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MAC Cosmetics: Guide For The Newly Addicted, Part 9
These are some terms that are commonly used by MAC fans that may be a bit confusing to newcomers.
- Acronyms | Many things get abbreviated on the internet, and makeup is no different. If you’ve seen one and don’t know what it is, MakeUpAlley has an excellent abbreviation list that should help you!
- CCB | Cream Colour Base
- Depotting | This is the act of removing the eyeshadow pan/palette from the black container that it came in. There are several methods on doing this, the most common requires a lighter/candle and knife. To begin, you can pop out the plastic insert that lays in the container (basically, there are two pieces to the container, the entire outer casing and a little “plate” that holds the eyeshadow pan). You can easily do this by taking your knife point and inserting it where the two parts meet, which is the same place where the lid closes and clicks in place. After you have removed that portion, take a lighter and melt the bottom of the eyeshadow container enough that you can push a knife point up through it to pop out the metal eyeshadow pan. You can also quickly melt the label found on the bottom of the eyeshadow pot (just enough to make it easy to pull off, too much and you’ll blacken it) and adhere it to the bottom of the eyeshadow pan.
- E/s, L/s, L/g | Eyeshadow, lipstick, lipglass
- Eyeshadow “in pan/palette form” | The typical eyeshadow comes inside a black plastic container with a clear top that pops open. Eyeshadow bought in pan/palette (means the same thing in this context) is when you buy a metal pan that is filled with the eyeshadow color with a magnet on the bottom of it. Essentially, it does not have any protective case or black plastic container. It is the bare bones product. You would then place them in an empty quad or palette.
- Empty palettes, quads | When you purchase an eyeshadow or blush in pan/palette form, you place it inside an empty palette/quad. An empty eyeshadow palette can hold either 15 or 4 eyeshadows (referred to as a quad), and it is a slim black container. An empty blush palette can hold 6 blushes.
- FOTD (EOTD) | Face of the Day or Eye of the Day; essentially, it is someone’s makeup from that day
- MA | Makeup Artist
- MLBB | My Lips But Better
- OTT | Over The Top – as in, that bright blue eyeshadow is over the top for wearing to the office
What holy grail products are you still searching for? What are you desperately seeking? The perfect foundation? The no-fuss cleanser?
While I was in New York for Fashion Week, Megan over at Clinique made sure I had a sample of Clinique’s Almost Powder, a new foundation, that also comes with build-in SPF 15. This product utilizes new technology in pressing and processing that ends up making production take twice as long as a normal powder would. It’s even produced exclusively in Japan!
I’ve been wearing Almost Powder for the past week or so, and I have to say, I do like it. I don’t think it is going to replace my holy grail Studio Fix Fluid (liquid), mostly because I like liquid foundation and the coverage. However, there are many days where SFF is just a tad too heavy, or I’m not really needing a foundation of that nature. I find Almost Powder perfect for everyday, incredibly natural-looking skin. The powder is incredibly silky, and it feels lightweight. The compact includes a sponge, but I also tried Clinique’s powder brush ($30.00) with it. I found the sponge was better at reducing any “powdery” spots, and it was a lot faster. I’m personally not a fan of sponge technology (just seems like it is a bacterial growth zone!), so I tend to opt for the brush method. The brush was SO soft, and I liked it for initial application and buffing later with a buffer brush.
The coverage you get is lightweight to light-medium coverage. It basically gave me natural coverage, so I didn’t look cakey or really like I was wearing any foundation–which is always a plus. I would definitely need to look into concealers if I wanted to wear this on more acne-prone days, though, since it covers, but not quite enough (though not many lightweight foundations do this, so it’s not really a negative).
What sells this foundation is how soft it is and how nicely it settles into the skin. If you’re looking for a more polished look, without looking like you’re wearing makeup, this is right up your alley. This is perfect for those on-the-go, and anyone who wants to keep foundation light, minimal, but something that works and really evens out skin tone.
Availability: March 2008 at counters and www.clinique.com, but currently available for preview at QVC.
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This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create a look using MAC’s Fafi Eyes #2 Quad. If you have questions, feel free to ask, as the whole point of this is to help you!
You will need: Rollickin’ paint pot (creamy base in a shimmery aqua), Good As Gold eyeshadow (shimmery light gold), You’re Fresh eyeshadow (light pale green), Prankster eyeshadow (chalky gray-blue), Shimmermoss eyeshadow (shimmery medium teal), Freshwater eyeshadow (blue), Malt eyeshadow (matte flesh-toned highlighter), Graphblack technakholl (black kohl liner), Plushlash mascara (black mascara). For cheeks, Hipness blush (bright medium peach-orange) was used; for lips, Strawbaby lipstick (coral-pink) and Sugar Trance lipglass (white with pink shimmer) were used.
Brushes: 239, 249
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I had so many requests to do a look using the Fafi Eyes #2 quad, so here you go…
I used Rollickin’ paint pot on lid, Good As Gold eyeshadow on inner lid, You’re Fresh eyeshadow on middle of lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on outer lid, Prankster eyeshadow on outer crease, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer crease, You’re Fresh eyeshadow above crease, Malt eyeshadow on brow, and You’re Fresh eyeshadow on lower lash line. I wore Hipness blush with Sculpt sculpting powder on cheeks with Daisylight beauty powder to highlight. I had Strawbaby lipstick with Sugar Trance lipglass on my lips.
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