The Summer Season: Milani Magenta Madness Lipstick

Milani Magenta Madness Lipstick ($5.00) is a darkened magenta-purple with a violet sheen. It’s like a much more purple, almost downplayed version of MAC Show Orchid. It’s as if MAC Violetta and MAC Show Orchid had a baby, actually. Magenta Madness has good color pay off and applies evenly and smoothly. If you’re not sensitive to scents (synthetic ones, in particular), Milani is a great brand for highly pigmented lipsticks at a budget-friendly price.

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What would you pair with MAC Fun Bathing Lipstick?

If you were using MAC Fun Bathing Lipstick?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

How do you figure out what colors to use?

How do you figure out what colors to use?

When I first started to experiment with different colors and going for more complex looks (aka more than one eyeshadow), I would create a color palette on the back of my hand.  I don’t often do this these days, but I still will opt for this technique when I’m not quite sure how certain colors will look or if I want to try a certain base and see how shadows will look on top of it.

In the above photo, I was trying to figure out whether I wanted to use Make Up For Ever’s #22 Emerald Green (right) or #20 Intense Blue (left) as an eyeshadow base.  I already decided that I wanted to use Urban Decay’s new eyeshadows, which were pretty much in the blue family, and layered those from light to dark over each base on my hand.  I ended up going full-on blue and came up with this look.  I also couldn’t decide what kind of shade of blue I wanted the liner to me, so I swatched three different shades below to see what appealed to me most.

When you’re not sure how colors are going to look together, or you’re experimenting, sometimes doing a quick sketch on the back of your hand can help you get a better visual of it without investing twenty minutes or more doing the actual makeup on your eyes.  Sometimes a base might not be vibrant enough; sometimes a base may just eat up the colors you want.

You could easily swatch blushes, lipsticks, lipglosses, whatever against the eyeshadows you’re wearing, too.  It’s just a quick and dirty way to turn your idea into something tangible.

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NYX Blonde Pearl Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow

NYX Blonde Pearl Ultimate Pearl Eyeshadow ($7.00) is a brightened yellow gold with a soft frost finish. It’s nicely pigmented, and it has a very smooth, silky finish. Blonde Pearl is part of a new eyeeshadow formula packed with more shimmer for “a soft, shimmery, iridescent look.” The last NYX eyeshadows I tried were among their Trios, and the Pearl formula definitely has a smoother, more finely milled feel to it. It doesn’t have any powdery-ness. I did find that when used with a brush, it will diffuse a little, but it stays true-to-color for the most part.

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NYX Blonde Pearl Eyeshadow