MAC and Make Up For Ever Celebrate Makeup Artists and Artistry

Make Up For Ever's Danny Sanz

Make Up For Ever’s Danny Sanz

Fashion week is just a few days away (deep breaths, deep breaths), and even though the clothes that walk down the runway are what get most of our attention, the fact of the matter is that fashion week debuts more than just the clothes that we’ll lust after. Designers enlist makeup artists to give their girls the perfect look to accompany the clothes, offering up a total look that’s meant to evoke a certain time, place or feel. Some of the biggest names in beauty are scrambling in the chaos backstage. We’ve seen everything from models being scrubbed down, blown out and more with up to four hair, nail and makeup maestros working on each girl. MAC and Make Up For Ever, two of beauty’s heaviest hitters, especially during fashion weeks around the world, are celebrating the artistry of makeup and the artists that have brought beauty to life with special commemorative offerings just in time for the hectic fashion month to come.

Artist 30/30 Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist 30/30 Palette

2014 marks Make Up For Ever’s 30th year in the beauty business and to celebrate such a milestone, Creative Director Dany Sanz has enlisted 30 of the world’s most notable makeup artists to put together the Artists 30/30 palette. The massive eye shadow collection,  which is available for pre-order now (and priced at $250) and will soon hit Make Up For Ever studios in L.A. and New York, has been curated by 30 artists, who have included their favorite shades from the brand.

Contributors include Sanz herself along with red carpet go-to Mai Quynh, Hollywood favorite Patti Dubroff and Vee Neil, who you might recognize from SyFy’s Face Off. The palette is divided into three distinct color families: Smoky, Neutral and Artistic. With so many shades at your fingertips, you’re sure to be able to play makeup artist like a pro. Formulated with Make Up For Ever’s gel-powder formula, it’s the same great shadow that you’d come to expect from a backstage staple.

Miles of MAC

An image from Miles of MAC

MAC Cosmetics isn’t celebrating any particular milestone this year, but backstage at fashion week, they’re the undisputed power player. Just about every label that shows at Milk Studios, a venue that draws hipper, more under-the-radar labels than the more established brands at Lincoln Center, calls on the makeup giant for their makeup needs. But backstage isn’t the only time you spot MAC products, because it’s also one of the biggest brands in the department store. Real world and runway? Just try and find a girl who doesn’t have one or two MAC products in her beauty routine.

The brand is bringing together its most memorable campaigns lensed by Miles Aldridge, which boasts the work of artists such as Ellis Faas, Charlotte Tilbury and Val Garland among others, in a book entitled Miles of MAC. Aldridge worked with James Gager, senior vice president and creative director for MAC, to choose the lush images, which span decades of MAC’s makeup history. You’ll probably recognize more than just a few of the cinematic and now-iconic images, which reflect the attitude of MAC and its team of makeup artists. Unlike most makeup books, which are full of how-tos and celebrity portraits, Miles of MAC celebrates individuality and creativity that comes with makeup as an art, not just something you have to do in the morning. Miles of MAC (Rizzoli) will be available Sept. 9.

Images courtesy MAC and Make Up For Ever

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.