The Makeup Show-Chicago


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I am counting down the weeks until I can finally stroll through the doors of The Bridgeport Art Center, where The Makeup Show will be held. If you’ve been following my career and my blog, then you should already know how much I’ve enjoyed attending in the past, and how disappointed I was last year when I couldn’t make it to the event.

For those of you who don’t know, The Makeup Show is held annually, in various cities (and countries) for professional artists in the beauty industry. What makes the event special is that attendees can participate in hands-on workshops, meet other artists, hear keynote speakers who are trailblazers in the industry, and purchase tons of beauty products at a discounted rate.

As an artist and blogger, The Makeup Show has allowed me to meet the Legendary Reggie Wells, Beauty Guru Sam Fine, and my favorite blogger Patrice Grell Yursik, known as Afrobella in the blogger world. Hearing advice on best practices from Tia Dantzler, new Creative Director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics, was invaluable.  The event is inspirational and much-needed, especially in Chicago, a city full of talented artists, who don’t always get the exposure of their NYC and LA counterparts.

Dreams of The Makeup Show will be dancing in my head until June 7th!

Until next time,

Tiffany

 

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Pretty in Purple


I always SAY I’m going to play around with all of my purple shadows but sometimes I find that I’m not getting the right SHADE of purple for my skin tone. Purple is not really a tricky color but using it correctly does take a little practice.

To get my “Pretty in Purple” look, I chose several shades and mixed them together for my own custom color(s). On my lids, I used a pretty purple pigment (try saying that ten times) from Magnolia Makeup in “Whimsical.” This pigment contains a mixture of gold and violet and I just ADORE the shade. I decided to extend and blend the color a bit further into the crease, then added a mixture of “Fleur de Fab” by Magnolia (a rich indigo/copper) with Urban Decay’s “Last Call,” a shimmering plum, to create my own custom purple color. I used MAC cosmetics “Amber Lights” and Urban Decay “Chopper” on my brow bone to highlight that area.  I filled in my brows with “Strut” eyebrow pencil by MAC and fluffed up my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black.

Purple and Gold Makeup

Mixing various shades allowed me to get the right purple for me!

For my cheeks: MAC in “Fever” and CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer in “Ebony Bronze” on my cheekbones. I finished off my face with MAC Studio Careblend Powder in Dark and Dark Deep, and my lips were lined with MAC “Vino” lip pencil,  (a favorite of mine), and filled in with “Hoochie” Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and “All of My Purple Life” lipgloss from MAC (created by Afrobella.com founder Patrice Grell Yursik). Tell me what you think!

THE MAKEUP SHOW CHICAGO-JUNE 17-18, 2012


Those of you who follow my blog regularly can recall my post on my first visit to The Makeup Show last year. Every year in various cities, both domestically (L.A., NYC, Miami) and internationally (London, Berlin), beauty professionals get a chance to attending seminars and workshops, and purchase cosmetics and other tools for our trade.  Ladies and Gents, I had a ball attending this year’s show! It was held at Venue One on West Randolph, for the second year in a row. Makeup artists, hair stylists, and other folks in the beauty industry from all over the country flocked to this event.  There were tons of exhibitors and this Beauty Babe made a beeline for M.A.C., Alcone Company, Make Up For Ever, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and several other companies to stock my kits with new purchases! I had to wear my good walking shoes so I could keep up! Attending The Makeup Show allows working MUA’s, students, and other beauty industry professionals to really reap the benefits of what we do, along with networking, researching, and studying new trends and techniques to help us improve upon our skills.

It’s easy to get caught up in buying makeup and tools while attending The Makeup Show, so I had to remind myself to stay focused, by visiting several workshops and seminars. Ones that I really enjoyed were HD Makeup Techniques: Airbrush and Beyond-David Klasfeld for OCC Makeup, and The Artist Advantage: Mastering the Flash Color Palette-Brittany James for Make Up For Ever. One of my favorite Keynote events was “Beauty and The Blog.” Words of wisdom for Social Media were spoken by Makeup Artists Jennifer James and Candace Corey, as well as Patrice Grell Yursik of Afrobella.com. These ladies took questions from the audience and gave us so many useful tips to improve our presence in social media. I introduced myself to Patrice and we realized instantly that we both adore Rachel Stewart Jewelry! I guess great minds think alike (wink, wink)!

The amazing artist  James Vincent, Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, introduced  keynote speakers Tia Dantzler and Billy B and I could just hear the pride in HIS voice as he talked about how special these two artists are, as well as how blessed HE was that they were able to come and speak with the crowd.

For those of you who don’t know, Tia is one of the top artists in the field, and her work has graced the covers of Vogue, Glamour, and many other publications. Tia has created looks for Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, and President Barack Obama. She is also a brand ambassador for Johnson & Johnson. Tia shared some priceless tips about getting started in the business, remaining professional, and constantly researching to learn more about the craft. She is truly a beautiful and humble spirit who appreciates the opportunities she has been given. Follow Tia on Twitter and learn beauty tips on her blog, The Beauty Elixer!

Mr. Billy Brasfield, known as Billy B  “took us to church” as he stated! Billy B started his career in 1985 and since then, people all over the world have sought him out to make them look sensational. Billy has done makeup for Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce, and many other celebrities. As a Keynote speaker, Billy shared with us the pitfalls of the industry, as well as what it takes to become a successful makeup artist. With his witty sense of humor and lifelong experience, he was to simply a joy watch on stage. Check out Billy’s Tumblr page for inspiration!

The one thing that stuck out for me, as an observer, was again, the humble attitudes of both Tia and Billy. As both artists shared, it’s easy to get a big head and think that once you gain access to celebrity clientele, you have “arrived” but that is not the case.  This sort of “diva” attitude will only insure that you won’t work again!  I really enjoyed listening to these artists, who have both influenced me in different ways!

Are you a slave to (insert cosmetic brand here)?


In the world of makeup there are no rules about what products you simply MUST use, nor do you have to stick to one brand to achieve your special look.  I love M.A.C. just as much as the rest of you beauty addicts, so you know I ordered some things from the “Blogger’s Obsession” line, which debuted a few weeks ago.  M.A.C. gave some top beauty bloggers the opportunity to create their own eyeshadows and lipsticks! How cool is that? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall of their lab!  Every beauty babe I know had been trying to snag  “All of My Purple Life”, a beautiful, rich purple lipglass, designed by Patrice Grell Yursik, award winning blogger (www.afrobella.com).  I was too late to log into M.A.C. the first time around but once they brought the sold-out collection back, I was up bright and early ordering that pretty purple!  As I browsed the rest of the lucky bloggers’ creations, I decided to add “Evolution Revolution” to my cart! It’s a really pretty, shimmery, peachy gloss created by Karen Monterichard, at www.makeupandbeautyblog.com.

After dragging myself away from the M.A.C. website (it’s addictive), I jumped over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and browsed THEIR site for a while. In case you didn’t know, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)  creates 100% Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics that are absolutely fabulous in terms of high pigment and coverage! I had a chance to try their products in June at The Makeup Show-Chicago.  People were crammed at the booth, trying on Lip Tar, a highly pigmented lipstick that goes on like a gloss, but dries to a satin finish.  I ordered some Lip Tar in “Hoochie” (yes, that’s the real name), an extremely bright magenta color.  You really have to use a lip brush for application and only use the tiniest amount possible.  I played a game of Mix and Match and thought I’d share my pictures of various combinations

Lip Tar in “Hoochie” alone

“Hoochie” and All of My Purple Life”

“All of My Purple Life” alone

“Evolution Revolution” with Benefit “I Do, I Do, I Do” a golden pink 

I mixed the “Evolution Revolution” because it wasn’t as pigmented as the other colors and I needed a “boost”. This color works well with all skin tones, but you would have to decide for yourself if you want to wear it alone or with an accompanying lipstick underneath. Playing around with different brands will give you a chance to try out new looks and styles. You don’t have to buy all of your cosmetics from the same company, and if you find yourself doing that frequently, you are probably missing out on some new looks! After all, isn’t makeup art all about being innovative?