Make Up For Ever 101

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Today Krasey Beauty of gives us some essentials to look for when getting started with the Make Up For Ever line.

Make Up For Ever


Divas, listen up cause I’ve got something to say
I have some hot little numbers heading your way
Pigment like whoa
Makeup lovahs say HO!
Colors so smooth they will blow you away
MUFE, what, what?!

OK, so I may not have a future career in rapping, but this freelance artist and beauty blogger is here to spread the word about a little brand called Make Up For Ever.

Created in 1984 by painter-turned-makeup artist Dany Sanz, Make Up For Ever has become the go-to brand of professional artists and hardcore makeup junkies alike (click here to see some looks).

The beauty of the brand is that it isn’t about fancy packaging or limited editions but rather quality and versatility. All Make Up For Ever products are suitable for applications from everyday to runway. No fillers and synthetic fragrances are used, so all you get are pure pigments and high performance.

What started for me as a cosmetic one night stand quickly turned into a full-on hot and heavy relationship. My humble collection of just one eyeshadow soon morphed into a dozen lipsticks, 48 eyeshadows, foundation, sculpting powder, star powders, and everything else under the sun.

So what are the essentials?

Well, here we go! — and I promise; no more rapping 😉

The Eyeshadows


Without a doubt, one of the brightest stars of the Make Up For Ever line has to be the eyeshadows. Providing a full spectrum of colors, these eyeshadows are hella pigmented and smoother than David Beckham on the soccer field.

What are the color must-haves? Well, I thought you would never ask.

If you can only get one color, without a doubt it should be number 92; a matte vibrant purple.

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow No. 92

Have a little more room in your budget? Go for 5 (orangey coral matte), 168 (shimmery turquoise blue), and 10 (a shimmery gold).

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow No.5

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow No.168

Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow No. 10

My list of must-have shades goes on and on, but I recognize that not everybody’s last name is Rockefeller or Hilton. That being said, you can definitely save some green by purchasing the shadows in refill pan form (available in the studio story only). A shadow pan sans compact is only $13, NICE!

HD Foundation

Released in 2008, Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation caters to the HD TV generation. Offering buildable coverage, this foundation conceals imperfections, and mimics skin’s natural texture. The end result is neither dewy nor matte; but somewhere in between. It literally makes you look like you have flawless skin! With a range of 25 shades to choose from, you should definitely be able to find a match!

Star Powder


If you’re a fan of MAC pigments, then you will LOVE the Star Powders. These multipurpose loose powders come in an array of gorgeous shimmering shades.

TIP: Sephora carries the Make Up For Ever line. You can shop their store here.

The Star Powders are super smooth, with kicked up microshimmers, and I’m especially fond of 920 (golden sunny yellow), 955 ( a plum with heavy blue duochrome) and 910 (a shimmery lime).

Aqua Creamliners


These might just be the sleeper hits of the collection. Not as well known as the Aqua Eyes pencils but just a bit more fabulous.

For an eyeliner that won’t budge for love or money, look no further than the Aqua Creamliners. Available in 6 matte shades, these cream liners go on smooth without skipping and will last through pretty much anything. I find that MAC Fluidlines tend to be a bit too creamy and thus tend to skip.


These Creamliners, however, are definitely dryer and therefore aren’t as prone to skip. I love that they’re matte, too, as shimmery liners can sometimes appear uneven.

Want the full color spectrum? Definitely go for 4 (a brilliant turquoise), 5 (deep plum), and 6 (vibrant hunter green).

Well, there you have it — some of my favorite MUFE morsels! 😉

It took every ounce of strength I had not to reach for the soapbox and wax poetic about my love for this brand.

This post was written by the lovely Krasey Beauty of Born and raised in New York City, she blogs about the best in beauty from her hometown.


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  1. Chris says:

    Great comments! MUFE is the workhorse of all brands.

  2. Christina says:

    I’ve gone back and forth about trying the HD foundation… How does it feel on the skin? With humidity getting to be a real problem, I don’t want to try it, dislike it, and falsely blame the product. 🙂

    Christina´s last blog post..From On Makeup Maven To Another

  3. Nicole15 says:

    Such a great post. I have recently started to dabble with MUFE products & those I have purchased, I have LOVED. I am very excited to go back to Sephora now & check out some of your recommended items. Thanks!

  4. H. says:

    hey Krasey Beauty!

    What do you think of the face and body foundation? I went to this gala where you could book an appointment with a MUFE MA for free. She used the Face and Body foundation in #34, which looked fabulous, but got a little shiny after a while (wasn’t too fond of the HD primer, as i don’t think it did well enough in keeping my face shine free). I haven’t tried the Matte Velvet Plus (so busy lol), so what’s your take on that foundation? she also used the HD foundation on my sister, but I didn’t think the finish was that great (it looked flaky after a while, despite the fact my sister has oily skin).

    Anyway, their stuff is fabulous. I bought that uber glossy lip-gloss they have in #3 (what a gorgeous coral shade), an awesome nude lipliner (that doesn’t make me look like a corpse!), and lovely pinky-coral blush. My younger sister got the e/s in 168 (to die for!) and a star powder in a gorgeous apple green colour! im definitely an addict…



  5. shontay says:

    Honey, I feel you on the Makeup Forever love. It’s just about the best brand ever. I get excited for mac limited editions but I get tired of that and need something permanent. The HD foundation is a dream. It’s a second skin and for people wondering about wearing it during the summer: it’s built to last. I was at work sweating my bum off because it was hot and I was really moving around. I went to wipe my forehead and I said “oh nooooo” but when I looked at my hand, not a thing! it stays in tact. You won’t look like bozo the clown.
    Also, I love the shadows. I have about a dozen including number 92. The diamond shadows are the best to me. Please give this brand a shot. They have a wide range of colors, great concealers (even though i don’t use concealer), and it’s quality. Love love love mufe!

  6. Apple Diva says:

    Hey A,

    I love MUFE a lot!!! I wish I thought about the eye liners when I made my list. Oh well.

    Apple Diva´s last blog post..When Life Gives You Lemons….

  7. Rani says:

    Great Post! I was just going to visit a MUFE counter this weekend. I was thinking of trying the Mat Plus Foundation (for my combination skin) and the loose powder..Also, I heard their full coverage concealer is amazing. I tried a sample of the HD before, but unless you already have perfect skin, it won’t do much. It’s worth trying out though.

  8. Solé says:

    Now I want to get started on my own Makeup Forever eyeshadow collection! And the Sephora wishlist gets even longer… The Aqua Eyes and Aqua Lips liners are a summer staple for me. Amazingly pigmented and absolutely waterproof. You can go swimming for hours and your eye makeup stays in tact.

  9. Chris, I agree! MUFE does it all!

    Christina, all Make Up For Ever products are meant to be water resistant. I actually wore my HD on a vacation to Baltimore in 100 degree humid weather and it still looked amazing at the end of the day!

    Nicole, I am so happy you enjoyed this post! I feature MUFE on my site quite often so stop by and become a follower 😉

    H, to be honest I haven’t used anything but the HD. I am so in love with how natural this looks and its performance that I haven’t tried anything else! I would imagine that if you are oily your best bet would be Mat Velvet, and the coverage is great and it mattifies well too. Shoot me an email and we can talk options, or if you have any other questions 🙂

    Shontay, couldn’t have said it better myself 😉

    K, no worries. There will always be a next time 😉

    Sole, its my favorite brand for a reason. The products are an investment whose returns are tenfold. Let me know what you end up getting 😀

    And thanks to all who are reading and commenting!

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  10. Meream says:

    Looks like a gazillion eyeshadow colors! Too bad we dont have MUFE here.

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