By Rachel O.
This past weekend I attended, for the third year in a row, The Makeup Show Chicago. This was a much-needed break for me because my kids are out of school for the summer.
On Sunday, I ditched church because I wanted to see Merrell Hollis do a live makeup demonstration.
Every year, I try to make sure I do not miss the keynote presentation and EVERY YEAR I’ve had to stand allllll the way at the back of the room because the room is always standing room only. This year I got smart: fellow blogger Ladwina and I left early; I saved seats for us on the second row while she shopped! Arriving early was so worth it.
I can’t believe people attend the show and do NOT sit in on these types of opportunities; they are invaluable to makeup artist’s career. I took so many notes that it is hard for me to choose what to share, but these are my top tips from Sunday’s session with Merrell Hollis:
1. Orange corrector is Merrell’s secret weapon. He swears by it because it erases ashiness, green and uneven tones in ethnic skin. Merrell says you can wear the orange by itself or mix with foundation to create the perfect shade.
2. Around the delicate eye area, set face powder with fingers for a natural finish.
3. Stay away from using too much concealer or bright eyeshadows on the brow bone. Elect instead to use a natural shade with subtle highlight.
4. Merrell used primarily all MUFE products and few items from MAC cosmetics. He likes both lines for the shade range selection and versatility of the lines.
5. His favorite lip shades are the OCC lip tars. I wasn’t surprised to hear that; I have a few in my makeup collection and I love them too.
After Merrell’s presentation, he was nice enough to answer questions and to take photos with audience members. He was very nice, very humble and you can tell he really loves his work.
Natural beauty correspondent Rachel Odem is a CEO Mommapreneur; connect with Rachel at www.RachelOBeauty.com. Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelOBeauty
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