Hey everyone! Last week I flew out to New York to attend The Makeup Show. For those that don't know, The Makeup Show is a pro event held every year by The Powder Group. There are makeup artists from across the country, and the world, who come together to network, to browse brands and products and to learn. You can learn a little more about it on their site.
There are seminars and workshops lead by some of the best in their fields. It was particularly great for me because I got to meet tons of beauty bloggers. Some of the bloggers I have known from beauty forums over the years, some through twitter and yet there were some to whom I'd only been introduced through the show.
I am devoting this entire week to my trip to The Makeup Show. I have A LOT to share, including my haul, my walk through SoHo, an event I attended at The Makeup Forever store (where I met Dany Sanz) and TONS of pictures. So let's get started!
I woke up, had breakfast and headed out to the show! I had everything planned out. I wanted to be there in time to catch Achieving Editorial Beauty Jon Hennessey for Inglot Cosmetics. Well, it was not to be. I was making my way toward the Pavilion when I realized that I left my money back at my hotel. Soooooo....I hopped back on the train and made my way back to the hotel to grab my money. When I finally made it back to the pavilion, I'd missed Jon's seminar. Oh well. My life. So, on to the next. Hollywood's Red Carpet Trend's Lori Taylor for Smashbox Cosmetics was the next seminar on my list.
I'm sure Lori was great. I love to watch her tutorials on smashbox.com. However, I was so far back and there was so much commotion going on behind, and around, me that I couldn't really get into the presentation. I stayed about 5 mins and then started to make my way around the show.
The show was crazy. Lots of people, lots of booths, lots to see and lots to overwhelm you.
I ran into a few bloggers as I made my rounds. (Clockwise from top left: Erin from Makeup Fiend, Kerris from Pumps and Gloss, Marsha from BrownFaceTV, Nikkia from Silver Lips Beauty)
Once I walked around a bit I made my way back to the seminar area so I could check out
Durable Divas: Party Proof Makeup Kevin James Bennett for Make Up For Ever. I have heard several times that KJ Bennett presents some of the best seminars and that they are not to be missed. Well, again, I was so far back that it was hard to really see what he was doing. I tried to move up a little closer and catch things from the side but I gave up. Word to the wise, if you want to see one of these seminars get to the space early and grab a seat. It's the only way to ensure that you get a good look at what's going on and really enjoy it.
I was going to attempt to hit one more seminar but before I did I walked around a bit more. I walked by MAC where the artists were doing some cool body painting. I had seen pictures of similar work done by MAC artists at a pro event in Miami so it was cool to see it up close. MAC didn't have much else to offer at their booth so I didn't linger for long.
I breezed by Stila and caught up with a couple more bloggers. (Clockwise from top right: Risa from Makeup By Risa, Awilda from The Makeup Republic, Adina from Krasey Beauty)
To cap off my day I decided to attend Tools of the Trade James Vincent for Crown Brush. This time I was standing in the back again but the seminar space was smaller so I was able to see and hear much better. I really like James. He's the organizer of the show and I first met him at The Artist Summit in Chicago. He's nice and I think he's mad talented. I was excited to hear what he was going to share with us. Crown Brush has dozens and dozens of different brushes that are reasonably priced. I picked up a few at the summit based on James' recommendations. My camera had died at this point so I didn't get pictures for you guys but I kept my ears open. He shared a lot and answered a lot of questions. To summarize:
- Use taupe shadow to contour the face & eye as well as fill in the brow. It's natural looking and universal. I had my doubts but the model he used was Latina with yellow undertones and it looked great.
- Use a fine tip brush and waterproof cream product to fill in the brow. Instead of drawing in the entire brow, use short, quick motions to draw in individual hair. You get a very natural look to the brow and it won't budge. (Try Stila Smudgepots or MUFE Aqua Creams)
- Be very mindful of where you place blush. Consider the client's face shape. If they have a round face, for example, it's not a good idea to place blush on the apples of the cheek. This will only emphasize the roundness of their face. Whereas, if you need to add fullness to a very narrow, thin face placing blush on the apples is ideal.
- Try applying mascara using a lash fan instead of disposable mascara spoolies. Keep three or four lash fans on you. They work very well for coating each lash, on top and underneath. Plus, you can get right at the base of the lashes. You're also able to apply the mascara evenly from base to tip.
There were tons of other tips that he shared. If I can think of any more, I'll update the post. So, that was day 1. I was exhausted. I was sweaty and felt gross. I made my way back to my hotel, took a shower and grabbed some Mexican food (which was pretty good, gotta love chicken mole enchiladas), a Smirnoff Ice and called it a night. Stay tuned for Day 2!