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to the theatre with MAC cosmetics: stage makeup tips.

{promo picture for hey, sailor!}
last week MAC cosmetics invited me to see the broadway musical anything goes to celebrate the release of their nautically themed collection "hey, sailor!".  anything goes takes place on a cruise ship sailing NYC to england in the 1930s with a motley crew of gangsters, socialites and sailors.  like the makeup in MAC's "hey, sailor!" line, the look is dominated by true red lips, clean skin, and neat black liner.

before the show we went backstage and met with the angelina avollone, who used MAC makeup to create all the actors' looks for the show.

her tips for creating stage and everyday looks:
  • there is no single MAC shade that defines the anything goes lip, all of the MAC's classic reds, from ruby woo to russian red are used in the musical.  each actor's shade is selected based on their coloring.
  • however, angelina says a "favorite red" is red racer lipstick paired with throw me a line! pro longwear lip pencil (both are part of the hey, sailor! collection).
  • actors always keep their lipstick and powder on the side of the stage for touch-ups.  this served as a reminder to me that just like in real life, skin and lips need periodic refreshing.
  • male actors wear a makeup minimum of bronzer and spice lip pencil.
  • angelina's tip for creating a clean but intriguing summery eye uses handforged and blue stripe powerpoint eye pencils.  use the navy shade (blue stripe) on the inner rim and the gold hue  (handforged) along the outer rim.  i plan to give this look a try this week.
"hey, sailor!" is currently available at maccosmetics.com and will hit counters tomorrow (may 24th, 2012).

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