MAC Makeup Fafi Tutorial: A Black and Gold Smokey Eye
I finally got my paws on MAC Fafi yesterday, and all I have to say is MEOW! Love it. This morning I busted out a few things from the collection — Fafi Eyes 1 Quad, Nice Vice Paint Pot and the Not So Innocent Lipstick — and created this subtle gold and black smokey eye for work.
A few days ago, after the super-spy MAC Fafi swatch mission, I fell in love with Fafi’s Paint Pots (love Nice Vice!) and lipsticks but wasn’t floored by the eyeshadow quads. I changed my tune after playing with the Fafi Eyes 1 Quad ($36) this mornin’. The colors work with my skin tone (so far the shades “Hey” and “Vanilla” are my faves), and the textures apply like butter. If you love neutral eyeshadows, I think you’ll dig this quad.
Now, on to the look! New to semi-complicated makeup? Don’t despair. If you’ve ever worn at least two eyeshadow colors at a time, then you can certainly handle this. Yes! You! Can!
Products I used to create the look…
- Dior Long-Wearing Moisturizing Concealer in shade 430
- MAC Fafi Eyes 1 Quad – Vanilla eyeshadow
- MAC Paint Pot – Nice Vice
- MAC Fafi Eyes 1 Quad – Howzat eyeshadow
- MAC Fafi Eyes 1 Quad – Hey
- MAC Fluidline Eyeliner – Blacktrack
- MAC Eyeshadow – Concrete
- MAC Zoom Lash mascara – Zoomblack
- MAC Barbie Beauty Powder – Pearl Blossom
- MAC Cremestick Lip Liner – Sublime Culture
- MAC Glaze Lipstick – Not So Innocent
- MAC Lipglass – Clear
Brushes and tools I used (from left to right)…
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
- MAC 266 small angle brush
- MAC 194 concealer brush
- MAC 249 large shader brush
- Sephora all over shadow brush
- MAC 239 eye shading brush
- MAC 209 eyeliner brush
- MAC 129 powder/blush brush
- Sonia Kashuk large powder brush
- Billy B Beauty Paintbrush No. 4
Missing from the picture below are the MAC 219 pencil brush and the MAC 136 covered lip brush. They were hiding beneath a piece of paper when I snapped this shot, the sneaky bastards.
I divided the eye look into two phases, and here’s a map detailing the placement of the eyeshadows/ Paint Pot in Phase 1:
For Phase 1 you’ll be using…
- Vanilla eyeshadow on browbone
- Nice Vice Paint Pot on inner lid
- Howzat eyeshadow on outer lid
- Hey eyeshadow on center of the lid
Begin by blending an even layer of Dior concealer onto the entire surface of your eyelid. This gives the eye products we’re about to use something to latch onto and intensifies the color of the eyeshadows.
Next, apply Vanilla eyeshadow to your browbone with the Sephora all over shadow brush.
Using the MAC 249 large shader brush, apply Nice Vice Paint Pot to the inner lid.
This is what it should look like so far:
Now, take your MAC 239 eye shading brush and apply Howzat eyeshadow to the outer third of the eyelid.
Using the same brush, apply Hey eyeshadow to the center of the eyelid. Blend away any harsh lines.
Congrats, you sexy thang! You’ve finished Phase 1.
Now, ’tis time for Phase 2, where you’ll add more definition to your upper and lower lashes. Here’s a map to guide you:
For Phase 2 you’ll be using…
- Fluidline eyeliner on upper lash line
- Howzat eyeshadow on upper and lower lash line
- Hey eyeshadow on upper and lower lash line
First, trace a thin black line along the top lash line with your MAC 209 eyeliner brush. Instead of trying to do it in one long stroke (which I find difficult to do), it may help to apply the liner in sections. Using the thin pointed tip of the brush to smooth out the line, start with the outer third, then the center, and finally the inner third of your lash line.
This is what you should have:
Next up, grab a MAC 219 pencil brush and apply Howzat eyeshadow over the line you just made on your upper lash line. Apply the same eyeshadow to your lower lash line with the same brush.
Still with the same brush, blend Hey eyeshadow just above the Howzat you just applied to both the upper and lower lashlines.
You’re almost done! Fill in your brows with Concrete eyeshadow and a MAC 266 small angle brush. Curl your lashes, and apply two coats of MAC Zoomblack mascara to your top and bottom.
Plagued by dark circles? Quickly clean up any stray shadows with a DHC Olive Oil Swab, and apply Dior concealer to hide your dark circles with the MAC 194 brush. Dust a layer of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder #2 with a brush like the Billy B Paintbrush No. 4 to set the concealer.
The eyes are done…
Now, it’s time for the lips. Line your pucker with MAC’s Sublime Culture Cremestick liner. With a MAC 316 covered lip brush, add one layer of Not So Innocent Glaze Lipstick, blot, add a second layer to ramp up the sparkle factor and top it off with a layer of MAC Clear Lipglass.
To complete the look, apply your favorite foundation and setting powder. I used Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation in 50 Natural and Laura Mercier’s translucent setting powder. With a MAC 129 blush brush, apply MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder to your cheeks, and now you’re ready to rock!
I hope you had as much fun with this as I did.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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