Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A MAC Halloween, Transvestites from Transylvania, Black & White Marie Antoniettes, & Flappers-Oh My!

By Laura Medina

Honoring the cultural and genre/gender-bending cult classic,  MAC Cosmetics is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the campy cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show" with a Halloween-perfect makeup collection that every Riff-Raff and Dr. Frank-N-Furter needs every Friday night at midnight...or right now for Halloween.

The Riff-Raff Eyeshadow Compact has all your theatrical vampy eyeshadows in one kit.

Rocky Horror 7 Lash gives you bold eyelashes to flag down a bat.

Can't forget the glitter in gold, 3D black and the cherry pigment powder to unleash your inner "Transvestite from Transylvania."

 If you want to go to the opposite end of the spectrum and go "Rocco Royal" Ala "Marie Antoinette,"  go return to MAC and get a leap on their holiday collection, "Heirloom Mix."

These easy-to-go face palettes and Viva Glam Lip Kits are quick and easy against a pallor complexion, a heavily powdered, matte one at that.

Since all the items in the Heirloom Mix are meant for the holidays and gift-giving, they're called "Keepsakes."

Give your look the royal treatment this holiday. M·A·C Keepsakes Face Palettes in colour-coordinated hues are sure to get you a courtly nod of approval. Available in two colour palettes, Natural and Smoky, each feature three Eye Shadows, one Iridescent Pressed Powder, a Cream Colour Base and two Lipsticks, in an elegant range of hues to keep you looking simply divine both day and night. Sleek, glittering compacts in black and cream are accented with a cameo medallion.

The real Keepsake and an instant "I Want More," is the Viva Glam Glamorous Lip Palette, a cute case holding all six classic Viva Glam lipsticks at your finger-tips, literally.  Each color is flesh-toned friendly.  The beige can be smudged on as creamy, glossy nude eye color.  The mauve/pink lip colors can be dabbed as a natural, demure creamy blush.

For the first time ever, six of our most iconic VIVA GLAM shades together in a new Viva Glamorous Lip Palette, a sleek little compact with shades from shimmery pink beige to pearlized plum. Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

For all you Rihanna fans, you can't think of anything better than her own MAC Viva Glam Collection, all in one sexy, red pouch. 

Rihanna continues her reign as the star of M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM. Her red and metallic mauve Lipsticks take centre stage in velvety soft packaging featuring her signature. All tied up with the gift of glam, they are paired with this season’s limited-edition glittering red Viva Glamorous Bag, perfectly capturing Rihanna’s fearless, confident style. Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM Rihanna goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

If you want to meet down in the middle and want to re-"vamp" a vintage look fast-forward into tonight...again MAC with the LA Opera has you covered.

The Los Angeles Opera always does everything classy and historical accurate while MAC, (opera's makeup sponsor) updates a cliche classic then make it fresh for today.

On the left, is the LA Opera's very historically accurate Twenties Flapper for its recent "La Traviata" production, set in the Roaring Twenties. The courtesan was reinvented as the ultimate Flapper and that means recreating the sheen, texture, and the depth of the makeup...and wavy, cropped bob.

Thanks to the MAC sponsorship, Darren Jinks...the LA Opera's Head Makeup & Wig Director...has an array of smokey eyeshadows ranging from matte to sparkle in a spectrum of black, gray, violet, and blues.  He commented that women back then didn't have the ease of MAC technology and had to make do with stirring leftover cigarette ashes with Vaseline to smudge their classic vamp eyes.  We have it way easier now.  There weren't any powdered blush and the only lipstick color you can have back in the Twenties were cherry red.  The real Flappers have to dab and smear red lipsticks on their cheeks for a flush and a defined mouth.

The physique also had to be right for the times.  The ideal Flapper was a stick figure in a loose chemise of a dress dripping in bedazzled jewelry, better to swinging Charleston.

Today's Flapper can be athletic.  The MaxMara cocktail dress is still sequined but more form-fitting, not as loose.  The hair is sleeked back in a no-nonsense ponytail.  The eyes aren't heavily kohled but more of a tint with gloss to shine.  The plum blush is light but the lips are the Purple Vamp that only Yesterday's Flapper can dream of.  She is Today's Flapper.  Faster, healthier, but still emancipated not emaciated.




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