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Fall 2012: MAC Cosmetics Styleseeker Collection

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Collection: Styleseeker  Collection 2012

Products Submitted:
Eyeshadow x 2 in On The Hunt $27.50
Eyeshadow x 2 in Marche Aux Puces $27.50
Powder Blush in Worldly Wealth $20
Powder Blush in Supercontinental $20
Powder Blush in Hidden Treasure $20
Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Dark Diversion $15
Lipglass in Ready to Roam $15
Lipglass in Restless $15
Lipglass in Eclectic Edge $15
Mattene Lipstick Semi-Mat in Camden Chic $15
Mattene Lipstick Semi-Mat in Eden Rouge $15
Mattene Lipstick Semi-Mat in Delectable $15

Products Used:
Eyeshadow x 2 in Marche Aux Puces $27.50
Powder Blush in Hidden Treasure $20
Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Dark Diversion $15
Lipglass in Restless $15
Mattene Lipstick Semi-Mat in Camden Chic $15

How To: I started by applying the golden shade of shadow in the Marche aux Puces duo to my lid, continuing with the burnt brick reddish hue along the crease. I smoked the burnt brick hue up and out just a bit so that when I applied the gel liner, it would blend better. I used a thin brush and, starting with a kitten wing (not a complete cat eye wing), I worked my way inward creating a thin line on my upper lash line. The gel liner is an extremely dark plum shade and, while you may think it would clash with the reddish undertones of the other products, it actually complimented them quite nicely (both shadow and liner have a hint of maroon in their color spectrum). The blush is highly pigmented in a red shade so I used a very small amount, dabbing my brush, blowing the excess, and applying from just under my pupils in an upward sweeping motion toward my hairline for a more dramatic effect. I finished with lips, using the Mattene lipstick in Camden Chic, again, a brackish red, but found it to be a bit too matte for the look, so I applied the Lipglass in Restless over the top, focusing on the center of my lips to add shine and punch. The result is not your average crimson red but a deeper, more vibrant red that actually matches the changing colors of fall’s leaves.

Did You Know: Colored eyes are big for fall, especially ones in the red color spectrum – burnt brick mixes reds, oranges and browns to bring you a wearable take on the trend. MAC’s duo shadows are  perfect for the woman who isn’t certain of her lid and crease color matches. Always use the lighter hue as your main, lid color, and the darker shade as your crease color. You can also apply the darker shade under your lower lash liner for a more traditional smoky eye. This lip pairing is my favorite in the collection, and sure to be a huge fall hit.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Make Up For Ever HD FoundationRMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Brow Pencil in Brunette and Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. Mascara isLancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

*Like the look? Leave a comment below and tweet @beautybanter with your favorite looks! We will be choosing one winner and gifting a massive fall 2012 beauty goodie bag after we have unveiled all 10 brands and their looks… more details to come, but start by leaving a comment and tweeting to us your favorite looks!

DIY Nail Art With MAC Artist Keri Blair

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While I’m not very creative when it comes to my own nails (I pretty much live in a bare fingernail and red toenail year round), I am quite fascinated by the recent obsession with nail art (on other people’s hands, of course). It truly is a means of personal expression – like how I use makeup and how others use fashion. And there’s something very reminiscent of my childhood years yearning for Lee Press-Ons and nail piercings (remember those?), yet constantly having my mother tell me “when you’re older.” And now that I’m old enough to desecrate  – or create – on my nail beds, I am turning to true artists like MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist Keri Blair for nail art inspiration. “Nails represent a creative outlet or canvas; an affordable luxury and way to showcase your personality, opinion and individuality,” says Blair. For a wide range of Blair’s extensive inspirations – she spends hours on her nails, and it shows (they’re like mini works of art!) – have a look at her blog, www.nailartjunkie.com. For today’s DIY we’re talking color; using color blocking and water marbling (a mixture of colors).

“Color blocking your nails is a great way to pay homage to the color wheel. My favorite way to do this is by painting the nail bed in two different unexpected shades. For example choose a color like M·A·C Nail Lacquer Saint Germain and paint from your nail bed to mid way down the nail then use a shade like M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Morange to finish to the tip,” explain Blair.

Keri’s DIY water marbling nail art technique is simple enough for even my uncoordinated hands. It’s easy to achieve (psst: You don’t need to know how to paint between the lines!), yet the finished product will look like you spent some serious time tending to your fingers.

Water marbling is very fun and gives way to a very interesting approach to color blocking. If you are a nail polish junkie like me, this is a great manicure to try that uses multiple colors on one nail.

What you’ll need:
4-6 bottles of polish
A small bowl
Tape (scotch or masking)

Use the tape to cover your cuticle area and skin around your nails. This allows for easier clean up later. Fill a bowl with cold water and open all of your polishes (nail polish dries very fast when dropped in water so it’s important to have your colors ready). Add one drop of polish to the water (it should spread out covering the top of the water), then add the next color and the next and keep repeating until you have many rings of polish. Quickly use a toothpick to move the polish around into interesting patterns. Dip your finger into the polish covered water and then use the toothpick to pull the excess polish away from your finger and pull your finger out of the water.
Pull off the tape, add top coat and voila!

Perhaps you prefer a solid looking nail but want to add a little bit of flair. Try this approach, choose two separate shades like a green and navy. Paint all your nails except for your index finger with green and then use navy on the index finger of each hand. What is unique about this approach is that there is a play on texture as well as color.”

Holiday Collection: MAC

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Collection: Glitter and Ice Collection: Holiday Colour Collection; Dazzlesphere! Neutral Ornament X4 $32.50; Dazzlesphere! Berry Ornament X4 $32.50

Products Used:
Beauty Powder in How Beautiful $24.00 (from Glitter and Ice)
Paint Pot in Let’s Skate $18.50 (from Glitter and Ice)
Technakohl Liner Going For Gold $16.00 (from Glitter and Ice)
Crushed Metallic Pigment in Pearl, Rose Light and Spicy Smoke (from Dazzlesphere! Berry)
Dazzleglass in Dressed To Dazzle $19.50 (from Glitter and Ice)
CremeSheen Glass in Over Indulgence (from Dazzlesphere! Neutral)

How To: I started by applying the Beauty Powder – over my foundation – to my cheeks, nose, eyes and neck. It gives the face an extra kick of shimmering beauty. I used Let’s Skate (Paint Pot), a pearly pale pink, on my eye lids and continued to my brow bone (use with your finger). I applied the Crushed Metallic in Pearl, a glittery ivory, to just my lids, followed by Rose Light, a glittering pale pink to the inner corners of my eyes and finished with Spicy Smoke, a super pigmented cranberry color, in my crease and I blended inwards and outwards to create a layered, colored eye. ***For easier maneuvering, apply Crushed Metallic Pigments with your fingers… like finger painting!  After having fun with my fingers, I took my blending brush and smoked the color out in quick circular swirls and continued under my lower lashes to continue the smoky eye look. I used the Technakohl liner in a light gold to line inside my lower lash line. I dabbed the left over Crushed Pigments from my finger tips onto my cheeks to create a berry-hued, shimmering blush. For lips, I started with Dressed To Dazzle, a shimmery nude with undertones of pink, and layered with Cremesheen Over Indulgence for a less-shimmery-but-still-fabulous, sheen, glossy lip. (I figured that eyes were ultra sparkly, lips didn’t need to be). I finished the look by gently dabbing Let’s Skate just above my cheekbones to accentuate. Lot’s of shimmer!

Did You Know: The Dazzlesphere’s (which happen to double as fab Christmas Tree ornaments) come with 4 shadows and 4 glosses in numerous color combinations so you can mix and match lips and eyes. You only need a small amount of the Crushed Metallic Pigments as they are extremely vibrant. I first applied with a brush and felt that I didn’t have enough control over the pigment, so I ended up using my finger and loving how easily the shadows mixed together, creating a very colorful holiday eye. Final thought: Apply under eye concealer AFTER shadow as the finely milled pigments will definitely fall onto the skin around your eye. Clean off  the mess with a Q-Tip and finish with concealer.

*Unless otherwise noted, face makeup is: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #6; RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up in #22. Brows are Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso. Mascara is Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara in Deep Black.

MAC + Cindy Sherman Collaboration

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MAC is known for their out-of-the-box thinking, but they really went above and beyond with their latest collaboration – one with artist/ photographer Cindy Sherman. For those not in the know, Cindy Sherman has become widely successful for injecting herself as the subject of her own photographs. “Through a number of different series of works, Sherman has raised challenging and important questions about the role and representation of women in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.” source

I’m quite impressed by this latest collaboration, not just because of my respect for Sherman as an artist (although I do have the utmost respect for her), but also because of the melding of two great art forms – makeup and photography (the former actually being recognized as an art form is major).

As always, Sherman models the colors and looks on herself in a series of 3 wildly fun and outrageous portraits. Here’s a first look:




And here are the deets on the collection, due to launch September 29th for a limited edition run (until October 27th)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

Ash Violet Blackened purple (Limited Edition)
Blacktrack Solid flat black

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

Fleshpot Pale muted pinky beige (Satin) (Permanent at PRO)
Violetta Bright clean violet purple (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
X-S Dirty red chestnut (Satin) (Permanent)
Plum Bright Purple (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Neon Orange Bright clean orange (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
Show Orchid Vivid hot pink (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
Fusion Pink Bright coral (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
Ruby Woo Vivid bluish-red (Matte) (Permanent)
See more info & photos!

Lip Erase ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

Dim N37 (Permanent at PRO)
Pigment ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

Tan Muted pinky brown bronze (Permanent)
Emerald Dusk Deep yellow blue with white pearl (Limited Edition)
Blue Storm Rich metallic blue (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Starless Night Deep black purple with light purple pearl (Limited Edition)
Neo-Orange Intense neon salmon (Matte) (Permanent at PRO)
Magenta Madness Intense neon blue pink (Matte) (Permanent at PRO)
Violet Vivid bright violet purple (Frost) (Permanent)
Golden Olive High frosted green-gold (Frost) (Permanent)
Lash ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

36 (Permanent)
Parlor Smoke Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 U.S. / $45.00 CDN)

Parlor Smoke Mauve grey (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Cross Cultural Neutral brown (Matte) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Steel Almost black (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Indigo Navy (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Bronzing Powder ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

Solar Riche Mid-tone deep orange brown (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Nail Lacquer ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

Coco Clay Warm chocolate (Limited Edition)
Oyster Shell Light stone grey (Limited Edition)
Kohl Power ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

Feline Rich black (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Eyeshadow ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

Three Ring Yellow Yellow green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
Passionate Real mid-tone red (Matte) (Permanent)
Blue Candy Clean blue (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Shock-a-holic Deep purple (Satin) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Royale Clean violet (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Chromagraphic Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

Process Magenta Matte magenta (Permanent at PRO)
Basic Red Primary red (Permanent at PRO)
Hi-Def Cyan Cyan blue (Permanent at PRO)
Rich Purple Dense purple (Permanent at PRO)
Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

Lightscapade Soft candlelit beige with multi-dimensional shimmer (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Porcelain Pink Soft pinky coral with gold veining (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Jumbo Penultimate Eyeliner ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

Rapidblack True black (Limited Edition, Repromote) (Permanent in small size)
Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

C-Thru Peachy beige with shimmer (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Pink Fade Pale pink (Limited Edition)
Orange Tempera Pale peach (Limited Edition)
Good Times Pale mauve (Limited Edition)
Angel Flame Quad ($38.00 U.S. / $45.00 CDN)

Chamomile Creamy pale yellow (Satin) (Limited Edition, Repromote)
Feather Pink Mid-tone pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Angel Flame Coral that flashes pink/yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Gravel Blue-grey (Matte) (Limited Edition)


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If I had a dollar for every time I said I have found my new favorite mascara… I’d be a very rich girl. Well, ladies, I’ve done it again. Another find, another must-have. MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara. And to think, it was just idly sitting in my drawer this entire time.

I recently did a clean out of all of my mascaras. It was time. They were getting old and clumpy and not applying properly which was frusterating the sh*t out of me. That’s when I decided to look in my drawer of tricks (goodies) for a new mascara. And then I found it. MAC Studio Fix Lash.

With it’s skinny plastic applicator, it gets the formula in those hard to reach places – like the inner corners of your eyes and directly on the lash line. With one application I have mega volume, clump-free and the perfect separation. The color is that dark black, almost like falsies. And it stays on all day without so much as rubbing or flecking off.

A word (or several…) from the company:

“Innovative, mousse-like formula gives superior definition, volume and lift by filling in sparse lashes for a dramatic effect. New moulded brush prevents clumping. Rich in pigments. Long-wearing polymers quickly coat from root to tip. Keeps lashes light, lifted, supple, and full. No clumping.”

I’ve got to assume that this is a makeup artist favorite because the applicator really allows you to get into the lash line while the formula gives you that fake lash look. And it’s SO easy to apply – how can you not go gaga over it? Perfect finish to a smokey eye. Or great to wear alone for a heavy lash effect with a bold red lip. LOVE IT!

So, if you’re like me and on a constant quest for the best mascara, you must try this one! And let me know your thoughts!!! Do you adore as much as we do? 

PRICE TAG: $14.00 (I must say, very affordable for a high end mascara in these current times!)


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MAC is back with their first collection for 2011 — A Mickey Contractor Collaboration (no relation to Mickey Mouse, sadly).

“Who is Mickey Contractor, and why can’t about a billion people live without him? The answer involves breaking out into song and dance, because long before Glee, Mickey made the dashing heroes and exotic enchantresses of Bollywood Cinema into the famous faces throngs of fans want to look like. As M·A·C’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India, he’s more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience – he has mentored in-the-know Artists around the world for over three decades. These exclusive collections of Mickey’s musts are all about natural skin tonality and total performance, in addition to colour with a touch of exotic cine-magic. Foundation, Concealer, Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, goddess-gorgeous Eye shades, Lipstick, Lipglass and Blush, with his favourite brushes to star in your own big Bollywood hit.”

The hues are named after inspirational Hindu words (found this online…)
Yash – Success
Gulabi – Pink
Athma – Soul
Jaan – Life
Vivah – Marriage
Rani – Queen
Siahi – Ink
Gana – Song
Sur – Melody

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S.)
Yash Deep neutral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Mehr Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
Gulabi Bright fuchsia (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
Mocha Peachy yellow-brown (Satin) (Permanent)

Lipglass ($14.50 U.S. )
Flesh Dirty nude brown (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Lust Soft muted pink (Frost) (Permanent)

Athma Eyeshadow Quad($36.00 U.S.)
Folie Reddish-plum brown (Satin) (Permanent)
Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
Jaan Light neutral with soft gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
Vivah Brown with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S.)
Saffron Deep coral caramel (Satin) (Limited Edition)
Rani Bright fuchsia with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Marvel Deep purple with soft pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Oomph Forest green with soft gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Fluidline ($15.00 U.S.)
Ivy Bright green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Siahi Deep turquoise blue (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S.)
Gana Bright white gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
Sur Dirty rose brown (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation ($26.00 U.S.)
NC41, NC43.5, NC44.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Concealer ($16.50 U.S.)
NC23, NC43, NC44, NC45.5 (Limited Edition)

Moisturecover Double-End Concealer ($21.00 U.S)
Coral Corrector/Yellow Corrector (Limited Edition)

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($22.00 U.S.)

Available Jan 6 at maccosmetics.com.

 Which product(s) are you DYING to try?!


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From the pros over at MAC, an incredible interview with the Makeup Department Head and Makeup Designer of the new film, Black Swan… Read and learn.

Q: How does a makeup artist prepare to work on a film? Do you receive guidance from the director or collaborate with the costume designer/art director/key hair stylist on the makeup look?

Margie: When I begin working on a film I speak to the director and all of the creative team if possible. The directors inspiration and vision really drives the process and I try to deliver that vision in makeup.

Judy: As I read the script, I try to envision the characters, taking into account their background (age, personal history, affluence, profession). As I see the plot develop in the story, I make note of how these events might affect their appearance. When I’m designing the looks for a film, it’s very important to consider the director’s visual style and tastes. Occasionally, I get to collaborate with the costume or production designers. I always try to find out how the actors will be dressed, as that can have a significant influence on the makeup look. While our designs are often created independently at first, I find that the hair stylist and I work very closely to be sure that our looks fit together and bring the characters to life.

Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?

Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests. Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.

See more Q&A!

Q: How does a makeup design contribute to building a movie character?

Judy: What I’ve always loved about makeup design is its contribution to the actor’s performance. Makeup helps to create the character visually. I feel that I’ve done my job well when an actor can walk onto the set feeling like the embodiment of the character that he or he is portraying.

Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?

Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M•A•C Chromaline in Black Black. Using M•A•C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M•A•C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M•A•C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M•A•C Chromaline in Red.

Please let us know if you would like more detail on the products used to create this look.

Q: Does the makeup have any relation to the makeup in the traditional version of the Swan Lake ballet?

Judy: Not really. The ensemble dancers wear what might be considered a traditional theatrical eye makeup, but our rendition is more dramatic. It’s practically an opera makeup. Besides that, the only other relation might be that we did portray the Black Swan as a sinister dark foil to the more angelic and innocent Swan Queen.

Q: The ballerinas’ performance makeup in the movie is especially dramatic and visually arresting. What inspired the dark romantic makeup look?

Judy: The look was inspired by the story, and by the director, Darren Aronofsky I felt that he was looking for something dramatic and visually striking, so all of the intensity was focused in the eyes. Margie Durand realized that there were elements of our beautiful set design that should play a role in our makeup. Thus, the delicate silver branches that played across the swan’s faces came to be. The ensemble swans and the Swan Queen are delicate and romantic with a soft pink lip color, whereas the Black Swan is dark, sharp, and, angular.

Q: A ballerina has an incredibly active job, and in Black Swan, the characters wear both body and face makeup. What products did you use in the film that you were certain would hold up to the lights, movement and perspiration?

Judy: We used pancake makeup with a spray sealant to ensure that it wouldn’t rub off on the costumes. We also used M•A•C Paint Pots, M•A•C Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and M•A•C Pigments. In addition, we applied some alcohol based pigments that are virtually water proof and rub proof.

Q: What challenges did you face when designing and applying the makeup?

Margie: It was a challenge to makeup the Black Swan as the White Swan and then switch back to Black Swan during the long filming days. Both makeups had to be retouched because of the strenuous dancing for the close-up shots.
Judy: It would have been a huge problem if any of the makeup rubbed off onto the costumes, so we had to do many tests before we came up with the right combination of products – especially for the hands. The only other challenge was conveying to our team the application techniques, as it really was an operatic style of makeup. The shaping of the eyes and painting the whole eye in cake makeup is unusual for modern makeup artists. Most people are a bit intimidated by pancake makeup and they dismiss it as “old fashioned,” but it can be really beautiful if done properly. In the end, the whole team worked really hard and did a stunning job.

Q: Did you use any products in a non-traditional way?

Judy: We mixed the M•A•C Pigment in Silver with a sealant to create a waterproof liquid. We then used this metallic liquid to paint our delicate silver branches across the little swan faces.

Q: Black Swan makeup tutorials have popped up all over the Internet. Why do you think makeup fans are fascinated with this look, even before the film’s release?

Judy: What’s not to be fascinated with? The look is intense, alluring, and sexy with a bit of danger mixed in. Frankly, I’m flattered and pleased that there has been this much interest in the Black Swan makeup.

Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?

Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity – into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye.

Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!

Q: What other films have you worked on?

Margie: Sex and The City: The Movie, Cadillac Records, Across The Universe, Requiem for A Dream, I Shot Andy Warhol

Judy: The Unbelievable Truth, Ghost Dog, Requiem for a Dream, Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Broken Flowers, The Fountain, Blood Diamond, Across the Universe, Synecdoche New York, All Good Things, The Wrestler, Sex and The City: The Movie, Sex and The City 2, Dream House and The Tempest.

Q: Have you ever worked on a fashion show? If so, what are the differences between the creation of a movie makeup and the look for a fashion show? Is the creative process similar or different?

Margie: The creation process is similar; the differences are huge. In film, the makeup needs to be recreated more than once, whereas in fashion on a runway, it is created for one day or one show. In film, there is continuity of passage of time from minutes to days to years, and the character’s look has to adjust for this, sometimes all on the same shooting day. In film, the makeup needs to enhance the actors’ performances and become part of their characters, contributing to beauty, injury, aging, etc.

Q: How did you get into the film industry and how many years have you been working with makeup on film sets?

Margie: I began working on music videos in the late 1980’s and I have been a makeup artist for 22 years.

Judy: I’ve been working in the film industry for 22 years, as well. I got started by working on any project I could get my hands on that required a makeup artist. I worked on low budget films, no budget films and music videos. Some of those projects were extremely difficult because they were so small that they often never even considered what a difference a good makeup department could have made. That said, I always managed to enjoy my work, be innovative, and enjoy the creative process with the actors. I was lucky to meet some wonderful crews early on, and they inspired me to persevere. It totally paid off.

Q: What is the one M•A•C product that you cannot go on set without? Why?

Margie: I use so many M•A•C products on every job, but the Blot Powders are a must for whatever seems to be going on with my makeup at any given moment!

Judy: That’s a really difficult question, but I guess I would have to say a Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I think I could make up anyone with just one Powerpoint Eye Pencil. Or at least enhance their features.

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE: MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner

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MAC is known to make a great eyeliner pencil. The standard Feline is just about a staple in every makeup artist’s bag of tricks.

But liquid liner is an entirely other species of makeup. It’s mainly used on the upper lash line and is a wonderful addition to any cat eye. It needs to be highly pigmented, fast-drying and, most importantly, easy to apply. Most companies can’t seem to get this right. MAC finally has with Superslick Liquid Eyeliner and I’m OBSESSED!

I’ve been wearing the ON THE HUNT, a true black hue that gives eyes a pop of liquidy color. The tip of the applicator is a combination of pen and brush. It’s super easy to use, the line practically draws itself and the formula applies evenly with precision. The tip is pretty thin so you can draw the line thin or thicker, depending on your preference.  My only qualm is that the formula does get a bit messy. I use a Q-tip to clean up the area and I’m fine with that. The color stays super black all night long and that’s enough for me!

From the Fabulous Felines collection hitting stores on August 26th, do your eyes a favor and stock up.

Other colors include Pure Show, a bright yellow-gold pearl and Marked for Glamour, a mid-tone grey with soft pearl.

PRICE TAG: $17.50


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From the summer 2010 collection, To The Beach, I find my go-to product is ultimately the Lustre Drops. This luminizing highlighter in a bottle makes a comeback with the summer collection in 2 new shades: Pink Rebel, a more pinkish/ gold and Sun Rebel, a peachy/ gold hue.

In contrast to highlighters like Benefit’s Benetint (which is similar but has a thicker, more iridescent consistency), Lustre Drops are super natural and look amazing with a tan. This is a product that can be worn alone or over makeup to emphasize a specific look. 

Essentially, Lustre Drops are like any other highlighter in the sense that they add a shimmery glow to places of interest – cheek and brow bones, chest, any part of the body. The reason I love MAC’s version is because the consistency is thin and liquid, making it perfect to add INTO your foundation or tinted moisturizer for an all-over even sheen (just mix in a few drops and apply over entire face).

The perfect summer product… after all, who doesn’t want to glow like a golden goddess? Great for all skin tones!

PRICE TAG: $18.50


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I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about a collaboration. This one is sure to be huge. You’ve got MAC cosmetics and Disney Entertainment joining forces to present a collection of products that will definitely become quick collector’s items!

MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50. from WWD

check out the cool teaser here.

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