MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correct Collection Available Now

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Now that we’ve discussed how to use color theory, you’re ready to arm yourself with the tools! MAC launched this awesome collection Thursday and it’s now available online and in stores. Prep+Prime CC Colour Correct is a collection of color correcting creams and powders that enhance and perfect your skin tone. Products include the Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30, a creamy, tinted primer that evens skin tone in a multi-tasking formula, as well as the Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting powders. The powders apply transparently, smoothing away the appearance of lines and imperfections and are available in loose and a go-anywhere compact. See below for shades!

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Loose Powder

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact

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Adjust: Peachy Beige

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Neutralize: Yellow

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Illuminate: Lavender

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Recharge: Apricot

Quick Tips: Color Theory/Concealing

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Who’s up for some quick tips?! Today I’m sharing my tricks for disguising common pesky problems using the color wheel. I’ve mentioned this technique several times recently, so I figured I should explain it for those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept!

Just think of makeup as an art form using cosmetics as the medium. Makeup artists follow the same principles as painters, using the color wheel to determine what shades to apply in order to enhance the facial features. Complementary colors on the color wheel will conceal and neutralize. (Same idea as color correction in hair using toners and colored shampoos.) Here are some of the most common issues and quick fixes for them:

  • Red spots (think pimples, broken capillaries, ruddy cheeks) are best concealed with a green based corrector product. The product can be any pigmented foundation, concealer, colored powder, primer, etc. Several cosmetic companies (Maybelline and Smashbox for example) sell colored products like these. We all remember how much I like green, right?
  • Blue (under eye circles, veins, etc.) is corrected with orange based product. Most generically labeled “concealers” have an orange tone. Eve Pearl’s Salmon Concealer is great for neutralizing blue.
  • Purple (under eye circles, veins, bruises) can be best corrected with yellow based product. I really like Joe Blasco Special Yellow or Benefit Lemon Aid. Most yellow based products can double as a highlighter depending on the shade and your skin tone.

After the flaw has been corrected, you can apply a regular foundation shade over it, kind of like putting down a coat of primer before painting a car. This isn’t always necessary, just depends on your preference.

Since not everyone has the color wheel memorized, there are a few tricks to remember the most commonly used colors. Think Christmas and Gators! Red complements green (Christmas colors) while blue complements orange (Gator colors).

In related news, MAC Cosmetics just released a killer color correcting collection. Stay tuned for full details in the next post!

MAC Cosmetics Launches A Fantasy of Flowers Collection Online Today

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MAC’s latest collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, went live on the site today and will be available in stores and on counter next Thursday. The batch of products features a glorious garden of irresistible shades – perfect for the arrival of springtime looks. See below for the details on each product. I’m in love!

Lipstick ($15)

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Fleur d’Coral: Pale creamy peach (lustre)

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Naked Bud: Neutral sheer nude (lustre)

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Dreaming Dahlia: Sheer red-coral (lustre)

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Rose Lily: Sheer pastel pink (lustre)

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Snapdragon: Mid-tone blue pink (lustre)

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Heavenly Hybrid: Mid-tone berry (lustre)

Cremesheen Glass ($20)

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Nectarsweet: Soft pink peach

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Flare of Fantasy: Mid-tone pink beige

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Pagoda: Frosted cool pink

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Playful Petal: Electric magenta

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Star Quality: Bright orange-coral

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Galaxy Rose: Mid-tone violet pink

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($21)

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In the Meadow: Ice shimmering white, dirty olive green, golden mint, pale yellow

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Pink Sensibilities: Pinky brown, chocolate brown, yellow pink, icy blue pink

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Golden Hours: Copper bronze, golden brown, soft golden peach, pale yellow gold

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Great Beyond: Deep blue violet, dusky plum, icy white lilac, soft mauve violet

Pigment ($21) FantasyOfFlowers-Pigment-PinkPearl-72 Lily-White: Pale butter-yellow shimmer

FantasyOfFlowers-Pigment-ChartreuseBouquet-72 Chartreuse Bouquet: Shimmering acid green

FantasyOfFlowers-Pigment-LilyWhite-72 Violet: Vivid bright violet purple

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Fluidline ($16)

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Sassy Moss: Vivid green

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Phlox Garden: Vivid violet

Haute & Naughty Lash ($21)

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Haute & Naughty: Black

Mineralize Skinfinish ($30)

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Perfect Topping: Pale pearlized pink

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Stereo Rose: Copper bronze

Mineralize Blush ($25)

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Azalea in the Afternoon: Mid-tone cool pink

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Petal Power: Coral pink with gold shimmer

Nail Lacquer ($16)

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Pep Pep Pep: Light peach nude (cream)

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Saint Germain: Light cool pink (cream)

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Girl Trouble: Super glitter pink (frost)

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Soiree: Sparkly light bronze gold (frost)

MAC Hautecore Available Next Friday

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Go Hautecore! Black Friday fashionably fires up to hot, hot, haute with the premiere of MAC’s first matte lipstick in true black. Available exclusively online for eCommerce shoppers, only on Black Friday, November 29, starting at midnight. I foresee a cult classic in the making. The lippie is priced at $15. Mark your calendar so you can get it before anyone else!

MAC also has a ton of festive holiday makeup offerings available. Rumor has it, some of the holiday palettes from the MAC Stroke of Midnight collection will be appearing in my Martinis and Mascara Holiday Gift Guide – coming soon! 😉

[P.S. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to click here and vote for me, Katie McBroom, to help me get one step closer to becoming one of Lucky Magazine’s New Voices of Beauty! You can vote every day through Dec. 6. Thank you so much for your support!]

MAC Cosmetics + Rick Baker Collection to Launch the First Week in October

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True story: Special effects makeup was my first love. As you can tell, I focus on beauty now, but I was also trained in special effects makeup and prosthetics. I still absolutely adore the art form (and respect all the friggin’ work) that goes into creating these makeups. With that said, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE MAC + RICK BAKER COLLECTION. Seriously. The thought of this collaboration makes me squee with excitement!

Baker is the mastermind behind the special effects makeup in films like An American Werewolf in London, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Wolfman, and many many more. He’s won like a zillion (or 7) Oscars as well as a multitude of other awards in the realm of creature effects.

So, kudos to MAC for teaming up with the legendary artist on this epic collaboration – launching just in time for Halloween. The collection features products chosen to create three Halloween looks designed exclusively by Baker (Bride, Day of Dead and Zombie).

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This ode to movie makeup magic comes complete with everything you need to create the looks, including Acrylic Paints, Paintsticks, Chromagraphic Pencils,
Set Powder, Monster FX, Penultimate Eye Liner and Chromacake.

The collection hits the online store on Oct. 2 and will be available on counter Oct. 3. Here’s a breakdown of the products:

Lipstick ($15)

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Cyber – deep plum (satin)

Lip Pencil ($15)

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Currant

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Brick

Pro Palette ($44)

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Spider Queen: Dusty Purple – mid-tone neutral purple (satin); Indian Ink – deep; eggplant (matte); Lime – lime green (matte); Carbon – intense black (matte); Deep Purple – bright deep purple (frost); Moss – warm yellow green (frost)

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The Monster’s Bride: Brun muted blackish-brown (satin); Bitter – vivid green with shimmer (velvet); Carbon – intense black (matte); Club – red-brown with green pearl (satin); Mylar – creamy white with shimmer (satin); Omega – soft muted beige-taupe (matte)

Penultimate Eye Liner ($19.50)

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Rapid Black – black

Chromagraphic Pencil ($16)

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Pure White – white

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Hi-Def Cyan – brightened medium-dark sky blue

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Black Black – black

Paintstick ($21)

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Pure White – white

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Set Powder ($30)

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Invisible

Chromacake ($25)

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Pure White – white

Acrylic Paint ($21)

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Pure White – white

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Landscape Green – green

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Black Black – black

Face and Body ($35)

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White – white

Monster FX ($22)

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Dirt – warm yellow-orange brown with slight ochre tones