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.
For these pics, I started by patting Glitter & Ice’s shimmery champagne Paint Pot in Morning Frost onto my lids with a finger. Then, I swept MAC Brown Script, a warm, matte chestnut brown from the permanent collection, into my crease with the MAC 217 Blending Brush. Next, I applied MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Fresh Ice, a frosty, silvery white, also from Glitter & Ice, onto my lids with the 286SE brush that comes with the MAC Make It Perfect/Mineralize Brush Kit.
I think Brown Script really mellows out cooler shades that I might otherwise not be able to wear, and for that I say, “Goooo brown!” 🙂
Additional makeup worn in this look: MAC Technakohl Liner in Smooth Manoeuvre on upper lash lines and Chanel Inimitable Mascara on upper and lower lashes; Chanel Tweed Rose on cheeks and MAC; Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Rose on cheeks; and the MAC Iced Delights Lip Bag/Sultry on lips
**RYAN GOSLING ALERT**
**RYAN GOSLING ALERT**
Have you ever wondered if Ryan Gosling is cuter than a puppy? Of course, you know that the only acceptable answer here is yes, right?
Behold! — quite possibly one of the greatest inventions since the wheel. And Nutella. And Nutella gelato.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,