Top 10 MAC Essentials

It’s Fashion Week in New York and what better time to debut a new MAC makeup collection that is a celebration of the collaboration between MAC and Milk Studios (the venue where many of the fashion shows are held). MAC Cosmetics introduces  M·A·C & Milk Makeup Collection – a selection of basic backstage essentials found in every makeup artist’s kit.  These show staples are consistently relied upon by the MAC PRO Team to create the key fashion week beauty trends throughout the world.

“Radiant skin, smokey eyes and beige lips (try Twig) seem to be a part of the beauty trends every season. The M·A·C & Milk Collection are the iconic products that create these trends. No makeup artist can live without these products during Fashion Week,” says Gordon Espinet, Vice President of Global Makeup Artistry, M·A·C Cosmetics.

I’ve seen firsthand the backstage makeup process during Fashion Week and it’s impressive to see the M·A·C senior makeup artists at work.  This tried-and-true collection has been road tested by makeup artists in the trenches. If you’re looking for ten of the “essential” M·A·C products to have on-hand, look no further.

The M·A·C & Milk Collection includes:

MAC Strobe Cream

Strobe Cream: The ultimate quick fix for skin. This cream brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants, enhancing the effect of light on the skin. $33

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream
Fast Response Eye Cream: This caffeinated cream de-puffs, firms, soothes and softens skin around the eyes.  $31
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+Prep + Prime Fix+: One spritz of this vitamin and mineral blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, and a scent of Sugi leaves the skin radiant and fresh.  $22
MAC Eye Kohl-Smolder 
Eye Kohl in Smolder: This intense black eye pencil lines, defines, and shades with rich colour and a silky smooth finish. $16
MAC Brow Set - Clear Brow Set in Clear: This brush-on clear gel grooms and slicks brows into shape without flaking or stiffening the brow.  $17

MAC Zoom Lash Mascara - Zoomblack
Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack: This smudge-proof and long-wearing mascara provides instant volume and length to the lashes in a rich black shade.  $17

MAC Skinfinish - Natural

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: This luxurious face powder contains baked in minerals that provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish. Perfect to set and fix foundation.  One of my favorite M·A·C Products, it’s available in 15 shades. $32

MAC Face and Body Foundation
Face and Body Foundation: This water-based and water-resistant foundation provides sheer, natural looking coverage in a long-lasting formula.  Available in 13 shades. $27
  MAC Clear Lipglass
Clear Lipglass: Containing Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips, this clear gloss creates a high gloss, glass-like finish that lasts.  $15

 MAC 187 duo-fibre face brush

Duo Fibre Face Brush #187: This large full circular brush made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres can be used to blend face powders or pigments to create soft layers or add textures. This is a makeup tool that I use every single day; it’s absolutely indispensable.  $42

The M·A·C & Milk Makeup Collection is available in department stores including Nordstrom and at

Updated: Since the original publication of this post, these products are all now part of the permanent M·A·C line.


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