How Senior MAC Artist Kiekie Stanners Creates The Ultimate Glossy Look
I’ve had a pension for eye-gloss ever since I read online that Mary-Kate and Ashley have been slathering their eyelids in Vaseline since at least 2009.
So when I was shooting with senior MAC artist (and everyone’s makeup hero) Kiekie Stanners, we talked about creating a look that was both achievable for the average twenty-something (that’s you and I), but still felt elevated and chic.
With that in mind, here is the full product breakdown of this very glossy moment from start to finish:
Before arriving to set I prepped my skin with La Mer’s Cool Gel Cream, which I realise sounds very extra but I don’t do many photoshoots and it seemed appropriate. I prefer the Cool Gel Cream over La Mer’s original Crème de La Mer which is way too heavy for my skin. Plus, the Cool Gel lowers the surface temperature of your skin so it reduces things like redness and puffiness.
Kiekie applied MAC Strobe Cream in Goldlite to the face, followed by MAC Lip Conditioner. I need to stop here and tell you that Kiekie commented on how well-hydrated my lips were, even asking what I used, and it’s probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me and is the most important thing you will read in this article.
For foundation, she used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC15 and the Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in the shade Light to conceal under my eyes, a few spots and shade down the sides of my nose (I always ask makeup artists to do this so shoot me).
You’ll notice that Kiekie uses almost zero powders in this look and that’s because we wanted the skin to look as creamy and radiant as possible. The only powder she used was this Studio Fix Pastels powder which takes away shine from the areas you don’t want it and blurs the appearance of pores. She used this really sparingly around the corners of my nose, under the eyes, and the middle of my forehead.
In terms of blush and contour, Kiekie used pro artist products from her kit, but I would suggest any of the following: Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in either Pale Pink or Calypso Coral, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in either Beaming Blush or Doublegleam, or the Tom Ford Shade + Illuminate Palette in Intensity 1 or Intensity 2 depending on your skin tone.
EYES + BROWS
I’m really serious about eyebrows because they have the power to narrow your nose, frame your face and really open up your eyes (and I need all three of those things). Kiekie used a clear brow gel, Brow Set, to brush the hairs into place and then used MAC Shape + Shade Brow Tint to create tiny hair strokes along the brow. One end of the Shape + Shade is like a felt tip so it’s perfect for people who like to fill in their brows with absolute precision. I’ve used colours Fling and Lingering and they were both the perfect ash-y brown for my blonde hair.
Okay, time for the gloss! Sorry we’ve taken so long to get here. Are you still awake?
The base of the eye was created using MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork, which was blended using a MAC 217 blending brush and MAC Eyeshadow in Uninterrupted, a burnt yellow brown, which added depth. The glossy lid was created using MAC Studio Eye Gloss in the shade Lightly Tauped with Lipmix Gloss over top for added texture. Kiekie said if you want to create a similar look without the “stickiness” of the studio gloss, then follow the same base of Groundwork and Uninterrupted and then apply MAC Lip conditioner over the eyelid. This will have a similar shine and can be worn during the day without people staring on the bus to work.
The eyes were finished off with Extended Play Lash mascara – my all time favourite.
Kiekie pressed MAC Liptensity in Doe using her fingers to create a “stained” look without the sharp edges of a traditional lip. The Liptensity range are more pigmented than MAC’s traditional lipsticks. Doe is a creamy neutral brown that would suit a lot of different skin tones.
And, voila! Let me know if you recreate the look – send me pics!!!!