MAC Style Suite Red Carpet Masterclass

On Thursday night I attend a Style Suite Red Carpet masterclass at the Pelham Hotel in London, hosted by MAC Cosmetics. As the official Beauty Partner of the British Academy Film Television Awards, which take place on Sunday 22nd May, MAC invited a few bloggers along to get some tips and tricks to perfecting red carpet makeup.
Ushered into a palatial suite within the hotel, with champagne and nibbles loitering in the corner, we were greeted by Lynsey Alexander and Neil Young, both senior artists for MAC. The atmosphere was friendly and informal, with an obviously great rapport between the two artists. They both had a beautiful bare-faced model for company and they began to create the looks on the models whilst answering questions and talking us through each stage and product used.

Lynsey Alexander, who has worked with a plethora of celebrity names, Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell and Kelly Osbourne to name but a few, created a look entitled ‘Antiqued’, consisting of a bronzed-smokey eye, contoured cheeks and a nude lip, complemented with soft tousled hair.
Neil Young, who has worked on editorials such as Grazia, GQ and Cosmopolitan, and has executed his magic on the faces of Linda Evangelista and Grace Jones, created ‘Show Orchid’, a dramatic look with flawless skin and statement lips, emphasised with a soft up-do.

The artists gave us a real insight into the world of red carpet makeup and how it varies from catwalk and editorial work. A close partnership between the celebrity needs to be exercised in order to create an extension of their personality through their makeup. It is also important to work in harmony with hair and wardrobe, to ensure all aspects of the finished look complement each other.
Neil and Lynsey also shared with us some tips and tricks to ensure they are not responsible for the circled ‘ring of shame’ gracing the pages of the tabloids the following morning. 

1/ Conceal under and around the nose to appease those unfortunate camera angles
2/  Take the texture of the face down through the body; highlighting and powdering where necessary
3/ For ‘camera ready’ skin, prepping is key. Using a luminising cream, such as MAC’s Strobe Liquid, will give the skin a glow as well as allowing your foundation to glide on
4/ Keep blotting paper close at hand to remove shine without adding more coverage
5/ Bronzing under the chin will create a more defined look to the face, and eliminate the dreaded double chin
6/ Avoid dark, heavy eyes as the flash will always whiten the appearance of the skin, making your eyes look harsh
7/ Lightly wash lips with a concealer, such as select moisturecover concealer, to tone down the natural redness of the lips before applying a neutral lipstick

Neil’s model wore Show Orchid on her lips and Lynsey’s model was flaunting Shy Girl, both two of my favourite lipsticks. 
The final looks were stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them being created. It was a fabulous event and I feel I learnt some invaluable tips from the experts themselves.

Which is your favourite look?

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  1. 10th May 2011 / 7:18 pm

    My favorite look would be the bronze one! I need Shy Girl! 🙂 Lovely blog as always Milly x

  2. 10th May 2011 / 7:21 pm

    Lucky you, this sounds fab, and I love the bright coloured lippie for Summer.


  3. 10th May 2011 / 7:35 pm

    i love the brown eye make up look! Would you be able to post a picture of the face chart? Or do you know what eyeshadows she used? xx

  4. 10th May 2011 / 7:55 pm

    hi kia, yes certainly, I can tell you what she used.
    e/shadows – shroom, antiqued, embark and wedge.
    Eye pencil – coffee

    Hope that helps you 🙂 xx

  5. 10th May 2011 / 7:58 pm

    OMG lucky you that you could take part in this amazing experience! I adore MAC lipsticks – I think they are the best in the whole wide world!
    I love both looks, but Show Orchid looks amazing – I think I'll end up buying this shade! X

  6. 10th May 2011 / 8:13 pm

    Thanks for letting us know in the comments what the eyeshadows were, i am dying to recreate that look.

  7. 10th May 2011 / 9:33 pm

    i NEED shy girl!!! It looks beautiful, although knowing me i will buy both shades haha! I love the bronzed look 🙂 xx

  8. 10th May 2011 / 9:33 pm

    Both looks are gorgeous! Going to purchase all of those eyeshadows now <3

  9. 10th May 2011 / 9:50 pm

    That pink lippy is just phenom, need xxx

  10. 11th May 2011 / 10:15 am

    loving the neutral look xxx

  11. 11th May 2011 / 1:51 pm

    Love both the looks here, hard to choose which I prefer because they're so different! Sorry to heckle you here but do you happen to know which blushers were used on each?

    Much Love
    Roisin Elizabeth

  12. 11th May 2011 / 2:05 pm

    I've met neil and he is so much fun!

    I'm meeting my third M.A.C senior artist this weekend! woop woop!


  13. 11th May 2011 / 6:39 pm

    hi @wonderland girl – thank you for your comment, don't be silly, you're not heckling me. I can tell you that for the 'snow orchid' look, Neil just used bronzing powder in Golden and for 'Antiqued' Lynsey used Peaches blusher. 🙂
    Hope that helps.

  14. 11th May 2011 / 8:09 pm

    thank you milly 🙂 just about to check out the products online! x

  15. 11th May 2011 / 9:08 pm

    Ahh I love Neil, he's so funny! These looks are stunning

  16. 11th May 2011 / 10:54 pm

    That looks so fun! xo -Mallory

  17. 12th May 2011 / 3:34 am

    I just love fuchsia lip color. It always looks so youthful and exotic on virtually everybody…

  18. 13th May 2011 / 9:41 pm

    Thank you 🙂 going through a blush obsession right now :L xoxox