MAC's First Makeup Salon, and More Beauty News

The biggest beauty stories this week.
Michelle Villett
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The biggest beauty stories this week.

A MAC Studio is Opening in NYC

MAC Salon

The new MAC salon on Lexington Avenue in New York City.

We've got already got nail bars and blow-dry bars, so why not makeup bars? This month, MAC is testing the waters with its very first makeup studio in New York City, where the focus will be on services instead of products. Think: $15 for a winged liner application, or $10 for a bold lip; makeup lessons, parties and special event makeup will be on offer at $50 to $90 per person. Can this concept come to Canada soon, please?! {The New York Times}

"Baking" is the New Contouring

Baking makeup trend

Before and after the "baking" technique.

And you thought contouring was too much! Lately, the "baking" technique is making waves in YouTube makeup circles. It involves applying a thick coat of powder after your foundation—particularly on any features you want to highlight, such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, forehead and chin—and then leaving it to "cook" for up to 30 minutes before sweeping it away with a brush. Sure, it looks okay in photos, but who would actually want to wear that much powder in real life? My skin feels dry just thinking about it! {Refinery29}

Cushion Blush Has Arrived

Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher

Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher is now in North America.

We've been talking a lot about cushion compacts, but now there's an equivalent product for your cheeks: cushion blush. Urban Outfitters is now selling Korea's Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher (best name ever!), and its sponge applicator just might be the answer for those of us who struggle with applying and blending cream blush. {Allure}

Tanning Bed Use is on the Decline

Tanning bed decline

Finally, fewer people are doing this.

JAMA Dermatology reports that 1.6 million fewer American women used tanning beds in 2013 compared to 2010. Experts think it's because of the 10 percent tax on tanning services introduced in 2010. (In Canada, legislation was passed in 2013 banning the sale of tanning services to anyone under 18.) Despite the good news, there are still 7.8 million women out there doing indoor tanning, and putting themselves at risk for skin cancer. {The Cut}

People are Making Sunburn Art

Sunburn art

It's not a tattoo, it's... sunburn art!

Tan lines used to be something to avoid, but not if you're a proponent of "sunburn art." Yes, there's a new trend where people are using stencils and/or sunscreen to create body art, akin to a "natural" tattoo, except the sun acts as the pigment. A terrible idea on so many levels. {Mirror}