“I’m intimidated by beauty, constantly.” Terry Barber, Director of Makeup Artistry at MAC.
Beauty is about imperfection. Beauty is about captivation. Beauty divides opinion. Creating faces from model canvases, MAC’s director of makeup artistry Terry Barber adores empowering women through the medium of makeup. Captivated by feminine prowess, young Terry first fell in love with high fashion via Linda Evangelista. Stunned and excited by the intensity of the supermodel’s features, he quickly began experimenting with his own identity, playing around with statement looks inspired by ‘of the times’ icons: Culture Club and Boy George. Today Terry continues to worship women, working all over the world on editorials, runway shows and on the development of products and trends with the original makeup of makeup artists, MAC. The go-to source for high impact, experimental and picture perfect cosmetic genius, i-D caught up with Terry to chat strong noses, thin lips and why Tilda Swinton is his no. 1. Read up on his key trends for next season below.
Beauty’s new signature of purity is all about perfect, luminous skin. Super polished and rich, drenched in moisturiser, emphasising boyish beauty, this look is soft, neutral and focussed on healthy living. Think more luxe, less raw.
Inspired by nature this trend expresses a modern romance through the sensuous poetry of modern makeup. Pulling shades inspired by seascapes and sunsets SS13′s more lucid stance takes the runway’s enduring intrest in vivid digital prints and twists them into a fresh look at wearing colour that is contemporary in its purity.
Gutsy and edgy, bold colour schemes were integral to the sci-chedelic trend. Hyper-bright and avante garde, tones felt gestural and effortless. Where organic intersects with structure, think festival-goer with an artistic edge.
A gently applied and vitally gleaming approach to bronze defines the season’s relationship with the tan. Buffed and burnished, metallics reflect a healthy glow in the skin, combined with smokey eyes, highlighted by feature sculpting warm tones and tints of cream colour to add a sophisticated touch.
Text: Milly McMahon
Portraits: Alex De Mora
Film: Murat Gokmen
i-D images (first 3) Make-up by Terry Barber for The Livin’ Loud Issue, 2011. (second two) Make-up by Terry Barber for The Whatever the Weather Issue, 2012.