Our Instructors

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Ryan Straut
Instructor - Demo Stage - "Evolving Your Ideas"

Ryan Straut is a conceptual designer and professional makeup artist originally from Chicago, now located in Atlanta. His work includes special effects, body art, editorial beauty, and creature design, and can be seen on the stages of Chicago's nightlife, published in Logo's New Now Next, in viral marketing campaigns, and coming soon to a theater near you. Inspired by nature, mythology, biology, and the monsters under his bed, Ryan's favorite creations blend beauty and the macabre for a creature you want to look away from, but can't stop staring at. He is thankful for the love and support of his family and friends, and for the creative community in Atlanta for welcoming him.

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Aki Hill
Instructor - Demo Stage - Fantasy/Beauty Look

Biography for Aki AKi Hill has been in the beauty industry for over 23 years. An accomplished hair artist, Aki studied and trained at the world renowned Vidal Sassoon International. He began his career by traveling extensively in the U.S. working at trade shows and assisting established fashion photographers. Joining the ranks with leading New York modeling and talent agency “Nijah”, Aki quickly established himself as an innovative and knowledgeable designer. Specializing in the total makeover is his forte'. Aki has worked with Tadshi Shoji, Alice & Olivia, Zana Bayne, Nicole Miller, Russell Simmons, Kerry Washington, Black Entertainment Television, Miss USA, NBC, Fox 5, E News! and Bravo for the hit production, “Housewives of Atlanta”. Aki has worked for countless other projects for runway, theater, television and print. His work has been published on the cover of the New York Post, Inked Girls Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Hair style Guide and Southern Seasons. He has served as the lead makeup artist for a 2006 ad campaign for a multimillion dollar salon, Charles Penzone Inc in Ohio. He most recently was the Assistant Creative Director for Ulta Beauty responsible for the Brand imagining of this 35.5 Billion Dollar retailer for print and television advertisements, and co-creating education for its 7,000 salon professionals. He is an educator for the state of Ohio teaching other professionals the latest trends and techniques of the industry. Aki has a passion for helping others. By teaming up with other local educators Aki established a series of classes to help improve self-esteem among teenage girls in the Ohio school system. Aki has won several awards for his talent in hair shows and competitions NAHA, Oneshot Awards and Trend Vision to name a few. Aki has the ultimate goal of owning and operating training institutes around the world in order to raise the bar in the beauty industry. When your image is everything, leave nothing to chance the Aki experience not only meets but exceeds expectations

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D’Andre Michael
Instructor - Main Stage "How To Achieve A Celebrity Finished Look"

What do Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole, Paula Patton, Garcelle Beauvais, Gabrielle Union, Kelly Carlson 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. Now a partner with three other highly successful celebrity makeup artists, they are set to developing a high-end global cosmetic line that will be sure to take the world by storm. Aside of all the beauty in addition D’Andre Michael, who also is a self taught photographer, has already gotten the attention of his A-list clientele, peers, Magazines, product companies and more. He has a few album covers, magazine covers, feature spreads and advertisements to his credit in just a short time. D’Andre Michael is also currently writing and shooting 3 beauty books which he says will be informative and very visual. The gift of creating beauty has been part of D’Andre Michael from the beginning. That pure beauty comes from within is an accepted platitude, but D’Andre Michael, a beauty person, lives it. D’Andre Michael has done it all. Well to us he has done it all. But to him he hasn’t, he adds “ I don’t think there will ever be a time in my life where I will stop to say I have arrived or I am “the” makeup artist / hair etc etc. I believe when one comes to that point, they have basically stopped growing professionally and being that there is so many different experiences, you can’t possibly “arrive”. So whether it is doing makeup, creating makeup, photography, planning upcoming and future projects or just simply being D’Andre Michael, he will always remain humbled in a world that he says “has way more than enough room for other aspiring artists to come in and do their thing. God Willing”. He gives that trademark smile that humbles those around him and exits.

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NaChera “Cherry” Brown
Instructor - Main Stage - Innovation Beauty Looks

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

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Emmanuel Roldan
Instructor - Latest Fashion & Photography Looks with Emmanuel Roldan – Paid Class

Emmanuel Roldan is a Smashbox Cosmetics Pro Artist and Training Lead and has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years in the beauty industry. His work has been seen on the runways of Fashion Week, as well as, music videos and film, however, his love for education and training has taken his career to new heights. His ability to instruct with easy to comprehend techniques, as well as his genuine care about his clients, has made him a favorite among make-up enthusiasts in search of professional instruction. Emmanuel’s aesthetic is photographer’s dream. His ability to create untraditional smoke, while playing with color, pairs perfectly with his techniques to flawless skin for any light. Come learn how to create camera-ready looks, while receiving inspiration, from one of the top educators in the industry.

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Selena Miller
Past Honoree - 2016 Decade Maqui / Instructor - Background & Dayplayer Makeup Artists For Film and TV with Selena Miller – Paid Class

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Melody Lowery & Melissa Karnegis
Instructor - Corneotherapy - Paid Class

Melody Lowery is an established, Licensed Esthetician with many years of experience. She attended the International School of Skin and Nails to receive her Esthetic license. She a graduate of the Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center. After graduating from the Makeup Artist Training center, she was hired as a Sales Rep for Joe Blasco Cosmetics. went on to become a Sales Rep for Joe Blasco Cosmetics. She is an alumnus of the Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy. Melody has started Esthetics programs at two of the West Georgia Technical College campuses. She has spoken at the National Association of Health Conference. Since receiving her Esthetics license, she has gone on to become laser and oncology certified. She has amassed several Celebrity clientele. Melissa Karnegis is an established, Licensed Esthetician who has many years of experience. She attended West Georgia Technical College to receive her Esthetic License. Melissa later became an Instructor for the Esthetics programs. Since receiving her Esthetic License, she has continued her education and became Laser and Oncology Certified. She was the lead Esthetician at a local Medical Spa. She is an alumnus of the Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy. She is also a graduate of the Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center. After graduating from the Makeup Artist Training center, she was hired as a Sales Rep for Joe Blasco Cosmetics. went on to become a Sales Rep for Joe Blasco Cosmetics.

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Rin Sangmalee
Instructor - Eyelash Extension - Paid Class

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Zakiya Richardson
Instructor - Microblading - Paid Class

Zakiya "Zakiya Eshe" Richardson focuses on giving the best customer service and an exquisite experience, the amazing artist Zakiya Eshe' transfers her clean lines, timeless style, and natural poise into all of her work. A Detroit native, this Clark Atlanta business and fashion merchandising graduate has also earned certifications in makeup artistry, eyelash extensions, and has studied the art of permanent makeup in Thailand. With a keen eye for perfection,, this Queen will turn what you believe to be a flaw into what makes you uniquely and beautifully you!

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Zehra Jivani-Pittalwala
Instructor - Eyebrow Threading - Paid Class

Course content:Benefits of threadingMethods and techniquesHealth and safetyClient consultationBrow ShapingHair removal

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Midian Crosby
Instructor - Demo Stage - SFX Presentation

"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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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.

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Synthe
Past Honoree 2016 - Body Art / Instructor - Demo Stage "The Engineer Guy"

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.

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Jason Livingston
Instructor - Main Stage "Innovation Presentation"

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.

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Nikoletta Skarlatos
2018 Past Honoree - Film Maqui / Instructor "Growth , Longevity, and Innovation in the Makeup Industry / Judge - Ultimate Competition / Presenter - Film Maqui

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, Lee Daniel’s Star, and the Netflix film, Nappily Ever After. She has been named the Global Beauty Director for Julie Hewett from 2009-2019. 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. She was honoured to be guest speaker at the prestigious Cal-A-Vie Spa in Januaryof 2017, lecturing on beauty, makeup, and rejuvenation and will lecture in July 2019 at Cal-A-Vie again. Skarlatos was awarded the prestigious PMAC Film Maqui Award for 2018, truly an honour. She was nominated for Saturn award for Best Makeup for the epic film “Immortals”, She was nominated for Best Period and Character Makeup for the Makeup and Hiarstyling guild awards 2015 for th Mockingjay Part 1. She was nominated for Best Special Effects makeup for the Makeup and Hairstyling guild awards 2014 for Catching Fire Nikoletta has devoted her career to education , creativity and fraternity amongst the global makeup community. Her relationship with Atlanta and it’s community of artists is and has been a joy since she first arrived in 2010 for FLIGHT.

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Dan Sandy
Instructor - Demo Stage "Don’t Stress Distressing " Theatre Demonstration

“Don’t Stress Distressing - Congratulations, you got the job! You’re a day-player on set, or back stage on a show. Now what? Sometimes we’re required to make our characters look less than their best. Get ready to learn the basics of out-of-kit makeup effects to capture just the right degree of “distressing” for your actors. This demonstration will feature Ben Nye makeup products (and some others) that ought to be in every artists makeup kit.”

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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.

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Kelvin Myers
Panelist - Social Media Panel / Instructor - Main Stage - Fantasy/Beauty Look

KELVIN MYERS Kelvin Myers, an American make up artist with international and domestic accolades, has over 18 years of experience in mastered makeup artistry. The sole Creator of the highly sought after beauty brand, “KM Beauty.” A native of the Midlands of South Carolina, Myers relocated to Atlanta in 1991. During Myers entrance into the rising city, he began attending a variety of dramatic showcases and pageants that further sparked his simmering thirst for creativity that led him to his now famed creative outlet. Fast-forward a few years and a few thousand faces later, Myers’ professional resume boasts of experience with Fortune 500 companies, National Editorials, Television and of course Broadway. With several statues of recognition and awards, even a nomination for Best Make- up artist by the Atlanta Fashion Community. The brand that is Kelvin Myers doesn’t seem to have a ceiling for limits.

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Benji Dove
Instructor - Main Stage - SFX "Innovation Look"

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.

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Lintu Holman
Instructor - Main Stage "SFX Presentation / Judge - SFX / Panelist - SFX

"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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Darla Wigley
Instructor - "Prosthetics With Wigley FX" - Paid Class / Moderator - SFX Panel / Judge - SFX

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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Stephen Moleski
Instructor - Past 2017 Honoree - Print Maqui / Main Stage - Norcostco Presentation

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.