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Shahnaz Loves Beauty

Michelle Lee Senior Pro Mac Make Up Artist

I was lucky enough to get some of Michelle-Lee’s time to give us an insider into her make up world, some tips and tricks and her fav products. I love following other make up artists and see what makes them tick and what products they can’t live without and what they recommend. I first saw Michelle-Lee in action last year at the trends technique workshop where make up artists, bloggers and beauty editors were invited to see what the new trends were and what key products were used. Michelle not only heads up the fashion show make up teams in SA but she also gets to go to the international shows and work amongst celebrity artists like Charlotte Tilbury.

So here is the Q&A:

1) What is your favourite part of being a make up artist?

The freedom to create and inspire others through transformation. Being a Pro Make Up Artist means Michelle has the opportunity to grow and shape aspiring or new make up artists skill level and hopefully elevate their make up journey. The feeling of making someone feel beautiful is a super power for me, this emotion ripples through both you as an artist and the client it can affect so much more than their appearance. Essentially I get to play every day and call it work.

2) What are your top 5 products that you can’t live without?

Mac Pro Long Wear Concealer because you can sheer it down with Mac Strobe Liquid or Luster drops to create a foundation.

Mac In Extreme Dimension Mascara because it literally does to your lashes what its name suggests.

Mac Black Track Fluid Line as its a long wearing eyeliner or eyeshadow and essential accross the board.

MAC 217 Eye Blender – I have 20 of these!

Mac Prep and Prime Face Protect SPF50 PA++ this primer grips to your make up like no other primer does with an added SPF of 50.

3) What backstage tips and tricks can you share with us from Fashion Week?

Less is more when it comes to skin. Apply foundation like a veil, sheer and natural, spot conceal the undesired blemishes. The base face is never a trend.

Powder precise hot spots only (oily)

Brushing the inner brows up and then gently defining the tail is a must – set with clear brow set.

4) What is your favourite trend look and what are the key products to recreate?

I am loving the Reb-elle AW14 look it will be big for this upcoming season. The look is rebellious, artistic and slightly anarchistic. All carbon and punchy rather than traditional pretty. Think black or blackened emeralds, plums and charcoal, I am obsessed with Mac Super Slick Eyeliner in On the Hunt. Apply this liquid patent finish to the entire lid for a high shine intense black attitude driven eye.

5) How do you prep a model’s face before applying make up?

My forever starting point will be the Mac Fix +, to hydrate and soothe the skin. I then cleanse the models with Mac Lightful Softening Lotion to remove excess residue and restrict pores.  Michelle says this is often a neglected step and makes a big difference to foundation application.

Her next step is to massage the Essential Care Oils into the skin. Depending on dryness and dehydration I may then follow this step with moisturiser. Mac Mineral Charged Water Power is my favourite right now for quick absorption and maximum moisture.

6) What is your skincare/make up routine?

Michelle says she is very indulgent in her skincare routine. So here are her favourite products to get the amazing skin that we always see her with.

I am smitten with the Mac Marine Bright formulations for defying dull complexions. For cleansing I use the Softening Lotion, then a spritz of refrigerated Fix +, the chilled temperature works wonders on restricting pores too! Mac Marine Bright Essence is my serum of choice for brightening and is complemented by one of my obsessions Mac Essential Oils to add clarity and radiance to my skin. Mac Prep and Prime Face Protect SPF 50 is a must to ensure make up lasts all day.

For make up here are Michelle’s key steps:

Using a Mac Contour Brush in 168, I apply a small amount of Mac Sun Rush Lustre Drops to the high planes of my face, cheekbones, brige of my nose, under my eyebrow and the excess is brushed down the centre of my neck and my collarbones. I then take a pea size of the lustre drops onto the back of my hands and apply the Pro Long Wear Concealer next to it and then mix the two together with the 168 brush, and buff into my face starting at the centre. I then use the undiluted concealer to conceal any areas that need more coverage around the nose and under the eyes and on any spots affected by pigmentation. I am all about highlighting and adding dimension to my face so my Mac Prep and Prime Highlighting pen in Light Boost is drawn under my eyes, centre of my forehead, bridge of my nose, cupids bow and the centre of my chin and then buff it all in with the 168 brush.

I set the centre of my face with the Mac Prep and Prome CC Compact (launches in March) in Neutralize with the 168 Brush.  Natural Bronzing is a new addiction for me. Mac Give Me Sun Mineralise Powder is then dusted along my hairline, under my cheekbones and along my jaw line. This adds subtle definitions and slims my face. Finishing touches to my prime look are my highlights with Mac Cream Colour Base in Hush. A backstage must and an everyday essential for me.

Here is a video tutorial featuring Michelle-Lee on Contouring and Highlighting:

So there you have it a great insight into Michelle and her key products. Of course I have the majority of these products in my kits and thanks to Michelle to sharing with us.

I will be going backstage in July to meet with Michelle and see her working backstage so watch this space.

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Shahnaz x