The late, great photographer Helmut Newton once said of his models, “My women are always victorious.” And his oft-cited title as the “King of Kink” was apt, for his women were almost always defiant, sultry and achingly sexy.
It might seem strange, at first, that a photographer so intimately tied to black and white photography would serve as the inspiration for a line of colour cosmetics. But MACs latest collaboration with the Helmut Newton Foundation could hardly be a better fit. Dark lips, eyes, nails typify this erotically-charged collection and when Newton did colour, it was red-, magenta-, scarlet- and fuscia-toned. This limited edition collection comprises a “Point and Shoot” eyeshadow palette, £25, of greys that will have you looking like a smouldering 1980s shoulder-padded starlet (to be worn with the blackest of black Liquid Eyeliner and Upward Lash mascara),three Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours, £21 each, in (of course) red, deep red wine and dark plum and three Nail Lacquer shades, £10 each, in red, purple and grey.
This is an empowering, sultry collection that pays homage to this classic photographer. It will make victorious women of us all.
The limited edition Mac x Helmut Newton Foundation collaboration is on sale at all MAC counters and online.