Bright Red MAC Lipsticks

I read Nykki’s MAC review yesterday and remembered that I have two of their lipsticks that I absolutely love. I have worn them regularly for several months now. With their bright red they are also a nice contrast two the adorable pink colors of Nykki’s lipsticks. And I think everyone needs a couple different color nuances in their collection – although I’m more of a red girl myself.

Here they are: Dubonnet, Lady Bug, and an Auburn lip liner. I’ve always loved their slick cases.
A quick swatch of each product on my skin. I use the Auburn lip liner under both of these lipsticks. It is a perfect match with Dubonnet and gives Lady Bug a slightly darker outline, but more importantly, it keeps my lipstick from bleeding onto my skin and makes it stick for longer.

Lady Bug: This is a pretty bright red that goes with just about anything. It is a little more watery than other MAC lipsticks I’ve tried, but I am still a fan. If I put it on in the morning I often put on lip balm first, which gives it a much lighter shade and keeps your lips soft for longer. Although you might have to apply it more often.
I really don’t think these pictures do it justice, so here is an old picture where I’m wearing it – so that you can see it from a distance. As you can see it is so bright it almost has a little tint of pink.

Dubonnet: I love the dramatic effect of this dark color. When I first bought it I thought it was a little too much. I just wasn’t used to bright lip colors. However, it has grown on me to the point where I don’t want to take it off at night. I don’t normally use it with a morning or day look, but it’s perfect for going out on a Friday Night.


My Eye Makeup

As I’ve mentioned before, Clinique’s high impact and high definition mascaras (in black) are my all time favorites. You can get them for $16 each online, but I always buy mine at Belk for $15. I think I buy them about twice a year, depending on how much I use them.
Okay. Here’s a quick “before picture” with my eye shadow already done. My lashes are almost blond and invisible without mascara. However I’ve never used a lash curler, since they are naturally curled.
First I apply two layers of the High Definition mascara. It is great for separating your eyelashes and to avoid any lumps. It’s a great everyday mascara when you don’t want anything too dramatic.
Afterward I apply two layers of the High Impact mascara, which makes you lashes fuller. I used to use this mascara by itself, but it tends to be a bit too wet which makes all your eyelashes stick together.

As you can see in the above picture, I’ve also applied eyeliner on my top and bottom waterline. This is where I prefer to apply mine – I think it’s much faster and I like the way it looks. (If I want a more dramatic look I will use a darker eye shadow and apply my eyeliner to my top and bottom lids instead.) But, of course, you will need a waterproof eyeliner for this to work. I use a cream one from Makeup Forever. Well, technically it’s an eye shadow, but it works just fine either way. I have had mine for close to two years, and I’m only two thirds through it. Just make sure you close it properly, or it will dry up. You will need an angled eyeliner brush to apply it – and a bit of training. Make sure you don’t apply it too close to either corner of your eye, because it will then smear onto your skin or gather in the corner of your eye after you have worn it for a few hours. Something I noticed in the beginning…

Eye Shadow:
I have two favorite eye shadow sets, both from Too Faced. The Natural Eye Shadow Collection I use on a daily basis and the Smokey Eye Shadow Collection is more for special occasions.
I tend to mix-and-match a bit, even though the looks are great the way they are intended too (day, classic, and fashion). For the look below I have first applied Silk Teddy to the entire lid. Then I used Push-Up (it’s my favorite) on the lower part of my lid, from the crease down, before moving on to Cocoa Puff. I start at the outer corner of my eye and follow the bone about halfway across my eye, in the shape of my sickle moon. I like to make the outer edge dark while going lighter toward the middle. When I’m done I use a little more of Silk Teddy in the inner corner of my eye and along the bottom of my eyebrow, just to smooth out the edges of my eye shadow.

I normally use a similar technique, even when I use different colors. What do you think?

I took these pictures last week before posting my “boyfriend jeans outfit”. It’s definitely a bit too much for an everyday look, but this is how I do my makeup when I go out (though sometimes I use the smokey eye shadow set). For an everyday look I would normally stick to two layers of the High Definition mascara and the eye shadow from the “day look” – just without the Sexpresso, it’s a bit too dark.

Product Review – Cover All Mix

When I was home for Christmas (in Norway) last year I got this all purpose concealer from the Make Up Store, and I have been using it regularly for the past 9 months. It has three different colors, but I mostly use the red and yellow parts.

I took this picture after about a month of using it. I have used much more of it by now, but I am still surprised at how much I have left (although I used it a lot less over the summer).

I have really blue circles under my eyes, so that was why I wanted to try this in the first place.

As you can see, the red concealer covers my blue circles almost perfectly; and you don’t have to use a very thick layer to get this effect. After I put on the concealer I use a powder foundation all over my face to make the concealer stick, and also to make sure my skin tone is even. I especially like the red concealer for blue areas, but the yellow one is also pretty good at covering up red spots (although it is slightly too dark for my skin tone during winter). The only drawback I found was that I don’t think it lasts quite as long as I would like it to. I normally put it on in the morning, and then I reapply it if I am going out at night. All in all this is a very good product, though.