IMATS TORONTO 2015 - INTERNATIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST TRADE SHOW - MY TIPS

The show is coming! The "SHOW" is coming! And this time it's coming to Toronto earlier than before....Usually, IMATS TORONTO would take place mid November but now it will take place the weekend of September 26 & 27, 2015 at  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, downtown Toronto, minutes from Union station.

This will be my 7th time attending IMATS and from my past experiences attending IMATS, here are my tips on how to prepare yourself.

These tips are from my 1st show to now.

- get there early, shop early. Best selection of everything is Saturday morning. Most vendors bring a limited supply of products, so if you are looking for something specific make sure once you see it, buy it!

UPDATED: this is still true, especially if you want MUFE products, lashes and highly popular items that are on trend. 
Sunday seems to be less hectic and most of the industry professionals tend to attend Sunday..its become our own Toronto industry pro day.

- do make a list of what you want to buy because you might become overwhelmed and buy everything and overspend

UPDATED: do still look around and check out new products, many hidden gems can be found at those both that don't seem busy.

- do bring cash! debit machines are limited. Also, try not to use your credit card. ALL for the exception of a few vendors, if you use your credit card its charged in US $, yup so ask 1st!

UPDATED: vendors are being more Canadian friendly and are charging in Cdn dollars now BUT sales tax is now added! Some don't add the tax so heads up!

- if MUFE is on your list, check out a MUFE counter before the show and know what you want. Have it all written down on a separate piece of paper to hand to the MUA working the MUFE booth. You will move faster in the line and wont waste time standing around writing and seeing what you want.

UPDATED: This is still 150% true and it gets worse every year.

- wear comfortable clothes and shoes! You WILL be walking and standing around ALOT

UPDATED: It gets super hot in there, so yeah, wear light clothing.

- If you can, bring some snacks or pack a lunch. Nothing worse than spending major $ on overprice food

- bring a large water bottle! Makeup shopping can be very dehydrating!

- Do introduce yourself to vendors, tell them you are a makeup artist and/or beauty blogger and see what deals they might have for you and even freebies you can get, you will be surprised.

- Bring business cards, hand them out to everyone..the industry is very small and you never know who or what opportunity can happen.

UPDATED: looks like self promotion at IMATS has taken it to another level, last few years I've seen full on promo teams with logos on tshirts promoting their blogs, makeup services etc.

- attend the lectures, listen to the guest speakers and don't miss out on the battle of the brushes, you will always learn something. ALWAYS

UPDATED: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND IMATS. PERIOD.

- smile! please for the love of makeup don't be one of those "I'm a Makeup Artist or I'm a Beauty Blogger" snotty attitude < my pet peeve!

UPDATED: Vloggers and Youtubers are the worst for this. 

-YOU MUST BE 17 YEARS OR OLDER TO ATTEND.

- introduce yourself to everyone, even if you have met them before, you will be meeting alot of people and it can get confusing to keep track of names.

Lastly, if you see me please say HI! and please forgive me if I don't remember your name, I'm so bad at names! < SEE, this is why you need to introduce yourself lol


see you at IMATS!

SHOW INFO 

DATE & TIME: 
Saturday Sept 26 2015 9am to 5pm
Sunday Sept 27 2015 10am to 5pm

LOCATION: METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE (NORTH BUILDING, HALL C)

TICKETS: $45/day or $65 for both days
AT THE DOOR: Tickets will be available at the door unless they sell out prior to the event. One-day ticket $50 
open to the public

TICKET AND PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. TICKETS ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND NONTRANSFERABLE.


"I live, breathe, play and work within the Beauty industry.  I Love Makeup and Fashion!"

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Thank you so much for this post!!! I'm going for the first time ever so this is a big help! Otherwise I honestly would of gone in full fall/winter attire complete with thigh knit everything and high heeled boots!

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