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OUR EXCLUSIVE Q+A WITH KIEKIE STANNERS, M·A·C SENIOR ARTIST NEW ZEALAND

Celebrating the iconic M·A·C Studio Fix collection

1. WHY IS THE STUDIO FIX FRANCHISE SO ICONIC?

Studio Fix has earned its reputation as a reliable, high performance formula. Originally created for professional makeup artists, this foundation franchise has been put to the test by industry experts and customers alike. Designed to be long-wearing, non-fading and easily blendable, its cult-like status speaks for itself. Available in our most inclusive range of foundation shades, Studio Fix really is made for every skin tone, every need and every lifestyle. 

2. HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH STUDIO FIX PRODUCT IS BEST SUITED TO MY SKIN TYPE?

The original M·A·C full-coverage foundation – Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 – is our number one foundation for a reason! It provides immediate and long-term hydration for your skin while controlling oil and shine and is sweat and humidity resistant, making it the ultimate day-to-night foundation. Its buildable formula means you can customize your level of coverage and, with a line-up of up to 67 shades, there is a foundation for everyone. 

The Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer provides similar benefits to the foundation but also boasts a 24-hour transfer-resistant claim. The concealer is an ideal product for flawless under eye coverage, and it works perfectly for pigmentation and blemish concerns. The doe-foot applicator allows for instant coverage, making it our go-to touch up product. 

Studio Fix Powder Plus Compact is the ultimate one-step powder foundation product and has been a trusted handbag staple for years. This legendary powder is perfect for instantly removing shine while providing coverage at the same time. Adored by customers and industry experts, this product can be worn alone or on top of your base as a setting powder. Dust the powder on with a brush or apply with a sponge for a full coverage application.

3. ARE THE STUDIO FIX PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO BE WORN TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY?

The Studio Fix franchise is designed to work perfectly together or as standalone products. The beauty of the franchise is that the products are designed to provide medium-to-full buildable coverage, so a singular product is all you need to achieve your ideal base. However by combining your favourite Studio Fix products, you can achieve the ultimate long-lasting matte foundation finish. 

Applying Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation with a firm brush, like M·A·C’s #170 Slant Brush, will give you full, even coverage all over. You can then apply the Studio Fix 24 Hour Smooth Wear Concealer where needed for coverage in spot areas. Finally, set your base with Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for a long-lasting matte finish. 

You can also personalize your Studio Fix look by mixing different product and textures into your foundation. The Studio Fix formulas are oil controlling and have a mattifying effect on the skin, so the addition of an illuminating product will allow for a full coverage finish but with added luminosity. I love using M·A·C’s Prep + Prime Essential Oils Stick on my cheekbones to take my skin from matte to dewy in key areas on my face. By mixing a second product into your foundation routine – in this case, a high- shine balm - you can achieve a completely different foundation look.

4. ARE THERE ANY PERFECTLY PAIRED PRODUCTS I SHOULD USE WITH MY STUDIO FIX FOUNDATION? 

To customise a Studio Fix foundation recipe to best suit your skin type, you need to identify what your skin needs are and what your desired outcome is. Does your foundation get shiny throughout the day? Try a priming product that is designed to work in partnership with your foundation. M·A·C Prep + Prime Natural Radiance is a makeup primer that’s specifically beneficial for oily and combination skin types. It’s a silicone-free, silky gel emulsion that hydrates and prepares skin to improve the application of liquid or powder foundation while promoting smooth skin texture. 

If you find your skin feels dry throughout the day, try prepping with a moisturizer before your makeup application. Apply M·A·C’s Strobe Cream onto your skin for hydration and an instant glow. If you are naturally on the drier side, Strobe Cream will help to give the illusion of radiant, moisture-rich skin. You can then apply your Studio Fix products over top and re-hydrate your skin throughout the day with a spritz of M·A·C Prep + Prime Fix+. The beauty of this combination is that you are still getting the fuller coverage and long wear properties of the Studio Fix range, but with the benefits of added hydration and luminosity for your skin.

5. HOW DO I APPLY STUDIO FIX SPF15 FOUNDATION TO ENSURE A FLAWLESS FINISH?

When applying Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation you can customise the coverage and finish of your foundation base by using different tools. For the ultimate full coverage look, apply your foundation with a firm, dense brush. This allows you to build up the amount of liquid foundation applied. M·A·C’s #170 Slanted Brush is ideal for this as it acts like a firm sponge and directly layers liquid product onto your skin. Use the brush in a small, circular buffing motion to get the fullest coverage from your Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation

Applying Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation with a sponge will give you a perfect, medium coverage finish. By using a firm sponge like a Beauty Blender, your foundation coverage and finish will still be flawless, but you’ll get a slightly sheerer finish. Try pressing the foundation directly into the skin with the sponge to minimise texture or lifting through the t-zone. 

For a lightweight application of Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation, try using a softer, fluffier brush to apply - this way you are creating an even veil of foundation that has a ‘real’ skin effect. By using a brush such as M·A·C’s #168 Large Angled Contour Brush or the #188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush, you can apply a sheer wash of foundation to your skin, resulting in more of a lightweight tint. For the best results, pick up a small amount of foundation on the brush tips, then buff this out over your face in large circular motions. Ensure the centre of your face and cheeks are the focus area during application, as this is generally the area that we need an even coverage.

YOUR GIFT

In celebration of M·A·C's iconic Studio Fix franchise, purchase any Studio Fix product plus one additional M·A·C product and receive a complimentary double-sided makeup bag containing samples*

*Terms & Conditions Apply. Offer available from 7th - 20th September 2020 or while stocks last. 

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