We get a lot of press releases around here, so when one came in for the new M•A•C store, we knew who to send. Check out our guest review from Trangela Lansbury!
"Hey Gurl, did you hear M•A•C just opened a new shop?"
"Yeah? No. (giggles)"
"Yeah it's a pro-fusion-store (hair toss) like airbrush makeup n' stuff, but they have regular shit too."
"Oh, that sounds cyute."
It was cyute. When I was trying to find the new M•A•C Cosmetics Pro-flagship store, I couldn't. It was wallpapered in ads, so from far away it looks like the building was still under construction. Once I walked in, it looked like a regular makeup shop, but upon closer inspection, it was actually pretty cool.
The store was a hive of energy with loads of makeup artists, costumers and looky-loos buzzin' around. Like five M•A•C employees heard I was coming to write this article and they greeted me at the door, all at once -- all this makeup smiling back at me, and one hot guy that wasn't wearing makeup at all (Or was he? He looked flawless, but maybe he just really knew how to paint). Anyway, it was intense. Part of me wanted to be incognito and discover all the makeup on my own, while the other part of me wished they kicked it up a notch and brought me a bottle of champagne and a bag of free makeup -- neither happened.
Let me set the scene for you -- I'm the tall, thin (ha!), hairy, Mexican faggot makeup artist/painter/bearded drag queen named Trangela Lansbury that has an extensive makeup collection and I'm in the musical that just opened at the Hypnodrome called "Pearls Over Shanghai!"
In the show, I play Mimi Mozzarelli, one of five whores in 1930s Shanghai during the Great Depression that wears a lot of makeup. As you may remember from history class, Shanghai during the depression was a hotbed of luxury: No bread lines, dripping with opium, an oasis of danger, slavery, money, and sex. Oh, and The Cockettes are in it too! Yeah, those Cockettes. The San Francisco native, acid-freak, 1970s gender-fuck-drag-royalty -- Rumi, Scrumbly and Sweet Pam -- are back and hungry for glitter, Cockettes. In 1971, it was rumored that all of San Francisco ran out of glitter because the Cockettes had bought it all, and without their much needed shimmer, they proceeded to break glass Christmas ornaments and apply the shards directly to their faces! Trangela. Don't. Play. That. This face is taking her straight to the top, Bitch!
But enough about we, let's talk about you for a minute. Enough about you! Let's talk about M•A•C for a while!
Melvin, one of the Pro [makeup] artists there, gave me a tour. Her makeup was cool yet subtle, her outfit and haircut were severe! I was in love! She looked like Æon Flux, but with slightly less murderous intent. She showed me the lash bar -- something you really have to see to believe -- the "lash wands" that M•A•C invented to try on lashes are hard to explain but worth the trip alone. I asked 'Vin about some of her new favorite looks: She explained Mod was back in (but I never let it go!), bold lids were in, but heavy brows were out. Right now, it's all about "illuminated skin," dewy, fresh, and moist were the words du jour.
M•A•C's "CC" caught my eye, these "Color Correctors" come in nude-inspired gauzy Easter egg pastels. Yum! But the raddest thing Mel' showed me was their private makeup room. It looked like Magneto's clear-plastic jail-cell from X-Men 2 but in all matte and lacquered black! It was creamy, I'll take it. Their lighting was sleek and futuristic: you can see the two, long LED lights that framed the tall mirrors of the makeup stations reflected in your eyes when you work out your look. It made you look like you had cat eye pupils! #MEOOOW
M•A•C is synonymous with makeup, boldness and artifice. M•A•C is also closely linked with community -- established in 1994, M•A•C's "Viva Glam" line has raised over $250 million for groundbreaking HIV/AIDS programs. M•A•C grrrls are painted, they are illusion. M•A•C can be about fitting into a mold or about creating a new one. Makeup can create a new you. Who will you be today?
M•A•C's flagship store's international artists speak 12 languages (and counting) and with over 1,700 products, how could you go wrong? Just don't forget Daddy's Plastic! The new M•A•C Pro-flagship store can be found on the same block as S.F.'s downtown Cable Car turnaround (at 45 Powell), and I can be found at DiegoDiegoDiego.com
Diego Gómez / Trangela Lansbury!