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M•A•C Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas introduces M•A•C Illustrated by Rebecca Moses. Check out her how-to guide for creating two unique and gorgeous looks with this Nordstrom-exclusive collection.

M•A•C Illustrated Eye Bag: Sultry Thunder & Rain
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This edgy yet ultra-sexy look is inspired by the smoky-eye trend seen backstage at Donna Karan and Missoni. Eyes are the center of attention, with an intense waterline that gradually fades out to hug the entire eye.

How to achieve this look:
Line: The key to this is a very rich and intense lash line. I recommend you begin by taking our Kohl Power Eye Pencil in ‘Feline’ and applying it generously along the entire upper and lower inner rim of the eye/waterline.

Smoke: Next, close your eyes and squeeze them for about three seconds. Repeat this step once or twice until the liner appears to be naturally “smoking” out of the eye.

Blend: Take the 219 brush (from your Illustrated Brush Kit) and blend out any edges around the eye. You can keep it tight along the lash line if you prefer a softer version, or turn it up by taking your liner up to the crease.

Finish: Set the eye kohl with Mineralize Eyeshadow in ‘Thunder & Rain,’ dusting the shadow on the lid and underneath the eye. Complete with a generous coat of Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

Tip: Carry the Kohl Power Eye Pencil and blot film in your clutch for touch-ups.

M•A•C Illustrated Eye Bag (Sultry)

M•A•C  Illustrated Face Kit: Plum

This trend, inspired by shows like Mary Katrantzou and Rick Owens, complements eyes of any color. The look works for both day and night, and it’s great for a woman who is ready to add a little color to her neutral palette or for a woman who loves a little drama. Plums are a great way to play up eyes of any color with very little effort.

How to achieve this look:
Line: Begin with your favorite Pro Longwear Paint Pot, applied to the lash line and blended up to the brow bone.

Shadow: Apply ‘Plum Reduction’ Eyeshadow on the entire eyelid using brush 275 and blend into the crease. Use the ‘Sparkling Plum’ Eyeshadow to contour your crease area and create depth. Continue to build depth by adding shadow to the outer corners of the eyes, and don’t forget to also contour under the lash line with the same shade.

Finish: Add a coat of In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara. For an evening version, add ‘Heather Belles’ Eyeshadow to the outer corners of the eye and Smolder Eye Kohl to the waterline.

Face Kit by Rebecca Moses (Plum)

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Keri Blair, M·A·C Senior Artist, shares her timely tips for a beautiful bronze complexion.

With summer just around the corner, there is no better time to stock up on the best tips and tricks to get that gorgeous summer glow. Speaking as someone whose natural complexion is the color of skim milk: achieving that bronzed effect can be challenging.
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Luckily, M·A·C’s Temperature Rising collection is replete with all the necessary bronzers, elixirs and bronzing oils. Bronzer, or “sun in a compact,” is a must-have for the spring and summer seasons. Having the right products is only part of this sun-kissed equation—proper placement is of the utmost importance. Here are some of my top tips for looking radiant and effortless this summer.

1. If you wear foundation daily, keep your shade choice true to your skin tone. It’s always a great idea to mix your foundation shades as the seasons change (no one’s complexion is all one single color, anyway). In my opinion, trying to achieve a bronze effect by using a darker foundation is a big no-no. Instead, keep your foundation true to form and then apply your bronzing powder.

If you have a very fair complexion, steer clear of bronzers that are too orange. Instead, use a peachy blush (try M·A·C Powder Blush in Ripe For Love), and then apply a more yellow or golden shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Nude on Board or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder).

On darker skin tones, try a deep peach blush for a fresh color accent (try M·A·C Peaches Powder Blush) and then a deeper, warmer shade of bronzer (try M·A·C Pro Longwear Bronzer in Sun Dipped).

2. Use a large powder brush and sweep the bronzer on the high planes of the face—tops of the cheekbones, creases of the eyes, bridge of the nose and tip of the chin. Bronzer shouldn’t be used to contour; it should add color and create a halo effect on the face.

3. For the ultimate summer skin, it’s important to add some highlight and shine. Create an effortless glow by tapping M·A·C Golden Elixir Strobe Cream into the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and on the bridge of the nose.

4. Lastly, don’t forget to address all those “undressed” areas. M·A·C’s Bronzing Oil adds just a tint of lush bronze pigments and shine to all of your “exposed” areas. Try applying to your shoulders, collarbone and décolletage.

M·A·C Temperature Rising Collection

Strobe Liquid Foundation | Pro Longwear Bronzer | Powder Blush

For more expert tips, follow Kerri on twitter @MAC_Keri_B.

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MA•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo talks about her fave spring/summer trends as she reminisces about some of the runway looks we’ve seen so far in 2013.

One of my favorite things about this season’s makeup trends is the focus on the natural beauty of the skin. It’s apparent in practically every look I have seen—no matter how bronzed, bright or bold the makeup, the complexion itself continues to take center stage.

J. W. Anderson, Blumarine, Ruffian
These looks bring a natural light to the face. Use products like MAC Beauty Balm and Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face, even out skintone and hydrate. There are no hard contours, and the brows are brushed with a touch of color to frame. The lips are neutral, dabbed with a bit of lip conditioner or natural-toned color like MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone.

Issey Miyake, Peter Som, Nicole Miller
These looks use shades inspired by nature with added metallic flashes. It’s not focused on perfection but instead has more of a blurred and diffused feel. Don’t be afraid of bold colors; apply in gentle washes using soft brushes with shades like MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris or Electric Eel. You can also add metallic touches across the eye for a clean, serene look. Keep the lips hydrated with lip conditioner.

Haider Ackerman, Aquilano. Rimondi, Missoni
Color with conviction and attitude! These looks have a futuristic strength about them that is free-spirited and avant-garde. The skin is still center stage with its purity, but there is also a strong focus on the lip. Apply bold color in shades like MAC Lipstick in Cyber, Lady Danger or Candy Yum-Yum, and then dust lips with pigment or eyeshadow in a similar shade. Translucent powder gives the lip a new edge that gloss doesn’t, so don’t be afraid to turn it up a notch!

Max Mara, Theskens’ Theory, House of Holland
You can’t have a spring/summer season without a bronzed glow look, but this season’s tan seems to have a pure, chic and effortless feel. It’s less about bronzing the entire face and more about bronzing in a modern and minimal manner. Wrap the eyes in shades of tobacco, sepia and toasted taupe like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Hug the bone structure of the face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural in warm gold and wheat shades like Give Me Sun or Gold Deposit to create a subtle treatment that looks lived-in and natural. Don’t forget a nice balmy lip to finish, in a nude or natural tone like MAC Lipstick in Myth.

Follow Louise @MAC_Louise_Z for more beauty tips, trends and insight.

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