Ever since I discovered MAC make-up when I was 17, I have been slowly adding to my collection of products which now houses everything from Studio Fix Fluid foundation to Rubenesque paint pot and ‘Heroine’ matte lipstick. My first dabble with collections was back in 2010 when ‘A Tartan Tale’ adorned the counters with it’s emerald and gold check packaging.
‘MAC is beauty’ is the latest collection that holds a large collection of twelve lipsticks amongst eyeshadows, fluid-lines, eyeshadows, lip-glosses, brushes, face powers and nail lacquers. The collection is based around a polished yet creative make-up from the 1950’s and 60’s.
Last Thursday I was invited to the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool One to try the collection and experiment with the looks. The MAC is beauty area was set up like a 50’s salon with a bright pink backdrop and models sporting a polished make-up look.
I opted to try the ‘Doll me up’ nail lacquer, a beautiful pastel green that looks especially gorgeous on shorter nails. Whilst chatting to make-up artist Rachel (who actually trained under Sam and Nic of Pixiwoo!) I sipped on vodka and pink lemonade cocktails and dainty finger cakes. Rachel asked me about my favourite make-up looks, which of course is all about the smokey eye and got to work.
The Eyes: On my eyes Rachel started with base using ‘Brassy’ a beautiful antique gold fluid-line before packing ‘Bouffant’ a peach shadow over the top to achieve a beautiful rose gold, shimmery lid. To my surprise I finally found myself within touching distance of the infamous ‘Sketch’ – a deep aubergine that looks fabulously dramatic when blended through the socket-line. For a perfect feline flick Rachel used ‘Black-track’ gel liner before keeping my waterline light with the ‘I get no kick’ pencil.
The Skin: To keep my skin looking fresh and dewy against such a smokey eye Rachel used NC25 Mineralise Concealer and the most beautiful highlighter i’ve ever seen. (Yes even better than ‘Soft and gentle’ ) ‘Pearl Blossom’ beauty powder gives the skin the most fabulous dewy glow that looks radiant and bright and when paired with ‘Alpha Girl’ a peachy blush my cheeks looked amazing.
To finish the look, Rachel used ‘Spice’ lip liner one of the most sort after nudes of the moment with ‘On the scene’ lip glass to add gloss, shine and dimension to the lips.