Melody Leon of Blush Beautiful takes home 2nd place at the first annual Battle Of Da Brushes 2019
Hey everyone! I am SO excited to share my experience at this past weekends Battle Of Da Brushes!
The organizer's of the event initially offered 4 categories to choose from to compete in, but there wound up only being 3 competitions.
Yarlin & Joanna (pictured to the right) did a fantastic job with communicating with us artists and helping us feel excited about the event. I was so thankful for Yarlin for reminding me that the most important thing was to HAVE FUN with the experience. (Which can sometimes slip your mind when you're nervous about competing.)
I competed in the Celebrity Inspired category.
This required me to create a look inspired by Marilyn Monroe. (Who just so happens to be one of my favorite icons.
-However, the plot thickens on my experience actually creating this look. More on this, after I introduce the judges:
The Guest Judges
were awesome to meet and made me feel so great about the competition.
I was SUPER grateful for @nathaninbloom for helping me when the plot thickened while I was competing.
See, I didn't continue to follow up with the posts that the @battle_of_da_brushes posted leading up to the event, so I misunderstood the category. I thought that the artists would be picking the look to recreate. So I had been practicing a smokey eye and nude lip inspired by the actress Zendaya.
As the competition was getting ready to begin, the big screens popped up a picture of Marilyn Monroe, and our amazing hostess @lolachachaamore (pictured below) started introducing the category as the picture we would be using to inspire our makeup application.
I had a micro panic attack
because I knew that I didn't have MANY of the products and colors with me that I would need to recreate this look in a way I would have liked to.
I leaned over to Lola and explained that I wasn't prepared to create the look, and explained my situation. She brought over Nathan (the judge) and he looked me right in the eyes and said something along the lines of,'This is an opportunity to show your creativity, use what you've got to create the look you need to create."
I immediately felt better, because he reminded me of something that I always say to my students when they are having doubts about their ability to execute a certain task:
Having the perfect tools and products is nice, but isn't NECESSARY to create an amazing work of art. Having a thorough understanding of your application techniques and
having the basic products needed combined with the CONFIDENCE to give it your all and get creative are all you REALLY need to create something beautiful.
The Music was POPPIN'
A few moments after i had gotten my pep talk, @djstream started the music for us, and I was ready to give it my all. He was playing old school reggae, which is my FAVE kind of music, so it made it even easier to relax and have fun.
He knew exactly what to play to get us and keep us motivated while applying makeup up on the stage. He is an awesome DJ and would HIGHLY recommend him if you are looking for a DJ for your next special occasion <3.
@djchinoevents handled the sound and lighting like a PRO.
All Up IN The Business
As we created our looks, the judges were all up in our business lol. Which may have made some people nervous, but my time as an educator provided PLENTY of experience having people watching very closely as I created something.
I took the opportunity while Nathan came back around to look at my work to thank him for saying what he said, because it really helped me get my head in the game. His response was, 'You're welcome. There is a reason you are on this stage, you know what you're doing."
*SWOON* How sweet, right?? I just wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home with me lol.
my model, I had to wait until the end of the competition for all of the winners to be announced, so I headed out with my wife and model to go eat, and came back with about 45 minutes to spare.
I took that opportunity to walk around. There were so many vendors and people to meet, and support. There was a cash bar, and plenty of delicious food. It was SUCH a good time.
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
Below are the 1st and 2nd place winners for each category. I was grateful to place 2nd in the Celebrity Inspired competition. I have linked the IG of each of the competitors, so have fun and go visit their pages for even more great pics from this AMAZING event!