He (Jack) suggested a few ways to get more bang for your Colour Forecast-ing bucks.
Blush Ombre in Vintage Grape
What’s the deal with the newest members of the MAC blush family? What sets them apart? Well, each of the four moderately pigmented pressed powder blushes is really a combination of buildable colors in the same pan, a gradient that moves from light to dark tones, with a finish about halfway between shimmer and matte.
Tips and tricks
- To load a brush with a mix of tones from one of the pans, use a swirling action with a blush brush like the MAC 129.
- The lighter tones in each pan make great highlighters. For a look that glows, apply it with a blush brush like the MAC 116 along the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your temples.
- The darker (ooh, scary!) side of each pan can be used for contouring. For definition, load an angled face brush like the MAC 168, and sweep beneath the apples of your cheeks.
Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach
Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom
Blush Ombre in Springshine
Crush Metal Pigments
Crush Metal Pigment in Stacked 2!
If a MAC Pigment and some MAC Solar Bits had a lovechild … it would be called Crush Metal Pigments. These stackable pots of loose shimmery shadow deliver rich shimmery color with high metallic shine. They’re also safe for use around lips and eyes.
Jack said the stackable containers have been staples at MAC Pro Stores for years, and the Crush Metal Pigments are MAC’s way of taking the packaging mainstream.
Tips and tricks
- For a fast and easy eye look, apply a wash of color with Crush Metal Pigments and a fluffy domed brush like the MAC 217 or 224.
- Want more KAPOW!? Use a flat shadow brush like the MAC 252 or 239 instead (the dense bristles will deposit more pigment).
- If you’re a stage performer (a dancer, cheerleader, singer, drag queen, LOL!) and like shiny lips but hate getting your hair stuck in your gloss, use a finger to apply and blend Crush Metal Pigments directly on top of your lipstick. TADA! Shiny lips without sticky gloss. (Update, 11:24 p.m.: I just got word from reader HC that the Stacked 1 set has a warning on the box indicating that the product shouldn’t be used in the lip area. It contradicts the info I received from the artist, so please use this technique at your own discretion.)
Top view of Stacked 2!
Coral swatches: 1. Lipstick in Rose Maiden, 2. Lipstick in Victorian, 3. Lipstick in Fresh Salmon, 4. Lipstick in Colour Me Coral, 5. Blush Ombre in Ripe Peach, 6. Lipglass in Ember Glow, 7. Lipglass in Kumquat, 8. Lipglass in Cha Cha, 9. Eyeshadow in Hot Hot Hot, 10. Eyeshadow in Straw Harvest, 11. Eyeshadow in Perky, 12. Crushed Metal Pigment in Stacked 2!
Pink swatches: 1. Lipstick in Pink Burst, 2. Lipstick in Laugh a Lot, 3. Lipstick in Phlox, 4. Lipglass in Cultureclash, 5. Lipglass in Hush Hush Rose, 6. Eyeshadow in Very Violet, 7. Eyeshadow in Rosy Outlook, 8. Eyeshadow in Lala, 9. Eyeshadow in Da Bling, 10. Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom, 11. Crush Metal Pigment in Stacked 1!
Plum swatches: 1. Lipglass in Purple Rage, 2. Lipglass in Lavender Wind, 3. Lipstick in Radicchio, 4. Blush Ombre in Vintage Grape, 5. Eyeshadow in Pink Mink, 6. Eyeshadow in Bruised Plum, 7. Eyeshadow in Black Tulip, 8. Eyeshadow in Jungle Moon
Amber swatches: 1. Lipglass in Almondine, 2. Lipglass in Gold Dust, 3. Lipstick in Beigeland, 4. Blush Ombre in Springshine, 5. Eyeshadow in Manila Paper, 6. Eyeshadow in Flip, 7. Eyeshadow in Aztec Brick, 8. Eyeshadow in Creole Beauty
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,