Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
Matte or gloss? This is the question many want answered before they strut out to the highly anticipated social events this season.
So Flair was the first to book an appointment with senior MAC make-up artist Fatima Thomas. Visiting the island for the first time, Thomas tells us that matte is quite popular, especially for the holiday season.
Thomas, who grew up in Atlanta but currently living in Michigan, has been professionally associated with the wonderful world of beauty for 19 years. She has a background in and a passion for the fine arts, specifically painting and sculpting, and tells us that make-up was just a natural extension of the arts.
Looks for the Season
"Women get more festive with their make-up during Christmas, getting more 'glammed up' and getting bolder looks," declared the internationally acclaimed make-up artist on the glam check for the Christmas season.
While many may only associate the matte look to the lips, for the professional, the process of matte applies to the entire face. The term matte refers to smooth, sparkle-free and shimmer-free make-up, and the look is usually used in reducing the sheen and shine, especially on women with oily skin.
Thomas explains, "The more sophisticated modern make-up actually mixes and matches with textures, fusing matte with glow." She demonstrated varying fusions of matte looks on three models: Kimone Reynolds, Marshalee Morrison and Kashery Freckleton.
Kimone was given bold red lips, with matte eyes. According to Thomas, bold lips are very much in trend and the red is sophisticated chic as well as festive.
1. Skin is moisturised with MAC's Studio Moisture Fix moisturiser.
2. MAC Indianwood Paint Pot eye make-up is used to give Reynold's eyes that matte finish and make them pop with MAC false lash mascara.
3. Her lips were dressed in MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Everyday Diva to brighten her face, and lined with MAC Pro Longwear lip liner. "Her skin was 'mattified' for the most part - on the forehead, on the nose and below the eyes - while the cheekbones were left to glow because it looks healthy," explains the experienced make-up artist.
Marshalee had glowing eyes and matte lips; her skin was given a little more matte as well.
1 Thomas applied a lip conditioner, which moisturises the lips. "After you condition your lips, blot it then use the lip pencil and colour the lips." She used a MAC cherry lip pencil before adding MAC Ruby Woo Retro Matte lipstick. "MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation was applied for a matte look. It's a good look for oily skin because you want more staying power. Once blended, it gives a nice coverage," confessed Thomas. She advises applying it with a brush is best for excellent 'mattified' coverage.
2 For the eyes, she placed lip balm on Morrison's eyes to make the eyes look dewey complementing the matte lips. She then used MAC Brun eyeshadow to fill in Morrison's brows, with MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow on Morrison's lids, and MAC false lash mascara. MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment was applied to the T Zone and Sunflower blush complemented her popping lips.
Thomas took on an even bolder approach with Kashery, making the eyes her focal point by giving her a feline look.
1 Face was first moisturised which Thomas notes is a very important step in skincare and make-up application.
2 MAC NC55 Studio Fix Fluid and a MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment to 'mattify' the face. A bronzer was added to Freckleton's cheekbones and forehead close to her hairline.
3 For her eyes, MAC Feline Kohl Power Eye Pencil gave it an added allure and seduction with an exaggerated wing. It was then 'mattified' with MAC Carbon eyeshadow and Woodwinked eyeshadow.
4 Freckleton's lips were given an even tone with a foundation before adding MAC Bad Girl RiRi lip colour.
"Make-up is ever present for women and it is important for them to enjoy make-up, as make-up should not only suit and enhance the individual, but it should also provide personal comfort as well," notes Thomas.
Known for creating high-quality make-up, MAC, prides itself in producing highly professional make-up artists as well. "I don't think I'd be the artist I am today if I had not worked for MAC," Thomas revealed.
For women who aren't skilled in applying the glitz and glam of matte, Thomas supplied some useful tips for the process:
1. Use Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment after applying moisturiser. It 'mattifies' and reduces the appearance of large pores.
2. Choose a focus feature, that is, lip or eye for the matte look (features you want to be the star)
3. If you choose a matte lip, then apply Prep + Prime lip as a base.
4. If you choose a matte lip, avoid eye shadows with shimmer and choose matte shadows and pencils. Also, when you are applying shadows, press the shadow down on the lids first, then buff and blend.
5. Use good quality brushes to apply your make-up; they give a professional look as well as they blend easily.