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Lipstick : Mac Rebel! God, I’ve been obsessed with this colour lately! Whenever I wear this, people ask me what lipstick I’m wearing.

Highlighter : Guerlain perles du dragon météorites 🙂

Eyeshadow combo : I love neutrals with an unexpected sweep of colour in the crease, like MAC Stylishly Merry or Nars Misfit.

Skintone/colouring: Fair/cool; dark brown hair and eyes
Perfect NYE lip: something that will last the night, with all the kissing at midnight, so I’ll go with MAC Pro Longwear in Red Dwarf (Limited Edition, I think)
Perfect NYE Highlighter: TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer (it’s the perfect highlight for just about any time!)
Eyeshadow combo: the insane gold from the Clarins Odyssey palette with something darker and matte in the crease (not sure yet – want to try out a few different shadows but I might even go for Inglot 422 which is not black and not matte!) Black liner and I might even go mad and put on some mascara!

Mariella – and anyone who uses Mary Lou Manizer – would you give me some advice? I have your coloring, except I have green eyes. I love Mary Lou Manizer, it is a great product. But…

I have tried & failed for over a YEAR to get that lit from within glow (or even a beautiful blended highlight) on cheeks and facial high points. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! Brushes used: Mac 165 & 116; Eve Pearl & Smashbox fan brushes (large & fine); OCC small powder brush that has flattest top I own trying to buff and smooth edges. I’ve tried over & under various blushes and used multiple types of foundation. I would be grateful for any suggestions.

I also hope someone can help me learn how to use it with lip gloss to highlight center of lip area…I look ridiculous when I try. I gave up on asking questions here months ago because nobody ever responded. I thought I would give it one more try. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help! Happy New Year.

Do you use any other highlighters successfully? I have tried my Mari-lou manizer a couple of times by now and I am loving it. I usually use Mac 188 duo fibre brush with highlighters and use them only on top of blush on my cheekbones.

I have not decided the best mu for new year´s eve just yet.

I am very fair and cool toned but like also warm colours.
The lipstick could be Russian red or Ruby woo from Mac if it suites with my eye mu.

Highlighter: perhaps one of the Mac MSF or one of my Chanel/ Dior le highlighters. Can´t name any yet. Depends on the blush.

Eyes: Probably Dior Night golds from the 2012 holiday collection. Gorgeous!

T – thank you for replying! I don’t own the 188. ‘ve tried a Laura Geller flat top duo fiber (part of a package deal) but the bristles are really soft so tried the OCC.

I think Mary Lou Manizer is great and it’s just me because I can’t get the glowing look with anything. I am very fair & cool toned. Most highlighters show up too intensely on me. Since we are the same tones…do you think the MSF would be better? I can’t afford to buy more product if it is my application errors.

@ Kelly B. I’ve always had luck with the Physician’s Formula large flat Kabuki brush. I use it to buff out *everything*, from highlighter, contours, and any foundation formula. I think it was around $7 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Like I said, I use for everything, and it also works well for blending out the seams some foundations tend to leave.

I’ve had the same problem when I used it. Mary Lou is a golden toned highlighter. I have a very cool tone to my skin (I can range from NW10-20) and I stopped using it a while ago – it was too golden to look ‘lit from within’ as you said. I also found that it was soo easy to overdo it. I now have switched to a similar highlighter that has a soft white glow to it (and is less pigmented too) to look more natural. I think Mary Lou is fine to use but in moderation for cool and pale skin tones. The one I use now is from Gorgeous Cosmetics (an Australian brand) which is actually an eyeshadow, I think it’s called champagne. Also with the lip highlighter, only use a really small amount. Otherwise your lips will look way too frosty! I even have tiny lips but the more I add doesn’t help to make them more ‘pouty’. Its more of where you put it rather than how much.

Hey, I have Mary-Lou, and when I use it I just use a my Mac blush brush, not sure of the number, but i get it on there and then swirl it on my hand to ensure there is not too much prooduct since it can be really pigmented, them I put it on my cheekbones!

Hi Kelly! Do you feel that the Mari-lou is too warm for you? Or way too noticable? I usually use foundaton which has either yellow or neutral undertones although my skin has red undertones. Mari-lou may not be the best highlighter for me but I don´t mind highlighter being noticable so my glow really does not come within when I use Mari-lou.

I however do have some highlighters that are much more natural. MUFE´s contour/ highlighter palette is one of them. You could check that out for a daytime look if you have a counter near you. I ordered mine from the UK. And maybe you could use Mari-lou for party looks. Mac MSF´s are usually also very noticable but I just love that glow they give. My favourites are limited edition but one of them is now permanent: Lightscapade. I have the old version and have heard that the new one is not exactly the same but you can check that out also if possible. Ask them to try it/ them on you before you buy 🙂

Hi, Kelly. The brush I like best is the MAC 130 because it’s small and has a flat top so it’s good for buffing the colour (I don’t really worry about buffing away the edges…I just sort of buff the whole thing). I also have a Posh angled eye shadow brush that is a bit on the bigger side and it works really well to apply the highlighter just on the crest of my cheekbone. For my lip, I just dot a bit on with my ring finger and then apply a tinted gloss overtop. The effect is subtle – you might not even be able to see it when you look at yourself straight on in your vanity/bathroom mirror but it will pick up and reflect the light when you move your head and just go about your day. Hope this helps.

Thank you! I’ve been looking up the products and testing tips you’ve given.

Mietta & T – Your comments helped me understand that it is a great product, but the wrong shade for my coloring and effect I have been trying to duplicate. It became even clearer when reading lip comments from everyone. I barely touch Mary Lou and my lips become exactly as Mietta described “way too frosty” and I see lip lines I didn’t know I had.

I live in a tiny town without stores for BASIC clothing and no cosmetics/skin care. So I have to rely on Temptalia and others for information rather than go check out products in person. But, I live in the mountains with amazing wildlife ( grizzly bears, wolves, moose, elk) that people come from all over the world to see.

Questions if any of you are checking back:
Mietta: I’ve looked up the Gorgeous Cosmetics champagne but can’t find the finish – is it shimmer? I am embarrassed to say I can’t figure out if a shade is warm or cool by looking at it. I must need remedial training. I don’t understand from the photo how to know the shade would give a “soft white glow” so I am having a hard time trying to shop my stash for a dupe. Also, I have thin lips too and no matter where I put the slightest touch of Mary Lou on lips…I look crazy & have lip lines I didn’t know about. Exactly where do you place the highlighter on your lips?
T: When you asked if it is “way too noticeable” everything clicked about the wrong shade! Do you have MUFE sculpting kit #1? Sephora is sold out of all shades. Since I can’t figure out a highlighter I’m scared to death of contours…can’t even find a bronzer that doesn’t look like mud on my skin! I look jaundiced in yellow toned foundation, so I neutralize with a green based primer or corrector as needed.
Xamyx – I found your Kabuki brush but my disabled hands won’t be able to hold it. I’m going to try to find an affordable long handled narrower version to practice using. Now I understand what to look for.

Honestly, I am so grateful for each of your comments…and am really glad I decided to ask. Thank you so very much!!!

Kelly: I actually have 2 kits from MUFE. The other one is #1 with the pinkish highlighter which should suite skin with pink undertones. The other one has white highlighter and I like it even more than the pink one but the pink one may be more natural and safe. Both are, however, very natural in my opinion.

Check out pictures of both + Lightscapade in order to decide whether you like the natural glow of MUFE kit or want a little bit of more glow. Lightscapade in something you cannot use on the entire face though, cheekbones only. It is probably not the most natural highlighter.
Has anyone used it successfully in anyplace else than cheekbones?

I also use Missca BB cream and it really makes the skin glow in a healthy and natural way. If you do not use powder, no highlighter is needed.

The place you live in sounds amazing!

Oh sorry about the eyeshadow, it’s the ‘Colour Pro Eyeshadow’. The Champagne swatch on the website really doesn’t show what the colour is like. Its much lighter almost the same colour as NW15 but a bit more pink. It is shimmery but nowhere near as potent as MaryLou. I definitely can try to find something more available overseas for you that’s a dup – I pretty much collect highlighters so I’ll start my stash first! In terms of wear to put it you could look at youtube videos, Pixiwoo, NikkieTutorials and LisaEldridgedotcom are starting points! If you want I can upload my own video on youtube of what Champagne is like compared to MaryLou and other highlighters. I’ll even try to show you where I put my highlights on my teeny tiny lips! My camera isn’t that great though…Check after Sunday 🙂 username: msmitty1989

Mietta that would be AMAZING! I have tried so many techniques and products and looked at youtube but not those people. I would really be grateful! I am really broke now…been selling new brushes (whah) and makeup on ebay to pay medical bills. My birthday is late January so I hope to place a SMALL Sephora order to get the VIB BDay gift. I honestly can’t afford to buy the wrong product again, but since my accident and then Melanoma my skin is so dull and lifeless which is why I really would love to figure out why I can’t highlight more naturally for daytime! I feel a little less inept reading others comments. Thanks!!!!!

Hi Kelly,
I have similar skin tone, and I love Benefit High Beam.
I dot it on the outer tops of my cheekbones, and kind of a C shape from cheekbone up and around outer eye. I use my finger to tap and blend. You don’t want it to be obvious, just a luminous glow. Hope that helps!

Hi Pami…I was curious about Watt’s Up but reading the feedback here I think that I keep trying the wrong shades. I end up getting golden although I was trying for Champagne. I am terrible with cool/warm and undertones (I rely on Christine’s input). Do you think High Beam would be ok since I have rosacea/broken capillaries so ruddy skin since it is described as more pink? Thanks for helping me!

Anyone have thoughts on BECCA? I’ve wanted to try it but pricey for me right now.

Hi Kelly, sorry I’ve been busier than expected over New Years and haven’t had a chance to make a video yet! I promise I will do it this wknd when I’m not working! xoxo ps I used NARS albatross last night and noticed it had the same yellow/gold colour to it but it was that ‘soft’ effect I was talking about before. I’ll swatch that too!

Your skin tone/coloring: light to medium warm

Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Something that’s easy to reapply, so maybe gloss. With all the kissing and such… 🙂

Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? You can never go wrong with YSL’s Touche Eclat

Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Something gold & black!

Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? NARS Mascate
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? The Body Shop’s Brush On Gold with Brush on Radiance
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Super sparkly eyeshadow of any non-neutral color and then my black glitter eyeliner!

■Your skin tone/coloring: medium/fair

■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? : Diorling lipstick

■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? : Benefit High Beam

■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? : 2 from Dior Fairy Golds

Your skin tone/coloring: light-medium, warm
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? mac rocker
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? mac redhead msf
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? urban decay bootycall, verve, and blackout

■Your skin tone/coloring: medium
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? MAC Ruby Woo
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Benefit Watt’s Up
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Neutral

■Your skin tone/coloring: fair
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Hourglass Icon (red)
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Becca Shimmering skin perfector in Pearl
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? I’m going to go for a silver glitter from Lit Cosmetics, or maybe Urban Decay Chopper paired with Snakebite

■Your skin tone/coloring: fair
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Hourglass Icon (red)
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? High Beam by Benefit
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Any two from UD’s SMOKED PALETTE

■Your skin tone/coloring: very fair with pink/red undertones
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Tarina Tarantino’s Fuschia Lining
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? MAC Silver Dusk
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Loreal Infalliable E/S in Eternal Sunshine al over the lid and Loreal Infalliable E/S in Endless Pearl for the brow bone

Your skin tone/coloring: Medium (NC20-25)
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Hourglass Icon (Matte Red)
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? MAC Soft Ochre as base. Matte Off-white colour like Cream from the LORAC Pro Palette and then Bobbi Brown Black Cocoa (Sparkling dark chocolate shade)at the outter corner!

Your skin tone/coloring: Medium-dark skin with red undertones (RE; Nars Martinique/Polynesia
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Buxuom Lip Pencil in Shanghai
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Nars Illuminator in Super Orgasm
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Nars Cordura duo

Your skin tone/coloring: NC50 (NW43)
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Mac Rocker or Rebel
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? My HG Benefit High Beam
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Black base, Gold glitter

Fair, very neutral.

I usually opt for a nude lipstick/gloss combo; this year, I’m looking at NYX Honey with L’Oreal Infallible in Petal.

NARS Albatross.

Something dark & intense; any of the darker NARS Night Series eyeshadows, or I may pull out my UD Black Palette, with Revlon Pure Pearl as a highlight. I’m not sure if I’ll do a smokey eye or a cut-crease, though. I never bother with false lashes, so lots of mascara is a must (L’Oreal Voluminous), and lots of black liner.

Skintone: Light – neutral/yellow undertones
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red
Highlighter: NARS illuminator Copacabana
Eyeshadow combo: MAC Naked Lunch & Satin Taupe, and thick winged liner.

Your skin tone/coloring: Dark C7 or NC 50
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? MAC Charmed I’m Sure
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Lorac Tantalizer
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Naked 1 palette: A combination using half baked on my lids:-)

■Your skin tone/coloring: wheatish/olive
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? armani 408 or beaute masochist
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? not sure (i prefer bronzer blush such as chanel fandango)
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? chanel spices quad

Your skin tone/coloring: Warm / NC30-35
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Revlon Lipbutter in Red Velvet
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? MAC Ricepaper (my all-time favorite highlighter eyeshadow / face)
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? MAC Cranberry + MAC Sketch on the crease

Your skin tone/coloring: N20
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? I still don’t know! I think I will wear a pink neon short + white shirt + huge neon necklace (it’s summer where I live)..if this would be the final choice, I will go with mac nicki minaj or gaga II
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? benefit watts up
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? everything that sparkles 😀

■Your skin tone/coloring: Fair/Warm
■Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Rimmel Alarm
■Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? NARS Albatross
■Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Chanel Mirifique with Lancome Artliner and falsies.

Your skin tone/coloring: Don’t really use foundation, but I’m medium tone, with neutral undertones
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? I just got the Wet & Wild Fergie Collection lipstick in Ferguson Crest Cabernet (A041) and I love it! Its a deep magenta and just gorgeous!
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? I don’t have one, currently looking for one, thinking about getting Dior Amber Diamond
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? I don’t really wear eyeshadow but I’m thinking something silver and very sparkly. Maybe I’ll just go with gel eyeliner since I like to make my lips the show stopper 🙂

Your skin tone/coloring: NW 10-20 (winter to summer)
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? I just bought Black Orchid by Tom Ford so I’m going with that!!!
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? MAC Vanilla pigment with NARS New Order to add some sparkle! MAC Reflects Pearl if that ain’t enough sparkle!
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Pretty minimal, MAC PaintPot in BareStudy with Teddy eyeliner and Reflects Pearl just in the centre.

Your skin tone/coloring:fair/neutral slightly cool
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick?: guerlain rouge g gigolo
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter?: lancome blush highlighter
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo?: guerlain turandot

Your skin tone/coloring: NC17, neutral-leaning-warm undertones

Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Guerlain Rouge G Gigolo or Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nocturne

Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Guerlain Meteorites Cruel Gardenia if i go with Gigolo or Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility if i go with Nocturne

Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? A look with Guerlain’s Les Fumes quad for Gigolo or a look with the eyeshadows of Guerlain’s Liu Calligraphy palette for Nocturne

Your skin tone/coloring: warm, tan nc40
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Nude lips this year-MAC Cherish with MAC beaux lipglass
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Hard Candy Tiki or Mary Loumanizer
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? UD Smoked Palette-Evidence and Blackout

Your skin tone/coloring: cool but not pale, NW25
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Sheisido Lacquer rouge in RS 404 Disco
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Mac extreme skinfinish Superb
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? Black and grey smokey eyes always for me


– OCC Tint in Y2 (Y1 to highlight).

– NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Damned

– NARS Copacabana Illuminator.

– Illamasqua Android Pure Pigment over Phenomenon Luquid Metal (over NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base).

Your skin tone/coloring: NC20
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Either a warm deep red like Mac’s Chili or a very peachy nude like Freckletone
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Nars Albatross!
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? mac espresso on the crease + urban decay mushroom on outer corner + mac melon pigment on middle lid+ mac blanc type to highlight and inner corners

Your skin tone/coloring: medium light neutral (Make Up For Ever #125 mixed up with #115 to lighten it for winter)
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick? Guerlain Kiss Kiss #867 (gloss), the perfect “raspberry sauce” lips!
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter? Guerlain Terra Inca to highlight and slightly warm up all-in-one
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo? a matte neutral base on lid (Urban Decay Naked or Virgin) + a touch of MAC Cranberry on outer corner + MAc fluidline Feminine Edge to highlight inner corner (upper lid and lower lash line)for a pop of dazzle and pearl

Your skin tone/coloring: NARS Siberia
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick: I wish I had enough lipsticks to know! For now I actually stick with Too Faced’s original Mood Swing gloss instead and reapply it as necessary. Hot pink is good on me
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter: Sephora’s Aspen Summit eyeshadow
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo: I don’t have these colors, but I’d say UD’s Cobra & Bender paired together, maybe with Mildew on the lower lashline.

Your skin tone? NARS Deauville
Perfect New Year’s Eve lipstick?: Chanel Dragon
Perfect New Year’s Eve highlighter?: NARS Miss Liberty
Perfect New Year’s Eve eyeshadow combo?: Hard Candy Old Skool

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