By  on December 2, 2005

NEW YORK — Catherine Deneuve has definite opinions on a lot of things, not the least of which is makeup.

Clad in a green print dress and wedge heels during an interview with WWD at the Mercer Hotel here, the French actress and fashion icon made it clear that while she wants it to be salable, her upcoming limited-edition makeup collection for MAC Cosmetics was born of her own beauty likes and needs.

"I really wanted to be involved with the making of the colors, and to create a very small but very personal collection," said Deneuve, whose lineup for MAC will be on counter on Jan. 20 in the brand's stores and at Deneuve worked closely with MAC's James Gager and Caroline Geerlings to create the collection, which comprises more than 27 limited-edition products — including four lipsticks, four Lipglass shades, two eye shadow quads, two nail lacquers and four short-handled makeup brushes.

Deneuve is the third in a series of MAC Beauty Icons; previous icons were Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross.

"Catherine Deneuve has always been a style inspiration to everybody who works at MAC," said John Demsey, global president of the MAC and Estée Lauder brands. "Over the years, almost every single swipe of every single MAC collection invariably has a moment from the life of Catherine Deneuve. She is such an accomplished actress and an amazing style icon. I thought it would be wonderful to bring the ultimate icon of French beauty and style here to do a collection."

And Deneuve was more than up for the challenge. "As an actress, I've been concerned with makeup for such a long time, especially because as an actress you will wear makeup at least eight hours a day — as compared to session photos, where you are maybe in makeup for two hours," she said. "For instance, I knew that foundations often go to pink or yellow, so we worked together to find the tone that I thought was so necessary for a nice, natural glow on this skin. No one is very pink or very white or very red, so these foundations are not either."

MAC will offer a limited-edition Select Tint shade, NW23, and three limited-edition shades of its Studio Lights makeup — Tender Glow, Sand and Frangipani — in the Deneuve lineup. Select Tint retails for $23, while Studio Lights retails for $14.50.

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