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M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Ashley Rudder shows how to use M•A•C’s Nordstrom Naturals Eyes X 15 palette, a Nordstrom exclusive, to create two classic, head-turning looks.

Knowing how to work every color in an eyeshadow palette can be intimidating, but that’s where I come in to help. I’m here to unshackle you from your current eyeshadow rut with a touch of makeup theory and a couple of placement options. As a guide, I’ll be referring to the Nordstrom Natural Eyes X 15 palette. If you don’t own an eyeshadow palette already, this is a brilliant option, since it is comprised of Nordstrom’s best-selling M∙A∙C Cosmetics eyeshadow colors.

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A beauty quickie from behind the scenes with M•A•C and the always-energetic, supremely talented makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. We love the mod vibe she created with a downward-turned line on the outer half of the upper eyelid, flushed cheeks (lipstick applied with fingers) and a little lip conditioner. Such a fresh, simple look.

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-8Beauty Trend Editor Kate Fannin reuniting backstage with Tilbury.

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nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-1Demonstrating a “bedroom eyes” eyeliner tip.

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-charlotte-tilbury-MAC-Edun-4Putting a few finishing touches on the final beauty look backstage.

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nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-MAC-Charlotte-Tilbury-Edun-9The final look!

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Runway to realway spotted backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo: M•A•C lead artist Romero Jennings created “painted-on” lashes by applying black liquid liner directly on lids to mimic real lashes. Spaced evenly and following the natural curve of the lid, they blend right in with real lashes for an artistic approach to mascara.

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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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Go behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week with Natalie and Laksmi from our Beauty Team! They’ll be reporting on all the backstage beauty happening at the runway shows and revealing next season’s beauty trends right now.

We started off today watching James Kaliardos–M•A•C lead makeup artist–work his magic at the Ruffian show. A strong brow leads the look paired with natural, perfected skin. Highlighted cheekbones and nude lips finished everything off. Here are our tips for recreating this look right now.


Start with a thin veil of foundation, like M•A•C Face & Body.

Banish any hint of dark under-eye circles with M•A•C Prep and Prime Highlighter. Bonus: this highlighter has a brush-tip for easy application.

Add dimension and contour to the face using M•A•C Pro Sculpting Cream to give a natural finish.

Cream Color Base (we recommend ‘Luna’ or ‘Pearl’) helps to add luminous highlight when applied on your upper cheekbones.

Strongly defined brows were achieved with a new brow-friendly Fluidline (spoiler alert! This is yet to be released). You can still get this look now with M•A•C Eye Brows brow definer in ‘Lingering’.  Tip: use short, quick strokes, and grab an eyebrow brush to even it all out.

Lastly, finish with a nude lip. We love the new M•A•C ‘Carine Roitfeld’ Lipstick in Tropical Mist.

Here’s how it all looked on the runway.

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