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Beauty Tribe: Q&A with James Molloy

MAC Make-up

This winter's direction takes us away from the favoured berry lips and painted lady look of previous years and instead introduces a more natural and polished style.

James Molloy, Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC, talks us through his inspiration for this modern look.

Q: What was your inspiration for the look?

A: Early '70s pin up girls such as Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall and Jane Fonda - all the amazing American beauties with great grooming and bare faces. It's great for women as they can wear these looks everyday. I mean there will always be moments when you play with colour, however this season is about creating something more refined.

Q: So what should we focus on this season?

A: It’s a return to the eye! For so many seasons we have seen bold, bright lips but the direction is now focusing on a soft dimensional eye with an interesting layering of product from creamy tobacco tones that wrap around the eye to taupes and natural hues.

Q: Talk us through the looks you created for the David Jones AW15 Fashion Launch.

A: My inspiration was a girl out in New York, she is a bit of a socialite, and she is cool. The one thing done is the eye but the rest of her look is underdone and inherent.

The first look features a smokey eye that mixes a blackened gold pencil and a shimmer cream to create a beautiful wet look. It's complimented with a classic nude lip and a subtle sheen to the skin.

The second look is more sophisticated and wraps the eye in a haze of warm tobacco colour and creamy texture. Adding layers of jet black mascara gives the eye a little toughness and is kept modern against a sheer skin that allows the natural flush to show through.

Here's how to recreate the looks.

Q: What do you love about these looks?

A: Both looks have elements of a classic makeup look but are made modern with the use of textures and playing some elements up and others down.

Q: Anything else we should keep in mind for winter?

A: Remember to prep your skin well before you put on your makeup. I love softening lotions, packed with vitamin C that can be used as a mini facemask. It fixes up dry areas and gives a little exfoliation.

I’m all about what’s in the skincare bag as much as the make-up bag; it’s all about priming and softening lotions, the right things to give you a natural look rather than hiding everything with makeup. Start with sheer layers rather than creating a heavy layer, and your skin will always look dimensional.