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MAC Cosmetics at The Makeup Show – NYC

MAC Cosmetics was definitely representing at The Makeup Show – NYC. I took this pic early in the morning, because for the rest of the day, it was at least 5 people deep to get to the counter.

Not only did they have a booth, they also did a keynote session over “Trends”, given by VP of Makeup Artistry, Gordon Espinet.

In addition to talking with his hands, Gordon has the most melodic accent. (*I swear, he could have been reading a physics book and I would have sat thru it, just to hear him speak.) He gave a great presentation talking about what was happening in makeup on the runways from around the world. One slide in particular caught my attention:

Now, in this slide you are supposed to pay attention to the gorg reverse smokey-eye. But, I was immediately drawn to this lovely lady’s freckles. That you can see. That are not masked by foundation. And I swooned. Audibly. I turned to the delightful Ms. Heather Park, MAC’s Manager of Global Communications, who was attending the presentation with us and asked ever so sweetly – okay, gasped forcibly, to please see if she could find out what was used to get that beautiful finish. (*She was kind enough to get back with me after the show and let me know she had found out that it was Studio Sculpt Foundation applied with a damp 187 brush for an almost airbrushed finish. I thought for *certain* it was going to be Mineralize Skinfinish.)

*On Heather’s recommendation that I would get similar results, I was able to try the Face and Body Foundation. Oh lawd, did the Angels sing when I put this on. Not even playing. It disappeared, along with my redness around my nose and cheeks. And still left my pretty freckles shine thru, without looking cakey or masked.
If you want to try any of these foundations to get this no makeup look, or to try that reverse smokey-eye, MAC is having a Friends & Family 25% off sale (online only) right now thru June 18th – just use code SUMO at checkout.

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CoverFX at The Makeup Show – NYC

Before I went to The Makeup Show I had been chatting with the super Melissa from CoverFX, and she mentioned that I needed to make sure and see her coworker, Wanda, who would be representing CoverFX at the show. You better believe that I did! In addition to getting to meet her, I got to watch while she did a makeover on the wonderful Sarah, from StyleItOnline.com.

Also, I got to do “Da Bump” with Celebrity Makeup Artist and CoverFX Pro Artist, Nathan Johnson. Once again my “vast” knowledge of makeup artist giants came in handy (*sarcasm) as I had no idea this fun guy is who he is, ie. Project Runway MUA, multitude of tv show work and off-Broadway shows, too. Gawd. So, yeah, I didn’t really get any deep info from him except he and I could rock out dancing all night long. Which, really, sometimes is more important to me than what TM to wear. Ha.
*Thanks to Melissa I was able to try SkinTintFX tinted moisturizer. I gotta admit, it scared me when I first got it, because it looked *SO* dark when it came out of the bottle, I thought there was NO WAY this was going to work on me.

Boy was I wrong. This TM glides on so easily and the color is so sheer, it isn’t too dark at all. Just gives me a hint of sun color, without looking orange or muddy. It is also so light that it doesn’t make my face look matted down or heavy, which is a huge plus for me. And, unlike other mineral products, this doesn’t make my face itchy when I wear it. So nice.

Stupid *may* be too harsh of a word…

…but “poorly designed” is just too nice to say. Not even going to beat around the bush on this one – I don’t care for the new Maybelline New York Pulse Perfection™ by Define-A-Lash® Vibrating Mascara. And it all has to do with the design of the off/on button.

As you can see from the picture, the button is on the end of the cap. The button does not turn on and stay on, you have to continue to hold it down for it to pulse. Unfortunately, to do that, you have to use the tips of your fingers to hold the cap, and press down the button at the same time. This makes it unwieldy to hold and apply the mascara, in my opinion. In fact, I think a demonstration might be in order. I was so disturbed by this product that I felt it deserved a video. Yes, yes I did:

So, yeah, I can’t even comment on the actual mascara part, as I was too distracted by the application. It may be really good. *shrug*. It is supposed to be released nationwide in July, ’09, but it looks like Wal-Mart is doing a soft launch of it now for $12.50.

Smashbox Cosmetics at The Makeup Show – NYC

Lori Taylor, Smashbox’s Professional Artistry Relations Manager, was being Pro and showing off all of the great Smashbox products in their booth at The Makeup Show – NYC. I swear, you can NOT stump this lady – which is really great.

In fact, she is so good at it, that she gave a presentation at the show over what she called “Needed Basics”.

Seriously, she knows what she’s talking about and even if you think you had everything, it’s great to hear about something you might have missed. Now, as much as it was compelling to watch Lori tell us the basics, it’s hard not to ignore these FIERCE shoes she was wearing:

She told me that she had comfy shoes under her table she was putting on after her presentation, so she wouldn’t be rocking these babies all day long. I woulda done the same thing. Oh wait, I wore Chucks. I couldn’t have managed those in the *first* place. Ha.
*My fav Smashbox product is the Waterproof Shadow Liner in Hollywood, which is a bronzey color, that when put on with the Smashbox #30 brush is like a great smudgey liner in a second. But, I gotta say, I got a Fusion Soft Lights in Sunset from Lori, and I have used it almost every day since. I don’t do bronzers, but this has a soft yellow in it that I use on top of my cheeks and it gives me a gorg glow. Love it!

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