335 posts tagged "MAC Cosmetics"
For those of you with beauty-centric memories, images from yesterday’s Malandrino show may have called to mind those from last season at McQueen, where netted face masks also accessorized the hair and makeup scheme. But whereas Art Deco inspired Peter Philips and Paul Hammond in Paris, it was 1930′s Surrealism that did it for hairstylist Odile Gilbert and makeup artist Tom Pecheux in New York. Man Ray, to be exact, Gilbert told us, referencing the avant-garde artist whom she channeled to create a look she described as “modern without being too pretentious.” Sculpting three chignon-cum-hat clusters at the top of the models’ heads using hair extensions that were hand-painted by Wella colorist Eva Scrivo, Gilbert wrapped each unique formation with black mesh, pulling it over a few of the girls’ faces when she felt it appropriate. “It’s what we call trompe l’oeil in French,” Pecheux added about the visual deception, which he elaborated on by blanking out lips with MAC Pro Lip Erase and drawing three different lines onto the eyes—one in a half-moon shape on the lid to create a fake crease; another across the top lash line; and a third under the bottom lash line, a few centimeters below where you’d expect it to be. High concept, yes. But the execution was right on.
In addition to getting an opportunity to watch some of the best makeup artists in the world play with a selection of as-yet-unreleased cosmetics this week, we got word of a few new launches that we think you might find very interesting. MAC Cosmetics has big plans for black; it will release a still unnamed collection of black lip glosses, lipsticks, eye shadows, and greasepaint sticks later this year, all of which are as versatile as they are straightforward. Cases in point: Polly Osmond used the black lipstick from the new line to create maybe the best gray lip of the week at Tuleh; Charlotte Tilbury applied the new gold-flecked black gloss to eyes for a wet shimmer
at Donna Karan; and Tom Pecheux combined the metallic black Mineralize Eye Shadow with shades of blue and gray for a more complex smoky eye at Badgley Mischka. We were even more intrigued by a tip we got backstage at Doo.Ri, where we learned that manicurist and nail polish creative genius Jin Soon is reportedly partnering with MAC to launch a line of matte nail polishes due out in September. (Like we’ve said before, matte nail polish: huge for fall.) You heard it here first.
Not to state the obvious, but gray is here to stay for Fall 2009. We witnessed yet another
incarnation of the pallid lip color yesterday at Doo.Ri, where makeup artist Tom Pecheux used a very light application of MAC’s Lipmix in black to keep things from veering too far over to the dark side. He also let models’ natural lip color show through by mixing the pigment with only a tiny bit of Studio Finish Concealer for a matte finish, rather than blanking lips out completely before adding the color, as has been the preference of a few of his compatriots. And so, with New York fashion week winding down, we’d like to know your thoughts on the trend: Yea or nay, and where do you think it made its finest showing?
“A deconstructed, reconstructed” look is what makeup artist James Kaliardos was going for backstage at Rodarte yesterday, inspiration that came directly from designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who have apparently developed a fascination with the building and demolishing of homes. Kaliardos sectioned off the face, carving out cheekbones and the brow bone with MAC Pro Sculpting Powder in Warm Light, dragging a straight line of Frozen White Pigment from underneath the eye up toward the temple at an angle, and using a gray eye shadow called Scene in the crease. But disassembled architecture didn’t inspire the pale gray lip that’s becoming something of a staple this season. That was all Angelina Jolie. “I used to urge her to use beige,” Kaliardos recalled of advice he once gave the now reformed mother of six during her goth years, but Jolie simply would not part with her tube of Folio, a discontinued color that inspired the MAC Pro Lipmix shade Kaliardos whipped up for the show.
With all the craziness going on, we only just now realized that MAC finally posted the elaborate video it made in conjunction with its massive Hello Kitty launch last week. We had the bizarre pleasure of watching this last fall when we previewed the collection in a room full of overenthusiastic marketing folk and other bloggers (whose love for the animated character far surpassed our own) and have been wanting to share it with you, dear readers, ever since. A few points for discussion: that strange pink portal reminiscent of the birth canal; the quick transition from fluffy fantasy to a dark S&M house of horrors; male bondage dancers with large cat heads. Maybe it’s just us, but the whole thing smacks of a bad trip, rather than an advertisement for makeup. Go on, have a look. And don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts.