Exhausted from the day, I stopped by the mall last night before the Project Runway finale to pick up a few pieces of “comfort chocolate,” and I figured that since I was already there, I might as well pay a quick visit to the MAC store.
I wasn’t there for long, but I spent every minute of the visit with the MAC Holiday collection.
We’re — how shall I put this? — still getting to know each other. It’s that awkward stage, ya know, where I’m attracted to the packaging but haven’t quite figured out how I feel about the products yet, in particular the frosty, cool colors in the sub-collection called Glitter & Ice.
I told myself, “Don’t be scurrred,” but I couldn’t help it. Frosty, cool-toned shades like the ones in Glitter & Ice don’t always play well with my warm undertones. Often they’ll look ashy on my NC42 skin.
But today, not wanting to give up without a fight, I decided to channel Tim Gunn and “make it work,” so I used one of my all-time favorite makeup tricks — pairing a cooler eyeshadow with a warm matte brown in the crease.
The brown’s warmer tones tend to balance out cool, frosty colors, and the trick has one more very cool side effect: whenever I blink or close my eyes, it reveals a quick flash of shimmer (fun!).
How do you know if you have warm or cool undertones?
If your skin has a lot of yellow in it, you probably have warm undertones (think Jennifer Anniston or Beyonce), but if it contains more red than yellow, you may lean cool (a la Courtney Cox or Oprah).
Here’s another way to tell: take a look at the veins on your inner wrist. If they appear green, then you’re probably warm toned; if they look blue, then you’re probably cool. For a more detailed explanation, check out this helpful post by my friend Jen over at BSB.