Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Using Lipstick as Blush: MAC shows how!

For some reason I received the Day 2, 3, 4 & 5 (Finale) face charts for MAC after the fashion week, unlike Day 1. I was planning to do a day wise break-down initially, but it turns out getting all the face-charts together turned out to be a good thing as it helped me analyse for trends across the week.

Today I'm mixing up Day 2 & Day 3 looks to show you how MAC put into practice the age old tip of using lipstick as blush.

This is a tip that almost all bloggers and makeup artists share in their posts and videos, but it was a real learning point for me to see how MAC used lipsticks not only as blush but also to contour! If you look at the final finish - the blush is barely discernable, it is just a hint of color, and a look that I like. I am not fond of the very obvious blush look.

The first lipstick I want to talk about is Half & Half from MAC. This neutral nude lipstick can be used on Indian skin tones as an excellent contour cream. I feel that it's Amplified Creme finish must make it easy to blend on the skin. I don't own this lipstick as I'm not fond of Amplified Creme finish, but I feel that you can use any nude-to-you lipstick for this trick.

This is the look with Half & Half, and the makeup breakdown below it. It reminds me of a very wearable version of Kim Kardarshian's look.


MAC Half n Half as Blush




MAC for AIFW – Day 2

Abraham and Thakore by Mickey Contractor, Director of Makeup Artistry, M.A.C India. 



Step by step on how to achieve the look:
1.Start with Fix+, an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. It adds radiance and helps prepare the skin

2.Next apply the Studio Moisture Cream, a super-rich creamy moisturizer boosted with skin-nourishing extracts including passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea, algae, wheat germ and coconut. Moistens, feeds, firms and protects the skin and promotes a healthy radiance.

3.Correct and Conceal using the Pro Concealer and Correct Palette

4.Apply Half ‘n’ Half Lipstick on cheeks

5.Apply the Embark and Carbon Eye Shadow

6.Line the eyes with Blacktrack Fluidline Eyeliner Gel

7.Apply a coat of 3D in Extra Dimension Mascara on the lashes for extra volume

8.Brows should be well groomed and defined


9.Line lips with Stripdown Lip Pencil and finish off the look with Yash Lipstick

MAC Half n Half as Blush

The second lipstick used as blush is none other than their iconic "Ruby Woo"! To make it easier to blend as it is a Retro Matt finish, they mixed it with a rosy red - brown creme color base which also made it more wearable . I feel the same effect can be duplicated by using a rosy brown cream blush with your cool red lipstick. I imagined using Ruby Woo on the cheeks would mean a very strong blush look, but see how faint & wearable it is!

MAC Ruby Woo as Blush
The lips also look so beautifully stained, I was really surprised to know they had used Diva lipstick to create the centre pout color. Diva is one of those shades that can hold up to Ruby Woo as one of their most attention demanding color, but look how it has been beautifully tempered with Taupe lipstick to create such a natural look!

MAC Diva & Taupe lipsticks mixed for a natural lip!

This is one of my favourite looks from all the shows, simply because of the amount of creativity & innovation in colors and how products were used to multi-task. For example, they have Vintage Rose Creme Color base on the eyes - a rosy red that one would not generally use as an eye-shadow. My only doubt here is that this color base is listed as unsafe for use on the eyes on Temptalia, however they have used it here on the models!

Rosy Red Eyes


AIFW- Day 3

EKA by Sonic Sarwate, Global Senior Artist, M.A.C India.



Step by step on how to achieve the look:
      1.Start with Fix+, an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. It adds radiance and helps prepare the skin
      
     2. Next apply the Studio Moisture Cream, a super-rich creamy moisturizer boosted with skin-nourishing extracts including passion fruit, spinach leaf, green tea, algae, wheat germ and coconut moistens, feeds, firms and protects the skin and Promotes a healthy radiance

     3. Use the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

     4. Correct and Conceal using the Pro Concealer and Correct Palette
   
     5. Finish off the base with Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder that provides an invisible way to set makeup
   
     6. Apply Ruby Woo Lipstick mixed with Vintage Rose Crème Colour Base on cheeks

     7. Use the Vintage Rose Crème Colour Base on the eyelids

     8. Next apply the Folie Eye Shadow on crease and lower lash line

     9. Brows should be well defined with Spiked Brow Pencil
    
     10. Use the Haute & Naughty Mascara for extra volume on lashes

     11. Finish the look by applying the Taupe and Diva Lipstick.


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