Beauty Basics: How to Apply Blush to Get Glowy Cheeks
Struggling with blush application? It’s all about applying it to the apples of your cheeks, then diffusing the color towards you temples. The MAC 116 brush makes this *super* easy! Tomorrow, I’ll have an easy, everyday highlighting/contouring tutorial up.
Go ahead! Ask your questions–now’s the time to get product recommendations, comparisons, or just to find out how old my dog is. You can ask whatever your heart desires–beauty or otherwise–and I’ll do my best to answer!
I’ll be keeping an eye out on this post so I can answer questions quickly! Feel free to chime in with your answer to someone else’s question, too! The more the merrier! And yes, you can ALWAYS ask a question, on this post or another post, regardless of the timing. There is no such thing as an old post!
MAC Cosmetics Colour Craft Collection – Backstage at the Photoshoot
Remember a few weeks ago when we were all wondering just how on earth MAC came up with the makeup used in this look?
Time for an Update!
Last week, we came across some behind-the-scenes photos from the Colour Craft photoshoot, and one of the photos showed a Ben Nye palette. After talking with MAC HQ, the Director of Makeup Artistry, Bianca Alexander, walked us through what was used for the photoshoot.
Here’s the breakdown she gave us:
Use Brush 222 to highlight under the left brow with Passionate Eye Shadow.
Blend Bitter Eye Shadow through the inner and center of eyelid with Brush 252.
Use Smolder Eye Kohl to intensify the waterline, and follow with Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner on both upper and lower lashline.
Use Brush 219 to blend Passionate Eye Shadow under lower lashline, diffusing the line outward for an airbrushed effect.
Begin design on the left eye by using Brush 242 to shade a circle of Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow at the browbone.
Switch to Brush 219 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow at the temple.
Switch to a clean Brush 242 to shade a circle of Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the eyelid.
Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes with a delicate black line.
Begin design on the right eye by using Brush 219 to shade a circle of Passionate Eye Shadow at the browbone.
Use Brush 242 to shade a circle at the temple with Natural Flare Mineralize Eye Shadow.
Switch to the previous Brush 242 used to apply Fashion Patch Mineralize Eye Shadow on the left eye, and shade a circle at the crease to complete the right eye.
Follow by using Rapidblack Penultimate Eye Liner to outline all circle shapes on the right eye with a delicate black line.
Apply a generous coat of Zoomblack Zoom Lash Mascara on both upper and lower lashes.
Hydrate and refine lips with an application of Prep + Prime Lip with Brush 311.
Use Beet Lip Pencil to define lips before shading Lipstick in Trimming Talk along the outer edge with Brush 316.
Highlight the center of the lip with Lipglass in Miss Marble and Girlish Romp Mineralize Eye Shadow.
The ever-talented artist Linn recreated the Colour Craft face chart using the products suggested, and she achieved:
M·A·C Shadows are simply the best… sought after by Legends and Lolitas, Punks and Princesses, and all the pretty girls and boys who know what’s killer when they see it! Season after season they show the love – now it’s our turn with Love That Look!
An intensified take on everything incredible about M·A·C Starflash eyeshadow, with a formula so astro-silky, creamy, cushion-like, and pearl-finished, in a fantasia of 12 fabulously frosted shades. Four pearlglide liners to give the people what they want, essential Zoomblack Mascara and the 217 blending and 239 eyeshadow brushes that can make any first-time-tryer a true believer. Love That Look… Everybody interesting does!
Starflash Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)
Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold
Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe
Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
Strike a Pose Dirty/Deep blue green
Ego Light yellow pink
Fashion Groupie Light blue violet
Unbasic White Bright off white
One-Off Mid-tone green with silver pearl
Rated “R” Bright yellow green
Style Snob Dirty pink brown with gold pearl
Fashion Light grey green with gold pearl
Pearlglide Eyeliner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)
Black Russian Black with navy blue glitter
Rave Deep purple with purple glitter
Molasses Dirty brown with mid-tone brown glitter
Fly-By-Blu Light blue with blue glitter
Zoom Lash ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)
Zoomblack Rich black
217 Blending Brush For shading or blending of colour or creamy products ($22.50 U.S. / $27.00 CDN)
239 Eye Shader Brush Soft and dense to shade or blend eyeshadow or emolient-based products. ($24.50 U.S. / $29.50 CDN)
Availability: July 23rd, 2009 and July 30th for North America locations. August 2009 for international.
Applying your foundation should be an easy, streamlined process. This is a video will show you how I apply my foundation. Stay tuned for additional videos on blush and highlighting/contouring (for everyday)!
MAC Strobe Cream (Not recommended if you are being photographed a lot–it’s better for in-person viewing, ha!)