Our Judges

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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.

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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

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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Kevin Goolsby
Judge - Haute Couture

Master Photographer In lighting for the professional MUA

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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.

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