Black lipstick is rarely worn outside of Halloween or to the occasional costume party, and when we heard MAC was launching an inky noir lipstick for Black Friday this year, we couldn’t wait to see which celebrity would be daring enough to try it. True to form, bold lip maven Lupita Nyong’O broke out MAC’s Hautecore hue for the Gotham Awards in New York City last night, and while the product has sold out on maccosmetics.com, the star’s makeup artist Nick Barose shared his pro tips with InStyle.com for getting an effect that veers more toward glam than goth. ”Black lipstick is not easy to pull off, but when you keep it sheer — not matte or opaque, but with a hint of sheen — the effect can be feminine and glamorous in a silent film star sort of way,” he told us. “To soften the color a little bit, I dabbed a dot of red gloss on the center of her lips to give the black just a hint of warmth.” Because the shade is so dramatic, stick to minimal eye makeup, or go for coordinating tones like Nyong’O. “Avoid hard lip liners, and keep the rest of the face pretty and feminine. I paired Lupita’s look with flirty lashes, liquid liner, and a berry cheek stain.” We love it!
MAC’s Masterclass Brushes ($25 to $42; maccosmetics.com) may resemble the toothbrush in your bathroom, but boast more benefits for your makeup bag than your dental regimen. The innovative shapes allow for multiple uses, and claim a quick, seamless application. We asked InStyle.com Senior Beauty Editor Selene Milano to see how the Oval 6 brush fared for her complexion, while our Assistant Editor Marianne Mychaskiw tried out the Oval 3 and Linear 1 brushes on her eyes. Keep reading to see what they thought!
SELENE’S TAKE ON THE FACE BRUSH: “I used the Oval 6 brush with a rosy blush on the apples of my cheeks. Usually I have to wait for my foundation and concealer to fully set before applying powder blush, but this time I went for it right away. It smoothed on the color seamlessly, giving my face a much more natural effect. That, plus the bonus of shaving 5 minutes off of my morning routine—I’m a convert!”
MARIANNE’S TAKE ON THE EYE BRUSHES: “I wasn’t quite sure how to use the Oval 3 and Linear 1 brushes at first, but once I got the hang of it, my eye makeup was perfectly applied in five seconds flat — and not because of my blending skills. Since the Oval 3 brush perfectly covered my lids, it kept the shimmer from my eye shadow from falling onto my face, and the ultra-fine Linear 1 made applying gel eyeliner a lot easier. Its narrow shape allows you to press the product across your lash line to ensure even coverage, and also works wonders at filling in brows.”
Put A Little Scary Movie Magic Into Your Halloween Makeup With Rick Baker and MAC Cosmetics Beauty LineOct 31, 2013 @ 10:16 am
Legendary special effects artist and creature creator Rick Baker (Men in Black, Thriller and upcoming Maleficent) has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to bring a little movie magic to our personal makeup counter. “I always wanted to make Halloween makeup but I wanted it to be quality makeup,” Baker told InStyle.com. “I didn’t want it to be the junk that you use in a kit.” Practicing on himself to perfect each of the three Halloween looks he created for the collaboration-bride, Day of the Dead and Zombie, Baker also filmed step-by step DIY YouTube videos that explain the how to for those of us trying it at home. ”People would ask me, where do we get the appliances to create these looks? It’s not appliances, it’s just two little pencils. It’s all just colors on the face,” says Baker. The special MAC collection, which is available now through the end of October, includes Cyber deep plum lipstick, currant and brick lips pencils, two pro shadow palettes, a black penultima eyeliner, two paint-sticks, set powder, chroma cake, acrylic paint, face and body foundation and Monster FX dirt bronzer.
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The 2013 Holiday season is shaping up to be the most beautiful one yet! We already had MAC‘s entire art-deco-inspired collection at the top of our wish list, and now, Rihanna is giving us even more to lust over with her final line for the beauty giant. In a move we’ve been waiting on since the initial launch of the RiRi Hearts MAC range, the singer (and manicure maven) has created a lacquer in her red-hot RiRi Woo shade, which already has us dreaming up nail art ideas for the festive parties to come. Also included are two ultra-shimmery eye shadow palettes, a trio of vivid lipsticks, high-impact liquid liners, and more! The products will be rolling out to MAC locations and maccosmetics.com starting in December, but you can get a head-start on your gifting ideas by previewing the entire line in our gallery now! Click the photo to get a first look at the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection.
Just when we started to retire our bold lipsticks from the summer season, Lupita Nyong’O has us wanting to break out the brights to copy her gorgeous fuchsia-toned makeup! At the Los Angeles premiere of 12 Years a Slave, the rising star (and our rising style crush) went with a dramatic eye and lip to mirror the effect of her printed getup. “We were inspired by her spring 2014 Miu Miu dress with a cockatoo print, and the gorgeous orchids at the Four Seasons Hotel, where we got ready for the premiere,” said her makeup artist Nick Barose. After creating a flawless canvas, Barose formed a winged-out smoky eye using MAC’s Antonio Lopez palette in Violet ($44; maccosmetics.com), concentrating the lighter hues on the inner corners. For her orchid lip, he picked up NARS’ lipstick in Full Frontal ($26 each; narscosmetics.com). “It’s a bright, yet wearable, violet,” Barose added. “It’s very purple, but has just enough pink in it so your lips don’t look too cold.” A sweep of Jouer’s Tint in Dahlia ($20; jouercosmetics.com) across the apples of Nyong’O's cheeks tied the look together, and gave her a radiant flush.
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While we have yet to choose our Halloween costumes, MAC‘s upcoming holiday collection already has us making our wish lists and checking them twice! For their 2013 lineup, the beauty giant looked to the night for inspiration, decking out the jewel-toned shades with packaging so pretty, you won’t even need wrapping paper. The nail polishes, blushes, and eye shadows offer a grown-up version of festive sparkle, while the all-inclusive palettes are perfect go-to gifts for the person who already has it all. Select products will roll out to MAC locations and maccosmetics.com October 17 and 24, with the full range arriving November 7, but you can get a sneak peek in our gallery right now! Get a head-start on your holiday shopping ideas — whether you’re picking items for yourself or a friend — and click the photo to see the entire collection.
The Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week certainly didn’t lack in terms of drama, but one of the biggest statements we’re eager to recreate is straight from the front row — Princess Charlene‘s bold lip! While purple is a color associated with royalty, the day-glo hue is a first for Wittstock, and we love how it stands out against fall’s palette of subdued makeup tones. Inspired by Charlene, we searched our beauty closet to find a trio of bright lipsticks to recreate her look. We’re obsessed with the ultra-bright Fuchsia In Rage by YSL ($34; yslbeauty-us.com) and Lancome’s Rouge in Love Lipstick in Violet Coquette ($26; lancome-usa.com), but if you’re intimidated by color, the deeper tone of MAC’s Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Midnight Mambo ($22; maccosmetics.com) is the perfect middle-ground between a seasonal burgundy and an amped-up amethyst. We recommend applying the product with a brush to form a precise shape, then trace the edges of your lip with a concealer to clean up any unexpected smudges.
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MAC! Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have teamed up with the beauty brand to create a line of color cosmetics inspired by one of their past collections. “Beauty has always played a huge role in what we do on the runway, and MAC has been one of our biggest supporters,” the duo said in a release. “We wanted to create something that the Proenza Schouler woman could relate to off the runway, and the MAC brand is so deeply-rooted in fashion that we knew they would understand our vision.” We can’t wait to see the products, which are sure to be decked out in the label’s trademark prints, and the promotional image at right certainly has our minds running with possibilities. The Proenza-approved ombre face powders, lipsticks and lip liners, eye pencils, and nail lacquers will arrive at MAC locations and maccosmetics.com next April, but stay tuned for more sneak peeks as the launch date approaches!
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