To help get your glam on for the festive season, we talked to M.A.C's Senior Artist Carol Mackie on the season's hottest holiday party looks
With only days left ’til the festive period officially kicks off, we’re in full-on holiday mode, with back-to-back bookings of beauty appointments and spangly outfits already hung up and styled. To help glam up your usual party makeup routine, we spoke to M.A.C‘s Senior Artist, Carol Mackie.
In town for the opening of the makeup brand’s latest ION Orchard store, Carol’s one of Australia’s most sought-after artists, with 16 years of experience under her belt, and an impressive track record that includes regular stints at the world’s biggest Fashion Weeks. Below, she dishes out five of this season’s hottest party looks using M.A.C’s holiday Nutcracker collection.
Colours make a huge comeback this season. Primary colours – think orange, blue, pink and even yellow – punctuate the lids with generous swipes of opaque shadows. If that’s too much for you, go with bright liners for more subtle pops of colour.
Textures take centrestage
It’s all about the finish. Elevate your routine with a more dramatic, graphic look (think delicately blended, opaque eyeshadows and solid colours) or add a glossy sheen to your visage with a sheer, translucent finish on the eyes, cheeks or lips.
Lips remain a huge focus. A classic, red always remains a festive mainstay, with pink and orange-based hues dominating this beauty staple. Matte lips are still huge – tweak the look by softening the edges for a more romantic look, or make it party-ready and perfected with super patent high gloss.
Skin is (always) in
Always make skin a focus; perfect it first before working on anything else. Draw attention to the natural beauty of your face by keeping things light. Foundation applied should not be overly heavy, and any sculpting and shading should be done without making it obvious that you’ve used highlighter or contouring powder.
Up your glitter game
Break out the glitter for the party period. One option is to apply a cream base over your lids (M.A.C’s staple of paint pots work great), then layer a glitter pigment over it – all you need is a tiny bit. Or use it as a super shiny liner with the help of an angled brush, then pair it with a red lip and keep all other makeup muted. To really steal the show, pat glitter all over your lipstick for a high-shine, dazzling look.