I've been to many trade shows in the past (WSA, MAGIC, Project, etc. ) when I worked for a major online shoe retailer, but this was my very first beauty industry show. And I have to say, I had a lot of fun at The Makeup Show LA! Maybe it was because of my love of all things makeup, or maybe it was because I was surrounded by so much creativity ... I don't know but either way I know I'll be back next year!
This year The Makeup Show occurred on Saturday March 1st through Sunday March 2nd (Oscar weekend). And I can see why they scheduled it that way - lots of great speakers & makeup artists were in town which made it easier for everyone to drop in on the event. There were about 60+ exhibitors, 7 keynote speakers, 7 hands-on workshops, 12 focus kit building series and an Icon Gallery (Kevyn Aucoin). In addition, many demos by various artists (and a school - Ruby Make Up Academy) were going on throughout the show. My attention was definitely captured the entire time!
For my very first show I chose not to attend any workshops ($140+ each) and focus series ($12 each). I did that because I wasn't sure what to expect. Looking back, I definitely should have taken advantage of all the workshops & series! Next time I will. I mean, here in the Bay classes like those would cost $400 + up! And such a variety of artists - in one place - is difficult to come by these days. So yea, next time this girl is TAKING ADVANTAGE!!
Here was my beauty haul (below). My goal at the show was to touch and feel products, decide if they had any place in my kit. But man was it hard! There was SO MUCH fun stuff!! Plus there were things at pro-price, which I normally don't qualify for (because I'm a just starting out as a makeup artist), so it was extremely difficult to stay focused and not buy the world! LOL
And some pics from the show ...
Overall, it was a great show and I'm excited to see what they have in store for next year!