Our Judges

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Erin Madigan
Instructor/Judge

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.

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Naja Alston
Judge - Haute Couture

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

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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.

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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.

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Patrice Story
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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.

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Darla Wigley
Judge/Moderator - SFX Panel

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.

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Michelle Colours
Judge - Fantasy

Quick Resume: Wanda Smith of V-103 Key Make Up Artist 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

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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D. Renee’ Towns Johnson
Judge - Haute Couture

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

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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.

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Benji Dove
Judge - SFX

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Suzanne Mohr
Judge - Fantasy

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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.

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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.

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Scoobie West
Judge - Bridal

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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.

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Syretta Bell
Bridal Judge

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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.

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