As many of you know I’ve always been obsessed with ‘fabbing things up’. That of course includes having my hair fried/died/laid to the side (nice hairstyle), wearing heels high enough to reach heaven (5”+ pumps or platforms), and beating my face down to the ground (pretty makeup). I have been doing makeup for years, but last year I decided to focus on makeup artistry and doing makeup on other people. I started off selling Mary Kay cosmetics (which I love for skin/body care and every day looks) and I’ve also participated in a lot of photoshoots as a makeup artist (MUA). However, for the last few years my eye has been on the MAC Pro prize. Guess what?! I finally got it! (I can finally cross at least one thing off my 30 Before 30 list! YAAAY!!)
For those of you that don’t know MAC Cosmetics has a M·A·C PRO Membership Program that offers extensive benefits to makeup professionals including, but not limited, Makeup Artists, Aestheticians, Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Fashion Stylists, and several other professions. Some of the benefits include 40% off makeup products (for MUAs), invitations to exclusive MAC Pro classes and large network of industry professionals. FYI: No this does not mean I work for MAC (while that is another semi-dream of mine )
While I plan on doing posts on how to get the card in addition to some other questions people have asked me including is there a conflict of interest between using MAC and selling Mary Kay, the focus of THIS post here is to discuss my very first experience of using the pro card down to the look and outfit I decided to wear on my journey as well as what I purchased.
Check out the deets when you read the rest…
First let me say I felt like a kindergartener on the first day of school. I had my pro card for an entire week before I actually decided to use it. I was committed to making sure I had on the right outfit and makeup look for my appearance in the MAC store. It’s as if I wanted to look like I even deserved to even use the pro card.
Transparency Moment: Even though I love M.A.C and their products, I can be the first to admit that the associates working in the store can be a bit pretentious at times. I find it happens more in the MAC store and not the counters you would find in department stores. Of course I know a lot of M.A.C artists that are super sweet but there must be something about the black and white monotone décor and all black uniform that bring out the complete cunt in some of the people that work there. Either way I didn’t want any problems. But enough of that…On to the main event!
Here is a breakdown of my makeup, outfit and what I ultimately purchased.
The Makeup Look
I thought it would just be easier to pull out each item that I used for my look. Confession: I did not use all MAC Makeup. Aforementioned, I prefer Mary Kay skin products and that includes foundation and concealer as well as some other products. Oops! Forgot to include concealer in my collage! MY BAD!!
- Code Heat eye shadow (M.A.C.)
- Pink Opal Pigment (M.A.C.)
- Cinnabar Eye Shadow (Mary Kay) – Used on eye and brow
- Expresso Eye Shadow (Mary Kay) – Used on eye and brow
- Black Liquid Liner (Mary Kay)
- Ultimate Mascara (Mary Kay)
- Love Joy Blush (M.A.C.)
- Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation (Mary Kay)
- Beaux Lustreglass (M.A.C)
- Concealer (Not pictured) (Mary Kay) – Used on eye as highlighter and under eye
You guys know I stan for colorblocking. I created a look out of blues and greens which happen to be two of my favorite colors. Hmmm..ok maybe that’s a lie. It was clean and cute so I put and on not to mention I got lots of compliments! I didn’t want to be a total geek and ask someone to take a picture of me in the M.A.C store because I wanted to come off as a total professional. Therefore, I had to search the internet and luckily I found most of the pieces if you’re interested.
- Jessica Simpson Color Block Peeptoe shoes
- Royal Blue Boxy Pleat Neck Top from Express
- Turquoise Skinny Jeans from New York and Company
What I bought
After all that hoopla I didn’t buy much. It seems like everything I wanted they didn’t even have! Therefore I used this trip to replenish some inventory as well as purchase a few of their limited edition items. I was also entered into a raffle to win $2000 worth of makeup! (I guess all my efforts weren’t done in vain…lol)
Check out details of my purchase below:
Overall my debut experience was great. The sales associate was extra sweet and I used my card without a hitch! Ultimately I only spent about $30 ($33.43 to be exact), but before your eyes get too wide I did have a $25 gift card and I took advantage of the BACK to MAC benefit. BACK to Mac is basically for every 6 empty containers of MAC product you return, you can get a gloss, lipstick and I think shadow for free. I brought back 12 items and opted for two free lip glosses.
Ok folks I feel like this post is getting WAY Too long so I’m going to wrap it up here. If you have any questions about my look or overall experience, please feel free to leave a comment below. Again, I PROMISE to do a post on how to get a card for all you aspiring artist but as you can see doing it in this post would’ve made it a novel.
I look forward to all your comments and questions. Until Next time…STAY FAB!!