I’m so sad you guys. The Makeup Show Orlando 2017 is now over and I honestly have no idea what to do with myself. There was so much planning and preparation put into attending this show. I even rented a lens that was a total dud on the day of, but that is a different story. This year’s show was much like the others, a total success! The Makeup Show Orlando was so fun and I hope to go back next year. Here are a few of the highlights from the show along with a heavy load of images.
The Makeup Show Play Area
Something new this year at The Makeup Show Orlando was the play area. No, it wasn’t equipped with a bouncy house, although that would have been awesome. The play area was equipped with new makeup for the attendees to test before purchasing the items for their kit. I was drawn in my the lights and had to look at the array of items on the table. If you saw my Instagram story (@sweettartbeauty) then you were able to see all the goodies on the table. The lens I was using at the time wouldn’t’ focus so that I could get a good shot so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Sorry for that mishap, the lens was just a pain in my side so for the rest of the show I switched back to my nifty fifty.
The Body Art
I was so enamored by the beauty of the body art that the makeup artist were completing on the exhibit floor. I saw all kinds of creatures and beauty and realized in that moment that I wish I could do something that cool. Check out a few images below:
The Seminars and Workshops
The seminars and keynote forums were top-notch once again this year. With seminars and keynotes from top talent such as; James Vincent, Eugenia Weston, Nicholas Lujan, Bethany Townes, Reggie Wells, and Jordan Liberty, just to name a few. My favorite seminar was conducted by Eugenia Weston on the art of brows. As much as I hate using the word guru, Eugenia is the eyebrow guru or as I prefer to say it the eyebrow genie. She comes across very firm yet approachable and very sweet. She knows her craft and I was honored to hear her speak.
This year there were so many brands there that I loss count. I had no idea what direction to go in because my senses were peaked at every corner. There were four booths I knew I wanted to visit long before it was even time for the show. They were; Bexvanity, House of Beauty, 42 Dubonnet, and Kat Von D Beauty. Prior to the show I had been following these brands on Instagram and I was eager to get speak with them about their brand and what motivated them to create.
The crowds were so busy that I only had a chance to really have a conversation with Rebecah the founder of Bexvanity. Her entire team was so nice and I couldn’t get over her willingness to speak with me even though my speech is affected by a recent stroke like event. Rebecah was very patient with me and was so kind to tell me about Bexvanity and what inspired her to start her brand. Rebecah is a true Girlboss and I hope that you all will support her work, not only as a makeup artist (She attended Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry) but also her apparel company. Plus if I had to judge booths, in my opinion Bexvanity and Kat Von D Beauty stole the show. Rebecah’s flower wall and lettering were so my style. I wanted to take the wall with me!
At 42 Dubonnet, the owner mentioned to me that she would like her brand to help women feel beautiful in their own skin. We shared the same idea that all women are beautiful. Her company has a very vintage feel and my friend would have gone crazy over her outfit. I wanted to get a shot of her outfit but once again my camera was being a diva. I did however snap a selfie so that works right?!
The Kat Von D booth was so flipping amazing. All of the makeup artist had very cute outfits on and their makeup was perfection. They were so helpful and even helped me out of my wheelchair to take a picture on the Kat Von D Beauty throne. As many of you know kindness goes far for me so I want to thank all of the booths mentioned here and encourage you to shop with them.
Here are a few images of some of the people I met at the booths and the products that were available at the show:
I would like to end this article with a quote from Shelly Taggar, the owner of The Makeup Show. In reference to the Orlando show Shelly is quoted as saying ,“The Makeup Show is not only a trade show or just a place to shop and take classes, it is a place to get inspired, get focused, to be among other industry peers, and share your knowledge and experience and love of makeup. The Makeup Show has given artists opportunity and has changed so many people’s lives, and that makes me very proud. Having 4,000 attendees come through the door in one weekend is a true testament to why we bring this show to five markets each year. We are looking forward to continuing this trend in 2017 with our next stop in NYC, and following that Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles.” Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show”
The end of last year was difficult on me and affected my health to the point that I need assistance to do everything. The Makeup Show team understood that and allowed me to bring my sister to help me cover the show. This kindness melts my heart and I hope to continue to cover The Makeup Show in the coming years. Thank you Melody, Andrea, and James Vincent for your continued kindness.
Will you be in attendance at the Makeup Show NYC ? Trust me this is an event that you don’t want to miss. I’d like to take this time to thank The Makeup Show for inviting me back year after year. Your show is a much-needed and I hope that you continue to return to Orlando!