Note: This year’s IMATS Sunday session will open later, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21.

Greg Cannom | Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/©A.M.P.A.S
Timothy Priano | Photo courtesy of Timothy Priano

Special make-up effects artist Greg Cannom and global talent agent Timothy Priano will be keynote speakers at the 2009 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which also hosts a fashion show and Star Trek panel. And in honor of Father’s Day, IMATS is giving away a TV and Blu-ray Player and offering free admission for all dads. IMATS will be held June 20-21 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles and is open to the public.

Cannom, who won this year’s Oscar® for Achievement in Makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is a nine-time Oscar® nominee (he also won for Mrs. Doubtfire and Dracula). He has more than 100 film and television credits, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Master and Commander, The Passion of the Christ, Titanic and A Beautiful Mind.

Priano, whose agency Artists by Timothy Priano represents professional make-up artists and hairstylists worldwide, has offices in beauty hubs including New York and Los Angeles. He has worked with Laura Mercier, Oscar Blandi and Francois Nars and has furthered the careers of Matin, Gina Viviano, Denise Markey and Tina Turnbow, among others. In addition to making up celebrities for TV appearances and the red carpet, his artists have done editorial, advertising and commercial jobs for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair, and for such brands as Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein. Priano will discuss the state of the industry at IMATS.

Other guest speakers include Oscar®-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, whose film credits include Amadeus, The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver; artists including Joel Harlow and Barney Burman discussing their work on the new Star Trek film; and Nolan Robert, the winner of last season’s make-up reality show Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist.

Dick Smith

Professional make-up artists and clothing designers have collaborated on an exclusive fall fashion preview showcasing prêt a porter, couture and haute couture collections. IMATS also features an exhibitor hall, where more than 40 cosmetics companies will show and sell products. Look for classes and demonstrations from industry leaders, the Make-Up Museum and the student make-up competition, which is divided into gothic beauty and X-Men mutants themes. Students will race against the clock to create winning looks and take home cash and prizes.

Nolan Robert | Photo courtesy of Lifetime TV

IMATS is sponsored by Make-Up Artist magazine, which now sponsors four other trade shows annually: IMATS is held in London in January, Vancouver in April, Sydney in September and Toronto in November. For tickets and more information, visit or call (360) 882-3488.