by Brian Kinney
Kicking off the summer on June 12, Local 706 make-up artists were invited to the most packed program of education, product innovations, giveaways and special guests ever attempted in one afternoon. It was a packed house at Local 80 and not your typical lineup.
Starting off the show, Kevin Haney graciously came to demonstrate his unique bald cap method, utilizing MEL Gel, Opsite tape, a stocking and more. Once the cap was on, we pivoted to presenters stationed around the room to keep things flowing, checking back in with Mr. Haney as his bald head materialized. Monetta Plassmeyer presented her Stick With It cases, featuring new vinyl skins to custom design your case. New to our meetings, Cailyn Cosmetics were on hand to present their beauty line and hand out samples and brushes. Beautyblender introduced their Pro Collection program, with gift bags for attendees. Natalie Van Doren presented the Rodan + Fields Skincare line, sharing age redefining and skin protecting secrets. Premier Products, Inc. (PPI) returned, this time with very special guest Greg Cannom, who presented the new Telesis 8 Adhesive, Modifier and Remover, and shared his experience working with them. PPI even generously gave away several of the new kits! Viviana Martin returned to present Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and new products for summer. European Body Art returned, presenting skin and hair tint Encore palettes, and The Blood, an alcohol-based blood system for long-lasting wear, available in assorted shades. Monique Boyer rounded off the official program by presenting a beauty demonstration for MAC Cosmetics.
But before we concluded and were presented with Kevin Haney’s finished cap application, special guest Gary Tunnicliffe shared some words of wisdom and tricks he’s picked up over the years, as he happily prepares for the next phase of career and life, closing shop on his Two Hours in the Dark. As if that wasn’t enough for one day, we ended with raffle prizes, followed by a taco cart provided by Frends Beauty Supply. It was a great social to commiserate and welcome summer. Thank you to all who shared that day and the 100-plus artists who came out. See you at the next one this fall!