Our top 5 tips on surviving IMATS (with your credit card intact!)

Surviving IMATS

Whee! IMATS, the International Makeup Artists Trade Show, is coming to London on the 10th – 12th July 2015, and we’re over the moon to be going along. As a business, it will be our first time exhibiting at the event, although of course we’ve all swung by as shoppers at least once or twice. If it’s going to be your first time at the event too, you’ll find these IMATS survival tips will come in very handy.

1. Budget before you go

Before you even think about what you’re going to be doing, set yourself a budget and stick to it! There are loads of exclusive show discounts on offer, so it’s worth saving up so you can bag a few bargains. You might even want to take cash and leave those credit cards at home; it’s faster and it means you won’t walk into Kryolan or MAC walk out with half your rent gone.

2. Plan ahead

With so much going on at IMATS, it’s crucial that you make a plan of attack well before you get to the show. You might be desperate to attend the Bobbi Brown bridal class on Saturday morning, or to catch David Horne on the Open Forum Stage, but if you don’t know what’s going on and when, you’re likely to miss things. Don’t forget to put your name down early for the space limited workshops to avoid disappointment.

3. Do your research

Take a look at the exhibitors list and do some research on the brands you love before you get there. There certainly are some amazing bargains to be had, but equally there will be a good deal of products on sale at full price too. If you’re after some eyeshadow from Sugarpill, it’s worth knowing what the regular prices are so you can see if you’re actually getting a show bargain or not.

4. Follow your favourites

If you’re on Twitter, get following the style and make-up gurus that you’d love to meet at the show, otherwise you might just walk past them without noticing! Bloggers, gurus and popular vloggers will often look quite different at IMATS London to how they normally do; they could be wearing a wig, extensions, full costume, who knows! Follow them on Twitter, and they might just announce where they are at the show, giving you a chance to fangirl/boy all over their presence!

5. Be open to trying new things

IMATS is an amazing place to get up close and personal with your favourite brands, but it’s also a great place to discover something new and exciting. Rather than rushing to join the queue at Inglot as soon as you get there, spend some time exploring the stands of the brands you’ve never heard of too. You might just discover a hidden gem or two!

Most importantly, get ready to have lots and lots of fun! Although originally intended as an industry show for make-up pro’s to restock at discounted prices, IMATS has become something much more social over the years. Expect to meet new friends, try new things and generally have a great time.

Nanshy can’t wait for the big weekend! Come and see us on stand 310, and don’t forget your £5 off voucher, available here on the website.

Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015 with Nanshy!

Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

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Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

 

Team Nanshy had a very busy and hugely enjoyable time at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show this past weekend. This was our first time exhibiting at the show and it could not have been more exciting!

Our own celebrity make-up artist and Nanshy ambassador Barrie Griffith together with beauty brand expert Nikki Taylor were delighted to speak to so many of you make-up addicts, fans, professional make-up artists and students.

Barrie and Nikki showed off our range of cruelty-free must-haves including brushes, brush holders, brush belts and our 4-in-1 blending sponge.

With so much make-up product and incredible make-up artistry everywhere we looked it was hard for all us all not to get distracted. Nikki even had a close call with a monster or two!

One of Barrie’s personal highlights was speaking to award-winning make-up artist Lan Nguyen- Grealis about her new book and her love of Nanshy brushes.

We were all delighted when Emmy-award winning make-up artist and the founder of IMATS Michael Key stopped by our booth for a chat!

The real highlight of the show was meeting so many of you Nanshy fans and hearing you tell us what you love about our range.

Thanks to every single one of you who visited us and thanks to all our team at Nanshy who made it happen.

Watch our video to see more!

Nanshy at the Clothes Show 2015 in NEC

Nanshy at The Clothes Show 2015

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Nanshy at the Clothes Show 2016 in NEC

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Nanshy at The Clothes Show 2015

There has always been a strong link between fashion and beauty, and as trends in clothing change, so to do the beauty products and makeup colours designed to complement your style. In recognition of the strong relationship between these two, world class event The Clothes Show has expanded its reach to include a greater range of suppliers and products for your pleasure.

Clothes Show 2015 Dates:

Due to take place on the 4th to 8th December 2015, Nanshy is super excited to announce that we’ll be right in the middle of the action, on our stand at HA12 next to Rimmel and NYX. We can’t wait to get to The Clothes Show and meet our fabulous fans, so do come along and say ‘hello’, whichever day you’re planning to come.

What is The Clothes Show?

If you love fashion, you’ll almost certainly have heard of The Clothes Show. Held annually at the NEC in Birmingham, this is the UK’s leading event for everything about clothes, fashion and style. Presented by celebrities and featuring live performances form some of the UK’s most exciting musical talent, it’s one event that has a firm spot in the diary of every fashionista in the country.

Launched in 1989 on the back of the popular TV show of the same name, the event attracts over 150,000 visitors every single year. Established model agencies often use the show as a hunting ground for new talent, and famous faces such as Cat Deeley and Holly Willoughby have been plucked from the crowd in the past.

This year, The Clothes Show has secured sponsorship from tech giant Alcatel OneTouch, and is promising to be bigger and better than ever. Leading the line-up for 2015 are four gorgeous British models, Erika Pattison, Sarah-Ann Macklin, Hannah Dodd and Rhiannon Laslett, collectively known as the ‘Brit Pack’, and who were all scouted at the show over the last decade by Select Model Management.

What happened to the ‘live’?

In line with the significant improvements, investments and changes to the old ‘Clothes Show Live’ format, the event has rebranded itself as ‘The Clothes Show’ for the event in December 2015. The overhaul is not just in the name either, and avid fashion fans can expect an altogether better event this year.

The layout has been improved to give a better flow throughout the event, and there are new and innovative features built in which will enhance your catwalk, shopping and seminar experience. In light of the strong links between fashion and beauty, you can now find more of your favourite brands here at the event for 2015.

Over 500 high street, boutique and designer brands will be housed in newly curated sections, helping you find your favourites and discover new products more easily.

What’s going on at the event?

It’s not just clothes that keep people coming back to the Clothes Show year after year. There’s so much to see and do, if you love fashion and style, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s show. Here’re just a few of the things you can find going on:

  • Plenty of celebrity juice

The Clothes Show has always been peppered with juicy celebrity appearances, and this year is no different. You’ll find a delectable selection of style gurus every day, from Antonia O’Brien and Caryn Franklin to Binky, Joey Essex, Hilary Alexander and more. Musical delights include Charli XCX, Urban Voices Collective, Ella Eyre and many others.

Click to Tweet: Meet Joey Essex, Charli XCX, Ella Eyre, Binky and more celebrities at The ClothesShow

  • Model agencies and opportunities to get scouted

Don’t underestimate the potential to get scouted at The Clothes Show. Many others have already been spotted this way, and have built healthy careers on the back of being in the right place at the right time. Select Model Management are this year’s only official model scout agency, and you can visit their stand at the show for advice on getting into modelling as a career.

Click to Tweet: [email protected] will be scouting during The #ClothesShow https://ctt.ec/fZiHl+ via @NanshyOfficial

  • Brilliant brands, stunning shops

Whoever you love, you can be sure they’ll be here at The Clothes Show 2015. From boutique brands like Mink Pink, Wolf & Whistle and CiCi to designer bargains from the likes of Pauls Boutique, Fusey, Ego and more, you can truly shop ‘til you drop at this year’s event. Look out for on the day deals, competitions and more

the clothes show 2015 guide

In addition to the veritable plethora of clothing brands at the show, this year you’ll be amazed by the range of hair and beauty brands which are featured. As well as your favourite brush maker Nanshy, you’ll also find Models Own, Elemis, Rimmel, NYX, Barry M and much more in their own curated area for your shopping pleasure. See the full list of exhibitors here.

  • Seriously good seminars

If fashion is more than just a passion for you, don’t miss the enlightening seminars taking place over the course of the show this year. The Fashion Career Seminars will be led by Caryn Franklin MBE, where students can learn about the career journeys of a range of fashion pros. From journalists to photographers, designers to models, this is the place to get the inside track on your fashion future.

  • The dazzling catwalk show

This year’s image catwalk will bring you the latest trends, high street collections and catwalk shows from graduates and up and coming designers. Presented by Antonia O’Brien, Jamie Laing and Joey Essex, all tickets come with a ringside seat (check the seating plan here) for the incredible catwalk show, so don’t miss out on this highlight of the event.

As you can see, the event promises to be a feature packed feast of fashion fabulousness, and one not to miss if you’re serious about looking great. Get the full lowdown on everything happening over the five days of the event right here.

The Clothes Show 2015 Giveaway – 2 tickets for Sunday 6th of December and 12 Makeup Brushes

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Insider tips from Nanshy

We want you to get the best out of your day at The Clothes Show, so here are some insider tips to help you get the very best from this year’s event.

  • Buy your ticket soon to avoid missing out. Use code “TX342” for 3 for 2 ticket offer. The latest code also available at the HotUkDeals website.
  • If you’re a Tesco customer, you can get a ticket to The Clothes Show with just £10 worth of Clubcard vouchers.
  • If you can afford it, get a Platinum ticket… the goody bag alone is worth the price difference!
  • If you can’t attend, tune into The Clothes Show TV Channel on YouTube to see the highlights for yourself
  • Check out the competitions being run by the NEC beauty show exhibitors here, to be in with a chance of winning amazing beauty products
  • If you’re not sure about going, check out the review by Lydia Rose Smyth here to see just what others thought about the event
  • Get organised before you go; know where the parking is and plan your day at The Clothes Show so that you can make the most of your time
  • Wear something comfortable on your feet. High heels won’t do you any favours when you’re going to be walking all day long, so opt for trendy flats or pumps to give your feet a break
  • Take lots of water, and keep hydrated to keep your skin looking amazing
  • Don’t be shy about applying for a press pass… if you’re a blogger, influencer or work in the beauty industry, you might just be able to get one

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We’re literally chomping at the bit to get our teeth into The Clothes Show 2015, and hope we’ll see you there as well. We’ll have our brand ambassador and makeup guru, Barrie Griffith, on the stand on Saturday and Sunday, and he’ll be joined by the gorgeous beauty expert Nikki Taylor to answer all your burning questions.

Find us on our stand at HA12 throughout the event, with exclusive offers on our world class super-soft brushes for our fans on the day. See you at The Clothes Show!

What beauty trends can we expect in Spring 2016?

Every design house has its own take on where fashion and beauty looks are headed.

But there is one standout prediction and that is the use of striking red lipstick which was seen at all the major shows and is favoured by DKNY, Celine, Nina Ricci, Oscar De La Renta, Topshop Unique, Giles, Acne, Victoria Beckham and Dolce & Gabbana.

Spring Beauty Trends
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Candy Apple and Snow White Apple Red are the recommended colours by Harpers Bazaar. Mind you, at New York fashion week both Oscar de La Renta and Victoria Beckham sent out their models with half and half – half with striking red lips and half with nude tones. So you can take your pick according to your mood as there is a choice on the horizon.

Red needs to be applied with complete precision, there is nothing forgiving about this colour. As with all the looks of the season, they can all be achieved to a professional level with Nanshy lip brushes.
Other looks that are prominent runners for Spring 2016 are:

  • Emanuel Ungaro has shown us that faux freckles is a look to think about.
  • Louis Vuitton favours an exaggerated lash look.
  • Chloe favours applying black liner around the eye with a natural hair texture.
  • Balmain favours makeup that is pared-back but featuring strong brows and contouring.
  • The Dolce&Gabbana look leans towards luminous skin, soft feline eyes and plump lips – that are in striking red!
  • Prada has really gone out by delivering Gold lips for the Spring 2016 season. One to watch.
  • Moschino played with feline flicks of liquid liner and soft brown lips.
  • Isabel Marant gave us a bare-faced with radiant complexion that is pro cleansed before applying oils for a balmy glow.

Finally, the eye colour used by almost everyone was blue – a colour to keep in mind for 2016.

Happy New Year!

Valentine’s Day make-up ideas

2018: 6 Celebrity-Inspired Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks

Valentine’s Day, a perfect time where you can spend thinking of new ways to do your make-up.   The great thing about rediscovering make-up specifically for Valentine’s Day is that you will be looking for a natural and flawless look which can be adapted and used all year round.

Valentines make-up has no rules, however there some inspirational looks which can be taken from some sources such as romantic movies like The Notebook.  If you want to get some initial inspiration this is a great place to begin.  There are also of course handy tips right here on the Nanshy blog which you can read and use.  See these tips outlined below which are perfect to try this Valentine ’s Day.

Extra sparkle to your smoky eye

You may be used to having the smoky eye for your favourite evening look and for Valentine’s Day you can give this look an extra sparkle.  Eye shadows which contain a natural shimmer are great to add an extra vivacity to your eye make-up.  When creating your regular smoky eye, it is a good idea to use three shades close to each other and build them up.  When adding shimmer you can replace one or two of those layers with a shimmer or a glittery eye shadow.  By layering a shimmery or glittery eye shadow, next to a none shimmer or glittery eye shadow will give the most striking effect.  Natural eye shadow colours close to your skin tone are also a great look in replace of darker smoky colours for Valentine’s Day.

Skin

For Valentine’s Day you want to look natural, however you still want your skin to look flawless and have some colour.  If you have pretty flawless skin, a tinted moisturiser will give the most natural effect.   Mineral foundation is also fairly light in coverage and is also good if you want a matt finish to your make-up.  If perhaps you wear a heavier make-up and want to tone it down for Valentine’s Day, why not just use a little less foundation than you normally do? To achieve that flawless look for those who maybe prone to breakouts for example, it is good idea a higher coverage is needed but perhaps use a little subtle blush instead to keep it natural.  If you are using a high coverage foundation make sure you blend in well to achieve that natural look.  By investing in some kabuki foundation brushes such as the range produced by Nanshy you can get that airbrushed look with ease.

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Use blusher as a flush rather than to define

Blusher is a great way to bring colour to your make-up, and it can also help with contouring.  You may be so used to applying blusher in a particular way; you may not realize the possibilities of application.  Blusher is most commonly applied to the apples of the cheeks to add colour and define them.  However, for that natural, yet pretty Valentine’s Day make-up, you could perhaps use the blusher to create a “flushed” look.  This is where the blusher is not applied in a very controlled way, but is generously applied to the apple of the cheeks and a little beyond this area.  The idea is to put pink in areas of the cheeks which are naturally prone to turning pink for a more natural finish.

They  key to this look is making sure the blusher is well blended in so the finish looks as natural as possible.  The flat top buffer foundation brush by Nanshy is a wonderful kabuki brush which is ideal for blending in the blusher to your base foundation without streaks.

Smudge free lips

You may think red lipstick is the most typical colour used for lips on Valentine’s Day.  However, natural lip colours are also very flattering for that romantic date.  If you want to make sure that your lips say mess free on your romantic evening then it may be an idea to leave that red lipstick at home.  Ideal alternatives include lip stains and tints which will stay firmly in place all night.  If you want a very minimal look, lip balm is another option.  If you do use a minimal lip look then be sure to play up your eyes.

Long but natural looking lashes

Aiming for a natural, pretty, yet striking look on Valentine’s Day is a good way to approach your make-up.  One way to enhance your eyes is by using artificial lashes.  Strip lashes will enhance your lashes all the way across, and individual lashes you can be more selective.   For Valentine’s Day it may be an idea to apply 3-4 individual lashes to the outer corner of your eyes to keep the look natural and pretty.

Do you have a favourite make-up tip you would like to share with our readers?  Comment below!

 

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