Not all beauty expos are created equally.
There are some that are leaps and bounds better than others and can help you connect with the industry's most iconic educators and brands.
If you’re an expert in your trade who’s looking to improve their already-fabulous skills, network with fellow professionals, seek out discounts and try out some amazing freebies, we’re here to happily introduce you to the beauty expo life.
Beauty expos for licensed professionals are the ultimate, glam fests that bring talented men and women together to showcase their talents, gain new skills, and meet like-minded people.
But which beauty expos are can’t-miss and which are so last year?
Check out our list of must-attend pro beauty expos for 2018. We’ve got all the nitty-gritty details you’ll need, what you can expect, and more!
Our biggest suggestion? Save up for a few – it’s next to impossible to pick just one expo!
PHAME: Professional Hair and Makeup Expo
This is one of the biggest beauty expos in the United States and it’s located in easy, breezy, beautiful LA. PHAME is a two-day, non-stop hair and makeup exposition that helps to connect you with today’s most innovative beauty brands, culture creators, and influencers.
A popular expo since its inception in 2012, PHAME (which stands for Professional Hair and Makeup Expo) is the ultimate destination for beauty experts across the globe.
Not only will you have enormous access to leaders in your industry, you’ll be gifted with the best prices on the hottest products, granted all-access passes to education classes and new skill sets, and be able to brush up on all things beauty.
Though PHAME isn’t specific to licensed beauty professionals, the amount of free product, new skills, and beauty influencers who are present should be enough to convince the professionals to wade through the crowd of new-hopefuls that are attending, too.
It doesn’t hurt that PHAME offers industry discounts to professionals, too.
Check out some of the details below if you’re interested in attending:
When: June 2 & 3rd, 2018
Where: Magic Box, LA – 1933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, California
Tickets: $55-$75 (industry and student discounts available)
You know what they say, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Except, this might be your one exception to the rule. We can guarantee that everything you learn from the IBS Las Vegas you’ll want to take home with you and tout.
The International Beauty Show in Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing expos and events in the beauty industry, each year drawing in thousands upon thousands of attendees and professionals.
This event hosts more than 22,000 beauty professionals, grants you access to over 100 educational classes with your admission kit, provides you with professional-only pricing for the newest products, tools, and brands, and gifts you with a packed exhibit hall with over 350 top beauty brands at your disposal.
With access to master classes, professionals-only courses, and the top influencers in your industry, you won’t be sorry you attended this expo!
When: June 23-25, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Tickets: Prices vary for attendees and exhibitors. Please see the pricing page here!
Website: International Beauty Show
This annual beauty expo is chalk-full of glamour, fashion, professional styling, and industry leaders from across the world.
The Premiere Orlando Beauty Event is one of the top tradeshows in the world that helps to connected licensed beauty professionals with manufacturers, distributors, and other professionals in their own industries, and beyond.
With over 650 classes offered to help you improve your skills and receive the latest education, you won’t miss out on things to fill your day with.
There are nearly 800 exhibiting companies with multiple resources available to help you discover all the latest brands, techniques, products, and people!
This trade-only event gives strictly the professionals access to a unique forum where they can try new products, learn new innovations, and buy, sell, or source products from exhibitors.
When: June 2-4, 2018
Where: Orlando, Florida
Tickets: Ticket prices range from $60-$85
Website: Premiere Orlando
This isn’t any regular trade show, this is an enormous, distinct, and lauded opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, network with the best, hone your education, and inspire yourself, and others, while you embark on a 2-day journey to better skills.
No matter if you’re a makeup artist, hair artist, stylist, or esthetician, you’ll join the best of the best for the next two days to participate in hands-on workshops, go to brand focus sessions, and hear valued keynote speakers give you the presentations of a lifetime!
The best part?
There’s plenty of opportunity to attend. With three events in 2018 (and two available thus far in 2019) you can find the show most convenient for you – we promise you won’t want to miss out on this experience.
Where: September 15-16, 2018; October 13-14, 2018; November
When: Orlando; Chicago; Los Angeles
Tickets: Tickets range in price from $45 - $62 depending on how long you plan to attend the show.
Website: The Makeup Show