Best MAC Lipstick for.....

Okay lovely readers.

I've been doing a little blog research today, and it seems people are obsessed, yes, obsessed with MAC Lipsticks.

People want to know what MAC Lipstick will suit a fair skin / Dark skin / NC30 skin / Best bridal MAC lipstick.
The list is endless!

So, I have compiled a little list of the ones I tend to use most on jobs. The ones that suit certain skin tones more, the most popular among brides and so on.

For the purpose of this post, Im not going to take photographs of me wearing them. Im not a huge fan of the close up lip in photographs any how... so I have swatched some onto white paper and the ones that didn't take too well due to lighting or low pigment I have just taken a picture of the bullet.

Bear in mind, when you go to a MAC store don't assume the colour in the bullet, is going to look the same on your lip. The colour will look different on everyone because you natural lip colour will alter it.

So, please try the colour on before you purchase! I've kept this post very MAC product orientated. So I'm going to be cross - referencing the colour alongside MAC foundation colours, as this seems to be how people are searching for their perfect MAC lipstick.
Ie. Best MAC lipstick for NC30.




Fair skins NW10 / NW15 / NC15 / NW20 / NC20
Now this could be a long list! You have to take into account how strong you want the colour. Do you want a natural daytime lipstick, or are you veering more towards an evening colour?

Natural on fair skin -
I love Creme cup. Soft pink. Its a Cremesheen, so looks rich and glossy.
Myth - This is very light. Think of concelaer on your lips. I dont use this very often. It does look nice on fair skins when you have gone for a very dark, smokey eye. Try a little trick of buffing some on with a brush. Like the MAC #217, rather than using it straight from the bullet.
I find it flatters the fairest of skin. It is very dry on the lips, so either pop a little gloss on top or go for the Cremesheen version - Creme de  Nude. Gorgeous on fair skins, to DIE for on alabaster skin.
Other populars are:
Shy girl ( Beige, glossy nude )
Please me ( Matte, soft pink )
Blankety ( Amplified, pink brown nude )




I'm sure you have heard me rant before how fair skins and dark skins always seem to cop out in makeup. Even the bigger makeup companies like to think they cater for all, when alot of their colour ranges (especially limited editions) will still only have one or two colours that will suit a darker or lightest of skins.

Well, I feel lipsticks wise, we have just as much range to choose from, you just have to be bold enough to try them.
Fair skins look immense with strong colours on the lips. The contrast is so flattering, you rarely need any other makeup product on.

So come on Snow White! ( I am NW10 too ) lets do this. Get yourself down to your local MAC store and try these:

Ruby Woo. Amazing, pillar box red. Completely matte. Fabulous on ALL SKINS. Fair skins, its stunning.
Lady Danger - Amplified - Orange / Red. Stunning. Im still unsure if only MAC stores now sell it, or if it is limited to MAC Pro stores. I will find out for you!
Rebel - Oh wow, this is like a dark purple plum, amazing on fair skins.
Girl about Town - Amplified colour - Pink/Purple
Candy yum yum! - This is BACK! Permanent. Matte-neon pink. Sells out everywhere !

Don't shy away from the bright colours, they look seriously amazing on you!

Medium skin tones / olive skin tones / Asian - Indian - NC25 / NC30 / NC35/ NW25 / NW30 /NW35
Mmmmmmm. Lots and lots suit you too, and alot of the ones that do are the really popular ones!
Let's go for the natural ones first.

These are highly sought after colours:
Kinda Sexy - Again, unsure if it is MAC stores / pro only, as it was taken off Concessions.
It's matte, and on warm skin tones ( and warmer lip tones ) it goes a lovely  peach/beige. I love this colour so much. I used it on a bride again the other day. It has a 'regal' feel. I don't know why, the colour just looks expensive!
Honey love - again, matte. This is a lovely nude for warmer skins. Again, the warmer your lip, it will go lighter. Try it first.
Velvet Teddy - Matte, deep brown tone.
Double Shot - A relaunch, now permanent. Amplified colour. Creamy. Looks amazing on warmer lips. It looks extremely dark in the bullet, but on warm lips, it either looks natural, or pinky/peach. Seriously, try this!
Taupe - Matte, Mid-tone brown.

You may think there are too many browns here  - I ADORE all the above colours. On a warm skin they look so beautiful, Id go as far as saying, I get jealous. Think of your Bollywood stars and think of Jennifer Lopez' skin tone, and the lipsticks she wears. These kind of looks will be achieved with the above colours.

Another popular is Frecktone. Its a Lustre, worn by Kim Kardashian. Peachy nude. Women usually turn their nose up when I show it them, then when they see it on. Their face lights up. Looks amazing teamed up with dark kohl, smokey eyes.....



Hug Me - Another Lustre ( glossy, sheer colour ) More brown/pink toned on medium skin tones.

Strong colours for you, again, are endless. It just depends how brave you are feeling.

I love strong pinks on your skin, I think they look really striking against the warmth of your skin.
Try:

Impassioned: Amplified, strong, electric pink. In a word, gorgeous.
Morange - Pure Orange. Heaven. Anything orange,peach on your skin tone is Red carpet territory.
Mehr - again, a relaunch, which is staying permanent. It's not strong, but it's pink. It's a bit warmer than Please me, that's why I like it on your skin tones, Please me could sometimes go ashy on your lips colour. This is a deeper matte pink. Lush.

Dark to Darkest Skins - NC45 NC50 NC55 NW45 NW50 NW55 NW58
I LOVE DARK SKINS! I love the warmth, the glow, the versatility. I love when I meet a client for the first time and they fall into the darkest of MAC foundations. I have always loved these skin tones, your skin is just amazing. So many colours flatter you, and you are lucky in the fact, that only one or two are needed to make such an impact.

Natural colours on you.
Jubilee - This is a lustre. Goes a soft glossy peach / beige nude on most dark skins. Remember try first.
Midimauve - Again a Lustre. Very sheer, has flecks of Gold through it.
Naked Paris - Plummy Lustre. Looks Glossy on.
Freckltone - Nude, peach. Lustre/Glossy
Sophisto - I think this is also a Lustre, Its always out of stock when I visit. Popular. Nude brown.

All the above colours come out nude on warmer skins. Again, with the warmth of some lips they can go lighter. None of the above colours are matte. So they wont go an ashy. grey tone, but still try them.
I use alot of these colours on warmer lip colours with MAC Chesnut lipliner, and it looks gorgeous.

Other colours to seriously consider:

Ruby woo - This colour suits everyone, but I absolutely love this on a darker skin. A fave of Rhianna
Girl about Town - Yum, this looks amazing on you.
Nikki Minaj Viva Glam Pink or Candy Yum yum. They can both go a little more towards the pale pink depending on the depth of you natural lip colour. Team it up with MAC Magenta lipliner to add warmth and definition.
Dubbonet - Amplified, glossy. Deep plum colour.
Rebel - Ooooooh ya. Just try it....
Hang Up - Red/ purple. Glossy and rich



I hope these guidlines have given you something to go on. As you know, MAC sell so many lipsticks, and hand on my heart, it is more about what YOU want to wear, and what you feel comfortable wearing.

An NC35 lady may love Kinda Sexy on herself, and another NC35 may hate it!

Go into you nearest store, with a definite idea of what you want. Don't just say I want a lipstick to suit me.
You need to be specific.
What is natural TO YOU. To some, natural is a mid pink, to others a complete nude is their idea of natural.
Do you want it matte or glossy. Sheer or solid colour.
Is it every day wear or evening?

Choosing a lipstick aint easy! At least now I hope you have some ideas, and you can walk into a MAC store confident and narrow down your choice, a little!

If you have any questions, just post below!

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks? What colours would you recommend?

Ruth E
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MUA Eyebrow - Pro Brow

Always one to shy away from the cheaper makeup brands, I have been trying and testing a few things to see how they compete with the more expensive brands. Its not that Im a makeup snob, more the fact I know what works and I like to stick to it.
I'm currently loving Barry M and Sleek do some, fantastic products ( some of which are in my kit )

MUA.

I've heard alot about this company, and to be honest, what I have heard, has always been positive.

Now, as some of you may already know, I have a slight obsession with eyebrows. I am always on the look out for new makeup products to use on them. Even if I find a product I love, I still search out new ones....

A friend of mine recently had her brows threaded, and they looked... Good.

Then she used this product, and they looked. Fierce.

I needed to know, what have you got on your brows?!!

This.






Its gorgeous. Handy, portable. In a word, eyebrow heaven.
Or are looks deceiving? 

It contains three powders, and a clear wax. It also contains the most fabulous, dinky tweezers ( again, perfect handbag territory ) and a little brush.

Now, being the obsessive I am. I'm not keen on the brush. Sorry. It's not awful, its just not what I'm used to.

I like my brow brushes, really fine. I think this particular brush would work best on the thicker browed beauties out there.

Now the idea is, you choose the colour closet to your brow colour, brush is through. Then pop some of the wax on, then highlight the brow bone using the lightest colour.

Lets give it a go...


Now, for the purpose of this post, and to test the product fully, I did use the brush. It was to denser a brush for my brows, so I switched to a finer eyebrow brush of my own. I used a little concealer to clean up and then popped the highlighter under the brow.

I think this is another case of, lightest skin and darkest skin cop out.

And I hate it.

The 'highlighter' is too dark for my skin. Its a light peach/pink tone. Very similiar to MAC Eyeshadow Malt.

So, my browbone now looks a peach / orange tone. Not a good look.
Hmmmmm.

Shame really.

On one hand, its a great price. At only £3.50 - I had to try it.
But on the other. what's the point in buying something ( great price or not ) that doesn't work for you?

I loved the compact, stylish packaging.
I loved the dinky tweezers.
I loved the dark shade of shadow.

I don't like the cheap brush.
I don't like how the highlighter makes me look orange.


If you are light skinned or dark skinned, you are only gonna get away with using one of the colours in the palette. And forget highlighting.

If you have thinner brows, or like to 'sculpt' them more, the brush is a no go.

All in all, I wouldn't buy it again.

I'm gonna stick with my eyebrows pencils, concealer and my own choice of highlighter.

Shame really. I was pretty excited with the prospect of a new brow obsessive product.

Instead, I'll be using it as an eyeshadow palette.



Have you tried this? What did you think? What MUA products would you recommend?

RuthE
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