Carnival Makeup Inspiration for the Road

carnival inspired makeup

If you’re a longtime follower, you know that I LOVE Carnival time. I haven’t played mas since 2014, but I watch¬†Machel Monday, Soca Monarch, and other streamed events online. Being upset I missed another carnival, I created a carnival makeup look inspired by one of my costumes from Caribana. A post shared by JoūüĆünna E (@joannaen) on Aug 3, 2013 at 5:36pm PDT Read more about¬†how I did this carnival...

Best Caribbean Carnival Hairstyles for Women

Best hairstyles for playing mas

If you spent your money to play mas for Trinidad Carnival, you definitely want to look your best on the road. I have some tips for playing mas for first-timers in the¬†Caribbean carnival prep¬†but¬†didn’t mention¬†anything about carnival hairstyles. It is important to know that the best carnival hairstyles are ones that don’t cover your face. With all the jumping and waving, it is important to see where you’re going. If...

Truck – errr Stormers on de Road – Caribana Parade Recap

Truck - errr Stormers on de Road - Caribana Parade Recap

The Caribana parade is over and I had a great time playing mas for the second year in a row, BUT the Stormers have got to go! I am no carnival expert, but based on the conversation with previous masqueraders this year, Stormers in the Caribana parade has been a problem for years. The main reason is more than likely the lack of knowledge of the whole purpose of playing...

Caribana King and Queen Showcase Recap

Caribana King

I spent my first vacation of 2014¬†in Toronto to play mas in the¬†Caribana¬†with my cousin. I attended many fetes throughout the weekend, but my first event was the Caribana King and Queen Showcase at Lamport Stadium. It is a good, clean, AFFORDABLE show for family and anyone interested in Caribbean culture and keeping the ‘old mas’ traditions.¬†This year’s halftime show included performances by JW and Blaze, Iwer George, Drupatee, and...

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

It’s Carnival Season!¬†Since catching the “Carnival bug” visiting family in Trinidad, I decided to visit Toronto for their Caribana Parade. I also have family there and it is close enough to NY to go for a quick weekend trip via bus (Megabus or Greyhound) or plane (Flights leave from all NYC airports for around the same price). We’ve all been carnival virgins at some point so here are some tips...