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MAC for Ohne Titel @ NYFW F/W 2011

Ohne Titel @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Ohne Titel @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Ohne Titel @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“A bit futuristic and goth… She doesn’t follow trends, she makes them… It’s a sculpted smoky eye that is strong, but not typical, and very multi-dimensional.” — Lisa Butler

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Blase Creme Shadow (Fall 2011) blended through the contour and swept downwards along the outer corner to a distinct point, continuing to wrap below the lower lashes in a straight line. MAC PRO White Full Coverage blended with the shadow and applied over the browbone and center of eyelid for a highlight. Charcoal Brown eyeshadow delicately applied over the grayed contours to give balance and more definition. Smolder eye kohl accentuates the inside inner corner of the top lash line.
  • Lips: Entertain me Glam Glass (Summer 2011) blended through outer corners only.
  • Face: Studio Moisture Fix hydrates skin. Studio Finish Concealer used sparingly to give coverage only where needed.
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MAC for Carolina Herrera @ NYFW F/W 2011

Caroline Herrera @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Carolina Herrera @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Carolina Herrera @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“It’s all about a really gorgeous face: eyes are defined, cheeks are fresh,and lips are perfectly stained.” — Diane Kendal

Makeup How-to

  • Eyes: Black Creme Liner applied with a delicate hand over the uper lash lineo nly, with a slight kick at the outer corner. Haute & Naughty Mascara applied over upper lashes only.
  • Lips: Prince Noir lipstick (Fall 2011) patted lightly onto lips for a sheer stain.
  • Face: Face & Body Foundation blended over skin for a natural finish. Studio Careblend Pressed Powder applied over center of the face for a polished effect. Angel Blush blended over the apples of cheeks for a slight flush.

Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011: Makeup Breakdown

Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011
Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

Vena Cava @ NYFW Fall/Winter 2011

“It’s a bit French and a bit rock ‘n’ roll… greasy, sexy, and cool.  Makeup is the accessory, the perfect jewel… Playful, but chic.” — Christian McCulloch

Makeup How-to:

  • Eyes: A blend of MAC Silver and 3D Silver PRO Glitter and Reflects Purple Duo applied with PRO Shine Mixing Medium over the eyelids and through lower lashes for a smoky, show-stopping effect. Brows groomed upwards with Clear Brow Set.
  • Lips: Subculture Lip Pencil lightly contours lip with Petting Pink Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 for a healthy, natural finish.
  • Face: Select Moisturecover applied sparingly for a natural finish. Strobe Cream for a subtle highlight over cheekbones.

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MAC Wonder Woman Spirit of Truth Nail Lacquer

MAC Spirit of Truth Nail Lacquer
MAC Spirit of Truth Nail Lacquer

MAC Wonder Woman: Spirit of Truth

MAC Spirit of Truth Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a creamy is a deep navy blue. It has a cream finish, but when it dries down, it looks almost like pleather, because it loses a lot of its glossiness. (If you want it shiny, just add a top coat, like Seche Vite). MAC describes this shade as a “navy blue,” which is a fair assessment. Like Obey Me, this shade was plenty pigmented; it was nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two. The formula was equally as impressive as Obey Me with its creaminess and how evenly and smoothly it applied on the nail.

my thoughts on the formula: Historically, MAC doesn’t have a great reputation for their nail lacquers; in fact, some of the feedback I’ve seen on MAC’s nail lacquers mirror Chanel’s! Often interesting and different colors, but many complain of chipping or poor wear. I haven’t experienced this with MAC’s nail lacquers (or Chanel’s). MAC polishes always wear a full week for me, with no chipping, and minor tip wear. Sometimes the formula itself doesn’t lend itself to the most beautiful application, but their creams are most consistent. Spirit of Truth, however, is an exemplary shade from MAC’s polish range.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This blue will flatter both cool and warm skin tones, because of its deep hue. It is a richly pigmented shade, too, which is always a nice find.

where to buy: MAC

MAC Wonder Woman Obey Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Obey Me Nail Lacquer
MAC Obey Me Nail Lacquer

MAC Wonder Woman: Obey Me

MAC Obey Me Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is a creamy, blue-based red. One of the easiest ways to determine the undertones of a red is to use it sheerly; blue-based reds often look a little pink. MAC describes this shade as a “true red,” and I think it is certainly close, because it doesn’t read cool (and certainly not warm, since it has no orange in its base), but it does have an inkling of blue in it at the very least. This shade has excellent pigmentation, almost a one-coat masterpiece, though I did two. The formula also was insanely fluid and creamy–one of MAC’s bests–it wasn’t too thick or thin, and it applied smoothly and evenly.  It does dry down to an interesting finish–it’s not that glossy on its own; instead, it almost looks like pleather.

my thoughts on the formula: Historically, MAC doesn’t have a great reputation for their nail lacquers; in fact, some of the feedback I’ve seen on MAC’s nail lacquers mirror Chanel’s! Often interesting and different colors, but many complain of chipping or poor wear. I haven’t experienced this with MAC’s nail lacquers (or Chanel’s). MAC polishes always wear a full week for me, with no chipping, and minor tip wear. Sometimes the formula itself doesn’t lend itself to the most beautiful application, but their creams are most consistent. Obey Me, however, is an exemplary shade from MAC’s polish range.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: Excellent pigmentation, lovely formula, and the color is certainly something many could wear. It is, however, a red cream, and as such, if you are a nail polish collector, I don’t doubt you have something similar.

where to buy: MAC

MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious Lipstick
MAC Capricious Lipstick

The Sultry Season: MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is a rosy plum with subtle gold shimmer. MAC describes it as a “fanciful rose plum,” and it has a lustre finish. Lustre finishes are “demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish … Very slick … Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist.”

If you can’t tell by the photo, Capricious has been a long-time favorite, and I’ve always found it an infinitely flattering shade. It’s got that pop of natural color that enhances lips but never overwhelms a look. It has a cool-tone edge to it but the play of gold shimmer works well to make it very wearable for both cool and warm undertones.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte and lustre shades can be drying).

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: Capricious is such a great way to wear plum without being too dark or bold.  It is as pretty in springtime as it is in fall.  It was one of my first MAC lipsticks and still a favorite.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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