MAC’s New Makeup Collection Is Gorgeous — & Rihanna-Approved

If you hadn't heard of Chinese designer and couturier Guo Pei before she dressed Rihanna for the 2015 Met Ball, don't feel bad: She hadn't heard of Rihanna. "I didn't know about her," Pei told us at a launch event in Paris. "She sent an email to my husband that she would like to wear one of my dresses, which is the yellow one. When my husband told me, I said, 'It's way too heavy — she's not going to be able to wear it up [the stairs].' But she did not give up at all.''

By the time the gown made it to the top of the stairs at the Met, it had become a meme — and Pei had become almost as much of a household name in the United States as Rihanna. (And "China: Through the Looking Glass," which featured two of Pei's gowns, went on to become the Met's most successful show, ever.)

Despite only recently gaining popularity among pop stars in the U.S., Pei has been one of China's most revered designers for over two decades — known for creating intricate, whimsical pieces for some of the most elite brides, socialites, actresses, and even princesses in East Asia. This month, the designer is channeling all that creativity and attention to detail into a new venture: a makeup collaboration with MAC. The 16-piece MAC Guo Pei collection features gorgeous blue eyeshadows and rich pink lipsticks, all housed in fabric-wrapped packaging — hand-sketched by Pei herself.

Click ahead to see the beautiful collection in full — and to learn more about Pei's inspiration when creating the line. MAC Guo Pei launches online September 24, and will be available in MAC stores October 1.
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"The theme of the story is about happiness and the soul garden," says Pei, describing the packaging and colors of the collection. "The soul garden is full of fresh flowers, and it's up to you to tend to it and take care of that private space. A lot of people are very negative about life, and they don't pay that much attention to their inner soul garden."

MAC Lipstick in Ethereal Orchid, $30, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Lipstick in Zenith, $30, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Lipstick in Brave Red, $30, available September 24 at MAC.
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"If I put something on that's black and [I have] no makeup on whatsoever, I look like I have no spirit at all," says Pei. "Once I put on makeup, it's a completely different story I'm telling with a black dress or black outfit."

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Cremesheen Glass in Love of Roses, $28, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Cremesheen Glass in Bright Pink Bouquet, $28, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Cremesheen Glass in Pale Moon, $28, available September 24 at MAC.
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"In the garden of van Gogh near Paris, I saw the blue flowers. This flower, to me, is what's in my inner garden. They're the flowers of happiness," says Pei.

MAC Eyeshadow x 4 in Night Sky, $70, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Eyeshadow x 4 in Morning Light, $70, available September 24 at MAC.
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"I don't like being with the seasons and [paying attention] to what's trendy or not trendy — I don't want to be constrained by the time frame," says Pei. "To me, blue is a color I like and the color of the soul. I think a touch of blue in the eyes is a smart color."

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Fluidline in Blue Fountain, $17.50, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Fluidline in Darkness of Calm, $17.50, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Fluidline in Palm Tree, $17.50, available September 24 at MAC.
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"MAC has been doing the backstage for every one of my fashion shows," says Pei. "In China, we pay attention to feelings — when you've got common feelings with somebody and there's something between you. With MAC, it was a happy collaboration."

MAC Beauty Powder, $70, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Powder Blush in Lotus Blossom, $40, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC Lipstick in Red Water Lily, $40, available September 24 at MAC.
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"I sketched them myself," says Pei, of the hand-drawn designs that adorn the collection. And yes, that is real fabric — the first time MAC has used fabric on its packaging, ever.

MAC 129 Powder Brush, $46, available September 24 at MAC.
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MAC 213 Fluff Brush, $32, available September 24 at MAC.
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