The Artist Summit will present a collection of the most inspiring talent in the industry. From established masters of the craft of makeup artistry to rising stars in the industry.. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and work with the top talent in the business. Additional presenters will be added as the event approached so check back for updates. Scheduled presenters are subject to change based on availability.
AJ CRIMSON is the rock-star of the beauty industry! An Entrepreneur, Makeup Artist and Beauty & Lifestyle Expert, as well as, one of the most trusted names and leading authorities in the beauty industry. AJ’s established reputation as an innovative beauty solutionist has made him and his products first choice for artists and celebrities including Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, Hilary Duff, Adrienne Bailon of The REAL, Seryah of Fox’s Empire, Christina Milian, Brandy, Raven-Symone, Estelle, Regina King, Angela Bassett, Ameriie, Letoya Luckett, Keyshia Cole, Missy Elliot and more. His products are also used on the television series American Horror Story, Empire, Scandal, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, The View, VH1’s Hit the Floor, The Real, and the box office smash The Hunger Games and in countless runway shows.
AJ’s strong commitment to excellence and willingness to learn has been key instruments in paving the way for his success. Self-taught as a makeup artist, AJ fell in love with giving women the tools and permission to fall in love with themselves again by helping them find their true beauty both outwardly and from within. Through those experiences, AJ learned several invaluable lessons and built his brand on the concept of, “it’s not about restructuring your face, but enhancing what you already have. The client is always the STAR! The makeup is the co-star!” Setting out on his own to enhance the lives of women on a broader scale, he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and never looked back.
A decade later, AJ’s work has been featured in fashion, beauty and music magazines worldwide including Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Essence and leading Japanese Entertainment magazines Blenda and Luire. He has also had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the business including Pat McGrath for Paris Fashion Week and was delighted to have a hand in creating cutting edge beauty techniques under the masterful instruction and eyes of makeup impresarios Joann Gair and Mathu Anderson.
The AJ Crimson Beauty cosmetics line, like most great inventions, was born out of necessity. “I felt like there was an absolute need to bring products to women of color that actually worked and didn’t oxidize or change,” explains Crimson. “I wanted to create a product inclusive of women of all ethnicities, a product all women could find ownership in and believe in. So often, makeup has been designed with a one size fits all mentality, and with black women and women of color my cosmetic line contains shades for women of every ethnic background and skin tone.”
The career of make-up artist Alphonse Wiebelt is one of considerable accomplishment. His technical skill and painters eye for color, texture, and detail have firmly established his unique approach to beauty. His twenty-plus years of industry experience has allowed him to achieve widespread recognition for his contribution to the cosmetic industry — from product development, to education to brand conception.
Born in New Orleans, Alphonse’s first notion of make-up came from his mother’s precise application of 70’s liquid eyeliner. His interest in color and application quickly moved to painting on canvas. His medium transformed from canvas and oils to the face with an expressive palette of pigments.
In 1989 Alphonse was awarded top honors for his work in editorial print in New Orleans which led him to New York to work with CHANEL. Assisting the American Color Director, Guy Lento, from personal appearances to the CHANEL runway, the experience further launched his career. Soon his talent was recognized by Kevyn Aucoin, where he became part of his runway team working the shows of Donna Karen, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham and Ralph Lauren. Landing editorials in top industry publications, his work in Allure and Glamour segwayed to working with Pat McGrath, Sonia Kashuk and Diane Kendal.
The business side of beauty beckoned as he began working simultaneously with product development, education and brand development for Trish McEvoy, Prescriptives and Paula Dorf. In 2004, Alphonse was called upon to co-develop BeingTRUE Cosmetics, introducing a new level of beauty to the spa/salon professional market – acquired and re-branded for TRUE Isaac Mizrahi BEAUTY in 2014.
Alphonse’s work in the fashion and cosmetic industry to the celebrity client and everyday woman has built him a well rounded background of experience. In 2010 he co-founded MUSE BEAUTY.PRO as a resource for makeup artist & beauty mavens from advanced education to professional product. In 2012, Alphonse created a professional line of makeup brushes, esum – “tools with intention,” for MUSE BEAUTY.PRO. As Creative Director, he is currently working on the the second phase for esum, the next collection for VISEART Paris and a direct to consumer, lifestyle line of products for LA MIENNE. He is proud to have a platform that has been created to share his vast knowledge and offer a place of inspiration and exchange for make-up artists and future professionals.
Bethany’s fascination with the art of makeup began in 2006 with a small part-time job at a cosmetic counter. Never could she have imagined experiencing such an immediate connection to something as simple as applying mascara or rouging a cheek, or that it could evolve into her life’s passion and current full time career.
Quickly her part time job became her full time obsession, and after only a short time working at the counter and freelancing part time throughout city she realized there was nothing else she would rather be doing. Taking a huge leap of faith in 2010, she made the big move from her established government management career in Baltimore to pursue her new found purpose in New York City.
Maintaining the same curiosity and excitement that brought her to NYC, she is constantly motivated by the ever-changing trends and needs of the industry. By taking pointers from her time served as an Army medic, Bethany uses her professionalism, selfless service, and calming bedside manner to provide an amazing experience for every client. With a signature style of timeless beauty with touches of elegance and glamour, Bethany has become a highly sought after talent in the industry.
With the constant growth of the industry and the opportunity to share her talent at ever corner, she now has her hand in several aspects of the industry including; television, music, commercial advertisement, brand representation, runway fashion, teaching large groups or even one on one lessons, and no matter how big or small the job Bethany still says “living your dream truly doesn’t feel like work at all!”
Bethany’s attention to detail and hard work ethic also allow her to consistently work in production with companies like The Makeup Show and The Powder Group since 2007. Her latest clients consist of Viacom, Verizon Wireless, Sony Music Entertainment, Nautica Women, and Cazal Eyewear. Working with Networks like MTV, MTV2, MTVU, BET, VH1, Spike, CBS, and FOX NEWS. Her current work can also be seen on MTV2’s Guy Code, and MTV’s Girl Code.
Carl Ray sets and redefines the trends in iconic American beauty as the personal makeup artist to First Lady Michelle Obama. For the past seven and a half years, Carl has been responsible for all the Michelle Obama’s official appearances both nationally and around the world. His ability to create fresh yet timeless looks makes him one of the top makeup artists working in the industry today.
Carl was born on Andrews Air Force Base and traveled around the world as part of a military family. Growing up in different cultures provided him with unique viewpoints and inspirations, which later influenced his work and continues to evolve. As a painter growing up, Carl realized his true passion was expressing his art through makeup. He traded his paint brushes for makeup brushes and now uses faces as his canvas. A self-taught artist, Carl learned and perfected his skill by applying his mother’s makeup as a young man. Throughout his career, clients continue to book Carl for his ability to enhance a woman’s natural beauty and pull out their personality through his makeup application.
His creatively lead to a wide range of assignments allowing for his talent to shine on the covers and inside pages of Vogue, Allure, Glamour, InStyle, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Garden, More, Ebony, Town & Country, Health, Readers Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian, Modern Luxury, Capital File, Bride & Groom, Bride, The Knot, Martha Stuart and Engaged Magazine.
Carl sets trends for industry looks with his work appearing on the catwalk for Donna Karan, Escada, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbanna, Yeollee, the Vera Wang Fashion Show and more recently; Reem Acra Bridal Show, Oscar De La Renta Bridal, Monique Lhuiller Bridal, Rivini Bridal and Marchesa Bridal.
The renowned Washingtonian Magazine has voted Carl Ray top makeup artist for 18 consecutive years. He is available by appointment and offers make-up services for bridal, special events, galas, red carpet, commercial and editorial print, HDTV television, speaking engagements, and more. Carl resides in Washington, DC and is also available for domestic and international travel
Chris McCarthy is currently Executive Director of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, MA. She is responsible for all artistic, administrative, fiscal and strategic directions of the largest presenter of Outer Cape art by national, regional and international artists. Programs include visual arts exhibitions, educational initiatives for children and adults, publications, lectures and performances. She taught Museum Management at the Provincetown International Art Institute in the Spring of 2002. Since 1990, Chris has worked in numerous galleries and museums in New England. They include the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA.
A makeup Maverick who’s eye for photography has encapsulated her ideals of beauty. Inspired initially by the inner sphere of the beauty business, Danessa’s career hit the ground running at the corporate level, where she discovered her true passions aligned the trajectory towards artistry. With insight and business structure intact, she noted the highest opportunities were to alleviate the issues of cosmetic marketing for ethnic skin tones coloring the world. From fair to deep complexions, Danessa aimed to touch all faces equally. Her approach to beauty ignited the desires to co-create with global beauty brands like Kiss and her on-going role as Director of Product Innovation at Benefit Cosmetics. Danessa’s artistic expertise and drive enabled opportunities to work on the faces of numerous celebrities like Fantasia, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ciara, Mario, Chris Brown, Bow Wow, Shontelle, Jazmine 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.
Always ahead of the digital curve with great success she produced her best techniques into over a dozen how-to videos where devotees of beauty around the world could access professional artistry first hand. As a published author Danessa manifested makeup instruction with two books focused on contour, highlight and color for makeup artists.
Currently Danessa spends her time creating her brand Danessa Myricks Beauty, a global beauty blend of professional insight and wearable cosmetics available to every makeup devotee on the planet.
As Director of Education and Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and the WWD Beauty Inc Award winning Ardency Inn, 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 from 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 Galore Magazine. He contributes to countless blogs and publications including his weekly series Double Dare for Refinery 29 and his weekly column for Beautylish on Building a Better Makeup Kit.
As the founder of The Powder Group, On Makeup Magazine and The Makeup Show, Michael DeVellis has the inside track on what it takes to make it big in the makeup artist industry. His more than 18 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. He also served ten years with MAC Cosmetics where he held multiple executive roles working directly with the pro makeup industry including the position of Executive Director, Artist Relations where he created and launched the MAC PRO line and retail concept. He recently held the position of Vice President of the Professional Division at MAKE UP FOR EVER where he and his team oversaw the brand’s professional development in the Americas including the development of the Backstage Card program, Pro Road Show, Pro Social and Pro Artist event programs.
His company, The Powder Group – an education 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. and Canada including The American Beauty Tour, Makeup 101, Ten Words, The Artist Summmit and Evolution- featuring over 100 of the industry’s top makeup educators. Michael has also been a guest speaker at the industry’s top tradeshows including International Beauty Show NYC, Color Mundo Montreal, Pro Beauty U.K, America’s Beauty Show and The Makeup Show events in Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC.
The Powder Group’s print publication, On Makeup Magazine, launched in 2008 with Michael as the Editor/Creative Director and has become known as the industry’s most artist-driven trade publication featuring dozens of the top makeup talent from around the world.
Michael’s diverse background and unique understanding of the creative, business, interpersonal, marketing and branding skills that are essential to creating successful career as a professional makeup artist enable him to share the must-have understanding of what’s required to be a success in today’s ever-changing pro makeup artist community.
Her experience spans a 20 year journey as one of the most sought after makeup artists in Hollywood to revolutionizing the makeup industry as the creative force behind beautyblender®, the multiple award winning genius cosmetic sponge applicator that has taken the beauty, professional and retail world by storm.
Rea Ann sought to modernize the way we “make up” by creating an easy to use, versatile tool that both makeup artists and women everywhere could use to achieve a beautiful, flawless complexion.
Beautyblender was born in the makeup trailer of one of television’s first hi-definition shows. The constant touch-ups throughout the day required hand-cut, edgeless sponges to mimic the seamless look of airbrushing. Soon, every celebrity that sat in Rea Ann’s chair wanted their own hand-cut sponge. A lot of ingenuity and creativity later the famous pink sponge was born. Today, this “category creator” has changed the way woman around the globe apply their makeup.
As a mother, “glamma”, celebrity makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur Rea Ann believes that our time in front of the mirror needs to be easy and fun and should require as little mess and fuss as possible. She has set her sights on continuing to develop tools that offer seamless solutions to some of our most common beauty dilemmas. Whether its designing the perfect compact for makeup retouching with Blotterazzi, taking the guesswork out of creating the perfect cat eye with Liner.Designer or introducing new shapes and colors of beautyblenders to fit different makeup techniques and needs, Rea Ann has created an arsenal of must-have products that both the makeup pro and novice cannot live without.
She stays on top of her beauty game by continuing to work in the film and television industry and is responsible for flawlessly making up some of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood including Regina Hall, Macy Grey, Brandy and Erin Andrews to name a few.
Rea Ann plans to continue pouring out her tips, tricks and makeup artist secrets into her line of revolutionary products. Her experience and reputation has made her a sought after beauty expert whose knowledge has graced the pages of some of the world’s most prestigious publications.
Ryan Burke is the antithesis of ordinary. He is one-of-a-kind; a visual innovator with an artistic aesthetic that defies creative bounds.
Raised in a small town in Virginia, Ryan grew up outside the realms of fashion, makeup, and pop-culture. His talent and unique voice were innate. Having studied computer science in college, Ryan’s love for photography, makeup, and mixed media creation was spawned when he took a class on web design. After college, Ryan moved to Los Angeles where he cultivated his talent by experimenting with makeup and photography on the model that never missed a call time: himself.
Ryan’s body of work plays with expectations. He possesses the unique ability to conceptualize and execute hyper-realized looks unparalleled in the creative sphere. His portraits do not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories. Rather, his aesthetic employs unusual materials and makeup to create otherworldly personas. After ten years of inspiring innovation, Ryan continues to build an influential following. His diverse body of work continues to gain the attention and respect of industry leaders near and far. Recently, Ryan was named brand ambassador for legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath. His popularity continues to thrust him before a world where his art finds the audience it well deserves.
Ryan is represented by Kreative Kommune, an organic approach to artist management. Stay tuned world, this creative genius is only warming up.
About Sarah Rigano
Form + Light founder Sarah Rigano is a spacial shaman, an intuitive curator of interiors and a healer of their inhabitants. Having spent close to a decade furthering sustainable design within the fashion and home industries, Sarah was called in 2011, to a journey of awakening. This led to her initiation in a range of ancient healing modalities including: Andean Shamanism (She is a full mesa carrier), Masters in Usui and Shamanic Reiki, Energy Medicine, Stonalism, Past Life Regression Therapy and Quantum Sound Healing. As a designer and shamanic energy practitioner (a modern day medicine woman), she holds a deep respect and appreciation for the seen and unseen worlds, recognizing the energy that exists in all, be it animate or inanimate objects, for everything has a frequency, a vibration at which it resonates that informs and inspires. The spaces in which we dwell, our individual, interior and exterior environments are of no exception. From this knowing, her philosophy of Vibrational Design™ was born; an ideology that is mindful and intent driven, a calling in and manipulation of light energy in the creation of sacred spaces and ceremonies for transformation and the realization of higher consciousness.
President and Founder of Kett Cosmetics, is an industry veteran with over 30 years experience in makeup artistry. Her work has been seen in film, television, print, theatre and runway. She is widely recognized as an expert in the field of airbrush makeup artistry and has served as the subject matter authority for several publications.
For more than a decade, Kett Cosmetics has supplied the professional makeup industry with products that challenge the unforgiving lens of the high-definition camera. By developing their products in a lab and using a hi-def camera as a microscope, Kett created a line of highly effective foundations, liquid pigments, cremes and setting powders that provide long-lasting, flawless coverage with the flexibility to create endless looks.
Distributed in over 20 countries, Kett Cosmetics has developed a cult following among professional makeup artists, celebrities and general consumers. What began in 2000 as a niche brand for professional makeup artists in the film and television industry has transformed into a crossover collection of cosmetic products and airbrush equipment.
Today, Kett Cosmetics is globally recognized and considered an essential brand for professional artists, makeup academies, film studios and television networks.
“We are committed to serving the needs of our growing market and will continue to build our loyal customer base by providing superior products that are Cruelty Free.” SheilaMcKenna, President and Founder of Kett Cosmetics.
Raja is an artist of many tasks and talents.
Her love for style, experimentation, and all things provocative has set her apart as an entertainer in the Southern California drag circuit for 20 years. She is deeply influenced by the arts, fashion, and all pop global sub-multi-culture. Her art and performance style is meant to emphasize all things that challenge the mind, body, and soul to imagine beyond the box. She is often described as a chameleon because Raja prides herself on her constant evolution. Her looks can range from highly Avante Garde to feminine and glamorous.
One of Raja’s greatest triumphs as a drag artist is being the winner of the popular television reality competition RuPauls Drag Race (Season 3), seen on the LOGO Network. She won over a multitude of fans and followers as a result, making Raja one of the most beloved, controversial and memorable stars of the competition.
Raja is the manifestation of multi media artist Sutan Amrull, most memorable for his work as key make-up artist on America’s Next Top model. (link to Sutanamrull.net) . He is a celebrity make-up artist whose clients include some of the most iconic personalities in fashion and entertainment (Adam Lambert, Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Twiggy, Tyra Banks, and Iman). Sutan studied Art at Cal-State Fullerton University with a focus on Art direction and Illustration. His make-up career was the first stop on the journey when he left college to pursue other dreams. He worked for MAC cosmetics for 9 years before pursuing his freelance career.
Sutan created Raja in the early 1990’s as a young man experimenting with his own personal style identity and obsession with fashion and club culture. His passions were easily expressed through Raja, because she was able to embody the things he was afraid to express in everyday life. She was his way of moving beyond being “behind the scenes”.Raja’s name itself draws from Sutan’s formative upbringing in Indonesia where the word “raja” means king. He believes this to be a perfect irony.
Two personalities once separate, one created by the other, are now synonymous. Without Sutan’s inventive spirit and instinctual curiosity, Raja would not be.
Raja can be witnessed at her appearances throughout the U.S. and beyond.