Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MAC Style Sessions: Style It Up

A few months ago I attended one of MAC Cosmetics Style Sessions. This is my fourth class that I have taken at my local MAC counter and every time I end up learning so many new tips and tricks. Previously these sessions were called Studio Chat but the have changed it up with a new name. Reservations are taken for each class and there is a $50 fee that is redeemable in product after the class.

 The Style Sessions are made up of three different topics: Spot on Trend, Style it Up and Street to Runway. The class I attended was Style It Up which was about classically gorgeous looks with a current twist to them. Three stations were set up with different looks, The Ingénue, Suburban Urban and The Rebel. There were about 25 people in the class, so we broke up into three groups and went to each station for about 20 minutes each. The MA’s used class members to demonstrate each look. I was lucky enough to get chosen to model one of the looks: The Ingénue. MAC Pro Artist John (can’t remember his last name) from Chicago was the guest artist for this class. He does the majority of the training classes for all the MAC artists in the Mid West. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take photos of the looks but here's a breakdown on some of the products they used....
The Ingénue
This look was all about looking warm, peachy and fresh – youthful and glowing skin capturing innocence and timelessness. John threw out some celebrity examples like Kiera Knightly and Kate Bosworth.
Here is what he used:
Fix +
Pro Longwear Foundation and concealer
Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (color that matched my skin tone and a darker shade to contour)
Cheeks: (focused high on cheekbones around your temples)
A Tartan Tale eyeshadows in A Wish Come True & Follow Your Fantasy (used as blush)
A Tartan Tale eyeshadows in A Wish Come True (all over lid) & Follow Your Fantasy (outer half of lid)
Soft Brown eyeshadow in the crease to define
Stubborn Brown eyeliner on top and bottom lash line
Haute & Naughty mascara
Stone Lip pencil
Cherish Lipstick
Goldensoft Lip Gelee

Suburban Urban
This look is for the modern woman, who even in a suburb has an urban edge. The focus on this look was liner and lashes and had a very “Mad Men” feel to it.
Here are the products used:
Pro Longwear Foundation and concealer
Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
Golden Bronzer

Dashing Lassies Eye Palette (A Tartan Tale)
Penultimate Eye Liner
Haute and Naughty Lash Mascara
Lashes applied (can’t remember the exact number – I want to say 34)
Black Line eyeliner (lower lash line)
A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kit (all colors mixed together)

The Rebel
This is makeup with drama and for people who are not afraid of depth & color. Rhianna was the example the MA used. The focus was both a strong eye and bright lip. Here is what she used:
Pro Longwear Foundation and concealer
Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
Gleeful Mineralized Blush
Blacktrack Fluidline (used as eyeshadow base) applied with 242 brush and blended out with 224.
Blue Brown pigment
Naked pigment
Smolder eye liner
Haute & Naughty Lash mascara
Magenta lip pencil
Extra Amps Dazzleglass

Overall, I really enjoyed the Style It Up session. It was more interactive and fun then any other MAC classes that I have attended. I would love to go to more classes with this format. Definitely sign up if you have a chance to attend one of these classes at your local counter, super fun good time!

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