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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.

Join The Conversation
sakura24 sakura24 9 years
Thanks for sharing these tips with us, oh lucky you! :) I'm a big MAC fan too! Though a bit on the conservative side when it comes to make up (no fuchsia pigment for this girl here)
flirt9021 flirt9021 9 years
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 9 years
what are satin foundations?
Mimilie Mimilie 9 years
Trying those tips ASAP!
LaU* LaU* 9 years
Useful, thanks. I really need to buy some brushes.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
good tips
details2 details2 9 years
great suggestions - i try to have a light hand when doing my makeup. Blending and buffing makes all the difference.
Yourstokeep93 Yourstokeep93 9 years
So true, too much base is horrible, and i also use a powder brush for everything.
mrsyuen mrsyuen 9 years
Great interview, very helpful tips!
Thiv04 Thiv04 9 years
I have the best powder brush ever and I use it for everything.
robercin robercin 9 years
Mmmm... I love MAC!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Great interview!
pandacn pandacn 9 years
What are some examples of satin foundations, Bella? And I've read/heard that you're not suppose to apply foundation with your fingers because the oils on your hands get on your face. I've always used a foundation brush. So which side is right?
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Great tips. I'm so intimidated by loose pigments and glitters...especially in the morning.
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 9 years
Really great tips....I wish I could have been there too! Another little brush I keep with me for touch ups is the 217. If my concealer, eye shadow or any area on my face creases, smudges etc. I buff with this little guy for an instant fix!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Great interview Bella!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
greats tips
shugahxnxspice shugahxnxspice 9 years
yay! got my MAC fix for the day...gotta try that buffing thing!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Amazing tips! I'll definitely be trying those in the morning!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I am such a MAC who***!! I love pretty much everything about them.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Thanks Bella (and James)!! I'm going to try those concealer/foundation tricks tomorrow morning!
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 9 years
these makeup tradeshows are so much fun and so educational. anybody who has a chance to go should...ALL the artist there from EVERY line are great! and very true about buffing foundation and concealer with a definitely makes your skin look amazing!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I am jealous too!!!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Very Nice Bella! I'm jealous that you got to meet a MACPRO artist.
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