A few weeks ago I had the chance to have breakfast with GregoryArlt, celebrity Makeup Artist for MAC Cosmetics. He was super sweet and hilarious. He is the friend you need in your life at all times! There were plenty of questions that I had for him, but due to the funky fun chemistry at our breakfast table, I only got a few answers. I was very curious about those products from MAC that people just don't take advantage of enough. He said that he loves the Gloss Texture because it gives great shine and it is creamy and not sticky. You can add pigments to it or mix with other glosses and over lipstick. He also thinks that we aren't taking advantage of lipstick, we are becoming a lip gloss culture and it's always great to go back to basics!
I had to ask him why they won't bring back our beloved Metal Rock Skinfinish! It has been eating so many of us alive, because it was AMAZING on our skin! He told me that ALL of the Mineralized Skin Finishes are created in a little family run business, and it takes endless hours in a hot oven to create them. Shoot, now I feel selfish and guilty.
Many of us are addicted to certain skinlines and want to be loyal. But the item Gregory says that you must, must, must have is Fix+. (I wish you could see how his face lit up and how excited he got just talking about it.) Before makeup, After makeup, it's the absolute BEST! He says that it gives makeup bounce, and yes, I agree one billion percent. I use it every day!
Now for the part you all have been waiting for, color recommendations! I asked him to put together a quad that would include great neutrals colors that weren't boring or typical. For the ladies around NC45, our caramel girls, he suggests All That Glitters or Motif on the lid, Ricepaper to highlight and Browndown to line. For my brown divas, try Arena to highlight, Vex on the lid, Sketch in the crease and Beauty Marked to line the lid. How sexy are those combinations!???! Love it.
As far as blush, since we neglect it so much, I needed more ideas. He suggests Fleur Power and Margin as must haves for my NC45's and Rule and Orange Eyeshadows for us brown skinned ladies! He tells me that when he does Mary's makeup, he uses either of the two colors and then uses the smallest bit of Style blush right on the apple of the cheek to highlight.
By the way, did you all get to see the 3D glass?? I love these!! They are creamier than usual, super sparkley and have unique color. My favorite is Algorithm, a medium toned cranberry. It works well with everything, and I have been wearing it constantly! I also love Racy, Boundless, Synched Up and Energy. They even came out with Lipglass Pencils, which are glossy and blend to perfection, so tons of blending isn't necessary. Why, oh why are these all limited edition??