Want to learn how to achieve a corporate to cocktails look with M.A.C products? Keep reading to find out!
I have previously written about my experiences at M.A.C Tech – which is a class geared towards teaching everyday people makeup artistry techniques to achieve particular looks. The classes are taught by experienced M.A.C makeup artists.
I had the privilege of being a M.A.C Techniques model recently (thank you Jo!) and they recreated two easy makeup looks – a corporate and cocktails/evening look.
A big shout out to Tracy, Jess, Sam, Ilanda, Natasha and co for being a part of the fabulous glam squad (particularly Sam and Jess as my artists) on the night.
I will show you how to achieve both these looks step by step (using all M.A.C products) however you can easily use dupes you have in your collection. I fortunately own most of the products the girls used. Hurray!
Step 1. Prime skin by applying moisturiser such as the Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel, Studio Moisture Cream, or Complete Comfort Crème.
Step 2. Apply eye cream to the eye are using Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream or Fast Response Eye Cream.
Step 3. Dab on a Lip Conditioner to your pout to hydrate your kisser for lip products later. For an instant boost of hydration spray the entire face with Fix+.
Step 4. Now that your skin’s ready – time for your base! Apply Studio Sculpt Foundation SPF15 with a foundation brush such as the 190 to avoid streaks and the war paint look – apply in a criss-cross motion. The M.A.C girls informed me that Studio Sculpt was a recent foundation of choice for the models at Fashion Week. The formula is suited to those with drier complexions it is a creamy gel-based foundation with a natural satin finish. It is also water resistant.
Step 5. Grab the Select Moisturecover concealer (a lightweight liquid concealer) and pat on under the eye to conceal dark circles. Use a fluffy brush such as the 239 to blend the concealer out under the eye.
Step 6. Your base is almost complete. The last step is to set the foundation with a powder – lock that flawless base in all day. For those wanting a natural finish not a matte finish reach for the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and buff/pat in with a kabuki brush such as the 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush or the 150 Large Powder Brush paying particular focus to the t-zone.
Step 7. Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler for increased volume and that ‘awake’ look. Apply Painterly Paint Pot (or whatever Paint Pot best suits your natural skin tone) all over the lids using your finger or a 217 Fluffy brush. This will ensure your eye shadow lasts the distance without creasing.
Step 8. Take a 227 large fluff brush and tap it into Brule eyeshadow under the brown bone as a highlight and onto the lid.
Step 9. Grab the 219 Pencil brush, dip it into Wedge eyeshadow and apply it to the crease and outer v (and do this with your eyes open) building the colour and depth till you are satisfied. This will give your eye dimension and depth. Apply brow pencil to brows if needed.
Step 10. Blend out Wedge with a 217 fluffy brush to get rid of any harsh edges creating a blended colour transition between Brule and Wedge.
Step 11. Line your eyes with dark brown Teddy Eye Kohl in small strokes to define your eyes, softly line the bottom lash line till about half way in then blend the line with the 219 Pencil brush to soften it’s harshness.
Step 12. Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes (if desired) such as the Extended Play Lash, Zoom Lash or the Haute and Naughty mascara to accentuate the volume, length or a combination of the two.
*Fancye trick:* I actually curl my lashes after I apply mascara once it’s dried a little for extra oomph. I find that it really locks in the curl formation and keeps my lashes open all day.
Step 13. Contour the hollows of your cheeks, temples and jawline with the 109 Small Contour brush or the 138 Tapered Face brush using the Hey, Sailor! Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden. This will give your face the illusion of defined cheek bones and a skinnier face. Wherever you add a contour shade (darker) you are making that part of your face recede.
Step 14. Take the 168 Large Angled Contour brush and apply Harmony powder blush to the apples of your cheeks and flick upwards along the cheek bones.
Step 15. Apply a Lip Pencil such as Dervish (depending on your lip colour) to define your lips – you can outline a little extra to give a more full effect if desired.
Step 16. Swipe on or use a lip brush such as the 316 to apply Viva Glam VI lipstick (warm terracotta plum fusion with pearl) to the lips.
That is your day look complete. Strike a pose!
What is that dolls? You want to turn this look into a cocktail friendly night look? You don’t have time to go home and reapply your makeup and change. How can you build upon what you’re already werking with (yes – I am aware I spelt it that way)?
Add a couple of extra steps to the eyes and lips and you’re good to go sexy mama!
Step 17. Let us smoke out and intensify the eye. Take the 219 Pencil brush and apply Satin Taupe eye shadow over the top of where you put down Wedge eye shadow in the crease – blend out with the 217 Fluffy brush. Smudge Satin Taupe along your bottom lash line with the 219 Pencil brush.
Step 18. Apply black Smolder Eye Kohl to the lash line to make a bolder eyes statement. Smudge along the bottom lash line as above if desired.
Step 19. What’s sexier than a red statement lip? Forget about liner and lipstick. Apply the deep red Hey, Sailor! Lipglass in Send Me Sailing or Fashion Set Russian Red lipglass over the top of your remaining lippy. Pow! Glossy statement lip in no time.
Peep the ‘cocktail’ photos below unfortunately I didn’t get any ‘corporate’ ones.
What do you think of this look? Comment below!
If you want to attend a M.A.C Techniques class contact your local M.A.C counter and ask when their next class is – I highly recommend them!