Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Natural Makeup with MAC Warm & Cozy

As promised, here’s a quick look I did using a bunch of Warm & Cozy products! I used Comfort mineralize skinfinish as a blusher in the first set of full-face pictures more to show you what it looks like on (and why I’m not keen on it) — I often do my best to use as many products from a single launch as possible, just to experiment and show you what you could do (or why you may want to pull pieces from your stash to complement a launch).

Comfort on me is like a dirty orange (and trust, I applied lightly–talk about pigmented, at least!), and By Candlelight is definitely shimmery/reflective — I only put the lightest it bit on the tops of my cheeks, but sure enough, BAM!

Today is exciting for two reasons: Christmas Eve (love, love Christmas! I have a thing for food and glitz and glam) and it’s Mellan’s birthday (he’s two years old today)! :) Super sweet reader Roxanne (@RockSlam) made an awesome collage, too. It’s SO cute. Totally made my day! (You can check it out in this post, at the bottom!)

Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate :) Happy winter, if you don’t!

You will need the following…

Directions: Start by applying Cuddle shadestick as your eyeshadow base all over the lid with the 249. Using the 239, apply Chamomile eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid. Next, apply Modelette eyeshadow on the middle third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the inner corner. Darken the outer third of the lid with Mulled Cider eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Next, define the crease by applying Embark eyeshadow with the 226. Lightly tap and brush ModeletteĀ  eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Chamomile eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Urban Decay El Dorado Liner on the lower waterline and Dipdown fluidline on the upper lash line with the 208, and then sweeping lashes with Dior DiorShow Extase mascara.

For cheeks, lightly apply Comfort mineralize skinfinish to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. Highlight lightly with By Candlelight mineralize skinfinish using the 165 or 187. For more toned down cheeks, try Dior Coral Riviera blush with the 116.

For lips, apply Warm Me Up lipstick first, and then layer 2N lipglass for soft, neutral lips.

Check out more photos!


Chamomile, Modelette, Mulled Cider, Embark


With Dior Coral Riviera instead


With Dior Coral Riviera instead


Collage by the lovely Roxanne (@RockSlam)! Thank you!! <3

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88 thoughts on “Natural Makeup: Soft, Warmed-up Browns

  1. Fatin

    Simply beautiful. Totally adore the Gold on the lower lashline. :)

  2. stephanie

    pretty i love the eyes

  3. Valā™„Temptalia

    Gorgeous! Don’t you just love the colors of “natural” makeup?!? Wow, I can’t stop staring at your pics…

  4. Sara

    Very natural but looks very good…you’re really beautiful with this look ;)

  5. Megan

    Nice look Christine. Happy Birthday Mellan!

  6. claudia

    Fab !! I got the UD super stash just because of el dorado ! it’s so gorgeous !! Do you think Warm me Up is a MUST have ? I’m so unsure, it looks a bit peachy to me ! I’m more fond of pinkish, red lippies.
    Christine, thanks for all the effort you put on Temptalia. And send my love to Mellan – a fellow capricorn !! Merry Xmas and a fantabulous 2010!

    • Haha! That’s totally something I’d do, too. Love me some GOLD liner. I really like Warm Me Up, but maybe you could try Cosmo. It’s similar, but probably pinker :)

      I love being able to do Temptalia, so thank you for all of your support :)

      Happy holidays, Claudia!!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Adelina adelinky

    I’m very anxious for your review on the new Dior mascara!
    I love how we are so similar in eye looks, I’m totally a gold-y, brown-y person!!!!

  8. Wilcoa

    Lovely look, very natural and simple for a holiday morning. Love the lip color!

    Also *adore* the pooch photos, I think my response to every one of them was “awww”, especially the “where did the rest of me go?” one since my dog enjoys crawling away in the same fashion ;P

  9. the lips are so pretty! i have so many colors like that but it seems like that lip combo might just be unique to my collection! thanks for the look, love it as always! :)

  10. Wow, so gorgeous, as usual. Happy birthday to Mellan!

  11. Amelia

    Oh, I love this look! One thing I noticed, though: In the section where you outline what makeup you used, next to the Urban Decay liner you have written (black) when I think it should be (gold). I’ve seen this before and it always confuses me for a second!

  12. Giselle

    ohhh your dog’s pics are adorable!!!!

  13. Marianne

    One of my favorite looks on you to date! :) I love neutrals and the gold liner.

  14. Sarah M

    Very pretty Christine. Unfortunately as gorgeous as MSFs look in person they don’t photograph very well. :-( This is a stunning look but from the pictures I definitely prefer the Dior product over the MSFs & I know that you do too. Very helpful in giving an idea of the colour though! :-)

  15. KC

    The eyeliners definately make this look pop. And it has also confirmed that Modelette is going to be mine, since i dont have any browns close to that shade.

  16. ezzie

    this look is so gorgeous!
    browns and golds are so pretty~
    i like seeing soft, subtle looks like these in the midst of all the intense dark colors i’ve seen everywhere during this fall season. thanks Christine! :)

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shontay shontay

    This is a gorgeous look Christine. You look great. It makes me look forward to getting my hands on the Warm and Cozy collection on Saturday even more!

    • Thanks a lot, Shontay! :) What are you picking up?

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shontay shontay

        I want Warm Me Up, Spiced Tea, Light That Fire! and 3N. I wanted the shadows at first, but then I changed my mind thinking they weren’t unique enough, but your look here is so pretty. It looks much better on than in the actual swatches. I have to wait and see them in person.

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shontay shontay

    Christine, I forgot to add: Can you review that new dior mascara? I’ve been curious about it. I’m a chanel mascara kind of girl, but when I see something new, high end and packaged all pretty, I get curious. Lol

  19. cloudburst

    Nice look, Comfort is really orange – I’ll be skipping that one. Thanks & happy bday to the doggy & Merry Christmas to you!

  20. Rae

    Love it! Your hair’s looking particularly great today, as well :)

  21. Andrea

    This is just gorgeous!!! I gotta say though, I am not a fan of the Comfort MSF!!

    Happy Birthday to Mellan, and Merry Christmas to you!!

  22. Nicole

    Do you know of an alternative to El Dorado 24/7 liner? It looks like Super Stash is sold out (at Sephora anyway), but that gold is sooooo nice! Merry Christmas!

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    Christine, those are absolutely your colors. Simply stunning! Your eyes look like they’re glowing. That entire collection looks like it really works together well.

  24. kpenn09

    Looks great, although I must admit that I like the look of the Dior cheek colour much more than the MAC MSF!

    Hope you have a great holiday, Christine, and wish Mellan a very happy birthday!

  25. Anitacska

    I think the liners are the best part of this look. :) But seriously, the natural look you did with the Chanel quad was much prettier, so these 4 eyeshadows seem like a bit of a waste of money to me. But your eyeshadow application is as gorgeous as ever, really wish I could blend like that! :)

    Happy birthday to Mellan and happy holidays to you and your family!

    Anita x

    • Oh, I agree–these four shadows are pretty subpar for MAC… particularly neutrals. I could recommend you ten amazing neutrals by MAC and not even have to think hard… way better than these.

      Thank you!

      Happy holidays, Anita!

  26. kristie

    awww you look so pretty! What a great combo of colors. Now I’m seriously lemming more than I thought I wanted from this collection.

  27. Miss_M

    I really like this look, it’s toned down and sexy at the same time ! :)

  28. Rosanna

    Totally Gorgeous!

    But I can’t get over your eye irises! They’re such a pretty colour and those patterns in your iris, mesmerize me =O! You have one amazing camera!

  29. Roxanne

    Oh no you di’nt! I can’t believe you put it on your blog! :) Now this totally made MY day (since I wasn’t having a great one so far, hopefully better tomorrow… presents *winkwink*)! Thank you so much! I had fun doing it too, he’s so adorable! Very glad you liked it :) I am a TOTAL sucker for pets.

    Loving the look, but the orange cheeks are a big no-no! Coral Riviera is a much better match for this look. I <3 gold liner :)

  30. that’s fab!
    specially love the lip combo! ;)

  31. Great look! I love Warm Me Up :)

  32. amy

    I picked up Warm Me Up lipstick today and love it!

  33. Jennifer

    I actually really like Comfort on you.

  34. Celeste

    LOVE it. amazing look. you are so beautiful!

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Michelle Michelle

    Christine – is that really Dipdown fluidline???? My Dipdown is a flat matte dark brown. That looks more like Rich Ground to me…
    Beautiful look as always! Just got my haul from this collection this afternoon, can’t wait to use it! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this site, I’d be lost without it :)

  36. Very very pretty! I was drooling over the liner you used and went to see what you listed. My Dipdown doesn’t look like that on me, it’s very dark and matte! Maybe Rich Ground?

  37. This looks is just gorgeous! I love the eye and the lip combo is just fabulous!

    And ahhhhh…. I definitely see what you mean about Comfort. Such a shame b/c it looks so pretty in the pan but it’s gonna look basically exactly like it does on you on me, so oh well hahaha. Coral Riviera looks gorgeous in its place though!

    Merry Christmas!! And happy belated birthday to Mellan. =)

  38. daphne

    Gorgeous look, Christine! Cheeks are beautiful and the eyeliners add a nice bright pop to a muted cheek. I think that’s Rich Ground, though, not Dipdown…Dipdown doesn’t have any shimmer!

  39. Fatima

    You look absolutely perfectly stunningly gorgeous in neutrals!! I esp. love the lip color!

  40. Awww, it’s Mellans Birthday? How sweet! Happy Birthday, little puppy =)
    Beautiful look, Christine. I love the lip combo, they’re the products I have my eyes on for now!

  41. Oh and Merry Christmas, of course! =D

  42. I really love the subtle gold flecks with Cuddle.. I think I might get that shadestick! Thanks for this look Christine, Merry Christmas!! x

  43. jennifer

    you have the most gorgeous eyes ;)

  44. omo

    ur best look yet!