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MAC Spring Must- Haves
There’s a thrill to spending time with a pro makeup artist who has worked backstage during Fashion Week in Paris, Milan or New York. I get enthralled with the stories of what happened at each show and how the makeup took form before the lights came up and the models strutted down the catwalk. One of the global artists who has the best stories is MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson who just happened to work the Paris and Milan shows for spring 2017. “Our MAC team from around the world descends on Hotel Cayre in Paris and we basically take over the lobby and bar,” she says. “There is a group of senior artists from different countries that work each Fashion Week and we’ve have become like family. They’ve become some of my closest friends.”
This season, Gibson worked on the Ferretti, Rick Owens, Pucci, Blugirl, Ungaro and Veronique Branquino runway shows. “The biggest trend this season was glossy skin: adding a little shine such as lip glass, eye gloss or as a highlight. I call it makeup for real people because it is 100% wearable. The easiest way is blend a little MAC Careblend Oil into skin for a sheer effect.” She says glossing has replaced strobing for 2017. “There was also a trend to individuality. Rather than making each model look the same, the artists played up each model’s best features.”
“Sometimes the simplest makeup makes the biggest impact. I used a lot of Strobe Cream backstage because it creates this gorgeous, glowing skin. And when it came to colour, it was used sparingly and placed carefully. It’s about making an impact with the right colour.” The biggest news: the end of the big brow. She says brows were still brushed up and set with clear brow gel. But they weren’t filled in and enhanced like in past years. See Gibson’s Five Spring Must-Haves on this page.
We have a spring issue packed with new fragrance launches, festival makeup trends and interesting skincare innovations.
I hope you enjoy this issue.
Dave Lackie, editor
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