Redken NBT V: The NYX FACE Awards

What an exciting day. I was assigned to do hair for top 6 make up artist for NYX Cosmetics finalist, Kimberley Margarita and Celebrity make up artist, Ve Neill for the 6th annual NYX Face Awards (Fine Artistry of Cosmetic Elites). 

 Red Carpet Redken Ready at the 6th annual NYX Face Awards 

Red Carpet Redken Ready at the 6th annual NYX Face Awards 

 NYX Face Award 2017 top 6 on the red carpet

NYX Face Award 2017 top 6 on the red carpet

 Working on Kimberley's wig for the big show

Working on Kimberley's wig for the big show

Kimberley was actually staying at the same hotel as me. So I simply went to her room with my kit in tow.  She answered the door with excitement as I introduced myself. She showed me her outfit and the wig she wanted to wear for the awards. She was really open to any of my ideas. I spent the next three hours doing various braids and fishtails to create texture. I did a soft spiral curl throughout the lower half of the hair piece. I loved how her look came together and really showed her personality. I styled it own her head and place silver bobbi pins in various patterns and stragetigically placed the braids.

 upclose of the braids

upclose of the braids

 bobbi pin details

bobbi pin details

 Selfie with Kimberley Margarita

Selfie with Kimberley Margarita

Kimberley is so talented. I was an honor to style her hair and to keep up with her on Instagram. I look forward to having our paths cross again in the future.

 Having a laugh

Having a laugh

I was so excited for Kimberley and hearing her story of how she started her make up career and her process of becoming a finalist for the NYX face awards. half way through styling, Kimberley's mother had arrived from Canada. It was good to meet her mom. I finished her hair, took photos and send bye. See you at the awards.

 arriving at the Shrine auditorium in L.A.

arriving at the Shrine auditorium in L.A.

After finishing Kimberley's hair  I head back to my room, repacked my took kit for the awards and changed into my evening outfit. Called Uber and I was off the Shrine Auditorium.

 selfie in front of Ve Neill's dressing room

selfie in front of Ve Neill's dressing room

Was I arrived I was led to the back of the auditorium where the stage was being prepared. I was taken to the dressing rooms to meet legendary make up artist, Ve Neill.

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 styling hair for Ve Neill

styling hair for Ve Neill

I had the opportunity to style Ve Neill's hair. She was very nice. She asked for big volume with curls of which I was 

 selfie backstage with Ve Neill before the show

selfie backstage with Ve Neill before the show

 backstage with Nikki, Aundreya and make up artist, Charisma Star

backstage with Nikki, Aundreya and make up artist, Charisma Star

After she was ready, we took a photo, hugged and parted as she ready to be on stage and I to meet the other Redken NBT winners and watch the show. I hope to see her again in the future.

 The NYX FACE awards 2017 top 6

The NYX FACE awards 2017 top 6

 Willo Smith was totally awesome...which I got to meet her

Willo Smith was totally awesome...which I got to meet her

After being done styling hair, I met up with my friends. We had a cocktail and some hors d'oevrs and grab our vip wristbands for the show and headed towards our seats.

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I was blown away by the NYX face awards. 6000 people were in attendance for the show. The sheer talent of these make up artists was so inspirational.  The show was hosted by Patrick Starrr with a music performance by Willo Smith. The award show praised the make up skills of the top 6 make up artists for the year from thousands of entries from around the world.

 Selfie with Cheryl

Selfie with Cheryl

 The awards are about to begin...

The awards are about to begin...

 Frankie Starrr & Ve Neill on stage

Frankie Starrr & Ve Neill on stage

 Frankie Starrr & Kimberley Margarita

Frankie Starrr & Kimberley Margarita

It was so cool to see both Kimberley and Ve on stage after having met them. Kimberley walked away with the award for best "Technique". 

 Willo Smith Performs

Willo Smith Performs

 Red Carpet  Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Red Carpet

Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

 on stage  Image Rachel Murray/Getty Images

on stage

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 Red Carpet  Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Red Carpet

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

 Red Carpet  Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Red Carpet

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

 Accepting her awards for best innovation.  Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

Accepting her awards for best innovation.

Image Vivien Killilea/Getty Images North America)

After the show we went to the VIP lounge. there were cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a sweet swag bag filled with so much make up. I need to knock the dust of my brushes and start doing make up again, lol.

 tired and hungry post show so In-N-Out burgers it was

tired and hungry post show so In-N-Out burgers it was

 

This experience was truly amazing.  A whirlwind full of amazing memories, people and a time I won't forget. I am truly blessed and thankful for this experience. Thank you to Redken and to my family, friends and clients.