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Beauty Rocks at the Makeup Show 2016

k150_28Stiletto_City_heel_iconSZDWhether you are a pro makeup artist or just someone who loves experimenting with makeup, The Makeup Show is an annual event not to be missed. With dozens of beauty product vendors, classes by makeup professionals, demos, seminars and a career fair for those wanting to break into the industry as a hair or makeup stylist, The Makeup Show has been going for 10 years. Every year it seems to get more packed. This year was no exception as the California Mart filled with beauty enthusiasts eager to check out new products from top brands and learn tips from experts in the business. I went and I was ready to shop and be inspired!

Demos at The Makeup Show 2016


Highlights of The Makeup Show 2016

What I Wore

I like to keep it casual for shopping, especially at conventions when there will be a lot of crowds and walking. But that doesn’t mean forgoing making a statement. A hat always does the trick and my vintage, faux leopard, pillbox hat is a go-to for daytime wear. I paired it with a vintage reproduction hot rod club t-shirt, statement necklace, capri pants and light canvas moto jacket. And of course shopping bags full of goodies make the best accessories!

OOTD The Makeup Show 2016


OOTD The Makeup Show 2016

My Haul

I can’t go to a Makeup Show and not do some shopping. While it’s a great opportunity for makeup artists to load up their kits and buy in bulk for a discount, it’s also good for bloggers like me to check out new products and to purchase products at a reduced price to try out. So my shopping bags were filled with:

New brushes from Crown Brushes

Hair padding from Straight Pin Studio

Ultralucent Setting Powder from Cinema Secrets

Makeup Setting Spray from Model in a Bottle


What to Wear

There are lots of Makeup Shows happening year-round in different cities – check out one near you. Be sure to dress with a sense of fashion and comfort to move through the crowds with ease. A vintage-style T-shirt will keep you cool and comfortable. Pair it with a statement necklace to upgrade a casual look to chic sensibility. Retro-style culotte pants are on trend for spring and come in playful patterns. Bring a light jacket in case it gets chilly and you’re good to go! Click the links to shop* this look!

Shopping Style

Don’t forget to check out some of the great beauty brands featured at the Makeup Show. Some products I recommend include Sephora’s new matte lipstick, Besame’s brightening powders and Make up For Ever’s HD collection.

Makeup Show Recommendations


The Makeup Show takes places at cities across the country. Check the website for locations and dates.

Stay beautiful,

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The Makeup Show LA 2015

k150_26heel iconThe Makeup Show returned to Los Angeles for a full weekend of makeup artistry, brands showcasing their best products, demonstrations, makeup tips and business advice for those working to make a career in the industry.

Taking place at California Mart downtown, the show drew cosmetics enthusiasts as well as professionals to take it all in, many of whom come as walking advertisements for their style and best makeup looks. Of course, I had to put a cute outfit together for the occasion, with my new Unique Vintage dress featuring faces all over it. I always enjoy the makeup demos and a chance to check out the best of the brands that are hoping makeup artists will take advantage of the show discounts to load up their kits and bloggers like me with try something new to write about.

The Makeup Show LA

The show was packed for both days and it seemed everywhere you turned there was another exciting makeup demo taking place from classic looks to airbrush art to over-the-top editorial looks.

The Makeup Show LA

I caught a few demos including one from Shanna Cistulli for Cinema Secrets working her magic on my pal Doris Mayday (also known as model manager for Pinup Girl Clothing.) The demo also included some words of wisdom from Makeup Artist Legend/Cinema Secrets Founder Maurice Stein who stressed the importance of cleaning makeup brushes after every use! I caught up with Maurice after the demo and asked if makeup artists really don’t clean their brushes – he said some reuse brushes on SEVERAL clients before cleaning them. YUCK – can you say breakouts and illness!

The Makeup Show LA Cinema Secrets Demo

On Sunday, I caught a great demo by Helen Philips for Sephora using Sephora’s impressive collection of colorful eyeshadows that come in different finishes from matte to shimmer to mirror to glitter. She also gave a pro tip for makeup goofs – if you use makeup remover to fix a mistake and have a hole left in your foundation – use primer to fill it. I tried this a few days later and it works like a charm!

The Makeup Show Sephora Demo

Out in the booths I checked out Sephora’s eyeshadow and blushes that can be easily take out of their packaging and put in a customized palette. I also liked the T3 Micro’s line of curling irons and hot rollers that promise to leave hair shiny and smooth with bouncy curls. And I caught up with the Besame booth to find out what lipstick is seen on my new favorite show “Agent Carter.” Her secret weapon? Besame’s Red Velvet!

Besame's Red Velvet Lipstick

Check out more pix from the scene:

The Makeup Show LA

The Makeup Show LA

The Makeup Show LA

And now for my Makeup Show haul! I came home with lots of exciting new products to try including:


The Makeup Show takes place in cities including LA, New York, Orlando, Dallas and Chicago as well as pop up shops, throughout the year. Check the website for the next one near you!

For the love of makeup,

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