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This Weekend! The Makeup Show NYC

This weekend, May 7-8th, kicks off the NYC Makeup Show, which for those who don’t know, is the holy grail of beauty brands and makeup professionals. The Makeup Show is the largest pro makeup event in the United States and teaches event goers techniques straight off the NYFW runways as well as giving them the opportunity to mingle with talented artists and shop their favorite pro brands (at a super discounted price, might I add). It’s also a time for star brands to unveil their latest collections and products for the first time ever. Like MAKE UP FOR EVER, will preview four products from their new Professional Artistic Collection which aren’t slated to launch until September. They also are offering discounds on some of their most esteemed core products.

The show runs from May 7-8, 9;00 am-6:00 pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, NYC.

The Makeup Show is open to all professionals working or studying in the beauty and fashion industry. For tickets and to learn more visit: themakeupshow.com/nyc

The Makeup Show NY Opens Doors May 1st

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The countdown to one of the most anticipated beauty industry events of the year starts now! Back for its 11th year and follow the success of the 10th anniversary in 2015, The Makeup Show event lineup is bigger and better – if that’s even possible! Mark your calendars for April 29 – May 2nd because here’s what we have to look forward to:

The Makeup Show Gala will be held Friday, April 29 from 7-10 pm and will shed light onto the next ten years by looking back into the past. Celebrating David Bowie, this year’s contest and theme will be “Sound and Vision” and guests are encouraged to arrive in either cocktail attire or their “Bowie-best” (lightening bolt makeup encouraged) to enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and networking.

The Keynote & Business Forum is a staple for The Makeup Show and will highlight a range of topics and themes such as innovation, diversity and signature celebrity style. This year’s keynotes include Scott Barnes, sharing insight on “The Signature Style of a Celebrity Artist”, Nick Lujan and Lori Taylor, Hosted by James Vincent discussing “The Skin That I’m In: Diversity in Artistry and Application” and Gregory Arlt on his career in makeup.

The Career Fair is back Sunday, May 1 from 4:30-6 pm to provide the face-to-face interview and career tips you need to land your dream job.

Finish off the weekend with the Beauty Tour NYC as James Vincent, The Makeup Show’s Director of Artistry and Education takes you through a champs filled ride around the city sightseeing his favorite makeup haunts.

The Makeup Show YC is held on Sunday, May 1st from 9 am – 6 pm and on Monday, May 2nd from 9 am-5 pm at Metropolitan Pavilion. For a complete schedule and ticket information visit themakeupshow.com.

Touring The Makeup Show with James Vincent

james vincent the makeup show

This year celebrates the 9th annual Makeup Show NYC and Pretty Connected was lucky enough to celebrate alongside fellow beauty insiders. This year, the show as bigger than ever bringing more brands, sponsors, and education. The weekend kicked off with The Makeup Show Gala followed by the sneak peek preview for a select few over the weekend.

Sneek Peek of The Makeup Show with James Vincent: Top Beauty Products to have on Your Radar

The Makeup Show, James Vincent
The Makeup Show preview with James Vincent

The Makeup Show officially kicked off this morning (and runs through tomorrow) and spans 2 floors with over 85 beauty brands (including top brands like NARS, Make Up For Ever, OCC Makeup, Inglot, Stila, Smahbox…), 10 keynote speakers, and more then 20 seminars. An event truly dedicated to makeup artists with discounts on products (you otherwise never see), top educational speakers, and the opportunity to meet the creatives and founder behind the brands we love. This is where the leaders of the beauty industry will be and probably one of the most important networking events for anyone trying to break into beauty or has any questions on how to advance or develop their skills and career.

The Makeup Show

Last night, I joined the incredible the Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine and celebrity makeup artist, James Vincent as he gave us bloggers a sneak preview of some of the products debuting at the show. And as you can tell from the goody bag above, there’s a lot to be excited about! I wish I had time to test everything out to tell you which booths are a must visit but here are a few of the products that instantly caught my eye…


OCC Makeup Lip Tar Staind Gloss – this is the only product I’ve had a chance to try and I’m IN LOVE. 5 years ago at The Makeup Show, David, OCC’s founder launched lip tar which is still one of the most pigmented HD lip products on the market and was one of the first innovators in that category. This season at The Makeup Show he’s launching Lip Tar Stained Gloss and it’s beautiful. The payoff and color that comes out of that small tube is incredible. And it’s so light (which is not something I would say about the original Lip Tar). It has great shine and is considerably softer shade then you see in the tube. I have shade Rhythm Box, which I thought would be a dark wine color but instead is more of a soft, bright raspberry shade. It’s so pretty!

The Makeup Show

The others that stood out were ALCONE MAKE-OFF professional make-up remover for eyes, face and lips. James went on about these remover pads and how it not only gets off everything (waterproof products and all) but doesn’t leave a film on your face. This makes it a lot easier for makeup artists that want to use it for touch ups possible since they have the ability to apply product over it without hassle.

Kevin Aucoin has a new eye palette, The Essential Eye Shadow Set that has a mix of black, olive and maroon (which are now acceptable for spring) mixed with a dusted blue and white.

The Magic Touch I’m extremely excited to try. It’s a new kind of makeup sponge that sqweegees your makeup on for a flawless application. It makes less product go further and last longer. The part about it hiding your pores and giving you perfect skin really spoke to me. If this can enhance everything from my foundation to bronzer application, I’m all in.

Brooklyn based Armour has a new nude pink lip gloss, Divine that’s so pretty. They have great glosses with beautiful finishes that don’t get messy or stuck in your hair.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge — which is an existing dual sided stain and gloss that has been a staple in my makeup case since launching. At the show they are debuting their newest shade #16, which is a pretty bright fuchsia.

Stila is always launching fun, inexpensive mini lip glaze sets which are the perfect fit for any makeup case. Plus at $12 for 3 shades ($41 value), it’s a great brand for encouraging customers to try new shades and experiment with different colors. The newest trio, Harvest Set has vanilla, orchard and spice shades that range the gamete of bronze, pink and gold with a little sparkle.

So what are you waiting for, head to The Makeup Sho!

The Makeup Show starts Sunday, May 5th 9 – 6pm through Monday May 6th 9am – 5pm a the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC. For a complete list of participating brands, tickets, speakers and events, visit the makeupshow.com

James Vincent Presents The Makeup Show 2011 in NYC

If you’re in the beauty world or aspire to be a makeup artist you by now you should know about The Makeup Show. And if you don’t, visit their website right now! Now in their 6th year, The Makeup Show is a two-day exhibition that takes place in NY, LA, Chicago and Europe, and exposes guests to some of the top artists, brands, workshops, seminars and is the best go-to resource for how to get started in this industry. It’s also one of the only times top brands, including NARS Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, YSL, Stila… will offer their products at a discount (it’s a good time to stock up).


Last night, James Vincent, the Director of Education and Artist Relations for The Makeup Show hosted a blogger preview party, and gave us bloggers some fun goodies to try. He also introduced The Makeup Show and it’s importance to makeup artists everywhere (watch the video above). The only item in the gift bag I’ve tried thus far is MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Liner, which I’m currently having a love affair with. I received a few samples from them last week and all I can say is if you’re  a liquid liner fan this is a must-try! It’s so easy to use and waterproof. This liner got me through all the beaches and pools in Acapulco. And now that I’m back in NY, and it’s raining buckets, but my eyeliner is staying put!

Following the blogger preview party, The Makeup Show hosted a makeup art exhibition, “New York Groove, A Gallery of Makeup Art”. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Creative & Artistic Director Dany Sanz took the cake in the performance and live art she developed. Sanz created three different looks (in human marionette form); a Ballerina, a Rockette and a Chorus Line dancer. Now much more NY can you get? Check out the performance!

The Make Up Show NYC – May 15 – May 16th at the Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th Street

For more information visit themakeupshow.com

James Vincent kicks off the Makeup Show NYC

As Director of Artistry for The Makeup Show, On Makeup Magazine and The Powder Group (not to mention an extensive background of work for some of the most notable cosmetic brands and celebrities), renowned makeup artist, James Vincent hosted a special preview of all the great brands and products being showcased at this years The Makeup Show NYC.

With a very comedic and entertaining delivery, Vincent was nothing short of impressive in both his vast amount of product knowledge, as well as his ability to introduce the audience to a number of new brands (all of which I look forward to learning more about).  I’m so excited for the show!

If you are in the any way shape or form affiliated with this industry, The Makeup Show New York is a must! May 16-17, tickets are available