What does photography and makeup have in common? On several levels, they’re about image (photography) and illusion (makeup), and in the right hands they are used by artists. That’s why I was excited to attend the first Professional Makeup Artist Conference (PMAC), and held at Le Fais do-do Event Center on November 16 – 17th.
A dream come true for Gwynnis Mosby, the Visionary and Founder of Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy, a 28-year veteran Celebrity Makeup Artist created the Professional Makeup Artists Conference (PMAC) to educate, entertain, and expose the vast world of Professional Makeup Artists. The premier event of the
PMAC is billed as the first ever Makeup Artist Only conference in Atlanta, GA. The 2-day PMAC is about classes, competitions, companies (makeup supply companies) and a ceremony/awards show.
From the beginning
Gwinnis Mosby is a prominent professional in Atlanta’s Makeup community. She’s worked with such prominent people in the entertainment business as such notables as Bill Cosby, Toni Braxton, Ce-Ce Winans Stevie Wonder, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Lynn Whitfield, TLC, and Faith Evans. As with most artists, there obviously was a need for a greater calling, a void to be filled.
“PMAC was an idea that was birthed out of and started when Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy in Buckhead in Atlanta, GA was established 4 years ago. Gwynnis wanted to celebrate makeup artists and honor them for their contributions to their specific disciplines within the makeup artist industry. Gwynnis wanted to develop the fast growing but overlooked community of Makeup Artists in the local and surrounding areas. Gwynnis Mosby Makeup Academy has produced some the top mua's in the field and the PMAC provides a synergy for the community of makeup artists to thrive.”
A celebration of peers
The show of support by the industry professionals in Atlanta and nationally known professionals in the makeup and styling business, this turned out to be more than just another image event. It was good to see known icons such as Reggie Wells (MU industry icon, and Oprah Winfrey’s makeup artist), Linda Dupree (Beauty & Fashion), Toby Sells (Special Effects & Makeup), Rio Sirah (Body Makeup Artist), Ken Goldwasser (Body Artist) and Roy Wooley (Sepcial Effects & Makeup Artist) just to name a few. Such non-industry special guests included Taj George and Lelee Lyons of music group SWV, Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds (The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur), Nyssa Green (EMMY-winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and owner of The Greenroom Agency), and Selena Evans Miller (Film & TV Makeup Artist).
Moving into the evening is when everybody got into ceremony, in anticipation of the Red-Carpet and Awards coming up. Of course, with an event of this magnitude, the first night was the ritual of the Red Carpet as appetizer. The main course was the awards to be presented in recognition of the artists that create and contribute their craft as a milestone. Included on this menu was a fashion show featuring Bramer Leon Couture. Sprinkled between sets were musical performances by Micah Kiyo, Pure Skye, and WISH.
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So much to do, so much to see
There were numerous events going on, some at the same time. Even though there was a lot of traffic in the exhibit area, this was only due to the artist preparing their models for several competitions. They included bridal, body art and special effects. When the contestants were ready, they took center stage where each competition was judged by professionals in that field. There were classes in the center stage area where attendees could view the art and tips of makeup. Those classes – again, taught by professionals in their specific genre – were fascinating to say the least. You could be viewing “Photo Finish with D’Andre Michael,’’ “Putting Together a Pro Makeup Kit with Marnie Wilson,” “Period Piece with Natalie Spencer,” or “Henna (Mhendi) with Rosemary Kimble.” The classes were augmented by panel discussions on “The Makeup Business,” and “Behind the Beat”.
What was truly wonderful was the fact that the event was also open to the public and was kid-friendly, even tough there were no children in attendance. This was probably a good thing because there were exhibits that scared even some adults. By this I’m referring to the display by Toby Sells, Award-winning Special Effects & Makeup artist recently known for the television series “The Walking Dead”. This made the world of Makeup, Special Effects, and Body Art accessible to the public. I witnessed professionals taking time out to talk to students, fans and anybody who was curious about this profession.
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Not just a family affair
If this is a preview of things to come for future years, the PMAC is off to a roaring start. However, it should become easier as the years go by because of the staff and volunteers that the PMAC employed. As with any dream, this is a baby that needs nurturing and support from family and friends, so to go on record that the level of competency I experienced was top-notch. I asked Gwinnis about her family’s participation.
“My oldest daughter is Amanda Mosby who received her undergraduate degree in religious studies from Spelman College and her post graduate (Masters) degree from Duke University in Divinity. Jordan Mosby is my youngest daughter who is a senior at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA with a major in Journalism/Creative Writing and a minor in film. Both my daughters serve as my assistants in PMAC. The ultimate vision is for them to eventually run the entire show!! They almost did that this year!!”
I came away from the PMAC that weekend with a greater knowledge and understanding of how photography imagery and makeup illusion ties together. It’s a craft well-known by those professionals that they actually are married rather than just dating.
2013 PMAC Award Winners were:
Reggie Wells, Legendary Maqui Award Recipient
D’Andre Michaels, Reggie Wells Maqui Award Recipient
Linda Dupree, Fashion Maqui Award Recipient
Natalie Spencer, PMAC Print Maqui Award Recipient
Toby Sells, PMAC FX Maqui Award Recipient
Roy Wooley, PMAC Decade Maqui Award Recipient
Patrice G. Coleman, PMAC TV and Film Maqui Award Recipient
Yvonne Eagle, Philanthropy Maqui Award Recipient
Cheryl Thomas, Theater Maqui Award Recipient
Kellee Nixon, Master Le Maquillage’s Gwynnis Mosby “PUSH” Award Recipient
2013 PMAC Competition Winners were:
Maha Hardison, Master Le Maquillage Body Art Competition Award Recipient
Mel Smith, Master Le Maquillage Haute Couture Competition Award Recipient
Alex-Michael Petty, Master Le Maquillage FX Competition Award Recipient
Special guests, supporters and participants included:
Vincent Mallardi of The Alcone Company, Gwynnis Mosby (PMAC Founder and Celebrity Makeup Artist), Aubrey Campbell (Best Self Atlanta Magazine), Kami Cosmetics, Charles Judson (The Atlanta Film Festival), Patti Davis and Carrie Sagel Burns (Atlanta Movie Tours), Cheryle Reynolds (Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Prophetess Juanita Bynum (global entrepreneur), Lay’Na Anderson (Film & TV Makeup Artist "Hunger Games" Caching Fire"), Dionne Farris (GRAMMY Winner), DJ Razadon (GRAMMY Winner), Headliner (GRAMMY Winner), Bramer Leon (Fashion Designer), Sandye Lomax (Celebrity Makeup Artist), Dwight Eubanks (Celebrity Makeup Artist & TV Personality), Scott Julion (Celebrity Hair Stylist), June Pace Martin (The Anointed Pace Sisters), Jusan Jones (Special FX Makeup Artist), Tara Hardy (fashion Designer "TX2COUTURE"), Megan Dougherty (photographer), Eva Jane Bunkley (EMMY-winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and designer of "The Makeup Bullet"), Rodney and Eleanor Morris (Morris Financial Group LLC), Ken Goldwasser (Body Artist), Rio Sirah (Body Makeup Artist), Keitric Starks (Celebrity Makeup Artist "The Have and Have Nots"), Mabry Williamson, Ernest Washington, Mary Washington, Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds (The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur), Myron Kyrs (graphic designer), Selena Evans Miller (Film & TV Makeup Artist), Marnie Wilson (Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta), Cynthia Chapman (Union 708 Representative), Elanor Morris, Rosemary Kimble (Henna Makeup Artist), Mada L. Ambers (model "Supermada"), Sheldon G. Horton (Hair and makeup Artist), Denise Tunnell (Celebrity Makeup Artist "), Jeremy Dell (Celebrity Makeup Artist "Real Housewives of Atlanta), Kelvin Myers (Celebrity Makeup Artist "Braxton Family Values"), Manuel Torres (Celebrity Makeup Artist "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta"), Char Coats-Crump (Film & TV Makeup Artist "Vampire Diaries), Lou Freeman (Celebrity Photographer), Malika James (Film & TV Makeup Artist "The Game"), Alex Lucas (Celebrity Makeup Artist), Nyssa Green (EMMY-winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and owner of The Greenroom Agency), Micah Kiyo (singer/songwriter), WISH (singer/songwriter), .Cedric Pendleton (actor, "The Have and Have Nots"), Eshe (GRAMMY Winner). PURE SKYE (R&B Group), and Taj George and LeLee Lyons (R&B Group SWV).
2013 Classes, Panels and Presentations included:
Photo Finish with D’Andre Michael (Class) @DAndreMichael
Period Piece with Natalie Spencer (Class)
Red Carpet Ready with Keitric Starks (Class) @keistrokes
Beginning FX with Jusan Jones (Class) @GorgoFx
Henna (Mhendi) with Rosemary Kimble (Class)
Putting Together a Pro Makeup Kit with Marnie Wilson (Class)
The Engineer Guy Presentation (Class) @engineerguy_atl
Alcone Takes the Stage w/ RinRin (Class) @AlconeCompany
“How to Manufacture Cosmetics” Basics Lab Presentation (Class)
Binders Presentation (Class) @BindersArt
"Careers in Makeup Artistry" with Selena Evans Miller (Class)
“The Makeup Business” (Panel)
“Behind the Beat” (Panel)
The 2013 Professional Makeup Artist Conference was brought to you by The Alcone Company, Binders Art Supplies, DANTES Disposable Products, The Engineer Guy and Ingenue Makeup Supplies, Crown Brush, The Bronzelens Film Festival, and Le Fais do-do. Supporters also included Georgia Power, Costumes Etc, Regen the Body, Norcostco – Atlanta Costume, Rin Rin, American Laser Skincare, BabyDoll Cosmetics, Kami Cosmetics, and Chef Joseph's International Buffet.
PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST CONFERENCE (PMAC)
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