371 posts tagged "MAC Cosmetics"
MAC & Milk are joining forces again for the Fall shows, and to celebrate the makeup magic that occurs behind the scenes at the Meatpacking District space, MAC has created a collection of 14 must-have products that its backstage artists can’t live without. Among these necessities are the beauty brand’s multipurpose Face and Body Foundation, two nude lipsticks in Frecklestone and Fleshpot that are popular tools for “taking down the lips,” as the professionals say, and its Mineralize Skin Finish, which is pretty much ubiquitous during the collections for minimizing shine and creating a multidimensional matte complexion. The limited-edition range is available online until February 22.
It’s 40 or so degrees in New York this week instead of twentysomething, so I’ve decided to come out of hibernation—i.e., the comfort of my well-heated living room—and embrace whatever adoring public I have left (apologies to those of you who have been on the receiving end of my perpetual bailing). Seeing as how these last several weeks of couch-sitting under blankets, with little-to-no sun exposure, have left my face a bit washed out, a new beauty regimen is in order. Around this time of year, I really can’t say enough good things about tinted moisturizers, which give your skin the emollient infusion it needs while providing a subtle shield of color to combat any ghostliness. They’re surprisingly easy to make yourself: Just add a little bit of foundation to your favorite face cream or lotion, rub them together in your palms, and remember to mind your jawline, neck, and décolletage when applying. If you want a dewier finish, MAC’s new Care Blends Essential Oils are pretty handy. Naturally derived essences of grapefruit and chamomile or sweet orange and lavender are combined with a base of four conditioning botanical oils, and can be blended with or applied on top of makeup to create an instant healthy glow. Having rekindled my love affair with blush recently, I’ve also been enjoying MAC’s new Cremeblends from its Lillyland collection, which come in four extra-bright colors and have a lovely sheer finish. Optimistic Orange, a hot tangerine, and Florida, a bright pink, are my current favorites. When applied to the apples of your cheeks, they add that extra something that says, “Hello, world. I’m back.”
Last night, something entirely epic happened. To celebrate the announcement that Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper have been named the latest faces of the MAC AIDS Fund, both women gathered in the same room—Champagne in hand—all but a foot away from us. (Calling the moment “life-changing” would not be an overstatement.) The newest campaign, which is called From Our Lips, will break on February 25 and includes two new lipsticks, aptly called MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick and Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the MAC AIDS Fund. The collection itself won’t hit stores until March, but MAC has issued two different Miracles Happen Viva Glam Lip Kits for the holidays to keep you satisfied in the interim. Coming in Neutral Pink and Terracotta-Plum, they’re a great way to give back—and give the gift of a perfect pout.
After capturing the online community’s attention with her easy-to-access makeup guides, YouTube phenom and cosmetics line creator Lauren Luke has released a book. The tell-all reveals everything from a childhood spent being bullied at school to an unplanned teen pregnancy and finding love as a taxi dispatcher, all while building upon an ever-present obsession with lipstick and a smoky eye. We see a Lifetime original movie in her future. [Daily Mail]
While the idea of repairing your skin at night so that you wake up each morning with “a new blank canvas” is gaining steam, consumers are still pretty much, er, in the dark as to whether or not such claims can be believed. Oh, but one can dream… [NYT]
Forget listening to hip-hop on your ear buds before heading into competition. Michelle Roark, the 2009 U.S. freestyle skiing champion who moonlights as a chemical engineer, is convinced that smell, not rhythm and blues, can make you a champion. Her scent of choice is called Confidence, an eau she mixed up from a blend of rose oil, bergamot, and grapefruit. Even if it doesn’t work for everyone, as she maintains it does, it’s way cheaper than hiring a motivational coach to help sort out that low batting average. [WSJ]
With new macabre collections from brands like MAC and Chanel, black makeup is still making headlines this season. For those of you who are hesitant to embrace the trend in fear of toeing the goth line, fret not: The obsidian color ranges are now being branded as “glam-grunge.” If that offers any consolation. [The Star]
There are times when conceptual art, rather than actual wearability, can resonate backstage as much as on the runway. Yesterday was one such occasion, when Alexander McQueen presented his Plato’s Atlantis collection, enlightening his hair and makeup team on the wonders of alien movies, Art Nouveau, and Darwinism—all of which informed his Spring presentation. In response, Redken’s Guido Palau and makeup artist Peter Philips crafted looks that were more about a feast for the eyes than anything else. “Some things are like couture,” noted Palau of his intricate amphibious coifs. “It’s a fantasy that’s there to inspire people.” Setting any notions of at-home duplication aside for a moment, Palau’s winged ‘dos and interwoven braids were awe-inspiring for their theatrical nature, which could place them comfortably in a sci-fi super-production—less so in real life. The makeup story unfolded in a similar manner, progressing from a uniform beige base to full-on prosthetics for an homage to otherworldly (or, rather, underworldly) creatures. To capture a certain extraterrestrial allure, Peter Philips started with shiny foundations to even out skin tone and to blank out brows, as is popular practice these days. He followed that up with varying warm and cool shades of Chanel and MAC pigments to conjure “evolutionary” skin tones and shapes. Not necessarily everyday wear, per se, but definitely handy inspiration with All Hallows’ Eve just around the corner.