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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

Mark Your Calendar: Events from A|X, Dior + Harper’s Bazaar, Mally, Cynthia Rowley + Amika, and Spa Week

What: Shop the A|X Armani Exchange PopDown. Womens Styles Only
When: March 19th – April 20th, from 9:00am – 9:30pm
Where: A|X Flatiron Store. 129 5th Avenue (at 20th St.), Lower Level

Starting March 19th, A|X Armani Exchange will launch its first-ever A|X PopDown Shop at the Flatiron store. With all items marked at 40% off, the new A|X PopDown Shop is an exclusive women’s only private sale that will serve as an underground hotspot featuring some of the most stylish A|X wear-now pieces, including dresses, denim, accessories and outerwear.


What: Meet with a Dior Beauty Consultant to determine your new Dior beauty look, and the complementary makeup products.
When: March 21-31
Where: The Dior counter at participating Macy’s nationwide

Harper’s Bazaar and Dior launch a new program that makes it easy for readers to update their look for spring. From March 21-31, women can meet with a Dior Beauty Consultant at participating Macy’s nationwide, to discover their new look, get beauty tips and expert makeup tricks. To sign up and find the next available appointment nearest you, go to bazaarconnect.com.

On Bazaar Connect, readers can also experience the rich history that Dior and Harper’s Bazaar have shared since Dior’s debut of the ever-iconic New Look in 1947, with videos, illustrations, slideshows, product recommendations, and more.


What:    Join The Powder Group and Michael Duenas, Founder of Hair Room Service for Hair Styling Education.
When:   March 24th
Where: Make Up For Ever studio, 8 East 12th Street, NYC, NY 10035

COST:$45 for TPG Pro members for all each class, $65 for non-members

*Product is supplied for use in the program. A product gift from Schwarzkopf will be provided to all attendees.

Hair Room Service founder Michael Dueñas will be presenting two amazing events this month in NYC – Building Your Basic Hair Kit and On Set Hair Styling!


Building Your Basic Hair Kit 03/24/2012 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Having at least a basic understanding of hair is essential for many makeup artists working today. In this first time seminar celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas demystifies the many tools and products of professional hairstylist and makes it easy for beginners to understand what they need to form the foundations of a basic styling kit if they are looking to add styling to their resume.

On Set Hair Styling For Every Artist 03/24/2012 3:00pm – 5:00pm

As budgets tighten and the makeup market becomes more saturated, building a skill set that differentiates you from other makeup artists is necessary. In this seminar celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas takes you through some basic on set styling that works for bridal, editorial or any area of the industry. From understanding a blowout to a simple up-do Michael teaches you the techniques that have him working with celebrities including, Kim Cattrall, Lady Gaga, the cast of Glee and Padma Lakshmi. To register for our hairstyling events click here or email [email protected]


What: Join Mally at Henri Bendel
When: March 29th, 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Henri Bendel – 712 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

 The ultimate girl’s night out, Mally is hosting a Master Class, where she will be spilling all her secrets and sharing her must have beauty products!

Private One-On-One Sessions: 10am-6pm
• Hour-long private lesson with Mally
• $500 fee, completely redeemable in product
• Consumers should book appointments via [email protected]

Master Class: 6pm-7pm
• Hour-long class hosted by Mally, revealing her tips and tricks
• $75 fee redeemable in product
• Consumers should book appointments via [email protected]

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/389683644394075/


What: Meet Cynthia Rowley at Sephora
When: March 31st, 12 pm – 6 pm styling// PA with Cynthia Rowley starting at 3pm
Where: Sephora Meatpacking – New York, NY 10014

Meet New York City designer Cynthia Rowley and celebrate the launch of the Amika X Cynthia Rowley Styler, a limited-edition tool designed by Cynthia Rowley, featuring an exuberant floral design straight from her Spring 2012 runway collection.

After meeting Cynthia Rowley for the first time at her show this season, I can attest this is an event not to be missed! If you’re a fan of her clothes, you’ll LOVE the designer behind her namesake brand.

Get your hair styled by the Amika team, meet Cynthia Rowley, plus enter to win a dress from Cynthia’s spring collection (no purchase required). The raffle will be held at the event. Winner must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

Space is limited. Speak to a consultant to book your appointment.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/376339405723209/


What: Spa Week! Booking starts now for $50 Treatments on spaweek.com.
When: April 16 – 22nd

Where: Salons and Spas nationwide in the US and Toronto

Spa Week booking has begun! The list of participating spas and their $50 treatments is now live on spaweek.com. It is recommended for consumers to book ASAP, as many spas book up within just a few days.

Spa Week is celebrating its 16th edition of delivering the spa and wellness lifestyle to millions, and the nation is ready to SPA-rty. Famous for biannual $50 spa treatments since 2004, Spa Week has proven that they only get better with age. It was born in NYC with just a few spas, and in just 16 Spa Weeks they have brought their week of spa and wellness to hundreds of spas in just about every major city across the US and Toronto, helming as the most popular spa marketing event in the country.