MAC Rick Baker collection swatches and photos from the Monster Mash (aka the best Halloween bash EVER!)

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Rick Baker Halloween party

“Calling all ghouls and beautiful creatures of the night: YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED.” Those were the words that beckoned me to the MAC Rick Baker Monster Mash on October 19. I knew the party, held in conjunction for Baker’s MAC collection, was going to be something special. Little did I know HOW special.

Rick Baker Monster Mashphoto: Charley Gallay

If you’ve seen a movie, you’ve probably seen Rick Baker’s work. With more than 40 years in Hollywood, creating creatures and mastering prosthetic makeup in over 50 movies, Baker holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Makeup (12), as well as the most wins (7). He’s got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was even a puppet designer for both “Davey and Goliath” and “Gumby.” He’s legend, damn it! And MAC knows it.

The Monster Mash was held at Rick’s own studio, a gigantic space that’s an eerie haunted nightmare, complete with a moonlit graveyard, glowing flying buttresses, menacing monkeys and monsters.

And just the right amount of evil clowns…

Killer Clown makeup(I literally gasped when I took this photo!)

Rick Baker Monster MashThat’s my niece Emily, visiting from London and my date for the night, along with the sweetest killer clowns you could ever would meet.

Not only were costumes required for this party, but monster chic was suggested. Know what that means? Very few store bought “slutty” anything. Hooray! And because this was a makeup industry party, you know everyone was flawless; from aliens to zombies.

Day of the Dead makeup

Me and Emily went classic Day of the Dead, an ode to one of the three looks Baker designed for the launch.

Day of the Dead makeup Isn’t this hat fabulous? Its vintage 40s and one of my most prized thrift shop scores!

MAC Rick Baker Monster Mash

In attendance were 2 of the 3 models from the collection; Ashley Sutton as Day of the Dead, Micheline Pitt as the Bride and the Zombie, shown here along with MAC Senior artist (and Mummy) John Stapleton and Rick Baker as a Steampunk Frankenstein.

So, incredible location, amazing costumes, theatrical makeup and of course, signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – what could be better? Um, being able to tour Rick Baker’s museum, that’s what could be better!

Rick BakerEmily and the gracious Rick Baker

That’s right. We walked the stairs to the second floor, rounded the corner and were blown away. Life size models from his films fill the space; from a 10+ foot Mighty Joe Young in the center of the room, Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi as Dracula, a bevy of Men in Black aliens, and so much more.

Rick Baker Michael Jackson Thriller makeupMichael Jackson and a bunch of damn dirty apes

Rick Baker Harry HendersonsMe scaring Harry

Rick Baker modelsMen in Black (that insect is over 10 feet tall), The Grinch, The Nutty Professor

Rick Baker Men in Black modelVincent D’Onofrio from Men In Black – check out that detail!

You may have gathered by now, the Monster Mash was a Halloween and makeup lover’s dream and the best Halloween party I’ve ever been to. (Scroll to the bottom to see the celebs in attendance too!)

But let us not forget the reason behind the Mash, Baker’s MAC collection…

Rick Baker MAC Monster Mashem>photo: Charley Gallay

MAC Rick Baker Spider Queen palette

We got a close up look at a few items from the limited edition collection.

MAC Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Paint in Pure White and Black Black ($21 each). These are true to their names and once dry, don’t budge from skin.

Rick Baker Monster Mixing Medium

Rick Baker Monster Mixing Medium

Monster FX in Dirt ($22) is a water-based tint designed by Baker himself to “give an ultra-sheer wash of colour on skin.” It feels really light on the skin and like the paints, is true to its name in the color description.

Paintstick in Pure White ($21) is what I used on me and Emily’s faces for the party. It’s super creamy, really pigmented and blends well with very little shine left on your skin.

MAC hi-def cyan pencil swatch

Chromagraphic Pencils in Hi-Def Cyan and Black Black ($16) don’t need to wait until your next monster face application to be worn! They’re creamy and richly pigmented.

MAC rick baker swatchesMonster FX; Paint stick in Pure White; Acrylic Paint in Pure White and Black Black; Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan and Black, Black

MAC rick baker spider queen

For the non monster, there are two amazing 6-color palettes in the launch. And we got a closer look at Spider Queen ($44), an uber-pigmented green and purple beauty.

MAC rick baker spider queen swatches

Lime – bright lime green (matte)
Moss – warm yellow green (frost)
Deep Purple – iridescent purple with a slight blue sheen (frost)
Indian Ink – deep eggplant (matte)

MAC rick baker spider queen swatch

Deep Purple
Indian Ink
Dusty Purple – greyed medium purpke (satin)
Carbon – inky black (matte); a rather good showing of this often chalky colour

I LOVE this palette (and am about to order the other one, The Monster’s Bride, too.) Because it’s such a unexpected and beautiful color pairing. But…

The 18 piece collection is primarily permanent items except for 2 things; Deep Purple in the Spider Queen palette and the Monster FX (per Temptalia.) Obviously, I would have hoped for more limited edition colors. This isn’t your typical launch. I understood I probably wasn’t going to get a coral lipglass in it. But I REALLY longed for special packaging. I’m sure there’s a whole formula that MAC uses to decide which launches get LE packaging, but I so wish this would have been one of them.

That aside, testing this was a great chance to try things I normally wouldn’t have. And the quality is high. I don’t think Rick Baker would have been involved had it not been.

Please, oh please, let this not be the last Rick Baker MAC pairing! And let the next one have a monster somewhere on it!

Check out the celebs who were at the Mash, and tell me – who’s your favorite movie monster of all time?

Grumpy Cat costumeYep, Grumpy Cat was there. And he was not pleased.

(all following celeb photos: MAC/WireImage)
Jason Priestley MAC Rick Baker Monster MashJason Priestley and his wife Naomi

Slash MAC Rick Baker Monster Mash Slash and his wife Perla

Kelly Osbourne MAC Rick Baker Monster MashKelly Osbourne and Matthew Mosshart (yes, he’s dressed as Blossom!)


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  1. Oh my gosh, I am squeeing with excitement over this! The terrifyingly gorgeous pics, the awesome models from Baker’s films, how perfect you and Emily looked (also pretty sure that you now have the designation of coolest aunt ever, if you didn’t before). And may I just point out that Slash is totally believable as the Devil?

    1. Thanks @amity – I felt giddy with excitement while I was there, and still now that I got to go!

  2. SOOO COOOOL!!! This is exciting, what a great event! (The Baker line is cool too, but I just can’t get over the pictures!)
    It does seem odd they didn’t do any kind of special packaging for this line, though; I’ve even buy some of the permanent collection if the packaging was cool. It’s a theme that seems like it would lend itself so well to cool packaging…boo.

    And forgive me for this, but AHHH! BRANDON!!!!

    1. RIGHT? He makes such a handsome skelly…

    2. No need to forgive, I did it too! I saw him there but had no idea he was until after the press photos were sent. I would have totally 90210 geeked out on him.

  3. SOOOO GHOOOOUUULLLL!!!! You must’ve been beside yourself! I know the pictures don’t do it justice either! What fun for you guys! You look fantastically scary and Emily looks adorable in her spooky garb.. Wow, is all I can say! Great guest too.. the makeup is outstanding! Why isn’t Rick Baker ghouled out?

    1. He was ghouled out for most of the night @irene – that’s him as the Steampunk Frakenstein above!

  4. Monique Boyer says:

    So cool Stef! What a fun night. Always so good to see you! I’m going to come visit you soon! xo

  5. AMAZING! As a die-hard Halloween lover this is everything I have always wanted a Halloween party to be. (As long as there was both booze and candy somewhere, which I’m assuming there was.) I am so jealous!

    And the guy dressed as Blossom at the end totally made me laugh – perfect!

  6. Everything about this event and your pics makes me want to scream like a teenage girl at a horror movie. You and Heather looked PERFECT, and all that Halloween sensory overload would have made me crazy. You’re right, coolest party EVER.

    As for the collection, I have to track down that Hi-Def Cyan pencil if it’s the last thing I do!

  7. Wow, I’m so jealous right now. This seems like the perfect Halloween Party. I love the colors and want to splurge on the white paints because you can never find good white paint. Rick’s steampunk frankestein is awesome. Excellent photos and Dia de Los Muertos make-up!

  8. That looks so amazing! I loooove all the different costumes.

  9. How fun! You looked great, too (of course). I seem to remember you doing a Day of the Dead Halloween costume for work that was equally as awesome. Good practice for this event, no doubt!

  10. This looked like sooo much fun and that is so cool you were there!! Everyone looked amazing and I am in awe at the talent of creating these faces!

  11. This really looks like the best Halloween party ever! I love your makeup, @stef !
    That Spider Queen palette screams my name. I am a sucker for green and purple!

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