Face of the Day with Mac Matte2, aka When Purple Doesn’t Reign
Try as I might, I canâ€™t seem to get it together when it comes to MACâ€™s Matte2 shadows. Iâ€™ve tried to do a full on matte eye a few times but itâ€™s just too hard for me in terms of blending. Plus, I need a lilâ€™ sparkle and some shine, ya know?
Hereâ€™s one of the attempts with three Matte2 colors:
Fig. 1 â€“ eggplant purple
Copperplate â€“ muted mid-tone grey
Poison Pen â€“ deep mid-tone purple with grey
Although I originally wanted to do an all matte eye, I ended up using Next to Nothing (from the Smoke Signals palette) on the browbone to offset the dark colors.
I also used:
MAC Bare Canvas paint as a lid primer
MAC technakohl liner
MAC Plushlash in Plushblack
On my lips thatâ€™s MAC Mattene in Composure and on the cheeks is MAC Emote blush.
The colors were really hard to blend, and I had to really put that 217 into overdrive to avoid having stark lines of definition. I also had to work fast too, because once the Bare Canvas paint dried blending was virtually impossible.
And did I mention that I felt too purple to function?
I dunno how I feel about this. I guess next time around I’ll try it with a lighter hand, which I think will make me feel less, um, purple.
Dear Makeup and Beauty Blog…
You know that you need tough love some times. And that I’m here to give it to ya!
Dear Makeup and Beauty Blog,
I think my boyfriend is wearing my eyeliner.
I noticed a few weeks ago that I seemed to be going through my favorite eyeliner (MACâ€™s Technakohl in Graphblack!) really fast. I mean, I wear it every day, so Iâ€™m not surprised when it runs out. But lately it seems like I go through it so quickly. And one morning when I reached for it in my makeup kit, I noticed that the cap was off, which is something I never, ever do.
That night during dinner I mentioned it to my boyfriend, and told him that I thought there was a ghost or something in the house messing with my eye liner. He made a weird face and said that it was probably nothing and that I forgot to put the cap back on. Well, in between bites of pasta I looked closely at his lashlineâ€¦and it seemed to look thicker, and bit more defined. Thatâ€™s when it hit me: heâ€™s using my eyeliner!
What should I do? Should I confront him about this? Should I just let it go? Help!
Confused in California
Itâ€™s not the end of the world. Think about it: there are plenty of boys out there who work the lined eye with plenty of success.
Pete Wentz does Cleopatra liner
Prince does the cat eye
Jared Leto does a light smokey grey on the outer 2/3rds
However, if it really makes you uncomfortable, you might want to have a little discussion with him.
Here are a few approaches Iâ€™d think about taking if I was in your shoes.
Bait and Switch: Let the boy keep wearing linerâ€¦just donâ€™t let it be your expensive eyeliner
I would hide my precious Technakohl away and replace it with a Prestige or Wet nâ€™ Wild liner from the drugstore. I did this a few years ago when El Hub kept using my pricey Bumble & Bumble Gentle shampoo in the shower. He had no clue that it cost an arm and a leg, so I just replaced it with some Suave and he was none the wiser.
Full on Frontal: Ask him straight up why heâ€™s wearing your eyelinerâ€¦but be mentally prepared for a potentially shocking conversation
This direct tactic is the one Iâ€™d be most likely to take in this situation, but I wouldnâ€™t go into the convo without preparing myself thoroughly. First, Iâ€™d make myself a mental list of all the potential answers that El Hub could eventually give me:
â€œHoney, why are your wearing my eyeliner?â€
Potential answer #1
“Because I want to be a rock star like Prince, so Iâ€™m quitting my job to start a band!”
Potential answer #2
“Because Iâ€™ve discovered that I like wearing makeup. By the way, those stretched out panties youâ€™ve been complaining about? Itâ€™s not cause youâ€™ve lost weight. Itâ€™s cause I wear them when youâ€™re at hip hop class!”
You get the picture.
Next, Iâ€™d brainstorm all of the possible ways Iâ€™d react to these answers.
Would this exercise help me in the end? I donâ€™t know for sure. However, I do know that going through the possible scenarios would get me thinking about how to handle each possible situation with compassion, dignity and grace. I would also hope that the exercise would prepare me for *anything* he threw my way. And should shit hit the fan, I would hopefully be mentally prepared enough to not lose my cool and be an understanding and open-minded partner during the conversation.
Make Him Up, 101: If heâ€™s determined to wear the liner, make sure that it at least looks good
So if the boy is hell bent on wearing liner, then the least you can do is to make sure it looks good. Iâ€™d perhaps give my guy a lesson on blending and brushes, plus a fresh pot of his own MAC Fluildline in Blacktrack.
Good luck, and keep on trucking.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,