MAC Cosmetics Lesson for Women In Film

Women In Film Get Make-Up Tips From Professional Artists at MAC Cosmetics


Readying faces for close-ups presents a special challenge these days, given the unforgiving nature of high-definition TV. Actually though, proper make-up application can be daunting for anyone who wants to look good at any hour, and at the same time, achieve a contemporary, polished look.

That’s why it was such a treat for VIP members of Women Film to stop into MAC Cosmetics in Beverly Hills on July 31 for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a make-up lesson, offering tips, tricks and the latest techniques.

Monique Boyer – MAC’s global director of artist relations – welcomed the group, before introducing pro senior artists Cynthia Rivas and John Stapleton, who offered make-up demonstrations.

Using Susan Cartsonis of Storefront Pictures as a model, Rivas created a dramatic evening look, centered around “smoky eyes,” using a paint pot, shadow, brushes and other products: five for the eyes, more for the face. Cartsonis chairs the Women In Film Foundation board.

Simultaneously, Stapleton gave talent manager Cheri Barner of Artist Management a daytime look with bright red lipstick. Regarding his approach to high-definition television and all other faces, Stapleton said he always takes a good look with no. 3 glasses as he applies the products. 

Using primer, concealer and finish, both artists gave their models’ faces a “sheen,” as opposed to a shine, or worse: a dated, flat matte look.

Turning attention to eyebrows, Stapleton suggested brushing up, trimming away long hairs and then brushing on eye shadow to give the illusion of fullness. “The fuller the brow, the younger the look,” he said.

Rivas used a “lingering” brow pencil to achieve the desired brow. “Somewhere between Joan Crawford and Frida Kahlo,” said Cartsonis.


Top photo: MAC pro senior artist John Stapleton applies make-up to producer Cathy Schulman, president of the Women In Film board

Center photo: Producer Susan Cartsonis and her smoky eyes, after the MAC Cosmetics Lesson for Women In Film members

Bottom photo: Monique Boyer, global director of artist relations, at the MAC Cosmetics Lesson for Women In Film



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MAC Cosmetics Lesson for Women In Film

Published Aug. 2, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA