DDS Beauty Box Event: Battle of the Brushes
If you’re a make-up guru and you enjoy experimenting with colors and techniques, then the Battle of the Brushes make-up competition was the place to be last Saturday, November 2nd at the Palmer House in Downtown Chicago, Illinois. The competition/mixer was brought to you by the DDS Beauty Box Cosmetics Company.
DDS Beauty Box is a cosmetic club which includes make-up artists and hair stylists for staffing services, a salon, online products, social events and more! The DDS stands for “Distinctive Diva Styles”. I got a chance to chat with Beauty Box Owner, Davida Dallas, about her company. When asked about what inspired her to put together this amazing event she explained that “new and even experienced MUAs don’t always get the exposure that they deserve and that this event allowed all beauty professions to come together and show off their skills and create amazing work”. Dallas came up with the idea to develop her own cosmetic club in 2004 while working for Lancomb Cosmetics and specializing in make-up sales. When asked about upcoming projects, she says “We are working on a Father-Daughter dance, and a Divas in Training event, primarily focusing on skin care.”Nadia Rose, Co-Owner of DDS Beauty Box and daughter of Davida Dallas, was the official host of the Battle of the Brushes Competition.
Judging the contestants were WGCI’s radio personality, Demi Lobo; Hollywood Exes Reality Television Star, Tony Harper; Salon Owner, Bisi; and Chicago based MUA, Julio.
Each MUA was given a model to work their magic on. These ladies were also promotional models known as the Beauty Box Baddies. The competition consisted of three rounds. In the first round each make-up artist had to create a daytime and evening look. In the second round, each MUA was required to create an exotic look using bold lip color from Demi Lobo’s cosmetic line, The Lip Station. Last but not least in the final round the objective of the remaining MUAs was to freehand their model and to show the judges what the art of using make-up means to them personally.
I was also able to gather a few beauty tips from some of the make-up artists/competitors. Amy Theresa (@AmyTMakeupArtistry) says to never use a black fill in for your eyebrows because it can be too harsh. She says to use a dark brown instead. Jerlicia Hobson (@MakeupbyJerlicia) gives advice to other aspiring make-up artists by telling them to “go for it and keep going, and try to avoid the pressure.” Melissa Gonzalez (@bymelissamarie) explains that she thinks one problem a lot of girls tend to have with make-up is matching foundation with their skin tone and that her must-have product is moisturizer.
The winner of the Battle of the Brushes competition was Candace Childress (@eyecandyCandice). Candice told me in an interview that she first discovered her interest in make-up around two years ago. She was a little nervous about the competition but you could tell by her excitement that she was ready to put her skills to the test!
Congratulations to Candace and a huge shout out the other amazing make-up artists! We would also like to give a shout to DDS Beauty Box for putting together this successful event and we’ll be on the look out for what’s next to come!
Visit DDS Beauty Box at their website at www.ddsbeautybox.com