Yay!! One of the events I’ve been waiting for all year was the Make Up For Ever Pro Road Show. I attended it last year in Austin, and it was truly life changing. It was held in Dallas this year Sept 15-17. I was able to network with amazing people and I gained a plethora of knowledge…for free.
In case you aren’t familiar with this event. It’s a complimentary 3 day workshop/seminar with educational classes for professional make up artists. According to Michael DeVellis, the three main goals are 1.) Education 2.) Product Knowledge 3.) Building the MUA Community. I can honestly say I accomplished all three of these.
Michael DeVellis interacting with the MUAs after his Branding class.
The first class was The Art of Highlighting and Contouring by MUFE Educator Lijah Stewart. In the above picture, she’s prepping the model’s skin. Lijah told us that she likes to actually touch her client’s skin to really get an idea of the facial structure she’s working with. It also allows for a connection between MUA and client. I never thought about that. I always use brushes. It’s rare that I really touch my clients’ faces, unless I really needed to blend the under eye concealer.
She used liquids with a flat foundation brush to highlight and contour to provide a skin finished effect and reduce that cakey look.
Above Lijah is contouring the eye with a matte brown color in the crease
She used the tighlining technique instead of lining the top lash line to add subtle definition to the eye without being too dramatic.
The completed beauty look with Highlighting and Contouring is above.
Next she took the look from a beauty look to a fantasy look starting with pink brows. How awesome is that? I’m totally trying this.
Next she used the MUFE Flash Color Palette and mixed colors to make a gorgeous pink cheek contour.
She used a sponge because of the easy to use shape.
Then she added a soft white cheek highlight
Lijah completed the look by contouring the forehead, lips, and eyes with pink. It’s incredible that even though this is a fantasy look, the model still looks pretty not scary.
It’s so hard to put in words how fantabulous (yep that’s what I meant to say LOL!) Lijah Stewart is. She was one of the 1st people I met when I walked into the room. I didn’t know who she was until I introduced myself and she said her name. I was like OMG you’re one of the presenters. Can’t wait for your class! Even then, I had no clue what I was in for. I was blown away by her ability to not only create beautiful work but also engage the audience and make the class really enjoyable. It’s so clear that she truly loves what she does both being a make up artist and an educator. Her personality and overall aura is just so pleasant, vibrant, and fun. I’m so happy I was able to be in her class.