Friday, September 28th, 2007

Senior MAC Artist Louise Zizzo gives us the low down on how to rock the new matte shadows with the right bases and brushes!

Temptalia: What is the best way to apply the new Matte2 shadows?
Louise Zizzo: The matte2 shadows are super smooth, very fine pigment and silky because of this you need to ensure that you apply them to a base that is already matte, meaning that you will have a hard time applying them directly on to an emollient surface, like cream color base.

Temptalia: (Makes mental note: do not use with CCBs!!) What products should be used as a base? What have you found that works well?
Louise Zizzo: Here is what I have found works really well. MAC Paints once dry, the matte textures v’s the frost to keep that matte finish. Paint pots in the cream textures rather than frosts to keep the shadow looking matte, again the paint pot needs to have dried down. I also find a sheer layer of concealor works well but you MUST set with a pressed or loose pressed powder.

Temptalia: What products specifically would make good bases?
Louise Zizzo: Yes, Painterly is perfect and Bare Canvas. Just a sheer application, don’t pack it on and let it dry completely, I would say may be a couple of minutes. Also when you are using your 224 keep your touch light, don’t press hard with the brush.

Temptalia: What brush do you think works best with the matte shadows?
Louise Zizzo: As far as brushes my favorite is the 224, use this and gradually build up the color to the intensity you require.

Temptalia: Any other tips or suggestions to make mattes work flawlessly?
Louise Zizzo: Like any matte shadows especially when you are using darker shades you have to build rather than getting too much on and then trying to blend down as you could end up with a blotchy mess!

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17 thoughts on “MAC Cosmetics – Matte2 Make Up Tips and Application Tips

  1. Uggghh! I found out the hard way…the first day I received my Prussian, I tried to apply it over a Cream Color Base…it was blotchy and would not glide over the eyelid.

    Thanks for this info!

  2. IxLovexMAC

    I hate mattes, always have, always will. i’ll go as far with lippies…but matte shadows are hard to work with…thats why newly minted was the only one i picked up yesterday

    • I hated them, too, but they’re really pretty and it’s good to go for a different look from time to time so I’m determined to make them work!

      I have no problem working them INTO a look that has shimmer or whatever, it’s just issues when it’s all matte, all the time!

    • Chyla

      I thought I could never use Mattes or would ever like using them but I took another look & talked it out with one of the MAC girls. I bought Newly Minted when it came out too, put it over Golder’s Green pigment & used Dark Truth in the crease. I wore it out that night & my girlfriends loved it! The only thing that still bothers me is that it takes a while to get the intensity of color that you want :-/

  3. Ooohh!! I am going home and trying this tonight! I just did my FOTD with concealer underneath…I think paint pots would look great!

  4. sharon

    I liked the advice of using concealer then applying either loose or pressed powder on as a base before using the matte shadows . This I will use for any and all matte shadows I have in my stash . Great advice , thankx

  5. Yay! I love Louise! I am interviewing her too…we gotta do a tag team post one of these days, girl. I think it would kick some serious ass.

  6. kia

    this was an uber excellent interview! i’m so glad to know this info before lots of trial and error to figure this out! kewlies! thanks christine!