The Makeup Show-Chicago

TMS 2014The show has left the city but the memories will remain forever! I am a huge supporter of

Makeup First Artistry

Makeup First Artistry

The Makeup Show and believe that it’s the perfect avenue for artists of all levels who may want something different from IMATS. Top artists are there to share their knowledge with other artists, students, and guests. Being able to spend time surrounded by like-minded peers creates a nurturing and dynamic environment that allows all of us artists to test out and purchase new products and connect with other artists.

Makeup Show 2014 David Klasfeld

Makeup Show 2014 David Klasfeld

There is something for everyone at The Makeup Show so if your medium is beauty, or special effects, or if you have a flair for the avant-garde, you won’t be disappointed with the exhibitors, workshops, seminars, and keynote speakers. There is a friendliness that permeates the atmosphere and even though I go alone every year, I still manage to see old friends or make new ones.

Jessie Powers for MUFE

Jessie Powers for MUFE

I had a chance to check out the Kosart Effects booth for Special Effects Makeup (J. Anthony Kosar won Face Off Season 4), see a seminar held by Jessie Powers for Make Up For Ever, and watch David Klasfeld, founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics transform his model using various OCC products. I’m really interested in vegan products so it was great to hear David talk about why he started his ever-growing brand. It was really cool to listen and learn from both seminars, especially since artists tend to “know it all” when it comes to products and application. We can always learn something from someone else and The Makeup Show is a place where you can truly learn something meaningful.

Kosart Effects Makeup Show 2014

Kosart Effects Makeup Show 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Museum Quotes

I had a chance to stop by Nigel’s Beauty Emporium (truly a premier beauty supply company), Frends Beauty (one of the world’s largest beauty supply companies), and Z Palette (who really had the most professional and pleasant salespeople), along with Alcone Company (they make my favorite non-latex sponges).



Sephora + Pantone and My Color IQ

Color IQFor those of you who are not familiar, beauty emporium Sephora partnered with color company expert Pantone, to develop an identification system for matching foundation accurately. I had been TRYING to get myself to physical store (I shop for makeup and beauty products online more than in person) for MONTHS, but finally, I had a day to myself where I could explore my own Color IQ.

As a makeup artist, I am used to mixing foundations for clients and for myself, to achieve the perfect color. I have eczema, and as a result, my face is discolored due to old eczema rashes that healed but caused hyperpigmentation (the skin darkened due to an increase in melanin). It takes me forever to find the right foundation (actually, make that plural, as I have to use more than one), so I was quite curious to see if Color IQ would correctly identify which foundation would work best for my face.

First of all, let me just say that the Sephora employees at the Lincoln Park location here in Chicago are AWESOME! Asia helped me identify my Color IQ by taking 3 pictures of my face with the hand-held camera that exclusively photographed my skin in total darkness for an accurate view of the true color of my skin, without distractions from fluctuating things like natural light, etc. Once she took the pictures, I received an on-screen list of the best foundations for my skin color. There were 16 total, and I also was given variations if I needed to select a foundation that was lighter or darker depending on my preference. The list was then emailed to me, which I thought was extremely helpful, even for a professional. With so many foundations out there, I can sometimes forget what works best for me! Here’s my list below (but please keep reading after the list and pictures):

HD Invisible Cover Foundation
180 Brown
$ 42.00
Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
$ 42.00
Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free
$ 43.00
bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Warm Deep
$ 27.00
Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
$ 43.00
Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15
$ 42.00
Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation
86 Cocoa Deep
$ 48.00
Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème
$ 44.00
Even Better Makeup SPF 15
$ 27.00
Oil Free Suprême Foundation
Rich Sienna
$ 45.00
Matifying Compact Foundation
$ 9.00
Maifanshi Moisture Foundation
$ 62.00
Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15
$ 47.00
Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
No. 85 – Brown
$ 36.00
Teint Idole Ultra 24H
540 Suede W
$ 45.50
The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Golden Honey 170
$ 67.00

I decided to try the first foundation on the list, which is Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 180 Brown. I have red undertones in my skin and this foundation really made my skin look natural but I did notice that I had to apply more than one layer to get the best coverage. If you follow my blog, then you must know that I ADORE  Make Up For Ever (MUFE) and use many of their products, but the HD foundation was one that I had not yet tried. I think that it really gave my skin an airbrushed quality that looked fantastic in both natural and artificial light. I’ve seen other bloggers post that the foundation did not work for them (i.e. it was too oily, didn’t give enough coverage, etc.), but I have dry skin, and it worked for me.

I used my Stila One Step Foundation Brush to blend the foundation, and I have to say, I was really pleased with the overall results! Now that I have my list of new “go to’s” for foundation, I am going to start testing out the Color IQ theory more extensively.

Until next time,



What Changes Will You Make?

Highlighting Features on Dark SkinAs this BUSY year winds down, I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I’d like to accomplish for 2014. While some pertain to beauty, others pertain to my inner self. 2013 brought an entirely new set of challenges for me as a makeup artist and as a human being. After relocating (for the second time) from Texas to Chicago, I found that I had to reestablish myself as a makeup artist in Chicago. You see, while in Texas, I met a wonderful woman, Vivi Gregg, who hired and referred me several times for makeup artist jobs in the film industry. I was able to accrue 4 movie screen credits as a professional makeup artist and I enjoyed every moment of working on film sets, creating the right looks for the films, while earning the respect of my peers for being a professional and fun makeup artist.

Returning to Chicago, my birthplace, was exciting because I’d missed the aesthetics of the city. The problem was that I was known as a high school social studies teacher in Chicago, and not a makeup artist, even though I’d been doing freelance jobs here and there for years. It’s quite difficult to just show up and start working in Chicago, especially since some people still don’t recognize that the city is becoming a beauty, film, and fashion contender in those disciplines. We hear about NYC and LA all the time as the “place to be” if you are an aspiring or professional makeup artist, but people don’t always recognize, or seek out the talent in The Windy City.

Some of the challenges that I’ve faced while reestablishing myself and my brand caused me to second guess if being a makeup artist is the right career for me. Fickle clients who book then flake out at the last minute, potential clients who only want me to use a certain brand of makeup, and those who want looks that make them look like contestants on RuPual’s Drag Race are challenges that I faced in 2013. Naively, I believed that people who hired me would stay true to THEIR own word, but it backfired and I learned several valuable lessons. Some things I learned and vowed to change for 2014 are listed below:

1. Always get things in writing.

2. Stay true to myself.

3. Continue to grow and learn from my mentors.

4. Get professional help for marketing my beauty brand.

5. Realize that Rome was not built in one day and that it takes time to get to where I want to go.

6. Keep a positive attitude.

7. Continue to eat healthy and workout.

8. Stay organized and finish all tasks, even the small ones, on time.

9. Look for every opportunity to work and grow as a makeup artist, including taking more classes.

10. Enjoy the journey.

I won’t be posting again for this year, as I have a lot on my plate right now and I need to regain my focus. I hope that everyone who reads this can take something positive from what I’ve said, and make whatever changes they need to make in their own lives. What are some things you’d like to change for 2014?




M.A.C. PRO Paint By Numbers

I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love! I just registered for “Paint By Number” at the M.A.C. PRO Shop on Armitage in my beloved Chicago. Guest Artist David Gilmore will share all the tricks of the trade for applying acrylic body paint, something I’ve been wanting to learn for a while now. This interactive event is for PRO Members only and registration is on a first come, first served basis as the space for the event is limited. This event is being held at other M.A.C. PRO locations in the U.S. and Canada. Did I mention that I love my job?

The Makeup Show-Chicago!

Words cannot express how excited I was about attending a show that was not
previously  held in my hometown! The Makeup Show did NOT disappoint! Not only was I able to score some wonderful deals on makeup tools, but I also had the opportunity to watch some of my Makeup Mentors do what they do best! Reggie Wells, Oprah’s MUA for the past 25 years, debuted HissyFit, his new product that allows you to take your makeup with you in one beautiful, copper-colored compact. We were in awe of how easy the products were to apply, and we were told by Mr. Wells himself, that his new Oprah-inspired product will soon be available to purchase on television. HissyFit helps the woman on the go, who needs her concealer, foundation, blush, etc., to fit into her purse without having to lug around tons of cosmetics. As a keynote speaker, Reggie took us to church! He moved the audience with his tales of life in the industry and how believing in yourself will take you far.

It was beyond cool to meet Red Carpet Makeup Expert Joanna Schlip, who gave a demonstration and took the time to speak with attendees and poise for pictures too! She’s incredibly down to earth and has a sweet personality to boot. Some of you may know Joanna from Oxygen Network’s “Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist”, where she was known for giving the competitors real-life suggestions and great advice on techniques.  I had a chance to sit in on Award Winning Artist Jinny Houle‘s presentation on body painting and let me just say-Jinny made body art look easy! Her water based makeup washes off with soap and water, and can be used to paint abstract designs all over the body. Jinny actually walked through the steps of her Extreme Transformation process by painting her model’s torso and face area. Check out the picture below!

There was a line wrapped around the waiting area to hear Sam Fine speak and watch him demonstrate his talents on a beautiful model! We had a great time during the Q & A session of the seminar due to Sam’s candor and sense of humor! He really is a genuine man, who not only is humble, but shared his life experiences with us and imparted some wisdom, particularly about MUA’s finding their own style and setting goals for themselves.  Sam Fine sold copies of his new DVD, “The Basics of Beauty” and also was so gracious with posing for photos!

I”m already looking forward to The Makeup Show 2012, where professionals can come together and really let their makeup freak flags fly! When you love what you do as much as MUA’s do, it’s so inspiring to be at a venue with hundreds of women and men who chose a path that ultimately gives others a HUGE boost of confidence!