UMAE: Education, Illumination & Inspiration – Sunday 26th March

March 23rd, 2023

March 23rd, 2023

United Makeup Artists Expo (UMAE) is taking place this weekend and, along with our in person makeup competition, educators and specialist retailers, there is a packed education programme each day across two rooms.  With all aspects of makeup, bodypaint and prosthetics covered, there really is something for everyone.


12:00-12:45 – Room 1: Soft Glam with Victoria Louise Makeup Artistry

Award Winning Make-up Artist Victoria Louise will be creating a Soft Glam look that you can create at home, inspired by E-commerce Make-up, sponsored by Peaches & Cream Cosmetics 


Victoria Robinson, aka Victoria Louise MUA, is a freelance MUA and Educator teaching the next generation of Beauty Therapists & MUAs. She has been in the Industry for 24 years and has won numerous awards for her make up skills.  Her work includes TV, Film & Theatre as well as working freelance on weddings for a number of years. She has a real passion for what she does.


12:30-13:15 – Room 2: Graham Cann Photography

Graham will be talking about what an MUA should know about working with a photographer.

Graham is a sought after, multi-published fashion and beauty photography.  Born in South London he now runs and owns The GlassFactory Studio in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.  He has been working professionally since 1981 and regularly shooting for UMAE since 2017. Graham is best known for his avant-garde style and his unique portrayal of the amazing prosthetics and body art seen at these shows


13:00-13:45 – Room 1: Bodypainting demonstration with Emma Cammack

Emma will be painting a Steampunk look during the morning and demonstrating some realistic painted clothing bodypainting techniques showing shadow and highlight on the stage.

Emma has been working as a bodypainter for the past 30 years. Her work has been featured in editorial, advertising, television, magazines, as fine art, on packaging, as live body art installations and more. Emma was a judge on Skin Wars and Skin Wars Fresh Paint. Emma’s recent work explores empowerment, self-love and body positivity. She is a passionate advocate of the power of bodypaint to promote self-confidence. Her work on TV shows such as Naked Beach in the UK and No Body is Perfect for German TV explore this.


13:30-14:15 –Room 2: Davy Jones

Emmy, Bafta & Royal Television Society Award Winner Davy will talk about the ins and outs of his extensive career.  He will share imagery and anecdotes with the audience.  He has worked on blockbusters including Pirates of the Caribbean, Narnia 2, Blade and Band of Brothers 


14:00-14:45 – Room 1: Creative Lash Looks with Liana Frappola

Liana will talk about Creative Looks, including how to create the perfect lash for TV and film, how to use and create lashes for special effect and Lash Artists in the makeup industry.

Liana has worked in the makeup and beauty industry for 22 years. Credits include London Fashion Week and The National Film Awards as well as running a very successful salon in Westhoughton, Greater Manchester for 20 years.  With a passion for sustainability and protecting the environment, Liana realised just much plastic is used in the beauty industry. As a result she launched Northern Lashes, a 100% biodegradable, plastic free range made from plant fibres, while also being vegan and cruelty free.  Liana trains the lash technicians of the future on accredited courses, using her eco-brand.  Northern Lashes provides lashes for lash technicians, makeup artists, theatre, film and TV.


14:30-15:15 – Room 2: Skincare with Tracy Whittaker & Beverley Braisdell

Tracy and Beverley will be talking about why skincare and skin preparation is vital to ensure there’s a clean, smoother, more hydrated, bespoke blank canvas underneath prior to the application of make-up.


15:00-15:45 – Room 1: Industry Panel hosted by Amanda Gaffey, Makeup United Artists

Industry Panel talk, drawing on the experience of professionals from their area, including a Q&A session at the end of the discussion.  Featuring Makeup Designer Sue Michael, Hair & Makeup Artist Joe Darby and ScreenSkills’ Celia Small.

Sue Michael has been in the entertainment world since birth. Born in Brighton and raised travelling the world with her parents in the ice extravaganza Holiday on Ice.  Surrounded by make-up, wigs, feathers and false eyelashes she developed a lifelong love for the art of Make-Up, Hairdressing and Character creating. 37 years in the Film industry has given Sue all the experience required to design every genre of film, television and fashion styling.

Her early days as a hairdresser on the floor propelled her creativity in working with hair styling, hair pieces as well as making her own hairpieces. Her passion for her craft led to Sue studying Make-Up and Prosthetics at Granada Films in the 1980s.  Since then Sue has developed and refined all her skills and is known to be a designer that can create characters, looks and designs from any period and style, in any sector of hair, wigs, make-up, SFX, prosthetics and body art.

Joe Darby is a skilled hair and makeup artist and has worked on a variety of high-profile projects in film and TV.  He started out as a professional dancer before transitioning to a specialist teacher in a unit for children with autism.  His passion for creativity was undiminished and he then studied Hair & Makeup Artistry at The Iver Academy, Pinewood Studios.

Since graduating in 2019 he progressed through continuous practice, studies and online learning.  He has worked on shows including Ted Lasso Season 1 (Apple TV), The One (Netflix), and Silent Night (feature).  Fellow panelist Sue Michael has been Joe’s mentor & further educator for the last few years, and they have worked together on productions including You Don’t Know Me (BBC), Ten Percent (Amazon), and Funny Woman (Sky). They are currently working together on the new BBC series Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham, Vienette Robinson and Hannah Walters.


15:30-16:15 – Room 2: Jackie Sweeney and the team from All Creatures Great & Small

Jackie Sweeney is Hair & Makeup Designer on C5’s All Creatures Great & Small.  Jackie and her make-up team will talk about filming the much-loved programme.

Along with MakeUp Supervisor Becky Kerton and MUA Ray Mcarthur they will discuss how the team work together to create a look for the show and what a day in their filming life can be like.


16:00-16:45 – Room 1: Bodypainting Demo by Cat Finlayson

Cat will be finishing a bodypaint called Da Vinci’s Dissections that she will have been painting during the day on the Cameleon stand.  Inspired by Da Vinci’s Sketchbook, she will be using Cameleon paints as a base and Skindex makeup to shade.

Cat discovered face painting whilst teaching in zoos.  After starting her own face art business in 2000, she won UK Professional Face Painter of the Year and was 5th in the World, and then branched out into bodypainting, becoming one of the UK’s first full-time residential face painters.  Over the last few years she has also added Cricut Ambassador & Artisan to her impressive list of job titles, as she finds the machine frees her creativity and is involved in most aspects of her body art.  She placed 10th at this year’s World Body Paint World Championships, in the Brush and Sponge Paint category, painting on model Izabela Kowalewska.


16:30-17:15 – Room 2: Prosthetics Demonstration with Will Harvey

Demonstrating for Cantor & Nissel, Will Harvey will talk through the prosthetics demonstration he will have been creating on the stand during the day, sharing how he achieved the look

Will Harvey founded MonsterFX in 2014 as a hobby one Halloween. After terrifying everyone with his creations, Will decided to help others achieve their scaring achievements by creating and selling his own prosthetics.  Fast forward to 2023 and the products have been used by a number of  MUAs around the world.


17:00-17:45 – Room 1: Steam Punk Prosthetics Demonstration with Hayleigh Johnson

Hayleigh will be finishing off a demonstration of Steam Punk makeup with prosthetics that she will have been creating on the Get Set Go Bags stand during the day.  She will talk about her inspiration and the process used in creating this look


In addition

Kate Monroe will be creating a fantasy look, using prosthetics, on the Skindex stand during the show on Sunday, make sure you stop and have a look.


BECTU representatives


Mentee Meet Up, Sunday, the Boardroom, 12-1pm

A session for participants of the 2022 Bectu Mentoring Program to get to meet face to face with fellow mentees and mentors. This networking session will be hosted by mentors Jackie Sweeney, Bex Kerton and Ray McArthur.


CV Clinic, Sunday, the Boardroom, 1-2pm

Open to all show attendees. The Bectu Mentors will cast an eye over CV’s giving advice on what the industry likes to see. Please bring a printed copy of your CV so it can be marked up.


See Monday’s schedule here.


Please note, the schedule is correct as of going to press, however sessions and speakers may change at short notice.  For the most update todate information check the umae website.


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