“One of the most important things that I can’t stress enough is education.” James Vincent told a crowd of bloggers at the Bridgeport Center last Saturday. The ladies had gathered to hear the make up guru talk about his favorite products at the Make Up Show Chicago. As a member of the entertainment community, I know how important make up is. With all the productions in town now that are filming for prime time, knowledge is key so that these productions will stay in town.
The festivities began on Friday at Crown Plaza Chicago at a meet and greet where guests could mix and mingle and talk with some of the heavyweights that would be part of the Masters in Makeup series. These ladies are real game changers using new techniques that have made their way on red carpets and magazine covers. I got the chance to talk to one of these dynamite ladies.
Melanie Mills exudes glamour . She has made her mark and brought style to Hollywood. In 2007, Melanie was appointed to be the make up designer for the hit “Dancing With the Stars.” This resulted in her winning an Emmy for her make up designs in 2008. Her line , including Gleam body paint gives the body a silky finish as well as a more moisturized look without that fake spray tan look. She was a lady with class and I had to meet her since we both are women with style with the same name. I was also excited to see the goodies and meet the lady who was responsible for some great lash looks, Danessa Myricks. Danessa gave all of us fashionistas a couple of her newest line , Elevation. I can’t wait to use these the next time I am on stage or just want to be glam.
James’ talk is one of my favorite parts of the day. Although sometimes when he talks about products, it would be nice to actually get some of the better ones. These products are still nothing to sneeze at. In the past, I have gotten goodies from Smashbox, Make Up 4 ever, and Cinema Secrets. One of the beauty products that I can’t live without is my T3 hair brush. It is perfect for blowing my hair out and takes those tangles right out. It was also nice to see old friends at the talk as well. With all of this knowledge, I was ready to go and check out some of the products at the show. Besame Cosmetics had to win the prize for presentation. I had tried some of their lipsticks before and am in love with their vintage look. Besame lip sticks have actually been used on such shows as “Agent Carter” and “The Astronauts Wives’ Club”. I was also impressed by the Temptu air brush system and how personal it really was. Perfect for travel and just to have on the set. I also learned some great make up tips from the folks at Cinema Secrets. I am sure I can use them for that first time the name is on the screen, not just the face. Other companies that were represented included NYX, Essie, MAC, Alcone, Mehron, Sephora, and Crown that is from right here in Chicago.
Even though I am not a pro, I did learn many tips that I can apply to my every day life as a blogger. More importantly, the show also gave me the confidence to show my knowledge the next time I get cast . One more skill will make me a better actress, even before I set foot on the set or stage.