I attended a MAC Pro Class here in Atlanta and it was a really fun topic - Drag Makeup! I learned a lot of great tips and also picked up some new items for myself and my kit. I was able to capture all of this in a detailed post for those of you who can't attend these seminars because you maynot be a pro member or maybe they don't have classes/pro stores in your city. Check it out!
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I'm not able to pose pictures of the drag makeover. The MAC artist made the point that the model works as a male model, and posting pictures of him in drag might hurt his career. However, I can definitely share some tips I learned! The MAC Senior Artist Christopher Del Castillo was super experienced and funny. He accomplished a lot in 2 hours considering Drag Makeup can take up to 3-4 hours. Here are a few things I learned:
- Brows are huge to making a male look more female. Men usually have a heavier browbone...by concealing the brows, you give the illusion of more lid space and a more feminine look.
- To conceal brows, try using a product like Cream Pro's Aide - it's an adhesive for prosthetics but works well to cover brows as well. It reacts well with body temperature and doesn't melt. But mind you, Drag Makeup looks better from afar.
- He mentioned that he's used brow wax, glue stick, and even Mortuary Wax in the past - but Pro's Aide holds up the best. Use the product along with the grain of the hair.
- Make sure to redraw the brows above the concealed area, in a feminine shape. He used Lingering Brow Pencil and Cork eyeshadow.
- The MAC Artist used several layers of foundation - but the first part was extensive skincare application. This was to soften the skin - men tend to have a rougher texture, and it needs to be plumped and moisturized to give a more feminine look.
- He used a combination of products for coverage, we're talking about maximum concealing - First he applied BB Cream as a base/primer, then Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Finish Concealer to recolor the skin, and then Studio Fix Powder to set and add tone, and lastly Mineralized Skinfinish Natural to help contour.
- Christopher recommended the following Face & Body Colors for your kit: c1, c3, c5, c7, n3, n5, n9
- He also recommended the following shades of Studio Finish Concealer: nc15, nw20, nc30, nw40, nw50
- Pinch O' Peach Blush was applied on the cheeks to give a soft, blushing bride look. It was also strategically placed in between contour and highlight.
- Christopher recommended the following blush colors for your kit: Prism, Pinch O Peach, Raisin, Pinch Me, Pink Swoon, and Blunt
- The key is to overdraw the lips. Using the Pro Long Wear concealers are great because they last! Usually you'll do a contour with darker on the edges and lighter in the middle.
- The MAC artist went for an ultra fem look - plum liner, hot pink lipstick, and baby pink gloss right in the middle.
- The area near the brows now becomes the crease. Use an orangey/pink shade to help color correct this area. Colors like sushi flower/passionate/free to be work well.
- Don't be afraid to go for ultra browbone highlight - he used a shimmery shade phloof to further give the illusion of a lifted browbone
- Lashes are key - don't be afraid to stack lashes to make them more dramatic and go for the top and bottom lashes
- Go ahead and dramatically wing out that liner to give the illusion of a doe eyed, open shape. The MAC artist loves the Boot Black Liquid Liner because it gives a patent shine and easily glides over the lashband and shadow.
- Christopher recommended the following eyeshadow colors to fill a 15 pan palette for your kit: vanilla, orb, bamboo, soft brown, saddle, cork, folie, swiss chocolate, embark, vapour, stars and rockets, tilt, sketch, sushi flower/free to be/or passionate, carbon. He recommended the following colors for a 4 pan brow palette: omega, cork, coquette, embark
Check out my haul!
I picked up some disposable cheek applicators - they're pretty cool actually. The silicone pads are great for cream and even powder blushes and could come in handy with a large gig.
These are the new MAC Palettes - they have a clear cover. You can buy the 15 pan insert separately, but I prefer it without since you can fit more. In comparison with the Z-Palette it's a bit smaller.
I picked up these Pro Longwear Liners the MAC Artist recommend - one is a deep brown, similar to Chesnut and another is a Plummy Pink. They go on super smooth but don't budge! I'm thinking of picking up more of them.
Swatches - these are true to color
This lipstick wasn't one of the recommended items but I wanted this gorgeous reddy wine shade for the fall.
Super pretty! I paired it with Ben Nye Vino pencil and wore it in a recent video.
This is the shimmery browbone shade that the MAC artist recommended - apparently Dita Von Teese uses it a lot!
This is the brow brush he used - it has a combo of synthetic and natural fibers. I like it!
The MAC Artist used this prior to skincare. It has so many healing properties. I'm almost out of my current bottle so I picked up another. I even love it more than Fix Plus!
I have no idea what that strange brown dot is on the box, lol. Anywho, this serum is great. He really talked it up and I have to say, you see an instant difference after using it. I think this maybe my go-to serum.
This is a classic item - the Fast Response eye cream instantly diminishes puffiness and blurs out fine lines. I love the squeezy tube container - great for my kit. I picked up two! One for my studio and the other for my Zuca.
FTC Disclosure: All products purchased by me.
Atlanta Makeup Artist