It’s all too easy to get stuck in a makeup rut, so it’s pretty safe to say there’s nothing like having your makeup done by a professional to shake off some of those cobwebs and give you a fresh new look. Just an hour with Rebecca Butterworth, MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist, and I was eyeing up my makeup stash in a totally new way. The tricks and tips you can pick up are priceless, so it seems only fair to share.
Prepare prepare prepare!
Makeup will always look perfect on flawless skin, so before going anywhere near the primers and foundation, Rebecca cleansed, softened and moisturised for radiant and glowing skin.
Base – Corrector, Concealer & Foundation
The look is all about the skin, so disguising any flaws is all important. Unwanted shadows are banished with an orange coloured corrector. It may look scarily Tango in the pan, but it works a treat to camouflage dark circles. My shade is Burnt Coral, (available from MAC Pro stores), topped off with NW35 ProLongwear Concealer. The base for a seamless look was Face & Body Foundation (in C6), applied with a 188 brush for a sheer finish. For a heavier finish, use a 190 brush.
Contour & Create
While the flawless skin is the order of the day, no-one wants a flat look, so it’s time to add some dimension back. Deep Dark Mineralize Skin Finish Natural was applied around the ‘halo’ of the face, and slotted in underneath the cheekbones for a little gentle contouring. Using the same 188 brush, Ruby Woo Lipstick (yes, really!) was applied to the apples of the cheeks. For extra impact, Petal Creme Colour Base was used as a highlighter on the cheekbones, eyelids and down the front of the nose.
Defined, yet minimal. “Modern makeup is about simplicity. We want to strip everything back. Seeing so much makeup with so many colours all over it, we’re now aiming for a more relaxed feel,” says Rebecca. The eyes are minimalist in keeping with this ethos, using Fluidline Black Track and a 212 brush, wiggling it into the lash roots – don’t actually draw a line. Lashes are one of the most important elements of modern makeup. MAC’s new In Extra Dimension Mascara in Carbon black ticks all the boxes – length, volume and jet, jet black.
And lastly, the all important mouth. The soft focus lip for Mary Katrantzou called for a darker centre, created using Night Moth lipliner, surrounded by Ruby Woo, applied with a 242 brush. To create the soft focus key to this look, the same shade was used with a 239 brush to “line” the outer edges of the lips. A reverse regular lip, if you like.
I could have spent hours rummaging through Rebecca’s enviable makeup kit – the brushes, the palettes, the lipsticks, the lip and eyeliners…. a makeup junkie’s dream!
I’ve already recreated this look at home, substituting with products I already have, and it really is very achievable. Will you have a go? Let me know.