Thursday night I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the new MAC Pro store in Miami Beach and of course, I took photos as quick as I could snap the shutter button.
The store design was incredible! Rough-hewn wood floors; sleek black table tops that sat on repurposed timber legs and frames; strings of modern lighting; shelves & displays of so much makeup my entire savings could have been blown in under an hour. The back wall of the store was definitely the focal point- jars of “paints” in every imaginable shade hovering on translucent shelves. Color is definitely IT for Spring 2010, ladies!
After oogling the store for a bit, we headed upstairs to the seventh floor of a parking garage. A parking garage doesn’t sound glamorous, but it can be quite cool when done correctly- combines a feeling of inside and outdoors, industrial decor, and most importantly plenty of room!
The MAC peeps had told me the exhibit centered around typography, MAC’s new acrylic makeup paints, and nude models. My love of font design combined with makeup??? Woo hoo!
Jami’s note: I’ve cropped and/or blurred some of the photos for display here on Bionic Beauty. If you’d like to see the full artistic works (artistic nudity involved, you’ve been warned), mosey on over to my Picasa Album.
Little did I know that the eye-candy had just begun…
The Makeup Artists arrived at 7:30am and worked all day, yet they were still full of energy when I arrived twelve hours later!
All of the model’s were painted using MAC’s new acrylic paints. Some used the acrylics diluted so they could be airbrushed, others used stencils, and nearly all had elements painted by hand. Some of the artists incorporated stickers, stamps, displays, black lights, hair extensions, and even a rotating platform.
In short, the body painting was exquisite. Each model had at least four makeup artists working on them!
This guy balanced as long as he could on one foot. He’d switch back and forth, of course; but he had my respect for having the hardest position to hold.
Even though we were in Miami and it was warm, the ocean “breeze” was like a gale-force wind. Models tried to hide their shivering, and hair (mine included) was flying everywhere. (I knew I should have packed a barrette!) It also made it quite hard to get a steady shot.
“In and Out”
This was my favorite and the hardest to catch on film. The platform was slowly rotating (see my video below) and demonstrated the duality of our recent culture. One side showed words that have fallen out of vogue, and the other had verbiage that is now “on trend”.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried anything new.”
Touch up time! Some of the googley-eyes had popped off.
Me, two models, and MAC Makeup Artist Keri…
Here’s a very short video of some of the action at the exhibit…
The new MAC Pro store is located at 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. Stop by if you’re in the area!