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Philip Treacy shares make-up motivation

Philip Treacy shares make-up motivation

Philip Treacy's love for pink and red inspired his new collection for MAC Cosmetics.

The Irish milliner is one of the biggest names in hat design and has created pieces for everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Britain's Duchess of Cambridge.

He has recently turned his attention from headwear to make-up, with a 12-piece collection made up of lipsticks, gel eye liners, shimmery eye colours, highlighter powders, mascara and a split fibre face brush.

For the accompanying campaign Philip chose two archive head pieces and created a lace mask too.

"They were chosen because they accentuate different features. One accentuates the eye, one accentuates the lips, and one the cheekbones," Philip told the American edition of Elle magazine. "The colours came from those. And you always choose your favourite colours, right? I love beautiful rich fuchsias and pink and red, and MAC helped me to not go for the most obvious tone of the colour, otherwise it could have ended up looking like those wild women in Miami in the 70s, which I quite like, but no one really wears that anymore.

"I think everybody diplomatically and gently angled for a certain direction that was commercial but strong, because neon yellow is not everybody's cup of tea."

The finished line was nearly four years in the making, with the cosmetics giant first approaching Philip soon after Catherine and Prince William's royal nuptials in 2011.

For anyone wanting to try a hat for the first time, Philip suggests women go for a men's trilby style. Talking about the trend for over-sized floppy hats, the designer thinks the look remains a strong one.

"The 70s is not my favourite era, but it's a hat and it looks good! And that can help lead people into other hats. It's a fun thing to wear, a hat. It's like being a different person for a bit. It's better than Valium, you know? It's a fun day out for yourself. You can be whichever movie star you want to be. I do like those hats, though. They look good and they're affordable," he smiled.

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