You have to get strategic before you attend The Makeup Show. It’s the huge annual she-bang for Makeup Artists where pros shop, network, and learn but it can be overwhelming with the sheer amount of options. In past years my product obsession has led the way but this year my personal focus (besides my always #1 goal of LEARNING more) was talking with industry friends and people I know from social media. I was so happy to run into @JohnnyLavoy who I took my very first pro bridal makeup and hair class with. I suddenly flashed back to how NERVOUS I’d been! The other artists in the class had more experience than me and I was so intimidated. He had us do face charts of our planned looks and he came around to inspect them. He picked mine up and asked “Who did this one? It’s great.” The girl next to me was visibly jealous. That was the moment I thought “Yeah! I can do this!” and I still have that chart as a little reminder. I’m so glad I can keep learning from him via his amazing YouTube tutorials. I also got to meet Dominick Briguglio who I’ve been getting to know over on the Stila Pro Community site.
One line I was dying to see was @RMSbeauty. The organic Lip2Cheek colors lived up to the hype and I even got to meet the creator Rose-Marie Swift. Her skin has an AMAZING glow. She said it’s because doesn’t use any chemicals on it. Duly noted!
Always love to say hi to the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (@occmakeup) folks and their guest this year was the @Queen of Blending. If you’re not following her crazy antics on twitter, you’re missing out! Equally entertaining is Kevin James Bennett (@KJBennettBeauty), an Emmy-Award winning artist and educator. I love his super-informative blog posts.
Here I am with thee Dany Sanz and I was too intimidated to bust out my francais on her. I did manage a s’il vous plait when asking for a photo. I just happened to be wearing a bright orange lipstick from her Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Intense collection.
I really love Smashbox cosmetics and enjoy seeing what their seasonal trends will be. Lori Taylor’s work on models is consistently gorgeous and totally my taste. Get on their email list if you’re not on it already. And look at @TheReggieWells, showing off his work using his clockpots on a shopper. Oprah’s long-time makeup artist and beauty educator, there’s a lot you can learn from “the grandfather of makeup”. Check out his products on Hissyfit.
There were 16 bloggers registered at the first Makeup Show and over 240 requests this year! Times have sure changed… I enjoyed meeting some of the long-time powerhouse beauty bloggers and twitterati like @EnKoreMakeup and @PurseBuzz. I also LOVED the new feature they had called “Pro Pods” where attendees could have face time with a variety of super helpful people like famous bloggers, agents, and artists. I got excellent straight up advice from Felicia Walker Benson of @thisthatBeauty and her pal Lianne Farbes of @TheMakeupGirl blog. I also got some great encouragement and got to run some ideas by @JenJamesBeauty. If there is such thing as a man’s man, then DeShawn Hatcher is a makeup artist’s makeup artist. So glad I got to tell her how much I love her blog!
Shopping was glorious too! Everyone was stocking up and enjoying demos and interactions with the vendors. Of course @SamFineBeauty had throngs of fans lined up for autographs!
Check out Danessa Myricks‘s hair! It fascinated me! Now more importantly, check out her work! Just want to give a shout out to my pals from @ChicStudiosNYC. They have great makeup and hair classes and I’ve participated in some awesome portfolio photo shoots with them.
Two of the hottest items at the show weren’t even makeup! Everyone was buying up @Glamcor lights (already had mine) and The Actor Bag, an on-set touch up mini kit that attaches to your hand. I’m obsessed with this little thing!
Honestly I didn’t think The Makeup Show would be able to top themselves from what they’ve done in the past, but they really blew everyone away this year with more features, their amazing speaker lineup, and more exhibitors. BRAVO guys!!!