Guess what? I decided to go back to school on Saturday. Yup, I attended a 2-hour MAC Studio Talk makeup class at in SF, and, like the Chanel master class at Macy’s a couple weeks ago, it was packed with makeup tips and new product information.
Watching a video at the start of class
If you love makeup, brand-sponsored classes like these are a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I found out about the MAC Studio Talk class through the . Ask in the stores, as well (check with the counter staff), because other brands offer similar classes.
Makeup classes like these are often free, but sometimes stores or brands will charge a nominal fee. Classes are usually kept small (30 people or less), and in some cases hands-on (as was the MAC Studio Talk class), where you’re able to apply products on yourself. Other times, they’ll be more lecture-style. To reserve a spot in a MAC Studio Talk class through Bloomingdale’s costs $75, but that amount also applies toward the purchase of MAC products at the end of the class. If you were planning to spend some money on a new collection anyway, a class like one of these may be a fun way to couple your new products with some professional instruction.
MAC Studio Makeup Talk
Each student was given a choice to learn either a bridal look or a club-inspired look. I chose the club look, and the instructors described each step in the process. I picked up a few tips along the way.
1. Beat the Heat with MAC Wipes
When it’s hot out, store ($17) in the fridge. It keeps them feeling crisp and refreshing against your skin when used to remove your makeup.
2. Fix+ to Soothe Red Areas
If you have red, splotchy skin, spritz ($16) over your entire face before applying your makeup. Not only does the spray prep skin for makeup application, but it contains soothing chamomile as well.
3. Primer Reduces the Need for Touch-Ups
Face primers are great for oily skinned ladies and gents. You won’t have to reapply your makeup as often throughout the day if you use a primer first. MAC has two kinds, ($23) and ($28).
4. Use Fast Response Eye Cream to Minimize Fine Lines
If you have fine lines around your eyes or mouth, apply ($28.50) to the areas before applying any of your makeup (even foundation). The formula contains optical diffusers to minimize the appearance of fine lines.
5. Layer Foundation: It’s Easier to Add Than to Take Away
A little foundation goes a long way. It’s better to start with less and to build it up to the coverage you want. It’s easier to slowly add product than it is to take it away.
6. Studio Tech Foundation for Medium Coverage
($29), a cream foundation in a compact tends to be lighter than MAC’s fluid foundations. I’m normally an NC 35, but Studio Tech in a slightly darker NC 37 provides great medium coverage and helps soften and diffuse lines on the skin.
7. Use Downward Strokes to Apply Foundation
Facial hair and fuzz tends to lie vertically on the skin, from top to bottom, so when applying foundation with something like a 190 ($32), use downward strokes to and go with the “grain” of the hair.
8. MAC Blot on Your T-zone for a Natural Look
For a natural look, top MAC Studio Tech foundation with ($21). In the class, I dusted the Medium Deep shade on my T-zone with a ($42).
9. Apply Bronzer Like a Pro
When you apply bronzer, think of a capital letter E. With ($21) and a 187 brush, start near the outer corner of your right eye, swiping down the curve of the cheek bone (under the apple of your cheek). Then, swipe back up the same way. From there, swipe over the right temple onto your upper forehead just below your right hairline. The overall shape you’re shooting for resembles a capital E on the right side. Do the reverse on your left.
10. Apply Blush Like a Champ
When applying blush, grab a 187 duo fiber brush. Swipe it on the blush pan once or twice, tapping off the excess powder. Smile in the mirror to make the apples of your cheeks more prominent and apply with the blush using a small, circular motion. Repeat the process, moving the color up from the apples to the hairline.
11. Tame Unruly Eyebrows
If your brow hairs lie in different directions, ($13.50) is a handy product to have around. It’s a gel that acts like hair spray for yours brows, keeping them in place. It even comes with a mascara brush. In a pinch, you can also use it to tame stray hairs elsewhere on the face.
12. Prime Your Eyes with Paint Pots
Eye primer extends the life of your eye shadows. ($16.50) is a great multi-purpose eye primer. It’s a creamy, nude beige shade that goes with almost all colors. Apply the product over the entire eye using a flat brush like the ($23). You don’t need to use lots of product when it comes to Paint Pots; less is more.