6 Tradeshows Every Makeup Artist Should Attend - QC Makeup Academy

If you want to become a makeup artist, and a successful one at that, you’ll need to network in the beauty industry. What better way to do that than to hit up some of the most anticipated tradeshows and events for professional makeup artists?

Read on to find out the events that every makeup artist should attend. Get ready to build up your credibility and learn from the experts!


Various Locations & Dates – Next Show @ Toronto: September 28-29, 2019

Easily the most popular beauty and makeup tradeshow out there! The International Makeup Artist Trade Show has a huge following in the beauty industry – makeup artists from all over head to various IMATS locations to catch a glimpse of the action.

If you want an in-depth look into the different makeup careers you can reach for, attending the IMATS is a huge advantage for you. You’ll be introduced to new products, new techniques, and professionals that can change your whole routine!

Hit up the exhibitors and vendors to add a few goodies to your professional makeup kit! Network with other makeup artists to get some credible recommendations, and learn the best tricks for using different products. After the IMATS, you’ll never be the same!

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America’s Beauty Show

Chicago: April 18-20, 2020

If you’re interested in building your credentials and getting started in the world of cosmetology, this is the place to be. With your makeup training, you already know a great deal about hygienic practices and beauty – and working in a salon is the next best step!

Breaking into the beauty industry as a makeup artist may require a cosmetology license in some states. If you have to take the exam (especially if you don’t want to be a cosmetologist), you might as well use your license! Boogie on down to this show and learn more about the professional beauty industry. You’ll meet great people and contacts while you’re at it.

International Beauty Show

Las Vegas: June 15-17, 2019

From nails to hair to makeup artistry, there’s so much offered at the International Beauty Show that we hardly know where to start! With the amount of professionals and speakers lined up for this conference, it’s hard to imagine any makeup artist not attending.

Book early and know where to go – do you want to learn about hair styling? Or do you want advice for your makeup business? Whichever you prefer, you’ll gain a world of guidance at this tradeshow.

Don’t forget to attend a few classes and see the main stage performances – you’re sure to walk away a new beauty professional!

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Beauty Expo Australia

Sydney: August 24-25, 2019

Calling all Australian makeup artists! This is one tradeshow you definitely don’t want to miss. With guest speakers discussing business practices, to learning about the importance of skincare and techniques, you’ll find more information at this expo than you can imagine.

Learn about fashion makeup, techniques for brows, business profits, and get motivated! Attending your session of choice will give you an in-depth look into the beauty industry through the eyes of a trained professional. Take their advice and run with it!

United Makeup Artists Expo

United Kingdom: May 4-5, 2019

The UMA Expo takes pride in being an “affordable makeup show” – and that’s good enough for us! Makeup is expensive, and there’s definitely no cutting corners when it comes to your makeup kit. Plus, this expo touts brands like MUD, Make Up For Ever, and NYX. How can we resist?

Attend sessions for emerging makeup artists, stage makeup, using effects for film, and more. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the importance of agents in the makeup industry. If you want to boost your brand, learning the steps to get there is crucial!

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The Makeup Show

Various Locations (US) & Dates – Next Show @ Washington, DC: August 3-4, 2019

For this tradeshow, you’ll need to prove you’re working or studying in the beauty industry – this is where your makeup certification will come in handy. And you don’t want to miss this opportunity. You can get major discounts on makeup for your kit!

If you’re looking to master your skills in advanced makeup techniques, be sure to attend the seminars and take the opportunity to create fantasy and special effects makeup looks. This event also gives you the green light to network with big companies and CEOs, which we definitely recommend!

You never know, if you talk to the right person you could walk out with a new career in the makeup industry!

Don’t go anywhere without your training – learn makeup artistry on your own time while you prepare for these shows!

Author Katie Deck

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