Speaker Bios

Ashley Fierro

Ashley Fierro is a make-up artist and educator who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet, professional athletes and luxury brides.  Creator of Business of Makeup®, Fierro has taught students from all over the world how to take their creative passion and turn it into a full-time career.  Her experience spans over a decade. With a fresh, natural approach to beauty, Fierro inspires artists and students of all experience levels.   

Richard Martin

Richard Martin has worked in the make-up industry since 2009, having been chosen over 731 applicants for an apprenticeship at Millennium Effects. He has worked as a freelance sculptor, mold maker, painter and make-up artist for effects companies across the country and established his own company specializing in hyperrealism and medical models. Martin is also a teacher at Gorton Studios and several universities. 
Rod Maxwell

Rod Maxwell

Award-winning special make-up effects artist and director Rod Maxwell has melded digital and practical effects for more than two decades in projects including his film The Wishing Well. He created the Flesh Master Color System and Flesh Master game for iOS to help artists learn color matching. He also teaches Cinema Makeup School classes on out-of-kit make-up effects, advanced prosthetics, creature maquette and digital effects. Maxwell is a former Face Off competitor.

Roque Cozzette

Roque Cozzette is a make-up artist, photographer, innovator and educator who thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart. He’s a seasoned beauty-industry pro with a multifaceted career spanning three decades. He is experienced in photography, television, print, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development. He has co-created with celebrities including Christina Milian and Melody Gardot, and his brand (Cozzette) offers cruelty-free cosmetics, make-up brushes and beauty photography.

Shylie Parsons

Upon graduating from high school, Parsons studied clothing production at Ashmore Tafe. After taking a short break to focus on motherhood, she decided to enroll in the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup. There, Parsons developed the skills to become head of the make-up department for the film, Alfa Maschi.  In 2015, Parsons became a costume assistant and make-up artist for Village Road Theme Parks.  And she has collaborated with photographer Ricki Vale; her work can be seen in several international magazines.