I don’t really know who the Brant Brothers are, but…
The MAC Cosmetics MACnificent Me! collection encourages everyone to “show the world your true colours.” And I think the best way to do that is by enhancing your true beauty through strategic contouring and soft neutrals (although some may argue showing true colours involves a heck of a lot more creativity).
The MACnificent Me! Eye Shadow x 9 ($48 CAD) is a well-edited neutral palette that mixes different textures and tones together to really help you play with shadow and light on your eyes. Pick what you love about yourself and play it up!
I have been using Fabulous DNA and Cool Complement a lot to contour my eye (and even the bridge of my nose). They are both soft neutral brown mattes with a bit of warmth to them. Dance in the Dark is also really great in the outer V and as an eyeliner.
Of the three blushes released in this collection, A Little Lusty ($26 CAD) is the only one that is limited edition/not permanent. This intense red berry has a satin shimmer finish, and although it is quite intimidating in the pan, it does blend out easily.
A light tap in the pan and a few soft strokes on the cheeks, blend blend blend, and you have yourself a really pretty red flush. I also noticed that this lasted all day without fading.
The Patentpolish Lip Pencil is making quite the comeback at MAC this year. We’ve seen a few shades make it into the permanent collection and there are 5 included in this one. I received the shade It’s Really Me ($24 CAD) a warm nude.
I’d say It’s Really Me lives right in between Pure Zen and Truffle Tease, and it is the perfect nude for my colouring (NW15).
If you aren’t familiar with this formula, it combines the sheen of a gloss with the precision of a pencil. I had to apply with a light hand because it tends to pill up a bit on me.
Here’s the final look! I really like the “no makeup” feel of this, just a soft eyeliner to bring out my green eyes and a faint contour to give me an eye crease. The blush does a great job giving me a rosy glow, and when mixed with MAC Lightscapade my skin just looks alive. I wore this to IMATS on Day 2, so you know if I’m confident enough to wear it at a makeup show it must be good stuff!
DID YOU PICK UP ANYTHING FROM THIS COLLECTION?
I have my eye on those Paint Pots and the Mattenes!
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in Ivory
MAC MSF Lightscapade
Charlotte Tilbury mascara
Dior Brow Styler Pencil
Kett Set powder
A special shout-out to Gregory Arlt, Head of makeup artistry at MAC. I had the pleasure of watching him do a demo over the weekend at IMATS and I am inspired to really play with more natural feature-enchancing techniques. This guy has such a positive energy and gets to hang out with some of my favourites, Gwen Stefani and Dita von Teese!