Happy Friday my beautiful people! I have a fun beauty story for you all today, one that as a Latina, I’m very proud of. Last week I had the privilege of interviewing two pioneers in fashion and art, the lovely couple, Isabel & Ruben Toledo about their latest collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. The party began the minute they greeted me, something magical happens when you get a few Latinos in a room speaking about something they’re passionate about. The excitement about their limited edition collection was palpable throughout our interview. Hope you enjoy it!
Fabulatina: What was the inspiration behind the eye-catching packaging?
Ruben: “The packaging is inspired by Isabel’s beautiful face and her iconic red lipstick.”
Fabulatina: Isabel, you’re a red lipstick kind of woman, how do you find the perfect red?
Isabel: “You never do, you’re always searching and you try different ones and mix them. There are different ways to apply- sometimes you dab it and make it look like a tint or stain. I love applying a matte red for day and then at night just layer a bit of sheen right in the middle of the lips. Adds a bit of freshness and shine that’s perfect for evening.”
Fabulatina: Isabel, do you have any rules when it comes to makeup?
Isabel: “I have no rules. Rules are for amateurs. You should want to try, experiment and try new things. Strive to find your formula and make it work with you. Wear something that you feel confident in and get other products just to experiment. The beauty of makeup is that you can enhance your beauty and sometimes change it, which can be fun.”
Ruben: “I love to watch women when they approach the beauty counter, some approach it like they’re being tested and look petrified and some just love the experience.”
Fabulatina: You’re an amazing dynamic duo and work together on so many projects, what makes this partnership successful at home and at work?
Ruben: laughs out loud and says, “She has the biggest job, not me. For me it’s joy, men get the easy part of the stick, we’re just in love. I always agree with her. The one thing that is a priority is our love, which comes before business. Light those candles and let’s have dinner. Having a routine, like cooking every night, which Isabel does and sitting down for dinner together makes us stop and focus on what really matters. We’re very traditional that way. We don’t have cell phones. We’ve had the same landline for 3o years. We’re basic people and simplicity works for us.”
Fabulatina: can you name one beauty product you can’t live without?
Isabel: “I need my lipstick.”
Ruben: “I often steal Isabel’s hair serum.”
Fabulatina: Ruben, are you a lipstick or a shadow man? “Hhhmmm first I look at the eyes, the eyes of a woman is what pierces you! A beautiful smile and great lips are just as important. So both.”
Fabulatina: Lastly, there are so many iconic and inspiring Hispanic designers, what is it that you think differentiates us from say European designers?
Isabel: “There’s certainly overlap, our optimism is different and appreciation of the body language — “en el cuerpo esta la sabrosura. El movimiento de la mujer le da vida al vestido y cambia totalmente.” concludes Isabel.
I had an opportunity to play with the products and some of my favorites are the Ombre blushes– adore! Perfect for a sun kissed glow. Isabel says in Spanish: “Me gusta que el color en la cara que no sea uno solo, por eso hicimos este rubor estilo ombre.” The matte range of reds, especially the Victoriana, is smoking hot! It also has a matching lip glass if you prefer a bit of sheen. I’m also having fun with their colored mascaras, the navy one Calligraphy is certainly a keeper. Isabel also adds about the line that she wanted to capture the joy of makeup and applying it. “The line is certainly cosmopolitan, but it has that Latin flavor.”
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