Shiseido Mattifying Moisturizer
Becca Resurfacing Primer
Fyrinnae Powder Primer
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW20
MAC Face and Body Foundation in NC30
Urban Decay Loose Definition Powder in Naked Medium Light
NARS Blush in Orgasm, Deep Throat
Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder
NYX Brow Gel in Dark Brown
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Chocolate
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Anti Aging
MAC Surf the Ocean Pigment (metallic silver)
Pantone Universe Eyeliner in Tangerine Tango Twist
MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Balm in Tarred
Holy shit, these MAC pigments. If I may elaborate:
Regular MAC pigments (whether the big or small size, as seen in these jars) are much easier to work with than the stacked jar pigments (like the Surf the Ocean set mentioned above) because they are more powdery and less glob-like than the stacked versions.
In the large, medium and sized jars you'll find a pigment that is powdery and uniform in particle size. It's airy, more forgiving and easier to work with because it glides more smoothly across the skin (in my opinion). The stacked pigments have a binding agent that make them a bit oilier and causes the particles to sometimes cling together to make a variety of spheres. If you opened both jars and dumped out some of the contents, you'd see a marked difference in particle size.
Since the stacked pigments are "wet", the application is more opaque and intense, which means the metallic color payoff will be astoundingly shiny. The only gripe I have with these kinds of pigments is that the slip is a bit more unforgiving and they don't blend as easily because of how they grip the skin. The fallout can also be precarious, so if you get some on your skin be prepared to have a shimmery colored under-eye or cheekbone (or just do you eye makeup first if you're like that). If you ever come to own some of these pigments (which really are wonderful, I assure you), I'd recommend doing your foundation and such first before application. If not, guard the under-eye area with a tissue to catch the fallout (it does not come off the skin easily). No matter your order of application, I would also recommend patting the shadows on with a flat, fibrous shader brush (like this one from Sigma or something similar). The best method of application is actually applying them wet, or over an eyeshadow base. I learned this later.
I apparently like parentheses.
Anyway, this day may have been long ago in August but I remember details better than others. I intentionally wore this long-forgotten Tokodoki tee shirt so as to do correlating silver makeup. When I ran into the issue with blending, I opted for the MAC eyeshadow as both a brow bone highlight and a transition shade of sorts to diffuse the silver's harsh lines at the crease and above. The orange eyeliner on the lower lash line for some contrast, a softer version of a look like this. Finally, I opted for a transparent black lip to seal the deal.
Thanks for reading! See you at the next look.