MAC To the Beach Look: Clarins + Neon Orange

MAC To the Beach Look: Clarins + Neon Orange

This is the look I ended up wearing to attend my local MAC’s To the Beach event.  I had originally planned to do something bolder and brighter on the eyes, but I ran out of time, so I just went with the look I started the day with!

I’m happy to say I snagged the one item that really had me smile — the MAC To the Beach Bag ($49.95).  It’s huge and cute and the perfect beach bag.  It makes me want to go to the beach ASAP!  Some photos of its loveliness and size comparisons included in this post! 🙂

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Stay Don’t Stray as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. With the 239, apply the light peach eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid. Next, apply the medium brown eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid, softly into the crease. To define the crease, apply the dark chocolate brown eyeshadow with the 226. Blend the lightest shade above the crease and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying the dark brown eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Opulash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Marine Life high light powder to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Temperature Rising lip pencil first, and then layer Easy Lounger lipglass for a complementing lip.

Check out more photos!

Coral on one side, conch shell on the other; canvas

I originally tried to put Mellan *in* the bag. I got his butt in there, but I couldn’t quite manage the get the two front feet in… but hey, his big butt fit!   He threatened to eat the bag if I took a photo… he wanted to hold onto his dignity.  In all honesty, this bag is the perfect size for a beach bag, but I’ll probably use it more as a doggy bag myself.  Mellan doesn’t travel light!

See, it’s HUGE! Mellan is a purebred labrador — 70 pounds, lanky and lean and mean.

He’s totally thinking those handles look like his tug ropes…

He’s two seconds away from getting his snack on, I swear!

Unpleased dog is unpleased!

See, isn’t the bag HUGE?

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Aaahh Mellan, lean mean beach bag eating machine <3 I was looking at the pictures thinking: "This look is pretty neutr…" and then BAM! You hit me with those lips. Gooorgeous!!

Look at your HAIR! It is GORGEOUS! The whoa ORANGE lip with the neutral eye is fantastic too. That bag is ridiculous, I love it 😀

Aww, those pics of Mellan are the cutest. Is it weird that I totally just wanna hug your dog? And pretty look, wow that lipliner is soo bright.

ohh i LOVE this look, and your dog is so cute :).. i’ve been OBSESSED with bright orange lippie lately.. i’ve been using MAC Neon Orange.. and let me tell you, that lipstick is BRIGHT lol

At first the lips terrified me, but when I saw how it looked with your skin tone and the dark grey- wow! It actually looks good!. Not many people can pull off neon orange! kudos..

My boyfriend goes crazy for super pigmented lips, too. I wore speed dial l/s mixed with a touch of petals and peacocks l/s covered with a clear gloss, and he went nuts! Unfortunately, I’m on the pinker side of a cool tone, so neon orange is not an option for me. lol

That bag is huge! Too big for me and I love huge bags. Not much of a beachgoer either so think I’ll be passing it up–though it is cute! It looks like you could carry Mellan around in it 😀

&I love this look, btw. Really pretty eyeshadow.. Simple but gorgeous.

It’s definitely not like… a huge purse bag, most certainly a beach bag – which is nice if you’re a beach goer, haha. It’s nice to see it align with the collection’s theme, and for $50 at MAC… surprisingly so.

Thank you!

I must say every item of makeup looks good on you!
Ah, and the change in the site made it look more sophisticated 🙂

Wow. I love this look, Christine. It looks so pretty, fresh and wearable… even with the bold lip. I don’t know how I feel about the bag but the collection, overall, was quite nice. 🙂

Hahahah! I love the fact that you used Mellan as a point of reference to show us how big the bag truly is!! And your hair is looking amazing!! 😀

LOL! I was trying to figure how I could accurately portray the largeness of the bag… hello, big dog!


What a gorgeous look. You’re rocking that orange lipstick, Christine. I applaud you. XD

Though now I want that Clarin’s palette more than ever. It’s so perfect for work.

Thank you, Ceriene! I’m totally in love with the palette, too, just because it’s so easy to pull off and use. I’m sure I have plenty equivalent products and shades in my stash, but it’s convenient and the quality is tops.

I can definitely see the quality in this look. I don’t have that many eyeshadows (yet), so this palette will definitely come in handy. The price is pretty good too, all things considering.

Loving that Clarins palette. I may have to take a closer look at that one. It looks like it’ll be a perfect one palette fits all looks when I head down to SoCAL next month to visit family/friends. I love that tote too but I already scored a freebie tote back from VS that doesn’t look too girlie!

Love your dog – I want one too!!

Wow I thought the tote wasn’t going to be big enough for all my beach attire and stuff, but I think it is a great convenient size 0_0….Thanks for the labrador/tote comparison really cute plus it helped me decide that I NEED this bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I picked up that bag last night at the unveiling party at MAC. I LOVE IT too! I want it to be 80 degrees right now so I can go to the beach and show it off!

ROTFL!!! You’re dog’s face!!! (You wanted to put me in a BAG?? I don’t think so lady!) He’s so precious!

And this is a beautiful look! The lips look like a bright, juicy orange! Very summer!

Hey Christine,

I was wondering if you could help me with a brush query? I want to purchase one to use for mainly cream blush and highlighting fluids. Would the MAC 130, 188 or 187 be best?

Thanks so much for creating such a wonderful site. You are my beauty guru!


Hmm… 130 or 188 would best. I like the stiffness of the 130! I used the 130 for one cheek in my latest YouTube tutorial, in case you wanted to see it “in action” LOL!

Thank you so much!! I just watched some of the brushes ‘in action’ and have placed my order for the 188 AND the 130 (One is big and one is small – that’s how I’m justifying it to myself!) The moment I clicked play on youtube I could see my wallet start to tremble. Lol! Thanks once again for your help and your awesome videos. As we say in England, you are a living legend!

Your dog is absolutely adorable. I really wish that lip pencil was a more subtle orange. You pull off the neon orange, but I doubt I would ever try it.

Yeah, it’s hard to mute it, too, since it’s a pencil – but maybe try M’Orange or Neon Orange lipstick and blot!

He’s adorable! Reminds me of my bestie’s mixed chihuahua, Fibi~! She always barks at me tho~ 🙁 Can’t get her to like me, after all these years~ *sigh*

whoa! that’s bright! it looks awesome on you 🙂

and you totally almost sold me on the bag.. but then i realized… my summer mostly consists of working and sitting by my own pool, what the heck am i gonna do with that bag!? lol

LOL! I don’t even go to the beach all that much myself, but it just makes me happy inside to stare at it!

Thank you!

I’m so jealous christine! You got the bag!! I was planning on getting it but I also have been thinking of another one at J.crew because I thought this looked small in the promo photos but clearly it’s huge! Yay!

I know the freestanding stores have them, but I’m not 100% sure if it will or won’t be on the website… but I think it should.

Btw, I love the look! Will deff try out! Well maybe not the lips lol I’m too chicken. Also, have you ever used the Loew (sp?)cornell Maxine Mop brush in 3/8 of an inch? It’s supposed to be the mac 239 dupe, I’m debating getting that or the 239? I only have the money for one mac brush right now and I also want the 222.

Thanks, Meghan!

I have — I don’t like it, not for eyeshadow. I have two, but I use them with pigments (just to apply them). I just find them pretty scratchy on the eyes.

Ah ah did you really try to put Melan in the bag? You monster! That’s so funny. 😀 How is Melan lately? I so miss having a pet!

Orange lipstick on you is sexy and juicy – seriously, you’re always pretty no matter what you wear – what do you want me to tell you? =)

Please can you recommend me a good orange for a pale cool toned skin? (well concerning my skitone, NW15 is typically too orange for me – I think my complexion is more fair beige than anything. I suppose that a too bright orange would make me look ashy. I don’t know, are there true orange lipsticks bright and subdued at the same time without being rust or coral?

YES! I thought he was gonna fit, LOL! He is good!

Thank you!!

This is a true orange – but have you tried M’Orange or Lady Danger (which is a little redder, but not quite a coral, I’d say)? You could also blot a bit so it’s not quite as potent.

Christine i love you and your dog *jealous*
I just had a quick question, but would Temperature Rising look good on my NW15 skin or will it clash with my pink undertones. After seeing the lipliner on you i want it!

I saw those hanging near the cash registers and I was really tempted to grab one but I did want to get my hands on 2 Marine Life Highlighters until when I found out they were all sold out =( but I will try pre-ordering it today. Really pretty bag tho =) Oh and I wanted to see you last night but I guess I missed you. It was super packed in the store and since this was my first unveiling, I was so overwhelmed, but it was fun. Hope to see you in another unveiling =)

Aww!! I hope you are able to pre-order, Natalia!

No worries — it’s SO easy to lose anyone… your own mother! at those events. I always want to kind of hang out, because I know some of you are going to be there, but I feel like a total doofus just standing around, lol!

lookin sexy!! I didn’t think I needed Temperature Rising but suddenly I do, uh oh 😉 your hair’s gotten looong again, love it!

whoa, you look stunning!!
Are the shadows as good quality as MUFE and MAC shadows (Matte2 and VP)? I am really tempted!! 😀

OK, thanks. I’ll have to check it out if I see it in store, if there’s a tag inside. I don’t buy leather, so I’ll have to skip it if it’s real.

I looked for a tag, but all it had was “made in China” which was marginally disappointing but not exactly unexpected. The tag also said 100% cotton, but I assume that’s the tote part, not the bottom.

WOW Christine, love the colour punch of the lips…yup u’ve got me hooked on the neon orange…now i just have to get Temperature Rising as well. BTW for the eye what MAC subsitutes do u reco? Gotta love Mellan…esp his mean look…too cute.

I’ve been eyeing that lip pencil like a hawk! The closest thing that I own right now is Vegas Volt, which I’m wearing now because of this picture! I love this look for going to work or doing something where it might not be so wise to do a bright eye.

Mellan makes me wonder what my chihuahua would look like next to the bag lol!

Aww 😀 Neon Orange (PRO) is also a super super bright orange. M’Orange (permanent) is fun, too.

Thanks 🙂

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