mac backstage


In 2011 Gareth Pugh collaborated with MAC cosmetics where he produced a collection, which took 2 years to make. The collection features eyeshadow, distinctive false eye lashes, lipstick etc. It is noted that his collection is like his clothes ‘the study of opposites’.

Looking at the collection, there is definitely his style represented in the make up and I like how he has collaborated with MAC because they are a very well known positive brand where most people shop because of their products. Pugh himself has worked with MAC backstage and has come to know them, which shows the relationship there. Pugh talks about the collection: "One light and ethereal, based on silver and grey tones and the other is dark blue colours, which has a more powerful message - I really like the idea of exploring the hard side of beauty" 

I chose to look at this collection because for the androgynous make up I want dark colours possibly a dark lipstick which I tried in my previous test shots. But as well as contouring to make the cheek bones stand out and Pugh has included a silver/grey tone collection, which I could explore. 


Vogue. (2011) Pugh World Order. Available at: [Accessed 7th December]


Watch legendary drag icon and performance artist Joey Arias turn M•A•C Wipes into art at our exclusive collaborative event. Who said taking off makeup can’t be as fun as putting it on?


Since the 1980s, New York City drag icon Joey Arias has been a prominent, and fearless, fixture in the performance art world. His public debut — sharing the stage with iconoclastic performers David Bowie and Klaus Nomi on Saturday Night Live — is the stuff of pop legend.  Soon, his unforgettable visual provoked excited and curious responses throughout art, music and nightlife culture, making Arias an instant idol of Club 57 and the vibrant downtown circuit. Renowned to this day for his outrageous stage presence, he has channeled Billie Holiday and Joan Crawford, taken his show “Joey Arias in Concert” on a global tour, starred in Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and much more. In his most recent evolution, Arias brought his transformative act to London for an exclusive M•A•C event celebrating his art and impact. Get an insider look at our special evening with the icon and his friends.