The Makeup Show LA 2016 was exactly one week ago and it was fabulous day of makeup, makeup, and more makeup. Needless to say, this makeup loving beauty blogger had a great time!
The Makeup Show is a two day event that happens in various cities around the USA, which are Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago . It’s a time for beauty industry professionals to convene, network, learn more about upcoming products, and get continuing education.
The way the show is set up, there’s an exhibition area where brands sell products, main stages where keynote presentations are held, as well as smaller venues where you can sit in on makeup master classes. These are all covered by the entrance fee, and in addition there are also more in-depth classes that have an extra fee. In short, it’s makeup artist heaven. I spent most of Saturday there and came home filled with inspiration and, of course, some great products I scored for sweet discounted prices. That’s never a bad thing!
Here’s a roundup of my five favoite moments from The Makeup Show LA. The following photos are from my iPhone 6 and also from Snapchat, hence the captions in the photos.
1. Listening to James Vincent talk about the beauty industry at the blogger preview.
The blogger preview is an hour long and during this time The Makeup Show’s Director of Artistry James Vincent talks to bloggers about the beauty industry and what to look forward to at the show. It was a room packed with familiar blogging faces, which makes it strange to hear that there were only about 8 bloggers in attendance at the very first blogger preview years back. James loves artistry, as do I, and it’s always a pleasure to get his take on what’s happening in the makeup world.
2. Sitting in on the Scott Barnes master class and later interviewing him.
This was the best moment of the show! I have been a fan of Scott’s artistry for so long and to see him at work was truly a dream come true! He and his partner Frank Galasso worked together to give their model (who happened to be Miss California!) a transformation, which was incredible to watch.
Frank has a new line of hair extensions that are quite lovely and happen to come packaged on a hanger, which is something I’ve never seen before. Scott also demonstrated his new line of foundations which look like skin and hold up to 12 hour days.
Of course I wrote down all of Scott’s makeup recommendations! Scott likes the Make Up For Ever Pro HD Powders (as do I), he uses Milk of Magnesia as a primer, he uses a thick piece of glass as a makeup palette, he loves Bdellium makeup brushes, especially the 957 Stippling Brush (and you know I had to get one!), Gucci mascara, and finely milled eyeshadow from brands that include Dior, Inglot, and the now defunct La Femme, which I also adore.
I also had a few moments towards the end of the show to speak with Scott privately and I can’t wait to share more of that interview with you in the next few days. He even remembered a Q & A we did on Painted Ladies a few years ago!
3. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
While we all kind of dispersed and got lost on the show floor, I wish I had some more time to interact with my fellow beauty bloggers. I did see some friends from my days working as a makeup artist, which is always a thrill. While I was waiting for my phone to charge, I talked to some makeup artists who were attending the show and it was so nice
to get their take on the show and the makeup industry. I have to say it was so nice to chat with people who love makeup the way we makeup lovers do. Seriously, we don’t always find that level of mutual understanding in our day to day lives!
4. The various makeup master classes.
I will never tire of seeing makeup done in person. I sat in on a few classes here and there and I came home with renewed inspiration. I wasn’t able to attend the entire Kat Von D presentation, but it was standing room only for Kat!
At one point I was sitting near the Ruby Makeup Academy stage where there was a demo for airbrush body makeup. I learned a few great airbrushing tips that I’ll definitely use with my personal airbrush machine.
5. The glorious show floor.
It was a makeup lovers dream to see so many products from some of my favorite and new-to-me brands all at special show rates. The lines weren’t over the top but in a few cases there was definitely a bit of wait for a few, including Inglot, Kat Von D, NYX, Frend’s, Nigel’s, Crown Brushes and Urban Decay.
I was on a mission to grab a couple of Inglot products and I walked away realizing I need to have all of the Inglot products at some point. These gorgeous shimmery loose powders are next on my list.
I stocked up on makeup essentials at the Nigel’s Beauty Emporium booth, which includes $1 good quality false lashes, and then at RCMA their No-Color transluscent powder which I heard people raving about in the elevator up to the show!
Eugenia Weston is the makeup artist who made eyebrows a thing. Her company is Senna Cosmetics and she truly pioneered products and techniques we use and love today. Most fascinating was the display of her Cosmetology licence, which happened to be Cosmetology license number ONE from the State of California.
The Besame Cosmetics booth won for for greatest booth display of all time ever. Seriously, their booth was flawless from the display to the ladies working the booth!
Viseart eyeshadow palettes as seen at the Frends Beauty booth.
They are super smooth and finely milled! I do want some in the future, and learned they are coming out with smaller sized eyeshadow palettes very soon.
The Makeup Show LA 2016 was a great experience and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to attend. Stay tuned for my interview with Scott Barnes! Visit The Makeup Show online to see about upcoming shows near you.