Going to IMATS? (A few tips)

IMATS London

I love IMATS! One of my favourite events of the year! It’s basically any makeup enthusiasts dream! Makeup…everywhere! I’ve been there now at least three time so I’ve pretty much figured out most of the do’s and don’t but it occoured to me that if might be the first time for some of you so I decided to make a vide all about it with my top do’s and don’t.

Or if you want a non video version: 

 1: Bring cash!

Not only to avoid the huuuuuge queue which circle several booths but also to not completely blow your budget… and also some of the stalls only accept cash. Bring cash!

 2: Bag. Go small.

There are a looot of people at IMATS. Especially on the first day you cam make a safe bet you’ll be jostling around for most of the day so a big bag will not only annoy you, it will annoy other people too. Also all the stalls will give you a bag, so other than your mobile and your money go light.

 3: Now about those high heels…

Unless your high heels are thick wedges which you have previously walked around in all day without a problem high heels are a bad idea! There aren’t really any places to sit too (unless you don’t mind sitting on the floor) so please wear sensible shoes! Your feet will thank you for it.

 4: Food, food, glorious food!

If you get hungry quickly or have special dietary needs check out the surrounding area first before you go. From what I remember (and I could be wrong) they do have a cafe on the second floor but it’s not cheap.

5: List

Make a list. It not only helps you stick to your budget and not get impulse buys but it helps make sure you don’t forget anything. It’s so easy to do! Also if you can get the things you really want first, everything else can wait. A lot of the bestsellers sell out on the first day so if there’s anything you’ll be really gutted if you don’t get it get that first!

6: Don’t miss the talks

It can be so easy to loose track of time and miss some of the talks they have going on at the same time. Don’t count on yourself to keep looking at your watch or phone. Put alarms on (on vibrate) and keep it in your pocket. For a full list of who’s talking and when you can check out the IMATS website here.

 Will I be seeing you at IMATS this weekend? :) 

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  1. says

    Unfortunately, I missed IMATS in LA this year, but I am going to PHAMExpo, which is similar, just much smaller. I am so excited! I wish I could meet you though!


  2. Beatriz says

    I want so much to go… but I need to save money to go, because I live in Brazil, so… But maybe next year I’ll meet you there? :)

  3. Kuri says

    Even though I’m not going to IMATS these tips will come in handy to any other similar events so thank you! :D

  4. Sakura says

    It’d be so awesome to go to IMATS, these are good types! Thank you for sharing them Klaire!

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  6. Rachel says

    I’d love to go to IMATS, perhaps next year! Thank you for this video its so kind and considerate. I’ve had my fair share of impulse buys which I later regretted but you live you learn!
    I’m on holiday in Italy and I found a Kiko shop and it was amazing! and I don’t regret anything I bought, and they are so well priced, the eyeshadows are next to Mac quality! I bought a beautiful rose gold eyeshadow stick which i highly recommend to add to your collection.

    thanks again for the video!

  7. says

    Nice tips!
    I would love to have IMATS here in Stockholm. We miss way too much goodness from the brands.

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