A long-wearing Lipstick formula with intense colour payoff and a completely matte finish.
Long-wearing, eight hours
What’s not to love about this classic red lip?
This iconic, blue-red, very matte lipstick will suit all skin tones for a properly perfect pout.
I would strongly suggest applying MAC’s Prep + Prime Lip or at the very least a lip balm (which is what I use). This will allow for smoother application
Use a red lip liner to fill in your lips. This creates a base. I use MAC’s ‘Cherry’ lip liner (as seen in featured pic above) it seems in the years after I bought ‘Cherry’ they have now got an actual ‘Ruby Woo’ lip liner. (*coughs* why do I still want to buy this even though Cherry has literally been sharpened once since purchase and I don’t need it??)
Apply lipstick straight from the bullet
You can use a brush to apply more layers
Re-draw your lips to perfect any of the outer lines
Things to keep in mind
Red lips are capable of taking your makeup to the next level or making your face look more awake in the blink of an eye.
It also has a way of drawing your eyes to any other red things on your face, i.e that pimple, that vein, capillary or that dry patch of skin. Fair people beware! Tanned skin lovelies, you’re lucky.
Be sure to cover up your face as to not draw attention to that red area because human nature will cause people’s eyes to match the red on your lips to the red on your cheek etc.
I have worn this to big occasions and small dinners and sometimes just during the day, the staying power is always there and it hardly transfers onto any cutlery or glassware. It is very matte, but so gorgeous, a holy grail in my opinion.
So have I got you convinced why you might want to wear this for Christmas? 😀
Orange. I bet you’d never think to purchase this shade of eye shadow. Maybe you’re certain it wouldn’t suit you. Maybe you think it’d never work on your skin tone. Well let me tell you a little something about this colour.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “She’s lost it if she thinks I’m going to be applying that all over my lids!”
Wait! Don’t leave just yet. Now I’m not saying there aren’t some particularly photogenic individuals out there who couldn’t rock an entirely orange look. I’m talking using this shade in the slightest way possible to transform a dull look to a ka-pow look!
If you see me wandering the aisles of Sephora or Mecca, I usually almost always have some form of glitter stuck on me.
I just can’t help swatching glittery and sparkly products. Highlighters in particular catch the corner of my eye with their wonderful glisten and before you know it, my finger has gently swiped the powder and I stare, mouth agape.
Today I bring to you my number #1 Fav highlighting product of all time, and it makes my MAC’s fav list at number 3. Here’s the previous #1 and #2 favs.
“A luxurious, slow-baked, velvety soft, domed face powder with a radiant finish. Strategically buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face, or blend all over for a sheer luminous polish to the skin. Features our M·A·C Multi-Mineral Complex and vitamin E.“
Yes yes yes!
With 5 other brilliant shades, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish will have you covered no matter your skin tone.
This champagne powder reflects gold and silver dust pigments to pack some serious shine punch. It’s no wonder it’s one of their bestselling face powders. It essentially is the best neutral highlight available. Not leaning too gold, silver or pink, I think it makes for a great highlight for all.
I only own three different highlighters and this my friends is the one I reach for every time. Whether it be a natural or glam look, it always fits perfectly.
If I could, I’d buy them all. But my inner grown up tells me highlighters are often products that you never can reach pan on. So I shouldn’t buy more.
Convince me otherwise guys, please.
I wonder have you tried this amazing highlight for yourself?
I have a very soft spot for MAC products. They were my first ever high end purchase as a budding makeup lover years ago. My first purchase? The wonderful Studio Fix Fluid for none other than that completely flawless, matte base I was after.
I cringe slightly knowing that my skin was actually pretty good back then and yet I was hunting for a full coverage foundation to just blank out my face. Only makeup lovers will understand.
Matte foundations are just, sometimes a necessity. We might be suffering with misbehaving skin and it gives us the confidence to go out everyday. For me it was like painting a canvas. The beginning of the art I wanted to create on my face.
So there I was excitedly standing at a MAC counter in Sydney’s CBD, gift card in hand from a generous friend and ready to spend my birthday money. $50AUD on a foundation was crazy sounding to me but all the same I thought if I was spending so much it had to be good right?
This is a very thick, buildable foundation. If you’re not into makeup on the heavier side then steer clear. You don’t need a whole lot to go a long way either. Apply one thin layer and see how you feel, add another if you feel you’re needing the extra coverage.
From memory I needed to thin layers to get full coverage. I.e no redness peeking through corners of my nose.
MAC has a solid range of about 50 shades so finding your match shouldn’t be too difficult. I for one was sold an NC15 which can tend to look a little too yellow on me (either that or I’m too heavy handed with my application). It just never looked correct. However over the years the shade range has been extended to include fairer and deeper tones. I haven’t been matched since the stone ages.
NC and NW Whaat?
This can be a little confusing. But let me break it down. The codes MAC use for their shades are;
NC = Neutral Cool – for warm toned skin
NW = Neutral Warm – for cool toned skin
No I didn’t make a mistake with those descriptions. It’s actually better to think of the whole NC and NW thing as;
NC = Not Cool
NW = Not Warm
Basically pick the one you’re not, either not cool toned or not warm toned.
After all these years I believe I am actually NW and a lighter shade. Alas I haven’t been back to be matched and only have this old bottle of Fluid in the wrong shade.
Recommendation and why I love it
Gives you unbelievably, flawless skin
Looks better as the day goes on
Has a lasting power like no other
I’d recommend this classic. It’s truly one of the most popular bestsellers of MAC’s foundations for a reason and one that’s been around for years.
Have you tried this foundation and what are your thoughts?
I do hope you follow on to see more of my MAC favourites in this series.