I am a fan of M.A.C. and since I met senior M.A.C. artist Michelle-Lee Collins last week, I am a big fan of her too! She’s been with M.A.C. for nine years and has transformed many a model at local and International fashion weeks and most recently worked on the Vivienne Westwood show in Paris. Naturally she was the person to ask about the biggest trends for A/W 2013. Using my face as a canvas, she let me in on the latest make-up looks.
Sense and sensibility
The trend: It’s barely there, minimalist make-up with the focus on Nordic nudes. Skin is flushed, refreshed and revitalised and the secret for pulling off the look is stained lips.
The look: Understated, innocent dewy skin and a flawless finish
You will need:
1. Fix + – Michelle swears by this hydrating mist. It’s great for calming the skin and essential for making make-up last.
2. Strobe Cream – It’s an essential hydrating cream that illuminates and moisturizes, and a M.A.C. cult product.
3. Prep and Prime Vibrancy eye cream
4. Pro Conceal and Correct Palette – Michelle says that this product is a staple At fashion weeks and is many a make-up artist’s go-to item.
5. Cream Colour Base in Pearl
6. Mineralize Moisture Foundation with SPF 15
7. Prep and Prime lip
8. Studio Careblend Powder
9. Brow comb
10. Lash curler
11. Harmony blush
12. Cherry lip pencil
13. Brush #130 (for buffed foundation)
This look is impossible to achieve without a perfectly clean skin.
1. Start out with a healthy spritz of M.A.C. Fix + Hydration Mist
2. Apply a thin layer of M.A.C. Strobe Cream to rejuvenate and moisturise skin.
3. Never neglect your eyes. Prep and Prime Vibrancy Eye fights all eye concerns such as puffiness, dark circles and broken veins and primes the eye area for make-up. Use your ring finger to pat it on.
4. Prime your lips with a waxy lip balm before applying lipstick. Be sure to go over the edges to seal all fine lines so that your lipstick won’t bleed into them.
5. Using Cherry Lip Liner, colour the centre of your mouth. Purse your lips to blend the colour and then pat the colour to spread it to the edges of your lips. The most intense colour should be in the middle of your mouth.
6. Pat a little Pearl Cream Colour Base onto your cheekbones and the centre of your eyelids to reflect light naturally.
7. Curl your lashes with a lash curler to ‘open’ your eyes and define your lashes naturally.
Top tip: Brush your brows with a brush comb to open your face and give you a refreshed look. It sounds simple but it’s very effective!
The trend: This look is all about the face’s architecture of the face and transforming your look by contouring and highlighting. Most women don’t know it but once you have mastered these techniques, you can transform your face with a monochromatic palette.
The look: Defined and sharp. It’s how to wear this season’s bold brows, so say bye-bye to arched brows and hello to flat, fuller and fluffier brows
You will need:
1. Pro conceal and correct palette – an absolute must!
2. Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation
3. Luxe Natural Mineralize Rich Lipstick – It’s a lip balm and lipstick in one and a great buy for winter.
4. Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder
5. 168 Brush – essential for contouring
6. Coloured Brow Set with tint – show off
7. Duck PowerPoint eye pencil
8. M.A.C. Brow Pencil – Spiked
Step by step:
The brow beat
Top tip: Always brush your brows up before plotting or filling them.
1. Start with a light application of foundation.
2. Feel for the small groove under your cheekbone close to your ear. This is your contour line.
1. Using a M.A.C. 168 Brush and dust on a small amount of Mineralize Skin Finish Naturals as close to your ears as possible in those contour lines.
2. Use the outer corner of your eye as a guide for where stop. It should be roughly 5cm from your ear.
3. Dust off your brush and buff the edges of the lines to soften them.
4. Use the same brush and lightly brush Mineralize Natural Powder along the edges of your hairline. Brush the same powder, but a heavier dusting, onto your temples to create a slimming effect.
5. Brush a little of the powder underneath your jaw line to define it.
6. Imagine that the contour around your hairline is framing your face. Use your ring finger and tap a little Pear Cream Colour Base onto the top of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and between the eyes, on the brow bone and on your Cupid’s bow.
Top tip: Always start contouring as close to your ears as possible and work from your ear to the corner of your lip, in a straight line.
If you have a special occasion coming up or simply want to treat yourself, do book a session with M.A.C. (R380 for one look, 30 minutes) or R500 for a more in-depth lesson. If it’s Michelle’s expertise you are after, ask for her at R700 per lesson.
And here is the exciting part – we’re giving away a M.A.C. experience with one of their artists to one lucky reader. To enter, tell us which trend you would love to rock and why by commenting below.
This competition is now closed! Congratulations to our winner: Jenny! We’ll be in touch shortly and enjoy your M.A.C experience.
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