I had the opportunity to take a Mac Pro Class this year! There were two in my area this year, I took the highlighting and contouring class at the Pentagon City Mac store in Arlington, VA; a few weeks ago.
FYI, the classes are cheaper now; this one was $25 for two hours and non redeemable in product. The price used to be $100 and fully redeemable in product.
The class was taught by Mac Senior Artist, Regan Rabanal. He taught us his tips and tricks and he did two demos on two women with different skin types and complexions to show how he uses a variety of techniques and products based on the client's needs.
Here are a few tips that I learned:
1. One contouring technique doesn't fit all. Consider the face shape and texture of skin. Someone who already has a slim, narrow face will not need as much contouring as someone who has a round face. It also helps to observe the skin to see where the natural highlight and contours are already forming. On some clients, you can already see the darkness on their jawline where the natural contour is already
|Regan used all cream colored bases to highlight and contour on this model.|
2. Highlighting and contouring doesn't have to be a full on beat. Regan brought out in the class that you really want to see the effects of highlighting and contouring. On the other hand, there are some who like the full on beat and others don't; whatever you like or feel comfortable with it...do what suits you!
|You can see a subtle contour that he used on her cheeks.|
3. A lot of people experience grayness when contouring on darker complexions; to combat this, use warmer colors like reds, yellows and oranges. In the demo, Regan used a touch of warmer colored correctors and mixed it with concealer to add warmth and to combat any grayness.
|Regan used concealer and correctors to highlight and contour on this model.|
4. Don't be afraid to use a variety of products to contour and highlight. In the class, he used the Mac creme colored bases (never thought of using those to highlight and contour), powders, foundations, concealer and correctors. He mentioned that the Mac Studio Conceal and Correct kit is great for contouring and highlighting. The kit features four concealers and two color correctors to conceal and correct the skin. He used the orange corrector,on the model above to highlight her skin.
Since I did a big haul last month, I really didn't want to get a lot or anything but I couldn't just walk out of a Mac store without buying something! I don't have that much self control...yet.
1.I picked up the full sized Studio Moisture cream moisturizer. I have the trial size version of it and I really liked it, it's one of the few moisturizers that my skin doesn't drink up instantly.
2, I bought Flat Out Fabulous lipstick (bright-plum matte).
3. I bought Love Nectar lustreglass, which is an old faithful gloss that looks great alone and adds an extra oomph to any lipstick.
|Left to Right: Studio Moisture Cream moisturizer, Flat Out Fabulous l/s and Love Nectar lustreglass|
|Left to Right: Love Nectar lustreglass and Flat Out Fabulous l/s|
Overall, I enjoyed the class. It really reinforced the old adage, "less is more." I see so many pictures on social media with the obvious, heavy, sculpted faces (nothing is wrong with it) but it helped me to appreciate that all of that is really not needed for the every day woman like myself. Also, I learned to further enhance my technique by using a variety of products to highlight and contour.