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The Best Makeup Tips I Learned From Working For MAC Cosmetics
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Are you ready for a post over 15 years in the making? Yes, it’s finally time for me to spill my secrets and let you know all the best makeup tips I learned from working for MAC Cosmetics.
Many years ago I was an avid makeup junkie who somehow managed to finagle my way into a position as a freelance makeup artist for MAC in Northern California. On the weekends I traveled to different makeup counters around Sacramento, San Francisco and in-between. When I moved to Southern California I still freelanced then ended up with a permanent position in Orange County and later in Beverly Hills.
In all I worked for MAC for over three years and have to say it was THE BEST EVER makeup experience of all time ever. Not only did I get to experience working with all types of clients, I had the benefit of working side by side with tremendously talented artists, some of who are true stars in the beauty world today. MAC also made available free master classes at the MAC Pro store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, which I definitely took advantage of. There was one particular class with makeup pro Billy B I’ll never forget!
In all honesty I was extremely burned out and ready to move on to new ventures when I left MAC. However, I’ll admit to sometimes wishing I could be behind the counter again for a day … actually more like just a few hours (ha ha). It really is great life experience and I do enjoy learning about makeup that way.
On to the tips! These are makeup tips I learned direct from on the job experience, some from my colleagues and even some from clients. I use these makeup tips all the time and many you’ve seen here in Breaking Down Beauty. I honestly haven’t purchased MAC in a while, so most of these tips feature other products from my collection – the tips are not limited to MAC Cosmetics products.
Tip 3: To make your cream blush last, set it with a powder blush. I love using a shimmery powder blush over a cream blush for excellent glow. The blush in this post is Milani Rose D’Oro, which is one of the best blushes I’ve ever used.
Tip 4: Invest in a mixing medium. This is a liquid you can use to transform your powder products into liquids. This is a fun way to make your pigments and loose powders into eyeliners and liquid eyeshadows. The mixing medium I’m using these days is by Inglot. The pigment in this photo is Sugarpill Tiara.
Tip 5: The trick to making your eyeshadow pop? Use a creamy base. I like to use a base like Milani Eyeshadow Primer all over the lid, then use a creamy base just on my eyelid, so the eyeshadow doesn’t travel around my eyes! My all time favorite creamy base is NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk.
On the left you’ll see the powder shadow (MAC’s Black Tied) that’s been applied on top of NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk. What a difference!
Tip 6: Scared of bold eyeshadows? Apply them with an angled brush and use them as your eyeliner either on your top lid, lower lid or both. Also, layer colorful eyeshadows over black eyeliner to give them extra dimension.
Here you see my black liner, my black liner layered with a green eyeshadow, and the green eyeshadow on its own. What a fun way to experiment with makeup!
Tip 8: A thin eyeshadow pencil is the best investment you’ll make for your brows. Thin pencils not only fill in your brows, you can use them to sketch a thin outline on the bottom of your brows to give your brows the best definition. Check out my eyebrow tutorial here, where I show you how I fill in my brows. My pencil of choice is ColourPop Dope Taupe, which is $6 and a universally friendly taupe color that.
I hope you find these tips useful as they’ve served me so well through the years. And, enjoy!