If you've seen the late Helmut Newton's photography, you know that the German-Australian photographer has a very particular aesthetic. Usually shot in black-and-white, the women in his photographs are sleek, powerful and almost untouchable in their glamour. Fun fact: Newton used to live in Singapore and was once a photographer for The Straits Times. Well, he clearly moved on to bigger and better things, as he was particularly celebrated for his erotically-charged editorial spreads in Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Oft-imitated in the world of photography, M.A.C celebrates Newton's unique, femme fatale aesthetic with a new makeup collection that focusses on just three aspects: the nails, lips and eyes. Lips are wine stained in sultry shades of red, nails are dressed up in either deep scarlets or a cool grey, while the eyes are defined with dark and light shades so they pop both in black-and-white and colour. Says M.A.C's James Gager, "I have always greatly admired Helmut Newton's work — the precision and glamour of his images, as well as the strength and elegance of the women that he photographed. It is an honour to be able to create a makeup collection that captures his provocative vision in a M.A.C way."
The nail collection consists of three crème shades: Monte Carlo Red, Call Time Grey and Berlin Purple. Think of them as as your ultimate, sophisticated nail wardrobe — girly girls need not apply. Similarly, the three shades of the brand's popular Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor are suitably vampy: there's a true scarlet, burgundy red and dark plum, so you can look like a signature Newton woman. To finish off the look, there's the Point and Shoot Eye Palette in a classic combination of eggshell, grey, brown and black to sculpt and define the eyes, as well a black liquid liner and a mascara. We love how in a world of cutesy pink makeup and frosty, pastel colours, this grown-up collaboration kicks ass.
From $24-$70. At M.A.C counters and stores from November