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Proenza Schouler for M.A.C: An exclusive chat with Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez about the beauty collab


Proenza Schouler MAC

Photography by Carlo Mendoza

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They say that youth is wasted on the young, but Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez haven’t frittered theirs away. In 2002, at only 23, they launched Proenza Schouler, which has gone global. But in spite of running one of the most coveted labels in the world, they retain an air of boyish charm.

Seated in a suite in London’s Claridge’s hotel, both are in rumpled clothes and sneakers: Hernandez’s are New Balance, McCollough’s are Adidas. They’re here to discuss their partnership with M.A.C, a brand that has paved the way for designer makeup collaborations—Alexander McQueen, Rodarte and Gareth Pugh are a few it’s teamed with. “We don’t even think of them as collaborations,” says James Gager, senior vice-president and group creative director. “My attitude is these are just people who are part of our brand.” Given that M.A.C has been the beauty sponsor for Proenza’s shows since 2008, it’s a wonder it didn’t happen sooner. Read more »

Change your look fast: 5 quick makeup fixes

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Photography: Model by Dallas Curow; Product by Carlo Mendoza

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When life gets busy, it’s easy for a makeup routine to become, well, routine. We fall back on our tried and true methods and take the easy route just make it out the door on time! Luckily, we’re here to help you out of even the deepest beauty rut with a few tiny tweaks that make a big impact.

From brightening up a bold lip to switching up your bronzer application, these quick makeup fixes will breathe some new life into your daily beauty regimen without stealing valuable time. Read more »

Beauty Fix: How to heal hair ruined by dry weather, a self-tanner that doesn’t smell (honestly!) and more


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Every week our Beauty Fix columnist takes on your questions about makeup, skincare, hair and more. Have a beauty question we haven’t answered? Email us at

Nail polish often looks uneven because the natural texture of my nails shows through. Can I fix this?
The visual appearance of our naked nails is actually a significant indicator of our internal health, so it’s important to pay attention to what’s up when they’re bare. It’s normal to have ridges on your nails that run up and down lengthwise, and these are not a huge cause for concern. Buffing nails prior to applying polish may seem like a logical solution, but this can actually weaken your nails. A better solution is to use a ridge filling base coat, such as Joe Fresh Ridge Filler ($6, at Joe Fresh), in order to create a smooth, even surface for polish application. A quick coat of this before you apply your colored polish will balance everything out and make ridges a thing of the past. Read more »

Mikael D backstage beauty: Deconstructed beehives and luminous skin dial up the romance for Fall 2014


Mikael D Fall 2014 beauty

Photography by George Pimentel Photography

As runway light bounced off intricate embroidery at the Mikael D Fall 2014 show, the skin gleamed just the same. M.A.C senior artist Jane McKay drew inspiration from the opulence of Baroque textures and designed a fresh-yet-glamorous look. Radiance was an important element in the makeup: “It’s all about the play of light bouncing off the skin,” said Ricky Boudreau, M.A.C cosmetics trainer, who led the team backstage.

Models’ skin was moisturized with Strobe Cream and kept lustrous with a light application of Mineralize Moisture Foundation and Concealer. Boudreau softly sculpted the cheeks with Sculpt Powder and added an additional hit of illumination with an iridescent loose powder—“Silver Dusk”—applied around the eye, from brow to cheekbone. Brows were simply groomed with Brow Set in “Clear.” Finally, eyelids were drenched in bronzed gold tones and intensified with a set of MAC #33 lashes and multiple coats of mascara. Boudreau pressed a layer of “Half & Half” lipstick into the lips with his fingers for a neutral pout. Read more »

Beauty 101: How to match your lipstick and blush


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Photography: Model by Dallas Curow; Product by Carlo Mendoza

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Blush and lipstick are meant to live in harmony. Both products are intended to create a look of flushed, healthy beauty, and used together, they can brighten your appearance on even the dreariest days. But how do you match your lipstick and blush? To get the best results, it’s important to choose colours that complement and don’t clash with each other. But with never-ending choices, finding the right pair can be a challenge. Read more »

This summer will be all about dark, vampy lipstick: Lorde is launching a makeup collab with M.A.C Cosmetics


Lorde MAC collaboration

Photography by Anthony Harvey; Face chart courtesy M.A.C

We didn’t really need another reason to be excited for summer, but M.A.C has just upped the ante. The global cosmetics brand announced yesterday that a collaboration with our latest beauty crush, Lorde, is forthcoming. Cue major squeals of excitement.

Lorde, a longtime fan of M.A.C products, has worked directly with the brand for over a year now, with senior Artist Amber D having created some of her most eye-catching looks. Remember her stunningly vampy look for the 2014 Grammy Awards? Or how about her black lipstick from the Brit Awards? Amber D and M.A.C were behind both. Lorde has proven that bold makeup isn’t exclusively synonymous with bright red lipstick or a smoky eye—and to the same effect, she’s proved that a dramatic dark lip is no longer reserved for the high school goth. It is now perfectly suitable for a formal event like, oh you know, a major awards show. Read more »

Backstage beauty sneak peek: 5 of the best new products used at the Fall 2014 shows


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Left: Donna Karan photography by Peter Stigter; Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim photography courtesy Nars

One of the best things about going backstage at New York fashion week is seeing what the top makeup artists and hairstylists are using in their kits. It’s often a sneak peek at products not yet on shelves, or uncommon tools they’ve found on their travels. Here, five of the best products we’ve spied backstage this week at the Fall 2013 shows: Read more »

Green glitter at Altuzarra, helmet hair at Alexander Wang: 9 beauty statements from the Fall 2014 shows


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Photography courtesy Nars

The eyes, hair and nails have been making most of the beauty statements so far on the Fall 2014 runways at New York Fashion Week. Here are our favourite looks and the top beauty trends so far:

Russet lipstick as eyeshadow at Helmut Lang
Helmut Lang’s textured, masculine collection was complemented with a simple, pared down face punctuated by a soft wash of lustrous burgundy on the eye. “It’s very minimal and clean but with a hint of punk,” said lead artist Hannah Murray, who painted Nars lipstick in “Deborah Audacious” (coming this fall) onto the eye and pressed “Heat” bronzing powder over it to set. She skipped eyeliner, mascara and brow colour, and kept the under-eye area clean to avoid a “pink-eye” effect. Read more »

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