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Contouring Is Over, Says Mac Makeup Guru Romero Jennings

Bye-bye bronzer, hello highlighter!
Contouring Is Over, Says Mac Makeup Guru Romero Jennings Bye-bye bronzer, hello highlighter!

At MAC’s exclusive trends presentation in Shangri-la Boracay, their Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings put the finishing touches on model Sam Gomez. He dabbed here and there with a brush dipped in opalescent highlighting powder - and gasp! No bronzer.

“There is a certain kind of makeup that’s big on the Internet now,” he said, perhaps referring to the Youtube tutorials that have girls looking like Kimba the White Lion. “But it’s so extreme to do both highlighting and contouring at the same time. The push now is just on highlighting, so the skin looks luminous.”


MAC forecasts luminous skin for Spring/Summer 2015, with no contour powder.

Having dolled up Naomi Campbell, Dita Von Teese and countless faces in the pages of Vogue, Jennings knows what he’s talking about when it comes to figuring out what looks pretty and modern.

The Jamaican born New Yorker studied fashion design at FIT, then moved to Tokyo for an apprenticeship, but then found himself having to do the makeup for a catalogue. Since then, he’s been perfecting his “gentle touch” on the cosmetic front.

His advice for girls who are afraid to lighten up, and think they look absolutely fabulous with a nose line and hard, hard cheekbones? Take baby steps. “Do the makeup as you normally would," he said. "Then leave out one or two elements every time.”

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To get the look, dip a fluffy brush in MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (P2050) then swirl gently on the brow bone, the sides of the eyes, the tops of the cheekbones, the center of the nose and anywhere that light hits naturally.

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