As a MAC obsessed teen, I never expected one day to have my own lipstick with the most iconic pro makeup lover’s brand. I might have dreamt it – but it seemed so far out of my reach…Until last May, whilst on assignment for GLAMOUR, I got to visit the MAC labs in Toronto and had the opportunity to mix my own lipstick. It was made very clear at the time that this was just for personal use (I had asked if I could give some away via my Instagram – but got told that for health and safety reasons that was not an option). I did proceed to create my dream shade – a fleshy, sheer pink that was easy to wear and turns every lip into that perfect plump, kissable pout.

Everyone always talks about the prefect nude, but many of these are way too beige for me and make me look dug up. Brown-based lipsticks don’t suit everyone, whereas a touch of pink is universally flattering. It was clear for me from the get-go that the texture had to be ‘Lustre’ – this formula had lost in popularity over the past few years with mattes being so on trend. But it’s always been my fave – because it’s translucent and moisturising, making lips look really juicy and naturally plumper.

That day in the lab, blending my perfect shade was hands down one of the highlights of my career – I got to take away ten samples and of course proceeded to Instagram the hell out of them. And that’s where the magic happened – thanks to YOU! Fast forward to last December when I got told by MAC that the response to the lipstick had been so positive that they decided to do their first ever Influencer Collaboration – choosing 10 Influencers world-wide to create their own shade and sell it in their country. Being the emotional wreck that I am, of course – I cried.

The whole process was meant to be kept a secret and the shades not to be revealed for a while, but obviously, my lipstick was already done, so it wasn’t much of a secret. And here we are one year later and I am so proud that it’s finally available. To celebrate the launch, I filmed a video with my friend, fellow beauty editor and blogger Victoria Ceridono, who created the most DIVINE matte red lipstick to be sold in her native Brasil. I hope you enjoy our video – we tried on each other’s lipstick, mused over what other products we’d love to create and laughed a lot as we always do…

I also want to give a shout out to Fleur de Force, my fellow Brit who created a truly pretty creamy nude!

MACxAlessandra is available from May 8th on and from May 10th exclusively at Harvey Nichols and on (THEY SHIP INTERNATIONALLY!!!!)