On Wednesday, the 13th of April, M.A.C launched their first ever “counter parties” in New Zealand. There were nine parties in all, held across the country and hosted by local beauty bloggers.
Mumpty was lucky enough to attend the Hamilton #macmakeupparty, with her daughter, hosted by beauty blogger, Kirsty Leigh of Makeup Obsessives.
We were greeted warmly by the gorgeous M.A.C artists (Natalie, Baillie and Lochie) at the M.A.C counter in Farmers, Centreplace – and what total babes they are. Their makeup? You guessed it … immaculate. You can truly see the artistry right there on their faces!
So after a few wines and nibbles we got started. The three M.A.C artists were teamed up with (in our case) three lucky VIP guests, and we were each given the opportunity to choose two things we’d like to get some advice on … so, brows, lips, contouring, eyes – that kind of thing.
Our artist was Lochie – who was FABULOUS. Lochie does a lot of M.A.C’s training and is also part of their artistry team, so he does Fashion Week; photo shoots – all that glam stuff. So I guess we were pretty lucky right?!
Kirsty went first and she asked Lochie to do a subtle, understated look to suit her personality. Actually that’s not true – she asked for ALL.OUT.KYLIE.JENNER – contouring so sharp it could amputate your fingers and nude, ovvvvvverdrawn lips! And Lochie, bless him, delivered.
Kirsty and I were BLOWN.AWAY by the contouring tips Lochie shared with us – whilst it was slightly mortifying to know we had been doing it all wrong, the excitement of having cheekbones more than made up for it! And by the way – M.A.C Harmony blush seems to be the shiz when it comes to contouring – Lochie says “it’s ashy, so you won’t get that orangey look you see so often with contouring.” So you have been told – get on it ladies.
When it comes to the lips, he had some great tips about rounding the lip out and making sure you NEVER overdraw into the edges of your mouth because THAT’s when you start to look like a clown. Keep it nice and tight to the line in those corners ladies!
I’m pretty sure, but not 100% sure, that he used the ol’ favourite blogger combination for Kylie lips; M.A.C Whirl lipliner and M.A.C Velvet Teddy – or he might have used Soar. Either way, #soKylie. M.A.C have helpfully put together a section on their website called the Original Perfect Pout – which details all the products you need to get that Instagram-worthy, nude look.
Mumpty’s daughter was next – now obviously she is very young and so doesn’t wear makeup yet, however, she does love to practice on me, so when Kirsty offered her a spot on the team, we couldn’t really refuse now could we? And how many chances do you get to have a M.A.C trainer do your makeup huh?! And plus – it was nice for me to have an evening out with my girl.
So, my daughter opted for a very natural, dewy look and Lochie showed her how to apply a base to even out her skin tone and then he showed her how to enhance her beautiful eyes. Lochie applied some gorgeous natural colours to her eyes, which I don’t remember the name of – whoops! However, I do remember that he used Sushi Flower which is a really pretty shade on. Pro tip: if you have pink eyeshadows and you’re not sure how to use them; use them over top of a brown or neutral colour to warm the colour up.
Lochie also used an eyeliner just half-way in on the tops and bottoms of her eyes, which he then went back and smudged to soften the lines. And hey presto: beautiful!
And then it was Mumpty’s turn! Now I was going to show you how I looked when I arrived (we were asked to turn up with only foundation and concealer) but I don’t think that’s really necessary – for either of us, do you? I mean, I don’t know when you’re reading this – you could be having dinner for goodness sake! Suffice to say, it wasn’t my best look.
Anyway … so I asked Lochie to help me with my “wings.” My favoured makeup look is pinup, and of course, pinups have wings don’t they. And being that I’m a slightly “mature woman,” I draw on the most delightful wings, and when I open my eyes again; they disappear – like little magicians!
Lochie’s answer to this dilemma? Bat wings! I did wonder if he was teasing me, but no – he was deadly serious. As you can see from the picture above, my wings were really pretty. But … this is how they looked up close and looking down so you could see them:
See there’s like a little kind of step thing? You draw two points; line them up so both eyes are the same; then join the dots. Whilst it might look a bit funny with your eyes in this position (and really – how often do you do that?) it does mean that when you close them, your wings don’t disappear!
Lochie also helped me with my brows – I didn’t even realise, but one is TOTALLY higher than the other. Lochie said this is pretty normal though – the things you don’t know huh. Anyway … he showed me how to even them up and told me that the only place to have a defined line is on your BOTTOM browline – the top should be very diffuse and soft, otherwise they’ll look harsh and drawn on, which is ageing.
Speaking of ageing … I asked Lochie if he had any tips for minimising those frown lines between the brows. His immediate and helpful response? Botox. Bless. Sadly, there’s no other cure. #CaciClinichereIcome.
Anyway … I then had my lips beautified by a rather glamorous application of M.A.C Ruby Woo – which is, quite simply, divine. I now also want to try M.A.C Red and Lady Danger.
So once we’d all achieved some extremely glamorous looks, we lined up for the obligatory M.A.C Wall pic …
And that was a wrap! Until … on the way out, Laura and I spied this and being the dedicated little MUOs that we are, we decided we simply MUST swatch it.
And OMG … it is RIDICULOUS. That colour in the middle? Pure rose gold. It is actually DELISH. It’s called Mineralise Skinfinish Future M.A.C You’re welcome.
How do you get your own M.A.C Makeup Party?
Call or visit your local M.A.C counter – the parties/lessons are $90 each and you get one M.A.C makeup artist per three people. The $90 is redeemable on product on the night, and believe me, you’ll want to be buying all.the.things.
Well and truly M.A.C-converted, and slightly in awe of Lochie …