posted on: 11.19.2014
Time to recap The Makeup Show Orlando! It was certainly a whirlwind weekend, and was certainly not without its hiccups. I'm going to warn you: this is a photo-heavy post, but if you're into special effects makeup and makeup in general, you'll want to see this pictures. So make sure to click through to read on for my whole recap!
The weekend started off on Friday with the Blogger Preview event. At the Blogger Preview event, the always lovely James Vincent speaks with the bloggers and talks about things that are not to be missed throughout the show. My favorite part of the Blogger Preview, besides seeing James, is being reunited with all of my blogging boo boos that I never get to see throughout the year. It's so much fun!
Now let's get to the actual show. My favorite thing about The Makeup Show is seeing the art being created around me- from amazingly complex special effects makeup to beautifully intricate body paintings. So the "hiccups" I was referring to earlier comes into play for this day- I got randomly sick after the Blogger Preview the night before and I was just out of it on Saturday, so unfortunately I wasn't able to take advantage of much. BUT, I was able to catch part of Eryn Krueger Mekash's keynote. If you don't know who she is, she is the American Horror Story: Freak Show department head and is just so brilliant and talented.
On Sunday, I was able to go to the show for a bit longer even though I wasn't feeling 100%. You guys, it is straight up terrible to go to a trade show when you're not feeling well. I will note that I was not contagious at any point- it all stems from some issues I've been having with my blood sugar, that's all. Regardless, I made the most of the show and was able to network with some really awesome brands and do some serious shopping (as you saw from my haul post yesterday). I was able to catch Tia Dantzler's keynote, and picked up some great tips from her. She is so wonderful, you guys!
Then came the final keynote of the weekend: the Face Off panel. To be honest, this was the one thing I knew I could NOT miss this weekend. I'm a huge fan of the show, and was so intrigued to hear about their experiences working in FX and on the show. They are all such interesting individuals and I think it is SO cool that they're all based in Orlando. On the panel were Laura Tyler, Eric Garcia, David O'Connell, and Nix Herrera.
So my recap is pretty bare as I didn't get to be there as much as I wanted, but hey! I made the best of it. I was really loving all the artists working during the show and the pieces they created, so I'm going to dump some more photos from the show now.
If you ever have the chance to attend The Makeup Show, whether it be as a professional or as press, DO IT. Seriously. It is a more intimate trade show compared to other beauty trade shows, and the people are really friendly (and talented!). Plus, the wealth of information you'll learn is invaluable. While I couldn't take full advantage of the weekend like I had hoped, I still had a great time and CAN NOT wait for the next time The Makeup Show rolls into town (which will be January 30 + 31, 2016).
If you went to the show this weekend, what was your favorite part? Or, if you've ever been to The Makeup Show, share your experience in the comments! I'd love to be able to attend the other shows around the country in the future.