Top tips from MAC’s senior make-up artist

Monday, 26 August 2013

MAC tips
Michelle Lee Collins sure knows about make-up. This senior make-up artist for MAC South Africa shares her top three tips for great make-up with

1. “Skin Sense. Don’t underestimate the power of skin care. Treasure and pamper your skin with nutrients found in serums and oils. I am a fan of M•A•C Prep+Prime Moisture Infusion, R400, followed by CareBlend Essential Oils, R220. This combination zaps dehydration spots whilst adding clarity and glow to the skin instantly. #WinterEssentials

2. Invisible Camouflage. Avoid creating a “base face” – buff on a sheer layer of M•A•C Prep+Prime BB Cream, R190, with a M•A•C Stippling Brush #187, R460. Think of your foundation as a “silk stocking” or “veil” – sheer and translucent. Rely on your concealer to cover problem areas like spots and dark under eye circles. M•A•C Pro Longwear Concealer, R210, offers medium, buildable coverage. You can also add a spot of CareBlend Essential oils into your concealers and foundations to sheer out the coverage.

3. Lip Service, Matte Magic. In order to successfully rock the lip trends this season make sure you exfoliate your lips and follow with a healthy layer of lip conditioner massaged into your lips, day and night.
Colours to rock this winter: Dark vixen purple / currants, vibrant pinks and sensuous reds. Make a statement with it! Duo Tone Pout is also a fun lip twist this season. Line your lips with a dark currant lip liner (M•A•C Currant Lip Liner, R165) and leave the center of your mouth free of colour. Add an energetic flash of colour to this area (M•A•C Candy Yum Yum, Ruby Woo or Morange, R185.). Voilà, trending!”

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Geraldine Young

    The MAC prep & prime moisture infusion spray is amazing! It sets your makeup perfectly & hours later you’ll look the same. It’s perfect for a busy working girl.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I love MAC products! Nice tips, thanks.

    5 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    I love MAC and the CareBlend Essential Oils look interesting and something I would like to try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tiaan Smith

    MAC has great products. Even though they are quite pricey, I would highly recommend all of their products. Does anyone know where there’s a MAC store? I know there is one in the Waterfront and also Canal Walk.

    6 years ago •

  1. EnhancedByNothando

    I didnt know there was a prep and prime in a pump. It will make life so much easier.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Thanks for the tips, very interesting.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Thank you for the tips, love those colours.

    6 years ago •

  1. Queen Shai

    I want the Ruby Woo, the name alone has just about the right attitude.

    6 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    I always love tips from make-up artists, they give you the ins and outs of flawless coverage that every woman should know.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    I’ve read and watched such great reviews about MAC products, I just wish they could have had a nice promo when they entered our shores.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I absolutely love MAC, the two shades of lippie in the image are gorgeous. Interested to know if the oil can be worn under makeup, I’m worried about the piling of products applied over it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    Love the tips! If only I could afford some MAC.

    6 years ago •

  1. blackrose

    Wow, those colours are amazing.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I would love to try their beauty balm, it looks great.

    6 years ago •

  1. Anni*

    Wonderful, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive.

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Great tips. Thank you. I do the lip one every night when I brush my teeth. I just go over my lips with my toothbrush.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    MAC concealers are the best. I have one and it’s a life saver.

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I absolutely agree. Full-coverage foundation makes you look terribly plastic! Rather use a concealer and then BB cream over that. You look absolutely natural that way! :)

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Nice tips, thank you :) With summer approaching, it’s good to have these on hand.

    6 years ago •

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