Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Have you picked up goodies from MAC’s Magic, Mirth, and Mischief Colour Collection and struggled with what to wear the new shades with? Here are five ideas using mostly the new products with a few permanent shades. All items mentioned are by MAC, for the sake of making it easy. :)

  • Inner Lid: Under Your Spell Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Mayhem Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Midnight Madness Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Ricepaper Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Superdupernatural Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Phiff! Dazzleglass, Surprise Me Lipstick

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Saturday, August 29th, 2009

How to Wear MAC In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad

MAC’s In the Gallery Eyeshadow Quad (see review, swatches, and photos here) is a purple-themed eyeshadow palette. The quad contains these shades: Lightfall (dusty, gray-lilac); Look at the Eyes (iridescent silver-purple); In the Gallery (eggplant); and Private Viewing (dark burgundy-wine).

  • Inner Lid: Lightfall
  • Outer Lid: Look at the Eyes
  • Crease: In the Gallery
  • Brow: Lightfall
  • Cheek: The Perfect Cheek
  • Lip: Hold the Pose, On Display

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Friday, August 28th, 2009

How to Wear MAC Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad

MAC’s Photo Realism Eyeshadow Quad (see review, swatches, and photos here) is a recently released palette of cool-toned shades. The quad contains these shades: Photorealism (pale yellow-gold); Fresh Approach (pale mint green); Image Maker (grayish green); and Grey Range (dark blue-green).  Here are five combinations (plus a bonus one!)…

  • Inner Lid: Photorealism
  • Outer Lid: Image Maker
  • Crease: Grey Range
  • Brow: Photorealism
  • Cheek: The Perfect Cheek
  • Lip: Hold the Pose, New Spirit

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

How to Wear MAC Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad

Notoriety Eyeshadow Quad (see revew, swatches, & photos here) is the latest palette creation by MAC Cosmetics as part of the Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection, which launched last Thursday, the 20th. The quad contains these shades: Skintone 1 (a pale whitish-pink), Rich & Earthy (a muted coppery-orange), Skintone 2 (muted gold), and Notoriety (cool-toned dark brown with gold flecks).

Combination #1

  • Inner Lid: Skintone 1
  • Outer Lid: Rich & Earthy
  • Crease: Notoriety
  • Brow: Skintone 1
  • Cheek: Notable
  • Lip: Lovin’ It, New Spirit

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Sunday, August 16th, 2009

5 Ways to Wear: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish

Have you ever wondered what exactly MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes are for?

Here are five ways to use these multi-tasking cult favorites…

  • As a highlighter. Depending on the shade of the skinfinish and the shade of your skin, often they’ll act as great highlighters. Pinker ones can be used as cheek highlighters, while more peachy/rosy/bronze ones can be used all over the face (e.g. Soft & Gentle). I like using the 165, personally, but the 187 is nice, too.
  • Wet. Spritz your brush with water/Fix+ and then grab some of the product and apply it wet. It’ll give you a different look with a smoother, finer appearance. Because the products are baked, you don’t have to fear any wet spots appearing on the product either.
  • As a blush. More pigmented, deeper shades of the skinfinishes can be used to add healthy color to your cheeks. Paler folks will love shades like Porcelain Pink, Petticoat, and Stereo Rose for soft, pinky-raspberry shades. Deeper skin tones will enjoy Petticoat, Stereo Rose, So Ceylon, and the like. Your mileage will vary depending on just how pigmented the product is. You can use a regular blush brush like the 116 or 129 to apply.
  • On the brow. Whether you use it wet or dry, many of the mineralize skinfinishes work well to highlight the brow bone for an effortless, barely-there makeup look.
  • As a bronzer. More bronzy shades (like the recently released Sunny By Nature) make excellent bronzers. They can give you that just-kissed-by-the-sun look. I recommend using a fan brush like the 184 or an angled brush like the 168.

How do you wear your Mineralize Skinfinishes?

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

5 Ways to Wear: Bright Pink

Bright pink can be scary.  Trust me, I know!  This is coming from a girl who didn’t wear any makeup beyond eyeshadow for months (thank goodness I changed my ways!).  And this, still yet, coming from someone who rarely wears bold lip colors. (Oh, yeah, you can wear hot pink on the eyes, too… really!)

With Confidence

This will sound silly to some, but there is no sexier way to wear something than with a nice dose of confidence.  If you feel comfortable, feel like you’re rockin’ it, then you’re already half-way there.  If you feel uncomfortable or are self-conscious about what you’re wearing, it’s going to show, and no matter how well-done your makeup is, it’s not going to come together the way you’d like it to.

With Neutral Eyes

If you’re going to opt for bright pink on the lips, make sure to ease up on the boldness of your eyeshadow.  While there is always an exception to this little “rule,” putting emphasis on just one of your features helps the look appear focused and well-executed.  Neutral eyes are always a great go-to whenever you’re feeling a little bold for cheeks or lips.  I like to alternate between neutral or warm-toned neutrals, depending on what I’m wearing or the occasion.  If I’m rocking a more purple-based lip, then I’ll often opt for neutral-tones, rather than adding too much warmth on my eyes.  One way to tie-in color from your cheeks or lips into neutral eyes is by using it as a liner, either on the upper or lower lash line.  You can also use a slight touch of color in the crease as a tie-in.

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