I set out to find my favorites and brainstorm with the makeup artists at the counter to find the best of the rest.
MAC in Lillyland: I’m blushing
Lillyland’s color palette takes me straight to the tropics, with glistening sparkles like droplets of rain on exotic flowers in shades of vibrant pink, orange and purple.
Cremeblend Blush in Florida ($19). Florida looks shockingly pink in her pan, but she applies like a semi-transparent hot pink on cheeks. My MAC buddy Rose loves Florida, which she called a dead ringer for MAC Dollymix powder blush (an all-time fave!). I’ve always wanted a cream blush version of Dollymix… I guess some dreams really do come true!
All four of the Cremeblend Blushes ($19 each). Don’t be scurred, holmes! They may look bright in their pans, but these creamy blushes, with their dewy finish, go on like transparent washes of color. Wear ‘em on bare skin OR above your foundation and/or powder. So purty!
From left to right: Joie-De-Vivre; Optimistic Orange; So Sweet, So Easy and Florida
Pearlmatte Face Powder ($27). MAC artist Michelle called this pan of powder the Lillyland product that would wear best across the board. She suggested swirling the shimmery brown, peach, gold and pink shades together to create a golden brown. BONUS: Should work great as either a blush or a highlighter.
All Ages, All Races, All Sexes: Back in time
Hello, ’90s much? I haven’t worn brown eyeshadow, blush and lipstick together since 1997, but I guess old is new again because I’m DIGGING this range. I think it boasts some great everyday neutrals.
Liqueur Lipglass and Empowered Lipstick (both $14). For an updated version of the brown lip that ruled the ’90s, try a layer of Liqueur Lipglass (a frosty pinkish brown) above Empowered Lipstick (a creamy neutral brown). Then, if you feel an urge to wear a baby T with a spaghetti-strap dress and a little black backpack, I suggest you just go with it.
From left to right: Lipglass in Liqueur, Lipstick in Empowered
The Beauty Powder Blushes in Personal Style and All’s Good ($19 each). I love easy makeup, and both of these powder blushes hit that spot — great for flushed, easy cheeks. I can see myself putting on either Personal Style (a light mauve taupe) or All’s Good (a deep rose) in the morning for a daytime look with neutral lips and dark eyes.
From left to right: Blush in All’s Good, Blush in Personal Style
Glamour For All Lipglass ($14). This sheer pink with pearly gloss must look good on everyone. The MAC gals called this baby one of the collection’s bestsellers. For a daytime pink lip, try it with MAC Subculture Lip Pencil ($13) and Myself lipstick ($14).
So how was your Thursday? Did you do anything fun? I’m settling down for the night here with a stack of fashion mags on my lap. Gotta find a way out of my jeans and t-shirt rut.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,