When we walked into the Alice + Olivia and M.A.C. makeup collection launch party last night at Beauty Bar in New York, we expected to get slammed with funky neon colors everywhere. Why? Because FUNKY is the feeling of the new makeup she designed for M.A.C. — yellow and nude lip glosses, teal and purple nail polishes, and pigments in punchy summer hues. After all, the makeup had to represent the label — designed by Stacey Bendet — which is known for its fun party dresses, especially ones overloaded with sequins. (One of its biggest fans is AnnaLynne McCord, who wears A + O clothes ALL THE TIME ... we'd guess one out of every three red carpets.)
But the party was no Neon Nation. Instead, guests leaned more towards black, white, and red. Leigh Lezark of The Misshapes wore a white blouse and black bottoms (leather bike shorts?), while actress Zoe Lister-Jones also wore black shorts, and paired it with a red blouse that exposed her periwinkle bra. But someone had to bring the sequins and it was none other than Bendet. Yes, girl. SPARKLE. She also rocked red lips and some serious cat-eyes like only a real diva can.
We caught up with Bendet at the party — where there were ladies lined up for free turquiose manis like tweens at a Bieber concert — to chat about her new makeup collection for M.A.C. She also spilled about sharing her closet with AnnaLynne McCord (we knew AnnaLynne had to have the hookup!) and what she loves and hates about this summer's beauty trends. Spoiler: this fair-skinned beauty has strong feelings about Jersey Shore tans. Read on.