I’m not shy about my obsessions — Christian Bale (marry me!), the MAC 266 brush and the Terminator series (more on this later) — but by far the deepest of my frivolous obsessions is for our Madge-esty almighty, Madonna, an obsession I’ve harbored since the tender age of eight.
When I finally got my hands on MAC’s Russian Red lipstick from the MAC Originals collection, I had a minor Madonna fan freak-out moment. Madge rocked the Russian Red in her late-80s Blonde Ambition era. Remember the Express Yourself and Vogue videos? I taped them on MTV and replayed the sh*t out of both until my mom yelled at me to “turn it off!” Parents just don’t understand.
For Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour, Russian Red accompanied all the over-the-top costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
I remain 1,343,555,432,543 degrees of separation from Madonna, but at least I can wear her lipstick. So, in honor of my favorite pop star of all time, here’s a tutorial of a look I did with MAC Russian Red lipstick, along with other products from the Originals Collection (Daisychain eyeshadow, Ochre Style eyeshadow and Melon Pigment).
Here’s the finished look (complete with mole)! I call it the “Ode to Madge.” LOL!
Step-by-step tutorial: “Ode to Madge”
First, grab your brushes, your products and find a nice spot to work.
- MAC 266
- Billy B Paint Brush #6
- MAC 252
- MAC 217
- MAC 194
- Billy B Paint Brush #13
- MAC 129
- MAC 224
- MAC 182
- MAC 316
- MAC Concrete eyeshadow
- MAC Bare Canvas Paint
- MAC Daisychain eyeshadow
- MAC Melon Pigment
- MAC Ochre Style eyeshadow
- MAC Ebony Eye Pencil
- MAC Black Mascara X
- MAC NW 25 Select Moisturecover concealer
- Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 2
- Laura Mercier Suntan Beige Oil-Free Foundation
- MAC Blushbaby blush
- MAC Subculture lip pencil
- MAC Russian Red lipstick
Here’s my bare nekkid eye!
I should say that you can definitely improvise this look with different brushes than the ones I’ve used here.
Begin by filling in your brows with MAC Concrete eyeshadow using an angled brush like the MAC 266.
Using your ring finger, pat MAC Bare Canvas Paint evenly over the entire eyelid.
This is what it should look like so far:
Apply MAC Daisychain eyeshadow right below the browbone area with a flat shader brush. Here, I’m using Billy B Paint Brush #6.
Using the same brush, apply MAC Daisychain eyeshadow to the inner lid.
Now, take a stiff, flat brush like the MAC 252, and apply MAC Melon Pigment to the outer half of the eyelid.
Next, grab your blending brush and blend away any harsh edges. Here, I’m using a MAC 217.
Now it’s crease time! Add more depth to the crease with MAC Ochre Style shadow. Gently lift up your eyebrow with the opposite hand, and apply MAC Ochre Style into the crease using a sweeping back and forth motion. I had to use several layers because Ochre Style shows up light on my skin. When you’re finished, use your MAC 217 blending brush to soften any harsh lines.
A few popular options for nice crease brushes are the MAC 224, 217 and 222. For this, I’m using the same brush I used earlier to apply Daisychain eyeshadow to the brow and the crease (Billy B Paint Brush #6).
Here’s what you’ve got so far!
Now, draw a thin black line on the top lash line with a MAC Ebony Eye Pencil. It helps to use your opposite hand to gently pull your lid to the side (toward your ear) before applying the pencil. Try to get the color as close to your lashes as possible. You can make this line as thick or as thin as you’d like.
And here’s the result:
I’ve got stick straight lashes (boo), so I gotta curl ‘em! After/if you curl yours, add two layers of MAC Mascara X mascara in black to your upper and lower lashes.
It’s time to get rid of those nasty dark circles. Grab some eye makeup remover or a DHC Olive Oil Swab and remove any shadow or mascara underneath the eye. Then, dot MAC Select Moiturecover concealer in NW 25 into the inner corner and blend it with a MAC 194 brush.
Using Billy B Paint Brush #13, set the concealer with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder 2.
Et voila! Dark circles no mo’! I guess it’s time for some foundation…
Dot some Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation in Suntan Beige, and then blend it in with the MAC 182 brush — goofy facial expression totally optional.
Blush time! Use a MAC 129 blush brush to apply MAC Blushbaby blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Follow your cheek shape, and bring the color up at an angle toward your hairline.
Keep smiling! Swipe a MAC 224 brush into your pan of Blushbaby and add some definition to the bottoms of the apples of each cheek.
Line your lips with a MAC Subculture lip pencil.
Add one layer of MAC Russian Red lipstick using a MAC 194 brush. Blot, and then add a second layer for good luck.
Here’s the finished lip look:
Not quite done yet…
You can’t forget to add Madge’s famous mole! Put a small dot over your upper right lip with a MAC Ebony Eye pencil.
And now that you’re done…
You’re ready to strike a pose!
Love ya, Madge!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,