I recently had the pleasure of attending a Mac Pro class with Claudia in my city, taught by Caitlin Callahan, a Mac Senior Makeup Artist.
If you’re a Mac Pro member and ever get the chance to attend a pro class, I 100% recommend it – It’s such fun and inspiring experience. You learn so many amazing tips, tricks, techniques, and of course an abundance of product recommendations. Caitlin Callahan is a truly incredible artist and educator. Her passion and energy are contagious and inspiring – she really makes you want to grab some makeup, and let your creative juices flow.
This is the 3rd Pro class that I’ve attended, and every class ends with me feeling more inspired than ever. This particular class was all about iconic makeup looks throughout the decades: makeup styles throughout the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s.
As both a makeup artist and a blogger, I simply couldn’t resist writing about the class, and thought I would share some of what we learned, as well as some product recommendations!
Caitlin really stressed the importance of knowing the decades, researching, and adding your own spin to a look rather than copying something off the internet. Making it your own work of art.
Here’s a recap of iconic looks throughout the decades:
1920’s: silent films were huge in this decade, and makeup was specially created to work well with the specific lighting and film needs of black and white film. The focus was all about big, rounded eyes, upwards-turned eyebrows, and that “innocent” ingenue look.
1930’s: Enter the Vamp. This decade sparked an intrigue for foreign women, and the vampy seductress. The makeup was darker, edgier, and smouldering. Dark smudgey eyes, villainous-arched brows, and deep vampy lips were the focus for this type of a look!
1940’s: with most men going off to war, women began to enter the work force and become stronger. 40’s makeup was all about the femme fatale; the strong women, the bolder woman. Women like Joan Crawford, and Betty Davis. The eyes were kept more matte and opaque, with a soft, diffused contour and shades of taupe and grey. And of course no femme fatale look would be complete without a bold red lip!
1950’s: the 50’s were all about the Bombshell. Marilyn Monroe, and Sophia Loren were some of the icons of this period. With men returning from war, the focus on women being “sexy” also returned. Longer lashes, a pouty red lip, defined contours, and bolder colours. The particular look Caitlin focused on was the famous Jackson Pollock pop-art image of Marilyn Monroe.
Caitlin’s Product Recommendations:
Some Tips & Tricks From Caitlin
- Toners (such as the Mac Softening Lotion, etc.) work as chemical exfoliants that are perfect for prepping the skin prior to a makeover! It helps smooth the texture and remove any excess dead skin on the surface
- Always apply a lip balm/moisturizer at the beginning, so that it has time to soak into the lips while you’re doing the eyes/face
- With any highlighting concealers (prep + prime, YSL Touche Eclat, etc.) let them dry a little before blending out. When you blend them out too early, you end up blending away most of the product, and loose coverage
- Very smooth eyeliners (such as Fluidlines, Eye Kohls, etc) make a great base for shadows, as the creaminess allows for a lot of movement and easy blending!
- A loose or mineral powder is great for touching up, or for adding more coverage to a certain area (a blemish, for example) without looking heavy or cakey
- If you’re doing a focus feature (ex. bold lips) do that feature first, to make sure this feature stays in focus and isn’t overpowered by the rest of the makeup.
- Softly pressing primer into the skin after the makeup can help bring back bounce and dewiness! Warm a tiny bit into the hands, and gently press into the skin (avoiding the eye area)