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368 posts tagged "MAC Cosmetics"

A First Look at Lorde’s Collection for MAC

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Lorde has tried everything from vampy lips to dip-dyed fingers, and even points out her flaws on social media (a feat in and of itself considering we’re a society obsessed with putting forth a perfect, airbrushed image). In lieu of twerking with a foam finger or swinging naked on a wrecking ball, this 17-year-old prefers to get attention for her beauty risks—and that levelheaded choice appears to be paying off. Launching June 5, the singer’s two-piece collection with MAC Cosmetics—consisting of Lipstick in Pure Heroine ($16) and Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack ($19)—will allow everyone to achieve her royal, rebel look.

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What We’re Wearing This Week: MAC x Proenza Schouler

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Style.com’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the Monday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

Kast got in on this designer beauty collaboration—which includes everything from ombré blush to budge-proof black liner, all in metallic rainbow packaging reminiscent of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s Spring 2010 collection—early with the nail lacquer in Bougainvillea, a creamy coral out April 24. (Set a calendar alert now.) “I’m not into bright lips [for those who are, a flamingo pink and tangerine lipstick are available in this limited-edition range], but I love a tomato-orange manicure,” Kast said. Even better: It’s so much more wallet-friendly than a PS1.

MAC Proenza Schouler Nail Lacquer in Bougainvillea, $24; maccosmetics.com

Photo: George Chinesee

Getting Ready With the Queen of the Night

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Mac Cosmetics Master Class Susanne Bartsch Chelsea Hotel 2014/04/08

“What the fuck is life without makeup?” Truer words have never been spoken, but they somehow seem even more meaningful coming from Susanne Bartsch, the iconic queen of New York City nightlife known for her extravagant fêtes at the Copacabana in the late eighties. She continues to take party planning to an entirely different level, hosting events all week long that draw eclectic crowds that can only be described as equal parts weird and wonderful. On this particular evening, however, Bartsch is letting a few lucky onlookers watch her and her team of MAC pros get ready for (what else?) the evening’s big bash. The beauty brand’s array of intense colors, over-the-top glitters, and tentacle-like lashes are clearly the only products that will do. A sense of organized chaos settles upon the room as wigs are fluffed and pigments are applied. Bartsch switches seamlessly between discussing details with her assistant (“Is the cake here? You have candles?”) and sharing charming anecdotes with the assembled group. Outfits of parties past are sprinkled throughout the room, but nothing compares with the laser-cut leather corset and thigh-high boots that she slides into after her makeup is perfected. People literally burst into applause. She looks fierce, but don’t be fooled by her love of feathers and lace. Bartsch takes her events very seriously and has raised millions of dollars over the years for the fight against AIDS. And after hearing her endearing chatter as she sits among her glam squad, you can see why people would donate hand over fist to any organization that she deems fit. After all, if life without makeup seems unfathomable, then the notion of New York City without Susanne Bartsch is just absurd.

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Photos: Helga Traxler

Closing Time

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fashion-monthPost-Lillehammer Winter Olympics, Nancy Kerrigan told the masses that she was going to Disney World after “winning the hearts of the world” (and not the gold medal…that, of course, went to a pink marabou-clad Oksana Baiul). Ask the backstage beauty crews what they’ll be doing following fashion month and I guarantee you nobody will mention an amusement park. (To be honest, the casts of characters on the circuit are far more entertaining than a parade of princesses—and much better dressed). Here, what three MAC pros are up to now that the Fall 2014 madness has come to a close:

“Laying on the beach in Fiji with my husband, some cocktails, and a pile of books.”

“Trying to come up for air and reacclimate to my time zone before hitting the road to host five consecutive spring Master Class trips all over North America. No rest until summer for me!”

“Snuggling with my cats.”

Ditto to the last response. I’ll also be indulging in more than a disco nap at night and clocking some serious sleep.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde/ Indigitalimages.com

“Handsome” Girls, Backstage at Giambattista Valli

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valliThis season, the designer created clothes for a “woman who was confident to dress in women’s clothes,” but the makeup, as describe by face painter Val Garland, was “healthy, wealthy, and handsome.” Brushed-up brows, perfected complexions, and lips topped with a clear mattifying formula from MAC comprised the look. “Just before they go out, we are going to give them a little massage on their cheeks so we get nice, natural color—but it’s not a blush,” she noted. The sheen on the high points of the face came courtesy of moisturizer, rather than a shimmery pigment, applied with a fan brush. “I’m a bit over the frosty sheen of highlighter, I think it’s dying a death,” Garland said. And similar to the London shows, she made a point of not picking up mascara. “It can look commercial when what you want to get across is something more directional,” she explained. But for those of us in the live real world and not on the runway, she suggests hanging onto our go-to tubes. “You can’t live without it—none of us can.” As much as I despise scrubbing off the black rings that form post-shower, I have to agree.

Hair pro Orlando Pita crafted a clean, natural ponytail—adding shine and canceling any flyaways with L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil. “This makes it shiny, touchable, and soft—all the things the girls’ [strands] aren’t during the season,” he said. The tails were bent slightly with a curling iron for movement. Asked if the hair would be tucked into the collars and high-necked pieces in the collection (a trend that’s held strong since New York), Pita said that would be a game-time decision left up to Valli. The “haphazard” feeling this finishing touch lends, however, is something the mane master fully supports: “It’s as if you just got up and threw on a T-shirt—except [the T-shirt] is actually a Giambattista Valli dress—and headed out the door.” That sounds like my kind of morning.

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde; Indigitalimages.com