When Jeremy Scott decided he was going to do a makeup collaboration with MAC, he wanted to design everything, including the packaging. And that he did. Now, available in MAC stores and Ulta, the CD, cassette, and boombox-shaped palettes are just as standout as the designer's fashion collections, which also typically take inspiration from music in some way, shape, or form. The collboration took two years to complete. "It takes more time than it looks, more time than I expected," said Scott, at MAC Soho in New York City the day after his Fall 2018 fashion show. "I'm used to fashion, I'm like,' move, move, move, move, move.' But the most important thing was that not only the colors and makeup...even the outer packaging is something I'm proud of."
The boombox-shaped eyeshadow palette (with 29 shades, mind you) is just as OTT as you might think, and the CD-inspired cheek palette is extremely fun when it comes to packaging, but really delivers on on being the perfect solution to easy contouring. Here, we talked to the legendary designer about all things beauty, plus, his most recent runway show.
How important is beauty to you when it comes to having a runway show?
It's so important. It's really the final touch that really explains my story. I mean even with clothes as strong as they are, like from yesterday, if I had different hair and makeup it would...lets say I did some '40s [beauty] look, you know? It would be like "oh, okay well what is this? Is she a time traveler?"
So when you're designing your collection, do you think about that?
Yeah. In flashes, yeah absolutely. Of course, when it gets closer, a lot more especially as I see the look come together.
Do you remember one of the most extreme runway beauty looks you've ever done for your shows?
We did one with Kabuki [makeup artist] and Eugene [Souleiman, hair stylist] a couple years back, maybe five years ago, a show called Moving History, where, also similar to this time, Kabuki had created — I don't know what it's called, like a sticker or something. He had created some kind of stickers that were on the girls' faces as well as blue lips and all these different colors and Eugene had created a kind of crimped wig so that was definitely one of the strong ones.