Attention, Besties! Every Makeup Artist Has These 5 MAC Products, and They’re on Sale Now


Whether “on the tools” or sifting through makeup kits asking annoying questions, there’s one cosmetics brand that’s never missing from an MUA’s kit: MAC. And the good news is, each of them will be on sale for Afterpay Day. MAC is offering 20% off sitewide and a free Mini Makeup Travel Pack with after-discount purchases over $130 from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20.

One of the first brands to bring professional quality, inclusive cosmetics to department stores, MAC has been spitting straight fire into beauty lovers’ hungry hands since 1984. Currently, their foundations, lipsticks, liners and shadows are all on sale for Afterpay Day. With hundreds of items to choose from, we’re bringing you the tight edit of their hardest-working backstage products.

MAC 217 Blending Brush

MAC 217 brush on sale for afterpay day
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Ever wish your eye makeup would just go ahead and blend itself? MAC’s 217 Blending Brush ($48) is as close as you’re going to get to the five second Cinderella makeover, minus the fairy godmother.

Artist-designed and hand sculpted, the tapered tip fits neatly in the eye socket and is perfect for creating the diffused, slightly feline Sophia Loren smokey eye popularised by Kim Kardashian. The slightly porous bristles pick up and deposit the perfect amount of product, and it diffuses powder and cream shadows with ease.

Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation

MAC Face and Body foudation on sale for afterpay day

For an editorial, no-makeup-makeup complexion, MUAs have turned to Studio Radiance Face and Body ($64) for decades. The photogenic, red-carpet-worthy formula provides sheer coverage that corrects imperfections while never obscuring the radiance of real skin. The transfer-proof formula can also be used for legs that need a “polish up,” a perfect product as we face the return of the mini-skirt.

Glow Play Blush

These delightful, plush and bouncy blushes are newer editions to the MAC fam, you could spot at least half a dozen backstage at 2022’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week. With a smooth, almost primer-like consistency, Glow Play Blush ($55) formula fills pores as it illuminates. You get all of the iridescence and none of the associated texture-enhancing glitter.

The Glow Play shade range is impeccable. You’ll find on-trend lilacs and hot pinks, but the shade that was everywhere at AAFW was “So Natural,” a bronze peach colour that will elevate your no-makeup makeup look.

Lip Pencils

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Maddy Perez when she hears there’s a sale on “Stone” Image credit: HBO

Nowhere is MACs artistry history more evident than in its attention to trends and colour theory. This is why its Lip Liners ($37) go viral like clockwork. Shades like “Stone”, “Stripdown” and “Subculture” popularised cool-toned nudes long before Kylie Jenner and Alexa Demi hit the scene.

Pigmented, matte and perfectly pointy, these liners make great standalone lipsticks worn with a gloss or balm, and will increase the longevity and colour payoff of any lipstick.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots

The OG long-wear cream eyeshadows MAC Paint Pots ($46) remain one of the most reached-for eyeshadow bases backstage. Shades like “Painterly”, “Soft Ochre” and “Groundwork” are perfect all over shadows or shadow bases, while colourful duo-chromes like “Bougie” will give any eye makeup look a Euphoria finish.

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