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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I’m Your Makeup Artist, Not Your Dermatologist.


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.

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!

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!