The Makeup Show Orlando Recap: Oasis of Artistry, Education & Makeup

The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

The Makeup Show Orlando is literally an oasis of artistry, education and makeup packed into a 2 day weekend for the beauty industry in Florida and beyond. This year was friggin amazing! Aside from the multitude of products The Makeup Show Orlando 2014 had quite a hefty lineup of classes, seminars and keynotes which were my main focus this year. Of course I pounced on booths like a hungry lion catching it’s prey but my primary mission this year was learning and networking. This post is picture heavy, you’ve been warned…

The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

Awesomeness Before The Makeup Show Orlando

A few days prior, I attended The Makeup Show Meet & Greet in downtown Orlando at the Orlando Santiago Makeup Academy. Finally got to see it in person and wow, just wow! James Vincent gave us a bit of incite about the show and everyone mingled.

The Makeup Show Meet & Greet at Orlando Santiago Makeup Academy

The day before The Makeup Show Orlando was the Blogger Preview event where James told us some exciting things to expect and shared some current product faves. I love how James & the TMS team are so focused on bringing together artists that inspire and educate and brands that really fit into the needs of local FL artists and students. There is so much thought put into the itinerary and brand selection and it definitely shows!

Love listening to @jvincentmakeup speak! @themakeupshow Orlando Blogger preview #tmsorlando #Focus

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Right after the Blogger Preview was The Makeup Show Orlando Opening Party where select invitees + the TMS Orlando Ambassadors gathered for a bit of mingling. I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any photos since I was far too busy enjoying myself. Such a shame since my dress was pretty cute. 😉 I’ll throw it back on soon and do an outfit post! For now, here’s a token bathroom selfie from my hotel room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando after the party. Mina Slater at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

The Makeup Show Orlando Day 1

I started my TMS Orlando 2014 adventure with none other than AJ Crimson. Y’all know I love some AJ…his artistry, products and personality are simply awesome! In his Skin Artistry seminar AJ demonstrated technique and answered tons of questions like a boss. Did you know you don’t need 4+ colors to create a beautiful eye look? Mhmm, you can use just 1 (or 2) shades of eye shadow and still look amazing! I’ve been doing this lately and I have to tell you, I’m in super easy makeup heaven. Give it a shot. AJ Crimson at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014 Of course my first booth stop was my darlings at OFRA Cosmetics! It’s always great to see them and catch up on what is new. Have you seen their new winter lippies? The 2 new shades of Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick are Mocha and New Orleans. I’ve been looking for a new nude shade and I must have everything plummy purple so I scooped up both shades and will share swatches soon!

There was no way I was about to miss Making It In Makeup with Renny Vasquez! In his keynote Renny took us through a gorgeous makeup application step by step. He applied makeup to half of the face, leaving the other side a blank canvas which really helped with seeing the impact of each step. We learned a bit more about Renny himself and he also answered audience questions. Renny is such a sweetie pie filled with love, laughter, ambition and talent. I had the pleasure of interviewing him later that day so be on the lookout for more about Renny as well as some makeup tips!

Renny Vasquez at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

I had a great time chatting it up with the folks of Beauty Butler! It’s pretty friggin cool and I’ll have a post up about this nifty product soon!

Beauty Butler at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014Serenity + Scott was there being all awesome! I have to say, Scott’s mustache totally wins at life!

Serenity + Scott at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

Gleam by Melanie Mills at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
I had to stop be Gleam by Melanie Mills. Love it!
Senna Cosmetics at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
Senna Cosmetics is irresistible!

The Makeup Show Orlando Day 2

I started off day 2 by speed walking straight to Making Up With Merrell Hollis. This man. This artist. This amazing human being is just phenomenal! As we all watched him demo a makeup application step by step he answered questions, had us all laughing, inspired many and shared a bit about himself and his journey. I was able to interview him and he is just so humble and easy to talk to! While his talent has a lot to do with his success I think his in-friggin-credible personality plays a large role as well, he is a beautiful soul!

Merrell Hollis at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014I couldn’t wait to spend time with my homies at Frends Beauty! I snatched up some AJCPRO Pan foundation and Veil Complexion Fix. It was Matt’s job to carry me around the show. Okay not really but it would’ve been friggin awesome! 😉

Frends Beauty at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014How insanely talented is Jonah Levy? His skills are sick! He was spewing creativity all weekend with TEMPTU.

Jonah Levy at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014

MustaeV at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
This brand is new to me and I can’t wait to test out what I got!
Bdellium Tools at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
Vegan makeup brushes anyone? Bdellium Tools has great choices!
Dollup Beauty at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
So regret not grabbing a Dollup Case! Magnetic palette, brush holder and mirror all in a super cute clutch!

I was insanely excited about the Peepshow Creep Show competition and made sure to catch the final display and judging. The grand prize winner was Shannon Holt. All 3 finalists did amazing work, just look at how detailed they are!

Peep Show Creep Show at The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
Shannon Holt (creation pictured left) was the grand prize winner!

A major thing that I love about The Makeup Show is the unity. There are so many artists willing to openly share their knowledge, advice and even take you under their wing if you’re serious, hard working and passionate enough. It’s not a weekend filled with rivalry, judgement and gossip. It’s a place of inspiration, encouragement, celebration and growth for all. I had such a great time with all of the artists, students and bloggers!

The Makeup Show Orlando 2014
Another great year being a The Makeup Show Orlando Ambassador. Thanks a million to Shelly, James, Daniel & Merlo for the opportunity to help promote such an amazing event!

The Makeup Show Orlando

Whether you’re a makeup beginner or a seasoned artist there is room for you at The Makeup Show! The dates for next year are set with a few possible surprises popping too. Start planning your TMS weekend now and visit for more info.

P.S. Looking for my TMS Orlando haul? No worries, there will be another post for that soon!



  1. dreammua
    November 26, 2014 / 11:06 AM

    Great post Mina!!! It was great having the opportunity to meet you!

    • November 26, 2014 / 2:58 PM

      Thank you Emerald, it was so nice to finally meet you!!! I hope to see you again soon!

  2. November 26, 2014 / 1:49 PM

    I loved seeing your recap! It was great to see you at the event too 🙂

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:13 AM

      I was so happy to see you again!!

  3. November 26, 2014 / 2:09 PM

    I love the Makeup Show, even though it kills my wallet, lol!

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:12 AM

      Lol yes! It’s so hard not to buy everything with all that great stuff right in your face.

  4. November 26, 2014 / 2:25 PM

    This looks like so much fun! 🙂

  5. erikatheicyone
    November 26, 2014 / 3:28 PM

    That looks like so much fun! Maybe one day… 😀 I want one of those Doll Up cases and I keep meaning to order some Bdellium brushes, I read great things about them. #brushhoarder

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:10 AM

      I’ve turned into a brush hoarder too lately! I’m so kicking myself for not getting the Dollup Case…

  6. TinaBowling
    November 26, 2014 / 3:59 PM

    Great photos! I truly enjoyed listening to James Vincent speak in Chicago a couple years back, very inspiring.

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:08 AM

      Wow, I would love to go to the Chicago show some day! I’ve never even been to Chicago, it would be an awesome trip.

  7. November 26, 2014 / 4:19 PM

    Great pics! TMS is so much fun… I can’t wait to go back!

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:07 AM

      I can’t wait for NYC! It’s your turn to make me buy stuff. 😉

  8. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    November 26, 2014 / 4:24 PM

    You lucky! I would love to go, and love to see James!

  9. November 26, 2014 / 5:38 PM

    SO fun!! We have no pics together!! Boo 🙁

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:06 AM

      Awe I know, we have to do better next time!!! Lol.

  10. Aleya Bamdad
    November 26, 2014 / 5:44 PM

    I love, love, love The Makeup Show!

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:14 AM

      It’s the best, I can’t wait for next year!

  11. November 26, 2014 / 11:25 PM

    I had such a great time, too! It’s an awesome resource for the beauty world!

    • November 27, 2014 / 11:16 AM

      It was so cool watching you get your eyebrows done at the Senna booth! I fell in love with Senna even more at the show.

  12. FabZilla_Kath
    November 26, 2014 / 11:59 PM

    Bet you had a blast! It’s so fun to be able to attend this kind of show!

  13. Justina
    November 27, 2014 / 1:18 AM

    You are gorgeous girl! This looks like so much fun!

  14. Cosmetic Sanctuary
    November 27, 2014 / 1:18 AM

    So jealous! I’d love to go one day!

  15. Anastasia
    November 27, 2014 / 1:22 AM

    So jelly! This show looks like a blast.

  16. November 27, 2014 / 11:39 AM

    I am SO sad I barely got to see you during the show! It was so much fun though. I’m thinking I might try going to the Chicago show since the next Orlando show is so far away!

    • November 27, 2014 / 3:24 PM

      Omg I know! Come to NYC, a few of us BBCFL gals are going…Brittany, Eugenia…

  17. Norah Salazar
    November 27, 2014 / 3:39 PM

    Wow, you definitely had a super packed schedule. Merrell and AJ Crimson are definitely highlights, I love their work.

  18. Betzy Carmona
    November 28, 2014 / 4:57 PM

    How much fun !