Last weekend I went to The Makeup Show in New York. I had an amazing time, went to some great seminars and bought WAY too much makeup. (Is there such a thing?)
The first seminar I went to was Kit Focus, where Esterique Aidan, Orlando Santiago, Jon Hennessy, and James Vincent offered tips and advice, talked about their experience and the products they use the most before taking questions from the audience. I learned so much from this panel of world-class MUA’s, the most important thing being that less is more. All four artists agreed that you don’t need to carry a lot with you to get great results, and that carrying too much can hinder your efficiency, not to mention your physical well-being. (Hey, makeup kits can be heavy!) Also, Jon Henessey mentioned using Weleda Skin Food as a hydrator under makeup to get a fresh, dewy look on the high planes of the cheeks. I already carry Weleda moisturizers in my own kit, so this made me happy to hear!
I also went to a seminar called Beauty and the Blog where a panel of top beauty bloggers talked about their experience and gave lots of great advice to our blogger-filled audience. I even got to meet Opinion Nothing, a favorite fellow blogger who wrote more about this seminar here.
The last seminar I attended was by YouTube beauty guru Ren Ren. She did a bridal makeup talk and demonstration with Graftobian makeup. As you can see from my less than stellar picture, I didn’t arrive early enough to get a good seat, but I still got a lot out of it. In fact, it was this seminar that convinced me to finally pull the trigger on an airbrush. (OMG!) I’ll be talking more about that in later posts as I research related products and techniques that will allow me to offer non-toxic airbrush services.
Before I left, I wrote a post about the brands I was excited to see for their non-toxic offerings. The two items I did end up purchasing off of that list were the Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars and the London Brush Company brush cleaner. I will be posting in more detail about those in the near future as well, but I am already in love with the Lip Tars. They are INCREDIBLE!
I did not end up purchasing any of Naked Cosmetics’ pigments, not because they weren’t amazing, they were. I just got to a point where I had to put the wallet away!! PUT IT AWAY!!
If you are at all interested in makeup as a career in any facet, I can’t recommend The Makeup Show enough. There is no replacement for being around so many other artists and enthusiasts who do what you do and love what you love. And the shopping, ohhhh….the shopping…
Did you go to the makeup show? What was your experience like?
More photos from my trip: