MAC Barelash Pro Longlash Mascara

MAC Barelash Pro Longlash

MAC Barelash Pro Longlash Mascara ($13.00) is a nude-beige shade in the Pro Longlash formula. I definitely got length without spikiness, but the formula is on the drier side, so it has a tendency to clump if you don’t work quickly. On my lashes, it seemed to give me beige tips, but the root and most of the lash length was only a muted gray or else still a black-brown.

I have Pro Longlash in the black shade, so I’m definitely going to make sure to do an official review of that soon, but the formula can be difficult to work with such a short drying time.  It lengthens well, and it doesn’t clump unless you work slowly.  I also experienced no smudging, budging, or flaking while wearing this over eight hours.   The brush is also small enough that it’s very easy to get to all the lashes from root to tip, including lower lashes.

Official description: Goes the distance. Makes lashes luxuriously long and silky: no spikes! Luxury and longitude in a pro-proven formula. Accelerates lashes into length, smooth and fast. Smooth silky finish. Wears long (all day!) Go the distance: bat-a-lash!

I tried to layer mascara on top of it, and it seemed to amp up colored mascara a bit, but it doesn’t work so well, since it dries quite quickly. I’ve had better results with a mascara primer, because they stay wetter longer and don’t require as many coats to mute your natural lash shade.

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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.

MAC PRO: What is it? How to order?

What is MAC PRO?

MAC PRO is a separate range of colors and products designed with the professional makeup artist in mind. MAC describes the products as “more pigmented and [with] more versatility in their use.” Additionally, “PRO products are perfect for everything from body art to beauty shots, to work in film, television, fashion or theatre – M·A·C PRO is the industry professional’s makeup of choice.” There are PRO products, which are product types not available at regular MAC stores or counters, but there are also PRO colors, which are shades of existing product lines (like lipsticks) that you will only find at PRO stores.

PRO Only Product Lines: Airbrushing, Chromacake, Chromagraphic Pencil, Chromaline, Creme Liner, Gloss, Lipmix, Lip Erase, Mixing Medium, Paint Stick

You don’t have to be a makeup artist, and you don’t need to have a PRO card to buy MAC PRO products. It’s better to think of the two as separate — the PRO card allows industry professionals to get a discount on the products they would use in their line of work. You can read more about the requirements here. Similarly, you can always peruse the PRO website–you won’t be able to see prices, but you can see the product range.

How can I buy PRO products?

Unfortunately, only PRO members can order online, but anyone can order by calling the PRO phone number, visiting their nearest PRO store, or calling their nearest PRO store and doing a phone order.

To order by phone…

U.S.: 1-800-387-6707
Canada: 1-800-387-6707 ext 8555

My Must-Have PRO Products

  • Eyeshadows: Bio-Green, Blue Calm, Bottle Green, Bright Sunshine, Indian Ink, Kelly, Naval, Sky Blue, Sour Lemon, Vellum
  • Lipsticks: Show Orchid, Violetta
  • Mixing Medium (Water Base)
  • Pigments: Blonde’s Gold, Chartreuse, Emerald Green, Pink Pearl, True Chartreuse

List of MAC PRO Locations…

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