Q: I have Shimpagne MSF, do you think its similar to Astral Rays or do you think Astral Rays would be a good alternative to Shimpagne? Thanks!
A: Shimpagne and Astral Rays really aren’t in the same family. Astral Rays is such a creamy, nearly white, color whereas Shimpagne is more bronzy. I’m not a big mineralize skinfinish fan (gasp!), so I adore Astral Rays Plus, it sticks better since it’s liquid instead of powder.
Q: What does FOTD stand for?
A: It stands for Face Of The Day!
Q: When applying glimmershimmers, do I need to use a separate brush? Will it make my powder products streaky? Could I just use my fingers?
A: You can definitely use your fingers to sheer out the glimmershimmer; no biggie. You could even use a sponge applicator if you wanted to keep your brushes clean. I have two buffer brushes – one for liquids/creams and another for powder. That’s how it’s okay for me to use it, haha. I’d try and keep my liquids from powder, because there’ll be some residue leftover from the glimmershimmer on the brush. I make sure to wash the brushes used for liquids at least once a week. Or I’ll use a cheap brush I use for nothing else with a liquid.
Q: What is your nationality/ethnicity?
A: I’m half Vietnamese, quarter German, and a quarter Swiss!
Q: Where can I find the colors you used in this look?
A: Copper (metal) pigment is found at MAC PRO stores only, but you can use your favorite base, and the effect won’t be too different. You could try using a dark base and putting Antiqued or Bronze eyeshadows on top. Grain is a permanent color. White Tie is similar to Nylon, which is permanent. Showstopper can be substituted by Swiss Chocolate or Mystery eyeshadow.
Q: Every time I apply foundation, it cakes! I mean it looks like my skin is peeling, it’s so embarrassing. I’ve tried different moisturizers, exfoliators and different foundations. Do you think it’s the sun block I wear? Also, what’s a good eye makeup remover that won’t dry out here lids and doesn’t require rubbing? I always look like a raccoon the day after I wear eye liner.
A: Helen, are you applying too much foundation at once? Is your skin naturally on the dry side? You might want to try a moisturizing foundation like Moistureblend or Mineralize Satinfinish. I also hear great things about using mineral foundations, like the ones by Everyday Minerals. I don’t think it’s the sunblock causing problems, but you could always try going without it and putting foundation on to see it. Many foundations do have SPF15 in them, at the very least. A good eye makeup remover is likely to be oil based, because oil helps break down makeup faster and requires less rubbing and scrubbing. I have no real preference on these, and so I just buy what’s on sale at the drug store. You can also buy makeup remover wipes, and there’s not too much rubbing involved.
Q: I haven’t been to a MAC store in awhile, are they still selling the 182 Couture brush?
A: Hi Aramis! It came out quite a fair bit ago, so I doubt that they’re still at stores, but it never hurts to ask. It depends on whether the magic date where they have to return any leftover stock from special launches has occurred or not.
Q: I wanted to ask if you used anything to prep your lids before applying eyeshadow / pigment on them. The colors seem to turn up nicely and intense whereas when i use eyeshadow, it always seems washed out and it doesnt really appear unless I put a whole heap on. I use a eyeshadow brush from The Body Shop and the 224 brush and I’ve tried using the Beige-ing Shadestick as a base but it doesnt really help. I’ve done a bit of “research” and have read raves about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion but unfortunately Australia do not stock UD. Can you please recommend me something i can use or do?
A: I use MAC’s water-based mixing medium, albeit a homemade version (one part liquid glycerin to three parts water, shake it together, voila!) combined with pigments. I take a tiny drop of the mixing medium and put it on my brush, then I pick up pigment and apply it to my lid. It acts as my base and doesn’t crease and stays on all day. You can try using MAC’s Prep + Prime Eye or MAC Paints, as I know lots of people like those as bases. I found paints to be pretty helpful in that respect, but I have a preference for pigments as bases. Chanel also makes a great eye primer, though I’m not sure if the pricetag is too hefty! L’Oreal makes a great product called De Crease, which is similar to Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, so if you have that available in Australia, try that first since it’s the cheapest!
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