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dupes/alternatives masterpost ✨

Hey loves, this masterpost was partially requested and I’m so excited.  I recommend to do your research before buying the dupe, some of the dupes are better than others. Some brands are repeated. Here is a dupe masterpost for MAC lipsticks. Here is a dupe masterpost for liquid lipsticks. Here is a spreadsheet of Coastal Scents eyeshadows to MAC eyeshadow dupes. Most of these dupes I found online so I do not take credit for any of those but some I researched myself. This is under read more because this list is very long. :) If you have any more dupes or questions, feel free to send them in.

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ciobellaaxoxoo-deactivated20160  asked:

Best drugstore makeup? I need a list for school essentials 😄

prPRIMER
loreal magic perfecting base: for a super smooth finish
revlon photoready skinlights/loreal magic lumi light infusing primer: if you want that glow
nyx shine killer primer: for oily skin types
elf hydrating face primer/maybelline master primer (smooth+illuminate): for dry skin types

FOUNDATION
loreal infallible pro matte: for oily skin
covergirl 3 in 1 outlast: for combo skin
loreal true match lumi: for dry skin

CONCEALER
hard candy glamoflauge: for heavy duty concealing
nyx orange concealer jar: for color correcting under eye circles
maybelline fit me: for general concealing
maybelline better skin: for a natural concealer

POWDER
elf high definition powder: most natural
revlon nearly naked powder: for sheer coverage
physicians formula happy booster glow & mood boosting powder (beige): glowy finishing powder, hourglass powder dupe!

BRONZER
nyx matte bronzer: to contour
nyx taupe blush: contouring for very fair skin
la girl pro conceal: for cream contour/highlight
milani baked bronzer: to bronze

BLUSH
nyx powder blush
• elf studio powder blush
• nyx cream blush
• milani baked blush

HIGHLIGHTER
personal fave drugstore highlighters
for fair skin
• for dark skin

BROWS
elf eyebrow kit: personal fave/you can make it look natural or bold 
nyx brow pomade: for more definition
loreal brow stylist plumper: adds more “hairs” to the brows/tints them

EYESHADOW
maybelline color tattoo: you don’t need a primer, and it’s super easy to apply
loreal infallible eyeshadow: amazing color payoff and the shades are so gorgeous
best eyeshadow palettes

EYELINER
nyx super skinny eye marker: for wings
nyx slide on eye pencils: great shade selection
maybelline gel eyeliner: best drugstore gel eyeliner !

MASCARA
maybelline define a lash waterproof. that is all. 😂

LIPS (basically some of the best drugstore lip products out there)
• nyx lipliner
• nyx soft matte lip cream
• wet n wild mega last lipstick
• nyx butter gloss

SETTING SPRAY
loreal makeup extender spray: love this! actually makes my makeup last longer
nyx makeup setting spray: there’s a dewy and matte finish that you can choose!

High end dupes (e.l.f)

💓FACE💓
•Smashbox/ Makeup forever studio finish primer : e.l.f mineral infused primer
• too faced better than sex mascara : e.l.f mineral volumizing mascara
•makeup forever hd microfinish powder : e.l.f studio high definition powder in sheer
•Bobbi brown brightening finishing powder in porcelain powder : e.l.f tone correcting powder
•mac fix + : e.l.f studio mist & set
•mac prep and prime highlighter in radiant rose : e.l.f studio radiance enhancer in spotlight
•nars multiple in copacabanna : e.l.f essential all over color stick in persimmon
•nars highlighting blush in albatross : e.l.f studio blush in gotta glow
•benefit moon beam : e.l.f essential facial whip
•nars bronzing + blush duo : e.l.f studio contouring blush & bronzing powder
•laura mercier baked blush bronze : e.l.f studio baked blush in rich rose
•nars in desire, depthroat, angelika and luster : e.l.f studio blush in pink passion, candid coral, fuchsia fusion and peachy keen
💖BROWS💖
•benefit brow zings : e.l.f studio eyebrow kit
•Bobbie brown natural brow shaper mascara : e.l.f studio eyebrow treat and tame
•benefit high brow : e.l.f studio eyebrow lifter and filler
💝EYES💝
•mac fluidline in blacktrack : e.l.f studio cream eyeliner in black
•mac eyeshadow in soba : e.l.f studio eyeshadow in wild wheat
💘LIPS💘
•nars lip lacquer in chelsea girls : e.l.f studio conditioning lip balm in nice & natural
•mac cream d'nude lipstick : e.l.f mineral lipstick in natural nymph
💗CONCEALER💗
•bareminerals blemish therapy : e.l.f mineral blemish kit
💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄💄
You can literally find e.l.f products anywhere and they are super inexpensive I’m almost positive nothing on this list is over ten dollars enjoy your savings!!

sapphire-strike  asked:

Just some US and SF bros fluff relationship fluff please.

* yASSSS drown me in fluff requests


US!Sans

He’s the kind of guy who loves you and wants everyone in the world to know just how much he does. He’s constantly bragging about you to his friends, openly talking about every single thing he admires about you. He wants to show you off and make everyone jealous that you’re with him. 

He loves watching you and genuinely thinks you’re the most attractive person to have ever existed.

He picks up baking at some point on the surface. Inevitably, there will be a flour fight. He claims to hate the mess it created but later instigates more of these messy battles with you. It always ends with the two of you slumped against each other with empty sacks of flour and every available surface covered in white. He thinks the sheer whiteness of the powder makes your eyes shine. 

He hates lazy days, preferring to drag you out for an adventure at the park, mall, or just wander around the neighbourhood. If you refuse to get up, he’ll full body flop onto you and start poking your sides until you do.

He’s an early riser and always makes sure to wake up earlier than you so that he can make you breakfast. He always remember just how you like your food and drinks, having a mental checklist of anything you’re allergic to as well.

US!Pap

He’s the definition of the laziest gentleman ever. He’ll pull out your chair and hold open doors… with his magic because he doesn’t wanna get up. He’ll get you that giant shark plushie at the fair… with a bribe when you’re not looking because that game looks hard. He’ll get you random flowers… he picked off the street to put in your hair because it looks nice but they’re going to die anyway so why spend money on it.

No matter how long you date, he’ll always do the yawn-stretch-drape-tug arm move when sitting next to you instead of just pulling you close.

He has a habit of booping your nose after teasing you affectionately, using pet names like “cupcake”. One day you asked why that specific pastry and he had no idea. So now it’s a running joke to call each other random pastries instead of normal pet names. “Sure thing, croissant”, “See you later, pretzel”, “Lookin good, brownie.”

Sometimes when you’re just sitting down or lying down or standing around in general, Paps will come over and drape himself over you like a really long and boney cat. He won’t get off unless you push him.

SF!Sans

He loves running his fingers through your hair and will do so at any opportunity he can. He ends up learning how to style your hair just so he can have an excuse to keep touching it.

Post-training cuddles are the best. He’ll get you whatever your exercise cravings demand and go over everything you did well that day.

He has a habit of resting his feet on your lap when you’re sitting near each other. Sometimes he’ll wiggle his feet into your tummy to see you giggle because he thinks it’s super cute.

He loves taking candid photos of you just living your life. All of his wallpapers are various candid photos of you. His lock screen is his favourite one where you had decided the grass was an adequate place for resting after a particularly tough training session and the sun was setting at such a nice light that illuminated your features in gold.

SF!Pap

Every weekend is routine for bad tv, pizza and a long smoke (at least on his part). It’s become so routine that the pizza place has a custom flavour just for the two of you and you have Your Pizza Delivery Guy.

You share an iPod and enjoy laughing at each other’s questionable music tastes.

He makes a show of snaking an arm around your waist when in front of other monsters partly to make sure no one doubts you’re together and partly to show off like ‘hell yeah this one’s mine’.

He turns out to be pretty talented at guitar and will occasionally write a song just for you to hear. He’s actually pretty shy over performing for anyone and you’re the only one who has ever heard him properly play and sing.

Ultimately, he is The PDA guy, having no trouble with things getting a little risque out in the open. Hell, he’s so PDA he got you matching couple jackets. “Boned” and “The Bones”.

sinewaverider  asked:

Hi! Do you have any tips to prevent liquid eyeliner from smudging onto the eyelid? Especially for all-day wearing. Thanks :)

When it comes to getting the perfect winged liner it can take a fair amount of time to perfect and it is often not without the help of cotton tips and eye makeup remover. If getting your eyeliner perfect wasn’t frustrating enough on its own, having it smudge all over the place after a couple of hours after applying certainly is.

Use a good eyelid primer (and set it!)

Even if you don’t plan on wearing any eyeshadow, an eyelid/shadow primer is something that can really benefit  you if you have issues with mascara and eyeliner smudging. I’m obsessed with the NARS Pro-Prime Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Primer because it mattifies the eyelids and keeps everything in place. I also recommend setting your eyeshadow primer with a bit of loose powder or sheer eyeshadow in a beige shade, this will help further lock the primer into place so your liner will stay longer.

Use a waterproof, long-wearing eyeliner

This is something that is relatively obvious, but if you tend to have issues with oiliness on the eyelids/makeup smudging you should be using an eyeliner that has exception staying power. I swear by the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, it comes in a variety of shades and stays put through heat and humidity. There are drugstore brands that do great liquid liners, but if you’re after intense staying power it’s not really worth wasting your time (or money) with them.

Set Your Eyeliner

If you’re using a liquid liner it’s probably because you want a beautiful, crisp clean liner, in which case this tip might not be for you. If you don’t mind a softer effect to your eyeliner and eye makeup then you can really benefit you. After applying your liquid liner, use a small brush to apply some black eyeshadow directly over the top of the liquid, tracing the shape carefully. This will help get rid of any of the moisture in the eyeliner and make it drier and therefore less likely to smudge.

Set Your Concealer

You’re probably thinking “huh,  I have issues with my eyeliner not my concealer?” but if smudging eye makeup is a big issue for you, setting your concealer underneath your eyes may just fix that. Eye makeup (especially mascaras and eyeliners) tend to be attracted to creamy products on the face such as concealers.

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I love fall makeup so much 😍

Products used:

☆Urban Decay optical illusion complexion primer
☆Maybelline Fit Me matte and poreless foundation in the shade 110 Porcelain
☆Revlon Insta conceal and correct palette
☆Covergirl ready set gorgeous concealer in the shade fair
☆elf undereye setting powder in sheer
☆Rimmel London stay matte pressed powder in the shade 001 transparent
☆Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in the shade caramel
☆Benefit cosmetics highbrow highlighting pencil
☆Anastasia Beverly Hills modern renaissance eyeshadow palette
☆Colourpop pressed powder eyeshadow in the shade paper tiger
☆Nyx matte liquid liner in the shade black
☆Lancome monsieur big mascara
☆The Balm Bahama Mama bronzer
☆The Balm Frat Boy blush
☆Ofra x NikkieTutiorials everglow highlighter
☆MAC fix+ spray
☆Nyc soft matte lip cream in Istanbul
☆Smashbox be legendary lip gloss in pink lady

Sitting up in the new dark, I believe in the birth. We are here, you and I, in the dusked heather, smelling of riesling, you lick the salt from my fingers. Around us the remnants of life: sheer paper, sweetened powder; half-devoured pears; a pulled-apart wool, warming from the shaking of our bodies. The mothlight flickers: there is no time. We are the time. My heart quickens and we are the beyond I write about. We are the constant birth: red and bitter and athrob under the half-moon. I believe you are here. May that be enough.

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Hello angels! I hope you all  are having a nice day.   

I’m Valeria and this is LEARNTOMAKEUP  

You guys know I love reading your messages and suggestions so I can help you out based on your doubts. Whenever you feel like asking me something you can do it here because I will answer all your questions. 

Yesterday I received this message:

So today’s topic is about the popular: FOUNDATION

If you just started wearing foundation it can be difficult to apply and you can have some trouble finding the right shade for your skin. 

If you use foundation everyday it can crease and look cakey but the frustrating thing is that you don’t know what step is the one you are doing wrong. 

No worries, you are not the only one. Achieving a flawless finish to our foundation is something almost every beauty lover wants. We are looking for a smooth, fresh and perfect finish.

To be honest, there is no magic ritual celebrities or makeup artists do to achieve a beautiful look. The only secret when it comes to apply foundation is preparation and application.

This time I will tell you some amazing tips to get the perfect foundation look you have been looking for. 

1. PREPARE YOUR SKIN

Make sure your skin is clean and moisturized. You should wait five minutes before you apply foundation to let moisturizer sink in. Primer is a skippable step unless your makeup has to last through a late night. Or use it alone on lazy days as a quick complexion smoother. Primer can minimize pores and mattify your face. 

2. SELECT YOUR FOUNDATION COVERAGE 

Do you want sheer, medium or  full coverage? How much of your natural skin do you want to show through your foundation? You’ll find foundation colors in all different types of coverage, so decide what finish you like best.

• IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LIGHT COVERAGE: 

— WEAR A POWDERY FOUNDATION  

One of the best things abou this foundation is that you are going to save money because you don’t need a powder to set it anymore. 

Powdery foundation is recommend for normal to oily skin. 

— WEAR A BB CREAM! 

This is not considered as a foundation itself  but if you just want to cover little blemishes and redness this is the best option for you. 

BB cream is recommend for dry, normal and oily skin.  



• IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MEDIUM COVERAGE: 

— WEAR A LIQUID FOUNDATION

To get a medium coverage you just need to build up your foundation in layers.

Liquid foundations are recommend for dry and normal skin.  

If you have oily skin you can wear a liquid foundation just make sure you get an oily-free one. 

• IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A HIGH COVERAGE:

— WEAR A CREAMY FOUNDATION

Creamy foundations look amazing in HD videos and in professional photos, this is the product that models, artists and actresses wear to film shows, commercials and movies. 

Creamy foundations are recommend for dry to normal skin.  

3. FIND THE PERFECT SHADE

Test foundation on your jawline or cheeks and check it in the daylight. If you are not sure if you picked the right color make sure it disappears without blending. But, before you go selecting your shade we should be looking at our undertones. We are either cool, neutral or warm. 

Down below you will discover what is your undertone.

COOL UNDERTONES

If you’re cool, the veins on your inner wrist appear blue, you tend to turn a flushed pink color in the sun, and you burn easily, so you want to look for a foundation that has rosier, redder, or blue base. 

WARM UNDERTONES: 

If you’re warm, the veins on your wrist appear green, and you quickly bronze or darken in the sun, so look for a foundation that has a golden or yellow base.

NEUTRAL UNDERTONES: 

Neutral skin tones can pretty much pulls off any color but do tend to sway favorably one way. Neutral toned people can wear just about any color and look great. Some neutral skin tones pull towards warm or cool.If you’re aneutral pulling warm tones then you will look best in warm but still look good in cool tones. If you are neutral pulling cool tones then you will look best in cools but still look good in warm tones. 

 4. TOOLS AND TOOLS

If you want just a little coverage, use your fingers, pros advise. If you don’t like wearing that much foundation for an everyday look, dab foundation only where you need it to hide pimples, camouflage redness or even out your T-zone. 

WHAT BRUSH SHOULD I BUY IF I WANT ONE? 

FLAT FOUNDATION BRUSH: 

Dip your brush into foundation (using the back of your hand as a palette) and paint in downward strokes starting at the center, where you need the most coverage, and working outward. Going for a downward stroke also allows the product to skim over pores and fine lines, giving you more natural-looking coverage.

BUFFING OR KABUKI BRUSH: 

With foundation on the back of your hand, dip the tip of the brush into the makeup, and then work it into the skin from the center out in small circular motions.This dense brush is the key to achieve an airbrushed effect.

SPONGE: 

For more coverage, use a sponge. Dip the tip of the sponge into foundation and apply to the larger areas of your face, starting from the center and working out in a stippling/patting motion. Once you’ve achieved the coverage you want, flip the sponge on its side and, with a little more makeup, hit the corners of your nose, under your eyes, and other tricky curves and contours.

5.PERFECT YOUR TECHNIQUE

The way you apply foundation makes a big difference. The best technique is to blend thin layers into the skin. The problem areas to focus on when applying foundation will obviously be different for each individual, but the majority of women need a little bit of foundation around the centre of the face, so round the nose, mouth areas, the chin and the centre of the forehead. These are all areas where you often have blemishes or uneven skin tone. If you really focus on these areas and blend out, the foundation will become thinner as it goes towards the hairline, which will help achieve a much more natural finish.

6. DO CONCEALER AFTER FOUNDATION 

If you apply concealer before foundation, you’ll use more than you need. If you applied foundation first, that layer of foundation will keep concealer crease-free. Look for a lightweight liquid in a color one shade lighter than your skin. Use a small, pointy brush to cover the darkest part of under-eye circles usually right below the inner and outer corners. If other little skin flaws aren’t quite covered by your foundation, dab on a tiny bit of concealer there too.

7. SET YOUR FOUNDATION 


A setting powder is basically a loose or compact sheer-to-medium coverage powder that helps to keep your foundation or other base makeup last longer throughout the day. It adheres to any damp and/or sticky part of the foundation and creates somewhat of a seal. It can also help remove excess shine.  You only need the slightest amount use a light hand and just dab it along the areas where you want your makeup to be set or absorb any excess oil.  

• FOR A LIGHT COVERAGE: 

— WEAR A TRANSLUCENT POWDER

Translucent powder matches all skin tones when blended well. It’s great for killing shine and doesn’t add a ton of extra product to your skin as you touch up throughout the day. However, if it isn’t blended properly, you can end up with the dreaded FLASHBACK. 


• FOR LIGHT TO MEDIUM COVERAGE: 

— WEAR A LOOSE POWDER

Loose powder comes in a jar and you will be able to find it in your skin tone color. It has smaller particles and therefore a finer consistency and usually give lightweight coverage. They’re also messy and hard to transport, so these guys are meant to stay at home.


• FOR MEDIUM TO HIGH COVERAGE: 

— WEAR A COMPACT POWDER

Pressed powder comes in a compact and contains ingredients used to turn the product into a semi-solid. The particles are slightly bigger and contain these stick-together ingredients, applying too much pressed powder can result in a cake-y appearance. Using a little as a touch-up throughout the day, though, is quick and easy.

Remember that if you have a request about an specific topic let me know so I can help you. As always I’m open to suggestions and question so if you need any information I’m here for you!

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Love you all, Valeria.

Makeup Touch Up Tips

Whether you have a long 10 hour shift at work, a 9 to 5 job or long classes and hours of studying busy schedules are the regular ordeal so no one really has the time to stand in front of a mirror for 15 minutes fixing up their makeup mishaps…

Multi-use products (like a lipstick that can double up as a cream blush, a pencil eyeliner that can be used as an eyeshadow and a clear mascara that can be used for your brows) are, quick, simple and easy to use. Plus they save space in your makeup bag and can instantly transform your look if going out after a long day at work or college.

Samples from makeup counters are great for carrying around in your bag when on the go. Ask for samples of your favourite products for traveling and ALWAYS keep a good sunscreen in your bag (you never know when the sun decides it’s going to cook you for dinner!)

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Kylie Jenner’s Beauty Routine Costs How Much?

Makeup: “If I’m going to see people, I won’t wear heavy makeup. It’s not attractive on me,” Kylie says. “When you see those pictures on my Instagram, they are usually for when I’m doing a photo shoot or an interview. Every time I get my makeup professionally done, I take a photo.” Lipliner, a light foundation, bronzer, and lashes are the basics of her routine, she says. Her favorites are: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation ($45), NARS Orgasm Blush ($30), Ardell Natural Wispies Eye Lashes ($9.99), Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara($27.50), Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40), Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer ($20),Kardashian Beauty Bronzer ($14.99), Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder ($38),Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil ($23), and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup ($12.99). 

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cindybunbun  asked:

Any good setting powder for under eye concealer? I have dry under eyes so I don't want it to look cakey or wrinkly

A little concealer is great for brightening up the under eye area and concealing dark circles but setting it into place can be a nightmare. 

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Brushes 101

FOUNDATION

- Foundation brush

Gives the most coverage because it places the foundation right on top of your skin
- Synthetic flat/round top kabuki brush
Gives medium coverage because it blends in the product into the skin usually by circular buffing motions
- Duo Fibre/Stipple brush
Gives very natural coverage, usually works best on lighter foundations

CONCEALER

- Large eyeshadow/Paddle brush
Ideal for putting on concealer to larger areas like the under eye and bringing  it down on your cheeks for a highlight.
- Small eyeliner brush
Surprisingly the best brush to cover up things like pimples. Precision is key to it: putting on a concealer around the blemish will make it look least noticeable!
- Tapered synthetic kabuki brush
A good brush to blend out under eye concealer that gets into the inner corners because of the tapered top



POWDER

- Larger powder brush
Quickest, easiest way to evenly apply powder all over your face. Using this for high coverage mineral powders will sheer it out a little and make it more natural looking. 
- Duo Fibre/Stipple brush
Super natural looking but won’t work the best on pressed powders because it’ll cause fall out.
- Precise tapered brush
Best for setting under eye concealer or precise areas like your T zone.
- Kabuki brush
Best for the highest coverage especially if it’s dense!

BRONZER

- Small contour brush
For precise contouring and a real chiseled look.
- Angled contour brush
Recommended for beginners in contouring because it’s less dense than a contour brush and bigger so it’s more forgiving and natural looking.
- Powder brush
Best for all over bronzing; the fluffier the better, and the smaller, the more precise.
- Small duo fibre/stipple brush
Best for cream contouring

BLUSH

- Blush brush
Your typical blush brush. Applies product softly.
- Duo fibre/Stipple brush
Looks very natural and perfect for blushes that are super pigmented or bright/dark in color.
- Precise tapered brush
For a more precise application of blush, it might be harder to use if you’re a beginner.

HIGHLIGHTER

- Duo fibre/Stipple brush
Natural, all-over glow application of highlighter on larger areas of your face.
- Precise tapered brush
A little more intense (also depends on the highlighter you use) than the duo fibre but gives a more precise application.
- Eyeshadow blending brush
Perfect for a super precise highlight especially for the bridge of your nose and cupids bow, or if you don’t want to accentuate your cheekbones too much but still want a glow.

EYEBROWS

- Angled eyeliner brush
For filling in the eyebrow. Natural bristles are usually harder and more precise. 
- Flat defining brush
Perfect for defining the inner corner of your brows for that natural ombre look or to use concealer afterwards to define and clean up the eyebrows!

EYESHADOW

- Fluffy blending brush
Ideal for all over shadows, applying transition shades in the crease and to use a clean one to pick up eyeshadow fall out.
- Blending brush
In my opinion the most necessary eye brush. Perfect for applying all over lid color, blending in crease colors as well as outer corner shades and to blend out edges for a flawless fadeout.
- Pencil brush
Precise application especially for darker shades in the outer/inner corners, highlighting the inner corner, and smudging shadows on lashline.
- Eye shading brush
Packing on eyeshadow shades onto the lid, as well as highlighting the brow bone.
- Angled eyeliner brush
For applying gel eyeliner. Also works amazing for adding the darkest part of a cut crease look. As well as packing on darker shades to upper lashline for a more smudged, natural eyeliner look.
- Small detail brush
Perfect for inner corner highlights and applying eyeshadow under the lower lash line.

gandola  asked:

Do you know what face powder can keep the face matte but not too matte? Just enough to set the face and still keep the face shining? I luvluv your blog btw xx

First i’d suggest only powdering the t zone so you’re more matte where you need it keeping the rest of the face more dewy/radiant. 

I’d recommend translucent powder! Translucent powders actually keep me shine free longer than regular pressed/tinted powders and they look extremely natural over foundation (or alone). Since translucent powders are so finely milled they go on like silk and make your skin look like silk, NEVER cakey! Awesome for oily skin gals who want to set their foundation without looking too dull or powdery. Also great for any skin type even dry because it really blurs imperfections making your face look extra flawless.

Try translucent powders like

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
  • MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Powder
  • Makeup Forever HD Powder
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (slightly tinted, great for deeper skin toned complexions)

The only downside is they provide no extra coverage as they are white and go on colorless so if you use powder for a little extra coverage it might not be for you so check out some natural looking mattifying powders like

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • MAC Blot Powder
  • Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
  • Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Also p.s, don’t apply too much if you plan to be taking pictures with flash because they can make your face look white in pictures. Apply a thin layer or avoid using all together prior to taking pictures with flash.

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MAC Ultimate Collection Lipstick Swatches

MAC’s Ultimate Collection, with prismatic gunmetal packaging designed by Marcel Wanders, is now available in Singapore.

If you haven’t tried this new permanent range, it’s designed to be a premium line for MAC, with luxurious, skin-friendly textures that lean closer to luxe brands. (In fact, those Ultimate lipsticks feel quite similar in texture to Chanel Rouge Allures.) 

My personal favorites in the lipstick range include:

Audacious - scarlet

Soft Pout - caramely nude

Marque - shimmery pink-based brown beige

Lover’s Street - perfect pink beige

Femme De-Luxe - bright pink

But what was more of a surprise hit for me was Sheer Mystery Powder.

This is probably the silkiest and least powdery-looking powder I’ve tried in awhile. I’d kinda dismissed it as a gimmicky new compact (the prismatic Marcel Wanders design looks cool but is more clunky than I’d like for clutches and small bags, but the texture of the powder totally won me over. 

It’s great for mid-day touch-ups because it:

  • doesn’t look cakey or build up unnaturally over makeup
  • evens out the skin subtly but doesn’t look heavy
  • mattifies but doesn’t look powdery
  • diffuses pores and fine lines (the before/after photos are un-retouched)

My only (minor) beef with it?

The sponge is a little too big and keeps getting stuck in the mirror compartment. You need to spend a few moments digging/pushing to release it every time you want to use it.

If anyone tries to convince me it’s meant to be like this by design so that you don’t drop your puff, they’re either lying or they don’t use compacts to touch up often. Because the two things you immediately need to do when you pop open your compact are either to:

  1. Check your face quickly in the mirror (can’t do that easily)
  2. Grab the sponge to apply more powder (can’t do that easily either)

If MAC can get over this little design flaw (and stock more colors than “pale ivory” and “medium plus” in Singapore), it automatically gets two huge thumbs up from me.

In either case, this collection is well worth checking out for those of you who prefer more luxurious lines and always saw MAC more as a brand for young ‘uns who like adventurous colors, and makeup artists. The colors and textures in this line are highly wearable and very flattering. 

Of course, there’s also the very much more “Adult” price tags. In Singapore, Ultimate lipsticks retail at SGD41 and Sheer Mystery Powders at SGD83.