What’s Going Up in Make-Up!
The other day I was browsing through the shops in the city for the first time in ages and since I insist on losing every lipstick I buy, I decided to check out the make-up in David Jones. Like I say, I hadn’t been shopping in a long time (and am actually not a big fan of shopping despite what you may think) and noticed there is now a MAC store in DJs.
I had in mind the lipstick colour I wanted (a deep, dark red – as I am a bit over the scarlett variety) so took some time checking out the colours on offer. Before long one of the counter staff approached me asking if I would like some help. My experience with counter people is not terribly good so usually I would say a flat out no and avoid being persuaded to take home something I really didn’t need or want, however this girl had the most amazing make-up on and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. We got talking and very soon into our rantings on celebrities and the key trends in make-up at the moment, it became very clear that this was not your usual – head in the clouds – shop girl.
Erin is a serious make-up artist and told me that all MAC staff are trained professionals who must update their training every three months. Anyhow it turns out the colour I was after – quote to Erin “A blood red that looks as if you are dying,” her reply “Oh yes, we have this in our Limited Edition range – it is the colour of the season.”
Now just as an aside I am quite old-school in my buying behaviours. I think it has something to do with being a Leo and having worked in Brand Management, but I am of the opinion that if someone is going to be rude or ‘stand-off-ish’ when all I want to do is give them my money, then I am not going to give that person or their company my services nor will I ever go back there or recommend them to my friends.
Anyhow, I tried on many varients of the lipstick colour I was looking for with Erin by my side the entire time giving me some helpful feedback along the way. The other girl who worked there also came over and joined in on the banter, again being very friendly. (If anyone from the – other – MAC store in Perth is reading this, take note). Erin and I continued discussing our thoughts on all matters in make-up and she even got out a book to show me that she found in Borders (published only once every two years) that highlighted trends from the shows at all the fashion capitals around the world. I decided right there that I must share this girl with you all.
Oh and I took home the exact lipstick I went there to purchase – there’s a first time for everything and if you ask me that’s something worth being loyal for.
Below is Style Voyeur’s interview with MAC @ David Jones, Make-up Artist Erin Butcher.
WHAT ARE THE KEY COLOURS/TRENDS IN MAKEUP FOR SPRING/SUMMER 08/09?
Right now it’s all about beautiful pale skin, with dark burgundy, cherry, red lips. Brows are fuller and more defined. Cheeks are girly pinks and lilacs which merge into the eye shadow. Pale faces with vivid quirky colours of blush. Neon yellow/green on the eyes or blush if you’re brave. Moving into summer the looks soften with beautiful buff pinks on pale skin, doll like stained lips and cheeks in Pinks, rose and soft coral. There are lots of smoky purple eyes. The look is polished but it has an edge. The retro feeling is still present but it’s less perfected, it’s smudged. It’s about being confident in your beauty, but not so safe and making a statement.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TRIED & TRUE PRODUCT OF ALL TIME?
I can’t pick just one! Lucas’ Papaw ointment, MAC Zoom mascara, MAC select cover up concealer and Neways Sunbrero sunscreen.
IF YOU COULD DO ANYONE’S MAKE UP WHO WOULD IT BE?
At the moment I would love to do Amy Winehouse’s makeup because I don’t think I can stand to see anymore badly winged eyeliner.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVISE ON HOW TO GET NOTICED THIS SPRING/SUMMER?
To be creative and make a statement. I wish people weren’t so afraid of make up and colour!!! A pop coloured eye liner or bold coloured lips are such a cool accessory.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST?
Without sounding creepy, I just love watching and observing people. I like seeing what other people are wearing and adapting their style to suit me. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with the same hair cut and same makeup. Watching another makeup artist at work is always great because I constantly learn new things and ways to wear products.
ARE THERE ANY BANDS OR ARTISTS YOU THINK WEAR COOL MAKEUP?
I love the way Regina Specktor looks. Her makeup is simple but she seems like she’s stepped out of another era. I also love Dita, she’s so striking and confident which is sexy.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MODEL OR ACTRESS?
I’m obsessed with Rachel McAdams in the notebook. I would love to be like her character.
WHATS THE WORST THING YOU’VE SEEN DONE IN MAKEUP (ON OTHERS) ?
Wearing the wrong colour foundation should be a crime. It looks so bad. Always get someone to help you match your colour.
WHATS YOUR ADVICE FOR KEEPING SKIN BEAUTIFUL?
To be honest I’m pretty lazy with my skincare routine but I always suggest wearing sunscreen, exfoliate twice a week and invest in a good moisturiser. Hydration and protecting your skin from the sun is the key to youthful looking skin. Never sleep in your makeup! It scares me how many people have admitted to regularly doing this.
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US SOME OF YOUR MAKE UP IDEAS FOR THIS SEASON?
I know everyone obsesses over bronzer in summer but I’m so over of it. Highlight your cheeks with cream blush or stains for a dewy look. Wear a bold colour on your lips. Skip the fake tan and be pale and beautiful. Try something new and step out of your comfort zone.