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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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Runway Hair & Makeup: Hawaii Beauty at Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2013

September 10th, 2012

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Inspired by tropical Hawaii, the look at Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2013 was fun and youthful with lots of color. See how Maybelline makeup artist Charlotte Willer and Sebastian hair stylist Thomas Dunkin created the look after the jump!

Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2013 Aloha runway makeup by Maybelline
* Dream Fresh BB – over the face for clean, even canvas
* Fit Me! Powder – A slightly deeper shade than the models’ natural complexion was used to add contour to the cheeks

* Eye Studio Master Shape Brow Pencil
* Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald – used across the entire eyelid
* Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Too Cool – inner and outer corners to brighten the eyes
* One by One Mascara by Volum’ Express

* Color Sensational Vivids Collection in Electric Orange (new for Spring 2013)

* Color Show Nail Lacquer in Denim Dash and Styled Out – layered with a sponge for an ombre effect similar to that of an ocean

Hair How To:
1. Start with damp hair and apply Thickefy Foam throughout. Blow-dry the hair with a large round brush.
2. Starting from the under layer of the hair and working outwards, micro crimp small (2”) sections of the hair.
3. Backcomb and gently tease the hair to build more body and texture. Lightly spritz hair with Shaper Fierce hairspray to create flexible hold.
4. Select random pieces around the head and use various sized curling irons to create different effects and textures throughout.
5. Create a deep part at the front of the head and side sweep the hair flat across the top of the head. Use Shine Crafter wax to create a smooth, sleek look that holds the part in place.

Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2013 runway hair

Images: Courtesy of Maybelline and Sebastian.

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MAC Pro Masterclass Eras Reinterpreted by Melissa Gibson

April 25th, 2012

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To brush up on my makeup skills, I attended MAC Pro Masterclass: Eras Reinterpreted by Senior Artist Melissa Gibson at Woodfield Mall over the weekend. During the two-hour session, Melissa showed us how to redefine two of my favorite looks, a ’20s smoky eye and ’60s Twiggy eye, with the use of new techniques and updated products. Keep reading to see a breakdown of the looks and more beauty tips by the pro herself!

Look #1: 20s Smoky Eye
For the first demo, Melissa drew inspiration from the ’20s and created a black smoky eye and red lip on the gorgeous Angela (remember her from Chicago Fashion Week and MAC Pro Sculpting The Face Masterclass?!)

She first prepped Angela’s skin by massaging Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion and Studio Moisture Fix into the skin and added a layer of Lip Conditioner onto the lips with a brush. Then, Melissa buffed one of her must-have foundations, Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, onto the skin with 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush in a small, circular motion. She blended Mineralize Concealer onto the undereye area and eyelid (Melissa prefers a concealer in place of a primer) with 217 Blending Brush and skipped powder entirely.

Instead of the rounded, overly tweezed brow you see in the ’20s, Melissa decided to work with Angela’s natural brow shape. She started by brushing the brow upwards with 204 Lash Brush. Then, using different eyeshadows, she filled in Angela’s brow with 266 Small Angle Brush, focusing more on the bottom. Next, using 239 Eye Shader Brush, Melissa patted Blacktrack Fluidline onto the eyelid and softened the edges with 217 Blending Brush. She then added a dark grey shadow, Print, onto the crease with the middle of 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush and patted more Blacktrack onto the eyelid and Carbon Eyeshadow onto the outer corner and crease for intensity. On the lower eye, Melissa added Blacktrack with the 239 brush before blending carefully with a Q-tip. She then rimmed the upper and lower waterlines with Smolder Eye Kohl and blended again with the 239 brush and Q-tip.

To add her own flare to the smoky eye, Melissa blended a warm antique gold shadow, Woodwinked, onto the inner half of the lid for a fade-in effect. She also dabbed the color in the inner and outer corners of the lower eye. Then, she cleaned up the eye area with the leftover concealer from the 217 brush before curling Angela’s lashes and added several coats of False Lashes Mascara on both top and bottom.

To finish, Melissa contoured and highlighted with different Mineralize Skinfinishes using 187 Duo Fibre Brush and created a gorgeous red lip with Brick Lip Pencil, Russian Red Lipstick and a touch of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed to set.

MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson doing a 20s smoky eye makeup demo

Look #2: 60s Twiggy Eye
For the second look, Melissa decided to bring a twist to the big lashes and drawn-on crease from the ’60s on model Brea.

To start, Melissa buffed Strobe Cream and Prep + Prime Skin onto Brea’s face with 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush. Next, she applied a really thin layer of Studio Sculpt Foundation with 217 Blending Brush and blended it using the 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush and her fingers. She also added Studio Sculpt Concealer with 217 Blending Brush as needed.

For the eyes, Melissa again started by running 204 Lash Brush over the brows. She then filled in sparse areas with Fling Eye Brows and extended the line, keeping it thin for a statement that is not too over-the-top.  Using 266 Small Angle Brush, Melissa drew a line above Brea’s crease with Blitz & Glitz Fluidline. She then darkened it by patting a grey shadow, Scene, on top of the line with the top part of 239 Eye Shader Brush. To make Brea’s eyes look even bigger, Melissa lined the lower eye a little lower than the lashline with Blitz & Glitz and drew on lower lashes on the outer corner of the lower eye with 263 Small Angle Brush. She then highlighted the brow bone, eyelid and inner corner with a touch of Vanilla Eyeshadow, curled the lashes, applied mascara on top and bottom and finished with 33 Lash.

With the eyes being the focus of the look, Melissa kept Brea’s cheeks and lips with a soft wash of pink. Using 224 Tapered Blending Brush, Melissa contoured Brea’s cheekbones with two different shades of Mineralize Skinfinish. Next, she added one of my favorite blushes, Mineralize Blush in Dainty, onto the apples and brought the color closer to the nose for a flush. Then, she created the most gorgeous highlight by placing Filament Eyeshadow (a platinum silver), on the top of Brea’s cheekbones and completed the look with Hue Lipstick painted on the lips.

MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson doing a 60s Twiggy makeup demo
60s Twiggy Makeup look by Melissa Gibson

More Makeup Tips From Melissa
* Melissa’s top four MAC foundations? Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, Studio Sculpt (she uses this on EVERYONE), Face & Body and Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15.

* Mineralize Skinfinishes are Melissa’s favorites for coutouring and highlighting and to keep them safe during travel, she places shelf liners inside her MAC Pro Palettes for an extra layer of of protection.

* As you can see from the demos, Melissa is a fan of using shadow brushes for everything, including foundation and concealer application. Her must-haves are “the ones with the white hair” (217, 219, 222, 239) and 224.

* To get emollient-based products out of her brushes, Melissa swears by dish soap and shampoo but she always uses a conditioner afterwards to keep them from shedding.

* When using fake lashes with a smoky eye, Melissa likes to cover the band of the lashes with Blacktrack Fluidline before she puts them on. To help your fake lashes last longer so you can reuse them, she recommends not applying mascara over them and keeping them safe in the case after each use – exactly what I do to take care of my babies!   

A couple more pictures!

Makeup products used during MAC Pro Eras Reinterpreted Masterclass
Products used in the makeup demos

Makeup For Life Phyllis Li with MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson during MAC Pro Masterclass
Me with the awesome Melissa

Overall, I enjoyed the class a lot. The looks Melissa created were gorgeous and it was really refreshing to see some of my favorite MAC brushes being used in ways I have never imagined (who would have thought of blending lip liner with the 219?!) If you are a Pro member, I highly suggest you check out for info on upcoming classes in your area.

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MAC Future Face Collection for Spring 2011

February 15th, 2011

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MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection for Spring 2011

M∙A∙C forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer altogether. First, Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder blurs the line between skincare and makeup, with a pressed texture that beautifies as it benefits. Gives a sheer to medium, smooth, even coverage for a flawlessly soft and even tone with caring, comforting properties. Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 shade extensions fill in all the gaps. A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M∙A∙C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time. Call your clients most in need of convincing, and watch what happens!

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation ($26.50 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

  • New shades added to permanent range: N18, NW18, NW22, NW33, NW44, NW46, NW48, NW58

Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($29.50 U.S. / $38.00 CDN)

  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Dark Plus Neutral tan beige

Studio Careblend/Pressed ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Light Soft pale beige
  • Light Plus Pale golden beige
  • Medium Soft creamy beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Caramel beige
  • Medium Deep Rich golden tan
  • Dark Deep caramel
  • Dark Deep Rich golden bronze


  • 190 Foundation Brush ($32.00 U.S. / $38.50 CDN)
  • 150 Large Powder Brush ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN)

Availability: February 17th, 2011. All items will join the permanent range.

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Q&A with Nick Gavrelis, Vice President, Global Product Development, Face and PRO, M·A·C Cosmetics

Q: What makes the Studio Care Pressed Powders such a valuable addition to the M•A•C powder lineup?

Studio Careblend Pressed Powder fuses high technology with botanical extracts to give “real women” and make-up artists a unique, creamy feel to the touch. The luxurious powder glides onto skin, yielding an undetectable finish without a dry powdery look – leaving the skin feeling tremendously comfortable.

Q: What is so unique about the coverage and finish the Studio Careblend Pressed Powder provides? Can it be used alone or should it be used layered with other products?

Studio Careblend Pressed Powder provides sheer to medium coverage with perfect skin adhesion that helps to create a more flawless, refined look to skin. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder’s versatility allows users to apply it alone, over moisturized skin, atop foundation to set, or simply to touch up and perfect skin throughout the day.

Q: What are the Skincare benefits of the new Studio Careblend Pressed Powders?

Studio Careblend Pressed Powder has a super comfortable, weightless cream-like feel on skin, thanks to our unique botanical complex that consists of Safflower Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Lecithin. This “Comfort Complex” helps contribute not only to the beautiful skin adhesion and flawless finish look, but it also ensures that the powder will be non-drying, non-powdery and extremely comfortable to wear for all skin types.

Q: What are some of the technologies used to develop this product make it stand out?

This is truly a modern, next generation pressed powder. It is formulated with a combination of micronized treated pigments and luxurious ultra fine Venetian particles and worked in a special Crosspolymer and other ingredients to give the most luxurious glide and application with amazing, undetectable skin adhesion – looks like flawless skin, not pressed powder! Then, with the addition of the botanical “Comfort Complex,” we help the skin to feel its best and look its best, without the dry, chalky look of powders from generations past.

Q: M•A•C is known for testing our new products backstage at Fashion Weeks – what was the reaction from our artists to the Studio Careblend Pressed Powders?

The reaction from our Sr. Artists and M.A.C PRO Team backstage during fashion week in NY, London, Milan and Paris has been amazing! They love the luxurious feel and ultra smooth, non-powdery looking application they get… Finally, a Powder that looks like silky skin!

MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection

MAC Future Face Collection

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