Written by me, and originally published at BirdeeMag.com.
Last month I had the opportunity to attend a MAC Pro Masterclass hosted by Nicole Thompson in Sydney. It was an incredibly informative evening, and left me feeling so inspired.
Nicole is a Senior Artist with MAC, and is currently the Makeup & Hair Director on The Voice Australia. She also works at all of the major fashion weeks with brands such as Bec & Bridge, Proenza Schouler, Sass & Bide, Vivienne Westwood, Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Chloe. Earlier this year she was awarded Makeup Artist of the Year at the Australian Hair Fashion Awards.
We spent the Masterclass going through Autumn/Winter trends, beginning with a behind-the-scenes video from Fashion Week. Nicole then demonstrated the four main trends highlighted by MAC.
1. OFF COLOUR
“Subverts classic tones with a dirty edge to become the new neutrals.” Think frosted and shimmery lipsticks, pink ‘irritated’ eyes, terracotta reds, blurred lip lines, and the 90s.
“Eyes have a gestural quality to them that widens the eye.” Think coloured and graphic liner, mascara applied to only half of the eye and clumped lashes.
3. ON REFLECTION
“Explores how shine is the most crystallised direction of the season.” Think highlighter, shine, lipgloss on eyelids, metallics, and gold leaf.
“Makeup employs the skin’s own shades to embrace authenticity in every form.” Think defined brows, an emphasis on skin care, and natural shine.
The key message from the evening was “beauty is individuality” – this season will see a lot more emphasis on working with models’ own features, rather than applying the same look to everyone. Nicole also believes that “makeup needs to look a little free”, and said that if it looks like it took hours to apply, take it off!
It was fantastic to see trends come to life in person, and I feel inspired to try them out on myself now. I think I can pull off a terracotta lip, don’t you? Not sure about the minimal foundation though, I’ll have to wait for my skin to look as good as a model’s!