Monday, November 30, 2009

Highlights From Toronto IMATS

Makeup lovers crowding around brushes and makeup accessories

Yes, IMATS (International Makeup Artists Trade Show) has come and gone in Toronto and my post is over a week late. Better late than never?

I miss doing makeup. I miss the smiles and the happiness my beautiful clients would exude after I was finished their makeup. Life has a funny way of working, but I believe everything happens for a reason.

IMATS was an event I definitely could not miss. Being amongst makeup artists and some of my favourite beauty brands was exactly what I needed. As soon as I entered the building, I was hit with a buzz of creativity, excitement, and community. It was like I was seeing an old friend again. We picked up exactly where we left off.


Messy me with cutie Hung Vanngo

One of my main reasons for going to IMATS was to meet celebrity makeup artist, Hung Vanngo, who I've admired for many years. We sent each other random emails here and there, but had never officially met. He was exactly how I thought he would be; super sweet, gracious, and utterly adorable!

Makeup gurus Jackie Shawn and Hung Vanngo

To top off the night, celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Shawn, was sitting right beside Hung! I totally scored. Seriously, I get more excited meeting makeup artists than I do Hollywood celebrities! Jackie was so down-to-earth, super bubbly, and had amazing skin!

Yay! Self-shot with Jackie!

I'm a year late, but I've finally joined the Twi-hards as lame as that sounds. It was just a few weeks ago that I decided to see what all the fuss was about - Robert Pattinson. I'm not normally into extremely pale, blood-sucking men, but his mysteriously enticing character, Edward Cullen, made me want to give up my soul if only for just a moment.

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Meeting Norma Hill-Patton, makeup department head for New Moon, for some reason made me a nervous, blubbering fool! Maybe it had something to do with her touching the face of a certain dreamy pale face. Yes, she would be the closest I would ever get to touching Robert Pattinson. Thankfully, she politely looked past my stuttering and blabbering and smiled for the photo anyways.

Nervous me with New Moon makeup artist, Norma Hill-Patton

There were mixed reviews of IMATS with some feeling more underwhelmed than anything else. Many expressed that IMATS seemed smaller compared to last year's Canadian Makeup Show and not enough vendors were present. Despite these details, I felt renewed and energized again. As much as I love makeup, this year's IMATS was more about reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.

The fabulous Debbie Bondar, founder and CEO of FACE atelier Cosmetics

Me (excuse the messy hair) with yaby Cosmetics owner and makeup artist, Liz Yu

Cityline's Derek Selby and makeup artist and International Communications Director, Wanda Longo both for Cover FX

Left, Monica, founder of and Cover FX PR rep, Melissa

Old makeup artist friend, Lucien, from my Red Earth days

Stay tuned for my in-depth makeup reviews from yaby, Eve Pearl, Cover FX and many more (not to mention my makeup haul)! Read more about Toronto IMATS from around the blogosphere!


Michelle @Lipstickrules said...

Yay! So happy to have met you in person. Great pics!

thanks for the link :-)


Make-up Junkie said...

Michelle! It was so great to meet you as well! Next time need a photo ;) Your blog is awesome and it's a new one to add to my list. I should probably start putting up my links again - had to delete all links because of a virus a few months ago :( So much work and no time :(

MizzRobin said...

You look radiant as usual Joy! Great post!

Make-up Junkie said...

Aww thanks Robin!! Miss you!

Anjali said...

Glad you enjoyed the show! Seems like you made the most of it by meeting and getting pics with the top makeup celebs :) Looking forward to seeing your IMATS haul!

Donna Marie said...

So awesome Joy! Wished I could have joined you. Can't wait to see your haul!

Arianne said...

Yay! Fantastic post! LOL @ you "blubbering fool."
IMATS was extremely fun. Next year I will be on the hunt to meet you. :)

Will be looking out for your haul post. I get excited when I see other people's hauls. I'm just crazy I think LOL!

Jessica Jean Myers - Makeup Artist said...

I was working at Yaby this year and although there may have been less vendors this year overall I thought the show was a lot better b/c the vendors that were there were quality vendors as opposed to some that you kind of wonder why they are even there.

Plus I thought the new location was better this year b/c last year it all seemed to spread out and therefore empty at times (last year I worked at Face Atelier).

Make-up Junkie said...

@ Jessica - I agree. Quantity doesn't always mean quality. The brands I wanted were there so I was pretty happy. The venue I thought was ok but some were saying it was not as bright as CMS (I guess for doing makeup). Plus, I thought the main stage should have been where you walk in. But I still enjoyed myself!

Make-up Junkie said...

@ Donna - wish you could have come too! You would have had an amazing time - need to meet up some time so I can give you the Lip Tars!

Make-up Junkie said...

@ Arianne - you are hilarious and I so wish we could have met too! Ok, next year is waaay too long - maybe meet some time before?? lol

Make-up Junkie said...

@Rockthatlook - I had such a great time and thank god for blogs! I think it's so great being able to meet other makeup artists and makeup lovers online and then meeting at an event like IMATS.

Loved your makeup haul as well! Stunning makeup work. Hope to meet at the next makeup event!

Arianne said...

You're right... it's too long. Next CA Shop Crawl, whenever that might be? :D

missmelissaanne said...

looks like you had a good time! aaw i wish i could have met you, but i went on the sunday and got there an hour before the show closed!

it was my first time going to the show, but it definitely won't be my last!

beautyparler said...

Great IMATS cover! Thanks for the pic & link:) Hope to meet up soon!

Make-up Junkie said...

@missmelissaanne - well we'll definitely have 2 meet at the next one!

@Monica - Thanks! I'm sure we'll see each other around soon!

Sara (The Makeup said...

What amazing pictures! Looks like you had a blast!