for some reason, i woke up today feeling like i wanted to get creative. with all the recent transitions in my life, i’ve fallen into a makeup rut: foundation, eyeliner, blush…and that’s it. (ICK – boring!!)
so i dug up my old MAC stash…and got busy:
- MAC PRO Pure White Pigment on lids
- MAC Technakohl Liner in Smoothblue – on the lower outer waterline
- MAC Pigment in Mutiny (from Hello Kitty, i think?) – patted on the lower outer corners of the eyeline
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight on the cheeks – i swear, this is the most incredible cheek blush/highlighter EVER.
- MAC Lipstick in Big Bow (also from HK – it’s a great, sheer-but-vivid shade, with a hint of opalescence)
nice to brighten up this otherwise gray April day!
FINALLY! The last day of NYFW!! In the true spirit of NYFW, I decided the last look of the NYFWMUC should utilize the MAC PRO Sculpt Powders.
These powders are varying shades of nudes and natural “shadow” shades. Nearly every single key artist I know adores this range because it provides the perfect, soft range of contour shades.
I must confess, I own 4 of them, but I rarely use them – it’s not every day that I whip out a contour in a “non-photo shoot” setting. But when I do, I use them on the eyes as a very soft, natural shadow.
I kept the colour layout simple: dark on the outer corners of the eyes, getting progressively lighter as you got towards the inner corners.
- MAC Pigment in Gold Mode on the lids
- MAC PRO Sculpt Powder in Shadowy on the outer to mid-lid (since I’m an Asian Sistah, I ain’t got no crease!)
- MAC Pigment in Vanilla just on the inner corner of the eyes
- MAC Technakohl liner in Photogravure on the waterline
- MAC Studio Fix Mascara (I have to give a Lilash update soon, but needless to say…it’s WORKING!)
- MAC PRO Shapers in Warm Light on the cheeks (the perfect sheer wash of peach)
Thanks for playing my little #NYFWMUC game with me!! :) Until next season!!!
Pinks & reds have always been eyeshadow shades that I shy away from. Unfortunately, the word “Geisha” comes to mind.
But while I was working backstage for Ruffian the other day, I noticed an Asian sistah rocking a very matte, magenta eye, and I thought I’d give it a whirl.
- the Usual on the face: Studio Sculpt NC30
- MAC Eyeshadow in Passionate on the outer half of the eye
- MAC Style Black Mineralize Eyeshadow in Cinderfella from the inner to mid-eye
- MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved
What would fashion week be without a dark, rich lip colour?
After seeing a lot of bold lips backstage, I decided to dig through my makeup bag this morning to see what I had. I pulled out ALL my dark colours: Film Noir, Cyber, Diva and Sin. I chose Sin because it just spoke to me — it’s a really darkened, rich burgundy red. AND (most importantly), it was a matte finish.
In my experience, matte texture finishes tend to hold up really well — they don’t budge! Which, when you’re running around all day without much mirror time, is JUST what you want.
The key to a dark lip is a perfectly LINED lip! Luckily MAC Cremestick Liner in Velvetella seems like it was made to be used with Sin Lipstick!
Kept the eyes pretty minimal: just Nylon shadow on the lid, Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved on the waterline. No blush (bc admittedly, I forgot!)
Happy Day 5!!
I’ve admittedly always had issues using the Greasepaint stick. The reason: I like a RICH, pigmented color payoff, that I’m used to getting by layering the product on itself. You can’t really do that with the Greasepaint stick. So I was always confused.
I definitely wanted to do a more graphic eye, but sometimes I’m not great a free-handing it. So I pulled out my trusty MAC Penultimate Liner, and I drew the outline of the shape I wanted.
For me, when I want to do this shape, I normally draw a line straight from the outer point of my eye, then extend it on either side…hard to describe, but here’s what it looks like below:
But this morning, I had a brainchild! Heat it up, baby!
I took a lighter and heated up the tip of the greasepaint, but only for a second. Waited a bit until it cooled before gliding it across the eyes. The heat seemed to soften it, and make the color go on even more rich and black.
Afterwards, I took a Q-tip, and smudged the product deep into the skin and winged it out.
Happy to report the look lasted all day!!
It wouldn’t be a NYFW without Lady Danger Lipstick! I first got hip to this phenomenal shade a few years ago, when MAC Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt used it as the lip at the Twinkle runway show. Since then, it’s become a staple in my makeup bag. I never NOT have it on me!
- MAC Studio Sculpt NC30
- MAC Powerpoint Pencil on lower water line in Engraved
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight
- MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger
I’ve never been one for light lipstick shades. I naturally have a pretty good amount of pigment on my lip naturally, so I never felt comfortable lightening it.
But after seeing Lady Gaga rock her new Viva Glam Lipstick shade ALL day (AND, she wore it at the Grammy Awards!), I felt inspired to give it a try.
So this morning, I went for a “pastel” look. I tried to keep everything soft so I could match the tone of the lipstick:
- MAC Strobe Cream as a base with Studio Sculpt NC 30 on top\
- MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre: my ultimate cream eyeshadow shade. A non-pearly, creamy cream shade. I use it as a base on the eyelid to anchor Pigments & Shadows
- MAC PRO Reflects Gold Pigment patted on the lid
- MAC Liquidlast Eyeliner in Point Black on the lower lashline only
- LIPS: MAC Viva Glam Gaga!! It’s nice and sheer for buildable color, great satin finish without being too drying. I was pleasantly surprised!
After our EPIC Viva Glam press day yesterday — and being “on” for 21 hours straight — I wasn’t sure if I had anything left to do the first #NYFWMUC look.
But I put on my electric purple American Apparel bra today, and got inspired!
Here we go:
- MAC Studio Sculpt in NC30
- MAC Eyeshadow in Daisychain on eyelid
- MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved on lower lash line only
- MAC Hello Kitty Eyeshadow Quad — Too Dolly (the blue shade) brushed over the liner and winged out
- MAC Warm & Cozy Mineralize Skinfinish in By Candlelight (MY NEW OBSESSION for cheeks!! – just a hush of peachy glow…not too much, and JUST enough)
- Nothing on the lips.
What’s your look today??
Confession: I’ve been debating as to whether or not to anniversary the NYFWMUC (New York Fashion Week Makeup Challenge). Work has been SO crazed and has been SO drainiing….I wasn’t sure if I had enough creative juices to carry me through 10 straight days of the NYFWMUC.
But after a few encouraging tweets from my Twitter homegirls, I quickly became re-inspired! So it’s ON, baby!!
For those who want to join in on the challenge, here are the rules:
- New day, new makeup look.
- You can repeat products, as long as they’re used in a different way.
- You can’t repeat looks!
- If you tweet it, please use the #NYFWMUC hash! (with pics, naturally)
When you’re around some of the most creative and fashionable folks in the industry for Fashion Week — we all need a little motivation to keep our makeup game fresh & inventive.
See you at the shows!!