Wednesday, October 05, 2011

MAC Cosmetics Faves

This last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a MAC Bridal Makeup Pro Class. It was so informative and inspiring; I sat there just completely soaking in all their wonderful tips, and tricks.

The number one thing I came out of there with was and will be your new friend, STROBE CREAM! Almost every person asks for a dewy, natural complexion but with some foundation coverage for evening out blemishes. Strobe Cream will help you achieve that applied under your foundation. It would go on right after your daily sunscreen and applied with a MAC 188 brush.

I am always freaked out over highlighters because with my skin being on the oily side, I feel like they always make me look WAY too shiny with their glittery particles in them. As for Strobe Cream, it will give you that subtle glow without all the bling-y shimmer.
MAC sells it as a moisturizer because it is full of powerful botanicals, vitamins, green tea and antioxidants. It is extremely smooth and leaves a tiny bit of a pink/silver sheen on the skin. Apply it to your cheek bones in a swirl motion and brow bone. A little bit goes a LONG way. Then apply your normal foundation routine next. After your makeup is all on, you can also dab a tiny bit under your eyebrow and use as a subtle highlighter too. I now see why this is a makeup artists staple! This can be used on all age groups as well. I cannot wait to try it on my Mother for her “Mother of the Bride” look!

A few other things I came home with are:

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Pressed) – Colorless finishing powder that is suitable for all skin tones, helps to reduce shine (I’m all about NO SHINE) and reduce the look of lines and imperfections

Matte – A mattifying cream that acts like a powder adds a sheer, no-shine matte texture in one layer. For those of you who do not want to cake on powder all day, apply this before your foundation and it will help block oil in T-zone or entire face and it keeps your look matte and the shine away! The MAC girl said it can be used to touch up throughout the day too in those same oily spots in lieu of powder. I am going to play with it and see how it holds up on in combat against my oil.

Blot Film – MAC’s oil absorbing wipes

Silver Dusk Iridescent Powder – For highlighting

Dainty Blush (Mineralize) – Perfect pink blush, great for all skin colors

Dip Down (Fluidline) – Brown liner or shadow base, great under any dark eye shadow

Club (Eye Shadow) – Red-brown with green pearl shadow

Espresso (Eye Shadow) – Muted golden brown matte shadow (Loving the matte shadows especially with Outre)

Brule (Eye Shadow) – Soft creamy beige (this was a back 2 MAC- FREE)

Vapour (Eye Shadow) – Peach-pink with violet pearl (this was a back 2 MAC- FREE)

Back 2 MAC – Utilize their program! For every 6 containers you can get a lipstick, shadow or gloss. I get free stuff ALL the time, well worth recycling!

There are many of you who know I am obsessed with pale, nude and light pink 80’s frosted lips… lol I found a couple new candidates to help me complete my look! Ha!

In Synch (Lip Liner) – Bright yellow pink liner

Behave Yourself (Sheen Supreme Lipstick) – Light blue pink, these sheen supremes are a hybrid combining the color of a lipstick with the sheen of a gloss. This is my first one so we will see how it goes. I originally wanted Happy Hibiscus but they were out, guess I have to go back :)

Pink Fade (Lipglass) – Pale pink tinted lipglass, as insurance in the gloss category if my sheen supreme is not enough

Happy MAC
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