IMATS was quite the experience this year. I made a specific point to witness this year's Keynote Speaker, Kabuki, in action.
Instead of a traditional makeup application or Q&A session, he opted to show us how one of his 'extreme glamour' creations come to life. I found the entire experience quite enlightening.
Instead of using typical products and brands - and making the novices worry that they MUST have such and such brand or brush in order to achieve the look (special shout out to all the folks who asked the painfully obvious questions)... he mixed and matched creams and powders from any brand in any manner... until he found the color/texture he was looking for.
All finished! He removed the model's shiny cape to reveal a dress that he helped design. It was all very '80's and androgynous and beautiful in its boyish glamour.
I rather enjoyed the presentation. I found it to be educational in that in encourages artists to be ARTISTS... and see things through touch and texture. Kabuki appears quite reserved and pleasant and focused. His method is internal... and I think that's what I appreciated most about the lesson. I really like his approach to artistry and makeup in general... definitely glad I took the time to see him in action.