Sometimes we forget that makeup is all about playing. There are days when I’m putting together a classic neutral eye look and I look back at myself and want to throw in some yellow, pink or glitter. Today is that day. Although the MAC is Beauty collection isn’ horrifically in your face in terms of colour, it IS very striking in terms of the colours that were chosen to be part of the collection. The message behind MAC is Beauty is one of pure vanity and indulgence. Yes, makeup can sometimes be all about showcasing your natural beauty, BUT it can also be about being completely and utterly high-maintenance.
I received the Pure Vanity Lipstick* ($19.00 CDN), a pale peachy nude, Small Eyeshadow in Preening* ($19.00 CDN), a pale mint green shimmer and Cremesheen Glass in Japanese Spring* ($23.00 CDN), a pale lilac. Not the easiest colours to work with on Asian skin, especially mint green. Even with the best primers, mint never shows up on me the way it should, but I was DETERMINED to make it work!
Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Light Revealing Sheer Makeup Up in #2 Light*
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tease
Apply NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all over the lid. I really wanted the mint green to POP and this shadow stick is one of the best “primers” I have ever used. Apply Preening all over lid and PACK IT ON all the way up to the brow bone. Use a small brush and apply Sugarpill Buttercupcake on the inner corners of the eyes and blend with Preening. Using a fluffy brush, add Sugarpill Mochi to other half of lid, blend with Preening and bring up to crease. Using a smudgebrush, repeat same colours on lower lash line in patting motions to reduce fallout.
Using a liner brush, line lower waterline with Mochi.
Line upper lash line with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
Apply Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara*.
Apply flirty false lashes. I’m wearing Esqido Mink Lashes in Unforgettable*.
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato Lip and Cheek Color in CR 01* applied in patting motions with fingers and blending.
Pure Vanity followed by a generous coat of Japanese Spring which was quite sheer on me. The lilac colour didn’t show up on my lips which is when I decided to use it over top of Pure Vanity resulting in a very pretty nude!
Final Verdict: I think the MAC is Beauty collection looks good enough to eat with its pastel-macaron shades. I have always wished that pastels showed up more intensely on my skintone, but you do what you can right? I probably would have gravitated towards the nail lacquers or fluidliners as those products don’t tend to discriminate when it comes to skintone, but I DID have a great time creating this look and embracing being a little more vain than usual.
The MAC is Beauty collection is now available online and at MAC boutiques.