Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Makeup Nirvana, IMATS NYC 2012

Me at IMATS, wearing a Button from They have the funniest shirts and such for makeup artists (MUA) to wear. Like a t-shirt that shows a makeup brush and reads "it's Not a magic wand"!

This past weekend, Kathleen (makeup artist friend) and I stayed in Chelsea, NYC for IMATS -International Makeup Artist Trade Show. We stayed at Ink48 (a Kimpton boutique hotel) and simply.... I highly recommend it. We could walk to Pier 94 for the show which was great.
Gorgeous through and through with a stellar restaurant, Print on the first floor.
Great food, drinks and staff left us feeling wonderful.

Cocoa ribbon pasta, sugar peas, Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta in a Parmesan Cream Sauce was divine.

The garden bar on the top floor had one of the most brilliant views I've ever had the good fortune to see.

Friday night of IMATS was open to Makeup Professionals only. Thank goodness because we would have gotten nothing done without pro night. The rest of the weekend was open to the public and consisted of lots of young girls looking to spot their favorite YouTube beauty guru. In short it was irritating but I do understand, so again, thank the Lord for Pro night.

Me with 5 time Emmy Award Winning MUA, Eve Pearl! She was lovely. Very gracious and helpful. More about Eve:

I met amazing artists of whom I greatly admire and covet their mad skills... Perhaps some day ;).
I bought my very first cosmetic grade airbrush with water based and water proof makeups. Yippee! This makeup and application is virtually undetectable to the eye and camera lense. In addition it is sweat and transfer proof, totally! 12 hours of lasting problem!

I researched this purchase since October and very glad I waited for the Kett Pro System and the better show pricing and freebies :) Now, I just need to complete the class and lots of practice in the coming weeks. More about Kett :

Maybe I can learn how to do this?

Model getting airbrushed.

Completed look! Fabulous :)

Another highlight for me was meeting Dom Briguglio, a master level MUA from Stila. I admire Dom because he started out as a painter like myself. He started at a Sephora in 1998 and is now Director, North American Sales & Pro Artistry Relations for Stila! Go Dom go!
As you can imagine, not all in the beauty industry are always the nicest peeps but I can truly say that everyone we met were nothing short of lovely and Dom was so exceptionally sweet. I would have loved to spend more time with him to get to know him better because I just loved his energy and kindness.

Me, Dom and Kathleen outside the Stila booth.
More about Dom:

So,in short, I came back inspired. I have spent the last few days in the studio working on 1 assemblage painting (wip photo on fb tomorrow) that is coming together nicely and my nights practicing my airbrushing techniques. It's really nice to feel challenged and on task.

Happy creating my friends~

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Middle Aged me!

Yes, I have lavender highlights and I lurve them! My mini midlife crisis ;)

Tomorrow, I turn 40! And yes, let's be honest....That is middle aged! So, I decided that instead of making my loved ones guess or do too much to try to make me feel special on my big day, that I would just ask for what I wanted to do. Brilliant decision thus far. Everyone is relieved and I know the day will be lovely ;)
So, now I can't sleep! 11am I leave for 2 days in NYC to attend IMATS (int'l makeup artist trade show). My friend Kathleen & I have planned for 8 mos for this and it happens to fall on my birthday.
I can't even imagine what I will see & learn! For those unaware, I have been studying makeup, application and skincare like a religion for a few years now. In October I took a very pt position as a newbie makeup artist with a Macy's and I have worked at most counters on the cosmetic floor in a flex capacity.
Six weeks ago, I reached the goal I set out for when I started this. The goal was within 6 months to work hard, very hard to get as "pro" as possible without formal training and to make contacts with the cosmetic company reps that excited me most.
Six months to the day (so crazy), I brought a model to MAC and passed my interview! I am now a MAC freelance artist and I will get their famous training!
MAC challenges you to create 2 looks in 25 minutes of which they tell you when the timer starts! You run around grabbing everything but the sink and hope your model is easy! I brought my gorgeous niece, Jessica and she was the da bomb.

Before and after of Jess for our practice run. I chose to do a modern approach on
the pinup look.

Then 3 days ago, I was being watched by a rep for Dior and was offered a freelance position on my way across the street to get to my car! Freelance artists make amazing money to start and it gets even better with time, in fact I am shocked. I want to help train and encourage women in this field because you can earn a living, support yourself and even work through college! Go girls go!
So, as a freelancer, the more companies I sign with, the more jobs I get, the more contacts I make and the more photo shoots and runway work I can get. Especially when affiliated with MAC, Dior or Chanel (I am going for next)!
I am right now only working 6-17 hours a week because I still have my artful endeavors of course! So as you can see, this IMATS is right up my alley :)
I see IMATS is already sold out for Sat in case you were wondering but Sunday is still open for now.
This is the perfect 40th birthday gift to myself. And really the best part is the ending. I return in time for Sunday brunch with my family at Rat's restaurant in Hamilton, then we tour the famous sculpture garden. Art and makeup.....Yippee!.

Thanks for letting me share my friends.
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