Hello Beautiful people!
I recently was able to attend the Face & Body Midwest Spa Conference in Chicago, Il. It was also a part of America’s Beauty Show. I have been to smaller trade shows but this was by far the largest. It took place at the McCormick Place Conference Center. This trade show was the who’s who of the hair, spa and makeup world.
I got the chance to connect with new and exciting products which I can’t wait to bring into my beauty studio. One of the best purchases was the Kett Fixx Creme. It is a wax based creme foundation which makes it bulletproof! This is perfect for my upcoming wedding season to ensure the makeup I do lasts and lasts.
I also picked up some amazing new wax and implements to help soothe skin after waxing and skin treatments. I got to try out other new skin care products from Skin Script which is going to enhance my facial services.
One of the most rewarding parts of this trip was getting to reconnect with Michigan
Devawn and I
Makeup Academy which is where I went to learn about makeup. Devawn is the owner and has some really exciting programs coming up including essential and advanced artistry courses. They also have new options for financing your education so there’s no excuse!!!
Until next time loves!
Makeup by Roshar for Makeup First
First off, I owe you all a HUGE apology. I had some technical issues and that prevented me from being able to keep you posted on my adventures. So we have a ton of things to catch up on! For starters, this past weekend I went all the way to Chicago (it’s really not that far lol) for The Makeup Show. This is America’s largest PRO ONLY makeup event. It was so exciting to be in an environment of my peers who came from all over! If you ask my husband he will tell you that the night before I left I could hardly sleep since the excitement was building up. This was my first time attending!
Makeup for Mehron
I made sure to get there early and there was already a line of people ready to get access to the hottest brands. I went in with a game plan, or so I thought. When I reached the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center I just didn’t know where to begin. I walked around to see the who’s who in the industry and introduce myself to brands that I wanted to familiarize myself with.
I had to act quickly though because Renny Vasquez was set to start his keynote at 10:30. He is such an inspirational makeup artist. He shared with us some of his techniques and
Me and Renny Vaszquez
tricks. What really stood out to me were two things. First, singer Brandy created a surprise video giving him encouraging words. That spoke highly of his artistry. He also spoke of his industry mentors with powerhouse names like Sam Fine and James Vincent. But what spoke of his character is how he shed tears when he shared his journey starting out as a shampoo assistant and had been doing that job all the way up to last year. He gave all honor to God and it touched me in a way that no one really has. I almost cried. He is the Cinderella story of the makeup industry.
Me and Orlando Santiago
I then took classes on foundation and building your kit and even some bridal. These workshops challenged me to think of makeup more critically as more than just what colors to use. Orlando Santiago encouraged his students to think of how products will work with each other based on their chemistry makeup. I hadn’t much given it thought. He spoke of pitfalls to avoid and etc.
One of the greatest takeaways from the whole
Me and Danessa Myrick
event was the portfolio review at the end of the show. I felt awful because I didn’t even realize this would be offered so I didn’t have my printed portfolio. I had to pull together a digital one and pray for the best. Well I got advice from Danessa Myricks, Orlando Santiago and James Vincent. They could feel my passion and liked my work! They gave me tips on how to present my portfolio and gave me hope for my future. I left The Makeup Show Chicago floating on cloud 9!