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,
Three days ago, my husband and I picked up our good friends who flew in from Texas for a visit. We took them to breakfast and as we were sitting there, catching up, I felt someone bump my chair by accident, as the waiter led the party to their table. I glanced over, and saw that the gentleman who bumped my chair was the one and only Reggie Wells! I think I almost scared my group with my sharp intake of breath, and overall giddiness. My husband and friends got a quick bio from me about Mr.Wells, and we quickly dubbed him as, “The Michael Jordan of Makeup.”
I knew in my heart that I needed to briefly (and quickly) let Mr. Wells know how much he has inspired me to continue to work on my craft, and make my mark in the makeup world. I introduced myself and told Reggie that after hearing him speak at The Makeup Show-Chicago in 2011, I did some self-reflection and realized that I needed to take a leap of faith, and leave the field of education (Reggie’s previous career), and move forward with plans
Picture taken by Tiffany Payne-Griffin, 2011
to work as an artist full-time. We chatted briefly, and after Reggie inspected my eyebrows (I got the seal of approval), he gave me a big hug, wished me well and I floated back to my table on cloud 9. Does it matter if Reggie ever remembers this conversation? No. What matters is that I am so grateful that I had an opportunity to thank Mr. Wells, a pioneer in the field. He has paved the way for so many other artists, especially African-American artists, and shares life lessons every time he speaks.
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!