I know I did not just hear you say that you don’t have MAC Ricepaper Eyeshadow ($14.50) yet because that, my love, would be a makeup travesty of epic proportions.
Okay, maybe not epic. But large. Let’s say, bigger than a breadbox?
Shoot, I can’t even remember when I first started wearing Ricepaper (I think it was around 1999), but I do remember that it changed my life (as only good makeup can).
This shimmery, pigmented peachy gold is one of those colors I find I’m able to wear every single day, and I almost do. I probably reach for it at least a few times a week and wear it most often as a wash over my lids, or along my brow bone as a highlighter (I think it lifts the arches), or at the inner corners of my eyes when I feel I look tired.
It’s quite the team player, too. It maintains an excellent working relationship with many MAC neutrals, like Soba, Saddle, Soft Brown, Brown Script, Cork and Smoke & Diamonds, and I think it also works well as an accent color for brights that go well with golds, like blues and teals. Freshwater and Aquadisiac are two of its biggest fans.
How do you feel about peachy golden Arena? Similar pigmentation and same soft, buttery texture, but I think Ricepaper looks lighter and peachier to me. Both colors work together really well.
In fact, my favorite way to wear Ricepaper actually includes Arena. It’s a Megan Fox-ish look with some subtle contouring in the crease and lots of black liner and mascara. I start with a bit of matte, yellowy beige MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre ($16.50) applied as a base. Then, I add Ricepaper, sweep a mix of Arena and Soft Brown into the crease, line my eyes with MAC Feline Eye Kohl and finish with mascara.
It’s a pretty easy, neutral look that I can usually knock out in about 10 minutes, and because it is so neutral, it’s one of my fallback looks when I haven’t figured out which direction I want to go with my lips and cheeks.
Ricepaper may not look flashy in its pan, but consider giving it a chance. You two might just hit it off.
They don’t call ’em sunflowers for nothin’
Nothing says “What a beautiful day!” like a small vase of flowers on my desk. This week it’s these sunflowers from Trader Joe’s. I’m almost incapable of frowning around them.
Here’s to hoping that Tabs doesn’t knock ’em over… It could happen. He obviously has no respect for the “No Tabbies on the Desk” rule, even though it’s been in effect for years.
How’s your Monday treating you? I’m just finishing a late lunch of toasted pugliese with warm cannellini bean, kale and garlic spread and a small side salad. Hope you’re having a great day so far.
The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection
- MAC Unsung Heroes: This Cremesheen Glass Is a Veritable Deelight
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Lipglass in Spite
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Impassioned Lipstick (and Watermelon)
- MAC Unsung Heroes: This Lip Pencil Is In Synch
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Soba Eyeshadow
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Bombshell Lipstick
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Sunbasque Sheertone Shimmer Blush
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Clear Lipglass
- MAC Unsung Heroes: Humid Eyeshadow
- 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
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,