This Designer's MAC Line Will Inspire You to Be a Beauty Risk-Taker
When I signed up to meet with Chris Chang about her new collaboration with MAC Cosmetics (launching May 5), I was expecting she'd be a vibrant personality. The designer of fashion brand Poesia incorporates colorful, intricate patterns — including multihued plaids, florals, and birds — into each of her collections. This love of vivid hues is reflected in her range of makeup for MAC, too. The packaging features illustrated women lost in a flower garden, but what's inside is even more exciting. The line features five lip colors, three creamy face paints, and four shadows, all in electric shade options like turquoise, yellow, and lavender — and that's just the lipstick!
My expectations were exceeded when we met in person. Chang wore different moody lacquer shades on each finger, braids accented with feathers and beaded accessories, and a bold cat eye. She was shrouded in a jacket embellished with thick Mongolian lamb fur. But most notably, she rocked a thick stripe of pink across the bridge of her nose, mimicking war paint, and a single large green polka dot above her left eyebrow. My initial shock at seeing such an unexpected look quickly turned into a strong admiration for her daring sense of style.
Chang became even more admirable — and fascinating! — once we started talking. The unusual shades in her makeup collection come not just from her love of maximalist style, but her empowering feminist attitude when it comes to wearing bright colors. She cited quirky Vogue Japan editor-at-large Anna Dello Russo as a muse ("I would like to have her closet — she buys the same thing that I would buy") and how being bullied for her looks became a source of inspiration.
Read on to learn all this and more, including styling tips for wearing edgy makeup hues, why she hates the term "man repellant," and why yellow lipstick is the new nude.