This afternoon I popped into a MAC Master Class to take in a make-up tutorial from their senior make-up artist Michelle Lee Collins.
Now check out her ridiculously awesome skoene:
In regards to the class, the theme was how to create a timeless bridal look that lasts. Even though I’m not planning on getting hitched anytime soon and would never have the balls to offer to do a friends make-up for her wedding, I learned some interesting li’l tricks in regards to making your make-up go the distance.
Again, I gotta show you her rocking shoes:
While Michelle painted and buffed, we got to watch it all up close on hi-def TV screens:
This is the result of all her work:
Like the look? Here’s a bit on how to get it:
A fab foundation
To ensure your make-up sticks around, Michelle advises you invest in a good primer like MAC Prep + Prime Skin Brightening serum which is especially formulated to instantly illuminate, firm and smooth while it hydrates. ‘Make-up will always last longer on well hydrated skin’, she says.
According to Michelle, it wears for ages while hydrating your skin and you’re sure to find a shade that suits your skin tone to a tee thanks to a formula that makes use of translucent pigments. ‘Imagine a wall of inflatable beach balls and some of the spheres are see-through while other’s are clear’, she says. ‘If you laid it over your skin, you’d get a bit of colour, but still be able to see your own natural colour showing through.’
To create a naturally beautiful, timeless-looking eye (the kind that won’t embarrass the shizz out of you ten years from now when you look back at your wedding snaps), Michelle advises that you stick to neutrals. On Renee, she used MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork, a very neutral-looking taupe, over the entire lid to act as a primer. Next, she gently patted on a bit of MAC Pigment in Tan, a shimmery champagne-type hue, gently patting it on as opposed to swiping to ensure the colour didn’t falls onto her cheeks.
She then lined the top and bottom of her eyes using MAC Fluidline eye liner gel in Dipdown, a chocolate brown, before blending MAC eye shadow in Handwritten, a dark shimmery brown, into her crease. As a finishing touch, she applied a set of falsies in #33. Michelle says these are her favourite to use, on brides specifically, ‘cos they create a glamorous, lush look that isn’t too over the top.
Stay, don’t stray
To ensure Renee’s look wouldn’t be sliding off anytime anytime soon, Michelle set her make-up with a bit of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing powder, referring to it as ‘Photoshop in a jar’. As it contains zillions of teensy little optical diffusers, it blurs the appearance of imperfections, fine lines and large pores. I’d actually been considering getting my hands on this for a while, but was put off my the fact that it’s a loose powder which I find messy to use. You can imagine I was thrilled to learn that it’s now also available in a pressed version!
This is definitely going to be my next MAC purchase and I actually wish I’d had some of this on me today; I’d test driven a new day cream that was waaay too rich for my skin and spent the day feeling like a miff greasy-looking train wreck. Was sooo tempted to brush this baby on right then and there.
…I said my good byes and buggered off home to pack. (Tomorrow I jet off to visit my sister in Paris. Oui, oui!)
Thanks MAC girls, this was a fun avie out.