The Makeup Show- LA

The folks behind this event finally fixed the payment method on their website, so I was able to get my tickets at the last possible minute! Gah! I had actually forgotten about this show… most of my attention goes to IMATS. The Makeup Show is a miniature version of IMATS. It’s a good way to get a preview for the big show, and a chance to get your hands on as-yet-unreleased products from any given major makeup brand (except MAC. They don’t exhibit here… yet).
I likely won’t get any makeup (I’m sure I have quite enough)… but I’ll be there to poke around and see what’s what. It’s also a nice way to network and get to know other professionals.
I have to get up earlier this time. Last year I showed up right when the doors opened and it was PACKED! I was there all plain and makeup free, and these folks were DRESSED TO THE NINES… with fabulous hair and makeup to boot. I never shop all made up though. I’m a bit of a ‘power shopper.’ I get in, get what I want, and get out.
I may also check out a few classes while I’m there.
No matter what… I’ll be sure to take a ton of pictures to post and share!


I wanted to start this blog with something big… something FABULOUS. Enter: THE MAKEUP SHOW-LA

I have to admit, when I first got the invitation, I thought it was bogus. It’s not like IMATS (although it’s trying to give the well established makeup show some competition) in color, clout, and creativity. But it’s getting there.

The show started at 9:00. I got there at 8:50, parked my car for $9 (LA parking… gotta love it), and figured I’d be the first in line. NOT. Plenty of women were already lined up… dressed and made up to the 9’s… and chomping at the bit to get in!

My first stop: HAKUHODO

That man… Marty, is the COOLEST EVER! Love him. Totally patient and sweet and all around wonderful. I don’t know the name of the young lady, but believe me when I tell you that she KNOWS her product. She was very clear and precise about how to best use every brush, including the infamous G257 (which I already have). Pixiwoo (Samantha Chapman of fame) uses it to buff in foundation. Apparently that’s a no no! The hairs (goat) are dyed and can change over time. Better for buffing in powder, she says. That way, you don’t lose the hairs (they won’t shed nearly as much). She instead sold me an undyed goat’s hair brush which is AMAZING for buffing liquids or creams. Either way, I now  have both. I promise to use them responsibly!


I was there for one reason and one reason only: AQUA CREAMS
Not widely available until June, but they had every single color for 40% off (which is the regular pro discount)! I bought nine. Pictures later. One problem: I’d ordered #13, which is a red, and discovered on my way  home that they’d actually given me #3, which is a silver! BOOOO!!! I was not going back and paying for parking again to make the switch. I’ll have to wait until June to get the red. On the up side, the silver looks a LOT like Illamasqua’s Phenomena, which is not available in the US. Plus, it’s waterproof and creaseproof. Phenomena is not. Sooooooooooo…. I’m sure I can find some good use for it.

More pictures:

A complete list of my MAKEUP SHOW haul is coming… with photos. Stay tuned!