World AIDS Day 2010


Today is World AIDS Day…

A day participated in across the world to raise awareness, remember those we have lost, and come together to do more and celebrate what has been done so far. Light for Rights draws attention to the rights of people living with HIV around the world.  The campaign looks to mobilize support for the protection of these rights in order to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, while also combating stigma and discrimination.

Websites on World AIDS Day

There is one beauty brand that deserves recognition for their continued, unrelenting work for people affected by HIV and AIDS: MAC Cosmetics. The MAC AIDS Fund makes strides every single day through VIVA GLAM. Viva Glam consists of several lipsticks and lipglasses where 100% of the purchase price goes towards helping people affected by HIV and AIDS. We’re not talking a portion of proceeds. Every. Single. Cent. It’s easy to support the cause when you get a lipstick and all $14.50 goes towards helping those affected by HIV/AIDS!

To date, MAF has raised over $190 million.

Did you know that one lipstick provides…

  • 23 female condoms or 233 male condoms,
  • 18 personalized birthday cakes to be hand-delivered to a person living with HIV/AIDS on their birthday,
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips,
  • 8 individually tailored, nutritious home-cooked meals,
  • 2 emergency boxes filled with non-perishable food,
  • 1 personal nutrition counseling session with a registered dietitian,
  • 1 week’s supply of groceries for 2 clients,
  • 1 Maxi-Pharmadose Medication Organizer,
  • 1 private therapeutic recreation session,
  • 1 rapid oral HIV test, or
  • 1 pair of school shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS

Black Swan – The Makeup – Q&A

Q&A with Black Swan Makeup Department Head Margie Durand and Makeup Designer Judy Chin

Q: How does a makeup artist prepare to work on a film? Do you receive guidance from the director or collaborate with the costume designer/art director/key hair stylist on the makeup look?

Margie: When I begin working on a film I speak to the director and all of the creative team if possible. The directors inspiration and vision really drives the process and I try to deliver that vision in makeup.

Judy: As I read the script, I try to envision the characters, taking into account their background (age, personal history, affluence, profession). As I see the plot develop in the story, I make note of how these events might affect their appearance. When I’m designing the looks for a film, it’s very important to consider the director’s visual style and tastes. Occasionally, I get to collaborate with the costume or production designers. I always try to find out how the actors will be dressed, as that can have a significant influence on the makeup look. While our designs are often created independently at first, I find that the hair stylist and I work very closely to be sure that our looks fit together and bring the characters to life.

Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?

Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests. Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.

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Black Eyeliner Comparisons

Are there shades of black? Indeed there are! Not every black eyeliner is the same. There are soft blacks, medium blacks, and deep blacks (and of course, variations within those categories). To try and make some sense of it all, I’m going to assign numerical ratings based on how black each liner is, with 10 being deep, dark black, 1 meaning so light that it’s almost no longer black, and 5 meaning a medium black.

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Black Eyeliner Comparison

MAC False Lashes Mascara

MAC False Lashes Mascara ($18.00 for 0.28 oz.) is the newest mascara to MAC’s line-up, which will be added to the permanent range in regular black packaging on December 26th. It was, however, released in limited edition Marcel Wanders packaging with the MAC & Marcel Wanders Collection launched on the 24th. The price is the same either way (that was a surprise!), and it is available in just one shade: False Black (black).

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MAC False Lashes Mascara

MAC & Nicki Minaj Pink 4 Friday Lipstick & Photos

MAC Nicki Minaj Pink 4 Friday Lipstick

MAC & Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 4 Lipstick

It’s a monster collaboration:  Pink 4 Friday by MAC Cosmetics and Nicki Minaj.  The Trinidadian hip-hop diva has personally designed a limited edition MAC Lipstick, Pink Friday, to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated debut album of the same name.  Putting her trademark Barbz glamour twist on a bright, creamy pink satin formula, Nicki Says, “MAC’s Pink Nouveau was my favorite lipstick for years, but now it’s all about Pink Friday!”  Check it out:  Nicki’s exclusive shade will only be available for purchase for four Fridays beginning Friday, November 26th, 2010, while supplies last, on maccosmetics.com.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Pink Friday Bright creamy pink lipstick (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Availability: November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17, 2010 at www.maccosmetics.com only.

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