images via M.A.C cosmetics

If you know me then you know I have recently been having this growing obsession with MAKEUP! Everything about it from the application to the results just gets me going.. With that said I am sure you could only imagine just how excited I was to find out that M.A.C Cosmetics was going to be TOM* (Toronto Mens Fashion Week’s) official beauty & grooming sponsor for this season WHICH IS SO MAJOR!! I mean hello It’s M.A.C Cosmetics for friggin sakes!!! This season I had the pleasure of hanging out with the talented MAC Cosmetics team and M.A.C Cosmetics Senior Artist Jane McKay for some insight and inspiration from some of TOM*’s star designers.. Before we got into makeup I asked her what the direction/recurring theme may be for the collections and she explained that;

“The trend that I am seeing for men in 2016 is smooth, hydrated, great looking skin. Skincare is essential to protect and hydrate. Primers work to smooth the skin and minimize imperfections. Men are discovering what women have long known to be true, a small amount of makeup may correct and enhance without being visible to the naked eye.”

– Which I obviously loved, because that is what I STARTED wearing make-up for.. Now, yes, I am full tranny, pseudo drag queen extravaganza LOL!!!! BUT!!! I did indeed start because I had severe blemishes and wanted to hide them in a natural looking way… Anyways… Back to the shows…. Some of my favourite key looks for these masculine male models were the dramatic eyes in one show, to natural masculine glows in another to extreme futuristic and almost alien like high metallic shines finished off by what Jane showed me was the perfect icing on the cake, the M.A.C Prep plus Prime plus Fix, finishing spray! Another thing I noticed was there was no shortage of contour, which would be assumed to be a given but HELLO honey #YASSSS to cheek bones!!!! Overall, the M.A.C team really killed it this season and I can’t wait to see what they have in the future! See below for some of my favourite key looks.

Included below is a list of Jane’s must-have male grooming products to achieve this season’s men’s grooming trend. All of which are being used backstage this season at TOM*.

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Brows Are It! Big Brow Pencil
Product price: $25.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Fast Response Eye Cream
Product price: $38.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Prep+Prime Fix+ Spray
Product price: $26.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Oil Control Lotion
Product price: $40.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Prep+Prime Face Protect SPF50
Product price: $37.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Prep+Prime Natural Radiance
Product price: $49.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer
Product price: $23.00 CDN

Product name: M·A·C Cosmetics Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
Product price: $34.50 CDN

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How cool is this! When I did my Q&A with the TOM* team, little did I know that it was going to result in a 4 page feature in the second issue of their magazine TOM*. I am literally in awe over this because of how well written and produced the piece is. I have to say this might be my favourite feature I’ve ever been in! Thank you so much to the amazing TOM* team – Not only do I love this feature but I loved being a part of the family this season, from DJ’ing the opening night party to hosting the closing (and all else in between of course) – I just had such an amazing time with TOM* Toronto Men’s Fashion Week this season and can’t wait for the next. I think it is extremely important for Toronto’s industry to support events like this. To all those people saying “who do the think they are” – “why are they even trying” – “it doesn’t make sense” … Let me ask you.. What are YOU doing to contribute to the fashion industry in our country.. IN only 2 seasons TOM has garnered international press, from Forbes to GQ (just to name two of the thousands of press features they have had).. TOM* is an impressive, well throughout out and executed infusion of culture, style and fashion in Canada and I undoubtedly support.. #ISupportTOM

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