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NYFW Exclusive Coverage: Fresh Makeup + Orange Lip at Sophie Theallet S/S 2014

September 20th, 2013

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At Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014, models were given a look that was “very very very fresh… a little bit of grungy” with dewy skin and a stained orange lip.

Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014 runway beauty
Inspired by Sophie’s collection, lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux wanted the makeup to be “as minimal as possible. It’s not about the makeup, it’s about the lifestyle.”

To start, Tom massaged Face Lightful Essence into models skin before blending Face & Body Foundation and MatchMaster Concealer (new for Spring/Summer 2014) to even out skintone. He swept Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush (new for Spring/Summer 2014) over the cheeks and blended Medium Deep Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Foundation under cheekbones for a warm, sun-kissed effect. He finished by adding M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium above the cheekbones to highlight.

On the eyes, he dabbed Particularly Pretty, a pale pink color from Spring 14 Trend Forecast/Eye, all over the lid and topped with M·A·C PRO Shine Mixing Medium. He kept the brows very natural by brushing them upwards while keeping lashes curled and bare with no mascara.

As for the lips, Tom was going for “see-through color instead of a full-on lip”. He used a new lipstick for Spring 2014 and blended M·A·C PRO Orange Lipmix over it for a stained effect.

Manicurist Keri Blair went for a “timeless nude for the hand and feet for a polished look”. She used the same color on the fingers and toes by mixing a cool-toned nude, Quiet Time, with a warm-toned nude, P.S. None (new for Spring/Summer 2014) and kept the shape of the nails round, short and chic.

Hairstylist Peter Gray created colorful buns. He started out by spraying models’ hair with Cutler Specialist Volumizing Spray then putting hair into a ponytail. Next, he knotted pieces of scrap fabric from the collection (picked randomly by the stylists) for a melange effect, before wrapping it into a bun. “Twisting is key when roping hair, the tighter the better,” explained Peter. “This look is achievable for everyday. You can use scarves or ribbons.” Another tip to nailing the look? “Pin as you go… this way, the bun will stay no matter how active you are.”

Fresh makeup with orange lips at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014
Nude manicure at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014
MAC Cosmetics backstage at Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2014

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MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Review, Swatches and Photos

January 7th, 2013

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One thing I learnt from years of playing with makeup is to ALWAYS give beauty products that didn’t work the first time a second chance. Case in point? The new MAC Conceal and Correct Palette from Studio Pro Collection, which COMPLETELY changed my perception of the Studio Finish Concealer.

MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Review
Packed with four different shades of Studio Finish Concealers with two Studio Finish Correctors, the Conceal and Correct Palette comes in a sleek, clear case the same size as MAC Eyeshadow Quads. There are four sets of colors available – Light, Medium, Medium Deep and Dark.

Unlike the dry, hard-to-blend texture that creased and highlighted lines I remember from some 15 years ago, the Studio Finish Concealers in the Conceal and Correct Palette felt creamy and not drying. The tiniest amount provided excellent coverage and blended easily. When applied with MAC 217 Blending Brush, just like MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson preached at the Eras Reinterpreted Masterclass, it gave an almost air-brushed, natural-looking finish that did not even need powder to set. The SPF value has also gone from 15 to now 35, which is a plus. Needless to say, I was SOLD!

As for the color, I tried both Light (NC15, W10, NC20, NW20, Pale Yellow, Pale Pink) and Medium (NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35, Mid-yellow, Mid-peach) on my NC30 skin. While Light worked in camouflaging undereye circles and highlighting, I went home with Medium, which did a better job covering my undereye circles, freckles and redness around the nose and can also be used to contour.

My only gripe is the price. A regular Studio Finish Concealer gives you 7g of product at $18 yet the Conceal and Correct Palette contains only 6g of product at $40. You are essentially paying more than twice as much per gram in return for the ease of having different colors in a compact.

All in all, MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette offers great coverage and a nice selection of shades that will serve a variety of purposes and is perfect for traveling. However, if you do not have use for all the colors in the palette, you are better off buying the individual shades.

MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium
MAC Studio Finish Concealers in NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35 and Mid-yellow, Mid-peach correctors

MAC Conceal and Correct Palette Medium NC30, NW25, NC35, NW35 and Mid-yellow, Mid-peach swatches

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MAC Studio Pro Conceal and Correct Palette is available at MAC freestanding stores and Nordstrom for $40.

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MAC Matchmaster Collection Product Information and Photos

August 18th, 2011

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More than two years in the making, MAC introduces Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15, a new foundation that offers medium buildable coverage that reveals rather than conceals skin’s natural undertones with a seemingly undetectable demi-matte finish.

Available in 14 shades that covers MAC lightest and darkest foundation shades, the new foundation provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 and is longwearing for up to eight hours. It is also formulated with Laminaria Saccharina Extract to calm skin’s sebaceous glands resulting in less oil production, along with soft focus powders and spherical polymers help to minimize the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles.

1.0 Medium/Demi Matte
1.5 Medium/Demi Matte
2.0 Medium/Demi Matte
3.0 Medium/Demi Matte
4.0 Medium/Demi Matte
5.0 Medium/Demi Matte
6.0 Medium/Demi Matte
7.0 Medium/Demi Matte
7.5 Medium/Demi Matte
8.0 Medium/Demi Matte
8.5 Medium/Demi Matte
9.0 Medium/Demi Matte
9.5 Medium/Demi Matte
10.0 Medium/Demi Matte

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 will be available at all MAC locations on September 22, 2011 for $32.50.

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