Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Makeup Looks featuring MAC Cosmetics

i love this time of year when i can really play with different makeup looks and brands offer a wide assortment of new goodies to try (well, i guess technically they do that every season, but this time of year is especially fun for me).

MAC is a great brand when it comes to creating dramatic looks, and some of my friends believe that the products are a bit too dramatic for them (just because the girls at MAC wear dramatic makeup doesn't mean that's the only way the makeup can be worn). i created the following looks to debunk that myth and show that you can create more subdued looks that are still pretty.

these are the MAC products i used:

*Studiofix Foundation plus Powder

*Studiofix Liquid Foundation

*Mineralize Blush in Conjure Up**

*Mineralize Blush in Ablaze

*Mineralize Eye Shadow Quad in Eccentricity

*6 Sorceress Eye Shadows Palette**

*Softsparkle Eye Pencil in Iris Accents**

*Dazzleglass in Phiff!**

*Lipstick in Total Wow!**

though you can't really tell, my eyes were much darker in person than in the pic. this look is very daytime-friendly. most of the makeup is on the upper lid (i used the darkest silver from the palette on the lid and the darkest purple as a liner), but i did apply some of a the gold from the Eccentricity shadow quad along my lower lashline. Conjure Up blush on my cheeks and Phiff! on my lips.

a more colorful look. :) i used only the two purple shades in the holiday palette and the Softsparkle liner along my entire eye for this look. i used Conjure Up on my cheeks and added a bit of bronzer to add more definition. the lipstick alone added the perfect flush of color.

for this look i only used the mid-tone silver from the holiday palette. i applied a couple of layers to my eyelids, then blended it up into the crease. i always like the effect that this technique gives with any darker shade shadow. i then lined my eyes with a black eyeliner along the waterline and added two coats of mascara. on my cheeks i used an old fave, Ablaze, which has no shimmer to it. my lips have a bit of lipstick with a coat of Phiff! on top.

a huge thank you to MAC for providing some of their holiday products for this post!

most of the products featured can be purchased at

**products pictured in first photo that were also sent to me by MAC for the purpose of this post

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