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July 26 2014

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MAC, Janelle Monáe Go Bump In The Night For FNO

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MAC is using Fashion’s Night Out to preview its new Style Black line, a collection of obsidian lipsticks, glosses, eye shadows, liners, and lacquers due out at the end of the month to serve all of your mod, punk, and goth beauty needs. To capitalize on the range’s underlying concept of “night” makeup, the company has planned ragers at all of its boutiques across the city on the 10th. DJ Lady Starlight will be spinning tunes at Macy’s Herald Square between 7 and 9 p.m., while Lola Schanbel and Chelsea Leyland will woman the decks at the Columbus and Flatiron stores, respectively. But MAC’s makeup haven on Spring Street in Soho is shaping up to be the most action-packed, with DJ Harley Viera Newton pumping up the jams while pop songstress and fashion darling Janelle Monáe signs autographs and snaps pictures. We caught up with Monáe—who will be in New York through fashion week for a show with indie superstars Of Montreal at Terminal Five on the 18th—and she told us why she can’t live without her eyebrow brush and what she’ll be listening to to get psyched for the shows.

What’s your favorite MAC product?

Actually, the thing I’m most excited about when it comes to MAC right now is its fall collection inspired by Marilyn Minter, Maira Kalman, and Richard Phillips. I just recently found out about the work of Marilyn Minter, and the fact that MAC is currently collaborating with her and other innovative visual artists on its fall collection is really inspiring. It’s such an innovative way for a cosmetic company to approach things: Let’s get these three visual artists and apply their color palette to cosmetics and then apply that beauty around the world, literally. That’s a really unique approach to makeup.

What are your can’t-live-without beauty products?

I like my full brows to be well groomed, so I love my eyebrow brush. I really like using MAC’s lip moisturizer, MAC Studio Finish concealer, MAC #35 lashes, and MAC blush in Ambering Rose and Frankly Scarlet when I step out on the town. But when I am with family or running errands, I use Whole Foods’ organic raspberries for blush and dark cherries for stained, moist lips. There’s nothing like having genuine natural colors on your face.

Do you have any beauty icons?

Anita Baker. Her skin is so flawless and such a gorgeous mocha color and I love her full, beautiful dark eyebrows, eyelashes, and almond-shaped eyes. Most of all, I just love how she treats others—especially artists like myself who look to her for guidance. My great-grandmother Elsenia Norman is also something of an icon, with her full head of long gray hair (I love gray hair on older and young women!) Her eyes are naturally purple, too. She is one of a kind. And Katharine Hepburn—she is such a sassy and intriguing lady. I love how effortless her hair looked when it was swept and pinned up into a bun. Oh! And Sean Young from Blade Runner. You’ve got to love an android in a pantsuit.

What will you be wearing this fall?

I have a suit of armor that I bought in Turkey—complete with a chain-mail helmet! We’ll see, though. It’s a little hot, and it’s hard to do the moonwalk in. And of course I’ll be wearing custom-made pieces that I have designed for myself.

Do you have a “getting ready to hit up fashion week” playlist you’d be willing to share with us?

James Brown – “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing”

Of Montreal feat. Janelle Monáe – “Moonage Daydream”

Deep Cotton – “Runaway Radio”

Matt Monro – “From Russia With Love”

Kate Bush – “Babooshka”

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/ Getty Images

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