Testing M.A.C. Makeup for Fashion Week

M.A.C. will unveil its new collections on the spring runways, and each new color or formula needs to be individually tested by Gordon Espinet, vice-president of makeup artistry, and Nadine Luke, director of makeup artistry. 

I enjoyed this article by NY Magazine, I am happy to see that a black woman, Nadine Luke is director of makeup artistry for the brand.  It also proved to me that there is no need for me to wait for MAC to launch their Spring 2010 collections.  Instead I can start playing with my already owned makeup, creating new colors!

The beauty gurus reveal how their process works, "We fuss with it and decide what we want to use backstage and what will eventually go out to the consumer," says Espinet, noting that the products won't be available to consumers until March. Together they physically mangle products — crushing eye shadow, slicing lipstick, smudging blush, and if they're inspired, mixing new formulas. "This is the play time. We need to play with the colors and see what we're working with. I'm looking for something to jump out at me. I'm looking for something to speak to me," says Luke. "It's like studying for the exam. If it's not done, you're screwed. Because you won't have what it takes to get it done backstage," she continues. "We put so much on that by the end of the day we end up leaving, looking like drag queens." - Testing M.A.C. Makeup for Fashion Week 

Click here for a preview of M.A.C.'s spring collections, and see Gordon Espinet and Nadine Luke test the products to find out which ones they want to take backstage at New York Fashion Week. For great tips on developing your own colors and techniques, read the lil' captions on the right of each of the 22 pictures in the slideshow. 

Makeup = Fun!

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