On February 22nd, M.A.C Barbados held its Spring workshops themed 'Femme to Feline'. I'm no stranger to these workshops but I attend any time I can because I see it as value for money. You get information about the current runway trends in nice setting (refreshments are available) plus at the end you get the ticket cost back in product. Thus far all M.A.C Techniques I have attended have been $200BDS. I attended the morning session while the Limegrove customers attended the evening one.
This toss Regional Trainer Sabrina was joined by Terrica and they took us step by step through dramatic and subtle looks for Spring 2014. This was an advanced class but as Vanada pointed out to me, the M.A.C artists are there to provide hands on assistance and recommend products specific to the consumers needs. I found this latter part quite helpful since a running complaint of mine regarding these workshops is that the models chosen don't reflect the average woman's concerns; i.e severe acne, post acne hyper pigmentation, no eyebrows to speak of etc.
A section of the attendees
Tools allocated to each patron
The morning session was well attended. The usual standards applied: tools were provided for use, a notebook and pencil was given to each participant but for the first time (to my knowledge) each person was also give a sample of a skin care item or mascara. I'm pretty accustomed to Sabrina's teaching style. She's interactive and precise. It was my first time seeing Terrica in this capacity and she did a great job. I especially appreciated that she took the time to give amended tips on how she achieves certain procedures on herself. I mean, it's one thing to apply lashes on someone but a whole nudda ball game doing it on yuhself. Same thing applies for winged eye liner. One thing they always preach is practice makes perfect. We see these M.A.C artists looking fierce and flawless and that can be inspiring and intimidating all at once. It was good to be reminded that: 1) they had to work at their craft to get to that level and 2) they sometimes still make mistakes so Q-tips and Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser come in handy.
Sabrina and Terrica's work station
"Back stage" (of sorts)
Sabrina took us through the paces of creating a smokey cat eye while Terrica created a more classic nude look. Both looks focused on flawless luminous skin. So you know I was like, #hereforit. I always admire the emphasis M.A.C artists place on educating their customers on hydrating and moisturizing the skin. In this climate we tend to shy away from such things thinking they'll make us "greasy" looking. Sabrina always stresses the need to moisturize the skin even if your desired end result is a matte face. The products highlighted in this workshop were: Face and Body foundation, Pro Longwear concealer, Studio Fix power (to contour), Mineralized Skinfinish Natural (to set the foundation), Fix +, Cleanse Off Oil, Pro Longwear Paint Pots and lashes.
Sabrina and her model
Terrica and her model
Another of my concerns regarding this style of workshop was hands on instruction. I never actually apply any makeup in these classes but I always wonder if the patrons get enough personal attention. Moreso, I wonder if a complete novice can walk away feeling like they can recreate what they were just shown if they had the products. From what I witnessed, the M.A.C staff present dealt with their respective sections adequately. I saw many of the artist actually demonstrating proper application techniques on the customers.
Tennille was in charge of my section. She's just amazing.
Over The Top MUA (Karolynn) showing proper crease shadow placement
Sabrina educating on where to hold a brush for maximum effect
Apart from being great value for money (although I wish you could get the products at the duty free price), these workshops are fantastic for girl time. I had the pleasure of meeting Ebony, Co-Founder of Make-Up Doll Cosmetics. She, her friend and I had a good time especially answering the give away questions. Apparently I'm banned from answering cause I know too much O_O.
Great to meet you Ebony!
Since I attended the morning session, I had time to redeem my gift card when the workshop was over. Here's what I picked up:
Mini Cleanse Off Oil, Brush Cleaner, Sharpener, Pro Longwear Eye Liner 'Powerline' and Select Moisturecover concealer 'NC50'
I was only $39 over my gift card value. That deserves a round of applause! The second photo shows what actually belongs to me, so you know what that means *wink*