Wearing Pink 4 Friday Lipstick by MAC and Nicki Minaj all by its lonesome (left); with MAC Lip Liner in Spice and MAC Clear Lipglass (right)
I’m sure she’s out there somewhere — the girl who can pull off cool and creamy MAC Pink 4 Friday Lipstick ($14.50) all by itself. And wherever you are, you gorgeous princess (or prince) of great makeup fortune, I salute you (and pump my fist in the air, Jersey Shore style)!
The extremely limited-edition color, just 4 days (!) in this world, is a collaboration between MAC and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj (to coincide with the release of her new album, Pink Friday).
MAC loves to fire up their fetishists (like me) with hard-to-snare products. I can’t help it, and I think there’s an element of human nature behind the phenomenon, but knowing that the color won’t be available for very long does make me want it even more.
There’s only one way to pick up Pink 4 Friday, and that’s online, and only on exactly two more dates — Friday, December 10 and Friday, December 17 — beginning at midnight Eastern Time on each of the dates and lasting 24 hours. Sadly, the first two Fridays already came and went (November 26 and December 3).
I gotta be honest — I loves me some Nicki Minaj (got Pink Friday on repeat right now), but this creamy, pale pastel pink’s not a cinch to wear.
Don’t get me wrong. I think it looks totally legit on Nicki. She’s got the style, after all, rockin’ those technicolor baby doll outfits, but on me…? It looks full-on cra-zay-zay!
Still, I think I’ve figured out a couple tricks to wearing it in the real world…
Start by priming and moisturizing your lips with a lip balm. Then, line and fill them in with a neutral lip pencil in a darker pink, rose or brown. That adds some warmth and depth to the look.
In the pic above I used the pinkish brown MAC Lip Pencil in Spice ($13), but I considered MAC Dervish (a pinkish mauve), MAC Pink Treat (a deep cool pink), MAC Sublime Culture (a warm pinkish brown) and the new Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils.
After filling in your lips, dab Pink 4 Friday from the tube. Dabbing/pressing the tube lays down less product than sliding it does, which in this case produces a stain-like natural finish (slicking the lips with the tube would deposit a lot more pigment).
Last, but not least, dab a sheer lipgloss like MAC Clear Lipglass ($14.50) right at the center of both lips. The spot will catch the light and create the illusion of a plumper pout.
From left: MAC Pink 4 Friday, MAC Lip Liner in Spice, MAC Clear Lipglass
A few similar MAC lip colors from left: Pink 4 Friday, Viva Glam Gaga and Blooming Lovely
I can’t wait to try this with super smokey eyes!
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at maccosmetics.com on December 10 and 17
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Maybe we should rename this the Makeup and Chai Latte/Dessert Blog
Holy wow! You guys are chai tea latte experts! Thanks for all the great recommendations. Don’t laugh, but I went to sleep last night fantasizing about my next chai latte, and now I’m heading to Peet’s for my afternoon treat.
And since tea goes so well with cookiesâ€¦
If you can identify these cookies in the comments, you are officially awesome (well, more awesome).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,