From Hollywood Aliens to Wedding Parties: Learn Makeup at The International Makeup Artist Trade Show, Pasadena, June 20-21

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Vulcan ears rule

Angelenos, are you in the mood for makeup? If you are, you’re *so* in luck.


This weekend’s International Makeup Artist Trade Show (6/20-21) in Pasadena, California is the only show of its kind in the world. Thousands of makeup artists, manufacturers and makeup addicts will convene for the cosmetic world’s biggest brouhaha to discuss, display, discover and collect the best the makeup industry has to offer.

Want to hear how Hollywood made Benjamin’s button? — Attend Greg Cannom’s talk on Sunday at 3:30pm. He won this year’s Oscar for Achievement in Makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Interested in Vulcan eyebrows and ears? — Take notes while members of the new Star Trek movie makeup team break things down Sunday morning at 10:30.

That’s not all!

Learn avant-garde makeup with Nolan Robert, winner of Lifetime TV’s Blush; compete for prizes in beauty student competitions; take a close look at beauty macro photography makeup; get answers to your questions about silicone; learn how to airbrush like a pro and SO MUCH MORE.

Advance tickets are available through today (6/18) at It’s $65 for both days or $35 for either. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on either day for an extra $5.

And the show’s 100% open to the public, meaning that you don’t have to be a makeup artist to attend (check out this video overview of the show).


The event’s being held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA.

I wish I could go!!!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Photo: Copyright 2009 Paramount Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved. Star Trek & Related Marks & Logos are Trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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  1. Jenna says:

    Why aren’t you going??? If I lived in CA I would go and nothing would stop me!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenna,

      I have some stuff going on this weekend. Plus, to get down there takes time. I’m in Northern California, which is 9 hours away by car… I do hope to go there next year, though!

      How’s your Thursday going? It’s sunny here today, FINALLY!

  2. Sejal says:

    I’m from LA and unfortunately I will be out of town! I’m so bummed….
    .-= Sejal’s last blog post… Stila Kajal Eye Liner Review =-.

  3. Jenna says:

    My Thursday is great on one hand because I have the day off, but awful on the other because I’m bored stiff!!! It’s cloudy and rainy here in Massachusetts =(

    Okay, a 9 hour drive is a lot. I forgive you for not going now =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenna,

      It seems like the weather for this summer has been so weird! It’s been super cloudy and cold here lately, too. I’m ready for some HEAT!

      What kind of job do you have? Oh, and how did the LSAT go?!?

  4. Jenna says:

    I’m working for an immigration law firm as a part-time paralegal support intern. Basically I do the same work as a paralegal, but they get to pay me way less. I was hoping it would evolve into a real, full-time paralegal position since I have my B.A. and all and used to work for them when I was in college, but it doesn’t seem to be working that way. They are trying to push me into more administrative duties. So right now I’m considering other options.

    The LSAT was really hard and stressful and I’m glad it’s over. I don’t get my score though for another 2 weeks which is soooo lame!

  5. Dao says:

    I wish I could go, too! That sounds really interesting and I wonder if they have anything like that on the East Coast.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… Makeup Splurge vs. Steal =-.

  6. Kailey says:

    Pasadena…that’s not to far!
    I might have to take some makeup-loving friends to this 🙂

  7. Tanya says:

    So close, but so far….I’m about 3 hours away (oh, the advantages of living in the Central Valley!), but I’ve got SO many things going on this weekend, and Hello! It’s Father’s Day Weekend!!! Don’t they know that?! Well, anyways, hopefully they won’t make the same scheduling mistake next year- I’m definitely going to try to make it out!!

  8. Melanie says:

    I’m going! I’ve been wanting to go since I missed it last year. My hubbie’s coming with me too!! I’ve never been before but do theatrical makeup in the Bay Area.

    We’re driving down today, gonna make a mini vacation out of it.



  9. Anh says:

    I’ll be going on Saturday!
    .-= Anh’s last blog post… densitized =-.

  10. Tania says:

    Thank you for posting a picture of Zachary Quinto (new Spock from Star Trek and Sylar from Heroes). He’s so dreamy!! I want some vulcan eyebrows and ears somthin’ fierce! Though poor Zach shaved his off, I’m not as brave!

  11. Jessica says:

    MAN! it’s right down the freeway from me but i can’t go! ah the life of a student . . . well actually, i just spent too much money on nailpolish this week.

  12. Gloria says:

    OMG, Sylar played Tori Spelling’s bf on Notorious? I loved that show but I didn’t notice him until he became Sylar!!

    And I’m only going on Sunday for a few hours, so I’m probably just getting the floor pass. My sister lives in Pasadena, but she doesn’t like waking up to go anywhere at 10 in the morning, so I have to wait until she’s awake.

    Good thing I’m considerably close too (um about 25 miles away in LA?). I’m super duper excited, but I forgot to purchase my advanced tickets!
    .-= Gloria’s last blog post… Acne Line Review – iQ Derma Clear Remedy =-.

  13. Melanie says:

    Hi Karen! Sorry it took so long to reply, IMATS was SO informative,
    I was a sponge the entire weekend. Got to meet just about all of
    my favorite makeup artists – Ve Neill, Dany Sanz, Eve Pearl, Nolan Robert and Maxi from “Blush”. I highly recommed it to anyone interested in makeup or special effects. My husband loved it too, he was fascinated by the body art and silicone appliance work.

    I do makeup for the Thrillpeddlers in SF. It’s grand guignol live theatre and we just started a production called “Pearls Over Shanghai” which has a lot of really over the top glittery makeup. I had to design for a cast of 40!

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