The Makeup Show takes over NYC; celebrity makeup artist James Vincent shares tips


James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist, will be at The Makeup Show in New York City this weekend. (COURTESY PHOTO)


On Sunday and Monday, New York City will be picking up its mascara brushes and eye shadow as The Makeup Show arrives at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

On May 6 and 7, The Makeup Show will be held. Its website,, describes the event as “one of the largest pro makeup events in the United States and brings together individuals from all over the world. Our attendees learn techniques from master artists, mingle with peers, and shop their favorite brands… (there will be) workshops, brand focus sessions, keynote presentations and more.”

One of the guests over the two days will be celebrity makeup artist James Vincent, whose resume includes designers Ashton Michael, Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Pleet, musicians Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine, Courtney Love, Joan Jett and the Foo Fighters. His film and television work includes working with leading ladies like Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Jane Fonda. He is currently beauty editor for On Makeup Magazine and Galore Magazine.

Prior to The Makeup Show, he provided some spring makeup tips (all products mentioned will be showcased at the event in New York).


Trend #1: Pretty In Pastel

Vincent explained: “It’s no surprise when pale pastels make their way on the runway for spring. This season, they are back as expected but with softer, sexier, 70s vibes. Sweep shadows across the entire lid from lash to brow for a beautiful, modern look or add in a pastel liner for an even easier step into spring. Try MAKE UP FOR EVER XL Pencils in a wide array of pretty pastels or cream shadows from Kryolan or Mehron for long wear and easy to apply options. For a more traditional shadow choice Urban Decay or Stila Metallics are an easy to apply stay all-day option.”


Trend #2: Blue Monday

“Blue shadow from the 70s and 80s was all about hard edges and lines,” explained Vincent. “This season blue was beautiful in its imperfection. Blue shadows in powders and creams smudged across the lid and lash line are on trend. Dip your finger or a soft brush into the product and swipe. Try Cozette Shadows for a wide array of beautiful blues or Danessa Myricks Beauty Color Fix Creams for an assortment of blues in every hue. Pat McGrath Labs Mothership Palettes have a word array of the most beautiful blue shades and all.of the colors you need to make yourself look red carpet or runway ready.”


Trend #3: Disco Dolly

“Glitter is taking over,” said Vincent. “Glitter hit the runway once again, but for spring 2018 it has a gorgeous grunge aesthetic. Pair it with a smokey, smudge pencil line for a look that feels more adult. Try Lemonhead Space Jams for glitters in every shade that stay put and be sure to check out their collaboration with Alcone, cleverly called Alconeholic; it is a seasonal must have. For more loose glitters in all colors, try Graftobian, Kryolan, Eye Kandy or Stila.”


Trend #4: Edge Play

Vincent explained: “Over the top black eyeliner in graphic shapes and exaggerated application is a huge trend for the season. Crown Brush Liquid Eyeliner is an affordable option in a beautiful black pen. NYX Cosmetics has liners in every formulation that are easy to use and last all day and night. Stillazzi Cosmetics launches their all new Borderline Gel Liners and the bold, rich black shade of Jet is easy to apply and ideal.for every skintone.”


Trend #5: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

“Inspired by the makeup of Japan and Korea, glazed skin has an almost glasslike effect,” explained Vincent. “Primers like Limelight by Alcone are a perfect addition below any foundation. Melanie Mills Hollywood’s Gleam Collection is perfection for every skin tone. Try her Disco Smoke or Rose Gold under and over any foundation for an unforgettable look.”


Trend #6: High Tea

“Wearable tea stained shades for eyes and cheeks offer a less dramatic option for this season,” said Vincent. “Pair it with one of the more dramatic option above or wear it on its own for every day. This soft brown or sepia trend is terrific on eyes, lips and lids. Look to MustaeV or Muse Beauty Brow for some gorgeous options, or check out mist have palettes from VIseart, Marc Jacobs or Violet Voss that delivers the tea stained shades alongside every color you need for 2018.”


Trend #7: Seeing Red

“The red lip is back once more but with a much softer edge,” said Vincent. “Look to classic lipsticks to offer a polished look without hard lines. Pair your perfect red with a nude pencil like the beautiful colors available from Gerard Cosmetics and get a red that is timely and timeless!”


For more information about The Makeup Show, which will be held at 125 West 18th St., New York City, go to