Backstage Beauty: M•A•C at Ruffian

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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