If you’d asked me 15 years ago (back when I was deep into my brown/pink eyeshadow phase) if I’d wear a yellow shadow like Sun Blonde, I probably would have said, “OH, HELL NAW!”
I was pretty conservative with my makeup back then and almost never ventured out of my comfort zone. That slowly changed over time. Now, when it comes to wearing bold eye makeup, I’m still not a Rainbow Brite girl, but I am more adventurous than I was.
When I find a color I really like, I’ll try to figure out ways to wear it that I know I’ll feel comfortable in — sometimes it’s a bright pop on the lids, a subtle wash in the crease or a sweep along my lower lash lines.
I also like to balance my brights with neutrals, and for my makeup today I played with the yellow and teal shades from MAC Surf Baby, pairing them with browns and beige.
MAC Surf Baby products used for this look, clockwise from the lipgloss in the lower left: Lipglass in Krazy Kahuna, Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Blue Noon, Studio Careblend Pressed in Gold-Go-Lightly, Eyeshadow in Short Shorts, Eyeshadow in Surf USA and Eyeshadow in Sun Blonde
Hibiscus, one of the Surf Baby makeup looks on the MAC website, gave me the overall idea, and using a mix of limited edition Surf Baby products and MAC permanent collection sweets, I ended up with a look featuring teal, yellow, brown, coral and beige.
Then, to define the shape of my eyes and give the look depth, I swept a mix of MAC Eyeshadow in Club (a duochrome brown, teal and gray from the permanent line), MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Gold-Go-Lightly (a matte golden brown) into the crease with a MAC 224 (the 217 would also work great).
Because I almost always look tired (sucks!), I brightened my eyes a bit by patting MAC Eyeshadow in Short Shorts, a frosty white champagne, on my inner lids (the sides closer to the nose) with a MAC 217. Then, with the same brush, I blended in some shimmery yellowish gold Sun Blonde in the middle of my eyelids.
To draw more attention to my eyes, which thankfully didn’t look quite as tired after adding Short Shorts, I lined my upper lash and water lines with MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy (a shimmery golden brown), and my lower lash lines with MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Blue Noon (a shimmery golden pearl), both of which I topped with MAC Eyeshadow in Surf USA (a frosty teal).
The cheeks and lips only took a minute or two. That’s MAC Surf Baby Cheek Powder in My Paradise, a shimmery golden coral, on the apples of my cheeks and creamy brown Lipglass in Krazy Kahuna on my lips.
Other things I used for this look… MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC40, MAC Careblend Pressed In Medium Dark, Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara atop Buxom Amplified Lash and Benefit Instant Brow.
Have you brought home anything from MAC Surf Baby yet? I’d love to hear if you have.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Wow, I lost track of time. It’s 8:45, and I’m only now eating dinner (something cheesy with spinach from Trader Joe’s). Hmm…what should we have for desert?