A swipe of my favourite shade across my lips can totally and utterly transform my mood. Wearing a bold red likeM.A.C’s Lady Danger makes me feel powerful, my favourite deep nude Velvet Teddy makes me feel put together and my favourite pink toned Kinda Sexy makes me feel all kinds of happy.Read More
A few weeks ago I got to attend a M·A·C Technique class and it was all kinds of amazing. I learn visually, which is why the new interactive app and class is a game changer for those who want to see and experience the best tips and tricks in an intimate setting with the best M.A.C Makeup Artists. There are 13 different technique focuses and I'm sure their is something that someone starting out to a seasoned pro will enjoy.
Download the app and search for classes near you to book directly. Once you're signed up your App will unlock the face charts and tips and tricks for you to study up on before your class.
M·A·C Technique app features:
1. FIND - Explore the 13 technique focuses and locate the closest M·A·C Technique class
2. BOOK - Once the class is booked, a face chart with interactive tips and tricks, along with an outline of the workshop will be sent
3. LEARN - During class, use the App to take photos and videos of each step, add notes and tips, and list favourite products
4. SHARE - Refer to saved notes and list of products to recreate new looks at home. Looks are shareable across all major social platforms
5. DOWNLOAD – iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/technique/id1088385692?mt=8
1. GOING NATURAL
Master the “No Makeup-Makeup” trend. Learn tips from prepping and priming to choosing the right shades to create the perfect, flawless looking skin.
2. DAY TO NIGHT
Double duty looks - makeup that can be taken from day to night. Learn how to amplify features to give an instant refresh to the skin, or go for a whole new look.
3. THE STYLED EYE
The styled eye covers all types of eye makeup look - sultry, smoky, glossy, and graphic. Learn techniques from shading to highlighting, lining to defining, blending, lashes and brows – this workshop has it all.
4. BEAUTY BASICS
Makeup application is all about technique - this workshop is good for both beginners and artists looking for an update. M·A·C Artists show how to enhance features and learn a fresh new perspective on beauty.
5. ALL DAY FABULOUS
Keep makeup looking fresh all day - M·A·C Artist give tips on creating looks with staying power. From long-wearing formulas to secret techniques for achieving extended wear.
6. FRESH, LUMINOUS, LUXE
Makeup should feel comfortable and be good for the skin. In this class learn application tips on mineral-rich textures for looks that are fresh and luminous.
7. LIGHT AND BRIGHT
Learn how to create clear, even, radiant skin using M·A·C’s Lightful C collection.
8. SCULPT AND SHADE
Proper contouring can completely change the face shape. Learn how to emphasize flattering angles by creating dimension, symmetry and definition through shading and highlighting.
9. STUDIO READY
This class is all about makeup with maximum impact. Learn techniques tried and tested by M·A·C Artists on the runway and in the studio.
10. CELEB CHIC
Create celebrity inspired looks – personalized with tips from M·A·C Artists.
11. ON TREND
Find out the season’s latest looks from the artists creating the trends backstage, at over 500 shows each season. Play with new techniques and learn more about makeup’s current direction and products.
12. SPECIAL OCCASION
This class teaches techniques for creating standout looks for special occasions.
13. GROOMING BASICS
Learn about all the ideal products, tools and techniques for flawless grooming for men and women - from skincare and priming, to tone and texture and brows. These simple tricks can refine any look.
I'm no makeup artist, and I don't wear a lot of makeup during the day unless I know I have somewhere to go/someone to see. I often get asked what products I use when I do have makeup on so thought the best way to show you all was to film myself. This is my 5 minute quick makeup look, my routine is a little different to the average person, I'm not using mascara for obvious reasons and my eyeliner is rather heavy to create depth giving the illusion of lashes. If I spend more time or wear shadow, I smudge out the eyeliner to give it a softer look with a create liner and shadow.
My brows are tattooed and I fill them in, I'm still learning as I never used to draw my brows in before I had them, whenever I tried they would end up wonky! Not a good look. You can also see a faint line of black around my eyes while I have no makeup on, I had them tattooed when I was 20, it has faded but it was never quite right so I always still lined them.
So hear we go, my first foray into filming myself. After the video are all the details about the products I used, some are old favourites and some are newer items but all my absolute favourite things to use day to day at the moment.
Elizabeth Arden Superstart
This is something new I have been using and I really love it! In short it helps support the surface layer of your skin - whereas most of the products you use are usually made to support the lower dermis layer of your skin - so it makes your skin's surface look really healthy, smooth and supple and it helps the products you apply after it work to the best of their ability. I usually apply it before moisturiser and serums, but add it as a priming step before wearing the following foundation.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation
As mentioned above, the reason I wear Superstart before applying this foundation is because this foundation is a new formula that holds anti-ageing properties. If I'm wearing foundation it's nice to know its actually doing something for my skin at the same time! The Superstart helps the Prevage foundation do its thing! Added bonus having Alopecia, can blend my foundation right out so there are no lines at the hair line.
M.A.C Mineralize Concealer
My favourite concealer, such a dewy finish and never creases in the delicate skin underneath the eye. I always apply it with a brush and pat it into the skin. Some people apply concealer first, but a makeup artist told me years ago to do it after your foundation, that way you can see what that doesn't cover and go from their. Otherwise you run the risk of going OTT on the concealer trying to cover every little blemish that your foundation may have covered anyway.
M.A.C Trip The Light Fantastic Powder
When I fist saw this blush I thought it would make me look so orange..but turns out it is the best blush I have ever used! I used to always go for pink blushes but turns out orange/red based blush is my jam. Never have had so many compliments on my rosy cheeks since I started wearing this.
Elizabeth Arden Sunset Bronze Highlighter
If you follow me on snap chat you know how often I talk about this highlighter, it's my favourite and looks so beautiful on. Sadly it's limited edition so get it while it is still in stock! I have bought 4 of them so hopefully they last me a long time!
Elizabeth Arden Natural Brow Pencil - Brunette
I bought this gem at Farmers in Mount Maunganui when I was down there visiting my in-laws as my previous pencil ran out. It's the perfect colour for me especially when jumping between my lighter and darker wigs, it seems to suit all of them and never looks too light or dark. After 23 years with no brows, I'm still a newby to filling them in but getting better by the week!
Mac Boot Black Liquid Eyeliner
I have been wearing this eyeliner everyday since I was about 14, it's my go to and always goes on perfectly. Its super pigmented (i like my eyeliner jet black!) and doesn't move throughout the day.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil
I bought this at Duty Free when travelling to Australia and month ago and I'm loving it, its very black and once it sets it's waterproof and doesn't move. I hate having to re apply makeup through the day, it's not my thing so my favourite products are ones that go the distance.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Palette
Eight Hour Cream was one of those staples I grew up with, my mum always had it and I was forever stealing it. Perfect to use on anything that needs some help combating dryness. I still use it regularly and loved when I saw it in a coloured lip palette with 3 hues, all the moisture with a hint of colour and in a really easy handbag sized palette.
Is there any other videos you would like to see me film? Everyone seems interested in my wig so thought you may like to see how it all work and how I put it on?
A lipstick collection designed with a tetrachromat...sounds scientific right?! Well it is, but not in the way you would imagine. What is a tetrachromat? A variation in a gene means they can see up to 100 million colours! The average person can see 1 million, so this means they see shades between colours we would think are identical. Also the only tetrachromats confirmed through DNA testing have been women, pretty cool! Maureen Seaberg is the tetrachromat behind Liptensity and helped M.A.C make the shades "true" to the shades she sees.
Which means Liptensity is the most pigmented lipstick yet with "high-frequency tetra chromatic pigments". That means the colour stays true to what you see in the lipstick tube, it doesn't change once applied to your lips as often your own colouring can change how a colour reads on you.
You have to admit, it's the most original inspiration behind a lipstick collection you have probably heard of right? I love it.
Check out all the colours on their site here, some of them have such a slight difference!
Available in 24 shades from the 10th of October with a of RRP $50.
I love makeup and I LOVE learning new tricks when it comes to applying it, so I was pretty excited to get invited to be apart of the first ever M.A.C makeup party on Wednesday night. We all know that M.A.C offer a number of makeup services and now the party has arrived! You and your girlfriends can book in for your own party, where you will get your very own M.A.C artist to teach you the tricks of the trade to two feature areas. You could learn to master the smokey eye, contour like a Kardashian, pencil in some banging brows or get the perfect pout.
You need to have a minimum of three people and it is $90 a head, but that is fully redeemable on product. If you're going to splash out on a few new items, you may as well make a party of it right? I think it would be really fun to kick off the night for a hens party, a birthday or just a really good excuse to get the girls together!
You can book your own party now at the below stores:
MAC PRO Britomart, Auckland
MAC Botany, Auckland
MAC Ponsonby, Auckland
MAC Smith & Caughey’s Newmarket, Auckland
MAC Smith & Queen St, Auckland
MAC Farmers, Hamilton
MAC Farmers Queensgate, Lower Hutt
MAC Ballantynes, Christchurch
MAC H&J Smith, Dunedin