MAC Dare to Wear Look: Aqua, Winkle, & Atlantic Blue

MAC Dare to Wear Look:  Aqua, Winkle, & Atlantic Blue

MAC Dare to Wear may be eons away (okay, a couple of months), but given the amount of repromotes/permanent shades in the collection, I got a little inspired to create a look out of the ones I do already own. I went with a shimmery highlighter, rather than a matte one, because matte highlighters have a tendency to photograph poorly (they always look chalky, even if you can barely see them in real life). Well, it’s probably I just haven’t mastered the art of photographing matte brow highlighters… Anyway!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Aqua eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Winkle eyeshadow on the outer two-thirds of the lid with the 239. Next, apply Atlantic Blue eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Shroom eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #15L aqua eyes dipped in Royal Wink fluidline on the lower lash line, and then lightly dust Aqua eyeshadow underneath with the 219. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Peach Nuance blush very lightly on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Beachbound lipstick first, and then layer Manhattan lipgloss to lighten, and the finally add just a touch of Lychee Luxe lipglass for a complementing lip.

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Christine you are amazing!!  honestly sometimes I look at your looks and individually I think they might not work together or they’re too bright separately but it all melds SO BEAUTIFULLY!!  This is so gorgeous and fresh…you look stunning!

Wow. Those gorgeous blues really make your eyes POP! I’ve been wearing blue loads lately; I think it may even be may favourite colour of the moment. I’m definitely going to give this look a go. I might try it with a nice cool pink lip though. Obviously I’m loving my pinks too. 🙂

Although this looks really lovely on you, I will be skipping this collection, because I’m not a fan of mattes. Unless the lipglasses are more interesting than the lipsticks, that is. 🙂

Love the look! Seems you have some fallout from your eyeshadow, try applying that last, and if you do that already, just try to coat the tops of your lashes from the root out, and then the bottoms 😀

Thanks, Sarah! I had to touch up Aqua a bit, after I had already finished the look. That’s how I already apply my mascara 🙂

Absolutely gorgeous! Will definitely be rushing out to buy winkle and Atlantic Blue eyeshadows; I don’t know why I don’t have them already!

Hey Christine, i’m loving this look! I have a random question though, have you reviewed the Nars primers yet? I really want to try them, but wont until i read your review lol 🙂 let me know! thank you <3

I reviewed the eyeshadow primer yesterday 🙂 I won’t be reviewing the face one, as it is silicone-based.

This is so beautiful! It’s a good reminder how pretty mattes can be! It’s so well blended too! Are all three (Aqua, Winkle, & Atlantic Blue) matte? I loved when you used to give us a pic of the colors used swatched separately. It makes it really easy to dupe if you have to. (But I understand if it makes for too much work)

Christine! I’m in love with this look!!!
Won’t you post the video tutorial??
I need, I MUST copy this! It looks so perfect (as ever!)!

wow!! another blue look Christine..:) I loved that other blue one last week so I decided to go get atlantic blue.. you are right..this is a must buy color..i love it!!

I really love this look because it is quite different from your usual ones (which str also lovely, but the crease blending/shaping/lack of liner is getting a little stale — it’s like the same exact look over and over with different colors). This bright look really flatters you! Very nice!

Liner on the upper lash line causes my eyes to swell up, so I really have to be careful when I use it, and if I do, remove it within about 5 minutes of applying it. Sorry!

OMG i loveddd iitt!! you amazinglyyy talentedd!! =) i lovee the way you used it all the colors! i want to ask u somenthing what eye cream u would recomend mee? im ninteen and i dont want premature wrinkles and all that stuff :S i will aprecciatte ur opinion 🙂

Aww, thank you so much, Mariana!

I actually don’t have any recs. I haven’t found any that blow me away yet!

Wow, that is gorgeous!! I love the matte-ness of the eye combo! I have been wanting to pick up Winkle and Atlantic Blue for a while, but you made up my mind with this look 🙂 I read somewhere that Aqua is harder to use due to being more chalky–do you find that to be the case?

Thanks so much! I am glad you like it. Aqua can be chalky/powdery – it’s not the worst matte, but it can be tricky.

First off, the hair totally complimented the look ! The look seems very rocker chic; something I’d expect to see on Rihanna and just from the first photo I thought it might be too bright- leaning towards the magazine/editorial looks but in the full face photo it looks stunning ! I really love how everything looks 😀

wow that’s blue! i love matte eyes – i always go back and forth from really matte to really shimmery 🙂 is this the blue that you had to wash of before school? have you ever warn any of the more bold looks like this one out of the house? 🙂

Thanks, Dusty!

Yep, I did. I do, and I’d wear this anywhere but school — I have enough trouble getting my professors to take me seriously that I’ve just found doing bold/bright makeup makes it impossible, which really just stresses me out! I’d rather lower my stress level than buck the system (I’m not much of a rebel!) 😉

i know the feeling! i dyed my hair really blonde and love bold makeup looks but i don’t want to look too ‘barbie’ or high maintenance at college or work

Sometimes! I think it’s like… the more time it looks like you put into your appearance, the more people judge you empty-headed. I don’t know if, perhaps, since so few wear any visible makeup that it’s such a rarity that it inspires this “NO WAY YOU’RE SMART!” feeling or what.

That’s absolutely the way it is at my work too! When I wear makeup, people go out of their way to pick fights with me, talk down to me, and generally treat me with a LOT less respect than when Igo there, hair in a pony, no makeup, not even brow filler or foundation. But then, I work in a fairly solidly male field as well. On some level, I think you just accept it as “par for the course”. In a lot of areas nowadays, femininity is seen as a LIABILITY rather than just another individual characteristic.

Very pretty! I love the dimensions of the blues even though all colors are matte. Not to mention, the blush looks amazing too. Is it a permanent EL item?

OMGGG! I adore Atlantic Blue! It’s so smooth and pigmented — not chalky at all! I have two, actually (don’t ask how I wound up with two, LOL!), but they’re both very, very smooth and easy to work with. I’ve never had any trouble with it! I do tend to use it with a crease brush like the 226.

The contrast between your warm toned skin and the cool blue shadow is actually very complementary! I really like this look on you Christine 🙂

if you want your matte highlighters to look better in pictures (more seemless, creamy, less chalky) use a creamy base under them. my favorite is high brow from benefit, but if you don’t have that you could try eyebright (also by benefit) or even a nyx jumbo eye pencil. hope that helps!

I love this! I laughed at the highlight comment though. I have the OPPOSITE problem.

NO color shows up as highlight on me, but if i use a shimmery one, it looks like theres a DENT in the skin on my brown bone. Like a solid CREASE that catches the light! So MAC Vanilla is my standard one, and its BARELY visible in photos!

LOL! I just find that even when a matte highlighter looks LOVELY in person, it looks significantly powdery/chalky/garish in photos 🙁 Makes me sad!

Wow, you look absolutely stunning, Christine. I am slowly being drawn from bright looks to more neutral, warm-based looks, and I have basically never been a fan of blue eyeshadow (I think it’s extremely hard to pull off effectively), but this is incredible! I’m so impressed by this; you’ve done an amazing job.

Thanks a lot, Ashley! Melon is pretty similar — Beachbound might be a little more golden, but they are pretty close.

It’s not the *worst*, but it can be a little chalky/powdery – I didn’t have to fuss with it too much, though.

Okay: I’m officially jazzed for Dare to Wear! These mattes look gorgeously vibrant on your lids, not to mention quite blendable.

By the way — your choice to use a shimmery hilighter instead of a matte one was brilliant! It really keeps the look from looking TOO matte, and I know what you mean about the chalkiness. Sucks, but it’s true.

Yayy!! 🙂

I’m not sold yet, but we’ll have to see! I’m hoping that some of the other shades are not mattes, just to mix it up.

The worst is when it’s all la-di-dah in person. Pretty, soft, ooh-la-la. Then you photograph and it’s like, WTF when did I put chalk on my brown?

At first I thought I didn’t like it but when I clicked on the “keep reading” section and saw the other pics I really love this on you. It looks amazing.

Christine–I absolutely love this look on you!!! Plus, it looks like you had fun doing it–you are so good at using beautiful, vibrant colors!!!

love, love, love the matte shadows. very unusual, most bloggers use many more shimmery or glittery shadows. the matte’s a refreshing change.

The blending is amazing! I really love this, it’s the nicest blue eyeshadow look I’ve ever seen! The lipgloss is really pretty with everything else^^

I was dazzled by this look. The close up of the eye made me doubt that it would be a favorite. But in the shots of your whole face, this blue looks absolutely incredible against your brown eyes. Good gravy!

Hi Christine. I was just wondering how you got Atlantic blue to show so true to color. I use it today and it looked so dark 🙁 btw this look makes me wanna snatch aqua now too. Ahahah.

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