Go Pro Show

March 31st, 2015

March 31st, 2015


UMA expo

It’s almost time for the Go Pro show.  The United Makeup Artist expo is returning to Islington on 11th and 12th of this month, and we are beyond excited.  With professional brands, demonstrations, talks and competitions to look forward to, we thought we would give you a heads-up on some of the things to look out for.

Famous Faces


If you’re interested in wig work be sure to see Darren Jinks over the weekend.  Having served as Wig Master at the Los Angeles Opera since 2006, he has worked as a make-up artist, wigmaker and hairstylist for over 25 years in opera, theatre and film.  Darren’s previous credits include Broadway touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Titanic and Disney’s The Lion King.  He’ll be on the Main Stage on Saturday, and on the show floor on both days.


The ultra-talented Greg Cannom will be returning to UMAe this year!  Greg enjoys the show so much that he wanted to put together a special presentation showcasing shots never seen before, exclusively for UMAe.  Last year Greg’s presentation focused on aspects of his film career.  For 2015 he will be giving a main stage presentation about his TV career – a very special opportunity not to be missed.

Daniel Parker

If you haven’t already read our interview with Daniel Parker, what are you waiting for?  Son of the great Hollywood make-up artist Charles Parker, Daniel was born into a world of make-up and design.  He has been hard at work both designing films and building his temporary tattoos company, TattooedNow!  He has earned the reputation for producing quality work with the greatest attention to detail, which can be witnessed on the Main Stage, Saturday 9.30am.


Kenny Myers is back once more, ready for another round.  His input, help and direction have been key to making the United Makeup Artist Expo professional trade show what it is, and we were lucky enough to interview him last year.  Kenny has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award, and was Department Head on the Academy Award nominated picture Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  Find him at the PPI stand, no doubt fielding questions about his life-changing Skin Illustrator palettes!


We had a ball exploring Kristyan Mallett’s workshop last year when we interviewed him. He’ll be on hand at the PS Composites stand to chat and demonstrate his skills which earned him a BAFTA nomination for his work with Jan Sewell on The Theory of Everything.


Love Kryolan’s variety?  Catch Charles Fox’s MUA team leader, Paul Merchant, on Saturday morning, speaking on the Main Stage.  Leading the Charles Fox Make-up team, he has worked in all disciplines of the make-up industry, from theatre to fashion, bodypainting to cosmetic camouflage.  As a self-taught artist, Paul has developed his own style of working which is a treat to see – read our interview with him here.

To see the full list of demonstrating artists, click here

On your marks…

PB & UMAe 607

Warpaint will once again be playing host to a competition on Sunday 12th April.  Created for students and amateur artists, we’re looking for gifted artists who could be the next big thing in film or TV artistry.  Become a daily for the day and create a soldier from World War One – from cavalry to infantry, Germany to Australia, the choice of character is up to you. Designed by Siân Richards and judged by some of the professional MUAs attending the show, it is a fantastic way to show off your skills and see if you have what it takes. Constructive feedback will be given, and fantastic prizes will be awarded.

Click here to read more. 

Shop ‘til you drop

Along with networking and note-taking, prepare to shop as some of our favourite retailers and brands will be at the show. Enjoy show discounts, stock up on kit staples and get recommendations and advice from people in the know.  Expect to see PPI, PAM, The London Brush Company, Inglot, Illamasqua, Love Makeup, MAC Pro, Pigs Might Fly South, Airbase, Louise Young, Ben Nye, Kryolan and many more!

Click here to see the floorplan.  Don’t forget your cash, as few stands take cards.

Ask Away

It’s a tough industry, especially for a freelancer or if you’re just starting out.  Good advice is on hand at UMAe – not just from the exhibiting and demo-ing professionals on the show floor. BECTU will be on Stand #1 to advise you on the benefits of joining their union, as will NASMAH at Stand #10.  Bolton University at Stand #84 could be the right place if you’re looking for further training or qualifications.  Stand #9 is home to The British Association of Skin Camouflage, should you be interested in camouflage make-up.

As for us?  We’ll be on Stand #81!  See you there.



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By Deborah Murtha

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