MAC Style Black: A Tutorial with Gilt By Association Eyeshadow and Black Cream Colour Base

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

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I’m having a blast exploring different ways to wear MAC’s new Style Black collection.


Earlier today I tried a bronzy black smokey eye using Mineralize Eyeshadow in Gilt By Association ($20).

It turned out better than I thought it would! At first I was afraid (I was petrified) the slippery Cream Colour Base would look too messy, but I found that as long as I didn’t overuse it, it stayed put reasonably well.

This is a look I’ll definitely wear again, maybe with a white, brown or bronze top and some gold jewelry.

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Tutorial: What you’ll need

  1. An eyeshadow primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17)
  2. A creamy black eyeshadow base like MAC Cream Colour Base in Black ($17)
  3. A shimmery blackish bronze shadow like MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Gilt By Association ($20)
  4. A shimmery, peachy golden eyeshadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked ($15)
  5. A shimmery, bronze pencil liner like MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge ($15)
  6. A black liquid pen liner like LORAC Front of the Line Pro ($22)
  7. A black mascara like MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara ($13)
  8. A black gel liner like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($15)

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Swatches from left to right: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Cream Colour Base in Black, MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Gilt By Association, MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked

mac style black collection tutorial swatches 2
MAC Eye Kohl in Powersurge, LORAC Front of the Line Pro, MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

The eyes

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  1. Start by priming your entire eyelid with a thin layer of eyeshadow primer.
  2. Next, with a synthetic eyeshadow brush (I’m using a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush), apply the creamy black eyeshadow base to the first lid. Try to concentrate more of the color on the outer lid (the side closest to your ear).
  3. While the creamy black base is still wet, use the same brush to add several layers of the shimmery blackish bronze eyeshadow directly on top (a wet base sticks to the shadow better and prevents the shadow from falling on your cheeks). Smooth out any harsh edges with either the brush or a finger.
  4. Sweep the shimmery peachy golden eyeshadow into your crease with a MAC 217 Blending Brush, and use the same brush to soften any harsh lines.
  5. You can emphasize the lower lash line by lining the lower water line with your bronzy pencil liner.
  6. Make the eye pop even MORE by smudging the shimmery, peachy gold eyeshadow along the lower lash line with a MAC 214 Short Shader Brush.
  7. Almost there! With a Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush, apply the black gel liner to the upper water line.
  8. Then, line the upper lash line with your black liquid pen liner.

Finish by curling your upper lashes and adding two coats of black mascara to both your tops and bottoms.

Finito, babe!


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Why the heck are you still reading this? It’s the weekend! Get out there and have some fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    I love that look. Very wearable and seems a breeze to do! Cant wait til 11 am Saturday when ill be checking out the collection !!! Lord give me some self control tomorrow, please! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Hee! I often say a little prayer for self control when I roll up to the MAC counter, I can’t lie!

      What do you think you’re going to get?

      Tabs says hi to Linus and Anja. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Marce says:

    Oooh, super pretty. I love it, the colours, the shimmer, the overall combination! I’ll definitel be trying this one out, but with other things, LOL
    Have a nice weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Look Primavera 09 – Metรƒยกlicos =-.

  3. u look amazing amazing with his look Karen!!the shimmery eyeS looks great!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Green&Blue EOTD & How I get Soft Wavy Curls =-.

  4. Maggie says:

    Loving your posts on style black. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I guess black doesn’t only mean black, this look is gorgeous!
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Autumn Fairy (EOTD) + Honest to Goodness! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maggie,

      Yah, there’s a lot of flexibility to these products, especially the eye stuff.

      How’s school going for you? Are you enjoying your classes this year?

  5. Rae says:

    Gorgeous!! It looks like there’s a green sheen in the first photos, though — is that just the camera and stuff, or does Woodwinked look like that in real life, too?

    Meh. Either way, it looks great on you =P
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Shiny, smooth kisser. =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rae,

      I’m guessing the green is from the Black CCB… my skin tends to bring out blues/purples/greens in black products. Woodwinked is more of a peachy gold — no green whatsoeva. It’s really one of those MAC unsung heroes. If you wear warm shades well you might like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Doreen says:

    This is a great look, Karen! I was orginally planning to skip Gilt by Association and by Young Punk instead, but now I think I may have to double check… Powersurge looks super gorgeous, too…. By the way, what are you using on your lips? You look fantastic!

  7. Stef says:

    Ha! These are exactly the eye products I bought today! I had a few other combos in my hand, but these were the ones I left with. I’m even more sure of my choice now after seeing how pretty it looks on you. But, my god-all 4 e/s are just so gorgeous! I really liked the Bat Black cream too.

    Did you get both the Volanic Ash products? I couldn’t resist them either, or the Night Violet Mattene. Oh, it was ugly. No self control.

    Hey, I have a question-why a synthetic brush for the cream?
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… Bare Escentuals Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick and Insider Eyeliner รขโ‚ฌโ€œ review =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      Awesome haul, my fellow Miley Cyrus fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Regarding the brush — synthetic brushes don’t absorb wet/cream product, whereas natural hair brush fibers suck wet stuff right up. Using a synthetic brush allows more of the product to get on your face!

  8. Solรƒยฉ says:

    I’m finding that there are quite a few items from this line that I really want! Damn MAC addiction, why can’t I quit you?!

    All joking aside, this look rocks!!! You can really pull off those darker looks without looking harsh or overdone. I have to be careful, because I tend to look all emo and angsty when I use these shades so I have to use a very light hand and blend for dear life. But I still want them. Oh, and props on the perfectly (and I do mean perfectly) applied eyeliner. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      Yeah, I was surprised to be really moved by this line. At first I was afraid it would be too artsy, but it’s actually very wearable.

      Call me crazy, but I can see you rocking the emo really well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      BTW, have you started classes yet?

  9. Kristin says:

    Hubba hubba! Love this look on you, Karen! Quick and easy but smokin’ hawt, I gotta give this one a try.

  10. Sleepy says:

    LOVE this look! You make wearing multiple e/s looks so easy (It always puzzles my mind…)

  11. Shiny says:

    I wasn’t wanting anything for the line before but that looks so pretty! And it didn’t smudge?

  12. Eru says:

    I love how the lower bronze lining completes the look. ๐Ÿ˜€ So pretty!
    .-= Eru’s last blog post… Chantecaille Future Skin Oil Free Gel Foundation Review =-.

  13. Tiffany says:

    so pretty! another great wearable look, Karen!

  14. Vonvon says:

    That look is gorgeous! Love the bronzy shade…haven’t really tried such colors before… it’s time to give it a try!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… RMK Autumn Mystique Overview And EOTDs =-.

  15. Kat says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the tutorial! I’m always looking for new ideas, even if I’m not always brave enough to try them. I think I get the shakes when working with anything black!

  16. Danielle says:

    Karen, I really liked this look! Love the black shimmery shadows.

    Also, I think it’s so nice of you to take the time to respond to everyone’s comment individually. It really shows that you care about your subscribers and want to create a personal relationship with them. It really sets you apart from other bloggers.

    Hope you’re having a nice weekend!

  17. amy says:

    Every time I go to MAC I always end of looking at, picking up and swatching Woodwink and I love the colour, but for some weird reason I haven’t purchased it yet. That is going on my shopping list.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Schwartzkopf Citre Shine Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum =-.

  18. L says:

    This is great on you! Also, the Zoom Lash makes your lashes look super long. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. giselle says:

    I just have to tell you that you have very nice teeth! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Nina says:

    Heya Karen … and greetings to Tabs from Linus & Anja.

    I was good — I got Gilt by Association & Young Punk. But I wanted so much more … Lets see how the next shopping trip goes.

    Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen!

    I’m very excited about this look. I’m heading to MAC tomorrow to get this look.

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