Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Belletto Airbrush Foundation in Sahara Sand, Liquid Pearl, Brulée
Forever 21 Love and Beauty Face Illuminator
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
NYX Blush in Pinched
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow in Dark Brown
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
MAC Surf the Ocean Crushed Pigment (navy and seafoam colors)
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
NYX Macaron Lippie in Black Sesame
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart
OH GOD I HAVE SO MANY EXCITING THINGS TO TALK ABOUT.
The first thing is that I didn't use my usual MAC foundations because I was testing out my Belletto airbrush machine. I ordered it recently because one of my favorite (and few) vloggers, Nicole Guerriero, did a video with this product and ended up working out a sweet promotion with the company. With a special discount code, you can get the machine for only $68, and we're talking about a triple digit product here.
I was intimidated to try airbrush, so I wanted to practice on myself to get the hang of it. Experience taught me that it's actually mega easy. The night before, I watched a couple of videos and practiced with water in the gun. In the morning, I mixed a few colors to match my skin and sprayed on a few layers. Airbrush is incredibly light, and since I like a fuller coverage I made a few passes.
When I stopped, I was blown away by what I saw. The coverage looked SO natural in a way I've never experienced with conventional foundation. The foundations themselves are water-based and are free of alcohol, fragrance, dye, parabens, etc...and require a lot of shaking to mix the pigments with the water. It dries in a thin layer, and I mean actually dries and feels kind of powdery against the skin if you were to run a finger along your cheek. I'm pretty self conscious about my skin, so to see such a natural-looking and flawless coverage without appearing to have foundation caked on was a sight to see. I was really happy! I sealed the look with a normal bit of shimmer and setting powder. Airbrush worked wonders on my oily skin, seriously it's amazing. By midday, I tend to get a bit shiny and notice foundation displacement. That wasn't the case this time. EEEEEEEEEEE!
Okay, so now these MAC pigments. They have been sold out for a lonnng time, but I found them on glambot.com and ordered the set because I'd failed to get them when they first came out a couple years back. Surf the Ocean is a set of four pigments in a single collection, with two each in a stacked two-jar setup. They are deliciously metallic and come in the following colors: gold, silver, seafoam, and a navy-black. What I love about MAC pigments are the built in binding agents, which make the pigment appear kind of clumpy/pearl-like instead of powdery.
After priming the eye, I used a thin angled brush to paint the navy-black along my upper lash line for a smudged effect. After that, I washed the seafoam over the lids and blended upward. In some lights it's teal, or else silver, or even the faintest lavender. I'm stoked that the eye makeup actually lasted all day without minor creasing, which I attribute to the primer and the built in binding agents.
The other thing I loved about this look are the lips, which actually started out as grey. Initially I'd washed the Black Sesame over the lips, but the day and outfit weren't the right pairings for the color. Plus, the grey can be a bit transparent and my lips were a bit patchy. Instead, I mixed in a favorite pink lipstick with the grey to create a muted, babyish pink. The grey toned down the bright pink into a softer color, which paired really nicely with the eyes. The look ended up reminding me of a nursery's color palette, and I conveniently sort of matched my sweater in the process.
Oh yeah, I was wearing a sweater because it was cold. In July. Thanks, Minnesota.