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MAC makeup isn't just for makeup artists -- and this line can turn your look from a flop to fab with their selection of bright and unique colors. If you're a newbie, though, you might have some questions about how to apply MAC makeup. Start by creating a look that will take you from the office to a night out effortlessly. While you may need to practice your technique, you'll see a new you when you're finished.
Start by prepping your lid with a layer or two of MAC's Prep + Prime Eye. Just rub your pinkie across the product in the pot and dab it across your entire lid from your lash line up to your brow. This product helps your eyeshadow stay on and not crease throughout the day and evening.
Get colorful by choosing the colors of your choice. MAC has tons of colors in light and dark shades. Choose two complementary colors like light green and dark blue or pink and purple. As an alternative, you can also choose a light and dark version of the same color such as light blue and dark blue.
If you want to make your eyes "pop," then choose a color that works best with your eye color. Hazel and green eyes look best with coppers and greens, so choose a light green like "Bitter" and darker copper like "Coppering." Blue eyes pop with pinks like "Swish" and blues like "Swimming." Brown eyes will really pop by combining a gold like "Amber Lights" and dark purple like "Beauty Marked."
Apply the lighter shade using the 213 Flush Brush to your lid, from your lash line to the crease toward the outer corner of your eye. Stop applying the light color once you've colored in 2/3 of the way out toward the outer corner. Pick up your 224 blending brush and blend in the darker color, starting from the outer corner of your eye and working your way in, ensuring you blend with the outer corner of the lighter color for a seamless look.
Bring your colors together and highlight those eyes by sweeping the beige "Rule" across the top of both colors right above your crease. Highlight your eyes by applying "Honey" just above "Rule," following the direction of your eyebrow arch.
Get definition by lining your upper lid with the Liquid Eyeliner. Do this right by drawing short strokes from the inner to the outer corner of your eye. You can even pull your lid taut if you have problems drawing a straight line with the liquid liner. Finish defining your peepers by lining your bottom lash line with the Eye Pencil. Use black unless you've got super fair skin or light hair -- in which case, you'd use a less-intense dark brown.
Finish your eyes by applying two coats of mascara to your upper and lower lash line by moving the mascara wand from the roots to ends of your lashes in long motions. Look down at a handheld mirror instead of straight ahead to avoid getting mascara on your lids and ruining that gorgeous palette you've just created!
Face and Lips
There's no doubt that you've probably gotten a bit of eyeshadow dust on your face just underneath your eyes after applying your eye makeup. If so, just grab a tissue and wipe it away so that you start with a clean face.
Pick up your 190 Foundation brush and pump three drops of foundation onto the end. Mineralize foundation offers a medium coverage that you can build up, so if you need more coverage just pump more foundation onto the brush. Swipe the foundation across your forehead, bridge of your nose, cheeks and chin. This will create a "T" shape of foundation across your face.
Blend the foundation outward, ensuring there are no obvious brush strokes and that you cover your entire face. Your foundation should match your skin tone exactly, so it shouldn't appear too obvious that you're wearing this translucent foundation.
Get cheeky by dusting a light blush across your cheeks. Since you're working with darker eyeshadow colors, go ahead and choose a color that does not deliver a high-impact jolt of color. Darker tones should stick with colors that have copper undertones, while lighter tones should choose a blush that's peachy or coral.
Apply two coats of Lipglass that complements your blush in tone and color to your lips. Darker tones can work with orange-brown colors, while lighter tones can definitely go with pink or coral gloss.
1.Prep + Prime Eye
3.224 Blending Brush
5.Dark-colored eyeshadow (your choice)
7.Eyeshadow in "Honey"
11.190 Foundation Brush
13.134 Large Powder Brush
2.213 Fluff Brush
4.Light-colored eyeshadow (your choice)
6.Eyeshadow in "Rule"
10.Zoomlash mascara in "Zoom Black"
12.Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation (or your choice)