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Ask Temptalia – Question & Answer Session #7

Q: Can you recommend a good MAC lipstick that would give me a nice nude lip? Whenever I try to do a nude lip, it always ends up a little too white, like a zombie or something. I’m looking for a pretty nude lip that will pair well with smokey eyes, but nothing too ghost-like.
A: With nude lips, sometimes the easiest way is to take any nude lipstick but use a lipglass with a bit more pink or peach to pump up the color to the right shade for you. Brew is a great nude to start off with!

Q: Can you tell me how to do that beauty queen/pornstar (lol) eye-makeup where they have a dark color in the crease and their eyes look really defined but still natural? It always looks so pretty and natural on them, but whenever I try to do it, I end up with just a smokey eye. It may be because I don’t have a deep crease. I’m not sure.
A: It might be that they have a deeper crease than you, or they may even fake the depth of their crease by also darkening right above it. Try using a very small brush to create an ultra-defined crease like the 219 and go very slowly. It probably ends up looking more like a smoky eye because it ends up getting too blended. You really won’t want to do much blending if you want it very defined!

Q: Can you recommend a MAC eyeshadow in their permanent line similar in color to coral and one similar in color to Jardin Aires?
A: Oh, wow, I know Goldbit is a great dupe, but that was limited edition as well. A permanent color that might be similar is harder to find, but I would suggest checking out these permanent alternatives: Honesty, Mythology, or Paradisco.

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MAC Cosmetics Dinner Party!

WHERE? I was fortunate enough to be extended an invitation to a dinner party hosted by MAC Cosmetics held at Perbacco in San Francisco, as a sort of kick-off to San Francisco’s Fashion Week.

WHO? Two key artists, Victor Cembellin and Louise Zizzo; along with Allison Greenberg and Heather Park, who work with public relations and the Global Communications department at MAC in New York. As far as guests went, I met several local bloggers and writers, including Donna over at the San Jose Mercury News; Annie, editor of Bellasugar.com; Sheryl, a freelance writer for Glamour.com, Mandy at Los Gatos Weekender, Karen from Makeupandbeautyblog.com, and several other guests (about 12-15 people total).

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Guest Look — Shannon Rae

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The gorgeous Shannon has submitted a unique look to share with everyone.

EYES: Bare Canvas paint, Cocomotion, Copperized, Off the Radar, Vanilla pigment, Quarry, Quick Frost, Dipdown f.l, Blacktrack f.l, Ether

CHEEKS: Global Glow to contour, Off the Radar apples, Shimmer Strips Physician’s Formula Sunset Strip cheekbone, Gold Mode on temples

LIPS: Rushmetal, Firespot, Kiss My Face lip balm

MAC Cosmetics – Smoke Signals Collection Review

Overall, I really enjoyed the cool smoky eye quad compared to the warmer one, and I definitely see Burnin’ being a fall favorite. Vampy, dramatic lips are in, and Burnin’ leaves nothing to be desired. Raven is going to make an excellent colored liner to make my eyes pop. I also love the color of Smoke Signal pigment, but we’ll have to see how real application goes, since matte or matte-like pigments and I are not always compatible.

MAC Cosmetics – Blue Storm Collection Review

Overall, one of my favorites was Blue Storm eyeshadow, because it worked so well in the smoky eye I did last night. I also really like the way Atmospheric lipglass looks, and part of that is probably because it isn’t a shade we see often in the MAC line. The kohl powers are so soft and apply extremely smoothly, so those were fun to experiment with. I found their staying power to be adequate, even on my waterline (multiple hours). Feline is such a rich black, I really love the depth of it. Whirlwind nail polish is NOT to be missed!