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The holidays are suddenly around the corner—and so is the winter weather that can be murder on sensitive skin and lips. M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt breaks down what he loves most about the brand’s new line of Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits.

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“The holidays are all about dressing up with little bursts of color, and your makeup shouldn’t be any different. The new M∙A∙C Cosmetics Irresistibly Charming Mini Patentpolish Lip Pencil Kits are the perfect gift for a friend (and yourself!) this season. What I love about these products are not only their handbag-friendly size and color choices, but also their hydrating qualities in the unforgiving winter chill that can leave lips looking dry. There’s a beautiful see-through quality about the lip kits that creates a perfect stain on the lips.

The Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits can be used to create so many different looks! If you want to rock a smoky eye and a softer mouth, try using Lip Pencil in Spice all over your lips with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved Up or Innocent in the center for an extra pop. Or, if you would like to go a little more retro-chic, create a cat eye and a softer red lip using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Fearless with Crème Anglaise from the Irresistibly Charming Mini Lip Gloss Kit (Pink) over it.

The Lip Kits also work well with many different skin tones. For deeper skin tones, I love a wash of gold shadow over the lids (try Eyeshadow in Amber Lights) and a deep, berry lip using Lip Pencil in Burgundy and Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana over it.

Adding to the versatility of the Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits, try a more natural, everyday look by filling in your lips with Lip Pencil in Whirl and using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Mojo Maker (only available as part of the new lip kit) on top.

For a day when you’re feeling a little more girly and flirty, try using Lip Pencil in Rosy Rim and topping it with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Pleasant—super cute!”

Follow Gregory on Twitter for all of his favorite beauty picks and how-tos.

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Tips and expert advice for getting your eyebrows looking their best–no matter their type–with the new M∙A∙C Wash & Dry The Brow Collection. From Senior Artist Gisel Calvillo.

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Brows are back in a big way! Beautiful brows act as a frame for your face, so it’s important to shape them properly. Luckily, M∙A∙C has three different brow products within the Wash & Dry Collection that will help enhance the look of brows.

Fullness and Definition for Fine Brows:

M∙A∙C’s Fluidline Brow Gel is great for anyone trying to achieve a fuller, defined brow. You can paint on hairs using your choice of color along with a M∙A∙C 210 Precise Eye Liner brush. This product creates dimension in a very natural way.

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M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli dishes out tips on getting that warm, healthy summer glow without the need for exposure to harmful UV rays. 
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The perfect sunless tan is a look all of your favorite celebrities have, and you can too! It’s that sandy, caramel tone that’s both chic and effortless. Achieving the perfect tan is about getting the finished look to be believable. Here’s how to do it.

MAC Cosmetics Wash & Dry Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder is a unique gel formula that feels lightweight and sculpts the face. It’s a silky, sheer powder in realistic, sun-soaked shades–like M∙A∙C Wash & Dry’s Golden Rinse. Sweep the bronzer along your forehead, temples and jaw in the shape of a “3” for an everyday warmth using the 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush.

Take your tan to the next level by dusting Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in a “W” shape across cheeks, nose and chin. Whisk Mineralize Skinfinish powder high on the cheekbones with a fluffy brush to imitate a sunny flush.

For a luxurious, glowy base, prep your face for bronzer and finishing powder with Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and soak up all the approving nods from your peers.

For more tips and inspiration, f0llow Gina Bettelli on Twitter.

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M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Ashley Rudder explains how to re-create the face used for Kate Spade’s A/W ’15 runway show at New York Fashion Week.

“What was your favorite show this season?” That’s a question I keep hearing in the wake of Fashion Month. A slight bit of panic ensues after anyone asks me what my favorite looks were this season! However, as I mentally scroll through all of the glorious A/W ’15 shows, a few standout looks come to mind: perhaps the romantic, smoky-grey eyes that were created at Thom Browne? Or the futuristic “Bond Girl” black-and-white eyeliner at The Blonds?

Surprisingly enough, the look at Kate Spade–created by M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Lyne Desnoyers–has remained my makeup crush all season long!

I don’t want to keep this crush to myself, so here is how you can get the look (one you might get after walking on a brisk fall evening through the woods) with its subtly flushed cheeks and rosy pouts.

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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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  Sometimes winter beauty seems to pale in comparison to the rest of the year—but M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt has three spot-on tips for using bronzer to brighten the doldrums.

Pale skin is like a blank canvas: Everything shows up, so less is certainly more. Let’s face it, those with paler skin tend to go out in the sun less frequently (and when they do, they should be using tons of SPF!), so there’s a risk of going from zero to Oompa Loompa by using too much bronzer.

TOOLS: The tools you use are as important as the color being applied. Softer brushes spray the color on in a more realistic way as opposed to a more dense brush, which will put much more on.

CREAMS: Cream products are also a bit easier to use and as an added bonus, are more hydrating in the winter months. I recommend using M∙A∙C’s Cream Color Base in Au Nature. It has a warm, bronzy glow and is easy to apply. Use a 132 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush to lightly apply the color onto the apples of the cheeks. Sweep whatever excess is left on the brush onto temples, nose and chin, where the sun would naturally hit your face. If you use too much, you can blend it in with a sponge or your fingers.

POWDER: Try M∙A∙C’s Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden with a very soft brush, like the 127 Split Fibre Face Brush. Less is more: Start light, and build up if needed. I recommend applying it in circular motions on the apples of the cheeks and sweeping up toward the temples. Apply a small amount to the nose and chin for a sunkissed look, and voila!

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos: @MAC_Gregory_A.

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Senior M•A•C Cosmetics Artist Melissa Gibson shares her 5 essential steps to a party-perfect lip—a timely refresher on putting your best face forward.

Love a glamorous lip? It’s easy to get a full-on gorgeous red—just in time for the holidays.

Step 1: Always start with clean, hydrated lips. I like to begin with Prep + Prime Lip. This primer will keep a matte lipstick from turning glossy, and leaves the skin feeling cushioned, not greasy.

Step 2: Once you have decided on the right red for you—I’m loving 5-Alarm from MAC’s Red, Red, Red collectionchoose a lip liner that is either the same color as the lipstick or a half-shade deeper. 5-Alarm pairs perfectly with Lip Pencil in Brick or Cherry.

Step 3: Outline the entire lip, fading the line down towards the center.

Step 4: Apply the lipstick in the opposite direction of the liner—from the center, outward. This makes for a seamless finish and for less of a chance of the color wearing off, fading or bleeding.

Step 5: If a sexy, glossy finish is your thing, layer Night Is Young Cremesheen Glass over your lipstick. For a stronger, more opaque look, pat Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder on top.

Glossy or matte, a red lip is a classic option for adding a touch of glamour this holiday season!

Follow Melissa Gibson on Twitter for more tips and inspiration.

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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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M·A·C Senior Artist Gregory Arlt introduces the Brooke Shields Collection with an easy-to-follow tutorial using products from this down-to-earth new line.


The Brooke Shields for M∙A∙C Collection is perfect for creating a look that is simple, modern and beautiful. These easy-to-use shades can be used in endless ways. Below, you’ll find my interpretation and step-by-step instructions for creating an iconic look for yourself with these gorgeous shades.

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M·A·C Senior Artist Neil Young reveals his top beauty secrets for achieving a natural, youthful glow using products from the new Sharon Osbourne for M·A·C collection.

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