Guest Post

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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Go behind the scenes at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris with M·A·C Senior Artists Fatima Thomas, John Stapleton, Tiffany Johnston and Cynthia Rivas. M·A·C supported over 200 shows this season, and the artists are boiling it all down by city into the top beauty trends and must-have products.

New York

Juan Carlos Obando (makeup by Serge Hodonou)

“This season’s backstage beauty trends are easy to take from catwalk to sidewalk. One of the most popular trends has been the revival of late 1990s colors: chocolate, taupe, dirty pink, fleshy peach. A couple decades’ worth of technological advances make for more refined finishes with better skin affinity.

“If I were to list my most coveted products of the season, I’d have to go with M·A·C Cosmetics Eye Pencil in ‘Coffee,’ Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Tailor Grey’ and Pro Gloss Coat.” –Fatima Thomas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

London

Peter Pilotto (makeup by Lucia Pica) | Paul Smith (makeup by Petros Petrohilos)

“Cream products made their mark at London Fashion Week with the help of M·A·C’s Cream Color Base. Peter Pilotto featured it in ‘Luna’ and ‘Hush,’ topped off with Pro Gloss Coat on the cheekbones.

The raw, sun-kissed skin seen at Paul Smith was achieved by using Cream Colour Base in ‘Tint’ across the nose and cheeks. For an even more luminous look, use your M·A·C opalescent pigments like ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Pink Opal’ swept across cheekbones, down the nose and into the bow of the lip.” –John Stapleton, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

Milan

Marni (makeup by Tom Pecheux)

“This season in Milan, I saw some amazing uses of white color. The skin was neutral with real texture, highlighting areas of the face with various translucent powders. To push light into the skin tone, apply with a fluffy powder brush. This technique yields a gentler contour by utilizing the natural shadows of the bone structure. It was a clean and refreshing look for the spring and summer season.” –Tiffany Johnston, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

Paris

Gareth Pugh (makeup by Alex Box) | Haider Ackerman (makeup by Stéphane Marais)

“I couldn’t imagine a better city than Paris to close the SS14 season. The architectural backdrop was the perfect setting for the makeup looks. It was all about taking a moment to stop and really look at the details, shades, shapes and textures.

The makeup for Gareth Pugh was one of my favorites. It became ‘double take’ makeup, with an unexpected 3-D finish. Alex created eye pieces that were shaded from top to bottom with M•A•C Eye Shadows in ‘Carbon,’ ‘Soot’ and ‘Brule’ for a gradation of color. Then he placed them over the eye, covering the eyebrows, to create a floating eye makeup look. The rest of the skin was perfected using Face and Body Foundation and Studio Finish Concealer to spot-correct. He then dusted a sheer veil of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder down the T-Zone to set.

Another show that focused on the eyes was Haider Ackermann. Skin was perfected with a sheer foundation; I like M·A·C’s BB Cream with Fix+ to create a natural glow. Then stunning graphic eyeliner was applied that looked incredibly striking on the runway. It was shaped using Fluidline in’Blacktrack’ and then set with Black Glitter, to appear almost wet-looking in the light.” –Cynthia Rivas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist

NYFW photos by M•A•C Senior Artist Fatima Thomas, all others by Luca Cannonieri

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M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli shares her favorite new M•A•C eye shadow—and three gorgeous ways to wear it.

Eye shadow has never been so easy. New M•A•C Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow gives you multiple looks with a quick mist to your brush. Use this hybrid powder/eye shadow with a fluffy brush to deposit even, subtle sheen for daytime looks. Just add a spray of Fix+ to your favorite brush and these compacts will deliver metallic brilliance! I love layering these lightweight, creamy pigments to customize the perfect combination.

Hot Mama Eyes

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I created this combo for the hard-working moms out there. It’s truly a 5-minute look and lasts through baths, strolls and nap time. Wrap Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe around the eye with a #239 Shading Brush. Layer on Haute & Naughty Mascara and Fast Response Eye Cream—the cornerstone products to gorgeous, rested-looking eyes. Experiment with adding Fix+ to your brush to bring out a wink of shimmer on the eyelids!

Date Night Eyes

Let your eyes tell your hot date just how you feel! Pair a M•A•C Eye Kohl Pencil in Teddy with Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Greenluxe. Apply using a #242 Eye Shadow Brush misted with Fix+ and a few coats of False Lashes Mascara. This look will definitely vamp up skinny jeans, heels and a white blazer.

Get to Work Eyes

Perfect for a conservative setting. Use Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Smokeluxe with #275 Shading Brush to define your eyes’ shape. Add Fluidline in Blacktrack to the top lash line using a #266 Angled Brush, and finish it off with Extended Play Mascara. The look is classic, quick and works with any color of clothing. Work it, girl!

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Co-founder of Fresh, Lev Glazman shares a personal note on how something as simple as fragrance can not only influence a life’s path, but also strengthen a bond between two people.
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Mother’s Day always reminds me of what I learned from my mother. Through all the hardships of Russia―especially when the Iron Curtain was still up and women were not exposed to or given any access to things that were available to the rest of the free western world―the fact that she always wanted to fearlessly maintain her individuality and self-expression taught me a lot about staying true to myself and believing in what I do. One memory of this in particular stands out…

Growing up in Communist Russia, the only fragrance available was Red Moscow. Only the bravest women, my mother included, would find a way to get their hands on a forbidden French perfume: They had to buy from smugglers, because buying anything not Russian-made was illegal. These ladies risked being arrested for buying these foreign fragrances—it was worth it to preserve their individuality and femininity. They had the courage to do it.

When I was just six years old, I remember going with my mother to the black market so she could get a French perfume she loved; it amazed me how much she was willing to risk to buy it. This was a defining moment in my life: I realized the importance that fragrance plays in people’s lives and how it can instantly make them happy and feel special.

I think we are all inspired by our own mothers, and the idea that any woman could feel beautiful through fragrance had a lasting impression on me.

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