The Makeup Show Orlando Recap
I finally made it to The Makeup Show Orlando this year and I’m stoked to share my experience with you! I apologize in advance for the photo quality; I only had my iPhone most of the time. The entire show, I was lugging around my kit and didn’t have enough hands for my camera bag. This was one of those weekends where I wish I could have a cloned of myself to be able to be at multiple places at once and to lend me an extra hand, or at least carry my camera around.
Pre-show event (Friday Night)
I went to The Makeup Show blogger preview and celebrity makeup artist, James Vincent, (check out my interview with him here) talked to all of the blogger about the must-have items and products that he loves from The Makeup Show. If that wasn’t awesome enough, The Makeup Show also gave all of the bloggers hefty swag bags, filled with most of James Vincent’s go-to products.
After the blogger preview wrapped up, the bloggers were asked to stay and hang out for the team selection for the “Face to Face” competition.
I was attending The Makeup Show not only as a blogger, but also as s finalist in the “Face to Face” competition. When I headed to the stage to get selected for a team, I was very nervous. I didn’t want to relive my elementary school days when no one wanted me on their kick ball team, which usually lead to me getting picked last.
The way the “Face to Face” competition works, is that a group of 12 finalists are selected to compete at the show. Then, all of the finalist line up in front of the mentors and a large screen displays samples of their best work. The celebrity artists then have to pick their team based on those photos. The fun part about this is when the mentors battle it out, in efforts to get a contestant to join their team. If more than one mentor wants a finalist, the finalist then has to pick whose team he or she would like to be on.
To my surprise, Orlando Santiago and the Danessa Myricks/Kathy Aragon team both wanted me in their group. I originally had my heart set on being on Orlando’s team, but after I got there, I decided to go with Danessa Myricks & Kathy Aragon’s team. I felt that this team would really allow my creativity to shine.
Day 1 of The Makeup Show
I had to be up at the crack of dawn to make it to my call time for the first challenge of the “Face to Face” competition.
For the first challenge, I worked with a partner to create a celebrity inspired look on a model. Of course, there was a twist. The celebrity had to look like they got into an altercation wit the TMZ paparazzi.
For my second challenge, I worked against my partner to create a runway inspired look using only 5 shades of liptars. Danessa Myricks was my mentor and she was was super helpful. She helped me understand that liptars can be used on the cheeks and eyes if you use them carefully.
This challenge was tricky, but I did my best. The judges reviewed our looks and we were asked to return in the morning to find out if we were moving on to round 3.
That evening I was exhausted from doing makeup all day. Literally, ALL DAY!
But, I put myself together and I met up with some of the ladies from the group I recently founded called The South Florida Beauty & Fashion Bloggers. We all went to Emeril’s restaurant, Tchoup Chop. It was such a lovely evening filled with great company, conversation and yummy bites.
Day 2 of The Makeup Show
I returned on day two of the show, sleep deprived, slightly delusional, but ready to put my best zombie face forward. I then found out that I wasn’t moving forward in the show, which was bittersweet. Part of me was kind of bummed, but I was also happy because now I could actually walk around the show and visit all of the vendor booths!
In my exploring adventure I also discovered a really cool emerging brand called Breakups to Makeup. They sell the cutest makeup accessories and clothing with sassy sayings such as, “I would cry, but my mascara is designer.” You know I had to pick up a shirt from here!
All in all, The Makeup Show Orlando was a wonderful experience and an amazing networking opportunity. I not only met some of the best pros in the industry, but I also met several talented makeup artist from South Florida.
I can’t wait for next year!
Did you go to The Makeup Show Orlando? What was your favorite product from the show?