By  on February 24, 2009

LONDON — MAC Cosmetics doffed its cap to backstage fixtures Sharon Dowsett and Charlotte Tilbury Sunday night.

The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand hosted a “MAC Salutes” soiree to pay tribute to the makeup artists’ work during London Fashion Week.

“MAC, like the British Fashion Council, is in the process of celebrating 25 years since its inception,” John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos., said during an interview before the event. “We wanted to salute two incredible makeup artists who have been part of the rich tapestry of the brand for many years.”

Demsey added that while Dowsett and Tilbury also work with brands other than MAC — Tilbury, for instance, is affiliated with Myface Cosmetics — they are nevertheless considered part of the brand’s family.

“In some respects, MAC is like Switzerland,” he quipped. “We’re neutral territory.”

That beauty-without-borders approach resonates with Dowsett.

“We all learn so much from each other,” she said, adding she’s particularly inspired by Gordon Espinet, MAC’s global vice president of makeup artistry, and Terry Barber, MAC director of artistry for the U.K. and Ireland. “It’s like osmosis.”

“It’s an incredible accolade,” said Tilbury, who Espinet dubbed “the red-headed wonder.”

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