Netta Szekely’s global prominence as a senior makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics is augmented by her casual charm, intellectual acumen, and boundless creativity, cementing her status as an undisputed rockstar within the makeup realm. Delving into her Instagram profile unveils an array of treasures – a backstage pass to fashion weeks’ inner workings, enlightening mini-tutorials tailored for daily use, and invaluable product recommendations that beckon you to experience her renowned #MagicMix firsthand. Emerging from back-to-back work excursions and an international fashion extravaganza, she now returns to her Tel Aviv haven. In this interview, she delivers runway-fresh updates directly to us. This interview provides an intimate look at Netta’s artistic genesis while unraveling the enigma of her cherished go-to products, inviting us into the heart of her makeup odyssey.
A Conversation with Netta Szekely: A Tribute to Makeup’s Transformative Power
Exploring the Journey of a Global Senior Makeup Artist for MAC Cosmetics
CM: What was the turning point in your life when you decided to be a makeup artist?
NETTA SZEKELY: My turning point was rather late in life after I went through university and was working as a department manager at a travel agency. I was always intrigued by makeup but when I was offered a promotion at work I decided to either take it and forget all dreams of makeup or take a leap of faith and just go for it. I started a makeup course and pretty quickly realized it was IT. Shortly after I quit my job at the agency I found out MAC was opening in Israel. MAC was my first job in makeup. I started in the store, then moved into training, and then to senior artistry. It changed my life completely and I still work here till this very day.
Advice for Aspiring Makeup Artists
CM: What advice would you give to someone at the beginning of their makeup career?
NETTA SZEKELY: This industry has since gotten much more difficult than when I started. My advice would be: – to be persistent, consistent, and patient. – learn from everything and everybody – take every fair opportunity that is offered to you and make the most of it – be active in pursuing knowledge – be a nice person and a team player. Many people can do what you do so your personality is as important as your talent – develop your style and preferences as well as a critical eye to what you and others create.
CM: Can you share with us some Israeli beauty tips and tricks? Is there something specific about Israeli beauty and makeup routines?
NETTA SZEKELY: I feel like the world now is smaller than ever. Influences travel fast via runways, social media, and celebrities, so generally speaking, we are experiencing a lot at the same time everywhere. Still, makeup is very culturally related always. In Israel, I feel like it’s between trying to convince a woman to wear some Makeup or persuading them to wear less. Not a lot in the middle. While in Europe I find all Women wear some Makeup. Whatever we do – here in Israel SPF is crucial!
Netta’s Favorite Go-To Products
CM: What are the three essential products you always have in your kit?
NETTA SZEKELY: MAC Pro Lipmix – This is really an insurance that you will always be able to create whatever color you need. Those are liquid lipsticks in all primary and secondary colors. Matte and super saturated. Exploding with pigment. I use them a lot!
MAC Pro Lipmix WHITE – This is really an insurance that you will always be able to create whatever color you need.
2. Magicmix – This is a mix I created years ago from 3 MAC products I love: Fix+ softening lotion and essential oil. The mix provides combined benefits of all 3 – hydration, softening qualities, and radiance. I will not start a makeup without it! In just a few months – MAC is coming out with ‘Fix+ magic radiance’ which is basically inspired by my mix!
MAC Pro mixing medium lash – This is a clear mascara formula that I use for holding up the brows. It’s the most powerful brow gel you will ever use!
CM: What are the beauty trends for Spring/Summer 2020, and which one do you like the most?
NETTA SZEKELY: SS20 will be colorful. It was a season of bold colors, strong shapes, and extreme textures. Using color has become so comfortable now – on the runway and hopefully on the streets. The color is the new black. Also, natural minimalism is still here, that is if the equation 20 products that equal nothing can be called minimalistic. It feels like simplicity is a new luxury. It is indeed luxurious to be able to wear less. Keep low maintenance.
Simplicity is the new luxury. It’s about doing less and accomplishing more.Netta
Thank you for taking the time to answer all our questions for Cosset Moi!
About MAC Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics stands as an iconic powerhouse within the beauty industry, celebrated for its unapologetic approach to self-expression and inclusivity. Founded in 1984 in Toronto, Canada, MAC – which stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics – has redefined the makeup landscape by transcending traditional beauty norms and embracing diversity in all its forms. With a commitment to innovation and creativity, MAC has consistently pushed boundaries with its extensive range of makeup products, catering to a global audience of all ages, races, and genders. From its unparalleled shade range to collaborations with industry luminaries and boundary-pushing campaigns, MAC has earned its place as a trailblazer, sparking conversations and fueling trends that extend beyond the realm of cosmetics. A true pioneer, MAC empowers individuals to embrace their unique identities and express themselves fearlessly through the art of makeup.
Our personal favorite MAC Cosmetics products
Embark on a journey through the realm of beauty excellence with MAC Cosmetics, as we reveal our personal favorite products that have become indispensable in our routines. From makeup essentials that effortlessly enhance our daily looks to statement-making selections for memorable occasions, these MAC treasures have secured a special place in our hearts. Join us in the exploration of products that have not only captured our attention but also earned our steadfast loyalty. Let’s delve into the enchanting world of MAC and uncover the secrets behind our beauty favorites.
- MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation: This iconic foundation provides buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. With a wide shade range catering to various skin tones, it offers long-lasting wear and helps control oil for a flawless complexion.
A cult-favorite red lipstick, Ruby Woo is universally flattering and known for its retro matte finish. Its rich, vibrant color and long-lasting formula make it the perfect choice for a classic red lip that stands out.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+: A versatile multitasker, this lightweight mist can be used before makeup application to hydrate and prime the skin, or after makeup to set and refresh. It adds a radiant finish and helps lock in makeup for extended wear.
Discover the artistry of simplicity with Netta Szekely
In our dialogue with Netta Szekely, we uncover the essence of her journey – a fusion of passion, dedication, and innovation. From her artistic origins to her thoughts on industry shifts, her insights offer a panoramic view of the makeup world’s evolution.
As we conclude our journey through Netta’s world, one thing is certain: her impact on makeup artistry is indelible. Her artistry transcends the superficial, becoming a transformative force that empowers individuals and ignites creativity. To witness the ongoing evolution of this makeup maestro, join her on Instagram at @nettart and be part of a journey that redefines beauty as we know it.