If you have an olive-based skin tone, you're going to flip for MAC Cosmetic's latest color launch!

Designed by Mickey Contractor -- the artist behind three decade's worth of glamorous Bollywood movie stars -- the color story will debut yellow-based foundations and concealers finely tuned to match the Indian skin tones that Contractor is so familiar with sculpting.

The collection also includes a brilliant palette of bright fuchsias, teals, plums and neutrals to perfectly complement tan tones, and will launch by way of lipsticks, Lipglasses, eye shadow pots and palettes, as well as the brand's popular Fluidline gel eyeliner.

"The inspiration for this collection really came from what I felt Indian women needed. Pigmentation and discoloration problems around the mouth and under the eyes is something that most people in India have a problem with, so creating the concealers was really important to me," says Contractor, who is also MAC's director of makeup artistry for India.

"Outside of India, they'll also work beautifully on Hispanic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern skins, which can also have similar issues with pigmentation," adds Contractor, who says that previous to this collection, he has had trouble with skin makeups appearing gray on yellow-toned clients.

The sultry makeup pieces carry Indian names like Viva ("marriage"), Jaan ("my life") and Athma ("soul"). Contractor points to the nude-beige-brown lipstick Mehr ("grace") as one of his favorites, which he named for his wife. India's influence doesn't just stop at the names; the shades are all culturally informed as well. For example, the bright hue of pink found in the eye shadow pot is often associated with India as "Rani pink." Maharanis, or princesses, from Rajasthan traditionally incorporated the vibrant pink shade into their outfits as a symbol of royalty.

The splashy teal and emerald-green gel eyeliners, on the other hand, were inspired by mere practicality.

The new makeup goodies will retail from $14.50, for the eye shadows, to $36, for the eye shadow quad, and will hit MAC counters across the U.S. on Jan. 6. (let's hope they bring it to Kuwait!)

And after a lifetime of working in the Bollywood biz, Contractor has certainly left his makeup mark.

"My whole idea was to try and minimize the old Bollywood way of makeup as much as possible -- we used to be pan stick and pancake makeup," explains Contractor.

"I wanted it to look more modern, more real, more today, closer to what Hollywood does... because it makes it more believable. That was my contribution to this culture."

12/30/2010 05:44:41 pm

Can't wait to try them out, looks promising.

12/30/2010 05:46:07 pm

Yeah, let's just hope they bring this collection to Kuwait-- they would be CRAZY not to!


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