The Artist Summit

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. (click on artist name to read bio)


Albert Sanchez is a Southern California native. He studied photo realist painting at Cal State Fullerton. which led to an interest in photography. His career in photography began in Paris as a portrait photographer and expanded into the fields of celebrity portraiture, beauty and fashion. His photographic style references Hollywood glamour photography and brings it into today's aesthetic. He has worked for a wide variety of entertainment publications, advertising agencies and record companies. His celebrity portraits include Nicole Kidman, Mick Jagger, Beth Ditto and Dita Von Teese. He has shot beauty campaigns for Revlon and L'Oreal . Albert enjoys being hands on in the digital imaging of his photography.


Two words of contrary meanings, discipline and fun, an odd couple perfectly molded into the embodiment of one man: Alee Cao. Precise thoughts, momentous words and lighthearted understanding form the character of this designer and educator, enabling him to reach into and capture the heart and mind of all who know him.

A Master Associate for John Paul Mitchell Systems and Celebrity HairStylist, Alee possesses a unique vision, formed by far-flung experiences across the globe from North to South America, Europe and Asia including Australia and New Zealand. As such, he was afforded the opportunity to study with the great masters of the industry, which is quantified by his multi-faceted creativity that is expressed through crisp and commanding stage performances. His works are also published in various magazines, including American Salon, Launch Pads, Studio, Cut & Dry, and Timeout. Rod Stewart, Rachelle hunter, “Eddie” Van Halen, Christina Applegate, Robin Antin of Pussycat dolls, Apolonia and Miss world Kseniya Suhinova, were among his celebrity clientele.

With twenty-eight years of dedication and continuous learning and development, Alee vision is realized in the form of a Cosmetology institute, Paul Mitchell the School – Pasadena in May 2004. Alee later found a professional cosmetics company in 2009 and named it CAO Cosmetics, produces Professional makeup with premier quality yet affordable in price.

Allow yourself a revelation and get in touch with Alee unique approach to the art and business of hair design and beauty industry. Tune in to his humor, enthusiasm, and wisdom.

"I learned from many of the industry's greats and I wish to pass on the knowledge that I have accumulated. For myself and other, I strongly believe that Continuing education is a MUST for continuous success".


Chad Hayduk, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the indie beauty brand, Three Custom Color Specialists, is an expert in makeup artistry and education for over 25 years. Founded in 1997, Three Custom Color Specialists offers exclusive Custom Blended and Ready-to-Wear color cosmetics for the eyes, lips, cheeks and face embracing all skin tones. Three Custom Color Specialists' unique expertise in custom blending has led to more than 250 Ready to Wear products and an archive of more than 10,000 discontinued shades of lipsticks dating back to the 1930s. With color as his passion, he has become a leader in color analysis, matching, forecasting and custom blending. Chad lends his precise eye to developing new colors and products designed to meet women's beauty needs; regardless of age, skin type, or tone. He studied special effects makeup Tom Brumberger and received a Bachelor's Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Cosmetic Marketing. Chad's work has appeared in magazines, film and television, on the runway, and in the theatre. He also designs and consults brands interested in private label work. Chad has worked Bergdorf Goodman with Visage Beaute, Chanel, Origins and at Kiehl's original apothecary. Chad sits on the cosmetic color forecasting board for CAUS and is on the Curriculum Committee for the cosmetic marketing program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. For more about Three Custom Color Specialists, visit and follow @Chad3cc on Instagram and @chad3c on Twitter.

CHARLIE WAN (aka Dayburn)

Charlie Wan(aka Dayburn) is a multi-career director, photographer and composer. His work provokes strong emotions from his audiences. His style has often been described as ethereal, dreamy, emotional and melancholic. He currently focus on directing commercials and brand films in the worlds of beauty, fashion and performance arts. A former Art Director in the television and motion graphics industry for over 14 years and a beauty photographer for 7 years, Wan’s extensive background has earned him a wide variety of projects from directing and composing brand film for Estée Lauder; designing The Rolling Stones' tour stage visuals; supervising special effects for Pepsi TV commercials; to designing stage visuals for the record-breaking Superbowl halftime show for rock legends The Who. His clients include Estée Lauder, Aerin, L’Oreal Professionnel, Oribe Hair Care, Make Up For Ever, MTV, VH1, Adidas, Fred Perry, Nike, Pepsi, EMI, Ford Motors, Chi, Farouk System, Pinko, BET, Syfy, CMT, Adobe, All-Clad, Superbowl, The Rolling Stones, and Shakira. In 2012, his collaboration of beauty film with makeup artist Roshar won the best makeup at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. In 2014, he debuted his music talent to perform a conceptual show called “Everest-Soundtrack for an unborn film” on his 45th birthday. Currently, he is creating a website platform to share his personal struggles and inspirational insights on how to reach your dream, your Everest. He hopes to invite others to share their triumphant stories.


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 native to the 5 boroughs of New York City, Dani brings over 15 years of extensive knowledge and experience from both the fine art and fashion industries to her business. Her creative talent stems from a background in painting, drawing, and installation as well as years of working in theater, painting sets and designing makeup.

Dani works as an educator of airbrush makeup and body art both in the U.S. and internationally. She is affiliated with the Make Up For Ever Academies in NY Paris, and Hong Kong, the Academy of Freelance Makeup in London and NY, The Powder Group, and long time educator for Temptu. Her designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Adriana Lima, Mindy Kaling, Aviva Drescher, Cirque du Soliel performers, Victoria’s Secret models, and graced countless runways.

In addition to her longstanding career as an artist and educator, Dani is passionate about giving back and supporting the artistic community. She has created a leadership program for people in the creative beauty industry, empowering the participants to become inspiring industry leaders.


Eugenia Weston, founder of SENNA Cosmetics and Emmy nominated celebrity makeup artist, has been a pioneer in the cosmetics industry for over three decades.

"From the age of 13, I was fascinated with faces-the emotions, balance, beauty, and of course flaws. I was always visualizing how a woman could be more beautiful and better communicate who she truly was through the art of makeup,” states Ms. Weston.

Gifted with an incredible eye for facial harmony combined with a remarkable sense of color and design, she began to create her own totally unique makeup style and mix her own exclusive colors. Instantly her signature style was in demand by friends and ultimately the top fashion photographers in the international couture scene, including Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton, and Greg Gorman. Her work in film and television taught her how lighting, fashion, and makeup intersect.

Weston designed the internationally noted Trucco Cosmetics product line, consulting with Sebastian founder, Geri Cusenza. Then her unbridled passion for makeup inspired her to create SENNA Cosmetics, the first complete artist line created for everyday women to use at home.

Obsessed with brows, Ms. Weston broke new ground by introducing brow tweezing services in her SENNA Studios. According to Weston, "A good, classic brow shape can make a woman instantly look younger and feel more confident." Seeing that the majority of women either ignore or over-tweeze their brows, Weston designed the first-ever brow stencil kit, Form-A-Brow®, as a revolutionary tool to make every woman a brow wizard.

Weston learned film makeup from Disney Studio makeup stalwarts Robert Schiffer and Bob Millsand was nominated for an Emmy award for her work with Bette Midler on the TV movie ‘Gypsy’. She has worked on major entertainment videos for Michael Jackson, Bette Midler, and Lisa Marie Presley.

Cited as a ‘muse’ by acclaimed makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, Ms. Weston’s SENNA Cosmetics fans include Elizabeth Berkley, Jessica Simpson, Ashley Simpson, Tori Spelling, and Jennifer Lopez. SENNA is used by top television shows including Dancing with the Stars, Revenge, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, and many more.

Today, Ms. Weston is still creating buzz by designing makeup and services that push the envelope in color, texture, and anti-aging benefits.


Eve Pearl is a 5-Time Emmy Award Winner, Author and Authority on Beauty. She is a leader in the industry with two decades of experience as a makeup professional in television, film, theatre, print, setting the standards and trends in global beauty.

As an innovator, Eve continues to develop the EVE PEARL® Beauty Brands, recognized in the industry as the leader in simple beauty and skincare with maximum immediate results and lasting benefits. The shades and textures in the EVE PEARL® Brands have a universal spectrum of color providing a solution for every complexion at every age.

Eve’s book, 'Plastic Surgery without the Surgery, The Miracle of Makeup Techniques', has become a cult favorite and “must have” for beauty insight! Her work includes NBC’s Today show, ABC’s The View, Good Morning America and The Academy Awards, to name a few. She has also worked with such icons as Kelly Ripa, Arianna Huffington, Michelle Obama, Meredith Vieira, Justin Timberlake, President Obama, Barbara Walters … the list goes on.

With an ever growing global following and reach, Eve makes frequent television and web appearances, featuring “How To” Makeovers, Lifestyle and Beauty Trends, Products and Full Body wellness. Using Eve Pearl’s Simple Beauty steps offers the structure, confidence, and affirmation that helps everyone be the best possible YOU … NOW!

The EVE PEARL® Studio & Boutique is located in the heart of New York City. The luxury space has become the backdrop for numerous television shows and newscasts.


As Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine James Vincent is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work around the world with makeup lines and makeup artists at all levels of the industry. James’ passion for the art of makeup has included nearly every genre of makeup artistry – from film and theatre, television and celebrity work to editorial and runway work and includes training and product development positions for such companies as MAC, Armani, YSL Beauty, Make Up For Ever, Stila, CNN and Lancome. James was the co-founder of the niche makeup line Pretty Pretty and now focuses his career on working internationally in fashion, film, theater and editorial. His resume includes clients as diverse as designers Suzanna Rae, Charlotte Ronson, Odilion and Ashley Paige and celebrities Lady Gaga, Liv Tyler, Joan Jett and Jane Fonda. 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, Index, Wonderland, and Surface. He has been featured on numerous television shows as a beauty expert such as NBC Universal’s Home Delivery and 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 and WWD have named James as a “Makeup Artist to Watch”


Leslie is the founder and creative force behind CARA Cosmetics International. As a native of San Francisco who was raised in Spain, she became a licensed cosmetologist and began her career as a makeup artist in her early 20s.

For over 15 years Leslie worked on many television shows and feature films allowing her to collaborate with some of this country's most celebrated actors, models and stars. It was Leslie's experience in the film, television, video and print media that allowed her to learn the ins and outs of the cosmetics industry, which cultivated an interest in the "business" of cosmetics.

Tapping into her entrepreneurial spirit with her signature style of strong education and personable service, it was then that "Cara" (“face” in Spanish) Cosmetics was born.

Leslie created a complete makeup line “CARA Cosmetics” along with “Studio CARA” her flagship store and beauty studio where the passion to “show women how to rediscover their own beauty” is offered through Makeup lessons, Facial, Specialty Bridal services, Post-surgical, and an array of retail skincare and makeup products. Inspired with Leslie’s years of experience and makeup knowledge, CARA Cosmetics launched the CARA Makeup Academy which provides “Makeup Educational Bootcamps and Courses” for makeup business and artistry training.

She has shaped CARA Cosmetics into an exceptional line, where product quality meets the demands of today's ethnically diverse market, fulfilling the CARA philosophy of “Beauty Everywhere for Everyone at Every Age”. CARA is sold professionally through Salons, Spas, Boutiques and Cosmetology and Beauty Schools.


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.


Pedro Zalba first began participating on photo shoots as a set designer and prop stylist, working for top photographers such as Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton. For the last decade he has worked exclusively with Albert Sanchez, collaborating on every aspect of image making, from conception through completion.


Roque Cozzette has been creating beauty since the ‘80s. A seasoned beauty-industry pro with experience in print, television, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development, Roque brings an extraordinary depth and scope of experience to his multi-faceted career. Though largely self-taught, Roque earned his formal accreditation early in his professional journey and quickly found himself working his magic on beautiful faces around the world.

He began integrating the airbrush into his technique around 1997 and soon realized the power of the tool to create myriad looks and effects. This discovery changed the trajectory of his career. During a period spent globe-trotting with celebrities like pop-star Christina Milian, and jazz inspiration Melody Gardot, Roque perfected his airbrushing technique.

On the fashion front, he lent his creative vision to the runway for fashion houses like Christian Dior, Valentino, Y3, Louis Vuitton, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Victoria’s Secret, Prada and Givenchy. By accommodating the demanding standards of his stars and fashion icons, and with the unforgiving lens of the high-def camera as his main critic, he honed his application techniques and product knowledge until he knew better than anyone else in the industry what worked and what didn’t when it came to airbrushing beauty.

An artist, innovator, and educator, Roque’s creativity and love of learning keep him on the forefront of new formulas, new techniques, and new methods to share with the artists of the world. And in keeping with his genuine spirit of growth and evolution, his newest venture, Cozzette, brings the focus full circle with a return to makeup brushes and multi-function containers to house these vital tools of the trade and cruelty free cosmetics.

Today, he focuses on product development, marketing, core educational curriculum, and facilitating makeup seminars globally. He brings the synergy of traditional and airbrush-makeup techniques to professionals around the world as a solution to the advances of digital and high-def technology.

Roque Cozzette thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart, and his firm belief that a person "will succeed in any activity that they love because this is when they feel most powerful."


Stephanie Flor is a celebrity makeup artist who works regularly with industry leaders ranging from music artists to celebrity personalities. Her clients include music artists Mariah Carey, rapper Eve, Sting, and comedian Kathy Griffin.

She is also the founder of Around the World Beauty, a beauty blog about rituals and traditions still practiced in different cultures by women all over the world.

She has been featured on "Making Her Mark" in Glamour Magazine September Issue 2014, “Young & Inspiring: ones to watch” for Latina magazine. Flor expertise in multicultural beauty has made her a go-to ambassador for leading cosmetic and hair care brands, such as Head and Shoulders, Makeup Forever, L’Oreal Paris, La Bella, Thicker Fuller Hair, and Maybelline. She is represented by Top LA based Makeup, Hair, and Styling Agency Cloutier Remix.


William Edge is owner and creative influence of the William Edge, ProdEdgy and Vann.Edge Salon Groups as well as the founder of Pure Edge-ucation, a premiere education team. William Edge’s commitment to education has brought him around the world, from London to Taiwan to Australia, performing hair/fashion shows and business/motivational seminars. William strives to bring excitement in learning & sharing to any venue. In addition to his acclaimed artistic work, William Edge is also one of the most insightful motivational speakers in our industry.