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‘Tis the season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!
But there isn’t just one season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!
Every season is a good season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!
OK now I’m gonna stop singing this dumb song, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!
Seriously, though, fall and winter are the BEST seasons for wearing smoky eyes. That’s when they feel extra super duper *right* to me, along with wearing boots and sweaters and chunky knit scarves.
Even just generally, because of the cooler weather and no risk of sweating everything off, this is my favorite time to wear a little more makeup.
Good times, peeps. Good times.
And you know what can take your smoky eyes to the next level? — or, at least help you look more awake?
Blush. You gotta get some blush up in there, too.
At least I do; otherwise, I feel like I look asleep, which may be due to the fact that I’m really, really pregnant at the moment, and when it comes to sleep I’m like, “Huh? What’s that?”
Today, it’s all about MAC Fleur Power Blush ($22), homie. Wear it with smoky eyes — any smoky eyes — and you’ll be set. It’s a mid-temp pink with a kiss of coral, so it goes great with warm- or cool-toned smoky eye looks.
If you love a natural-looking pink cheek flush, like where you look like you just came in from the cold and your cheeks look all cherub-y, Fleur Power kicks butt.
It’s an excellent everyday blush with all-day staying power, and I’d even go so far as to call it universally flattering.
And since it’s part of the MAC permanent line, you can always get your paws on it. No need to worry about it disappearing into limited edition makeup oblivion.
Technically a MAC Satin Blush, Fleur Power looks more like a matte on my cheeks. I hardly see anything satin or shimmery about it, but that also makes it treat my pores and fine lines well.
I usually wear Fleur Power with either brown or gray smoky eyes, by the way, because I like how the pink injects some color into the look without taking over. Then I couple that with either a pale or bright pink lip.
You could also rock it with a brighter eye look, like a purple or blue smoky eye, but in that case, I’d probably go with a nude lip instead of pink, lest you end up with a whole lotta color on your face… Unless that’s what you want, and if you do, hey, that’s cool too.