Look Your Best Heading Back To School with These 18 Marvelous MAC Makeup Tips

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You know you’re a crazy cat lady when you enter a casino and the one video slot machine you want to play is called “Kitty Glitter.”


The fam and I arrived here in Reno late this afternoon, road weary but ready for fun! Although I’m not a big gambler at all, I still wanted to be able to hang out with everyone, so I’ve been amusing myself in front of the penny slot machines (three cheers for Kitty Glitter!). So far I’ve won a whole two bucks, woo hoo!

Turns out the CCL’s have a lock on penny slots; I’ve found several cat-themed games.

And have you ever noticed how many slot machines have pictures of cheesy dudes on them?

Would you date this guy?

Doesn’t this cap’n kinda look like John Stamos?

I think this outfit was stolen from Adam Ant. Does anyone else remember him?

Never trust a bearded man with an abacus…

One of my favorite things about casinos is all of the cheesy slot machine art everywhere. The games are wildly decorated. It’s a total hoot!

Since it’s a little late tonight for a full post, let’s go retro with a reprint of one of my favorites MAC posts on the blog. It seemed particularly apt with school starting up again soon. πŸ™‚ -Karen

The post that follows is a reprint of one that originally appeared on Aug. 11, 2008…

Guess what? I decided to go back to school on Saturday. Yup, I attended a 2-hour MAC Studio Talk makeup class at Bloomingdale’s in SF, and, like the Chanel master class at Macy’s a couple weeks ago, it was packed with makeup tips and new product information.

Watching a video at the start of class

If you love makeup, brand-sponsored classes like these are a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I found out about the MAC Studio Talk class through the Bloomingdale’s website. Ask in the stores, as well (check with the counter staff), because other brands offer similar classes.

Makeup classes like these are often free, but sometimes stores or brands will charge a nominal fee. Classes are usually kept small (30 people or less), and in some cases hands-on (as was the MAC Studio Talk class), where you’re able to apply products on yourself. Other times, they’ll be more lecture-style. To reserve a spot in a MAC Studio Talk class through Bloomingdale’s costs $75, but that amount also applies toward the purchase of MAC products at the end of the class. If you were planning to spend some money on a new collection anyway, a class like one of these may be a fun way to couple your new products with some professional instruction.

MAC Studio Makeup Talk

Each student was given a choice to learn either a bridal look or a club-inspired look. I chose the club look, and the instructors described each step in the process. I picked up a few tips along the way.

1. Beat the Heat with MAC Wipes

When it’s hot out, store MAC Wipes ($17) in the fridge. It keeps them feeling crisp and refreshing against your skin when used to remove your makeup.

2. Fix+ to Soothe Red Areas

If you have red, splotchy skin, spritz Fix+ ($16) over your entire face before applying your makeup. Not only does the spray prep skin for makeup application, but it contains soothing chamomile as well.

3. Primer Reduces the Need for Touch-Ups

Face primers are great for oily skinned ladies and gents. You won’t have to reapply your makeup as often throughout the day if you use a primer first. MAC has two kinds, Prep + Prime Skin ($23) and Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 ($28).

4. Use Fast Response Eye Cream to Minimize Fine Lines

If you have fine lines around your eyes or mouth, apply Fast Response Eye Cream ($28.50) to the areas before applying any of your makeup (even foundation). The formula contains optical diffusers to minimize the appearance of fine lines.

5. Layer Foundation: It’s Easier to Add Than to Take Away

A little foundation goes a long way. It’s better to start with less and to build it up to the coverage you want. It’s easier to slowly add product than it is to take it away.

6. Studio Tech Foundation for Medium Coverage

MAC Studio Tech ($29), a cream foundation in a compact tends to be lighter than MAC’s fluid foundations. I’m normally an NC 35, but Studio Tech in a slightly darker NC 37 provides great medium coverage and helps soften and diffuse lines on the skin.

7. Use Downward Strokes to Apply Foundation

Facial hair and fuzz tends to lie vertically on the skin, from top to bottom, so when applying foundation with something like a 190 Foundation Brush ($32), use downward strokes to and go with the “grain” of the hair.

8. MAC Blot on Your T-zone for a Natural Look

For a natural look, top MAC Studio Tech foundation with MAC Blot Pressed Powder ($21). In the class, I dusted the Medium Deep shade on my T-zone with a 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42).

9. Apply Bronzer Like a Pro

When you apply bronzer, think of a capital letter E. With Refined Golden Bronzer ($21) and a 187 brush, start near the outer corner of your right eye, swiping down the curve of the cheek bone (under the apple of your cheek). Then, swipe back up the same way. From there, swipe over the right temple onto your upper forehead just below your right hairline. The overall shape you’re shooting for resembles a capital E on the right side. Do the reverse on your left.

10. Apply Blush Like a Champ

When applying blush, grab a 187 duo fiber brush. Swipe it on the blush pan once or twice, tapping off the excess powder. Smile in the mirror to make the apples of your cheeks more prominent and apply with the blush using a small, circular motion. Repeat the process, moving the color up from the apples to the hairline.

11. Tame Unruly Eyebrows

If your brow hairs lie in different directions, Brow Set ($13.50) is a handy product to have around. It’s a gel that acts like hair spray for yours brows, keeping them in place. It even comes with a mascara brush. In a pinch, you can also use it to tame stray hairs elsewhere on the face.

12. Prime Your Eyes with Paint Pots

Eye primer extends the life of your eye shadows. Painterly Paint Pot ($16.50) is a great multi-purpose eye primer. It’s a creamy, nude beige shade that goes with almost all colors. Apply the product over the entire eye using a flat brush like the MAC 242 ($23). You don’t need to use lots of product when it comes to Paint Pots; less is more.

13. Eye Shadow on Your Brow Bone

Shading and color gradients with eye shadows aren’t just for the lid and crease area. When applying color onto the brow bone with eye shadow, start applying color with the brush directly beneath the highest point of the arch of your brow, applying less color in either direction from there. The center beneath the arch is where you’ll want the most color. Concentrating color here creates a focal point and further defines the shape.

14. How to Apply Eye Shadow in the Crease

When applying crease color, use a 224 Tapered Blending Brush, and start with the brush head at the outer end of your lashes (the side near your outer eye). Then, move the color into the crease using a back and forth windshield wiper motion. Lessen the pressure of the brush head as you move the brush into the inner crease; this creates a lighter application of color. The result should be a color gradient that gets lighter as it moves into the crease.

15. How You Hold Your Brush Makes a Big Difference

Where you hold a brush on the handle affects your control. The closer your fingers are to the barrel (the silver section beneath the brush head), the more pressure you put on the brush head. To apply color evenly, place your fingers in the center of the brush handle.

16. Get Big, Bold Lashes with Primer

If you have wimpy lashes like I do, then apply two layers of Prep + Prime Lash ($13.50) after curling your lashes but before applying mascara. It dramatically lengthens and thickens your lashes.

17. Double Your Fun with False Lashes

To take false lashes to the next level, double ’em up. Glue one row of 7 Lash ($12) on top of a row of 3 Lash ($12).

18. Using Gloss to Create a Pouty Lip

Dab a small amount of gloss in the middle of your bottom lip for a simple pouty look that doesn’t look too goopy or overdone.

A Bridal or a Club Look

Bridal look face chart

Club look face chart

In Saturday’s class, I chose to do the club look, thinking I’d leave with some crazy, colorful eye like in the above chart. Instead, we ended up doing more of a smokey blue eye, with light cheeks and bold pink lips.

I used several MAC products for the look.

Blue Flame eye shadow

For the eyes:

  • Painterly Paint Pot cream shadow over the entire eye
  • Ricepaper eye shadow on the brow bone, lid and in the inner corner
  • Brown Script eye shadow in the crease
  • Blue Flame eye shadow in the outer V and lower lash line
  • Blacktrack Fluidline gel liner on the top lash line
  • Prep+Prime Lash on the upper lashes
  • Zoomblack Zoomlash mascara on the upper lashes
  • MAC Selectmoisture Cover in NC 30 concealer on my dark circles

For the cheeks:

  • Peachykeen blush on the apples
  • Refined Golden bronzer on the cheeks

Peachykeen blush

For the lips:

  • Half-Red Lip Pencil all over the lips
  • Girl About Town Amplified Creme lipstick layered on top of lip pencil
  • Bateaux Lustreglass lipgloss on center of lower lip

Bateaux Lustreglass

For the face:

  • MAC Studio Tech foundation in NC 37
  • MAC Blot Pressed Powder in Medium Deep

My new passport photo, lol!

The MAC Studio Talk class at Bloomingdale’s was a *blast*! I learned so many new application tips, and I also discovered a few new MAC products I really like (Brown Script eye shadow and Prep + Prime Lash). I’m thinking of whipping up a how-to tutorial for the club look I did in class. Do you think I should? Let me know what you think in the comments. πŸ™‚

Well, I got myself up off the couch and decided to do a little writing. I’m still not feeling my usual spunky self, but I do feel better now than I did this morning. How about you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jeni says:

    I love the Kitty Glitter slot machines! I don’t like to play them cause I always lose, but they are so cute, and I read somewhere they are the most popular slot machines here in Vegas. Not sure if that’s true.
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  2. Stef says:

    I think I DID date that guy! I’m glad he made something for himself…

  3. Karen B says:

    Hahaha, I was sure you’d find a way to enjoy yourself dear. πŸ™‚

    I got back from London on Saturday evening and it’s just strange to be back in Belgium. I miss London a lot. Luckily I have some goodies from NARS’ fall collection to play with. I’m actually going back on the 23rd and I might pick up Daphne and Coconut Grove single shadow as well (I got Tzarine duo, Douceur blush and Mangrove eyeshadow). Mangrove especially is love right now πŸ™‚
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  4. Kim says:

    Aww, Kitty Glitter always fails on me! It’s nice to see that it can me played worldwide since I play it in the Netherlands..

  5. Melissa W. says:

    Haha, many of those guys appear to be the same dude. I played a Kitty Glitter machine for a minute when I was in Las Vegas once… but then I was distracted by a shiny Sea Monkey machine.
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  6. Radhika says:

    Woww..looks like a missed a lot when I missed the trip to Vegas πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It would be great to have makeup classes here too (err..here is India) and I won’t mind paying especially if I can use it to buy products later..never heard of any though πŸ™
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  7. Nina says:

    Awesome class. Ive been asking my local MAC store about any classes like this but they said they havent had any this year.

    I am liking those CCL slots btw. Im not much of a gambler myself but id give those a whirl!

  8. Michelle says:

    LOL to those slot machines! Whenever I tried to take pictures in a casino, some big burley dude comes over and tells me I’m not allowed to bring a camera in. Whatev!
    I almost went to a MAC masterclass in June, but didn’t end up going. I am kicking myself now. Hopefully I get another chance to go!

  9. Glosslizard says:

    I really don’t like to gamble, but I’d be all over Super Happy Fortune Cat (now with Lucky Hamster)! πŸ˜€

  10. Kymberlee says:

    Hope you have fun in Reno! I went there once about 5 years ago and had a good time.

    Wow, I wonder if there are any makeup classes here in Tulsa…. I should totally check into that.

  11. Lindsay says:

    Awesome tips! Thanks for this post πŸ™‚ I can’t believe Kitty Glitter exists!!!
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  12. Taffy says:

    Do I remember Adam Ant? I have never stopped loving Adam Ant! That peachykeen blush is so pretty!
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  13. Deb says:

    Oh my gosh, I love slot machines. I never gamble more than a couple dollars, but I’m a total sucker for bright colors, flashing lights, and happy sounds. I’m amazed you got so many pictures! Security guards always tell me to put my camera away at casinos.

    The class looks like it was fun! Girl About Town is classic club lipstick, and I like the peachy pop of gloss!
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  14. Melissa says:

    I won $4 and change on a Kitty Glitter machine in Vegas. My friends were giving me such a hard time, but being an aspiring CCL, it was the only slot machine I was interested in πŸ™‚

    Love your blog. <3

  15. Trisha says:

    Those gambling machines look HILARIOUS! Especially the one with all the pictures of the dudes. You’re right: that bearded abacus man can’t be trusted.
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  16. Rica says:

    Super great tips! These classes only happen once in a few years around me. I hope they can have classes like that more often at MAC! Anyway, I need to try out that bronzing tip soon!

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  17. Steph B says:

    I bet Adam Ant would love your blog…

    With the heartbreak open
    So much you can’t hide
    Put on a little makeup makeup
    Make sure they get your good side good side

  18. Jennifer says:

    I would love to see a how-to for the club look! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  19. Chelsea says:

    I went to the Hard Rock Casion in Tampa, FL and won $15 on Kitty Glitter!! haha

  20. Liz says:

    You reminded me to pull out my old Adam Ant albums! “Prince Charming” and “Kings of the Wild Frontier” both stayed in heavy rotation through much of my high school years.

  21. Alana says:

    Ha! I was just in Vegas and played a dollar on “Kitty Glitter” and my hubs and I decided that if we won big on it we would buy our two kitty babies one of those big ‘cat homes’ covered in carpet with tunnels and stairs and what-not! Sadly for my kitties we lost, lol! Maybe next time! Haha!

  22. *~kAy~* says:

    hahaha! πŸ˜› i always see those slot machines too πŸ˜›
    I never win though ><

    Your look turned out great btw! πŸ™‚

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