Alice Lane grew up in the Shropshire, England. From an early age, Alice was involved in theatre and music. After art school, Alice moved to London and joined a band. While pursuing music, Alice began grooming musicians for photo shoots and performances.Alice pursues makeup with a painterly perspective. She is greatly inspired by the work of Johannes Vermeer and Gustav Klimt. Her editorial clients include Allure, Vogue (including the Japanese, China and German editions), W, Elle, V and Harper’s Bazaar. She has worked with some of today’s most exciting photographers such as Arthur Elgort, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Sebastian Kim, Cedric Buchet, Tim Walker, Ben Hassett, Victor Demarchelier and Kacper Kasprzyk. She has led teams of assistants in creating the look for the Oscar de la Renta resort show and pre-fall shows. She has worked with the cosmetic giant, Maybelline for two consecutive seasons at NY fashion week-Spring/Summer 14 and Autumn/Winter 14- in creating looks for designers such as Tibi, Suno, Mara Hoffman and Wes Gordon. Alice maintains an abundance of advertising clients from Dior to Urban Decay and Kate Spade to Sephora. Alice has worked with some of the most beautiful woman to grace the red carpet including Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Tea Leoni, Scarlet Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen and Kate Bosworth to name a few.
J. Anthony Kosar is an award-winning artist who graduated in May 2008 with highest honors as Valedictorian of his class from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration.
Since he began creating, Kosar enjoys experimenting and working in many medias and different subject matter to always grow as an artist, believing that the moment an artist becomes comfortable in whatever they are doing, it is the moment they stop growing as an artist. Therefore, he works within multiple industries of the artistic world through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
In the Fine Art world, Kosar has received many awards including the “Dong Kingman Award” at the 2009 American Watercolor Society’s 142nd Annual International Exhibition in New York, NY and “Best of Show” at 24th Annual Illinois Watercolor Society Open Exhibition in 2008. Both of these awards were awarded to his painting Never Known, Never Forgotten which was one of 40 paintings selected from the American Watercolor Society Annual to tour through 7 States in their 2009-2010 Traveling Exhibition. Kosar and his fine art watercolors are featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine’s December Issue in their 2009 Top Ten “Ones to Watch” feature.
Kosar began his published illustration career with a traditionally painted series of 10 black and white illustrations for Moonstone Books for the interior art for The SPIDER: Judgement Knight #1, and painted 2 comic covers for Buckaroo Banzai: Hardest of the Hard Part 1 and Part 2. One of his Spider illusrtations, The Hunt, earned him a Gold Award in the Graphic Novel / Comic Book category in Illustration West 48 by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. In 2011, his Spider cover illustration Satan’s Murder Machine received a Bronze Award in the Graphic Novel / Comic Book category in Illustration West 48 by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Several more illustration projects are underway.
To further his growth as an artist, and because his passion for the arts began at a young age while performing on stage and painting on canvas, Kosar’s duality of performing art and visual art has led him to the world of Special Effects. In 2002 at age 16, he created his first foam-latex mask, The Zombie. Since then, he has created make-up, effects, creature suits, and props for numerous plays, commercials, conventions, feature and short films, and has held several Make-up and Effects workshops throughout the Chicagoland area. During Summer 2007, Kosar interned in Hollywood at Stan Winston Studio (Jurassic Park, Predator, Aliens) working on several commercials, including Xbox’s “Halo 3: Believe” campaign, and the film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and James Cameron’s major motion picture Avatar. Also, while in Hollywood, Kosar studied sculpture under acclaimed Hollywood sculptor and creature designer Jordu Schell of Schell Sculpture Studio. In 2008, Kosar sculpted his first commercially made Halloween mask for Zagone Studios, Gargoyle, and has made several more Halloween masks for Zagone’s 2009 product line. Kosar is currently working on masks for Zagone for 2010.
From Byzantine Iconography to Special Effects, J. Anthony Kosar takes his art from Saints to Monsters and everything in between, denying himself the luxury of ever being comfortable.
Ashunta has spent the last 16 years molding and creating her own signature flawless clean beauty technique, which was groomed by working under master teachers such as Vincent Longo, Laura Mercier and Pat McGrath. The tools she’s learned have been invaluable making her one of today’s top makeup artist constantly sought out to report the hottest trends in beauty as well as give expert beauty tips. Ashunta’s less is more theory when it comes to makeup keeps her clients looking fresh, vibrant, youthful and beautiful. Ashunta is known as the go to artist when you want her siganture “Glow.” However, Ashunta loves drama too and feels makeup is a fun way to express your mood. This fresh take on makeup has brought companies like Dior, Mary Kay, Cover Girl, Nair, Simple Beauty, Milani, Elizabeth Arden, Loreal, Smashbox and Jane Iredale to work closely with Ashunta over the years. These wonderful partnerships and Ashunta’s great media savvy have brought amazingly innovative quality products to her clients, new markets and women worldwide. Ashunta’s client list are among today’s hottest and biggest stars such as Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elle Varner, Alicia Keys, Jordin Sparks, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Sanaa Lathan, Tika Sumpter, La LA Anthony, Sharon Stone, Marisa Tomei, Rihanna, Ciara, Hillary Duff, Ashley Simpson, Keri Hilson, Jazmine Sullivan, India Arie and many many more. Ashunta began her career as a male groomer. Grooming some of today’s hottest men from P.Diddy, Usher, Jay Z, Swizz Beatz and she also worked on numerous campaigns for the prestigous Nike Jordan/Jumpman series. Ashunta has mentored several new talents who have grown to have top celebrity clients of their own and this is something she is most proud of. Ashunta is not only passionate about her work, but equally passionate to give back to young artist and espeically women of all walks of life teaching them that it is possible to live out your dreams in whatever you choose to do through hard work, commitment and positive thought. Ashunta has worked in all mediums of makeup from Broadway,Fashion, Editorial, Red Carpet and even special request weddings. Ashunta is amongst the leaders in the “New School” of makeup talents creating timeless beauty and fun new trends with every brush stroke. Ashunta has had editorial press from all of the top fashion and beauty magazines inlcuding Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle and Essence to name a few and has appearred on numerous Television shows such as WeTV’s My Fair Wedding, TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress for Mary Kay, Rachel Ray, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, E! Glamour’s 50 Do’s and Don’ts, Fashion TV, Good Day LA, Good Morning America, WPIX and many others.
Billy B. has been in the business of beauty for over twenty years. He has painted some of the world’s most famous faces, and created iconic, trendsetting looks for some of the most award-winning music videos ever made. In addition to his work as a celebrity makeup artist, he has secured a prominent place in the fashion industry – he has worked with some of the most renowned photographers and fashion magazines of our time.
Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Charlize Theron, Chloe Seigny, Lili Taylor, Christina Hendricks, Selma Blair, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani and P!NK are just a few of the superstars on Billy’s long list of clients.
His work has appeared on the pages of Vanity Fair, V Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, French Revue de Modes, Time Magazine and Rolling Stone to name a few, and on high profile red carpets including the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys.
He has pushed boundaries, creating looks for some of the most buzzed about music videos in the world including will.i.am & Britney Spears’ Scream & Shout; Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Bad Romance and Telephone; Beyonce’s Listen; P!NK’s Raise Your Glass; Keri Hilson’s Pretty Girl Rock and Dolly Parton’s Backwoods Barbie.
Billy is a master of his craft, and his equally remarkable ability to both subtly enhance a face or completely transform it, have made him one of the busiest, most respected and most successful makeup artists in the world today.
Charlotte’s career as a make-up artist spans 22 years, working with the leading lights of the fashion and beauty industry. She is widely recognised as one of the best and most hard-working makeup artists in the business and is trusted by some of the most discerning and beautiful faces in the world. Her client list includes Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes; designers such as Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and Burberry; photographers such as Mario Testino, Mert & Marcus and Terry Richardson; and fashion influencers such as Anna Dello Russo, Katie Grand and Carine Roitfeld. Charlotte is a regular Vogue cover and fashion feature contributor and is the only makeup artist to have worked on the British, US and Paris September issue Vogue covers in the same year. She is responsible for some of the most iconic Vogue cover looks, from the Kate Moss Castaway shoot of 2001 to the first time Adele was featured on the cover of British Vogue in 2011.
Her passion for makeup started when she was just 13 years old through her first discovery of mascara. Ever since then she has been a passionate advocate of the power of makeup to transform not only a woman’s features but also her confidence and outlook. She grew up between London and Ibiza, and it was here that Charlotte met the inspirational make-up artist Mary Greenwell who encouraged her to train at the Glauca Rossi School of Make-Up. Charlotte earned her makeup stripes in the fashion industry during the 1990s, the era of the supermodels. This has had an enduring influence on Charlotte and shaped her belief that, no matter what the trends of the day, every woman share leave the makeup chair feeling beautiful, empowered and confident.She is, to this day, a very visible force in the beauty and makeup industry and has revolutionised the beauty industry with her own eponymous line of makeup, launched initially in the UK in September 2013.
Crystal Wright was working as a sales rep at Xerox in Los Angeles when she met the photographer who would change the direction of her life forever. Less than a year later she would find herself managing the careers of photographers, makeup artists, hair and fashion stylists in the agency that bore her name.
As president of Crystal Agency she elevated the careers of aspiring makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists and manicurists to celebrity status by securing work for them in print, video, film and television and negotiating lucrative contracts.
Her mentorship and guidance led little known artists to serve as fashionistas for celebrities such as Pink, Halle Berry, Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga on CD covers, commercials, music videos, advertising campaigns and more.
Pursued for advice, Crystal set out to write a 16-page manual that became what is now the 400+ page Hair Makeup, Fashion Styling & Manicurist Career Guide. With it, aspiring artists are able to develop the right tools, skills and professionalism necessary to soar above the competition in the fields of entertainment, fashion, beauty and advertising.
Now in it’s 5th edition and available in print and as an ebook on Amazon.com and iTunes, the Hair Makeup & Fashion Styling Career Guide is considered the Industry Bible.
Today her website www.MakeupHairandStyling.com offers tons of valuable information for the freelance community. She also produces a 4-day portfolio building and marketing workshop in Stamford, CT, and educates for beauty companies and schools
Forced to start a new career due to corporate downsizing Danessa Myricks decided to take her hobby of experimenting with makeup and turn it into a career. Her reputation as an artist with a very clean, unique style has afforded her the opportunity to work with a broad clientele of beauty, hair, and music companies for print, web, television and trade show production both nationally and internationally.
Danessa has worked with Jive Records, Arista, J Records, Sony/BMG & Motown to help shape the image of their artists. She has also worked on video and/or print projects for Fantasia, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ciara, Mario, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Shontelle, Jazzmayne Sullivan, Angela &Vanessa Simmons, Jordan Sparks, Enrique Iglesias, 3LW, Brian Mcknight, Brooke Valentine, Floetry, Chris Rock, TI, Sean Paul, Mary Mary, Blu Cantrell, Tina Marie, BOB, Lupe Fiasco, Juan Luis Guerra, Ana Ortiz of Ugly Betty, Allison Williams, 702, Goapele, Tha’ Rayne, Isyss, and more. Her work has appeared in such publications as Vibe, Essence, Teen People, Today’s Black Woman and a host of national and International Hair and Beauty Publications.
In addition to her work as a make up artist, Danessa has worked as a consultant to several product development teams for a host of global cosmetic and beauty brands. Danessa has provided the market and product insight, which has led to the launch of several new products.
Danessa is an internationally renowned educator and a key presenter for a host of the top national and international trade shows including The Make Up Show, The Premiere Show, Chicago Mid West Show and the Bronner Brothers Show. She has also created a unique series of educational workshops. Currently Danessa the Director of Product Innovation/Marketing at Benefit Cosmetics.
Danessa has published two books and has over a dozen step-by-step training DVDs. Thousands of copies have been distributed globally. She has a passion for making people beautiful, and an extraordinary love and talent for teaching others to do the same.
Eryn Krueger Mekash
Eryn Krueger Mekash has 28 years of television and film industry experience as a makeup artist and is diversified in beauty, makeup effects and design. Her credits cover a wide range of productions, including department heading
Eat Pray Love, Whip It!, My Sister’s Keeper, Running With Scissors, and Alpha Dog. She also headed television series Glee, Nip/Tuck, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Everybody Loves Raymond. Eryn started her career in the special makeup effects field, where she worked for Stan Winston and Rick Baker, as well as many other makeup effects shops.
She has received 23 Emmy Nominations for outstanding achievement in makeup, prosthetic and non-prosthetic, as well as 3 nominations from the Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards. Eryn has been a consultant for high definition television and the impact it has had on makeup. Currently, she is the department head for FX’s anthology, American Horror Story, and can still make a nice mold in a pinch.
Esterique began her journey as a make-up artist in New-York, where she was exposed to various styles and fashions of the make-up world. During her time spent there, she took part in a wide range of fashion shows and productions, and was mentored by world-renowned artists. Through her studies and experiences she grew to develop her own unique style, which marked her as an up and coming talent in the Israeli fashion world as well as in European markets. Today, Esterique works with the leading photographers in the country, and her clients include a long list of icons in the entertainment industry, such as Bar Refaeli, Shiraz Tal, Emma Shaplan, and Sigal Cohen. Her work can be found on the covers of prominent fashion magazines, in commercials and in television shows. Simultaneously, Esterique teaches seminars and conducts workshops for professional make-up artists and for employees and executives in different fields.
Eugenia Weston has been a pioneer in the cosmetics industry for over three decades. Gifted with an incredible eye for facial structure and a remarkable sense of color and design, she began to create her inimitable makeup line concocting natural colors long before ‘natural’ was in vogue.
As an apprentice for Hollywood makeup stalwarts, Eugenia found film work inspiring and enlightening as it fostered an intuitive sense of the way lighting, fashion and makeup intersect and how to design cosmetics with intense pigments and flawless textures that perform exceptionally in demanding conditions.
Her mission of bringing beauty to every woman has led her to regularly donate her time and talents to the American Cancer Society’s ’Look Good, Feel Better’ program.
Emmy nomination for Bette Midler’s makeup in the TV movie ‘Gypsy’.
Makeup designer for haute couture photo sessions with world famous photographers Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton.
‘Best Makeup Services’ Award from Allure Magazine for SENNA Makeup Studios.
Created the first ever, patented brow shaping kit with stencils, Form-A-Brow®.
With a celebrity client roster including Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Chastain, Chloë Moretz and Mariah Carey, Jake Bailey has well established himself as one of the industry’s most sought after makeup artists. His charisma and bracing creative expression quickly integrated him into the field.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Jake harnessed his creative energy at a young age after discovering the performing arts. Appearing in countless theatrical productions, he was an often-featured young performer where his interest in beauty and makeup peaked when aiding many of the cast and production makeup artists. Eventually, Jake was able to combine his passions when he was offered an assistant position to the head makeup designer and wig master for the Salt Lake City Opera.
Throughout his adolescent years, Jake Bailey’s enthusiasm for makeup developed greatly, and at the age of 18 he moved his craft and artistic spirit to the heart of New York City. In Manhattan, he perfected his work at makeup counters and was offered apprenticeships to many successful artists: Kevyn Aucoin, Pat McGrath, James Kaliardo, Tom Pecheux and Diane Kendal.
By the age of 24, he had established a celebrity portfolio and an impressive solo career. Today, his client roster includes many notable personalities including Taylor Swift, Kyra Sedgwick, Renée Zellweger, Julianne Hough, Kate Beckinsale and Marisa Tomei. He has worked with famed photographers such as David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger, Norman Jean Roy and Ellen von Unwerth, and has seen his work published is editorials including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Allure.
Jake Bailey is currently based in New York City.
As Director of Education and Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine James is fortunate enough to work with makeup lines and makeup artists at all levels of the industry. Over the years James Vincent’s passion for the art of makeup has included nearly every genre of makeup artistry. Film and theatre, television and celebrity work, editorial and runway work and includes training and product development positions for such companies as MAC, Stila, Armani, YSL and Make Up For Ever. James now focuses his career on working internationally in fashion, film, theater and editorial. His resume includes clients as diverse as designers Ashton Michael, Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Pleet. James work in the music industry spans genres and includes legendary musicians like Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, and Courtney Love to Joan Jett and the Foo Fighters. In fashion and film and television James resume includes leading ladies like Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Fonda and has also been privileged enough to work with Barack Obama. Having worked with photographers including Alexander Thompson, Mike Ruiz and David Lachapelle James work has been seen on the cover of Paper and Atomic and in magazines including ID, V, Index, Wonderland, and Surface. He has been featured on numerous television shows as a beauty expert such as NBC’s The Today Show. James has also worked in television as key artist for shows including American Idol and on stage for productions including Roundabout Theatre’s “The Philanthropist.” Nylon magazine, The New York Times and WWD have named James as a “Makeup Artist to Watch”. James is currently the Beauty Editor for On Makeup Magazine and Lovecat Magazine and contributes to countless blogs and publications.
Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his makeup designs for the Tony Award– winning hit musical Wicked. He has won both an Etsy Design Award and Local 706 Makeup and Hair Guild Award for this work. Since Wicked, Joe has moved on to do such productions as If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde and many more. He has also consulted on several Broadway productions including Catch Me If You Can, The Normal Heart and Assassins. He has most recently added teacher to his resume with semester and master classes at Muhlenberg College, Hartt School, Pace University and the Hotchkiss Theatre. Prior to his design work on Broadway, Joe freelanced as a makeup artist in both New York City and Los Angeles. His makeup skills have been seen on E!, Style and Lifetime, as well as several commercials. Joe Dulude II’s work has also graced the runways during Mercedes–Benz Fashion Week, including such designers as Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan and Monique Lhuiller. Throughout his career Joe’s work has enhanced the faces of many well-known actors and performers for television, theatrical and personal appearances.
Early on in his makeup career, Joe worked for MAC Cosmetics, managing the flagship MAC Pro Store. This specialty store is designed specifically for persons in the industry to provide them with a unique and knowledgeable shopping experience. Joe worked with many industry leading makeup artists and high profile celebrities, helping to choose products and colors, while maintaining connections with various television and film productions to ensure their makeup supply needs were met.
In his spare time Joe is also a fine artist and photographer. He has also lent his talents to producing and directing several benefits, most notably Defying Inequality: The San Francisco Concert. With over fifteen years of makeup experience, Joe is constantly seeking inspiration for his next artistic challenge. By observing the world around him while evoking the glamour of days gone by, he continues to forge a path to his creative future.
As Artist Director and owner of Moda Rey Salon, the Connecticut business he started nearly 15 years ago, Johnny Lavoy is a sought-after hair stylist based in Connecticut and New York City and has worked on many national advertising and editorial campaigns. His work has appeared in the pages of Vanity Fair, InStyle, Glamour, Ocean Drive, People Español, Entertainment Weekly, Seventeen, and Elle, among others. He has also worked with numerous designers during Fashion Week, including Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Dior, Cynthia Steffe, and Gucci.
Johnny’s client list includes Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annie’s, Kelly Osborn, and star of Dallas on TNT, Jordana Brewster.
Johnny has also been featured on E Entertainment Television, The Style Channel, A&E Biography, The Learning Channel’s The Makeover Story, Discover Channel’s Ambush Makeover, seasons 10, 11 and 12 of Project Runway and HBO.
Considered to be one of the “industry’s best”, Jon’s 15-year make up career is a globe-spanning trek and a who’s-who in the worlds of Fashion, Entertainment and Advertising. His work can be found on the pages of ELLE, A4, VOGUE HOMME, IN STYLE, MAXIM, NYLON and countless others, and he continues to travel between NY, MILAN and PARIS to add to his already extensive list of runway show credits. Jon’s work has appeared on red carpets from CANNES to THE ACADEMY AWARDS working with clients that include Anna Paquin, LILY ALLEN, ALICIA KEYS, INXS, KIM CATRALL, CYNTHIA NIXON, JULIA ORMOND and MARCIA GAY HARDEN to name a few. Jon is also the Owner and Creative Director of Nobasura Agency and one of the most respected educators in the Makeup Industry.
Kathy Aragon is an accomplished makeup and hair artist with more than a decade of professional experience for both broadcast, print media and red carpet appearances. Her work has appeared in outlets including Elle, Glamour, CosmoGirl!, People, Complex, and New York Magazine as well as HDTV appearances for media personalities and clients such as Anderson Cooper, Larry King, CNN, HBO, MTV and more. She is a known and trusted name in the political and government circuit which has brought her in close contact to groom some of the world’s most powerful figures. She is also frequently tasked with styling both hair and makeup for an impressive list of celebrities including names like Demi Moore, Whitney Cummings, Trey Songz, Betty White, and more.
From a young age, Aragon proved jack-of-all trades, mastering hairstyling, coloring, makeup, skincare and even marketing and advertising for her family’s business. Aragon quickly realized her skills were more than just a way to help family – they were the beginning of a more focused career. Today, Aragon maintains a reputation for being a team player who is able to achieve clean and beautiful looks on a fast-paced schedule.
When she is not on set or getting celebrities ready in hotel rooms, you can find her touring with “The Makeup Show”, educating peer artists on important techniques, current trends, and business marketing. Kathy Aragon has co-founded Studio400, a fashion photography studio, along with her photographer husband Luis Aragon, where she hosts celebrated exclusive artist workshops under the name “elevate artists”. She is represented as a makeup artist and hairstylist with Artists by Timothy Priano.
Kabuki hails from the north of England. With inspiration from his friendship with famed illustrator Errol Le Cain, Kabuki was already an accomplished artist by his teens. A book of his drawings “73 Drawings by Kabuki” is available through Blurb.com.
He landed his first job in New York as a textile designer but it was his unique flair for outlandish dress and make-up that led him to the then-flourishing NYC club scene. This in turn led to modeling on European runways for Thierry Mugler and performing in the downtown troupe Black Lips. When stylist/designer Patricia Field was scouting for talent for Sex and the City, she brought Kabuki onto the show to establish the make-up looks for Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
After seasons 1 and 2 on Sex, he went on to work as a make-up artist in feature films (Party Monster, Palindromes), music videos (“All The Lovers” “ET” “Where Have You Been” “Princess of China”), with top celebrities (Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry) and fashion magazines (Vogue, Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan) with many of today’s leading photographers (Steven Klein, Terry Richardson).
His make-up, as well as his mask and fabric designs, have been seen on fashion week runways in London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan and Paris for such designers as Zac Posen, Jeremy Scott and Dennis Basso.
Lianne Farbes is a beauty expert, educator, published author and Market Trainer for Hourglass Cosmetics. She provides education, training, event planning, and support for all Sephora and Space NK stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. Her latest book entitled, “You Don’t Need All That Makeup” was published in February of 2014 on amazon.com.She is also the founder and CEO of Digital Girl Media and is a sought after digital consultant that helps individuals migrate blogs to wordpress along with a host of other social media services for individuals and brands. Over the past 20 years she has also worked with some of the top brands within the beauty/lifestyle industries. Her award winning beauty blog The Makeup Girl, has been featured in the pages of Lucky, InStyle and Ebony magazines and on Glamour.com.
In addition, she is an on air beauty expert appearing in segments on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox networks in several different regional markets. She has served as a brand ambassador for Avon, Inc., RoC Skincare and Johnson’s Baby. She is also the founder of the highly successful online editor networking event Cocktails & Couture. In 2011, Lianne collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a limited edition capsule collection called “Bloggers Obsessions” that went on sale online in North America. Her smokey eyeshadow shade, Hocus Pocus sold out in a week. Lianne can be found providing her insight at many high profile panels and conferences nationwide. Avidly immersed in social media, Lianne commands a network of over 35,000 on her social networks.
Being a makeup artist can get a bit dirty, and that’s exactly why I love it. I’ve been getting my hands grubby with it ever since I was old enough to play with makeup.
2002- MY FATE IS DETERMINED. This was the year that I decided to press my luck in the makeup world. I secured my fate by attending cosmetology school where I became NYS certified. Shortly after I attended MUD in LA and started my dream career, I became obsessed with FX and beauty makeup. Learning skills like airbrushing, Prosthesis work, sculpting, Mold Making and of course High Fashion and TV makeup.
2007- LOCATION: NEW YORK I was granted the opportunity to start my Television career. Working at Music Choice as the In House Artist, I have been able to work with some of the top Grammy Award Winning Singers that Grace our Globe. I also had the chance to work with STING, The Roots and countless other musicians during an amazing Fundraiser for Haiti with MTV.
Fast forward to 2013 where I have had the privlidge to work with Bruno Mars on his NY press tour as well as actor Scott Baio. The biggest honor was being chosen to compete on the hit SYFY show Face Off, where I competed with thirteen other artist on season 4.
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.
As the founder of The Powder Group, The Makeup Show and On Makeup Magazine, Michael DeVellis has the inside track on what it takes to make it big in the makeup artist industry. His more than 20 years of experience working with hundreds of top artists, product lines, artist agencies, trade events, productions, and publications make him uniquely qualified to share an insider’s perspective on the career of professional makeup artistry.
He has worked on the development of programs and educated for such iconic industry beauty businesses as P&G, Kérastase Paris,Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Lancôme Paris as well as spending ten years with MAC Cosmetics where he held multiple executive roles working directly with the pro makeup industry including the postition of Executive Director, Artist Relations where he created and launched the MAC PRO product line and retail concept globally. He has also, more recently, held the position of Vice President, Professional Division at MAKE UP FOR EVER where he and his team oversaw the brand’s professional makeup artist business development and expansion in the Americas.
His company, The Powder Group – an artist resource and event production company based in New York City – launched in 2003 and since has produced educational programs and events in more than 20 cities around the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K., including The American Beauty Tour, Makeup 101, Ten Words, The Artist Summit and Evolution. The company’s programs have featured well over 100 of the industry’s top makeup educators including the top talent and award winners from film, TV, fashion, editorial, theater, and commercial work.
Michael has been a featured speaker at the industry’s top schools including MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy, Make-up Designory, Cosmix, AOFM and Makeup First, as well as at the industry’s biggest pro-focused tradeshows including International Beauty Show NYC, Color Mundo Montreal, Pro Beauty U.K, America’s Beauty Show and The Makeup Show events in Berlin, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC.
Nick Barose was born and raised in Thailand where his fascination with makeup was instilled in him from very early on. Growing up with two sisters and all female cousins, having an interest in beauty was only natural. Barose recalls as a young boy, he and his sisters going through their mother’s closet, playing dress up with 60’s dresses, hair pieces and Mary Quant makeup crayons.
In the early 90’s, Barose moved to New York City to study environmental design at Parsons School of Design. Although it was fun for the first couple of years, once design became more about the technical, his passion for makeup soon resurfaced.
Barose began his formal makeup training assisting Kevyn Aucoin. Since then, he has risen to the top of his field. He counts numerous Hollywood stars as his clients including Mischa Barton, Kim Catrall, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Richie, Kerry Washington, and Zooey Deschanel.
It is Barose’s refreshing beauty philosophy that appeals to young Hollywood. He is known for creating beautiful, flawless and fresh looks with a slight twist. He likes to make each person look like themselves, but just a bit dreamier. Barose currently splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Nix Herrera started body painting in Orlando, Florida at the age of 19. His love of competition and artistic talent drove him to become an award winning body painter. Ever the perfectionist, Nix has constantly challenged himself to grow as an artist.
After 15 years of experience, Nix’s dedication for body painting led him to Syfy’s new show Naked Vegas. His expertise and problem-solving skills made him an essential asset to the body painting team. Nix was also a competitor on season two of Face Off where he competed in developing, sculpting, and applying special effects makeup.
Nix’s portfolio includes work with Playboy, Rolling Stone, Make-Up Artist Magazine, the JabbaWockeeZ, Penn and Teller, Nokia, Universal Studios, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Cirque USA, and many more
Sharing his passion for the art of makeup is something Orlando Santiago has felt a drive for since the early days of his career as a freelance make-up artist at Christian Dior where he quickly advanced to become regional make-up artist. In 1999, Orlando was offered a position as a member of the National Art Team for Toni & Guy, where he traveled nationwide doing platform makeup, educating and demonstrating his make-up talent while launching the newly developed Bed Head makeup line. In 2000, he moved back to New York City to join MAC Cosmetics where he worked as a trainer and manager as well as being a member of the artist team for Fashion Week. His resume includes commercial, film, and editorial for such Publications as Essence, Esquire, Flaunt and Vibe with Photographers including David LaChapelle and Brandon Showers. Orlando has worked on celebrities including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Sean “Diddy” Combs and has leyed shows for fashion week in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles and continues to work as an educator and artist in New York and LA.
One of Hollywood’s most respected makeup artists, and a distinguished leader in the beauty industry, Pati Dubroff is an undeniable talent. She is passionate, dedicated, and hard working; it is these characteristics that have helped to earn her success and acclaim over the years.
Pati’s work has graced the pages of American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Instyle, Glamour, Allure and Elle. With only a glance, you cannot help but notice the intrinsic beauty of the subject on these pages. For this reason she has been sought after by top fashion photographers, Peter Lindbergh, Annie Leibovitz, Terry Richardson, Mark Seliger, Carter Smith, Norman Jean Roy, Tom Munro and Patrick Demarchelier.
Pati possesses the ability to create a classic yet distinguished look that is immediately recognizable on the red carpet. It is with the personal recommendation of her clients that Pati has gained a loyal following including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Naomi Watts, Kate Upton, Miley Cyrus and Sofia Coppola.
Her unique style and unparalleled technique have also caught the eye of world-renowned cosmetics companies who seek her insight and vision. As Dior’s and Clarins’ international spokesperson for many years, Pati has gained a reputation not only as a bankable entity for retailers; but also as a reliable public figure on whom consumers can count for practical and essential beauty advice taught in a down-to-earth, easygoing manner.
Pati’s talent for pin-pointing a woman’s inner beauty and accentuating it through makeup application is sought after both by beauty companies and beauty editors. Her talent and her time are also highly coveted by celebrity clientele and world-renowned photographers.
As the picture of beauty will undoubtedly change over the years, it is the steady hand and creative vision of Pati Dubroff that will remain a source of inspiration.
Award-winning Celebrity Makeup Artist, Renny Vasquez, is arguably one of the most talented, working artists today. His expert skills were developed vis-à-vis everyday women and on-the-job training with industry pioneers, Sam Fine, Billy B., Derrick Rutledge, and James Vincent. Renny has come a long way from taking care of brides and models in the DMV area where he grew up, to painting the faces of luminaries Queen Latifah, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Nia Long, K. Michelle, Zendaya and American Idol winner, Candice Glover
His dynamic work has appeared in several fashion editorials and recently landed on the cover of VEGAS magazine featuring longtime client, Gabrielle Union; TV credits include The View, 106th and Park, Love and Hip Hop, The Soul Man, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Access Hollywood and several music videos. Vasquez is on the fast track to becoming the next big name in the world of color cosmetics as a gifted artist, master marketer and brand builder with almost 200,000 followers throughout his social media platforms just waiting to see what he’s going to do next.
Ricky Wilson has always been intrigued by the power of makeup to transform women from ordinary to extraordinary. As a child I was amazed at how a woman could transform herself into a gorgeous diva with some blush and lipstick. Ricky’s greatest thrill as a makeup artist is sharing his fascination with the power of makeup. His beauty philosophy is based on teaching women to enhance their own style and beauty and find their own inner diva by experimenting with colors and trends. His extensive career as a makeup artist has included work on fashion shows, print publications, and has an extensive roster of celebrity clients. He has contributed to articles in Allure, Nylon, Essence, Life & Style, Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly and Interview magazine, and his work has appeared on the pages of Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Brides, Lucky, Elle, Allure and In Style. Ricky’s has become a national Beauty Guru and has been a featured guest on MTV, Access Hollywood, Good Day LA, E! news and the Today Show.
Ricky has a passion for fashion and can be found backstage during New York Fashion Week every season. He has collaborated with many designers, Dior, Rag & Bone, Vivian Westwood, Marchesa, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and Betsey Johnson to name a few. Ricky is an LA native and travels to work with his celebrity clients during the Oscars, Grammy’s and Golden Globe Awards. His celebrities include Emmy Rossum, Sharon Stone, Leighton Meester and Nina Dobrev. Ricky is globally represented by the Cloutier Remix agency.
Inspired by the glamour and sophistication of fashion magazines, films and movie stars, Kansas native Troy Surratt packed his dreams and bags, heading off to New York City where he would attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, determined to become a creative force in the design industry. After working as an illustrator for some of New York’s biggest fashion names, Troy realized his skills as an artist translated beautifully into makeup, and an extraordinary career was born.
Legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin recognized a kindred creative spirit in Troy, and he was quickly tapped to become Mr. Aucoin’s protégé. Troy worked exclusively alongside Mr. Aucoin for over three years, catapulting Troy’s makeup career. Troy then went on to conceptualize and create Tarte, an innovative, boutique color cosmetics range, and was simultaneously retained as the spokesperson for influential online retailer beauty.com.
In 2004, Troy was chosen by cosmetics giant Maybelline New York as Global Consulting Makeup Artist, where he led the development of inventive new products and directed creative concepts. His artistry was utilized in both domestic and international advertising campaigns, and he traveled worldwide to headline publicity and marketing events on behalf of the L’Oreal-owned brand.
A beauty innovator pushing the boundaries of cosmetic and packaging design, Troy is well known for his professional grace, ardent dedication and attention to detail. A skilled color master, his expertise and artistry are sought-after by international magazines, a devoted celebrity clientele, and beauty insiders worldwide.
Troy launched his eponymous beauty collection Surratt in the fall of 2013 exclusively at Barney’s New York. Comprising of 106 products it has been embraced by his make-up artist peers and the beauty press. Surratt has garnered the attention of luxury beauty destinations around the world. This spring Surratt will open its first international location at Liberty of London.
Ve Neill is the Makeup Designer and Department Head for Films at C4 Productions. She has worked on The Hunger Games Trilogy, the new Amazing Spiderman films, and Pirates of the Caribbean films. She is a three time Oscar winner with eight nominations, a BAFTA award winner, and a two-time Emmy winner.
I have been working in the makeup industry for the past 15 years. Originally I trained in exercise and nutrition but when acne struck me at 20 it changed the course of my life. My goal at the time was to get the flawless smooth skin I once had. Once my skin was back to normal I became fascinated with makeup. The whole concept intrigued me.
After much training (self taught) and then formal education I slowly began creating a career for myself. Working in bridal makeup and then moving into one on one training and workshops my client base grew.
Editorial makeup was never my passion. The images are so heavily retouched that it portrayed an unrealistic image that I didn’t want to be a part of. Thankfully my career expanded without the use of retouching and so began a passion of mine. Teaching. And what better format for that than Youtube. Over a short period of time I grew a beautiful audience.
I’m thankfully for the opportunities that my job has given me. Being able to connect with so many people as given me more joy than I could imagine.
After years of working on personal projects, international travelling, and nonstop learning they felt the need to put a fresh new twist on beauty blogging and share their personal experiences with beauty lovers across the globe. Artists’ Moxie are from four different backgrounds, multi-linguistic (fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, German, and Farsi) and specializing in multiple mediums. Each artist has a keen eye for inspiration and creative growth. They all share a common goal: to inspire, to be fearless, and to be passionate about their career. As beauty influencers, Artists’ Moxie takes you through their eyes backstage at fashion week, behind-the-scenes on a photo shoot, or share with you the newest tricks, trends and products. They are experienced in providing makeup, nail and hair services to the celebrity, fashion, entertainment and corporate worlds. Now our secrets are available to you.
Celebrity Manicurist Julie Kandalec is represented by Bryan Bantry. Her work can be seen in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, multiple international issues of Vogue, and featured on TLC’s “What Not to wear”. This season Julie led the Essie team backstage 7 shows including Helmut Lang, Thom Browne and Monique Lhullier.
On-camera beauty Sara Biria is represented by DEW Beauty Agency holds the position as our corporate guru. Sara holds valuable experience on having both a corporate title and freelance career. She is working closely with brands in developing their on-camera tutorials while powdering celebrity faces like Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Victoria Beckham.
Spokesperson of La Bella Cosmetics and Founder of Around the World Beauty, Stephanie Flor is represented by leading LA based Agency Cloutier Remix and is a leading influencer in the world of makeup artistry, travel and beauty. Her clients include Mariah Carey, Kathy Griffin, Eve, Glamour, Instyle, Cosmopolitan, Oprah Magazine and is Latina 100%.
Her attention to detail has Mari Shten as a staple backstage fashion week for Chanel, Galliano, Derek Lam, Ralph Lauren, and Vera Wang. Represented by Artists By Timothy Priano her work has graced the pages of Elle, Glamour, Vogue, GQ and clients include the VS Models, Jewel and Orange is the New Black leading ladies.