Keri Blair

M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair extols the virtues of the new M∙A∙C Haute Dogs Collection and shares a how-to on one of her favorite looks. Woof!

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“Taking cues from our canine companions, this fall gives us a chance to leave the dog days of summer behind and embrace the sophistication of M∙A∙C Haute Dogs. Looking beyond the literal translation of this cheeky moniker, we see that this collection is the perfect combination of both color and texture. Whether you are a makeup artist extraordinaire, makeup enthusiast or someone who loves to dabble, there is something for everyone (even those lovers of the feline persuasion) in this collection. Read more for my steps to get the look!

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M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair doles out some guru advice on how to wear the new Viva Glam shades from Miley Cyrus—from bold and sparkly (à la Miley in the ad campaign) to a feathered ombré.

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus gives you the ammo to put your money where your mouth is! Every cent of the selling price goes directly to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, which helps people affected by HIV/AIDS across the globe. These new lipstick and lipglass shades are pretty high voltage, but don’t be intimidated—both are the perfect companions to any look this season.

For plenty of lip service, try this look:

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, shares easy-to-follow tips for holiday season glamour using products from the newly launched Heirloom Collection.

Polish up your holiday look this season: Drizzle it in gold, surround it in silver and shine, shine, shine! Romance flashes in mauve tones; burnished greens and blues give a proper backdrop to all of your holiday wishes.

For a quick way to glaze the eyes with the perfect amount of shine and shimmer, opt for M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments and Glitter. Apply to the eyelid with the tip of your finger, and press in a blended-out eye kohl (try Feline Kohl Power Pencil for more intensity).

For a full holiday look to put your best face forward, all you need is the M∙A∙C Cosmetics Keepsakes Gold Lip and Eye Bag, available exclusively at Nordstrom. Inside the metal-flaked glitter pouch, you’ll find a gorgeous eye shadow quad of glistening golden and brown patinas paired with lipstick and Lipglass to create a perfectly peachy, nude lip. It’s the one-stop shop for your holiday affairs.

For a gilded eye and soft lip look, start by lining the water line of your eyes with Eye Kohl in ‘Tarnish’. Deepen the outer corner of your eyes using Heirloom Mix Fluidline Eyeliner in ‘Gentrified’ and a 239 Eye Shading Brush to blend.

Before the Fluidline dries, flip your brush (to the clean side) and press the rich chocolate brown shade from the Heirloom Mineralize Eye Shadow Quad onto the Fluidline. Then press the golden nude shade from the quad onto the inner corner of the eye and blend into the brown.

Apply eyeshadow in ‘Saddle’ with a 224 Tapered Blending Brush into the crease and blend. Using a 228 Mini Shader Brush, swipe the ‘Gentrified’ eyeliner under the lash line, concentrating your color directly under the iris of your eye, and blend.

Using the 219 Pencil Brush, apply the golden-olive shade from the same Eye Shadow Quad, concentrating in the center of the bottom lash line, then using eyeshadow in ‘Goldmine’, highlight the inner and outer corner of the bottom lash line.

Finish off the look with a strip of 43 Lash and two coats of In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash.

Sculpt your cheekbones using Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in ‘Dark’ using a 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. To give cheeks a pop of color, load your 109 Small Contour Brush with M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Mineralize Blush in ‘Modest Blush’ for a hint of cool to complement the warm tones on the eye.

Pair with Mineralize Rich Lipstick in ‘Posh Tone’ and Mineralize Lipglass in ‘Modest’ on your pout for an effortless effect!

No look is complete without dazzling digits. Apply two coats of M∙A∙C Studio Nail Transformers in ‘Gold Pearl’ to nails and let dry. Follow with M∙A∙C Heirloom Mix Nail Lacquer in ‘Just Jewels’ onto a makeup sponge and dab on the tip of your nails to create a glitter gradient. Picture perfect!

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, reveals her favorite spring nail art trends.

Nail trends for spring/summer ‘13 definitely complement the makeup statements we’ve been seeing on the runway in a very distinct way this season. After working backstage at New York, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, I am happy to report that there is something for everyone to keep your pointers looking polished and playful.

NUDE TREND: Nude shades are so right now; think mannequin-esque with a focus on elongation. This look is refined, pampered and polished to perfection. Backstage at Just Cavalli (pictured above), Marimekko and A.F. Vandevorst, I was tasked with the duty of creating foundation for the nails using M·A·C Nail Lacquer in shades Quiet Time, Skin Creme, Delicate and Faint of Heart. You can mix various nudes to create the exact foundation shade that best suits your style.

METALLIC TREND: Ever-expanding technology in the beauty industry has taken glitter to a whole new level. More refined particles and smoother textures make this trend wearable for all ages. Creating expensive-looking metallic nails like I did at Veronique Branquinho (pictured above) is achievable with M·A·C shades like Screaming Bright and Soiree; the pigments create a more reflective finish.

Tip: Creating a short nail shape comes off chic!

BLUSH TREND: At shows like Blumarine (pictured above) and Elie Saab, nail colors were used in the same way a makeup artist would apply blush to the face. Pastel shades—soft yet rich—donned nails to romantic perfection. I’m a fan of the M·A·C ‘Fashion Sets’ lacquers in colors like Ablaze, Silly and Embrace Me that embody this trend completely.

DIY tip: Mixing a high-gloss topcoat like M·A·C’s Overlacquer with your desired polish creates a mimicking color that acts like a highlight, producing one standout color!

OPTICALS TREND: Being a self-confessed nail-art junkie, this post wouldn’t be complete without including one of my favorite trends of the season: optical nails. The nails at Gareth Pugh (pictured above), Ruffian and Kenzo blended the concept of optical art, accessory and organic color blocking. Think almond-shaped architecture, ombre color application and the use of nail color as an accessory to clothing. For this look, I like colors like M·A·C’s Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Deep Sea, as well as hues like Rougemarie and Morange.

My advice: Don’t be afraid to change up your nails like you would your lipstick. Nail lacquer gives you an affordable way to complete and play with your fashion story!

Find Keri on Twitter for more dish on all things beauty: @MAC_Keri_B

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M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair shares highlights from New York Fashion Week.

“The words New York and Diane von Furstenberg (DvF) are both synonymous with chic. Having the opportunity to be a part of the makeup team for the DvF show is always an exciting part of my Fashion Week.

For fall/winter 2013, Diane mixed two of my favorite things: glamour and rock ’n’ roll. The makeup, designed by key makeup artist James Kaliardos, was young and fresh with a bright, bold pop of pink on the lips.

To achieve this look, start with a veil of foundation—such as M·A·C Face and Body Foundation—to create a luminous and fresh complexion. Then place a soft, creamy highlight around the cheekbone using M·A·C Cream Colour Base in Pearl or Luna (tap it in with your ring finger). Curl your lashes and apply M·A·C Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash from the root to tip of the lash. Now for a pucker with punch: prep your lips with M·A·C Lip Conditioner and blot off excess. Use a lip pencil—such as Embrace Me or More to Love—to mimic the Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil we used at the show by carefully outlining your lip shape. Then use the side of the pencil to gently fill in your entire lip. Use a lip brush to smooth out the texture, and MWAH, you are runway-ready!

Walking into the Ruffian studio is like an escape to fantasy fashion camp. Mood boards, fabric samples, reference books and model comp cards line the walls, tables and racks. Partnering with Brian and Claude is one of the highlights of my fashion season.

Three seasons ago, I made a transition from backstage makeup artist to key nail artist for this amazing show. This season, I conceptualized a gothic, veiled snakeskin nail that was inspired by Ruffian’s seasonal references of the illustrations of Antonio Lopez, Scottish moors, opium dens and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Using M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nightfall, I painted the underside of a gorgeous oval elongated nail tip. Then, using two coats of M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, I painted all of the nails black and let them dry. Once dry, I applied a generous layer of M·A·C Overlacquer to each nail individually and placed a small piece of tulle on top of each nail, gently pressing down the sides with a nail stick. When dry, I used a small pair of scissors to trim off the excess tulle. For the flare nail, I adhered a small flat-back cameo using Overlacquer as the glue and then formed a small tulle veil, which I placed at the base of the nail. Spend a little time in your local craft store to find these materials.

This fall, I think we will see a play on deeper, darker, textured nails. Don’t be afraid to mix, layer and paint to your heart’s content.”

Find Keri on Twitter for more dish on all things beauty: @MAC_Keri_B

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What do the Scottish Moors and the Holy Grail have in common? Both influenced the Ruffian M•A•C-based beauty look for fall ’13, including makeup, hair and nails.


Makeup: Rebellious but Classic
Inspired by the Red sketches of illustrator Antonio Lopez, makeup artist James Kaliardos created a monochromatic red look, similar to the makeup he did on Kristen Stewart for the October ’12 issue of British Vogue.

The standout feature for this look was the monochromatic “red blushed” eye.

Kaliardos applied new M•A•C  fall eyeshadow color ‘Love Lures’ heavily at the lash line and faded up to the brow, and gave the skin a finished and polished look, with a focus on a subtle red/berry blush that matched the colors on the eye. Lips were stained first with M•A•C’s new fall lipstick color ‘Red Statement’ (red/berry), followed by ‘Fashion Muse’ (purple)—each blotted off to add dimension and definition, creating a fresh berry lip.

Hair: Modern-Day Snow White
The hair had a Victorian Highlands feel, made to look like she’s done it herself with a wind-weathered effect—achieved by a half-up, half-down combo. Large sections of the hair on either side of the head were crimped with a micro crimper from the middle to the ends of the hair, then brushed through to create a light frizz. The back was pinned into a bun to finish the look.

Nails: Victorian Goth
Our Beauty 24/7 guest blogger and M•A•C artist, Keri Blair (@MAC_Keri_B) created this gothic veiled nail—a long, slender and pointed shape, coated with black nail lacquer.

Texture was created by cutting sheer veil netting to the shape of the nail and adhering it with a clear top coat. One nail had a cameo with a loose netting veil over it. (More to come on this look next week from Keri!)

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What does it take to earn the title M•A•C senior artist? Just ask our new contributors Keri Blair and Louise Zizzo, who combined have 30+ years of experience creating iconic M•A•C makeup statements. As our guest bloggers, these two beauty mavens will be giving Nordstrom a monthly inside look into their world of high glamour. From hot products that should be on your radar to tips on perfecting your brow shape, these insightful beauty tidbits are such that only an expert M•A•C artist could give.

KERI BLAIR, M•A•C SENIOR ARTIST
@MAC_KERI_B

Where are you from?
I grew up on a small farm in Damascus, Maryland. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York. I honestly feel so lucky to live here because New York is such a magical melting pot. Even the streets have a story to tell.

Tell us about your evolution as an artist.
It’s hard to believe that almost 17 years ago, I started my journey as a professional makeup artist. In March of 1996, I started as a M•A•C artist in Nordstrom at Towson Town Center while attending Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. In July of 1997, I was promoted to a trainer position for the mid-Atlantic region, covering the region between Philadelphia and North Carolina. In November of 1998, I was relocated and promoted again to be a trainer for the southeast region, based in Atlanta, at a time when M•A•C was just beginning to explode all over the U.S. Needless to say, there was a lot of training to be done!

In November of 2000, I was promoted to senior artist for the southeast region, and then, two years later, it was time for this member of the M•A•C “army” to relocate again—this time to New York City, where I joined the team of senior artists in the Big Apple. In November of 2004, I was promoted to become the regional director of artist training for the Midwest, based in Chicago, where I was able to lead and inspire the training team for 12 states. And finally, in March of 2008, I returned to my artistry roots, moving back to New York to resume my position as senior artist for North America. This year, I also completed my schooling to become a licensed nail tech in the state of New York.

My evolution with this brand has been remarkable. I have traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, London, Milan, Paris and Israel as well as all across the U.S. and Canada. The exposure and experiences have been life-changing.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take only three M•A•C tools or products with you, what would they be?
This is always the toughest question, so I am going to try not to over-think it! The first products that come to mind are Fix+, Opulash in Optimum Black and Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Scoop.

LOUISE ZIZZO, M•A•C SENIOR ARTIST
@MAC_LOUISE_Z

On the art of makeup:
When applying makeup, look before you apply. Don’t do something just because you think you should; do it because it will change something or create an effect. Think makeup with intention rather than habit!

Louise’s current favorite M•A•C product:
Prep + Prime Natural Radiance. I love this product because it makes the skin look healthy and simply gorgeous, no matter what age you are.

I use this in a couple of ways—either by mixing it into whatever foundation I am using to give an allover, subtle radiance to the skin or, if I use a powder on the skin, by rubbing one pump into my fingertips and pressing it into the cheekbone, temple and jaw to give a healthy, natural sheen.

Louise’s M•A•C senior artist tip:
Before sculpting the brow, I like to highlight the base and tail areas with foundation or powder to create a beautiful, crisp, clean, airy look.

Check back Monday, February 4, for the next M•A•C blog post!

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