print, television, runway and pageantry. He served as Lead Trainer and International Make-up artist for NARS Cosmetics and works his magic with the cosmetic brands of Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani.

speaker
Darla Wigley
Judge SFX / Moderator - SFX Panel / Instructor - Main Stage "Recreation of The Bride of Frankenstein"

Darla Wigley is a self taught ball of fire with an ever vibrant zeal for the makeup arts. Her 20 years of experience in the fields of special effects and beauty makeup have span from Seattle to Key West. Darla runs a full service studio for film, TV and indie projects, creating everything from basic makeup looks to prosthetics, masks and props. Constantly honing her skills, Darla has even developed her own retail line of prosthetics. Equally skilled in all types of makeup, Horror is dearest to Darla and has brought her quite renown within the haunt industry. She is a regular speaker at haunt tradeshows and seminars. Taking on the task of Key Makeup Artist for a local haunted house, she has taught the team the skills necessary to take them from just a local haunt to a national acclaimed haunted attraction. Darla sees a makeup artist not as someone that just does makeup adding colors to the skin. She sees an artist as one who lives within their craft creating skilled adventures into fantasy, horror and beauty. She loves teaching her skills and visions to others.

speaker
Roberto Hernandez
2018 Honoree - Body Art Maqui

Theatrical and Special FX MUA, Set/Costume Designer, Murals/Scenic Painter, Educator and Art Director View more of his work here: https://www.instagram.com/robertosartwork

speaker
Patrice Coleman
Instructors

Patrice G Coleman has been one of the nation’s most highly sought after professional makeup and hair artists with extensive experience in film, television, stage and print media for over thirty years. For the better part of eleven years Patrice worked as personal to Tyler Perry and for seven years, head makeup artist for Tyler Perry Studios Television and many of his films. She has been the department head of over 300 television productions of “House of Payne”, “Meet the Browns” “Second Generation Wayans”, “Ambush Make Over”, and more. Recent projects include ‘Flight’, ’42’, ‘Premature’ and ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’ scheduled for release later this year. Attention to detail and ability to interpret creative concepts has afforded her the opportunity to work with a myriad of local, national, and international clients. Throughout her career Ms. Coleman has worked extensively in advertising with an impressive list of clients such as Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, Carson Products, Kimberly Clark. She has more than 60 movies to her credit ranging from independent films to major motion pictures. A woman of vision, passion, and determination, she created Patrice G. Coleman Enterprises to expand her reach in the delivery of signature beauty and image services and products. Her most recent endeavor -DaBlot tm Beauty is a collection of signature cosmetic tools that allow makeup artist, hairstylist, and estheticians to provide services faster, cleaner and with less waste! The company goal is to always provide services and products to clients that reach beyond expectation.

speaker
Michelle Colours
Judge - Fantasy

MichelleC is a licensed Cosmetologist/Professional Make Up Artist/Make Up Educator, as well as the President of Kissable Lips Cosmetics and the Creator of The Kissable Lips Cosmetics Cosmetic Line and Fantasy Make Up Competion. The beauty and fashion industries captivated her since age 15 and she has perfected her craft since. Experience started with make up for proms, pageants and fashion shows, then expanded to special events, weddings, photo and video shoots, print, television, film and more. MichelleC. specializes in eyebrow sculpting, make up artistry, airbrush, body painting, and skin care. Her dedication, love and passion for make up artistry and art period, has afforded her opportunities to work with a running roster of celebrities, Such as Wanda Smith of V-103, Ramona Debreaux of V-103, Musiq Soulchild (singer) Q.Parker of 112 (singer) Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band Kirk Franklin (Gospel producer/tv show host) Sean Garret (Singer/Music producer) Mariah Huq of Married to Medicine Quad Lunceford of Married to Medicine Toya B. Harris of Married to Medicine TLC Network for Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, and The Little People Jacob Lattimore (R&B singer/Actor) Tamika Scott of (R&B group Xscape) Sunshine Anderson (R&B singer) Eddie Clark (Rapper/producer) Jackie Reid (Bet personality) Frank Ski of the Frank & Wanda Morning Show Elle Duncan (radio/tv personality) Upscale Magazine Beauty Consultant Magazine Styles Q Magazine Passions Magazine Bet Hip Hop Awards 2006 &2007, Bronner Brothers Fashion Show,Nelly Murphy Lee, Inside Edition,The Glenn Twins, Salons Unlimited Magazine, Mazza Magazine, Mz. Shyneka of 107.9, Salon Digest Magazine, Flawess Magazine,Black Hair Sophisticates Magazine, Over a decade ago, MichelleC opened her first retail store, Kissable Lips Cosmetics. in Union City. The store relocated to Jonesboro, Georgia where it continues to offer premium beauty products and services

speaker
Jusan Jones
Instructor/Judge - SFX

Jusan Jones: A notable special effects make-up artist and instructor with a career span for more than two decades. As one of the few African American female special effects artists in the entire industry, she has carved out a wonderful niche. Her portfolio includes with for special effects makeup supervisor Bill “Splat” Johnson, top photographers in the industry, London Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and is currently a special effects instructor at Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy.

speaker
Rio Sirah
Judge - Body Art

Master graphic artist fine artist illustrator makeup artist and cartoonist whose Special FX makeup and costume design can be seen with UniverSoul Circus, Dragoncon, Comic-Con, and Netherworld.

speaker
Joe Blasco
Iconic Award Honoree (2016) / Instructor - Main Stage "Recreation of Frankenstein"

After graduating from high school, Joe left for Hollywood. A family friend had a connection to legendary makeup artist Max Factor. Within a month, he was apprenticing at “The Max Factor Cosmetic Co. After his training however, he learned that the company wanted to send him back to Pittsburgh to work with local dept stores—a move he wasn’t willing to make. With only $50 in his pockets he was determined to stay in Hollywood. To support himself he took odd jobs. While working at the LA Times he spotted an ad for a beauty school. He convinced the school to let him teach classes on film and “TV makeup.” Joe created a full curriculum including many tricks and techniques that more-experienced MUA’s had taught him. He invited Ben Nye to guest-lecture at the school which eventually became the first full-time accredited business school in California. Blasco eventually left the school to work for Nye full time in his cosmetic chemistry lab, learning as much as he could about “making makeup.” In 1974 while working on the horror film, “They Came From Within” Blasco created the “bladder technique”. For most of his career Blasco has specialized in beauty makeup and special effects using construction techniques relying on cotton and latex to create the looks. Blasco established the Joe Blasco Makeup center in 1977 and founded Joe Blasco cosmetics in 1983. In 1991 he opened a training school in Orlando Fla. Some of Joe’s credit includes: Night of the Living Dead The Red Skeleton Show Hee-Haw John Byner’s Traveling Variety show Missilles of October, the first made for TV film Frankenstein Monsters

speaker
Lay’Na Anderson
Panelist

With a love of color and a creative mind, Lay’Na Anderson started her career in makeup while attending school for her esthetician license. After being sent on an audition for a makeup job by the Director of Education, Lay’Na began doing makeup full time while attending school. (And yes she got the job!) As a makeup artist for over 15 years, Lay’Na’s work can be seen in print, television and major motion picture. Lay’Na was an artist at CNN and traveled for a decade with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics as part of their freelance team. More recently, Lay’Na has designed looks for film and television, including but not limited to: Single Ladies, Teen Wolf, ID Thief, 42, The Watsons Go To Birmingham and Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lay’Na’s philosophy: “Be Inspired…know what works for you and NEVER be afraid to reinvent yourself!”

speaker
Nyssa Green
Business Panelist

Nyssa Green is owner of The Green Room Agency and multiple Emmy Award winning makeup artist. Her firm represents a host of talented pros in hair, makeup, and wardrobe that work in all aspects of media. Starting out as an award winning hairstylist, Nyssa eventually took an interest in makeup. With a fierce mix of curiosity and tenacity she has become a top makeup artist, industry expert, and TV personality. As a reliable and creative source, clients like MTV, BET, HGTV, and CNN have trusted her to create looks for their shows. Her work has been in publications such as People, Upscale, Real Simple, Charisma, and The Atlantan. Her skill and ingenuity have led her to work with singers, athletes, actors and more, including: Ana Ortiz, Sheryl Underwood, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, U.S. Presidents, Dr. Oz, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Ryan Seacrest, and many, many more! In addition to running the agency, and working as an artist, Nyssa makes regular appearances on WXIA’s Atlanta &Co. to discuss, fashion and beauty, and on WGCL to present her “Local Love” segment. She is the former host of TV One's hit show, "Makeover Manor", Macy’s Fashion Challenge host, and contributor for several magazines and blogs.

speaker
Amber Actaboski
Judge - SFX

Amber is a free-lance makeup artist, born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She Specializes in beauty, special effects, and body painting. Completely self-taught, she started playing with makeup at a very young age. Her face may seem familiar from her job at The Engineer Guy. She has also worked at Netherworld Haunted House, one of the top haunts in the nation, for the past 4 years. Driven by passion for creating living works of art, her favorite part of the process is the transformation and the power that makeup can give to a model to express their new character. She strives for excellence in application and putting out quality work into the industry. Amber has most recently worked in the set of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2’ and created props for the television series ‘The Originals.’

speaker
John Blake
Honoree - Iconic Maqui

John Blake is an American makeup artist. He has been nominated for one Academy Award, for the film Hoffa. He shared the nomination with Ve Neill and Greg Cannom.[1] He has worked on films for directors like Oliver Stone and the Coen Brothers as key makeup artist on Nixon, U Turn, and Fargo.[2] In more recent years, he has worked on The Avengers, the Iron Man trilogy, There Will Be Blood, Tropic Thunder, and many other films over a 30 year career

speaker
Derrick Rutledge
Honoree - Legendary Maqui

Derrick Rutledge (born February 24, 1961) is an American celebrity stylist and makeup artist, singer and entrepreneur. He is most notably makeup artist to Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama.[1] Derrick was born and raised in Washington, DC. His early education was at the prestigious Georgetown Day School in Washington. After which he received a music and academic scholarship to Webster University in St. Louis. Rutledge returned to Washington in 1984 and began working as a makeup artist. He began his rise to prominence as a celebrity makeup artist when under the recommendation of former Miss USA and Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kenya Moore, he became her makeup artist at BET while she guest hosted Video Soul.. While at BET, Derrick Rutledge worked with many legendary divas of Black music and Hollywood. Including Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Beyonce, Yolanda Adams and Cece Winans. His work has been featured on the covers of Essence Magazine, AARP, and Oprah Magazine.[2] In September 2014, Mr. Rutledge was featured on Entertainment Tonight as part of the team creating a glamorous four cover shoot for the September issue of O! Magazine Derrick currently resides in his hometown of Washington

speaker
Stephanie Anderson
Honoree - Body Art Maqui

Stephanie Anderson Award Winning Body Painter, Theatrical MUA, Special Effects and Fine Artist based in Atlanta.

speaker
Fawn Ortega
Honoree - Philanthropic Maqui

Known for Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, Fawn exceeds 20 years of industry experience as a make-up, hair and wardrobe stylist. This experience includes extensive work in TV, commercials, episodic and Independents as well as major motion picture films. Fawn not only has a strong work ethic but approaches projects in a timely and stealthy manner. She is quiet and attentive while working, setting specific goals to achieve the message for each project.

speaker
Kimberly Jones
Honoree - Movie Maqui

Working extensively in the music industry, she has done work for MTV and VH1, that has included projects with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Behind the Music with Kid Rock, VH1 One on One with Aretha Franklin, Behind the Scenes- ‘Up In Smoke Tour’ with Eminem, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube and Xzibit. Kimberly is credited with a Rolling Stone Magazine cover with the White Stripes, and then again for Rolling Stone Magazine with Uncle Cracker and Die Trying. One of her favorite projects was for Chevrolet in conjunction with the Country Music Association; artists have included: Charlie Daniels, Joe Nichols, Musik Mafia, Phil Vassar, Emerson Drive, Bucky Covington, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Trick Pony, Trace Adkins, and Blake Shelton among others. Kimberly has worked with the following athletes: Chauncey Billups for Adidas, Rip Hamilton for Nike, WWE wrestler Dave Batista for Maximum Fitness Magazine. Also included are: WWE wrestler John Cena, WWE wrestler The Undertaker, and WWE wrestler Bobby Lachley for WWE Magazine, and Jenny Finch for the MLB All Star Game. Kimberly is also proficient in special effects and airbrush makeup. Her abilities include: full body tattoo transfers, aging, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns, slashes and scars, blisters, blood and bruising, frostbite to frozen effects. Her blood FX can be seen in the video Like Toy Soldiers by Eminem.

speaker
Charles Gregory
Honoree - Decade Maqui

​​Charles Gregory is well known for his trend setting creations , and his expert skill in haircutting, coloring, weaving, editorial hair and makeup. Mr. Gregory presently one of the most sort after hairstylist and makeup artist in the industry He has been Department Head of Hair for numerous Tyler Perry Productions. Charles designed the signature wig look for Tyler Perry’s character Madea, show casing his expert skill in custom full lace wig design Emmy nominated for Best Hair Styling for the HBO Production of 'Lackawana Blues" Starring Epatha Merkerson, and Terrence Howard which he received . Charles is currently Department Head of Hair for the Starz hit Sitcom “Survivor’s Remorse” Labron James Executive Producer. In it’s 3rd season this July 2016. Mr. Gregory’s Impressive client list has included: His impressive client list includes actresses Halle Berry,Octavia Spencer, Tichina Arnold, Kimberly Elise, Viola Davis, Robin Givens, , Kathy Bates, Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Regina Taylor, Raven Simone, Ruby Dee, Brenda Wood,11alive .

speaker
Lintu Holman
Instructor - Main Stage "Recreation of Dracula" / Judge - Haute Couture

"Lintu Holman is an award winning and internationally published makeup artist with over 7 years of experience in the film and television industry. She is known more recently for traveling as the lead makeup artist for The Walking Dead Experience and Walker Stalker Con but has worked as a beauty and special makeup effects artist for films across Georgia and California. She currently works at The Paul Mitchell school Esani while she continues her passion of teaching makeup.

speaker
Kevin Goolsby
Judge - Haute Couture

Master Photographer In lighting for the professional MUA

speaker
Lisa McCann
Instructor

speaker
Buffie Purselle
Panelist / Moderator

Buffie Purselle makes personal finance and tax compliance fashionable. Like the latest “it” bag, Buffie Purselle makes personal finance and tax compliance fashionable. A powerhouse tax and personal finance professional for over eighteen years, Buffie demystifies the daunting world of taxes and personal finance with skilled, practical, and sassy guidance. Buffie recently made her cable television debut on the “The Partner” on CNBC. She was chosen out of 20,000 applicants to be part of the top ten in the nation to compete to be serial entrepreneur and star of CNBC’s “The Profit” host, Marcus Lemonis’ business partner. Buffie finished the competition as part of the Top Four. Buffie is a serial entrepreneur and is the Founder and Managing Member of Buffie the Tax Heiress, a chain of tax and accounting practices with multiple locations in the state of Georgia; The Creative Artist Group, a business management and concierge service for busy film and tv creatives; and Crawl Before You Ball, a personal and business financial management company. Buffie is also the author of Crawl Before You Ball, a personal finance self help book to help individuals break the cycle of poverty of living from direct deposit to payday loan to direct deposit. Buffie also owns Just Being Buffie Productions. JBB Productions is a 100% woman-owned production company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Buffie is also a highly sought after tax and personal finance expert seen weekly on local Atlanta and national media outlets. She joins forces each tax season with WSB Channel 2 and HLN Consumer Advisor Clark Howard to help taxpayers with end of tax season tips and advice. She is also featured as recurring tax and personal finance expert on HLN. Buffie’s philanthropic endeavors include Image Consultant and Career Development Coach for Dress For Success Atlanta. She also volunteers at The Shrine Night Shelter where she and her husband spend the night and serve dinner and breakfast to homeless men. Buffie is also a volunteer for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

speaker
Janice Tunnell
Panelist - Business / The Entrepreneur

A celebrated makeup artist, Janice is leveling the playing field for women of color to achieve their highest level of beauty with an arsenal of beautiful color palettes and the coveted knowledge of how-to use them. Tunnell's background spans many facets of entertainment including film, television, print and videos and she is bringing her tricks of the trade to the world for everyone to enjoy. Janice's goal , as a makeup artist, is to teach her clients how to achieve their greatest level of beauty through knowing thier skin well enough to select the best shades and understanding application techniques to achieve a stunning and flawless look. As a makeup artist to the stars of film and television, Janice consults with clients whose livelihood hinges on their looks. She boasts an impressive list of film credits including, The Wedding Crashers, National Treasure, XXX 2: State of The Union, The Gospel, Step Up I & II, The Visiting, Stomp the Yard I & II, The Notebook, and more. Tunnell's experience in television includes high profile programs such as The Grammy Awards, The Stellar Awards, The Preakness Stakes for ESPN, The NBA All Star Games, BET, MTV, VH1, HBO as well as several noted commercials. Her clients include Carmello Anthony, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Kerry Washington, Laz Alonso, Yolanda Adams, Dan Marino,Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Kmart, Nike, NAACP, Budweiser, and Brand Jordan, just to name a few. She also has assisted some of the greatest makeup artists in the industry, including, Reggie Wells, Oprah Winfrey’s personal artist. When asked why so many film studios and celebrities trust her expertise, she explains "For me giving advice and helping people is the most joyous thing in the world. When I'm called to do a job, I do it with perfection, but what I like to do is leave my clients with the knowledge of how to do it for them selves in everyday life. I make clients 'beauty experts' in their own right." Janice Tunnell earned a degree in Accounting & Business Management from North Carolina State University and studied makeup at Von Lee School of Aesthetics. She honed her skills working with various cosmetic lines such as Bobbi Brown, Tony & Tina, and Smashbox Cosmetics. She also has offered her masterful skills at several New York and LA Fashion Week events. Janice along with her sister produce and host, Beauty Talk, an online radio show and web series, that both seeks to inspire, educate, and uplift. Stay tuned, there is more to come.

speaker
Jillian Green – Beauty Insurance Plus
Business Panelist

Jillian Green has diverse experience consulting business owners with a common thread ~ driving success and growth. Her specialty areas include business, branding, liability insurance, wellness, and the beauty market. She works with Beauty Insurance Plus and regularly speaks at conventions and holds industry webinars to help educate and support the independent professional from setting up their business, reducing business risk, to driving continual growth.

speaker
Roy Wooley
SFX Panelist

Over the last 16 years Roy has been key in helping to develop one of the haunt industries best make-up departments. Netherworld is known as one of the top haunted houses in the country. In 2012 Roy appeared as a contestant on Syfy’s number one reality show “Face Off” where he received the title “King of Fabrication” after creating some of season 3’s most memorable creations. Most notable wins were the robot suit made for the “Star Wars “ challenge, the “Red Queen” for the “Alice in Zombieland “ challenge and the demon ”Chaos” for the “Supermobile” challenge. In 2013 Roy returned to “Face Off” for season 5 “Vets vs Rookies”. Today Roy continues to work for Netherworld and spends his spare time making masks, prosthetics and props for the haunted house industry, instructing others who have the desire to make monsters at conventions and workshops, creating make-ups for low budget films, building custom props and costumes, and airbrush body art for fashion shows, parties and print.

speaker
Duane Saylor
SFX Panelist

Duane Saylor is known for his work on Insurgent (2015), The Originals (2013) and Allegiant (2016).

speaker
Matt Silva
SFX Panelist

Matt Silva Bio Matt Silva is a Special Effects Makeup Artist and Co-owner/CFO of Blue Whale Studio, Inc. where Matt and his team make speciality props, costumes and special effects related goods for film, tv, theme parks and video game companies. Matt learned makeup special effects as an apprentice for Bill Johnson as well as mentors, Ken Diaz, David Presto and Ed Henriques. His talent as sculptor, painter, mold maker and silicone casting keeps him in high demand and his work can be seen in Black Panther, Allegiant, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead.

speaker
Gaby Macias
SFX Panelist

Gaby's love of make-up artistry started off at a very young age. As a little girl she would sit at the edge of the tub to watch her mother do her older sisters make-up for special occasions. It was there that she knew she wanted to pursue a career and create her craft in make-up artistry. She went on to study with every avenue she could. She learned from her love of books, interning, university, workshop classes and the "school of hard knocks." Her love of this craft keeps her busy with staying up to date and continuing education of the latest techniques,styles and products.

speaker
Seidah Nichols
SFX Panelist

A late bloomer to the game, she didn’t start wearing makeup until she was 21 and like any addiction, once you start you just can’t get enough! She experimented with all brands of makeup and mastered her skill and technique over the years by picking out only the BEST tips and advice gifted to her by the best artist in the industry. Now with her celebrity clientele under her brush belt and prestigious reputation within the industry Seidah Nichols is one of the most sought after makeup artist in the country. She is most known for her professionalism and accuracy for bringing her clients vision to life whether it be a bride or a film director. Specializing in camera ready looks, her celebrity clientele have graced the red carpet scene flawlessly. Her brides are extremely grateful to find someone who seamlessly executes the perfect look for their very special day! Directors and photographers appreciate her attention to detail along with her outstanding work ethic and efficient results. But overall anyone who works with Seidah LOVE her charismatic, vibrant energy she brings to every project!

speaker
Keitric Starks
2018 Honoree - TV Maqui / Moderator - Different Paths & The Art of Business

Through his hard and exceptional work, Keitric Starks has propelled himself as an independent entity in the makeup industry for over 15 years. His extensive list of clientele include Anika Noni- Rose, LisaRaye McCoy, Tasha Smith, Sharon Leal, Stacey Dash, Lauren London, and Oprah Winfrey just to name a few. His distinguishing work can be seen in film on Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, Anchorman 2 , and the anticipated upcoming sequel to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire . Keitric has worked on popular television shows such as Single Ladies on VH1, and the OWN Network’s For Better or Worse , and The Haves and The Have Nots. His work has been showcased on numerous televised commercials and on magazine covers. Always learning and evolving, Keitric shows no sign of slowing down and continues to strategize building his brand into a full beauty enterprise.

speaker
Natalie Spencer
Judge - Fantasy

Behind every beautiful face lies a great makeup artist. Every fabulous magazine cover is a great Makeup Artist. The stunning look in a commercial and editorial is a great Makeup Artist and one of those great Makeup Artist is Natalie Spencer. Natalie has been the Makeup Artist for the following celebrities: Usher, Ciara, Raven Symone, Dr. Cindy Trimm, Bill Cosby and Cee Cee Winans to name a few. Her magazine covers includes but is not limited to; People Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Hair Sophisicates, Ebony, Jet and Mazza Hair International Magazine. Natalie whose wand is her makeup brush, transforms faces to stand out on CNN (the Howard Stern show), FOX 5, MTV Made, Harpo Studios, Budweiser, Coke a cola, Turner Classical movies, Walmart, BET, TBN,WSB, Chevrolet and Revlon. Natalie’s talents expand into hair as well giving a total polished look. Natalie teaches makeup at Gwynnis Mosby’s makeup academy offering others the knowledge and opportunity to expand their talents.

speaker
Marnie Wilson
Instructor - Demo Stage "Pop Art"

Marnie, a licensed cosmetologist, is also a professional makeup artist, having studied at Cinema Secrets and Vidal Sassoon. Marnie has worked extensively as a key makeup artist and hair stylist for Universal Studios and with the Cimarron Group, and has worked for numerous photographic studios including work with Kevin Hecht, Nadine Belford and Evan MacKenzie. She has also worked with film and television stars such as Nick Cannon and John Cryer. In addition to her years as a film and photographic makeup artist, Marnie has served as a beauty advisor and manager for Lancôme and Prescriptives. Marnie currently serves as the Makeup Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta.

speaker
Selena Miller
Paneliest - Round Table Panel

Selena is an incredibly talented makeup artist, makeup artistry instructor and speaker besides being an licenced skin care expert and a makeup and fashion stylist. Her 20 year career includes working on feature films such as, "The Hunger Games", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "2 Fast 2 Furious", "Miami Vice", "Passenger 57", "Major Payne", "Ray", "Ace Ventura 2", "Problem Child 2", "Edward Scissorhands", and many more. She has also worked on sets of television shows such as, "The Vampire Diaries", "All My Children", Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns", just to name a few. Her career has taken her from, the Department Store Beauty Advisior, to Print, TV Commericals, TV Movies, Music Videos, Stage, Fashion Runway, to the Opera. Some of the Celebrities, she has applied, makeup's for are: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kelly Ripa, Madeline Stowe, Shaquille O'Neal, Wesley Snipes, Celine Dion, Woody Harrelson, Kat Graham and the list goes on.

speaker
Brandy Kevin Russell
Instructor - Main Stage "Tricks of the Trade"

Brandy Kevin Russell As an International Makeup Artist with over two decades of experience in the beauty industry, Brandy combines strong attention to detail and superior work ethic with a solid combination of skills that include building rapport with clients while establishing a solid professional relationship. Brandy's experience has allowed him to worked with multi-cultural celebrity clients, politicians and every day people within the realms of runway fashion, editorials, TV & Film and retail sales for MAC Cosmetics. He credits his success within the beauty industry to being dedicated while setting personal goals and an endless passion for style while maintaining respect for the industry and all clients alike.

speaker
Tenisha Bibbs
Moderator - Prime Time Panel

speaker
Denise Tunnell
Panelist - The Entrepeneur

Denise Tunnell, is raising the bar in the world of beauty. An accomplished makeup artist and aesthetician, whose expertise is grounded in the science of healthy skin, is leading the movement for all women to empower themselves with the basis of true beauty, the best and most flawless skin they can personally achieve. Tunnell's goal, is to help all women reach the epitome of their natural beauty with consistent proper skin care, which minimizes the need for makeup as a "cover-up". She says, "All women are beautiful, but some have trouble identifying the best way to take care of their skin, my philosophy is when you tap into the beauty within, it creates a natural glow that is so gorgeous you only need a touch of makeup to enhance it. As a makeup artist to the stars of film, television and popular music, Denise consults with clients whose livelihood hinges on their looks. She is the Department Head for the STARZ hit Survivor's Remorse and her work can also be seen in Underground, Atlanta, Coat of Many Colors, Devious Maids, Bessie, Almost Christmas and the Fast and Furious franchise.

speaker
Char Coats Crump
Panelist - Prime Time TV

Char Coats Crump is a native of St Joseph MI. At the tender age of 7, saw The Wiz and knew she wanted to be like the artist that applied the candy wrapper on the scarecrow's nose. After a brief modeling career with Barbizon, she became a make up artist for Estée Lauder, Origins, Aveda and Glamour Shots. Continuing education at The Studio Academy in Sunset Gower Studios offered Char the opportunity to work on Snoop Dog Music Videos, LA City View, BET Comic Views, Live from LA. Since moving to Atlanta she has worked on Big Mommas House 2 and is working on The Vampire Diaries for 5 seasons. She feels blessed to have survived Hurricane Katrina and be an upstanding member of the Entertainment Industry.

speaker
Quin Patterson
Panelist -Prime Time TV

Quintessence Patterson began early pursuing her dreams of being a makeup artist by enrolling in cosmetology school as a high school student. Upon high school graduation, she completed cosmetology school and secured her Master Cosmetology License. She started her career working in salons, providing hair and makeup services in her home town of Indianapolis. After relocating to Atlanta in 1998, she began to concentrate her talents on makeup. Working with MAC Cosmetics as a full time makeup artist was paramount in honing her skills and creating an opportunity to work at CNN as well as in fashion and print. Training and networking eventually led to a career in television and film. Quintessence is the Department Head for the Fox hit series Star and some of her many television and film credits include: Hidden Figures, Fist Fight, Flight, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Haves and Have Nots and The MoNique Show.

speaker
Melanie DeForrest
Panelist - SFX Panel

Melanie DeForrest has been a film, television and special effects makeup artist for over 12 years. She is best known for her work as Key Makeup for such films as Dallas Buyers Club (Oscar Winner for Makeup), Jurassic World and Get Out. Melanie's clients consist of companies such as ABC, ABC Family, A&E, CBS, WB, Universal and numerous other production companies. Her background in drawing and painting led her to a career in the industry and she has made herself know in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Atlanta. Melanie was recently appointed to be the IATSE Local 798 Young Workers Committee Chairperson to help new union members become the leaders of tomorrow. She always strives to create looks that will work best to translate the story from script to screen while providing a happy working environment where ever she goes.

speaker
Susana Zafar
Judge - Haute Couture

speaker
D. Renee’ Towns Johnson
Judge - Fantasy

D. Renee' is a licensed esthetician, makeup artist and entrepreneur. Majored in Education at DeKalb College, studied skincare at The School of Skin and Nail Care, studied under the renowned Gwyniss Mosby and various other makeup companies such as M.A.C Cosmetics, Este Lauder, Glamour Shots, and Fashion Fair, Color Me Beautiful, Iman, and Flori Roberts

speaker
Keya Delarge
Judge - Haute Couture

Professional Makeup Artist Keya Delarge is a creative, accomplished makeup artist with experience in all aspects of media: Print, Television, Stage, Video, Beauty and Fashion. Her amiable personality provides her clients a detailed oriented, dependable and multi -faceted professional that lends to any creative team or project. Her background and experience creates an unique style which can only be accredited to her talent. She is able to bring out the natural beauty of her client regardless of ethnicity or gender, whether on set, location or in studio Keya displays responsibility, mastery of skill and professionalism to create the right look to meet the needs, goals and objective of the project at hand.

speaker
Benji Dove
Instructor - Demo Stage - SFX "The Mummy Queen"

Benji began working with makeup at the age of 15 as a way to bring to life the creatures that lurked in his mind. Born and raised in rural Georgia, makeup was an escape from the constraints of small town life. As a completely self taught artist Benji has many amazing mentors that have helped him along the way. He has worked at Atlanta’s top rated haunted house Netherworld Haunted House for the past 5 seasons. He has also worked on sets from ‘Gaurdians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, ’Avengers: Infinity Wars’, ‘Black Panther’, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, BET’s ‘The Quad’ and upcoming feature film ‘Ma’. He also had the great honor and pleasure of working as Mr. Tyler Perry’s makeup artist for ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ and upcoming ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’ and helped bring his iconic character’s to life. Benji is not only a SPFX makeup artist but is proficient in multiple areas of makeup from beauty, drag to straight corrective makeup.

speaker
Melissa Karnegis
Judge - Bridal

Melissa Karnegis, L.E. is a Licensed Esthetician and Laser Practitioner in the state of Georgia, and an Esthetic Instructor at West Georgia Technical College.

speaker
Suzanne Mohr
Judge - Fantasy

speaker
India Drummond
Judge - Fantasy

My name is India Drummond and I am 29 years old. I am originally from Spartanburg, SC but now reside in beautiful Charlotte, NC. I am the mother of a handsome, smart and energetic 8 year old boy named Amari. I have always had a strong interest in makeup and have been doing makeup professionally for 6 years. I am self taught, but I would like to give credit to my many trials and errors of working with clients as my teachers. I am also a firm believer in continuing my education in the makeup industry, so I am always seeking classes that interest me because, I know that I can always learn something from someone.

speaker
Victoria Johnson
Judge - Bridal

Victoria Johnson, a Louisiana native and Atlanta Ga. resident. A Professional Makeup Artist for 6 years, a Licensed Esthetician and MAC Freelance Makeup Artist. Victoria Graduated in 2016 from the Elaine Sterling Institute of Esthetics as a Licensed Esthetician. Victoria previously worked as a wedding planner which inspired her to start a wedding blog in 2015 entitled IDO, which has grown and has many followers. She enjoys bridal makeup most of all but also enjoys photoshoots and editorial makeup. Victoria continues to work as a MAC Freelance Makeup Artist and growing her wedding blog IDO.

speaker
Cornelia Shipley
Moderator - Business Panel

Best selling author, thriving entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, coach, and world class trainer Cornelia Shipley is known for empowering people to achieve their peak performance, strategically plan for the future, and ultimately create a life and work that REALLY work! She is the author of the International Best Seller, Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams and will release her second book Empowered: Strategies for Executive Level Success in 2017. As Marshall Goldsmith said in the forward of her international best seller Design Your Life “…Cornelia will guide you through the process of picturing success as you want to see it and identifying whether or not your career is aligned with your true passion, all while helping you ensure your need for these three important things: contribution, meaning and happiness.”

speaker
Amber Crowe
Panelist - Prime Time TV

Amber Crowe is a freelance makeup artist originally from Detroit, Michigan. She has been living and working in Atlanta, Georgia since 2012. She is a member of IATSE 798 and has over 12 years experience in film, television, editorial, fashion and special effects makeup. In 2014, Amber received a Prime Time Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Makeup for a Mini-Series or TV Movie" for her work in "Anna Nicole". Most recently, her work can be seen as the Makeup Department Head for "The Vampire Diaries" seasons 7 and 8

speaker
Scoobie West
Instructor - Paid Class "Bridal Makeup" / Panelist - Different Paths

SCOOBIE WEST Essence Magazine. WE Television Network. Anne Barge. The Celebration Society. You only get to work for clients of that caliber when you've proven that you're a top makeup artist, which is why those are just a few of the names that comprise Scoobie West's client roster. While Scoobie currently enjoys being one of the Southeast's premiere makeup artists, his success isn't a result of happenstance, but destiny and dedication. EventImages_INIJE-28.jpg Scoobie first showcased his ability to create beautiful looks in college by doing the makeup for models in a campus fashion show. Though the looks he created were a hit on the runway, it wasn't until several years later when he applied a friend's makeup for her wedding that he realized that he had a remarkable eye for makeup artistry. She raved about his work on TheKnot.com, and with the pictures to prove his uncanny ability, brides started calling in droves. Scoobie continued to work with brides as opportunities arose and eventually decided he wanted to pursue a full-time career in beauty. To hone his skills, he began working for major cosmetic industry names, including MAC, Laura Mercier, NARS Cosmetics and Borghese Cosmetics. In 2002, Scoobie thought it was time to try his hand at being an independent makeup artist. Initially he focused on what he knew best--working with brides, but in 2005, requests began pouring in for him to work on fashion shows, special events, commercial photo shoots and music videos. Notable clients include: Anne Barge, Spring Bridal Show (2006) Badgley Mischka, Spring Bridal Show (2006) Anne Barge, Spring Bridal Show (2007) Badgley Mischka, Spring Bridal Show (2007) International Prom Association, Advertising Campaign (2007-Present) Essence Magazine, On His Mind (2008) WE Television Network, Amazing Wedding Gowns (2009) Lisa Wu Hartwell, Closet Freak Fashion Show (2009) Southern Weddings Magazine, November Cover (2009) Urban Lux Magazine, December Cover (2009) Urban Lux Magazine, April Cover (2010) Essence Magazine, Dark & Lovely Model Search (2010) Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, Editorial (2010) According to his clients, it is Scoobie's seamless execution, attention to detail and professionalism that have made him a "name to know" in the beauty and event planning industries. Scoobie West & Company (SWC) provides on-site professional makeup services fashion shows, photo shoots, commercial shoots, music videos, movies, special events and more. Although SWC is based in Atlanta, Scoobie and his team service individual and business clients throughout the world.

speaker
Francis Williams
Judge- Bridal

speaker
Shalawn Willis
Judge - Bridal

Shalawn Willis is an accomplished Beauty Industry professional specializing in make-up artistry. Shalawn’s intense eye for detail and innate ability to enhance the natural beauty of her clients is a reflection of her creativity and precision. Shalawn gifted LAMIK Beauty her natural talent while serving as Regional Director and Makeup Artist 6 years ago. Continuing to nourish her passion while educating others, Shalawn has served as an industry specialist adding value to various cosmetology and aesthetic programs for schools throughout Atlanta and surrounding areas. Her contribution helped prepare aspiring learners as they geared up for the beauty industry. Shalawn’s repertoire includes published work with magazines and global print ad campaigns. Her most recent work has been seen on Bravo TV reality show “Married to Medicine” as Lisa Nicole Cloud’s principle makeup artist for this season. Shalawn’s passion for encouraging women to love their natural beauty and showing them how to enhance it drives her daily.

speaker
Syretta Bell
Instructor - Main Stage "How to be a Day Player"

Syretta began working in fragrance at Sephora and within a month was promoted to Lead Makeup Artist and then Events Coordinator. She has since left her position at Sephora and catapulted into a career with numerous accolades. She continues to share her knowledge and talent, as her work can be seen in various mediums such as, television, print, video, and film. Syretta has lend her talents to many projects including Confirmation on HBO, Bad Dad Rehab on TVOne, and Teen Wolf on MTV. She currently serves at the Department Head of Makeup for Tyler Perry Studios where she is responsible for planning the makeup designs for all leading and supporting cast for shows such as The Have and the Have Nots, If Loving You is Wrong, and Too Close to Home.

speaker
Saj Mack
Panelist - The Artist and The Entrepreneur

After seeing a transformation of her own skin by a professional makeup artist, Saj Mack started teaching herself how to correct skin with makeup. Seeking to learn more about makeup artistry, she attended Complections International Makeup School and graduated with top honors. Now with 10 years experience, today Saj is one of the top makeup artists in Atlanta providing expertise in Film, Television, Print, Commercial & Advertising, Bridal and SFX. Her creative and colorful flair in both personality and portfolio can be easily attributed to growing up in the Caribbean. Saj’s most recent work can been seen on Sleepy Hollow, The Founder, The Boss and Allegiant.

speaker
Andrew Shannon
Panelist Business

Andrew Curtis Shannon is currently a Vice President in Wholesale Banking Segment as Relationship Manager and Wells Fargo Bank. He has held this position since April 2007. Andrew has been in the financial markets in numerous capacities, to include Financial Advisor, Financial Contractor, Credit Analyst as well as Credit Collection. He served in the United States Air Force as a Personnel/Administration Officer at numerous locations throughout the United States and Europe. 10 years of this service was within joint or multi-national organizations such as NATO. He served an additional 9 years in the Ohio and Georgia National Guard. Additionally he receive a Medal of Heroism (Airman’s Medal ) for his life saving efforts which earned him the Airman’s Medal, which is the highest peace time medal obtainable in the United States Air Force. Andrew is currently a member of Forsyth Leadership program and a member of the Forsyth Chamber of commerce Board of Directors. He is also a member of the President Advisor board at Wells Fargo Bank. Andrew is a graduate of Mercer University Stetson School of Business and Economics, with an Executive MBA, in International Finance with a concentration in Economics.

speaker
Kelvin Myers
Paneliest - Different Paths

Kelvin Myers, an imaginative talent with international reach, has mastered makeup artistry and is the sole Creator of the quickly spreading phenomenon, the “KM Experience.” Using faces as his canvas, this artist is at the top of his game and his claim to fame is enhancing the looks of classic beauties. A native of Sumter, SC, Myers was heavily influenced by his mother, a licensed cosmetologist, who had dreams of her own to become a fashion designer. In an effort to grow her dream, the family would often produce fashion shows around town. Mrs. Myers had no idea at the time, but she was fueling her son’s passion for the creative arts. Myers relocated to Atlanta to attend DeVry University in pursuit of a career as a Transmission Engineer in telecommunications; It was there that he met and became quick friends with a female impersonator. As the friendship flourished, Myers began attending a variety of dramatic showcases and pageants that further sparked his simmering thirst for creativity. This friendship led him to his new creative outlet. Myers began learning makeup and transforming faces behind the scenes, little did he know…the groundwork for a far larger master plan was in the works. His love and fascination of theatrical productions never died, and before he knew it, makeup artistry had become a full time career. Fast-forward a few years and a small thousand faces later, Myers’ professional resume boasts of experience with Fortune 500 companies, National Editorials and stop short of nothing less than a nomination for Best Make-up artist by the Atlanta Fashion Community. This future philanthropist understands that to reap is to sow, thus, Myers is also working to make a difference in his community. He currently volunteers with the Hopewell Baptist Church Ministry “Pamper for Peace” program with goals of uplifting and building self-esteem for victims of domestic violence and recovering drug addicts. In addition, Myers volunteers for H.E.R.O. for children, an organization that aims to provide quality resources for children infected/affected by the AIDS virus. Myers’ commitment to this cause led him to produce a show, Freedom and Fantasy, www.freedomandfantasy.com to raise funds for the H.E.R.O. organization (2011, 2012). The production featured recording artists The Braxton Sisters and included the talent of several of he H.E.R.O. participants. His hope was that the production not only brought awareness to the program and raised funds, but to also introduce the children to possible career aspirations in the creative arts and production fields. Mr. Myers is available to travel to location, independent studio work and one-on-one consultations. He offers classes for aspiring makeup artists and women seeking to master their own faces quarterly. Please view the portfolio tab where you are guaranteed to be amazed and inspired. Thank you for reading.

speaker
Sian Richards London
Instructor - Main Stage

Sian Richards has been a successful makeup artist, working internationally, for the past 28 years and is committed to excellence. Her dedication to this belief saw her winning Critics Choice Award 2013 ‘Best Makeup’ for her work on the movie ‘Cloud Atlas’ where she transformed Halle Berry into six different characters, genders, ethnicities and ages. And Siân was Emmy nominated in 2015 for her work transforming Queen Latifah, from modern day icon, to 1930s Empress of The Blues, Bessie Smith... Her passion to promote easy makeup artistry and to enable women to feel confident and gorgeous has seen her travel the world over as she gives keynotes and masterclasses, sharing her knowledge and proving that great makeup can be done by anyone who wants to look good and feel confident.She is recognized as an expert in her field, wears her passion on her sleeve and enjoys inspiring the next generation.

speaker
Wendy Busch
Judge - Bridal

Wendy is a Licensed Esthetician, Make Up Artist, Professional Airbrush Tan Technician, and a Cosmetic Laser Practitioner. She has advanced training in Esthetics. She received her Master Certificate as a Professional Make Up Artist at GMMA. She studied Esthetics at West Georgia Technical College. She is an Advanced PCA Skin Professional and trained in Dr. Spiller Natural and Certified Organic products and specialized skin care treatments. She has provided make up services for the Independent Film Industry, PMAC Fashion Show, Bridal and Beauty. Her focus is on making people feel and look their absolute best! She provides professional services for beauty with Make up Application, Airbrush Tanning, and skin care treatments. She is the owner of Glamorous Bliss a business she began building in 2014.

speaker
Dan Sandy
Instructor - Main Stage "What Happened To The Theater"

Dan Sandy – Biography Makeup artist and wig maker Dan Sandy has been doing theatrical makeup ever since high school. Fascinated by the study of Richard Corson’s Stage Makeup, he embarked on a life long journey of learning and creativity lasting now over 40 years. In 1980 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Video Production from Bob Jones University. Since then he has done makeup for syndicated broadcast television, corporate and commercial productions, independent feature films, short films, a music video, weddings and portraiture, and over 125 Shakespeare plays, grand operas, and musicals. He currently manages BJU’s Costume, Makeup, and Wig Department, and teaches film and theatre makeup. Recent clients include: gospel musician Caroline Cobb Smith, political candidates Dr. Ben Carson, and Senator and Mrs. Ted Cruz. He has done freelance makeup for Opera Carolina, Ninth Hour Productions, Jackson Marketing, Hansen Production Studios, Sail Wind Productions, and The Academy of Arts Conservatory.

speaker
Deborah LaMia
2018 Honoree - Joe Blasco Iconic Maqui

Deborah La Mia Denaver is known for her work on Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), The Green Mile (1999) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

speaker
Jennifer Ivey
2018 Honoree - Theater Maqui

Jennifer Ivey, hair and makeup supervisor for Disney’s The Lion King

speaker
Jonah Levy
2018 Honoree - SFX Maqui

Jonah Levy has been working in the make-up effects industry for 25 years since he was 17, providing services for film, television, theater, corporate conventions and theme parks. Levy co-owns Blue Whale Studios Inc. with Matthew Silva, a full-service make-up and special make-up effects facility located here in Atlanta, Georgia. His film credits include Avengers Infinity Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Uncle Drew, American Pastoral, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Get on Up, Green Lantern, Zombieland and The Crazies along with television shows like Banshee, Homeland, and Sleepy Hollow. He has taught both nationally and internationally and loves sharing his passion and knowledge with other aspiring artists, always promoting open and honest communication to promote the best working environment possible.

speaker
Nikoletta Skarlatos
2018 Honoree - Film Maqui / Panelist - The Art of Business

Makeup artist and designer Nikoletta Skarlatos first fell in love with her art form as a child in Greece. Since then, she has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers, top design houses and internationally renowned photographers. Skarlatos applies her passion and knowledge in the design and creation of richly cinematic characters. Skarlatos’ diverse body of work can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest : At World’s End, Miami Vice, The Soloist, Immortals, The Hunger Games Series, Flight, Solace, Free State Of Jones, The Perfect Guy, Spiderman, Blue, Future Man and the soon to be released Nappily Ever After. She was named the Global Beauty Director for Julie Hewett Los Angeles Cosmetics from 2009 through 2015. She has collaborated with the House of Chanel and the Estee Lauder Corporation as makeup artist, makeup designer and product developer. In addition to recent film work, Skarlatos’ makeup design can be seen in major marketing campaigns and on the pages of Interview, BlackBook, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Elle, Ebony and Vanity Fair. Skarlatos lectures globally about biodynamic skin care and nontoxic alternatives in the makeup industry. She was the Hollywood Makeup Guild speaker for the Huffington Post’s “Greening of Hollywood: Guild by Guild” in 2009, and was honored as the special guest of Conexa Beauty at Art by Avon International in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2011 where she performed as educator, judge, and motivational speaker. Her philanthropic endeavours extend to supporting The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, Amfar, Oceana, and as an active advocate helping children with cancer in Mexico. Fabric, colors, the elements, history, art, and nature strongly influence Skarlatos. She includes these influences as well as extensive research when creating and designing for her projects.

speaker
Matthew Mungle
Honoree - Joe Blasco Iconic Award

Academy Award winner Matthew W. Mungle is regarded as one of Hollywood's premier make-up special effects artists. With over 200 film and television projects to his credit, Matthew has earned accolades and recognition as one of the industry's top masters of makeup effects illusion. Born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1956, Matthew was one of five children born to Atoka dairy farmer Jene and Becky Mungle. As a boy he recalls seeing "Frankenstein," "Dracula" and "The Mummy." He was fascinated with the make-up, often times "borrowing" his mother's cosmetics to create his own version of horror. As he got older, he would send away for theatrical make-up from New York and Dallas specialty stores — experimenting with face casts and prosthetics on willing family members and friends. Although his parents thought it was a phase he would soon outgrow, Matthew knew differently. In 1964 with the release of "The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao," Matthew credits the film as having been his greatest influence and deciding factor in becoming a special make-up effects artist. In 1968, a film that would revolutionize make-up effects and further impact the small town boy from Atoka was the release; "Planet of the Apes." It's hard to say how many times Matthew saw the film. What he did know was that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his idols, namely Lon Chaney, Sr., Jack Pierce and John Chambers, who won the Academy Award for the specialized make-up effects for "Planet of the Apes”. When he Matthew was in High School “Return to the Planet of the Apes" was released, he encouraged the owner of the local movie theatre to let him dress up as one of the chimpanzees to promote the film. Not only did he dress the part but also created his own prosthetics. The realism was so startling to the small town of Atoka, that many thought Hollywood had sent an actor to hype the film! Matthew graduated from Atoka High School in 1975. Although his sights were still on Hollywood, at his father's insistence, he applied and was accepted into Oklahoma State University as a theatre art major. Working with props and make-up for various productions, Matthew eagerly absorbed the educational tools being given. Matthew finally arrived in Hollywood in 1977. Matthew applied and was accepted into Joe Blasco's Make-Up Center - the premiere academy responsible for training many of the film and television industry's elite make-up artists. He finally arrived in Hollywood late in 1977 and began his education from February to May of 1978. "From the beginning Matthew showed exceptional talent!" claims Blasco, whose one career as a top make-up artist turned educator, has been instrumental in graduating Academy Award winners. "I instinctively knew that Matthew had what it takes to become a success in this business. His dedication to the art form and rapid ability to master the craft led me to hire him as an instructor following his graduation from my school in 1978. He stayed on-staff until his own popularity as a working make-up artist became too demanding". Matthew credits Joe Blasco with his professional start in the industry. "I was a sponge, absorbing every ounce of knowledge I could. Whether learning the techniques of beauty make-up or casting molds and working with prosthetics, I wanted to be as versatile as I could”. Today, Matthew is a veteran voice to up-and-coming artists hoping to find their own niche in the industry. "If you want to be a working make-up artist, then you need to learn and perfect all areas of the craft”. Matthew's professional career began creating Special Make-up Effects on low-budget projects such as THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, THE POWER and THE KINDRED which taught him to think quickly on his feet. He Department Headed several films, WAR PARTY, SPLIT DECISION and NAVY SEALS from 1987 to 1989 but his first major success was on EDWARD SCISSORHANDS in 1990. Twenty-three years later, Matthew has accumulated an impressive list of credits and an equally impressive genre of box office successes including: BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, earning him his first Oscar in 1992; SCHINDLER'S LIST, giving him another nomination in 1993; creating Arnold's pregnancy stomach in the comedy spoof JUNIOR; tackling special make-up effects for OUTBREAK, CONGO, PRIMAL FEAR, and aging James Woods to 72 in GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, which earned him his 3rd Oscar nomination in 1996. his transformation of Glen Close and Janet McTeer in ALBERT NOBBS earned him his fourth Oscar nomination in 2011. Aging has become one of Matthew's strongest calling cards and an area of make-up effects that's definitely challenging. His fascination with artificially making someone young look old prompted him to research more viable methods, such as with gelatin, which was first used in the 1930's but later abandoned when the hot lights caused it to melt. With today's less intense lighting and faster film, Matthew has resurrected the semi translucent substance, which when applied looks and moves like real skin. "I've made it a part of my craft to see how skin moves. I'm intrigued with how women and men age differently. Both get jowls and tend to get that fold of skin over the top lid of the eyes and bags under the eyes. However, men's ear lobes get longer and women's skin gets wrinkly and translucent”. Matthew's expertise in this highly-specialized area of make-up effects created a vast field of job opportunities in both film and TV --- HBO's CITIZEN COHN, starring James Woods and earning him his first Emmy in 1993. Another nomination followed in 1997 for MISS EVERS' BOYS. Two more nominations were earned in 1998 --- TNT's WALLACE and ABC's OLIVER TWIST and in 1999 for his work on TNT's HOUDINI. In 2000, Matthew was the recipient of his Local's first annual Local 706 Make-up and Hair Award for his work on ABC's THE BEAT GOES ON. In 2000, Matthew was hired on X-FILES for special make-up and prosthetic designs. A coup to his already long list of credits, Matthew entered the show's 8th season and promptly won an Emmy in 2001 for the episode, DEAD ALIVE. Within weeks of the show's final airing (May, 2002), Matthew was hired to work on CBS's C.S.I. MIAMI and PRESIDIO MED. Even with a demanding schedule, Matthew found time to work on TNT's DOOR-TO-DOOR, which earned him an Emmy in 2003. In 2006, Matthew took home his fourth Emmy for his work in HBO's final episode of SIX FEET UNDER. In 2008, Matthew earned his fifth & sixth Emmy for TRACEY ULLMAN’S STATE OF THE UNION and JOHN ADAMS. To date Matthew has been honored with 26 EMMY nominations. With a full film and TV schedule, Matthew continues his work on C.S.I. (CBS), NCIS (CBS) and the new WGN hit series "Salem". His impressive list of film credits include such box office hits as creating Brendan Fraser's many character looks in BEDAZZLED; PAY IT FORWARD with Kevin Spacey; RED DRAGON; Fox's DAREDEVIL; ANCHORMAN (DreamWorks), Warner Bros.; THE PUNISHER; Ovation Entertainment's HOUSE OF D with Robin Williams; SKELETON KEY, POLAR EXPRESS, THE OMEN, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, THE BUCKET LIST, INCEPTION, THE TEMPEST, THE CHANGE-UP, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, ALBERT NOBBS with Glenn Close and Janet McTeer and “THE BUTLER” aging Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey along with creating historical Presidents on well-known Actors. One of Matthew's greatest challenges is with the hit Broadway show WICKED, creating the prosthetic face masks for the production's various characters. Balancing his film and TV projects, Matthew continues his work for the show's Broadway, U.S. tours and Japan productions. In 1999, Matthew conducted a 3-day seminar on advanced prosthetics for SCREEN TRAINING IRELAND in Dublin and in June 2000 was a featured guest lecturer aboard the Q.E.II. He's appeared on a wide variety of TV shows including Discovery Channel's MEGA, MEGA MOVIE MAGIC where he aged a 12-year-old girl into an 80-year-old woman! BBC's TALK OF THE TOWN, a highly rated and popular London-based magazine shows. He's been interviewed for TURNER ENTERTAINMENT REPORT, E! ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, THE MORNING SHOW, FX DAILIES, CNN, GOOD DAY L.A., Japan's CH. 5 NEWS NETWORKS, INSIDE EDITION and ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT. His interview can also be seen on the behind-the-scenes trailer for the 8th and 9th season episodes of "X-FILES" for video and DVD release and “CSI” behind-the-scenes on DVD release. Matthew's was most recently featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

speaker
Scott Spencer Miller
Instructor - Demo Stage "On Set Male Grooming"

Beauty Guru, Scott Miller's impeccable eye and unfailing devotion to the perfect balance of intrinsic beauty and the power of makeup, hair, and massage therapy has garnered the attention of the beauty, fashion, and film world alike. His reputation for attention to individual style and innate glamour has consistently made him a popular name in the Atlanta area and throughout the World . Scott has been doing makeup for over 16 years or since he could remember. He also brings a balance and calmness with his license of massage therapy for over 10 years. Additionally, he diversified his repertoire 5 years ago when he was awarded his Master Cosmetologist license from the Paul Mitchell School – Atlanta. His vast knowledge of makeup, hair, and massage therapy make him a one‐of‐a‐kind treasure in today’s dynamic industry. He has worked on both the sets of MTV ,BET ,Hunger Games, The Orginals and many more! He is currently working on Owns new show Love Is_____.

speaker
Gill Adams
Instructor - Paid Class "Restorative Art"

Willinda “Gill” Adams-Jones, a native of Atlanta, is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. She is a proud graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School and Gupton-Jones College. Gill received her Master of Arts Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Argosy University and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis University. She is the Financial Aid Advisor and an instructor in Chemistry, Business Communications, and Restorative Art Lab. Gill is a member of Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity, Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, and work part-time at Herschel Thornton Mortuary in Atlanta. She is also a fluent interpreter of American Sign Language and serves in several ministries at her church. Gill was inspired to enter in to the teaching and funeral profession in 2001 by her late father, Sergeant Willie M. Adams II, who was well known in the funeral profession as a “Master Embalmer and Restorative Artist.” Gill is a new mother has been a proud member of the Gupton-Jones College faculty and staff since 2007.

speaker
Alexis Fagan
2018 Honoree - Print Maqui

Alexis has always had a passion for art. She got her start in the beauty industry 20 years ago as a photographer and studio assistant for notable Atlanta based celebrity photographer Ernest Washington. Eventually, Alexis realized that she enjoyed painting faces as much as she loved capturing them on film. She is a self-taught, freelance makeup and hair artist who has worked on countless Commercials, Editorials, Music Videos and Film Productions. She is constantly updating her product knowledge, and perfecting her craft with the latest makeup trends. She also enjoys glamming up wedding parties on their special day, and teaching one on one makeup lessons to clients of all ages. Alexis joined the Paul Mitchell educational staff in 2014 and she had the privilege to teach Editorial, Bridal and Special Effects specialties for the Advanced Makeup Academy students. Her love for teaching led her to create her own curriculum for beginners and intermediate future makeup professionals and will be launching her workshop series to the public in Spring 2018. Alexis is also an accomplished painter and describes makeup artistry as "painting on living canvas”. She explains “the possibilities are endless and each canvas is different, whether that be in shape, color, texture, etc. Each must be specially prepped and painted to create a flawless application. The makeup products are my mediums, artfully layered and blended to achieve the desired effect. In makeup artistry, no canvas is exactly like another. No face is exactly like another. That is what makes it so beautiful and exciting."

speaker
Nalani Bott
Panelist - The Entrepreneur

Nalani Bott is an Atlanta based Cosmetic Tattoo & Makeup Artist. She has been doing makeup professionally since 2007 and has made a name for herself in the beauty industry having provided makeup services for Missy Elliott, Monica, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and many others. In 2015, Nalani expanded her services to Permanent Makeup, specifically eyebrows. She received her certification in Microblading, Ombré Powder Brows, Advanced Hairstroke, and Color Theory from top companies in the world. With the training she received, she created her sought out signature Combo Brows. Nalani quickly gained recognition in the permanent makeup industry and have people traveling near & far to get her most sought after technique. With her background in makeup, she understands eyebrow design and will surely give you the brows you only dreamed of!

speaker
Latoya Henderson
Panelist - SFX Panel

Latoya Henderson is a Atlanta local 798 makeup artist with over 13 years of experience. Her exceptional talent in the field of makeup artistry and special Fx started in Louisiana, where she learned to perfect her best performance as a artist. > Latoya started her career as a makeup artist after completing a certificate course in makeup artistry from Magnetic Beauty College in 1998, within two years she accomplished proficiency in makeup. In 2007 Latoya had the pleasure to work alongside side Oscar award winner Carl Fulton on her first majors film "The Great Debater", from then on she gave her best contribution as a beginner by taking continuing education courses for Period Makeup, Special Effects, Airbrushing, Facial Hair Application, Bald Cap and Tattoo Transfers as often as possible to perfect her craft. > Latoya joined the IATSE 798 Union as a makeup artist in 2009. It was a calling for her hidden talents and it also encouraged her to perform better.

speaker
Giancarlo Brajdic
Panelist - SFX Panel

Giancarlo Brajdic is a veteran in multiple creative industries with more than 25 years experience in the world of design, development, and fabrication. His skill set has landed him creative opportunities with the likes of Walt Disney World, Warner Brothers Studios, Universal Studios, US Military, Netflix, and multiple independent and feature films. Mr. Brajdic has extreme focus on creating one of a kind works of art assuring his audience are completely bought in. Currently, Mr Brajdic has relocated to the greater Atlanta Georgia area & is in the process of developing a MUFX course with the Georgia Film Academy.

speaker
Jason Livingston
Instructor - Demo Stage "Old Hollywood Recreation"

I am an artist and performer. Transformation and expression through makeup is strong. It gives the chance to show your best self, whatever that is for you. My work experience is as diverse as my clients. Stage and theatre, illusion, fantasy, editorial, bridal, everyday; people becoming a character or showing their truth. I take joy in teaching people to enjoy and have fun with makeup, because I enjoy learning. I hope to take some of the mystery out of makeup, but not to give away too many secrets. I can be found regularly guiding the makeup department at Costumes ETC as the department head as well as around Atlanta in various shows and productions. Over the past decade, my work has been featured in stage productions, independent films, television pilots and features, photography shoots and many events and galas. I am glad to once again be working with Gwynnis Mosby and PMAC.

speaker
Sandye Lomax
Instuctor - Paid Class "Eyelash Extensions"/Panelist - The Entrepreneur

Sandye Lomax is an alumni of The Gwynnis Mosby Academy. Not only is Sandye a Master Makeup artist, she is also a licensed Esthetician, Cosmetologist and certified Eyelash Extensionist and Educator. You have seen her work on tv from news anchors to BFV, film, Nike ads, Ebony Mag, Miss Teen of America Pageant title holders and so much more. Her new endeavor "The Beauty Fetish Show" provides a platform for the likes of her cancer survivor and celebrity clientele and friends to share inspiration with a touch of BEAUTY! As the founder of Beauty Fetish, Sandye takes pride in enhancing beauty but as a former model and Disability Specialist she believes that true beauty starts within! Training includes: ~Semi~Permanent Lash Technique & Application ~An overview of various lashes from Classic to Volume ~Semi~Permanent Eyelash Extension kit must haves ~Health And Safety ~Marketing and Profitability and so much more...

speaker
Morgon Lindskog
Judges - Body Art

“Morgon got her start in makeup by rummaging through her sisters’ makeup bags at a young age. She enjoyed making bruises and fake scars with eyeshadows, liners, or whatever she could find. (But spoiler alert: everything in the 80s had glitter in it, so bruises were rather sparkly.) Her love of fashion took her towards beauty makeup, but she recently switched interests to special makeup effects. Working at Netherworld has been a wonderful experience for Morgon, helping to improve her speed, accuracy, and also allows for testing out new ideas. Other than Netherworld, Morgon has had the privilege of working on sets for the History Channel, The Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”

speaker
Kim Greene
Panelist - The Art of Business

Kim is a veteran beauty and effects makeup artist with over 70 Department Head credits on some of the most popular feature films and television shows of the last two decades. She has collaborated with celebrated directors like: Robert Altman, Judd Apatow, Gary Marshall, Michel Gondry and Penny Marshall. She has been fortunate enough to paint such faces as Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, Christina Applegate, Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Paul Rudd and Jason Bateman. Kim was awarded "Best Contemporary Makeup" for Charlie's Angels Full Throttle by The Makeup and Hair Guild. She appeared as a celebrity guest judge on the television show Face Off and is featured in the documentary film What it Takes. A film about Makeup Artists. Kim has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur. She is the Product Ambassador for Westmore Beauty and involved in product development and promotion for Dermaflage Cosmetics and on the executive board of The Hair and Makeup Artist Network.

speaker
Synthe
Instuctor - Main Stage Fantasy / Paneliest - Different Paths

Synthe is an outstanding airbrush makeup artist, SFX artist, educator and body painter. Capable of creating any look imaginable. Her extensive knowledge in the cosmetic profession and real-life, in-the-trenches business experience began while working with the public through leading retail cosmetic companies. Her work has graced the faces of many legendary artists and entertainers. She has worked in film, video and live production. Though she left retail for corporate America, she continued her career as a free-lance makeup Artist. In June of 2003 before airbrushing makeup, Synthe began body painting. After receiving many requests from beauty professionals who wanted to learn techniques that would broaden their territory, she expanded to the instructional side of this art.

speaker
Medea Ford
Panelist - Different Paths

speaker
Tiesha Vassar
Panelist - Business

Tiesha Kariae Vassar, founder of E’MAGE, grew up on the west side of Chicago in the 1980’s. She was the eldest of 6 children, a born leader. A troubled family life forced Vassar into early adulthood taking care of her younger siblings. Tiesha relocated with her family to Kalamazoo, M.I, where she was exposed to other diverse communities. This opened her eyes to much more promising opportunities. At age 11, Vassar began to tap into her artistry skills by first doing her own hair, then moving on to securing her first hair client by age 12. She was self taught, and earning her own money. By her teenage years, she was relocated again to Milwaukee W.I, which furthered her chance at a better life by providing her a higher level of education. Tiesha Vassar studied the greatest professionals in her industry, with Sam Fine being her number one inspiration for becoming an artist. She was impressed that he, like herself, was from Chicago, and had achieved the highest level of recognition in make-up artistry. Her love for make-up began with noticing how distinct models were from the masses. She was so fascinated, that she studied and replicated the looks from magazines and movies. Working in fashion gave her first hand exposure to models and designers, which ultimately fueled her passion and love for the beauty industry. While shopping at a MAC counter in Vernon Hills, IL, Tiesha unknowingly engaged in conversation with the manager. After a wowing conversation about the brand and their products, Tiesha was asked by the manager if she was interested in an employment opportunity. After a trying three month search for a position in the beauty industry, Tiesha felt this was a dream come true. Before landing a gig with this major cosmetic brand, she had only ever been offered freelance work. Vassar was started at ten dollars per hour. **Tiesha went on to work for Tommy Hilfiger, Merchandise Mart Stylemaxx Bridal Expo, Lusters Corporation, Northwestern Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Rush Hospital, Neiman Marcus, DSW, CDW, MAC Cosmetics, Macy’s,Credits Viver Magazine, Divorced Dudes Movie, Daydream Image, David Johnson Photography, Guinness Beer, and Clinton Media Group. Famous Clients Include: BET Hip Hop Awards:Remy Ma, Big Tigger, Betty Wright, Cardi B, Good Day Atlanta: Joel Rush, Sanaa Lathan, Nica Nishae-American Idol, Actress Iris Kohl-Actress, and Daphne Dortch-Biggest Loser. ** Tiesha Vassar became an artist because she believes that the power of beauty from an outward transformation also influences and releases beauty from within. She desires to bring forward confidence through her art. Her Style is Glamorous, Edgy, Bold, yet sophisticated. It is also mysterious, and effortlessly timeless. After a decade with MAC, and being a part of the impact team across multiple markets, Tiesha Vassars transition into the media industry, creating the E'MAGE On Demand fashion and beauty television brand launching in May 2018 was inevitable.

speaker
Aida Scuffle
Judge - Haute Couture

Aida Scuffle has worked in the film and television industry as a makeup artist for 36 years on some the most popular entertainment known. Her filem credits include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY2, BLACK PANTHER, WALKING DEAD and the upcoming INFINITY WARS and VENOM. She is currently working on the Mark Wahlberg / Rose Byrne feature INSTANT FAMILY.

speaker
Deidre Hamilton
Judge - Fantasy

Deidra Hamilton, a native of Alabama has served in the cosmetics and beauty industry for 18 years. She embraced her cosmetics career in 1999 as the Fashion Fair counter manager at Parisians Eastdale Mall in Montgomery Alabama and served as a succesful Counter Manager for 8 years. In 2007 the opportunity was presented to transfer to Atlanta with Parisians where she transferred to Parisians Phipps Plaza in Buckhead Georgia and begin her career with Chanel Cosmetics. Deidra served at Phipps Plaza for almost three years. In 2009 She enrolled in ISSN Esthetics program (the study of skin) to grasps a deeper understanding of the skin, skin care, and its functions. She also had a great following for her makeup skills, education, and artistry on the Issn campus. Even as a student at Issn, Deidra continued to do several Atlanta weddings and freelance work for Chanel at Saks, Neimans, Nordstroms, Macy's, and Dillard's. She graduated in 2010 from International School of Skincare and Nails as a licensed esthetician and one of the top graduates in her class. In 2012 Deidra accepted the position as Chanel Counter Manager at Nordstroms Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga. When she begin her journey at Nordstroms, the counter was ranked #9 in the department with year end results of $393,000. Current to date the Chanel counter under Deidra's Leadership and team work is #3 in Nordstroms cosmetics department and on the verge of reaching 1 million in sales!! Out of 600 counters nationwide, Deidra was chosen as the #1 Counter Manager of the Year for the entire Chanel Brand (2015-2016) where she attended the Annual Chanel National sales meeting and dined with the Global and National President of Chanel at Ritz Carlton in Amelia Islands. She was also chosen as Chanel regional Southeast counter manager of the year and was awarded an all expense trip to New York City Chanel corporate office. Deidra was selected as Nordstrom Customer Service All Star (2015) which is the highest customer service award extended to a Nordstroms employee.This is also Deidra’s third year as Nordstrom pacesetter which creates 10% of the entire store’s volume (2015 - current). As a business manager, her faith in Jesus Christ, maintaining a positive attitude, and creating a fun, fair, professional work ethic has highly contributed to her success in the cosmetic industry. She is humbled by her loyal multicultural clientale base and extends her services to clients all over the country. Deidra stands by the timeless quote of Maya Angelou..." People will forget what you did, they will forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel".

speaker
Perris Hull
Instructor - Demo Stage Fantasy

Audacious, Innovative and Exquisite are just a few sentiments to describe master cosmetologist Sebastian Hull. Sebastian has been in the beautification business for 17 years and has built for himself an extensive portfolio as a hairstylist and makeup artist with clients such as Buffy the Body, Hoopz, Nina Sky, WNBA player Monica Wright, American Idol contestant Ashton Jones, actress Keri Well and most recently he is the personal makeup artist for Ardre Orie director, ghost writer and author; he is currently touring throughout the year 2017 with Amina Buddafly, cast member of VH1’s Love Hip Hop New York. He has also had the privilege as a makeup artist to beautify models during Fashion Week in Paris, New York and for Mercedes-Benz. Sebastian’s artistic flare has been published in over 60 magazines on the cover of seven, and visible during the UNCF’s 31st and 33rd Mayor’s Ball where he was a guest makeup artist. While being a salon owner of Sebastian Salon and a sought-after educator of makeup application and trendy hair styling, in 2016 Sebastian launched his cosmetic line “Sebash’ Cosmetics”. Sebastian lives by the motto, “It’s not always good to let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.” So, keep watching, if you blink, you might miss something. Sebastian Hull is a name to remember.

speaker
Midian Crosby
Panelist - SFX / Judge - SFX

"Monster" Midian Crosby has been working professionally in movies and media for more than 14 years. She has been on more than 30 feature films, numerous television and other media projects, primarily as a practical special effects and prosthetic makeup artist, but also in costumes and props. Midian founded the award winning Monster Makeup FX studio with her husband Joshua in 2010. Recent films include, Apartment 212, Hoax, Captain Fantastic (starring Viggo Mortensen) and Cop Car (starring Kevin Bacon). Since relocating to Atlanta mid 2017, Midian has worked in the costume department for The Walking Dead, as well as on several other tv shows and films. Midian is a passionate artist with a love for entertainment.

speaker
Me’dea Whosendorf
Panelist - Different Paths Panel

Teeordieia Me’dea Whosendorfe started her career straight out of cosmetology school as a hairstylist for Supercuts. From there she worked for Paul Mitchell as a platform artist and traveled all around the world . After many years on the road, Me’dea returned to California to open up a hair salon with her best friend Tina Alan called Next Episode and for the next five years she mastered her skills in hair and make up. During this time she also trained with the Catharine Leverette specializing in difficult skincare solutions. Me’dea’s body of work includes commercials, photo shoots, documentaries and day playing for Warner Brothers Studios. Today she is a resident of Atlanta and is celebrating an 18 year career as a makeup artist and hairstylist at CNN/Turner Broadcast.

speaker
Lyle Moore
Judge - Haute Couture

Lyle Moore, owner of MakeUp & Moore, is an accomplished Celebrity MakeUp artist based in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Moore has over 20 years’ experience applying his skills and talent to enhance the natural beauty of hundreds of women from every walk of life, including quite a few well-known celebrities. Mr. Moore has been a makeup artist for M.A.C. cosmetics for over 9 years. As a member of the distinguished M.A.C. Impact Team, Lyle participants in M.A.C. Special A and AA level events throughout the Atlanta area, where he is able to showcase his artistry and conduct makeup seminars to clients and fellow makeup artists. Early in his career, he developed a fascination and love for working with eyebrows. He quickly becoming an expert and further expanded into other areas of makeup. Lyle his career, Lyle has worked as an Instructor for Paul Mitchell and Empire Beauty School. Lyle’s work in the makeup industry can be seen in many different arenas. You might find him on the set of a stage play, behind the scenes of a TV series, or at a celebrity photo shoot. You may find him preparing a bride and her wedding party to walk down the aisle or getting an excited young lady ready for the prom. One thing for sure, whether working with “A” list celebrities or with what he calls his “everyday” celebrities, Lyle’s passion and genuine desire for enhancing the natural beauty of every client will be evident by the results of exquisite makeup look he produces. Accolades • Sophisticated Black Hair Magazine - Featured in more than 20 issues • Bronner Bros International • Bronner Bros. Hair show - Barber Battle Winner for Makeup in 2005 and 2014 • The Americas Beauty Show in Chicago • The Houston Hair Symposium • The Black Beauty Expo Hair Shows - Makeup Artistry specializing in “The Perfect Brow” and “Ombre Lips”

speaker
Susana Zafar
Judge - Haute Couture

Susana Zafar is an Atlanta based professional media makeup artist working on feature films, commercials and television. She started her career in the beauty industry by obtaining her Florida State Cosmetology license. After obtaining her license she worked in several high end salons and spas. Susana also became a traveling specialist for Fashion Fair which specialized in women of color. This gave Susana experience in working on all skins shades and types. She applied this experience to her next assignment with Lancome, as a traveling makeup specialist. This ultimately lead her to makeup for the film and television industry. She has worked with Film, TV and sports stars including Shaquille O’neal, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Jeff Foxworthy and many more. Susana’s feature films include Full Count, Party Boat, Beauty and The Beholder, Mnemosyne, Love by Chance, and 3am Live. She works as Dept Head and/or Key MUA on any level budget film, episodic, print or reality. Susana truly enjoys working on set. Enthusiastically applying her expertise to the many demanding tasks required on a film set.

speaker
Megan Dougherty
Judge - Bridal

Megan Dougherty is a native of Atlanta, Ga, and has been a professional photographer for over 6 years. She is known as the top headshot photographer in Atlanta and the Southeast for actors, entertainers, and individuals and works closely with many of the top reputable talent agencies. She also enjoys the creativity that fashion and beauty work allow and has a true passion for those genres. When she is not shooting, Megan enjoys design, traveling great food, and spending time with her husband and German shepherd.

speaker
Roosevelt Cartwright
Honoree - Reggie Wells Legendary Award

Roosevelt Cartwright an Iconic American-born makeup artist working with scores of the world’s most famous movie stars, supermodels, pop icons and celebrities—from the iconic Queen of Television Oprah Winfrey (for over 25 years) Vanessa L. Williams, Elizabeth Taylor to Tina Turner, Cher, and Oscar award winning actress Mo’Nique—Roosevelt Cartwright is a Master Class in the art of makeup. As one of the most influential and celebrated makeup artists in the world, this gentle giant from Mississippi worked with and charmed some of the biggest names of stage and screen, making their faces gorgeous for album covers, catwalks, billboards, magazine shoots and from the Emmy’s to the Oscars. Including working with television and film powerhouse, Tyler Perry for Tyler Perry Studios. Other career highlights include being the key makeup artist for the original 1981 Broadway production of Dream Girls, to Day-Timer on the movie set of The Family that Preys and a host of other films and television series. His accomplished work has been seen everywhere from the most notable red carpet looks, elaborate music videos, and editorial spreads in major fashion magazines. Recognized for his vast expertise, distinct talent, and down home humble personality Roosevelt Cartwright is a go-to resource in the beauty industry, receiving acclaim in the pages of countless magazines including InStyle, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, OK! Magazine and Glamour. Roosevelt has propelled to the top of his craft in a female-dominated cosmetic and beauty industry. With seemingly effortless precision, he has built his artistry on the concept of keeping women looking natural, elegant, and beautiful. After achieving fame as one of Hollywood’s leading makeup artists and creating Oprah Winfrey’s iconic look for over 25 years as her personal makeup artist, Roosevelt pioneered the Roosevelt Cartwright Beauty line in 2014, which takes the glamorous looks, his proprietary formulations created for his clients and translates them for the everyday socially conscious woman. Over thirty years of experience has inspired his latest project, RC Cosmetics™. This luxury makeup line will offer women a unique blend of colors and textures to enhance any skin tone. Roosevelt insists that makeup is the essential accessory to complete any fashion look, and he was determined to bring a comprehensive line of high-quality, on-trend, and user-friendly cosmetics to the masses. RC Cosmetics™ is scheduled to launch in the spring/summer 2018 with his glowing limited edition makeup palette containing eye six shadows and two blushes with the exclusive active ingredient, pearl powder. Roosevelt Cartwright lives in suburban Atlanta. An introspective man described as congenial and warm, he enjoys decorating, culinary arts, landscaping and most of all, his family.

speaker
Bryan Reynolds
Panelist - SFX

Bryan Reynolds is an Atlanta based Makeup Artist with over 25 years experience in the industry. He started his career studying at the London School of Makeup and classes in Art and Design at the University of Toronto. A career spanning Film, Television, Print and Theater, he’s known not only for his FX work, but also as a skilled Beauty Artist. Bryan’s work has graced the pages of magazines like Vogue and Prosthetics Magazine. And has been featured as in such films as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-man, and Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol 2. As well as on the small screen in Homeland, Banshee, The Originals and Stranger Things.

speaker
Sandy English
Panelist - Business

I was born in Birmingham Alabama in 1941 as the eldest of 8 siblings. My high school years were split between Birmingham and New York City. I spent 3 years in the U S Army. I attended Stillman College and graduated from Hunter College in 1967. I graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 1970. While in law school, I worked for a United States Senator, a United States Supreme Court Justice, and I worked as a Department of Defense Intern. My law career began with the third largest law firm in California in 1970. I practiced law for 23 years and then transitioned to become a Real Estate Broker for 13 years. In 2004 I was ordained as a minister. In 2003 I joined LegalShield as an Independent Associate. LegalShield offers low cost legal services and identity theft protection to families across the USA and Canada, and legal and business services to small businesses with not more than 100 employees. LegalShield also offers its services to: employees as a voluntary benefit; law enforcement officers; teachers; foster care parents; and commercial drivers. Its legal services are rendered through law firms in each state and 4 provinces of Canada. The small business services are offered in partnership with Gosmallbiz, located in Atlanta Georgia. LegalShield’s corporate offices are located in Ada Oklahoma. I specialize in the Employee Benefits unit and Small Business unit, as part of our Business Solutions Division. Since 2009, nationwide and in Canada, I have ranked between Number 1 and Number 5 annually in small business production, and ranked Number 10 in production in all categories for the 2017 year. I am a Field Trainer and I have maintained LegalShield’s minimum production level (PCQ) for 133 consecutive months, which entitles me to a $ 500 monthly bonus. There is no company in North America that compares with LegalShield in service providers (law firms and Gosmallbiz), services, quality of services, nature of services, array of services, and prices. For more information contact Mr. English, as noted below

speaker
Kim