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,



More Make Up For Ever

I wrote about Make Up For Ever Full Cover (concealer) a few weeks ago. Well, after spending a few days out in this hot Texas heat, I figured there MUST be something a gal could do to fight runny makeup. I decided to dip into my beauty booty and conduct an emergency beauty experiment in my lab (the bathroom).  After applying face primer and MUFE’s Full Cover to my entire face, (I use 2 different colors to avoid an uneven skin tone and to highlight certain areas), I followed up with the delightfully sheer but WATERPROOF Make Up For Ever Face and Body Liquid Makeup. Not only does it glide on easily, but it does a great job of staying in place. The level of coverage is not high, so if you are looking for a full coverage face and body makeup, you may want to try other options (like using the Full Cover concealer first). You have to let the makeup dry for a few minutes after application, especially if you plan to use this makeup on other parts of your body (i.e. legs, arms, chest area).  My skin look dewy and youthful, and my makeup did not budge in the 103 degree heat! 

The Face and Body makeup comes in a variety of shades and is best applied with a sponge versus a brush. Go to to view shades from Soft Beige all the way to Ebony, and it’s worth mentioning that Make Up For Ever understands that we come in all shades PLUS all different undertones. Some of us have pink undertones while others have yellow or olive undertones and matching foundation to the undertone is just as important as getting the right shade of foundation! You’ve all seen the photos of women who look PINK or ORANGE in a photo due to them wearing the wrong foundation, right? I think Make Up For Ever has done a good job of creating colors that can work for all skin tones. Pricing is a bit high ($38) for the Face and Body Liquid Makeup, but is absolutely worth the money. Although Make Up For Ever doesn’t allow you to purchase products on their website, you can certain take your cute self over to your local Sephora store or purchase the products from ! Let me know how it works for you by leaving a comment!