The Makeup Show NYC- 10th Anniversary Edition

If you have been following the Makeup Show, either their blog or Instagram, you know that this year is pretty special. Its the 10th Anniversary!


And I am going to be there! I didn’t think it was at all possible this year, since I am on maternity leave at the moment and staying home with my two little ones. But I took a chance, really put myself out there and now I have the opportunity to attend this special event. Im still pinching myself and may not believe that it is real until we get there.

Last year, I went to the Los Angeles show, there were so many blog posts about that adventure! Like this recap post. What a great trip! I’ve been to the New York show before but had to skip it last year because it was on the weekend of my son’s first birthday and I was not going to be away for that celebration!

When I saw they were calling for people to submit stories of how attending The Makeup Show impacted their career, it was last year’s journey to L.A. that inspired my submission. They were choosing the winning story to be the VIP guest at this year’s show in NYC and to be a part of the “special project” for the 10th anniversary celebration.  The winner also won a trip to NYC to attend the show and the Gala. How exciting!

On the day I had planned to write my story, 5 days before the deadline, I glanced back at the blog and noticed the deadline had been moved up….to that very day! I was so stressed but decided to pour my heart out, as quickly as possible, I didn’t have much time because my son was about to get up from nap and I wanted to get it in before it was too late.

The time crunch made me get real, I didn’t have time to over think it, I just wrote it and hit send. The next day, when I saw they extended the deadline for another week, I thought for sure that they read my story and thought it was so terrible they wanted to give people extra time to hopefully get something better.Oh well, I tried! And honestly, I was getting ready to have a new baby so I probably wouldn’t be able to go to the show anyway, so it was probably for the best that they didn’t pick me.

Imagine my surprise when I got the email saying they did pick my story…I was the WINNER!


Thank you to my friend, Sarah Kane Photography, for snapping this nice photo of me just before Sloane was born.

I almost didn’t believe it but it got more real when they announced it here on their blog and on Instagram. Sometimes I still can’t believe it and stress that they will change their mind!

This was such exciting news! Since I was still pregnant and laser focused on planning my first home birth (more on that later!), I really struggled to process that I had won. Honestly, I am still not 100% sure what I won. I know that I am going to the show and the gala and that my story will be published in the 10th Anniversary book. Since I wrote this so quickly and on a high of pregnancy emotions, I can’t even bring myself to reread what I submitted, out of fear that it is totally embarrassing. It wasn’t what I originally planned to send in but I guess it stood out enough to make me the winner.

Baby girl arrived, 2.5 weeks earlier than expected. The home birth went beautifully and I am trying to process how I am going to tackle this NYC adventure with a newborn. Almost 6 weeks later, I am still on a high from experiencing an incredible water birth in my bedroom with the most amazing midwife, doula and my husband at my side. Talk about the dream team! When I get a little panicked about traveling alone with her so soon, I think of how powerful and strong I felt at her birth and I know I can do this (and pretty much anything else!).

Just before she was born, I got an awesome gift, The Soothe shirt from, I discovered this gem on Instagram. It has been my uniform and I get so many comments/compliments when I wear it with her. I’ve posted on Instagram a few times. It was perfect to continue to take the weekly pregnancy pics and use the stickers up to 40 weeks she had decided to pop out a bit early.


She will be 8 weeks old when we set out on this adventure. I would say she is probably the youngest girl at The Makeup Show this year! I will be bringing this shirt along for the trip and probably need to order another color since I wear it almost everyday! She will be nice and cozy so we will both be happy while I walk around and get my fill of education and inspiration at the show!

IMG_7647 She is still so tiny and I can’t bear to be away from her. I am nervous to take her but I know I am up for this challenge. I big part of the story that I submitted that won us this trip was that while I adore being a mother, one of the hardest parts (that I didn’t expect) was trying to figure out how to keep my identity and sense of self while trying to navigate parenthood.

Like most mamas, I want to be the best at this but I had spent the last 10+ years growing my career as a makeup artist/stylist and I’m not interested in walking away from that. The Makeup Show is a great place for motivation, inspiration and education. I look forward to what I will take away from this year’s experience there. Becoming a mama to my second child, this beautiful little girl and winning this experience with The Makeup Show has the wheels turning on how this new life phase I have entered will impact my brand as an artist.

For a long time I was trying to run my business and my life separately. It has become very clear to me in the last few years that my business and my family are both too important to me to keep separate. Stay tuned for changes as I give up the battle to keep them apart and experiment with merging these two identities.

More to come, the next few posts will include my wish lists for shopping at The Makeup Show and the classes and education I am planning to take. I will be talking about that here and on Money Making Makeup Artist. The last two times I was able to attend the blogger preview and social media events. I’m still crossing my fingers that I will get approved for one of the limited media passes. Then I will have even more behind the scenes excitement to report on. Would you like to see that?


Wish me luck! Both on my NYC adventure and the evolution of the brand! I welcome encouragement in the comment section.



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Emily Hudspeth

Who is Emily Hudspeth? Professional Stylist, Airbrush Makeup Artist, and Beauty Blogger….just to start. I am an all around girl’s girl who is totally addicted to all things beauty related. It is my mission to find the best of the best and share it with you. You can hire me for events, commercial production, photo shoots and image consulting. Want to stay connected? Come on, join the club! Follow me on Twitter and “like” my Facebook page and follow me on Pinterest and Subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks and stay tuned for more tips from Emily Hudspeth, hair and makeup. Leave comments to let me know what you want to see more of.

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38 thoughts on “The Makeup Show NYC- 10th Anniversary Edition

  1. Sarah

    This is so amazing and so inspirational! As a mom of two and running my own business, although not makeup & hair, I can relate so much to your story and feel that so many other women in the same situation can relate as well! Congratulations to you and I cannot wait to read all about your experience!

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thank you Sarah! I am so honored and really taking this as a lesson on being a stronger mama/business lady:)

    2. Tricia Ruppert

      I love hearing your stories and can’t wait to hear how the show goes!!! I am excited to see what tips of the trade you’ll pick up, as you are always learning and applying all sorts of fun stuff!!

  2. Nikki

    You deserve it, lady! You and little S are going to rock NYC, and you’re going to wow them like the rock star mama/makeup artist that you are. Have a blast!

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thanks Nikki! Im trying to breathe thru the fear and let this whole experience push me to the next level in my business/life. Thank you for believing in me.

  3. H

    Congrats on winning!
    I’m sure Sloane will be a fabulous assistant on your trip!
    I can’t wait to see you blog about it, I’ve never been!

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      You know I am training her to be my best assistant yet! Im still convinced Silas will be a stylist/mua king but I think he’s got too much of a mind of his own to be the assistant that I need:) I can’t wait to share how this adventure impacts my next career move!

  4. Pam Bunting

    Congratulations! Have fun in NYC. Being a working mom is hard, but you are doing great. Get some good pointers for us. I can’t wait to here about what you learn.

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thank you so much! You are right! Being a working mom or a stay at home (hell just being a mom in general!) is so hard but I think it is making me way tougher, don’t you think so? I am excited to share and glad to be free to share the reality of how this change in my life has impacted my business.

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thank you! You have believed in me for the longest and I appreciate you. I don’t think Sloane will be attending the gala…unless I can’t find her a sitter, which is proving to be the biggest challenge yet.

  5. Rona Greenwad

    A well deserved honor to attend this show….Emily you will take NYC by storm and not only broaden your talent with the latest the beauty industry has to offer but will teach your peers a thing or too. Good luck

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  7. Daniel Lindo

    What an amazing and inspirational story Emily! That’s why you were our winner! Your story was truly inspiring from the perspective of a working makeup artist and a parent! We can’t wait to see you at The Makeup Show NYC May 3-4! 🙂

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thank you Daniel. It is truly an honor! I am still pinching myself! I can’t wait to see how this year’s show impacts my business.

  8. Julie Lefton

    So many thoughts! Sloan will be amazing there and a people magnet! Slap a bow on here and she’ll be ready for anything!

    Two….you know this friend loves samples and expects a full report on the new goodies out there!

    Three…..why do all the celebs steal your kids names? Did you see the Justin Timberlake news??

    Talk soon and have an amazing time!

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      I can’t wait to report back Julie. And yes, my phone has been blowing up since JT had his own Silas. I guess its ok because we like them but I would like no more Silas or Sloane’s as celeb kid names for the next few years!

  9. myra

    love this post! I’m so excited to see a woman in the trenches of raising two young children, and still protecting her dream. That is not easy- its something we women need to do better. Baby Sloane has an awesome role model. Good luck in NYC!!!

    1. Emily Hudspeth Post author

      Thanks Myra! You are so right! It isn’t easy but its our job to show our daughters that it is important to dream big and take chances on yourself. When I start to doubt myself, I remind myself that now I have to do this for myself and for my daughter. No pressure, right? 🙂

  10. Sara Krivanec

    So proud of you Emily! Have a great time in NYC with Sloane!!! You can do this….achieving your goals yet balancing your family time! Sloane will look up to you as she grows up! ❤️

  11. Mary M

    So exciting Em and you should be so proud of all that you have accomplished!!! Looking forward to the blog about her first trip and NYC!

  12. Karen

    You’re a great mom and you and Baby Sloane will rock New York City! Congratulations! And most of all…. have FUN!!!

  13. Kim R

    So proud of you and for you – Congratulations! You and sweet baby Sloane will be stars at the show! Have fun, learn lots, and enjoy yourself!

  14. Tereasa Hailey Clarkson

    So happy for you Emily! I’m not surprised that you are doing so well, as you come from good stock, know what you want and delight in working hard to get it ! You and ms. Sloane are going to have a wonderful adventure and make lots of memories! Imagine her excitement when she gets older and sees pictures and hears stories of this ! All the best for you beautiful !!!

  15. Barbara Wilson

    Emily, I know you will do just fine in NYC. Hope you learn a lot and have a fun time with Sloan. Good luck!

  16. Cindy Bennett

    So fantastic! Great job and congrats on winning! You really are an inspiration, and I think you’re going to have a fabulous time with Sloane in NYC! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!


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