Monday, April 4, 2016

The Makeup Show L.A. Recap!

I had the opportunity to attend The Makeup Show L.A. a couple weeks ago and I had such an amazing time! 

I got to meet a few fellow bloggers. I met Krystal from Beautybykrystal, Vicky from lvmakeup, and Tristen Chabot who doesn't blog but she is a hair stylist/makeup artist. I've known these ladies through blogging and Instagram for years already so it was so nice to finally meet them in person! They were all very sweet and gorgeous! 

I got to attend the press event for the show which was such an honor! I got to see James Vincent speak about the show and share some of his favorite products that we received in the press bag. I'll have more on him in a minute.

So one of the really exciting things was seeing Kat Von D! She was on stage doing an interview with James. She shared with us how she grew up poor in Mexico and how all her succes is more than she imagined. She started getting recognized on Miami Ink for her makeup and everyone wanted to know what lipstick she was wearing. Sephora ended up coming to her to create four perfect red lipsticks, fast forward to now and she has a full line! 

Here is her lead global makeup artist Erik Soto. Did you know that you can use her liquid lipsticks as blush?! Tap a little on the cheeks and blend it out with a damp beauty blender! I love when artists share new tips! It's always great to learn something new! Your blush will last all day! 

Ok here I am with James Vincent! I had the honor of interviewing him! Like I got to sit down with him privately and ask him anything. I was so extremely nervous! I mean he has worked on celebrities! Lady Gaga, Amy Whinehouse, and so much more! 

He made me feel very comfortable. He was kind and answered all my questions. We actually got to talking about what makeup has done for us and the conversation became much more deep and I shed some tears. Earlier he had shared that he was the quiet kid alone in school with his head in books and that definitely hit me because I was the same way. I've always been a quiet shy person. Growing up I never felt like I had a thing or that I was good at anything. As a young person when you're surrounded by athletes and that's not your thing or something you excel at you can start to question your self worth. When I discovered makeup it was an amazing feeling! I finally felt like I was good at something! I felt like I discovered myself. I shared this with James and I was just overcome with emotion. He is just so inspiring and empowering! I've seen him speak before and you walk away feeling very empowered like you can take on anything. If you ever have the chance to attend the makeup show to see him or meet him don't pass it up. He's truly an amazing and passionate artist.

I also met with Shelly the owner of the makeup show. I'll be honest she felt a bit intimidating. I mean I don't get to interview powerful business women every day! But again she was very kind with me and answered all my questions. 

She created The Makeup Show 10 years ago, at a time when there was no makeup only trade shows. There were hair shows with some makeup vendors but the focus was on hair. They wanted a show for makeup professionals only and they started in New York and drew in a crowd of over 3000 artists! 

The Makeup Show takes around 3 to 4 months to prepare for a city, but they start planning about a year in advance looking for educators and exhibitors. 

They create a theme whether it be inspiration, focus, or women empowerment and build from there. 

They also look at what is trending, what's current in the industry, and what is needed in the industry. 

They really want to create a place for the artist to attend that's not only beneficial in building their kits but to gain education from. 

They really promote the fact that education is key and I completely agree.

The cosmetics industry is always changing and as an artist you need to be ready for changes and always be open to learning anything and everything. 

When asking Shelly what her biggest reward from the show is, she explained that her biggest reward is hearing from artist after the show and hearing how inspired they were. So of course when I teared up speaking with them she pointed out that that right there was her biggest reward.

I felt pretty embarrassed getting so emotional in front of these two highly successful people sitting right in front of me but they were both so gracious and comforting. 

I honestly loved speaking with them. I wasn't forced to speak with them. It would have been in my nature to pass on the interview because I am such a shy person, but I am so glad that I took the opportunity and did it! I hope I get to see them again at future shows!

New Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars! The new colors are beautiful! I have to be honest though I hate the new packaging! I loved the original packaging where you could squeeze out as much as you wanted and mix away. Now it's a regular lipgloss tube. My favorite thing about lip tars was the ease of creating new colors. Now you have to dip in, pull color out back and fourth till you have your desired amount of product. I still love the formula just not the packaging. Luckily I have almost every shade in the other packaging! :)

I'm sure you have all heard of the brand Natasha Denona by now. I've seen this brand hyped up all over social media. I for one was not going to fall into the hype! These palettes are $239 each! Although you do get 28 eye shadows and when you do the math that's an exceptional deal at $8.53 an eye shadow! That's much less expensive than most high end  eye shadows cost. Sadly not everyone wants to throw down over $200 on one palette in one shot!

So like I said these palettes have been very hyped up and I was not going to fall into the hype. They had the brand their so I decided to go check these out and see what the big deal was! Let me tell you THESE are amazing!!! Lol!!! One finger swipe across these shadows picked up so much product! They are buttery smooth, extremely pigmented, opaque, not chalky. They honesty felt and looked amazing. I did not purchase a palette but I am really considering getting at least one! We'll see when I bite the bullet and just go for it! 😬😅
Frends Beauty was their and they had the Viseart palettes for $60! I did pick up one of these palettes and it has quickly become a favorite! I'll be sharing more about these palettes in a post coming up!

Senna Cosmetics was there with their new collection celebrating their four decades in the makeup industry! They created four palettes for the four decades. I picked up the 70s palette and will share more on that in an upcoming post! 
Eugenia Weston and I go back about five years already! I met her at another makeup convention and became friends. It's always so nice to see her and her team! They are all so friendly and welcoming! She started out in makeup working at a Thriftys drugstore. It's amazing to see how far she has come! She's such an inspiration to me! I just love her!
Eugenia Weston's cosmetology license. Did you know she is the very first licensed cosmetologist in California! Her license says number 1! How cool is that!

Face charts
Some of her freelance work
Sephora was there with their Sephora brand of products! You already know I love their lip stains! I have them all! 😄

I could just stare at this sea of colors at the Inglot booth! 

Kevin Aucoin had a booth. If you don't know who Kevin is then I highly recommend you google him like right now! Then go pick up his books! I've had his books for maybe nine years already! If you want to be a makeup artist his books are a huge source of makeup tips and tricks. He was such an amazing artist with so much knowledge! 

Nars eyeshadows! 
Nars lip products! I just love all those reds and pinks! 

A makeup artist dream! A sea of Crown brushes to dive into! I'll share which brushes I picked up in an upcoming post!

My time at The Makeup Show was amazing! I have been to a few other makeup events but none have come close to The Makeup Show in terms of education and really trying to help out artists. Education is key and everyone at the makeup show is ready to share their experiences and knowledge with you. I have felt so inspired since the show. There is no judgement from anyone their whether your a seasoned pro or a beginner. You have to start some where! 

I can not wait for the next show! The Makeup Show will be holding another Pop Up Shop in San Francisco this August! For more info check out my other post with dates and info here .

If you're a Pro MUA, or just starting out I highly recommend attending The Makeup Show at a city near you! 

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