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making faces :: fall on my face

i realise that the mac "fall colour collection" is old hat, but i did sneak back and grab one extra product i hadn't mentioned the first time i did my review, "emerald dusk" pigment. i'm a huge fan of mac's loose pigments, because, despite the fact that they can be a little more finicky to apply [being a loose powder] they give incredible colour payoff and are a dream to blend. once you get the hang of it, it's very easy. i'll offer two hints that will make things way easier:

i squeal for teal. among other things.
1. if you're worried about fallout [dusty powdery bits getting where they're not supposed to], dampen your makeup brush with either a fixing spray [mac's fix+ is excellent] or plain ol' water.

2. never, ever, under any circumstances, mix pets and pigments. don't leave an open pigment unattended if you have pets. don't assume you can play with your pets while you're applying loose pigments, don't even encourage your pets to hang around and watch you, because pigment vials look a lot like toys. shiny, sparkly toys that explode when you play with them and cause all sorts of excitement.

once you have those rules down, everything else is pretty easy.

SEE IT PUT TO USE PLUS ANOTHER "FALL COLOUR" FAVOURITE!




the other argument in favour of loose shadows is that you generally get a lot more colourful bang for your buck. you need very little, but you generally get a lot. they last forever, so you don't have to worry about them going off. oh, and while i'm extolling their virtues, i also find that the nuances of individual shades are more noticeable in loose pigments than pressed shadows.

"emerald dusk" is a fascinating darkened teal shade that shifts in the light from green to blue and has a very silvery sheen. its depth is quite difficult to photograph and how it appears at any given time has more to do with how bright it is and what colours are surrounding it. although i was initially unsure of what to use it with, it's just such a lovely shade that i had to add it to my collection.

i decided to try it with silvery, frosty colours, with the idea that everything would sort of glimmer nicely in the light. in point of fact, i think i was actually wearing this when i shot a lot of "a sense of longing [oblivious]", so most of the people who saw it were either dead or worried because they thought i was stalking them. but i was stalking them with outstanding eye makeup, which is way better than being stalked by someone who looks like the greasy guy from high school who never seemed to take anything but remedial math and metal shop.

here's what i did ::

face ::
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac paint pot "painterly" [as a base. nothing budges.]
mac e/s "crystal avalanche" [frosty white, as a highlight and in the inner corner]
mac pigment "platinum" [silver foil. literally looks like liquid metal. inner half of the lid]
mac pigment "emerald dusk" [dark teal. outer half of the lid and into the crease]
mac e/s "carbon" [used to darken the outer corner just a little]
mac pearlglide e/l "black swan" [upper lash line]
mac eye kohl "smolder" [lower lash line, since "black swan" isn't supposed to be used there]
diorshow mascara

because pigments are soft, i just had to blend lightly at the centre of the lid to make for a transition from the silver to the teal.

cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "lightscapade"
lancome glowy ballerine blush "butterflies fever" [very light cool pink]

lips ::
mac l/s "hellraiser" [light sparkly lavender]

"hellraiser} was one of mac's "dazzle finish" lipsticks that came out in a limited edition last year. they're sort of like frost finish lipsticks on serious steroids. darker shades appear a little more shimmery than normal, but the lighter shades reflect light like diamonds. personally, i really liked the formula, because aside from being quite eye catching, it also felt quite soft and didn't have the gritty texture i associate with a lot of frost finishes. i'm guessing not that many people agreed with me, since they were never brought back after last fall.

and, since i had a swatch but not a look to go with "plum bright" lipstick in my original review and since i've fallen under its deep, lush, purpley, plummy, berry-y spell, here's a quick recap of a look using that ::

face ::
mac matchmaster foundation "01"
diorskin nude hydrating concealer "001"

eyes ::
mac paint pot "painterly"
mac e/s "silverwear" [very light silvered lilac]
mac e/s "hold my gaze [light grey-green with gold shimmer]
mac e/s "to the ball" [cool purple-grey]
mac e/s "altered state" [dark shimmery plum]
mac superslick liquid liner "smoky heir" [dark purple]
diorshow mascara

the shadows i used were all from one of mac's holiday palettes released last year. it's actually almost time for this year's sets to come out. the holiday palettes are a bit tricky to work with, because the individual shades are quite small, but they are a way to get acquainted with mac shadows and to find some limited gems, since they tend to be mixes of existing and specially made colours.

cheeks ::
mac mineralize skinfinish "lightscapade"
mac blush ombre "vintage grape"

lips ::
mac l/s "plum bright"

cheers from the painted lady...

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