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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