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,
As a makeup artist, it is my job to create an illusion of beautiful skin, not correct skin problems like acne, hyper-pigmentation, eczema, rosacea, etc. I direct all clients with skin issues to a dermatologist who can handle their needs. I’m not an esthetician or dermatologist, which means that I’m not a licensed professional who can treat skin issues. I know general information and because I read, research, ask questions, and genuinely care about the clients I work with, I like being informed and being able to offer assistance. There are some makeup artists who do double duty as licensed estheticians. Those artists are extremely qualified to help improve skin problems and I salute them!
Here’s the thing: some of us makeup artists who are NOT estheticians would love to help banish blemishes, add moisture to the skin, and provide products that even out skin tones, but we can’t, so we need to start directing clients to the appropriate sources. Makeup Guru Sam Fine discussed this very topic at The Makeup Show a few years ago. I can tell people all about how well a certain product works for my dry, eczema prone skin, but that doesn’t mean that the product will work for someone else. I don’t know what it feels like to have acne, but a relative does, and so, I turn to her for skin care advice that I pass on to others. As much as I enjoy helping others feel beautiful, I know when I need to stay in my lane. Recommending products to help recreate the illusion of good skin is okay, in my opinion, but you will never see me trying to TREAT a skin problem on a client. Again, that’s not my role. Sometimes, because we care, makeup artists can find themselves trying to solve a problem that only a licensed professional can fix, and that can’t be the focus of the appointment. When a client leaves my chair, and I see that happy smile on her face (sometimes “his” face), I know I’ve done the work that makes me proud, and that’s what matters in the end.
Today’s post is an “almost” re-post from 2011 (click link in hot pink below) because sadly, some folks still don’t understand how to make their eyebrows presentable. You should not have square, drawn-on eyebrows, unless you are trying to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Airbrushed looking eyebrows are not cute either. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the artistry of (in no particular order) Sam Fine, Tia Dantzler, Billy B, and Pat McGrath. These artists are truly gifted and know that a strong brow is NOT the same as a fake, over drawn on brow.
There are ways to look “hot” and ways to look “not” so if you are even a tad bit unsure about how to groom your brows, please revisit my previous posting “Brow Beating 101” and share this with everyone you know. My patience is wearing thin! Enjoy your Friday!
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!