Greenery

Model: Shiann Collins
Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Coppertone, highlight in Doublegleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Boldly Bare & lipstick in Mull It Over
  • Artist Couture Supreme Nudes eyeshadow palette
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

(Disclaimer: I do have Shiann’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

A Bronze Moment

🧡 Model: Yours truly, @ks.am 
Products:
– Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
– Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
– Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
– Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
– Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
– MAC Cosmetics blush in Coppertone, highlight in Doublegleam, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Oak & lipstick in Whirl
– Natasha Denona Bronze Eyeshadow Palette
– Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

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Feeling Blue?

Model: @chaar_xo

Products:
– Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
– Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
– Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
– Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
– Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
– MAC Cosmetics blush in Melba, highlight in Double-gleam, lip pencil in Boldly Bare & lipstick in Velvet Teddy
– Wet n Wild Mega Liquid Eyeliner in Blue
– Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

(Disclaimer: I do have Charlotte’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

BLACKPINK’s Lisa Manobal is Launching a Collab with MAC

Blackpink’s Lisa Manobal– one of the four members of the K-Pop girl group– is launching her first-ever makeup collection together with the iconic brand MAC Cosmetics. Manobal, who’s also a Global Brand Ambassador for the makeup giant, said in a statement: “I curated the collection myself and designed every piece after things I absolutely love. Every shade, product, name, and even the packaging design represents something very special to me.

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The MAC x L collection has five different products, all of which Manobal chose herself. There are six shades of the Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour, two shades of the Brushstroke 24-hour Liner, along with an Extra Dimension Skinfinish powder, Powder Blush, and a 12-pan eyeshadow palette.

The team and I put so much energy and attention to detail into this collection; I channeled the same passion, joy, and creativity I give to making music into creating this exclusive collection for my fans.” While part of the collection features MAC bestsellers in Manobal’s chosen packaging, she also helped create new shades of the iconic Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolours. “Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour has been my go-to formula for on-stage and in my music videos,” announced Manobal. “I’m very happy and proud to share with you the three brand-new shades that I have created and named – Rhythm ‘N’ Roses, Swoon For Blooms, and Pink Roses.

Every product in the collection was created for consumers of all ages, races, and genders. “I am so proud of what we’ve created together,” said Manobal. “This is my dream come true.”

All the products are limited edition and will be available on maccosmetics.com in early December.

ELLE

Foxy Roxy

Model: Kaleigh Elizabeth Park

Products:

(Disclaimer: I do have Kaleigh’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Smoke & Mirrors

Model: Shiann Collins

Photographer: @joannabphotos


Products:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Catrice Goodbye Pores primer
  • Make Up For Ever ULTRA HD foundation & concealer
  • Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit
  • MAC Cosmetics blush in Coppertone, highlight in Doublegleam, matte single eyeshadows, BlackTrack liquid eyeliner, lip pencil in Boldly Bare & lipstick in Mull It Over
  • Benefit Precisely My Brow pencil and Gimme Brow setting gel.

(Disclaimer: I do have Shiann’s consent to post the images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

History Of How MAC’S RUBY WOO Became One Of The Best-selling Lipsticks In The World

Some of the best things in life have been the result of happy accidents. MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, the brand’s iconic red shade that launched in 1999, also happens to fall under the accidental genius category.

The 21-year-old lipstick has been one of MAC’s best-selling lip colors since its debut. But the brand’s product developers never actually set out to create it; instead, they were trying to tweak the formula of the brand’s other well-known scarlet shade, Russian Red, which was the best-seller at the time. (Madonna wore it all throughout her Blond Ambition Tour in 1990, after all.) 

“In the late ’90s, MAC made the decision to make all of our formulas globally compliant,” says Gregory Arlt, the company’s director of makeup artistry. “So if you were in Japan or Germany, and you wanted to buy Russian Red, it would be the same formula [across the board], as opposed to what’s compliant for each country.” With this reformulation came an ever-so-slight change to the texture, making Russian Red a little less matte and a little more comfortable to wear. “Fans revolted, saying they missed that ‘drag your lips off’ dry, matte feeling,” recalls Arlt, who has been with the brand since 1993. “So we quickly ran back to the labs,” he says, and MAC returned to Russian Red’s original formulation, never touching it again. Lesson learned.

However, during the initial reformulation process, the new, slightly less matte version of Russian Red caught the eye of the team. “When product development showed [then-Creative Director] James Gager and Jennifer Balbier (who’s still the senior vice president of global product development) the new shade, they were both like, ‘Oh my God, that’s an amazing color.’ And that’s how Ruby Woo was born. The product development team really tried to match Russian Red. It’s the same combination of pigments, just put into a different base,” says Arlt. “But it was a little brighter and more dynamic, and it just became a standalone color.”

When Ruby Woo launched in the late ’90s, it was part of a line called Retro Matte Lipsticks, along with five other shades (which have since been discontinued). Ruby Woo, however, became an instant success. “Customers would flock to the counters, saying they needed Ruby Woo because they didn’t have another red like it,” says Arlt. “And they didn’t realize it was actually supposed to be Russian Red.”

Decades later, Ruby Woo hasn’t been tweaked since its release. It remains MAC’s best-selling shade in the U.S., and the brand’s second-best-selling shade globally (Chilli currently holds the top spot), with seven tubes of Ruby Woo selling around the world every minute.

I actually grew up dancing, and long before I began my career as a makeup artist, I was wearing Ruby Woo onstage and for performances,” says makeup artist and founder of Beautifoles, Brittney Foley. “From the time I started competing in elementary school, all the way through college, Ruby Woo was the lip color of choice of all of my directors and coaches.” These days, Foley still reaches for it when working with clients. “Other red lipsticks can definitely be more ‘trendy’ if they get too deep or bright, but Ruby Woo is able to transcend years of trends and always be classic and current. It can’t be defined by a time period.”

Aside from its legions of devoted customers and makeup artists, Ruby Woo is also a celebrity favorite, with everyone from Janet Jackson to Rita Ora to Taylor Swift (who allegedly reaches for a trusty tube of Ruby Woo before concerts) relying on the formula. “I’ve used it on Dita Von Teese and Angelina Jolie,” says Arlt. “I actually used it on Angelina for the September issue cover of Vanity Fair in 2017, and it created a little bit of a frenzy. Everyone was like, ‘What is that red lip?‘” Of course, “it was good ol’ Ruby Woo.”

So many celebrities started to talk about Ruby Woo, and it eclipsed poor Russian Red,” says Arlt. “It’s what we call in the industry a clean red. There are blue-reds, orange-reds and brick-reds. There’s no other color to influence the state of Ruby Woo. Like, if you’re looking at a color wheel, the red — which is a primary color — is basically Ruby Woo.”

FASHIONISTA

Cruella De Vil – The OG

In honour of the latest Cruella re-make…
Model: Yours truly, @ks.am


Products:

Cruella De Vil – The Movie

In honour of the latest Cruella re-make…

Model: Yours truly, @ks.am


Products:

Rosalía on Her New MAC Collection and Using Stiletto Nails as Castanets

Named after her 2019 song “Aute Cuture,” the musician’s debut beauty line is long on glamour, from stage-worthy lipstick to crystal nail jewelry.

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The Rosalía of the mind’s eye is not a minimalist. One imagines the Spanish pop star in perpetual full regalia, with three-inch nails, stylized hair, and her mouth painted bright red—a signature move that resulted in a limited-edition lipstick created in 2020 with MAC. But when her voice perks up on the other end of the line, Rosalía waves it all away. “Girl, I have nothing going on today. I’m at home with my clean face,” she says from Barcelona. The musician’s voice sounds equally at ease, the warm pops of laughter giving off a conspiratorial spirit seen in her music videos. In 2019’s “Aute Cuture,” she roams the streets with a so-called Beauty Gang, whose mile-long gold talons are decorated like sword handles; this month’s “Linda,” a joint effort with Dominican newcomer Tokischa, has them aglow in iridescent eye shadow and rosy blush under late-night fluorescents.

That kind of lush presentation—makeup that’s both vividly theatrical and true to self—lies at the heart of Rosalía’s latest project with MAC. This time, the collaboration is a sweeping lineup that spans lip colors, eye shadows, a highlighting face palette, and nail lacquers alongside jewel-like nail adornments. To title it Aute Cuture was only natural. “The name of that song is written wrong on purpose because, at the end of the day, I love glam, but I love it on my own terms,” says Rosalía of that makeshift riff on haute couture. “And the mood in ‘Aute Cuture’ is a little bit sassy and unapologetic—almost like a little cat that’s really cute, but it can scratch your face in a second if you get distracted.”

Plenty of flash turns up in the collection, beginning with her signature lip shade. “There’s so much red in flamenco tradition, and that’s a big inspiration for me,” explains Rosalía, who grew up in the Catalonian city of Sant Esteve Sesrovires and began intensive vocal training in the style at 16. That heat materializes in the flame-red Rusi Woo (a twist on the brand’s bestselling matte lipstick Ruby Woo) and a matte liquid lip color called Spicy Pimenton. But she’s just as keen to have blush-toned shades—like Nuez Moscada (a warm flush) or Jalea (petal-pink)—in the mix. “I personally love contrast, in life and in art,” says Rosalía. “You’ll feel much more the softness of something when [it’s alongside] something rough or strong. And I think that softness will become even more radical because of the context.” 

It’s an implicit case for caring about pink lip gloss (as Rosalía wears to brilliantly exaggerated effect in “Linda”) when one is a pop sensation rocketing into the firmament. But safeguarding those softer elements is part of what makes Rosalía relatable—despite her fearsome claws. Even those betray a weakness. “This is a confession: It’s really difficult to remove the credit card from the ATM,” she says with a laugh. “One time I had to ask for help!” There’s the kitten-at-play side as well. “I have one TikTok where I learned that I could use them as castanets, and I just recorded myself making my nails sound as if they were castanets,” she says. “When they are pointy stiletto nails, they can be perfect.”

With the current fixation on statement manicures, Rosalía continually delivers—from the crystalline, sculptural nails she and Billie Eilish modeled in this year’s “Lo Vas a Olvidar” video (created by nail artist Sojin Oh) to the multicolored tips she recently wore to DJ in New York. The mix of nail offerings in Aute Cuture means that Rosalía’s growing beauty gang can create their own homages. The collection’s six lacquers veer from the orange-red Cayena to the blush Sal Rosa—what Rosalía deems to be a vacation essential for its wear-with-anything versatility. There’s also a shimmery gold, in a nod to her early fascination with all things shiny. “There’s something about it that attracts me,” says Rosalía. “Since I was a kid, I’ve always been obsessed with my mom’s jewelry. She used to wear gold rings and small hoops. I think that that influenced me, for sure.” 

Those tones—rose gold, warm copper, metallic pink, and shimmery gold—turn up in an eye shadow palette as well as in a quartet of face highlighters embossed with the musician’s repeating R motif. But the sparkle takes its purest form in Rosalía’s nail decals: self-stick crystal adornments shaped like teardrops or organized into flowerlike clusters. “It’s like jewelry for me,” she says, emphasizing that there are no limits, no rules. “Personally, I’ll be wearing them everywhere—to the bakery shop in the morning or for a dinner at night!

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