For the first time since the first show, I skipped the Saturday portion of The Makeup Show LA. Not to worry… I heard from more than a few artists that it was a hot mess. Literally HOT. Did someone forget to turn on the air conditioner? I heard they had to kill some of the big lights because folks were literally melting.
Here’s the thing: I need this show to upgrade. With the exception of a few extras, the show looked the same as every show before it. At least last year there was the huge tribute to Kevyn Aucoin. But honestly
with the exception of Kat Von D (who was there with Sephora staff, so go figure), Besame, and SEPHORA (yes, the store had a booth hocking its namesake brand… which is so wrong. C’mon son!), the rest was the same. Same artists, same products, same as it ever was…
Can we get some performance art installations, some Global Brand Ambassadors, some shows, some competitions, SOMETHING? Since IMATS has basically turned into a blogger (and by this I mean your neighbor who picked up a brush and suddenly declared themselves a professional) meet up, actual working artists need more. A lot more. Thank goodness PHAME is coming up. I need some validation.
That’s the bad.
The good is, I had a BALL talking to brand artists and their offerings. AJ Crimson is everything. Ashunta Sheriff is EVERYTHING. Her foundation does something that no other foundation has done yet: IT ADDRESSES THE ISSUES OF MULTIPLE COLORS ON POC FACES. Yes! Finally! Seriously.
It was amazing to talk to artists about artistry, not their latest *name drop extravaganza or find out what they can get for free. You should hear some of the vendors complain about it. They’re happy to be at a place like TMS, where the first words out of someone’s mouth aren’t “I have a Youtube channel…”
One of the coolest things was to cross reference brands. Kevyn Aucoin was over the moon to find out that Hourglass Mineral Veil liquified SSF and turned it into a waterproof juggernaut with a natural finish. MUFE clapped at mixing pigments with skin safe alcohol for body painting and underwater photography. I talked and listened and laughed and celebrated everything that is makeup. In terms of experience, TMSLA is a joy. In terms of offerings… well, ya’ll already know how I feel.
Here’s my face:
That’s MAC Bao Bao Wan Lipstick in Burmese Kiss. Surprisingly flattering. I love it. Much better than the highly sought after (and immediately sold out) Lavender Jade. This one translates much better on a wider range of skin tones.
Here’s my haul:
We just need to have a moment of silence for that Viseart Palette. OMG. Just beauty! Just… perfection. I also got a foundation from Ashunta Sheriff, and two lipsticks from AJ Crimson. Dose of Color creme in Black Rose… EVERYTHING. Extremely limited edition, I think only Naimies will be carrying it. Besame is as darling as ever. I couldn’t say no.
I’ll get to swatches, but I’m SO TIRED. Even with TMSLA being the same virtually year after year, it still takes a lot out of me.