While browsing through MACPRO.com, I noticed a section where artists pick their favorite products. And who was listed, Sam Fine. Some of his favorite products include Underplay lipstick for a nude lip, Fanplastico Lip Laquer for the most delicious red lip, and eyeshadows Amber Lights, Embark and Ricepaper. For the complete list of products, check out MACPRO.com!
This collection was really fun for me, because it re-formulated colors we love and colors that we missed. Plus, anytime a collection contains glitters, I’m super excited! The colors that I love are bold. I’ve attempted to do a quick video review of the collection, but the swatches didn’t really work out in the end. So, I have included pictures of swatches. Check out the collection at maccosmetics.com.
Rozz Revival- Watermelon reddish pink (lustre)
Chintz on Chintz Sheer mid-tone yellow brown (lustre)
Utter Pervette- Soft pastel pink (lustre)
Back to Del Rio- Deep brown red (lustre)
Nouveau-Frou- Beigey grey pink with white pearl (lustre)
Retrofluid Sheer dirty deep plum with gold and red pearl
Supersequin Plummy pink with silver pearl (lustre)
Twig-Twig- Neutral brown plum (lustre)
Sandy B- Light shell pink
Russian Red-Intense bluish-red
Full on Lust- Neutral brown pink (cream)
Avarice- Mid-tone yellow red with soft red pearl (cream)
Real Desire Deep plum with red plum
Nico Now- Mid-tone grey purple with multicoloured pearl (cream)
C-Thru- Soft peached-beige with shimmer (cream)
SMALL EYE SHADOW
Daisychain- Soft yellow beige with soft white pearl (satin)
Ochre Style- Mid-tone yellow brown with gold (frost)
A Little Folie- Mid-tone red brown (matte) (This is an amazing crease color!)
Memorabilia- Dirty purple (matte)
Clue Mid-tone dirty grey with silver (matte)
Alum- Mid-tone blue grey with soft blue pearl (frost)
Kitschmas- Light airy shimmering pink/mauve pearl (frost)
Violet- Vivid bright violet-purple (frost) (Absolute MUST HAVE!)
Melon- Soft bright golden peach (frost) (Lovely brow highlight!)
Golden Olive- High frosted green gold (frost)
Steel Blue- Rich deep turquoise green-blue shone with
small pearl particle (pearl)
GLITTER (in order, left to right)
Reflects Blackened Red- Sparkling burgundy
Reflects Antique Gold- Sparkling taupe
Reflects Transparent Teal- Sparkling white with turquoise
Reflects Very Pink- Sparkling fuchsia pink
(Glitters are not eye safe, they are not recommended for use in the eye area. But, use them there at your own risk. These glitters aren’t chunky at all, and they will virtually stick to anything. To use them all over the face/body, I like to spray a sponge with fix+, then place the sponge into the glitter. I then shake off the access, and apply to the face/body. This makes it a bit more even and doesn’t get glitter all over your hands or brushes.
Ebony- Soft black
Coffee- Muted brown
Indigo- Muted greenish-blue
I love this look, titled “Full On Lust”. The look includes several colors from the new collection, including the world-famous Parrot eye shadow! I love the color, I wear it over Sea Me Shadestick all the time, just like they do here in the look. Check out how to recreate the look. Here’s how they created the eye look:
Define the eyebrows with Charcoal Brown Eye Shadow using a 208 Brush. Apply Frisco Eye Shadow to the browbone with a 213 Brush. Using the 242 Brush, apply Sea Me Shadestick to the inner eyelid. Then blend evenly applying Parrot Eye Shadow to the centre and outer lid using a 213 Brush. Apply Charred Eye Shadow into the crease of the eye and combine with Carbon Eye Shadow blending also in the crease with
a 222 Brush. Line the upper lashline using Boot Black Liquid Eye Liner. Do the same for your lower lashline, using Carbon Eye Shadow with a 219 Brush. Use several coats of All Black Fibre Rich Lash both on the top and bottom lashes. For more detailed information and other looks to try, check it out here.
I arrived in New York City at 12:45pm, wide-eyed and optimistic. I had the best time of my life in the city last summer as an intern for the Cosmetic Executive Women, and I was so happy to be back! I went out with my buddy Jay, who took me to lunch in Brooklyn and then site seeing in Harlem. The class was held at The MAC store in Harlem, on 125th street. As I waited outside of the MAC Store, I knew I was in for an amazing experience.
We watch him from outside of the tall glass doors, showing the staff how to re-arrange the chairs for his faithful following to view him. He then scurries in the back, and about 7 minutes later, I’m told to come on in. Sam was classic, poised and proper. I only had about 5 minutes to ask him the 20 questions I prepared, so I went with it.
Scandalous Beauty: Sam, what’s the best way to make small eyes look bigger??
Sam Fine: “Really, it’s about adding definition. It’s about highlighting underneath the eye…it’s really about how you frame the eye, how you highlight it…How you arch the brow. It’s really about the things that you don’t always think about, it’s concealer, that’s a great brow. Really highlighting the eye space make eyes look wider and whiter”.
SB: So, let’s gossip. Which celebrities need the least amount of work?
SF:”I don’t have any clients who need a little bit of time! So whether I’m working on Beyonce who of course is very gorgeous, or Halle Berry or Vanessa Williams, I put the same amount of time in! I can’t say that there is one person, because she is so pretty, that I don’t spend in extra time on [her]. ” Great honesty Sam!!
SB:What products do people neglect in their makeup bag?
SF: “Foundation. because a lot of women are used to powder. They are using Studio Fix, they are using pressed powders, they are using loose powders. It’s the only thing that can conceal, the only thing that can illuminate the skin, the only thing that can really unify the tones that we have. So, especially talking about women of color, foundation is going to unite those colors, then use powder. Then powder will set your skin and alleviate any shine. That to me makes the perfect complexion. And that’s what we are not using.”
I took a plethora of notes, as one can imagine.
-Sam stipples foundation AND powder on with sponges, not brushes. This way he can control the amount that he is using.
-Uses heavy moisturizer to aid with the foundation
-Assisted Naomi Campbell while still working at the Cosmetics Counter
-Highlights the cheekbone with Nars Taj Mahal Blush, and places Nars Munia on the apple of the cheek
-Sam always uses cream foundations
-Sam used old brushes that he got in a gift with purchase from Prescriptives over 10 years ago!
-He highly suggests having brown eye shadows, and making them look different by changing your brow highlight, brow color, cheek highlight, etc.
Sam is a ferocious blender. When I say he blends, blends, blends, blends, blends…he blends. He used a cadence of colors on his model (Marie Powell, who is absolutely stunning. Head on over to Sam’s website, she is front and center on the main index page) including MAC Full Coverage Foundations in NC50, C40, W55, and NW50, plus Cream Color Base in Black to blend foundation into her hairline. He lightly stippled NC40 sheer loose powder under the eye with a sponge, then blended it out with a powder brush. He even used 3 MAC products that we used to swear by (before that discontinued them *growl*) Gold Deposit, Metal Rock (R.I.P.) and Shining Star Mineralized Skin Finishes.
And guess what, I had class the following morning bright and early. So, I had to leave Sam’s Diva Session. I was flaming mad, I mean geez, when will I get to experience a class with Mr. Fine again?!? So, I walked to the 2/3 subway with a look of grave anger on my face. Nobody would dare try to rob me that night!!! So, I sat on the subway, then in Penn Station, and then on my train, and even now, wondering what awesome tips I missed. Ms. Giselle told me that he did Marie’s eyes using ONLY the 266 and 219 brushes and ONLY using two eyeshadows. Oh My Goodness, what an artist. I was fortunate enough to meet Nichelle of blog 55 Secret Street who also interviewed Sam. See what she has to say!
So, maybe one day in the (near??) future, I’ll be able to interview Sam again, this time getting more in depth info for us! Head on over to Sam’s website and blog to sign up for updates about his work!
I have been scouring the net for interesting things, and you all might want to check this out!!!
Indian Make-Up Diva gives us a Threading Tutorial!!!
Essence has a behind the scene’s article starring Sanaa, Nia and Gabby!
Yummy411 gives us a great tutorial from Lori (who has gigantic, beautiful natural 3c hair) at the Smashbox Studios in L.A.!
I Like Her Style! shows us some super cute Coats for Fall!
Enjoy!!! I’ll see you on Monday with the scoop from the Sam Fine class in Harlem!!!