My first experience at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Vancouver, Canada was one of the most educational and profound experiences I've ever had as a makeup artist. I highly recommend aspiring makeup artists to attend and learn from the real experts in the industry! This weekend was full of inspiration and lessons to improve my craft!
I was never formally trained, so all of the lessons taught I soaked in! I absolutely loved all of the workshops and learned amazing techniques from brilliant professional makeup artists that have decades of experience working with countless amount of celebrities, magazines TV shows and movies!
The amazing Kevin James Bennett is respectable makeup artist that have been features everywhere in the fashion world and is the makeup expert on TV from Access Hollywood to Elle. He taught me more within 2 hours that has changed my makeup artist life than anything else! I learned that you just need the basics, be a minimalist artist with your makeup kit not a consumer and use multi functional products from the art stores. Also more importantly, know your products and know what your model needs for that certain situation.
Sian Richards is another inspiring strong woman I look up to, she is a celebrity makeup artist that worked directly with Queen Latifa among great actors and actresses. I loved her strong bold personality! She taught me that it's not always about perfection when applying makeup, and most importantly she taught me to know my self worth and don't undervalue our work as professional makeup artists. I love her and love her drive!
Bill Corso was one of the key note speakers that I seriously admire as a person and as a professional!!! It was such a treat to hear him. Speak about all of his work on Deadpool, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes among hundreds of other projects and his role as a director of the Academy Awards makeup department! His lessons about having a great people personality as a makeup artist can sometimes be more important than the makeup itself sometimes really connected with my approach. He is highly intelligent and well respected by everyone in the industry. I would seriously drop all things to just travel the world cleaning his brushes. He amongst all is my inspiration.
Jon Hennessey taught us the importance of pulling inspiration from many avenues. I really enjoyed going through his creative process as he did his demo. I enjoyed his creation from both new, old, high end and street style.
Joel Harlow finished the conference as the last key note speaker. It's always a treat to be in front and learn from accomplished makeup artists. He talked about his journey and his current and past projects including Pirates of the Carribbean and Star Trek!
Overall, I have to say this conference and trade show was so beneficial for me as and new makeup artist! I picked up a handful of new mentors especially KJ Bennett that taught me so many valuable expert
tricks and tips that you can't really find on Instagram and YouTube.
I can't wait to go back next year!