Look like a Helmut Newton girl with M.A.C's new limited edition collection

Look like a Helmut Newton girl with M.A.C's new limited edition collection

Agent provocateur

Text: Renée Batchelor

Inspired by the sexy, powerful women in Helmut Newton's legendary photos? Delve into this M.A.C makeup collection inspired by his images

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."  

Helmut Newton woman

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.
M.A.C Helmut Newton

From $24-$70. At M.A.C counters and stores from November