It’s almost that time…
Yup, it’s almost — GASP! — the holidays! YIKES!
If your calendar includes after-work fetes, congrats. But how ya gonna get to all those shindigs on time?
Between the TPS reports piling up on your desk (you and me both, babe) and your overflowing email inbox (with tasks like “organize feather toys for feline employer” marked as, “URGENT”), who has time to transform herself from cubicle cutie to party hottie?
Not to worry, fellow MAC mavens and makeup lovahs. The new RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection has you covered.
The new 11-piece limited edition collection is loaded with products perfect for going from the office to your after-work parties.
You can even employ these quick and easy party prep tricks from your desk. Just make sure your office crush isn’t lurking…because it’s kind of weird when someone you like hangs around to watch you line your water lines.
Trust me on this.
1. Swap that daytime nude lipstick for a bright, bold shade.
Nude lipsticks like taupe-y nude Bad Gal RiRi keep you looking polished and professional throughout the day, even when you’re this close to beating the crap out of that prehistoric copy machine (why is that thing always broken!?).
But when quittin’ time rolls around, swap that nude lippie for a brighter shade, like cool red RiRi Woo or fuchshia Pleasure Bomb.
BOOM! Just like that, you’re one big step closer to a party-ready look.
A bright lip pumps up the jam but takes very little effort. Plus, this one’s long-wearing matte finish photographs very well, and it’ll last through dinner and drinks, so you won’t even have to touch-up throughout the evening.
2. Forget the force, Luke. Embrace the shimmer!
As for your eyes, you won’t need hours (or years of experience) to get them party-perfect. A simple wash of shimmery eyeshadow all over your lids, followed by one or two coats of mascara, does the job in less than five minutes.
If you like yourself in cooler color temps and tones, try the cooler shades from RiRi’s Veluxe Pearlfushion Shadow in 2X Dare. Gals (and guys, of course) with warmer skin tones, try the warmer-toned Phresh Out instead.
Both palettes of shimmery, high-shine eyeshadow have creamy textures that blend like the proverbial butter.
3. All that glitters is good!
No time for eyeshadow? No problem. Grab a glittery liner like the Superslick Eye Liners in shimmery white Pisces Persuasion and shimmery rose gold Cockiness, and quickly run a thin line along your upper lash lines.
With both of these liners, thanks to their fine flecks of glitter, you get a glimmer of sparkle without looking like you’re headed to da club. Of course, if you want to look like you’re headed to da club, all you have to do is make your lines thicker and more dramatic.
And because the Superslicks wear well and last long, you can do the robot till dawn without them disappearing.
4. Who’s down for a two-step…smokey eye?
If you feel like going smokey with your eyes, try this quick two-step…
Smudge your favorite creamy black or brown liner on your lids, feather out the edges with a brush (or finger), pat a shimmery eyeshadow on top, and blend out the edges with your favorite blending brush.
And if you want more drama and depth, bravo! Also line your water lines.
Here, I’m wearing MAC Feline Eye Kohl topped with the dark taupe and plummy brown from the RiRi’s Phresh Out palette, which all told took right around five minutes.
5. Forget sexy! Bring the bronzer back.
Save time by making your bronzer multitask!
Sure, you can use it to add warmth all over and contour your cheeks, but you can also use it to define your eyes.
For instance, after I finished with the two-step smokey eye above, I loaded a MAC 217 with RiRi’s Bronzing Powder in Love Rihanna and swept it into my crease to soften the edges of the smokey shadows and give extra dimension to my eyes.
And there we go! Five easy, breezy ways to go from the office to a holiday work party with the RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection, which arrives this December to all MAC locations in North America and maccosmetics.com (also in December to international locales, with the exception of China).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,