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MAC Trend Report
“Wearing new makeup trends is like wearing new shoes. At first, they’re not comfortable, you have to break them in.”
Can I just share how ecstatic I was to attend this event for the first time? MAC Cosmetics always holds Trend Report ‘workshops’ every season where they fly in one of their Global Senior Artists to share their foreseen trends. For Fall 2015, it was Northwest Senior Artist John Stapleton who has been with the brand for 19 years now — started at the counter, moved to the management side after years of hard work and is now celebrating his 8th year as one of their Senior Artists. Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Jamie Lee Curtis, Pamela Anderson, Sienna Miller are just a few of the celebrities his magical hands have worked on consistently. He was extremely candid all throughout the workshop — injecting life anecdotes and funny jokes that sitting through an hour and a half of it felt like 10 minutes.
Black Lips, Bold Liner
“How in the hell do I wear this without looking like I ate squid ink pasta?” was one of the questions John received during the Q&A portion of the workshop. “Well, first of all, if you think a red lip is high maintenance, you haven’t tried the black lip yet… it really isn’t easy.” John recommends priming the lips with the Prep + Prime Lip pen that keeps any lipstick where they should be. It lessens the feathering and the bleeding, especially if you’re wearing a dark lip. I’ve actually been using it ever since this workshop especially when I wear dark, vampy colors – and I attest to its powers! This is one of those slightly ‘rebellious’ (in terms of Manila!) trends I wouldn’t be so sure about but hey, who knows, maybe you’ll be seeing me with black lips sometime soon on here.
“Strengthening the face can be through a pink blush, bronzer or mascara as much as razor sharp contour.” We will always always have no-makeup makeup. MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, a dewy tea-stained cream shadow, MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder, a soft-focus ultra lightweight gel-powder, MAC Clear Brow Set are the three key products to achieve and strengthen your no-makeup makeup game. The finish of this no-makeup story is satin-y, not too dewy nor too matte. To tie it all together, John advises, “Add hardness by using an eye shadow three shades darker than the skin tone under the brow bone.”
Last Night’s Makeup
The previous night was too fun. You’ve had a few too many drinks than you’ve cared to count. You went home and just plopped right into bed without changing clothes or bothering washing your face. When you wake up the next morning, mascara is smeared, eyeliner has rubbed off.. “That is pretty much this trend“, John half-jokingly says. “It’s partied-in, lived-in, worn-in makeup from a night or day out.” Of course, fresh clean skin is key to this look so you could wear it out and not look exactly like you’ve downed a bottle of tequila and passed out. It focuses on not too perfectly blended eye makeup, not prepped-lined-and-blotted lips.. I actually like this trend because it’s just how I wear makeup most of the time! Not too perfect, a bit gritty but still feigning ‘pretty’.
From Hollywood to Woodstock
Woodstock, aka our Titos and Titas’ Coachella, serves as the inspiration for this trend. The red lip moves from being Red Carpet red to 70s caramel, tobacco, aubergine kind of red. This trend calls back in the ever-popular-but-forgotten Chili lipstick – a timeless, sophisticated terracotta. Eyes are suggested to be paired with Pro Longwear Eyeshadow in Uninterrupted, a bohemian mustard brown. John shares that for this trend, you need not buy a new red. “You can just wear any red lipstick and just pat your finger onto your lips a few times to tone it down.”
John Stapleton and his models with Martine Cajucom, the host for the workshop
To be honest, I’m not such a “trend” person. It took me a while to get into contouring – that I’m not even at strobing yet. I usually stick to whatever works for me. I discover my skintone is good friends with plum lips – I wear it for a month or two. I get into eyeshadow – I buy similar shades of nude and brown until I realize “Good Lord, I don’t have much variety here”. So I guess learning about new techniques sort of keeps me in check – that there are other things I could do with what I already have. That I don’t necessarily have to keep on buying new things to keep up with the “trends”. And the most important thing — trends always repeat themselves. What’s in now could be out tomorrow – so wear whatever you feel like! Who cares about the Makeup Police, right? I certainly don’t. I’m still on a contouring high up to now.
So, what trend resonated with you? Are you willing to try the black lip? Let me know below!! I’d love to hear your thoughts, as always!
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