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I’m lucky to be on the west coast, so a lot of times I only have to stay up til 9-10PM, which isn’t bad at all. I’ve been around for many a MAC launch, though I’ve certainly been at the computer at 5AM to catch products like Marine Life. I’ve never stayed up – but I will check for a a really big launch every time I wake up (I am a light sleeper, so I usually wake up five times a night).

— Christine

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No-Fail Natural Beauty Products for Women and Men

By Dustin Hunter, Makeup Artist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dustin Hunter has been designing various media since his early teen years. Studying several different art forms, Hunter’s creative background ranges from illustration and photography to fashion and interior design to music production and makeup artistry. He has worked for over a decade as a professional illustrator and his retail interior design concepts have been featured in nation-wide publications, receiving recognition for their uniqueness and creativity.  Check out his blog and YouTube channel!


No-Fail Natural Beauty Products for Women and Men

Thinking about my Holy Grail products and my everyday easy, no-fail beauty tricks got me wanting to empty my makeup bag, which I refer to as my “car bag,” (because I like to think I’m manlier than I am) to see what I had in there and what I would freak out about if I lost.

These products and tips are good for women AND men who want to focus on a natural makeup look. I have found these techniques and products reliable and easy to work with (I use these on myself almost every day):

Highlight Pens

Everyone makes one (think YSL’s Touche Éclat), and they are all different. Some are heavy like a concealer, some aren’t. Some come in correcting tones, some come with shimmer. They work wonders for brightening the inner eye area, along the brow bone, just below the dark circles on your eyes, or around the nostrils and mouth. Anywhere you show fatigue is where you want to use a product like this–to “wake” you up.

Eyebrow Pencil (Powder, Brow Set, etc.)

Ladies: I always see you overlook your eyebrows (they are one of the most important parts of your face). I like them full and soft, groomed but never over-plucked. Brow products are right up there with mascara in terms of “if you only have time for one thing in the morning, make it this…”

Fellas: MAC’s Brow Set (comes in multiple colors, $15) is the one product I lose it over if I can’t find it. If you have light facial hair and want to fill in your sideburns or beard a little more (so it doesn’t look creepy and clear), you can brush one of these over the hairs to instantly (and naturally) transform your look. I started going grey in high school – I used to dye my facial hair. I use this now instead.

Powder? Yes or No?

Ladies: If you are going for a more natural look you want to be able to see the texture of your skin. Don’t over-powder. If you have a hard time with this one, make luminizers your best friend! Strobe Liquid pressed into the high points of the face will give you back the glow (and some of the texture) that you lost after you powdered your face.

Fellas: If you want to look like Divine, go for it! If you want to look more “natural” then don’t powder AT ALL! If you need to, use blotting films as an alternative. Focus on skincare to take care of your face instead of looking for something to cover it up. I have seen far too many tutorials on men’s makeup that use mineral and other powder foundations. STOP! A matte face will be your biggest tell! (That and blue eyeshadow of course.)

Know Who You Are

More important than any other tip or trick you’ll ever learn from any makeup artist, magazine, book or YouTube tutorial: You’ve got to know who you are and be comfortable with yourself. Regarding makeup, this is important because you need to really know your skin: the pros and the cons, what works for you and what doesn’t. You also need to consider your natural habits (especially when choosing tools). People ask me all the time, “What’s the best blending brush?” My reply is always the same: “That depends, are you light-handed or heavy-handed?” There’s no one answer that is going to work for every person – not in life and not in makeup.

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (168) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a ruby-shimmered blue-based red with a subtle pinkness. The color payoff is mostly opaque, but there’s an underlying sheerness that gives it a translucent look. It’s pinker than MAC Prolong. Chanel Byzantin is darker, redder. Dior Technicolor is slightly darker. Guerlain Girly is pinker, less red. Estee Lauder Wild Violet is a touch purpler. MAC Perpetual Flame is slightly less red.  Guerlain’s Rouge Automatiques are supposed to have subtle sheerness–that translucency is part of the formula (it reminds me of jelly nail polishes).

Rouge Automatique is very comparable to the Rouge G formula, and the differences are minute, though they are there. This is an excellent formula regardless of that comparison, though, because it’s creamy enough to glide on but not so creamy that the color slips around, comfortable to wear, and keeps lips feeling hydrated, too. For more packaging photos, please see this post.  L’Heure Bleue wore for six hours and left a soft stain behind.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color L'Heure Bleue
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MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC Collection (Shop Shop Shop, Cook Cook Cook) for Spring 2012


MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC Collection (Shop Shop Shop, Cook Cook Cook)

availability: February 9, 2012 in North American, March 2012 at international MAC locations

Try and Buy a delicious, delovely, delectable, divine, degorgeous, de-with-it, degroovy assortment of Eye Shadow x 4 in wearable brights perfect for Spring. Treat yourself to Lipstick in heavenly hues, mouthwateringly Kissable Lipcolour and Cremeblend Blush. This Spring, shop ‘til you drop with a tongue-in-cheek collection that elevates the everyday into the extraordinary. Whether it’s detergent or diamonds, produce or Prada, everyone loves to shop, shop, shop!

Please keep it clean and insult-free in the Shop MAC/Cook MAC post. Thanks! Everyone’s entitled to their opinion – even if you disagree.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Innocence, Beware! Light yellow pink (Cremesheen) (Repromote)
  • Naughty Saute Bright pepto pink (Cremesheen)
  • Watch Me Simmer Bright pink-orange (Amplified)
  • Quick Sizzle Bright pink (Matte)
  • Dish It Up Berry pink (Lustre)
  • Runaway Red Rich red-blue (Satin) (Repromote)

Kissable Lipcolour ($19.00 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Flaunting It Grey mauve (Repromote)
  • So Vain Muted dirty coral (Repromote)
  • Scan-delicious Blue fuchsia (Repromote)
  • Woo Me Light pinky nude (Repromote)
  • Enchantee Light blue pink (Repromote)

Cremeblend Blush ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Optimistic Orange Bright orange (Repromote)
  • Florida Bright coral (Repromote)
  • Restores Dazzle! Rich plum

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MAC Vera Collection for Spring 2012


MAC Vera Collection for Spring 2012

Brilliant butterflies, flashy florals and gorgeously geometric graphics…A colourful collaboration between M·A·C and the artist known worldwide as Vera, who merged fine arts with linens, murals, textiles and silk scarves in her punchy, painted patterns. Now in shades plucked straight from her most lavish prints, M·A·C Vera embraces the luxe, lighter-than-air spirit that delivers the kind of startling, look-at-me statement that defines what it means to be an instant classic. Limited Edition.

Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Aloha ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Latern Light Metallic gold/bronze (Frost)
  • Campfire Rich copper (Frost)
  • Shifting Sands Metallic champagne
  • Aloha Dirty Cocoa Brown

Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Strawberry Patch ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Star Crystal Pink champagne
  • Rose Light Metallic yellow pink
  • Strawberry Patch Light blue pink
  • Moon Rose Bright dark pink

Crushed Metallic Pigment x4 – Butterfly Party ($34.00 U.S. / $40.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Butterfly Party Bright lilac
  • Desert Cloud Deep blue purple
  • Rain Drop Metallic teal
  • Moss Garden Metallic silver green

Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Lord It Up Bronze with pearl (Repromote)
  • Industrial Periwinkle grey (Repromote)
  • Designer Purple Iridescent violet (Repromote)
  • Undercurrent Teal with pearl (Repromote)
  • Petrol Blue Deep navy with pearl (Repromote)
  • Black Swan Black with pearl (Repromote)
  • Black Line Black with gold pearl (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Midsummer’s Dream Pale pink lilac (Creme)
  • Play Day Pale milky coral (Creme)

Pearlmatte Face Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Sunday Afternoon Clean bright pink/bright clean fuchsia/soft pale pink with white pearl
  • Flower Fantasy Pale coral with slight gold pearl/slightly blue pale pink/soft pale salmon

Plushglass ($19.50 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Fashion Fanatic Creamy pale pink (Repromote)
  • Pretty Plush Extra soft pink with white pearl (Permanent)
  • Confetti Bright orange coral with soft pearl
  • On a Holiday Bright pink with blue pearl
  • Butterfly Dream Mid-tone violet with blue pearl

availability: February 9th, 2012 in North American, March 2012 at international MAC locations

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