Creating Light With Makeup Class at MAC

SD at MAC 6 SD at MAC 5 SD at MAC 4 SD at MAC 3 SD at MAC 2 SD at MAC 1I had the absolute privilege of attending a Master Class at the MAC store on Armitage in Chicago last night. Surrounded by other professional artists, we watched the fabulously talented and extremely funny Stephen Dimmick use makeup to highlight features in ways that we never even imagined. I love learning about my craft, and after watching Stephen complete a transformation on his model, I was inspired to push myself more and be an even better artist!

Stephen’s work has been showcased on the covers of Vogue, TIME, and countless other magazines. If you follow fashion and film, you’ve seen even more of Stephen’s phenomenal runway makeup at Dior and Valentino shows, on actress Cate Blanchett, and the Kardashians.

Because I’m a life long learner, I took copious notes while Stephen demonstrated how to capture the light on one’s face. He used the following MAC tools and products to create the looks you see in my photos:

Brushes #109, #190, and #225 (although #224 is what was available for purchase) were used to apply all of the makeup used.

Products included Prep & Prime, which has a brightener that helps keep the complexion even, Face & Body Foundation (not one of my favorites because it’s too “thin” for my taste), Pro Glitter in 3D Silver, Taupe Blush used for sculpting and shading all over the face, Cream Colour Base in Luna, Shell, and Pearl, Hot & Naughty Mascara, Feline Kohl Pencil, Cherry Lip Liner, Ruby Woo Lipstick (MY FAVORITE RED LIPSTICK EVER), and a Concealer Palette. I noticed that Stephen used a combination of the cream colour base and concealer to highlight all the areas he wanted to showcase. He used the taupe blush as a shading color, and used it in places that were unexpected (eyelids, as an eyeliner on the bottom, forehead, chin, etc.)

As Stephen and the audience engaged in shop talk, we were also able to view his portfolio. There were some breathtaking pictures of models, and one in particular really stood out. The face of the model was orange, (seen in the 2nd picture posted), looked like digital art, and had a cartoonish quality, but everything we saw was MAKEUP. For that look, Stephen used MAC Pro Paint Sticks, highly pigmented and pliable products, to create the orange and burgundy look for the pictures.

I definitely felt like I was back in school, as I took notes, and asked questions. Stephen gave us some valuable information: Taking a beauty risk is what makes you an artist. If you don’t like the look when you’re finished, wash off the makeup and start over. In the end, we DO have control over what images we want to show the world.

At the end of the presentation, we were served cocktails and given time to shop and network. I came prepared with my “shopping list” so that I could stay focused. If you love MAC like I do, it’s SO easy to overspend, and I AM a beauty BUDGET girl, so I had to restrain myself! Before I made my way out of the store, I stopped to chat with Stephen and thank him for giving back to other artists. I told him that from now on, every time I open a magazine and see the “light” on a model’s face, I will think of him. He gave me a great, big hug that matched his great, big personality and thanked me for the support. All in all, I had a wonderful time!



More Make Up For Ever

I wrote about Make Up For Ever Full Cover (concealer) a few weeks ago. Well, after spending a few days out in this hot Texas heat, I figured there MUST be something a gal could do to fight runny makeup. I decided to dip into my beauty booty and conduct an emergency beauty experiment in my lab (the bathroom).  After applying face primer and MUFE’s Full Cover to my entire face, (I use 2 different colors to avoid an uneven skin tone and to highlight certain areas), I followed up with the delightfully sheer but WATERPROOF Make Up For Ever Face and Body Liquid Makeup. Not only does it glide on easily, but it does a great job of staying in place. The level of coverage is not high, so if you are looking for a full coverage face and body makeup, you may want to try other options (like using the Full Cover concealer first). You have to let the makeup dry for a few minutes after application, especially if you plan to use this makeup on other parts of your body (i.e. legs, arms, chest area).  My skin look dewy and youthful, and my makeup did not budge in the 103 degree heat! 

The Face and Body makeup comes in a variety of shades and is best applied with a sponge versus a brush. Go to to view shades from Soft Beige all the way to Ebony, and it’s worth mentioning that Make Up For Ever understands that we come in all shades PLUS all different undertones. Some of us have pink undertones while others have yellow or olive undertones and matching foundation to the undertone is just as important as getting the right shade of foundation! You’ve all seen the photos of women who look PINK or ORANGE in a photo due to them wearing the wrong foundation, right? I think Make Up For Ever has done a good job of creating colors that can work for all skin tones. Pricing is a bit high ($38) for the Face and Body Liquid Makeup, but is absolutely worth the money. Although Make Up For Ever doesn’t allow you to purchase products on their website, you can certain take your cute self over to your local Sephora store or purchase the products from ! Let me know how it works for you by leaving a comment!