“If you’re going to San Francisco,” the song goes, “be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” Flowers like the ones that bloom 365 days a year inside the gigantic 19th century greenhouse that is the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. It’s the oldest municipal wooden conservatory remaining in the United States and one of my favorite places in the city to visit with a camera.
From the steamy, lush jungles of the Lowland Tropics Room to the giant Victoria amazonica water lilies of the Aquatic Room, the structure must contain every conceivable shade of green (they practically drip from the walls!). Not only is it a very peaceful, beautiful place filled with exotic plants, but by virtue of it basically being a gargantuan greenhouse, it also reminds me of one of my favorite MAC shadows, the appropriately named Humid ($14.50).
A MAC artist introduced me to Humid a few years ago. I told her I was looking for one green to rule them all! “This is the only green you’ll ever need,” she said, as she handed me the pan.
Homegirl was NOT kidding. You know the whole “desert island” scenario? Where you can only bring one thing? Well, assuming of course the island had air conditioning, running water, a Trader Joe’s (gotta get my Mango & Cream Bars, yo!) and Channing Tatum, I’d bring Humid Eyeshadow.
A greenish khaki with golden shimmer, Humid blends just like butter with other shades; it’s one of the smoothest MAC shadows I’ve ever used. And just like hope springs eternal, a pan should last forever (well, at least a long time) on account of how richly pigmented it is. It seems to appeal to a broad spectrum of makeup lovers — from die-hard color enthusiasts to gals who prefer neutrals and understated looks.
1. As an eyeliner
If you’re new to green shadows, consider easing your way in by applying Humid as an eyeliner. It’s one of the easiest and least intimidating ways to explore green. Try it with an angled brush like the MAC 266 for a crisp, sharp line, or, for a softer effect, use a short shader brush like the MAC 214.
When I just want a hint of color, I’ll usually wet my brush first with water or MAC Fix+ and apply Humid along my lower lash line.
2. In the crease
If your hankerin’s for show-stopping eyes, try swiping Humid in the crease and the outer-V paired with a bronze, gold or shimmery neutral shadow on the lid. Consider MAC Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Naked Lunch, Ricepaper or Arena.
3. Mixed with blue shades
I love the way Humid mixes with shimmery blues and other greens. Sometimes I use it with MAC’s Deep Truth, a shimmery dark blue, for an iridescent peacock feather effect that flashes from blue to green.
4. For a smokey green eye
For an easy, sultry smokey eye, apply a creamy pencil on your lids like MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, and layer Humid on top.
5. On the lid
Now, for my favorite way to wear Humid — by just packing it on my lids! That way, when I blink, quick flashes of green show through. It’s a fabulously flirty, coy way to wear green that doesn’t look too over-the-top.
To round out the look, I’ll usually sweep a warm brown matte in the crease, something like MAC Soft Brown, for depth and contrast, and then pat a neutral shimmer on the brow bone and at the inner corners of my eyes (makes them appear BIGGER).
The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Naked Lunch Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Russian Red Lipglass
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Syrup Lipstick
- MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Blushbaby Blush
- MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Vex Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Strobe Cream
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Blot Powder/Pressed
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Subculture Lip Pencil
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Soft Brown Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Hero: Woodwinked Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Hero: Powersurge Eye Kohl
- MAC Unsung Heroes: All That Glitters Eyeshadow Is Not Just Another Gold
- MAC Unsung Heroes: The Technakohl Liners
- MAC Unsung Hero: Groundwork Paint Pot
- MAC Unsung Hero: Nymphette Lipglass
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Viva Glam V
- MAC Unsung Hero: Blacktrack Fluidline
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Lychee Luxe Lipglass
- MAC Unsung Hero: Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Hero: Patina Eyeshadow
In the throes of accessories lust!
Ugh, I almost wish I hadn’t seen this new Kate Spade Lacey Wallet with its alluring giraffe print ($155).
I love giraffes (they’re just so weird and cool!), and now I’m craving this wallet along with its matching pouch ($65).
Cute, yeah? Trying. Hard. To. Resist.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,