Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Look: Valiant

This is the look I wore when I was doing lip and blush swatches for Wonder Woman last week :)  I will post a look using the Lady Justice palette later this week!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Valiant eyeshadow on the inner half of the lower lid. Lightly blend Diana Undercover eyeshadow onto the outer third of the lid and crease with the 222. Apply Spinning Transformation eyeshadow on the outer crease with the 222.  Use Manila Paper eyeshadow on the inner tear duct with the 239 to highlight. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Perversion on the lower lash line and blending Valiant eyeshadow underneath. Finish by sweeping lashes with Army of Amazons Opulash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Pink Power mineralize skinfinish on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Emancipation lipglass for a complementing lip.

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205 thoughts on “MAC Wonder Woman Look: Valiant

  1. kfm

    Those colours look lovely on you and very summery. It’s nice to think of summer while I’m watching the snow come down.

  2. baby in a corner

    This is so pretty! I like how you’ve placed the colours underneath your eye! and i love how crisp the photos are! You really are the queen of swatch photography!

  3. Luna

    your eyes are Gorgeous

  4. Andrea

    What a lovely look!! Makes me want to do a smokey green look this weekend!!!

  5. Cody

    This look is what keeps making me want the Valiant quad even though I know the quality isn’t great. I just don’t really like any of MAC’s permanent greens, unfortunately.

    • Thanks, Cody!

      You don’t?!?! Any particular reason?

      • Cody

        I think it’s just a matter of the shades that I do like not being in finishes that work well for me. The permanent greens with good color pay-off all lean really yellow or really blue on me, and I’m looking more for true forest greens and khaki/brown greens. That’s why Diana Undercover and Spinning Transformation look so nice to me in theory! I’ll probably give Sumptuous Olive a try but I wish it was slightly greener.

    • Michelle

      I tested the Valiant quad and its actually very great quality, if you watch her video review on the quads she tells how much better this quad is than the others from the collection. This quad definitely has the best greens MAC has ever released.

  6. ahhh i love this on you! i must try this, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  7. Pamela

    Great look! Can’t wait to replicate it. What do you do with your brows? Tweeze, thread or wax? Do you fill them in? If so, how?

  8. penelope

    Love it. Love the smoky green eyes with a soft pink lip. Kiehl’s tinted moisturizer looks great, I might have to check it out.

  9. bxboricua

    Love the look Christine! In your opinion, would it be better for me to just pick up Juxt rather than get the Valiant quad? (I have Nylon, Sumptuous Olive and Bottle Green already.) Is it Juxt that give the middle of your eyelid that beautiful yellow-gold/green color?

    • Yes! I certainly wouldn’t buy the quad just for Valiant!

      If you want a richer green, Lucky Green is one of my all-time favorites and is now part of the permanent range! But yes, Juxt will give you a yellow-green kind of color. Valiant pulls a little warmer.

    • bxboricua

      (oops) sorry I meant will Juxt give that same effect as Valiant?

  10. Isheeta

    I love this look.. you look so pretty here:)

  11. Denise F.

    You’re so pretty!!!! Gorgeous eyes!!!! And, smile too, so pretty!!!

  12. I saw this and immediately thought of a dupe for this look from the one of the new WnW 8 pan palette (Comfort Zone). Cute look btw

  13. Pamela

    Now that you’ve played with this quad a bit, do you find any similarities of Valiant to MAC lucky jade shadestick? How does Gorgeous Gold compare?

    • I do not own Lucky Jade – which I think I mentioned in my response to your original comment :) Gorgeous Gold is nothing like it – the closest comparable shade is Juxt!

  14. Amanda

    I am so on the fence with the mascaras I don’t know how I feel. I do have blonde lashes…hmmmm

  15. Amanda Dubs

    gorgeous!someday Ill be this amazing with my makeup haha

  16. Kris

    This looks is what makes me want to buy this palette 😛 Being in the UK, I still have a month to make up my mind…

    Christina, you look gorgeous here!

  17. Carrie Ann

    Very pretty! Did you just swirl all 3 colors in the Pink Power MSF together? I was also wondering how you’re liking the WW lipglasses. I’m a little torn about those. They seem pretty, but they’re also pricey and if the applicator is a pain to use…

    • I used all three individually!

      The colors are fine, as is the formula, but the packaging is cumbersome and a little annoying to use.

      • Carrie Ann

        Thanks. I think I’ll take a look at them and try them out in the store before deciding. The tube and the applicator look huge. :)

  18. It’s really cute that you reply everybody!

  19. diabla

    I prefer your new photo style, it’s more realistic and (personally) allow me to judge colors better. I now can see better how a color would turn on me (what’s your tone at MAC at the moment?).

    You always make lovely green looks. Green mascara works surprisingly well… I didn’t expect it to. I’m so partial to black. How do you honestly feel about colored mascara? Is that something you’d personally wear (I mean, beside blog purpose)? I’m just curious… I know I wouldn’t. :)

    • Ironically, I don’t like the way they look now, but I just do what makes readers happy so if that’s what people want, that’s what I’ll do! :)

      I am NC25.

      I don’t like colored mascara but that’s just me. I prefer as black as I can get my mascara, but I like really dramatic lashes.

  20. I really would like your looks more if you defined the upper lashline… Am I the only one who thinks so?

    • It causes my lid/lash line to swell up, sometimes going as severe as causing a rash/bumps on my lid which result in dry patches on my lids. You can always add liner to your own look if you like, but I have to do it very infrequently because it is painful after wearing for longer than 5-10 minutes. :) (After 5-10 minutes, my eyes are just red and my lash line itches, but I usually don’t get the accompanying dry skin/bumps.)

      • Gina

        Oh wow, really? Is it all eyeliners that cause that to happen? Or just ones with a certain ingredient? I never noticed that you never define the upper lash line until now.

        • It’s not really eyeliner – it’s anything touching the area – a brush, applicator, etc. I’ve tried upwards of 40 products, from all brands, price points, types, and so on and still have the same results.

  21. LH

    So pretty I’m a sucker for greens but don’t want to shell out the money for this palette since I have similar colors other than one for Diana Undercover. I need to get bottle green lol. Love that you are doing more looks I missed seeing them your fab a what you do.

  22. nikki

    this look is soooo pretty!
    i wasnt planning on buying anything from the collection but i tihnk you changed my mind

  23. Wendy

    Hey Christine! I know you’re not crazy about the quality of the WW Shadows, but I have to tell you, IMHO, this is the MOST Beautiful look you’ve ever done! I ADORE this look on you and I can’t wait to get my Qaud to try it out!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re gorgeous!!!!!

  24. fabiola

    You look so beautiful, green really suits you.

  25. omg…. I work at MAC… please cpme in so I can help you with those brows girl!

  26. your brows are already so full…. no need to fill in. They look way to heavy. Just groom with clear brow set. Or brush them out with a spoolie.

  27. andrea

    Hi cristhine! Love the look!! Please tell me how do you take so great pictures! Camera and ligths please!!

  28. Gina

    You have the prettiest smile! And this look just helps brighten it up even more!

  29. This is gorgeous! I didn’t even want the quad till I saw this, now I’ll probably pick it up once it’s released in store

  30. Tosha

    Christine, beautiful look! Have you tried make up store make up?!

    • I haven’t – I’m not sure if it is available here or not!

      • Tosha

        Its amazing! So pigmented! There is only one store in the US and its in colorado. A little more pricey than mac, but you get more :) And for those of you in Colorado, its at the Park Meadows Mall, on the first floor under Borders, Check it out!

  31. Vijaya

    So beautiful! I may have to replicate this soon!

  32. Abril

    Hi Christine! What shade of Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer do you use? I got a sample a few months ago, it was medium and it was too dark for me!

  33. Laura

    I love your brows, Christine, they have a beautiful Camilla Belle quality about them that makes me jealous and your brown eyes look absolutely gorgeous with the green!
    Makeup is supposed to be about what makes us each feel beautiful in whatever way we choose to express it, there are no rules which is part of what makes it so great! So if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!

    • Thanks, Laura! :) I totally agree with you – makeup is our creative expression and what we feel good in or about!

    • malen

      You came up with a lovely look, Christine! And you are very polite and definitely has breeding with the way you handle not so positive comments! You truly are beautiful both inside and outside!
      Your eye brows complement your look and you can do whatever you like with them! If others don’t like them, so be it. What is important is what makes you happy! You go, girl!

  34. Ariane

    So pretty, I love it!!

  35. HI Christine

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. As a baby blogger I have a whole new reapect for the entire process of just making one post let alone making and entire successful blog. So I have mad respect for you.

    I love the wonder woman Valiant look on you. I was so pumped about going to the pop up store the other day and I’m finally about to write a little something about it before I go to bed….you inspired me :) Thanks again for the inspiration and keep up the great work.

  36. daphne

    Even when you the quality of the product is lacking you always do such a superb job on eyes. I’ve slacked off on doing my more complex/colorful looks lately (usually just doing a wash to the brow, a crease color, mascara and liner) but your recent looks are reminding me to trying to step it up again :) One minor question – is there a reason you stopped including the picture of the fully closed eye alone? That was always my favorite, heh.

    I gotta say, you’re brave letting comments about your brows through even though you moderate all. I don’t think I would, but your responses are so great and reinforce such an awesome attitude about beauty/our appearances that I want to see more of! <3 I don't understand the idea of unsolicited advice on a blog where someone posts so many pictures…clearly you're happy with what you're doing.

    I love your full brows. Mine are so dark, yet sparse, that filling them in sometimes looks clownish, because you can tell it's powder filling in gaps. Still struggling to perfect them!

    • Thanks a lot, Daphne! :) I stopped doing the closed one because for whatever reason, they weren’t turning out, so I just stopped trying (it was probably 10 different looks where I took them, they looked off). I have no idea what made them go awry all of a sudden!

      Brows are always difficult! One thing you can do is run a mascara wand (clean one, of course) through the brow after filling in to soften the edges!

      • daphne

        Thanks for the tip! I need to pick up some spoolies. Been grooming with the brush side of the Sephora mascara comb which is just not super effective.

        Shame about the closed-eye photos…I can’t imagine how much effort all your photos are!

  37. stellarstace

    Christine you look gorgeous, thanks for the inspitation to break out my green palette in the morning! Thank you for the recent “look” postings- I had been missing them! You do a beautiful job!

  38. cloudburst

    The Valiant quad looks really nice on you – worth picking up you think?

  39. Perri

    pretty eyes! hmm i know this palette didn’t get great reviews but this look makes it more tempting. hmpf. i think i will wait for the quite cute collection that i’m more excited for.

  40. Hmmm, thanks for the look, I can leave this one alone, I can recreate this with what I have.

  41. Eleanor

    Wow. That green really makes your brown eyes pop!

  42. Rosie

    Oh Christine, I have so missed your golden green looks. I love you in gold and green and it makes me want to wake up tomorrow and rock some gold/green with some coral lips and peachy blush. Oh! I love winter in California where it would actually sparkle in the sun. Thanks for the look. I love your looks :).

  43. Perri

    question: I noticed in a lot of looks you don’t use liner on your upper lash line. Is there a reason for this? just something i’ve seen since reading your site :)

    • It causes my upper lash line irritation, which can result in as severe results as an itchy rash and swollen eyes (the worst being closing them up) to simply drying out the area and itching.

    • It causes irritation on my eye – sometimes resulting in swelling, closed eye, or milder (if I don’t wear it for long) where it just itches and dries out (like the skin on the lid).

  44. Great example of how green goes so well together with brown eyes. Love it!

  45. nidhi

    lovely look…as always

  46. I love the green mascara!

  47. Laia

    I love-love-LOVE! your smoky green eyes… I won’t buy any eye shadow squad from the collection but you look gorgeous!!!

  48. it’s so gorgeous!!!! You’re a “wonder woman”!

  49. magda

    looks fantastic especially with you dark grey sweater – great color combination :)

  50. Lindsey

    You look so pretty!

  51. Katie

    Christine, I just wanted to say I love when you do looks with new products. Swatches are fantastic but seeing the makeup on the face is really helpful for judging whether or not to purchase.

  52. Elle

    I love this on you – I did a smokey green too yesterday :) And I like your brows the way they are. They frame your face perfectly.

  53. jenniet2002

    your application is flawless! it’s blended so beautifully! loving it. xoxo.

  54. Sri

    so pretty..♥♥ (and not too-heavy ‘green shadow’ eye makeup which I love)
    I’ll save your picture and I’ll hand it to the salon, to make them do the same makeup as you do..(I’ll be using it for my brother’s wedding day)

  55. Vanessa S

    The green looks amazing on you!

  56. P

    The arrangement of the shadows is gorgeous on the upper and lower lids; and the combination of green and gold suits you very much.
    I will try with different color in place of green (not my alley and I have little green option).

  57. Ada

    I love how you put this look together. The colours are beautiful. Too bad the quad is so hard to work with! Thank you for the dupes, I’d love to try to recreate the look with other e/s.

  58. Ru

    Thanks Christine, for honoring the request. It’s a great spring look.

  59. Sarah

    Well for something you didn’t really like it turned out nice chica. I like your new lip swatches with the light box your using but I like your eye looks better the other way. Still nice though since the color shows truer, I just liked the other lighting 😉

    • I’m not using a lightbox – I use flash on all lip/eye photos, just FYI!

      • megan

        So you recommended not buying the blue wonder women palette and the purple one…but would you recomment this green one? I love all the looks you did those…I was really lookin forward to buyin the purple palette..but its that bad that i shouldnt buy it?

        • I wouldn’t recommend any, actually – I would use products you already own or pick up individual shadows (or even make your own quad) with better quality shades!

          • megan

            I wonder why the quality is so bad on these palettes…I own A LOT of their eye shadows..and never really have problems with them…only vibrant grape…doesnt go on well at all!

            I am so surprised that their this bad…their quality is usually really good. and idea why?

            • No idea! But I agree — generally speaking, MAC’s eyeshadows are good, with some being fantastic, some being average, and a few frustrating to use (like some lustres!). But overall, they have a solid line of eyeshadow.

  60. Green eye makeup looks so nice on you!

  61. Maca

    Wow, this look looks so pretty! I’m loving the bottle green, and the lighting looks great! New lamp?

  62. This look is GREAT on you! I really think you look your best when you go for more neutral looks.

  63. Rikki

    The second I saw this look, I thought I must have this set!! But I decided to go through all my eye shadows that I have… and I was able to do the look with what I have!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  64. Carrie Rossman

    Just ordered…can’t wait to get! Use MAC code POW if you want free shipping!

  65. anonymous

    you look beautiful christine :-) love green shadow on you

  66. Steph

    I love this! Thanks for the idea, I’m going to try this next time I go out.

  67. That looks very nice :)

  68. Marie

    I love love love this look! I’m a big fan for greens and golds together. :)
    I think gold and coppers are what goes best with your eyes.

  69. I’m just going to say again how much I love love love the pictures!!!

  70. Christina Larsen

    Ooooh, green mascara. It looks like it really shows up. What are your thoughts on it?

  71. Beautiful! Saving this pic for when I get my Army of Amazons mascara :)

  72. Ashley Marie

    Will there be a youtube video for this?

  73. Meghann

    This is my favorite look out of the three quads. I think I might get this quad with the mascara when it launches. I didn’t know if I wanted anything but this look won me over. Great look Christine!

  74. Melissa Morelli

    just RSVP’d to my macs launch party for this! I am SO SUPER excited! I LOVE YOUR BLOGS!

  75. Rene

    Damn! After convincing myself to only buy the MSF’s *which came today and they are to die for* & everything else sucked.. I see this look and now I have to have this palette! Must stay off this site for a while! lol You know, something about this particular look on you is really speaking to me, you are lovely in greens!

  76. BrattyCatt

    Those greens are gorgeous on you! Was the bronzer that dark IRL? It seems so a bit to me, but it may be my screen. Anyway, I can’t get over how perfect those greens are with your eyes. Nice!

  77. Victoria

    christine! wear your hair down more often, its gorgeous!!!

  78. Becca

    This is really pretty. I was going to pass on the quads, but after seeing this…. I might just change my mind 😉

  79. Haley

    This is actually really pretty! Pink Power MSF looks so gorgeous on you!
    I’m not digging the lips though… it makes your lips look like they are peeling and flaking.

  80. I really like this neutral eye. If you don’t particularly like the quality of the Wonder Woman eye palettes, a great alternative for a similar look is Smashbox’s In Bloom eye shadow palette (available at Sephora). Absolutely gorgeous!

  81. Esther

    So pretty!!!! <3333333333
    It looks like a greek goddess' look! <3

  82. Melissa Morelli

    I love this look and i am going to re create it with the palette! The only thing i have a question on is how come when you explain the look you dont talk about the type of brushes you used. Just the numbers. I dont have mac brushes. Do you think you could just explain what they are?

    Love your blog!


    i cant wait to try this on!

  84. Erin

    Your application is far better than my own — thanks for the great example of how it should be worn