M.A.C Partners With the Athens 2004 Olympic Games

Thirty-five Artists from 16 Countries Will Be Backstage Creating Make-Up Looks

at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Aug 04, 2004, 01:00 ET from M.A.C Cosmetics

    NEW YORK, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- M.A.C Cosmetics, known worldwide as the
 professional brand of choice, will support the 2004 Olympic Games by taking
 part in the highly anticipated Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Appointed by
 Jack Morton Public Events, producers of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of
 the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, M.A.C will provide design, makeup artistry
 support and cosmetic products. Additionally, M.A.C will prime several hundred
 key cast members, including the eight flag bearers, 110 placard bearers and
 final torch bearer for this year's most exciting international event.
     "M.A.C is thrilled to bring our passion and team spirit to this global
 celebration, especially as the Olympic Games returns to its birthplace," said
 John Demsey, President of M.A.C Cosmetics.
     The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are the benchmarks of the Games and
 have captivated billions of TV viewers around the globe in the past. The M.A.C
 Cosmetics PRO Team, headed by Co-Directors Nadine Luke and independent makeup
 artist Kirsten Piggott along with the Ceremonies Artistic Director, Dimitris
 Papaioannou, and international fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki are
 currently finalizing preparations for the series of inspirational and visually
 stunning performances that will take place in less than a month.
     M.A.C Cosmetics appointed Makeup Co-Director, Nadine Luke, to lead a team
 of 35 international M.A.C artists who have traveled from countries such as
 USA, South Korea, France and Thailand to participate in this creative
 endeavor. In addition to developing and maintaining an unrivalled film, video
 and print portfolio, Nadine has worked closely with renowned fashion designers
 such as Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Carolina Herrera and Chloe,
 carving a name for herself as runway makeup artist extraordinaire. Nadine's
 talents and panache will not only complement the 2004 Olympics, they will add
 unmistakable flair and creative energy unparalleled to ceremonies past.
     "The 2004 Opening and Closing Ceremonies celebrate the human element of
 Greek civilization. The faces will be made-up with elegance and simplicity in
 order to reveal the individual natural beauty of each person," says Dimitris
     M.A.C Artist Relations actively liaises with the world's film, television,
 music and theatrical industries. The M.A.C PRO Team, which comprises M.A.C's
 stable of senior make up artists, is the voice, spirit, and living embodiment
 of M.A.C's products and culture. In the world's creative centers, members of
 the M.A.C PRO Team can be found on-set at photo shoots, backstage at the
 international fashion shows, behind the Scenes at award nights, creating the
 onscreen looks for top celebrities or supplying techniques and tips to the
 world's media. Since its inception, M.A.C Artist Relations has supported over
 200 films, 70 television productions and a great number of high profile
 musical artists.

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