Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

MAC & Beth Ditto Collection: Behind-the-Scenes

Ride along with Beth Ditto and her mother as she arrives to shoot the fun-filled image for her limited-edition colour collaboration. Not only does she get the polka dot treatment, but her mother also gets a “spot-on” look that only a M∙A∙C Artist could dream up.  (See full collection details here.)

Can you tell us some of your experience with cosmetics?

By the time I was in high school, all of my friends asked me to do their makeup for prom, and makeup is a big part of who I am. I love that it has the potential to transform a person; you can become a clown or a princess. Makeup offers someone the unique freedom to become someone else for the day, 10 minutes or the rest of their life. It is something that you can hide behind, but also something that can give you confidence. That’s why I love makeup so much!!

Do you have a beauty icon?

Peggy Moffitt and Grace Jones are definitely my ultimate beauty icons. Their looks are timeless. They can constantly transform themselves without losing their own identities. To this day, their signature looks are still very relevant.

How would you describe your look?

My look is “put together.” I am not really into high glam, because I am not that… ambitious, but I am really into makeup. I always have my eye liner on, my hair done, and a nice pair of black flats.

What is the correlation between your music and makeup?

I am a child of the 80s. When I was about five years old, MTV was made illegal in my hometown, so it felt like I was stuck on a deserted island with both Cyndi Lauper and Boy George’s music. They didn’t want you to pay attention only to their music or makeup – they wanted you to pay attention to both! I am obsessed with their music and also the looks they cultivated that ultimately defined the decade. So, for me, there is always a very strong correlation between music and makeup.

Where does your instinct for colours come from?

I’m passionate about colour. My best friend and I sit and look at Pantone books for fun. We’ll be like, “Oh my God, Pantone 93 is amazing!” That’s the kind of stuff I do – it’s inspiring, I’ve always loved colour. Maybe it has something to do with the Wizard of Oz. I remember that being the most amazing moment ever, when the colour comes in.

Do you have a favourite product in the collection?

M·A·C Liquidlast Liner – I can’t live without it! A close second is the Shade & Smoke Shadow/Liner with dual colours, I really love versatility in makeup, it’s my favourite thing. I hardly ever use a product in the way it’s meant to be used.

What was the inspiration for the colours in the collection? Is there a theme?

Being able to combine the colours, and the ability to look good on girls of all skin tones and types. From the darkest skin to the palest skin and everyone in between!

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

Polka dots. A lot of off the cuff things are going on in the shot – the cranberry bob was important to me. I was having dreams about cranberries at the time. The Makeup Artist also had the idea of using a potato to create polka dots on my body – so potatoes! It’s a combination of Peggy Moffitt and Priscilla Presley!

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15 thoughts on “MAC & Beth Ditto Collection: Behind-the-Scenes and Q&A

  1. nikki

    who is this ditto chick? i LOVE her and the video was fun to watch!

  2. f0rtunefaded

    i think she’s adorable

  3. hep1013

    I love her, I love her band (Gossip, for those of you who may not be familiar), and I cannot WAIT for this collection to hit. 

  4. Veronica

    She comes across as really genuine and down-to-Earth here, which is not a quality you find often in celebrities.  I think she’s a good face for the collection and good for a lot of the younger women into MAC to see such a positive, confident woman behind the product.
    Also, I just downloaded a couple of her band’s songs.  Pretty catchy stuff!

  5. Caitlin Mary

    I like the colour combinations for the shadow sticks, I just hope the quality for this is better than last time they were out.

  6. Ok I love the fact they used a potato to make the dots ^_^. Great video thank you for sharing it.

  7. Summer

    I didn’t really have an amazing opinion of her before, but I only knew tidbits about her. This video definitely endeared me to Beth! I like how real she seems. I thought it was so cute when she said, “Sorry, I’m so excited!” This was a cool shoot.

  8. coldvault

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen her mother before, they’re both so fun!

  9. How refreshing.  Something different.  Something I would never do.  I dont care for music or philosphy…but this is something different than the norm.  And I loved loved loved Cyndi Lauper when I was growing up also.  She looks happy doing what she does and thats important.

  10. Emstad

    This looks like so much fun!

  11. Erica

    I too love Beth and everything she stands for. But I ‘m not excited about the collection. None of the products really grab me.  Guess, I’ll stick to buying the CD’s and concert tickets.

  12. atrixe

    I think it is so adorable that she brought her mother along!

  13. that’s a dope video

  14. HannahBearie

    im reeaaalllyyyy eager to see photos and swatches!!! :)

  15. Emily

    I love Pantone, too! haha Cool vid.