As a pro makeup artist, I receive lots of questions - from the classes I take to the products I use, so I've learned to keep a record of it here. These are the things I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for my fellow pro makeup artists!
I'll do my best to keep these links up to date, but if they are not, please feel free to email me here.
SARAH DEAN (SF East Bay) - I took one of her classes and she shared a lot of great tips from her many years of working from MAC - so insightful! Good for makeup lovers.
San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology - this is where I went to school for esthetics. They try to pack 900 hours into 600 - so we learned SO MUCH!
IMATS - definitely worth your time and $$. This also had a lot of special FX stuff too.
THE MAKEUP SHOW - worth your time and $$.
PHAMEXPO - I went in 2018. It was way different than last year. The location moved from Pasadena to DTLA. Parking was $20 and there weren't as many vendors as the year before, it was pretty dead while I was there on the Saturday. So much so, that I didn't even go back on Sunday. There were lots of picture opportunities tho! I hope things pick up for next year because this is usually my mid-summer shopping fun! Best show to go with friends.
IBS/IECSC Las Vegas - I went in 2018 and loved it! Lots of skincare, some hair brands and lots of nail brands. It was HUGE! So wear comfy clothes and shoes. Lunch is pricey, but they had yummy well-known restaurant food. They also had a reliable bag check so you didn't have to carry around your heavy bags. Note for those flying to Vegas: find a way to ship your aerosols before buying them! The FedEx in the Convention Center was open but refused to ship anything that was compressed. They wouldn't even ship via ground. Next time, I'm driving to this one!
BEAUTYCON (LA) - never been to this but it looks fun! More for consumers tho ... but I think it would be great for getting a pulse on the beauty youtube and blogger industry.
Face & Body (San Jose, CA) - Worth it! They have a lot of brands that even IBS/IECSC didn't have.
International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (Las Vegas) WORTH IT! See IBS above for details.
THE POWDER GROUP - you pay for a membership, but you get what you put into it. That's the best way to describe it. Personally, I love the community. It helped me adjust moving SF to LA. I dunno what I would have done without these guys! And the classes are always worth every penny. I love the community, I love the artists. I have so much fun with my TPG fam!
My Makeup Chair - Tuscany Pro (tall)
My Zuca - Flyer Artist (black/black) I haven't flown with it yet, but so far I love this one the best. I also have a Delsey Helium Shadow 25' suitcase I go back and forth from, depending on how much I need to bring. As an artist, you just have to find what works for you.
Lighting System - The Makeup Light, has been go to for almost a year now. I love how versatile they are. You can have it on a stand, on suction cup to a mirror, or clipped onto something. It's amazing and more compact than some of the other lighting systems I've had.
My Set Bags - Loving the new KatKit Aircraft (with the hot iron pad) for all my hair products and tools. It's pretty lightweight too once it's all zipped up! And then I really love the KatKit Location bag, the size is perfect for me to carry around, not too heavy but can carry a ton of stuff!
My Brush Holder - Brushfolio from Pricsilla Ono I love this one for weddings and places where I can sprawl out on a table. It makes things look pretty and clients feel special. the only thing is that it does not hold a ton of big brushes so I had to buy a couple of these so that I could carry all of them. Also it will not carry any uniquely shaped brushes like the NARS Ita, so you have to carry that separately.
I also love the Smithfolio for when I have a ton of talent to make up. It carries ALL my brushes. Plus clients really love the look of it. It's so pretty!
And for smaller jobs or just for personal travel, my friends and I really like this brush book from Esum. I can easily fit 2-3 sets of makeup brushes in it.
My cart to carry my chair & kit long distances - Magna Cart Flatform on amazon. This has saved me so many times!!! WORTH EVERY PENNY!!