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Saturday, 10 March 2012

MAC counter makeover: browned peaches

Malika at my local MAC Counter in Myer did a fantastic job today doing my makeover to promote the Shop MAC Cook MAC Collection. When I arrived for my makeup session, I didn't know whether I wanted to go crazy colourful or something more subdued. Given that we were meeting friends at the beach later today, I opted for the neutral colours, since that's what I'll usually wear, but wanted to see how Malika would do it any differently. She did a lovely job and I was pleased. Crazy colourful next time so watch out!!

First she explained the importance of priming and preparing your skin before applying makeup. She started by applying Fix+ Spray. No matter how many times I'm reminded, I always forget to use Fix+ at this prep stage and I always just use it more as a finishing or refreshing spray after powdering and also to dampen a brush when applying eye makeup. This step adds radiance.

Next, she applied MAC's Skin Brightening Serum over my entire face with a 187 brush. This is formulated to instantly brighten, smooth, firm and hydrate while providing a plumper, more evenly toned finish.

The final stage of preparation was applying the Prep + Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer just as you would an eye cream, to reduce puffiness and undereye shadows.

Malika started on my eyes with Groundwork Paintpot, applying it lightly all over the lid using the 286 duo fibre blending brush from the Naturally Collection. I've had my eye on that paintpot for a while as well as Indianwood- both are lovely shades and part of the permanent range.

She then blended it out into the crease with MAC eyeshadow in Wedge before going with with the
219 pencil brush and Handwritten Eyeshadow in the outer V. She patted Tan Pigment (love- this was the very first MAC pigment I ever bought) all over the lid and in the inner corner. I'd never have thought of putting that shade in the inner corner, but the light reflecting qualities of the shimmer in the pigment really does help to brighten the inner corner. She then worked Twinks Eyeshadow onto the outer third of the lid to blend into the Handwritten in the crease, and then really emphasized that outer V using the Powerpoint eyeliner in Stubborn Brown. Not only did she line the upper lashline and inner corner tight line, but also worked it into the crease and blended it out with the pencil brush and more Handwritten eyeshadow. Finally, she used the lovely light, matte Orb Eyeshadow on the browbone, curled my lashes and applied the Zoom Fast Mascara.

We used a new foundation love of mine from MAC, applying the Matchmaster SPF15 Foundation (I'm shade 3) over Strobe Cream using a 187 to buff it right in. It is a fairly matte finish without the help of Strobe Cream, and I've loved it with the Strobe Liquid Lotion at home too. That combination is the best of both worlds for a lovely dewy finish that lasts very well throughout the day. And so extremely easy to apply... She also buffed in some MAC Select Cover in NW25 under my eyes to help conceal the undereye darkness from too many late nights blogging ; ) as well as the dark pigmentation front and centre on my cheekbones.

I'd already asked her to put aside the Shop MAC Cook MAC Cremeblend Blush in Optimistic Orange, so we decided we'd use that today too. I really do love that shade- I don't have other cream blushes like it, and as expected, the scary orange that it looks in the compact is nothing like the gorgeous peach glow that it actually gives on the cheek. She used a stumpy little duo fibre 130 brush for that job, which reminded me a bit of the Sigma Sigmax HD collection of late.

Next it was a quick sweep of Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Plus all over, and the cheeks were topped off with a powder blush in Style, the cheekbones with a touch of Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish (one of my top 5 highlighters of all time) and she even used the little 286 duo fibre blending brush to add some Handwritten eyeshadow to contour underneath the cheekbones right up near the hairline.

She defined my brows with their brow pencil in Spiked and told me that Lingering (what I currently use) could be too light for me and my colouring now my hair's so dark.

On my lips she decided to go a little brighter, outlining my lips using the lipliner pencil in Hover.
She then applied the Lipstick in See Sheer (a really wearable peachy red with a lustre finish), and then really brightened that up using the new Sheen Supreme Lipglass in Mango Sheen. It really was quite bright and I must admit some of the colour intensity had faded after a vigorous tooth flossing in the car on the way home (I know, I know- that's just where I do it. I'm only mentioning so you know the pictures belie the colour intensity).

Thanks so much Malika- so many fantastic tips today- and more items on the wish list! (just in time for an April trip to the US and my first ever IMATS- in New York!) Can't wait.

Hope you all had a beautiful Saturday,

Jodi xo

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