Thursday, September 11th, 2008

It’s the beginning of September, and all eyes are on New York Fashion Week and the upcoming Presidential Elections. So, this season MAC Cosmetics is bringing Election Day to New York Fashion Week. As the leading makeup authority and official makeup sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009, MAC Cosmetics is backstage at over 85 shows, creating and defining the beauty looks for the upcoming season. And with Election Day fast approaching and the nation’s focus on a change in leadership, MAC uses the backstage at Fashion Week as its platform to weigh in on what they envision the key White House beauty trends to be for some of Washington’s top female contenders. November 4th is just around the corner, so MAC. takes its first beauty poll backstage and let’s the fashionistas decide.

“Washington power women are in the spotlight and have to look and feel their best not only in person, but also on television. In a world of High Definition television that shows every facial imperfection, makeup has to be flawless and refined, which can be incredibly challenging”, says Gordon Espinet, Vice President of Makeup Artistry, MAC Cosmetics Worldwide. “Red Lipstick is a great option as it commands attention and communicates a desire to be taken seriously. Blotting Powder is a must especially under hot lights as it keeps oil at bay and prevents shine. Mascara opens and defines the eyes, and MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is an essential as it gives a smooth, even finish without a cakey look.”

MAC’s talented Senior Artists created various beauty looks they feel will appeal to the women who are immersed in this hot political season and that can easily take them from a debate to an evening gala – no matter what skin tone or hair colour you have – MAC has colours that will help make you look like the belle of the ball.

Regardless of which candidate wins on Election Day, we have to appreciate the fact that it is a turning point in not only our countries’ political history, but also world history and MAC is inspired by all of the women and men who are a part of it.

My favorites: Day Look #2 and Night Look #2! What are yours?

Get breakdowns and see seven more looks inspired by election season!

Day Look 1

Face:

  • Foundation – Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes:

  • Brows – Eye Brows in Lingering
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Grain
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Shale and Blackberry
  • Liner – Eye Shadow in Shale and Blackberry
  • Mascara – PRO Lash in Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Bronzing in Matte Bronze and Powder Blush in Tenderling

Lips

  • Pencil – Lip Pencil in Auburn and Mahogany
  • Lipstick – Lipstick in Brick-O-La
  • Finish – Tinted Lipglass in Major Minor

Night Look 1

Face

  • Foundation – Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
  • Concealer – Select Moisturecover

Eyes

  • Brows – Eye Brows in Lingering
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Grain
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Grain and Dazzlelight
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Quarry and Blackberry
  • Liner – Eye Shadow in Signed, Sealed and Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • Mascara – PRO Lash in Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Powder Blush in Blooming

Lips

  • Primer
  • Pencil – Lip Pencil in Plum Lipstick – Lipstick in Plumful
  • Finish – Viva Glam VI Tinted Lipglass

Day Look 2

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Fling and Brow Gel
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Grain
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Phloof and Grain
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Samoa Silk and Tete-A-Tint
  • Liner – Fluidline in Dipdown and Eye Shadow in Brown Down
  • Mascara – Pro Lash in Coal Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Well-Dressed and Bronzing in Matte Bronze

Lips

  • Pencil-Plum and Cremestick Liner in BeurreLipstick – Lama

Night Look 2

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Fling
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow Phloof!
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Haux, Embark and Jest
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Haux, Deep Damson and Sketch
  • Liner – Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • Mascara – Zoom Lash in Zoom Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Blushbaby and Bronzing in Matte Bronze

Lips

  • Pencil – Burgundy
  • Lipstick – New York Apple
  • Finish – Lipglass in Prrr

Day Look 3

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Fling
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Grain
  • Eyelid – Shaping Powder in Accentuate
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Corduroy and Sculpting Powder in Bone Beige
  • Liner -Eye Shadow in Graphology
  • Mascara – Pro Lash in Coal Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Well-Dressed and Bronzing in Matte Bronze

Lips

  • Pencil – Spice
  • Lipstick – Skew
  • Finish – Lustreglass in Wonderstruck

Night Look 3

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Fling
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Grain
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Vanilla and Vapour
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Sketch and Shale
  • Liner – Fluidline in Macroviolet
  • Mascara – Zoom Lash in Zoom Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Well-Dressed and Medium/Dark Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Lips

  • Pencil – Plum
  • Lipstick – Snob
  • Finish – Lipglass Viva Glam VI

Day Look 4

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Spiked and Brow Gel
  • Brow Highlight – Eye Shadow in Honesty
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Texture and Soba
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Sketch and Orange and Blush in Raizin
  • Liner – Fluidline in Blacktrack and Eye Shadow in Embark
  • Mascara – Pro Lash in Coal Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/ Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Raizin and Eye Shadow in Orange

Lips

  • Penci – Cremestick Liner in Cushy
  • Lipstick -Hug Me
  • Finish – Lustreglass

Night Look 4

Face

  • Foundation – Face and Body
  • Concealer – Studio Finish SPF 35

Eyes

  • Brows – Spiked and Brow Gel
  • Brow Highlight – Concealer in NW40
  • Eyelid – Eye Shadow in Sable
  • Crease – Eye Shadow in Sketch and Orange
  • Liner – Fluidline in Blacktrack and Eye Shadow in Sketch
  • Mascara – Zoom Lash in Zoom Black

Cheeks

  • Powder – Select Sheer/Loose and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
  • Blush – Raizin and Eye Shadow in Orange

Lips

  • Pencil – Mahogany
  • Lipstick – Spice It Up!
  • Finish – Lustreglass

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

31 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics Casts Its Vote on White House Makeup Trends

  1. Shayla

    These are all pretty strong looks….I like that they put glasses on the first look because I always find it a challenge to come up with makeup that doesn’t look too over-the-top with glasses. I’d be curious to see what it looks like in person with real glasses (since things always look different on paper). Maybe I’ll have to try it!

    • I agree, they are all quite strong. It’s hard for me to envision any of the first laies going for these looks… seems like more makeup than they’d wear!

  2. Gabby

    I am SO glad to finally see MAC face charts with brown-skinned faces. They look beautiful, I hope MAC incorporates them into their regular website.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dani danielle

    day looks 1 and 4 are my favorites, and night look 2 is so fabulous!

    but they all are sooo pretty it was hard to choose those that i chose.

  4. srn

    Mac is so specific about the looks..how about democrat look, republican look, election day look, winner look…these sort of things.
    I used to joke about makind how to for specific occasion or activity like shopping at 7-11 look…etc.

  5. claudine

    theyre all pretty but I love Day and Night Look 3
    this would be the best for my skintone too

  6. I love Day Look 3 and Night Look 3!! I’ve never quite been able to get the subtle smokiness of Day Look 3, because my skintone’s pretty tan and I either find myself looking totally neutral or way over-the-top. Maybe I’ll bring one of these face charts to a MAC counter…do you think they’d re-create the look for me?

  7. bea

    I agree with Gabby. I’m SO glad to see facecharts featuring women of color. Keep it up!

  8. DaniMae

    Oooohhhh I’m going to try some of those looks.

    The very last is definitely something doable for me since I have all of the products, well, with the exception of the lip colors.

  9. Each of these looks are so similar to my work looks everyday! I do like them!

  10. Erin/slipnslide

    … not sure what to think about the idea behind the charts, but the charts are cool!
    I like the dark skinned charts too, because it’s nice to see how colors can look on different people… and I’m sure if I’m ever to be a makeup artist I don’t want to be totally unfamiliar with it!

  11. dee

    Adore that look 4 is a different color. And even more so that it’s almost exactly my color :)

  12. pia

    i thought look 4 both for day and night are a bit too fierce for mrs Obama. If they softened the lips and the blush a bit, both looks would be awesome.

    nevertheless, i love all the eye looks, though.

  13. Chloe

    I agree with Miss Fred. It’s nice to see samples of darker skin tones come up so beautifully. I’m totally loving night look 3 and 4.

  14. toi

    Thank u Christine. I am so glad Mac helped out the brown girls some. I love all the looks esp nightlook 4 and daylook3.

  15. Bettina

    Wow..odd that I found these a bit late but I have started playing with looks that stand out but by using more neutral colors and these are very pretty…funny thing about this site is that there is always something I find right when I need it. :)

    • Wow, Bettina! You know, you really make my day. The fact that you go back and read old posts and find old things to discover and comment on it? Amazing and SO flattering.