Senior MAC Artist, Ashley Rudder, knows all about crafting beautiful, unique makeup looks on a variety of complexions. She has traveled around the world with fellow artists, teaching and educating others on how to do the same. I had the privilege of seeing her create in person and got some tips and tricks about working with deeper complexions. Here are five MAC products she recommends for skin tones with a 'lil melanin.
1. Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Essence
Ashley says, "It has so much Vitamin C and Vitamin C affects melanin in a beautiful way. It helps balance the tone, so if you've had a break out that develops a dark scar, it helps reverse that."
2. Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Ashley says, " The Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is super important for brown skin to really glow. You gotta have a physical exfoliator to take the dead skin off of the surface. This product also has actual active volcanic ash in it, so it helps remove impurities and control oil. It really will help refine your skin in the best way possible. You mask with it first; you leave it on the skin for about 10 minutes. You can use this mask once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. At least once a week, but if you are oily, definitely not more than that. The exfoliator ingredient is sugar, so it is very gentle and very effective."
3. Prep and Prime Fix +
Ashley says, "This is another essential because to truly moisturize the skin it has to be hydrated. Spraying Fix + on your skin first, before you apply your moisturizer will give you a longer lasting moisturizing moment. "
4. Matchmaster Foundation
Ashley says, "I love the Matchmaster foundation, especially for deeper skin because it basically takes on your undertone and so it magically matches you, so its the coolest. That's why it only goes by number, there's no NC or NW, because the number takes on your undertone."
5. Lipstick in "Touch"
Ashley says, "It's my favorite lipstick because you don't have to wear a lip pencil with it (depending on how deep your skintone is.) It's a great nude brown."