OK…as someone who has worn very little makeup for the past three months, this feels like a lot of look for me (between the teal eyes and the orangey red lips).
But I guess if you’re gonna jump into the pool, you might as well just jump, right? You don’t just walk up to the edge and gingerly stick your big toe in, like, “tee-hee! I’m so shy!”
Duuuuude, you gotta cannonball it! You get a running start and go hawd.
That’s what I did today. I’m getting myself back into a makeup rhythm. I’m wearing makeup from MAC Vibe Tribe, which has been out for a while. I believe it showed up in April, and it’ll be on counters till the end of June.
Anyway, every year MAC does a big summer collection, usually with bronzers and eyeshadows and limited edition packaging, and they like to go all out with it. And this year, with Vibe Tribe, they did this interesting coral, teal and brown pattern, which incidentally stirred up some controversy.
MAC says it was inspired by music festivals — Coachella, what have you — but there’s been some chatter about how the styling looks less music festival and more cultural appropriation.
What do you think? First thing I thought when I saw the packaging was Native American design, but I’ve never been to a music festival myself, so I don’t know. Whenever I see pictures online, I usually get a boho/Southwest vibe.
I do have to say, though, I think the packaging is striking, and the pieces are interesting. Take the blue shade in the Wild Horses Eyeshadow Palette ($33), for one. What a beautiful blue… Reminds me of intricate turquoise jewelry.
Right away, first thing I wanted to wear it with was Painted Sunset (which really does look like a desert sunset, by the way!), the warm orangey red lipstick from the collection. The intensity of the blue and the red together feels visually right to me, like the two belong together…like cat ladies and cats, and chocolate and peanut butter.
If you aren’t accustomed to wearing a lot of color, combining a bold blue and an intense red lip like this may feel like you’re going too far and, as of this moment, seeing as how the most I’ve been doing lately has been brows, concealer and mascara, this kindasorta does feel like a lot (too much) makeup to me, but I still like how it turned out.
You know that makeup “rule” that says that you should pair one bold element, whether it’s your eyes or your lips or something else, with toned down makeup everywhere else? Well, in a roundabout way, I feel like I’m following that rule to a degree here by combining a bold eye and a bold lip, because I consider the bold eye and bold lip together as my “one bold element…” LOL! 🙂 So, I dialed back everything else — simple hair, a non-fussy top and very sheer face makeup. I’m wearing a light wash of the coral Painted Canyon Blush and warm golden pink Gleamtones highlighter, both also from Vibe Tribe, and I skipped bronzer and went for minimal foundation instead, rather than full coverage (see the freckles around my eyes?), so there’s nothing to compete with the teal and red.
Just for kicks, I swapped out the red lippie for a peachy nude lipstick shade from the collection called Pure Vanity.
Which look is more your style? The teal eyes with the red lips, or the teal with the nude lips?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,