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Meet James Molloy: Makeup Artist From MAC Pro

Yesterday I told you all about my experience at the 2008 IMATS. I briefly mentioned that MAC Cosmetics has its own professional line of makeup called MAC Pro, an extension of MAC that contains high pigment products that aren't necessarily available to the masses — there are 14 MAC Pro boutiques worldwide compared to the hundreds of standard MAC doors. The products have the same price points and the same sizes; however, the colors are different and are typically more vibrant.

I was lucky enough to sneak in a few minutes with James Molloy, a top artist at MAC Pro, for a tour of the booth and a quick interview. He told me that the loose pigments and glitters are the most popular MAC Pro products. We also gabbed about the common makeup mistakes that women make.

James even shared a top secret professional makeup trick with me. To read all about it,


What is the most common mistake women make with makeup?
I see women all the time who are wearing too much base. To me, there is nothing that looks worse.

What is the most commonly overlooked step when applying makeup?
Prepping the skin is key and so many women overlook it. Use a good moisturizer, make sure that your eyes are well hydrated, and always use a primer.

Can you share a makeup trick with me?
Modern makeup is all about fresh skin, so it's also important that skin looks smooth and somewhat shiny. Use a moisturizing concealer and then take a dry fluffy brush to buff it away. People don't realize how versatile a powder brush can be. This trick will make your skin look naturally flawless.

What is your favorite product right now?
Satin foundations, because they create the illusion that you have no makeup on at all. Again, apply it with your fingertips or a sponge and then take a big fluffy brush to blend it into your skin.

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