Art, Activism and Makeup: Interview with Eszter Magyar from @makeupbrutalism

At a time when the view of makeup and its use to deliver a different message is finally changing, the artist and activist Eszter Magyar from @makeupbrutalism, starter of the #uglymakeuprevolution movement, kindly shares her vision and opinions in this interview:

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1. What was the first impression that makeup caused you in your life? 

My mom had a little box, it was some kind of a palette with eyeshadows, lipsticks, glitters etc. but because she was not using makeup, it was more like a toy for me. I remember it had a deep red colour and the word ‘Beautiful’ was written on it.

2. When you started to show interest in makeup, what was the reaction of people surrounding you?

After I started makeup school. People always knew that I was more of an art and fashion person, so it was not a surprise for anyone.

3. Did you already had an artistic conception of makeup when you started your career in it or did it developed with time?

Not at all.  First techniques were exciting enough to catch my attention. So I would say it developed with time definitely.

4. How were the learning experiences you had while studying makeup? Was there ever an artistic approach?

My first school was a great experience. I had a great teacher, who had and has a really elegant, soft style, which I learned from her – but she always said to me, there is so much more and  different things in me and that if I dug deep enough, I would find myself. She was totally supportive. By that time I had no clue what she was talking about honestly.

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5. Is there much creative activity going on in your country/area? And what about specifically creative makeup activity? Was it like this when you were growing up?

Not really, the taste in general is a bit old fashioned in the country where I come from. Even the newer things are more like a copy of the “western” trends. There is not too much room for weirdos or thinkers, that’s why all the talented artists who had the opportunity are living abroad. Sad, But if you want to get out of your comfort zone, you have to move. That’s why I myself moved to Berlin and why I visit London pretty often, so now it’s a bit different for me.

6. What is your vision on the current relationship between beauty standard, the beauty industry and social media?

I think people are not engaged in their own choices and opinions anymore, simply because its not theirs, they just got it ready from social media.

7. When did you start your activism in makeup and how? What made you start?

I don’t know, I just started to experiment on myself.  I was bored by regular makeup solutions. I felt like it was not enough for me. I mean, honestly I wanted to feel like I was making something relevant and important and eyeliners and smokey eyes made didn’t make me feel satisfied. I asked myself: ‘Is that everything?’ Makeup is only a tool to make beauty even more perfect? What is perfection anyways? What is beauty? And I started to ask questions.

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8. Why do you think the public is starting to show interest in ‘different’ styles of makeup?

People are never satisfied with anything, it’s a natural habit to create movements and movements against movements. So I guess this is how we, humankind, work. We love to have choices.

9. How much do you think it is because people are actually interested in understanding it as an art and being more open minded?

I think we should be more respectful with the term art. In a world that is so obsessed with beauty, youth and perfection, seeing something different its like a breath of fresh air.

10. How much do you think it is because being ‘different’ has become another trendy aesthetic?

Oh, probably it helps a lot.

11. What do you think of brands that are generally promoting these high standards of beauty and level of commitment to an image sponsoring these type of artists/accounts?

They need the reach, people need the “tools”. It’s pure business.

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12. How much are they doing it just for exposure in your opinion?

I guess they just see the numbers, but I don’t know. I’m sponsored by one of these brands too, I don’t think that they’re doing it because of my content (since I barely use makeup).

13. Do you think the media is concealing the expansion of this obligation and commitment to an image as ’empowering’, ‘freeing’, ‘pushing the limits’ and ‘breaking the rules’?

Of course, it’s business. But honestly I think it’s good for everyone (to be able to see different kind of approaches, tastes, etc.)

14. In your opinion, are they really making beauty industry more inclusive these days, or just more profitable by welcoming men into their standards?

It’s business. Its money.

15. What kind of role do you see makeup activism playing in all this?

We help them, wanted or unwanted, to showcase all this in a different way. We are part of the lie probably, because they can lean on us, even if they have a different aim.

16. Where do you see the #uglymakeuprevolution movement going? Do you fear it becoming just another ‘trendy’ hashtag to use? Do you think that makeup, or art in general, has to be ugly to be taken seriously? Is ‘pretty’ too mainstream and compliant right now to be exploitable as an appropriate aesthetic for art that delivers a message?

Some people are using it already just as a hashtag which can lead them to be shared on the page, to get more followers. I can totally see that. When I started the hashtag, it was a joke, nothing serious, but after that I realized that there are people who think the same way: makeup should not be only the tool of social pressure to be perfect. It can be playful, it can be creative, it can be anything. So I just let it go its own way, #uglymakeuprevolution is for everyone, so we shape it together.

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17. What is the next step in your activism? What do you think of the idea of it turning into a collaborating artists movement such as Fluxus? Did you ever consider that?

I have lot of plans . I want to do researches, write a book,  do workshops, play together, document that, then exhibit that, it’s like a never ending cycle.

18. Have you ever considered that it will develop into a kind of performatic art? Which other arts does your creativity tend to explore?

There is definitely the chance it will happen occasionally. I love to experiment with every kind of art form, it depends on my mood. But mostly I love to write .

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19. Can you name a few works of art that never cease to inspire your? What do you see in these artworks? (It can be music, paintings, books, movies, any kind of art).

Mostly writers. If I need a little creative boost, I listen to Tibetan bowl sounds. It helps me to get on the same page with myself I guess. Even with writing, even with makeup. But I’m in Love with architecture as well: Brutalism, Modernism, Frank Lloyd Wright and Lautner, and the list goes on and on.

20. What would you say to the artists out there trying to make a statement and deliver a message through makeup?

If you know what to say, just say it. If you don’t, just don’t. Take your time to explore yourself, to find your own inner voice and authentic message.

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All images belong to the artist and were taken with permission from her Instagram page @makeupbrutalism.
You can also find Eszter Magyar in Instagram at @esztermagyarmua and in www.magyareszter.com

Shiny Pretty Things Collection: Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Holidays 2018

Let’s know which MAC Cosmetics products are the stars of this holidays!

If you read the summer version of this post, you might have been wondering what of this year’s holiday collection products from MAC Cosmetics are the ones that you urgently need to purchase before they are gone. MAC Cosmetics is well known for their amazing seasonal collections and collaborations and this year they have definitely rocked our jingle bells with the Shiny Pretty Things collection.

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This collection has been a delight to see all over media and in their stores, a wonderful combination of disco, technicolor and frosted snowflakes wrapped in bright metallic shades. The concept has been ‘Shine like a Disco Ball’ a not without a reason!

I myself have fallen pretty hard for this collection and this top ten is not just the most beautiful and unique products of their collection but my actual recommendations after having tried and loved this collection that will make history for me as the first one that conquered my heart all the way through and not just from outside.

That means, that in this occasion I will also share some of my own pictures and looks that you can find in my Instagram.

Are you ready to see the ten best products of this collection? Don’t let the holidays end without getting yourself your little stash of Christmas lights and sparkly nights till next holidays!

1. Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Snowflushed or Oh Darling

Highlighter has been one of the strong points this holidays. Shiny Pretty Things are shiny and pretty and that says it all. The collection had two amazing highlighters with different hues and finishes that came both in an amazing packaging and with an embossed gift bow that made the delight of the Christmas lovers.

 

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The rosy one, Snowflushed, was a shade particularly created for this collection, an incredibly beautiful duochrome champagne pink that turned gold and copper with some amazing magenta undertones depending on the lightning. For me, this highlighter was truly unique and this is one of the products that I needed to get. The finish is simply awesome and I would say that if you are only going to get one single product from the whole collection, this is the one you are looking for.

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Oh Darling is a soft gold with a much more fluid finish, giving you an almost wet appearance. It is a gorgeous highlighter and this one is part of their regular line, so I wouldn’t stress too much about getting this one unless it is already one of your favorites and you need it in the special packaging. Anyway, if you don’t have a budget and can spend all that you want or if you want it for a gift, it is indeed a beautiful soft gold shade and a wonderful highlighter that will turn heads.

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2. Face Compact Palette

This one is not only beautiful but also really practical. This collection came with two face palettes, in lighter and darker versions, with highlighter, blush and bronzer. You get to try three amazing products in one and you also get to enjoy the festive packaging and embossing. Definitely a must to carry in your handbag at parties or to give as a present to your best friend. There’s little more that you can need than this!

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3. Pink Glow Getter Set

Her comes another of my favorites. I still haven’t got it but if I can find it I definitely will. In this amazing set you get an embossed highlighter in a travel size version (can it be any cuter?), a matching Strobe Cream and (the best part for me) a MAC cheek brush in a wonderful portable size that will make you get the perfect glow in two simple steps.

This set came in both a pink and a gold version, so you can choose your favorite undertone to go with.  I always tend to pink ones so this is the one of my wish list, but I repeat it, the brush makes this set a perfect gift and you need to get it if you are into the glow trend. MAC Cosmetics is not only know for the quality of their makeup but also for the great efficiency of their tools and brushes. If you are like me and you have never been able to afford a MAC brush, let this one be your first and glow to the infinite!

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I also have to say that though they come with the embossing, these highlighter shades are both of their regular line, so if you fall in love don’t worry! You’ll be able to restock them if you need to keep glowing.

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4. Shiny Pretty Lipglass in Rosebuddy

If I had to name a MAC product that is amazingly shiny and amazingly pretty besides highlighters, it would have to be the lipglasses. If you have never tried a lipglass, they are MAC versions of your regular gloss, but taken to the maximum expression. MAC lipglasses have a shine like you have never seen before, and the amount of shimmer, glitter and everything is all you ever needed in a gloss. Say goodbye to regular lip glosses, welcome to Wonderland.

The Shiny Pretty Things collection undoubtedly had to have some special shades for this Christmas, and if I had to pick just one it would be Rosebuddy. There’s no color like red for Christmas and though all the lipglasses in the collection were stunning, this was the most unique and different from the others one. Sure there were some pink and champagne ones that were absolutely gorgeous (like the bright pink Tudor Rose), but you could find shades similar to those in the regular line. On the other hand, you definitely couldn’t find such a perfectly elegant glittery and glossy red lip.

 

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With this one I fell too, just because the reasons I just mentioned. It was too unique a shade to let it pass and I’m a crazy fan of glitter and gloss (because they are shiny and they are pretty). I couldn’t be happier with my decision of going with this shade. The multidimensional gold glitter and the red tint give your lips a look that once you see it on you, you won’t be able to let go.

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5. Shiny Pretty Lipstick in Straight Fire

Metallics are in and the frost finish is the new trend. If you have any doubts about it, check all the latest makeup launches of the holidays, take for example the Marc Jacobs Beauty Leopard Frost collection. The name says it all.

MAC obviously was not going to be less and the Shiny Pretty Things collection included five different shades of lipstick, which from them two were Frost and one was Metallic. Guess which one was my pick for this top ten.

As I said with the lipglass, nothing says Christmas like a good red and nothing says I’m ready to start 2019 like a good metallic. Straight Fire gives you everything you need of a lipstick bullet for this holidays and the year to come.

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Though I was able to try and use this one to create some lovely lip looks, I sadly didn’t purchase it, but if I find it still available I sure will!

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6. Rose Eye Palette

Two palettes were released for this collection, one with blue shades and one with pink shades. Like I have said before, I always tend to go for pink shades though I’m aware that as much as I tend to avoid it, blue is a stunning color that suits most of the people, so I can say that both palettes were absolutely gorgeous and a good product to get if you want to achieve a dazzling party-ready look with just one product (since they also include a double ended brush). But for me, if you had to pick only one of the palettes, the pink one had to be that one. Reds and burgundy are the post party drama suitable colors, and the soft and deep browns ensure you end up achieving a show stopping smokey eye or a monochromatic technicolor look: you choose!

The versatility of this palette makes it a must that you would be able to keep using and loving far past the holidays and all throughout the year.

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7. Shiny Pretty Eyeshadow in Major Win or Make a

Wish

MAC hit the jackpot with these eyeshadows and if you have seen them swatched or someone wearing them, you know what I am talking about. The sparkle effect is so amazing that the finish looks wet. It’s like fairy dust made eyeshadow.

All of the shades of this collection have that stunning effect, but if I had to pick the most unique ones, I would say Major Win and Make a Wish.

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Major Win has a duochrome effect similar to the one in Snowflushed, in fact I would say that they are a perfect pain. It is like a copper/rose shade that turns more marron glacé or more silver depending on the lightning. If you are only going to pick one, this is it, you won’t regret it.

I belong to that probably not small group of people who fell under the spell or Major Win, and though I have used it to create a few looks, the one that I purchase still remains untouched because it is so pretty that it would actually take some time for me to bring myself to start using it (Snowflushed had the same effect on me!).

 

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If I had to pick another eyeshadow shade after Major Win, it would definitely be Make a Wish. This is probably the most directly Christmassy since it is of a beautiful pine green shade but with a great metallic finish and a silver sparkle that will make you fall in love. The amazing that this would look paired with Straight Fire or Rosebuddy on the lips is what made me choose this one as a must. Green and red are always a winning combination, but this one is just better!

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8. Mini Glitter and Pigments Pink Set

If you are a lover of glitter, bold looks and disco, this set was made for you. And it was for sure made for me. Fuchsia, purple, glitter, holographic effects, iridescence… this set has it all. Though this set also came in a gold version with shades more on the nude side, I had to pick this pink version for obvious reasons.

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As I know that my preferences are not the ones of everybody, I can’t say it objectively, but for me, this is the best product in the whole collection.

MAC glitter and pigments are one of the best products of the brand in my opinion and this selection is just beyond stunning. Also the size of the containers is actually bigger than the usual travel sizes, which was a really pleasant surprise!

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9. Black Cherry Sweet Scrub Set

For me, no top ten is complete without a dark lip. And if you have a set that includes a lip scrub, a lip primer, and a dark matte liquid lipstick, I’m all in. The collection came with a lot of sets with combinations of products that were more than convenient to have, but this one is just indispensable.

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With this set, you can actually make a bold statement without wearing anything else but this. The lipstick shade is stunning enough to not need anything else to be the center of attention, and the scrub and primer will leave you lips feeling and looking so good that the lipstick will be just the cherry on top of the cake.

The shade that they chose for this kit is gorgeous, and that deserved a separate note.

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10. Lip Kit

If you were waiting for the collector’s item, this is it.

This set was so good last year that they had to bring it back, and I support that decision. It had such a success that though I’ve spent the whole year drooling over this kit on Instagram, when I went to actually purchase it, it was sold out.

Not only you get ten different lipstick shades that can cover your needs for the whole holidays and the whole year, but you can carry them home in the most stunning packaging ever, a metallic rainbow of pinks, mauves, reds, nudes and purple that fantastically match each shade.

So pretty that you won’t be able to just take one to the party, you’ll need to carry all of them!

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And this is it!

I hope that you enjoyed this top ten and that you feel inspired to get some of these beauties before they are gone.

Take a little bit of this holidays with you till the next ones with this amazing collection and never regret spending your money on it!

I really hope that you all had a holiday as dazzling and amazing as this collection.

Lots of love and see you around here soon!

Top 10 Mac Cosmetics Products for this Summer 2018

Summer is pretty much around the corner even though the weather keeps insisting in proving the opposite.

In no time we will be in a lounge at the beach with a glamorous cocktail in one hand watching the sun go down on our gorgeous tan, or under an umbrella freshly out of the ocean water enjoying the sunlight and the new bikini trends, or in a club at night ready to party in our most favorite dress and our ride waiting at the door. Or at least that’s what we wish for.

Anyhow, if you are either spending this summer in the city or the ocean, we all need that extra boost of glow that makes us feel that it’s summer wherever we are going or whatever we do.

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On the other hand, you know by now that I love MAC Cosmetics products, and when it comes to make you feel like a diva, this brand has always the last word. As every summer, they have also released a great limited edition collection called ‘Mirage Noir‘. I must say that since I assisted to that event when I was able to try it before it came out to the markets, I’ve fallen completely in love with it. But I will talk about that stunning collection in another article dedicated exclusive to it, so if you like Mirage Noir collection, stay tuned!

Going back to the need for a summer boost of glow and confidence and the basics of feeling a diva when the sun starts shinning, we all agree that that is a need with which we are familiar with, and that is the doom (and also the bless!) of every summer. We want to look fabulous but struggle to know how to achieve that ‘too glam to care’ vibe.

And for that special purpose, today I bring you a selection of 10 products from MAC that I choose specially with that idea in mind: what would you need this summer to glow day and night?

  1. MAC PREP + PRIME FIX+ (SHIMMER) IN ‘GOLDLITE’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEThe first of all if that if you are ever in a hurry is making sure you are going to end up looking splendorous enough no matter how much time you put into the rest of your make up. There has to be that one magical product that ensures that you leave feeling and looking perfect and that the rest or makeup process and the whole day is a full success. For that, there’s nothing better than the new Fix Plus with shimmer that comes in two versions, Pinklite (with pink shimmer) and Goldlite (with gold shimmer).

    Though I have the Pinklite one, I’ve tried both and for the purpose of this list, the Goldlite is this key product. The golden shimmer is perfect for summer and for giving you a fresh glow appearance in just a couple of spritzes. Also, it serves both as a primer for your make and as a fixer. It is just the wonder bottle. The Fix Plus has always been a top product but with this new twist, there’s no way you can resist the need to bathe yourself in this magical mist to glow and feel fresh all through the summer.

  2. MAC STROBE CREAM IN ‘PEACHLITE’

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    This moisturizer is a total must for this summer. While hydrating your skin, it gives an amazing glow and fresh look due to the pearly particles in it. Strobing in a bottle! This strobe cream comes in different tones but the Peachlite, with its pink peach pearly shade is the perfect one for this summer. The pink/peach tones boost the youth and freshness of every skintone, and the mix of silvery and golden undertones makes any skin seem full of light and life. The perfect highlighter and the perfect color correction for dull skins or for those who want to add a special ‘healthy glow’ finish to their skins.

    Also, MAC has a body version of this strobing magic, that you can get and pair up with your favorite Strobe Cream and be the girl with the best looking tan in all the beach. Even if you are in the office.

  3. MAC EXTRA DIMENSION HIGHLIGHTER IN ‘SHOW GOLD’

    MAC COSMETICS DEATHLESSVOGUEWe all know that MAC highlighters are one of the best ones out there. Not only they highlight as if you were hit by the light of heavens, but it feel luxurious. The texture, the smell, the fine satin-like powder, the iridescence… The magic. They are the highlighter you need if you feel is lacking that extra glam that you need to accomplish everything in life.

    This is one personal opinion, you have never felt as good with a highlighter on that with the ones from MAC. And now, leaving my obsessions aside, I can say this shade, which I own of course because it’s gorgeous, is the perfect match for the Peachlite Strobe Cream. This shade, ‘Show Gold‘, is a rose gold peachy color with heaps and heaps of warm and cold iridescent shimmer.

    The consistency of this one is just perfect. So smooth you can hardly feel it’s a powder. A delight to be applied. And as we have said before, perfect, as the Peachlite Strobe Cream, for all skin tones to boost their natural glow and take it through the roof. What can be better for summer than ‘Show Gold‘?

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  4. MAC PEARLMATTE FACE POWDER: MOTHER O’ PEARL

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    The  jewel of the crown.
    As you might know, MAC launches limited editions every summer, and let me say that  the collection of this year is plainly amazing. Since I was able to try the products before they went out in the market in an event at my MAC store, I have had the opportunity to know this collection in depth and I can just say that I’m in love. But we’ll see all that in the article about the collection.
    The thing is, if MAC already has a collection for the summer, how could I not pick some of these products into my summer list.

    This one here is simply the best product in the collection. It is gorgeously design, beside from the amazing duochromatic packaging all the products from the collection have, it smells pure and luxurious, and the shades just have me crazy. You can use these powder all over your face using all the shades to give you a special tan/fuchsia/illuminated instant good looking face. But you can also use it as a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter, choosing which shades of the pattern you want to take with your brush, either if you want to use them separately, all together or in combination, this face powder is just the best.

    In addition, it gives a glorious pearly but matte finish, and only comes in this divine combination of perfectly chosen shades, called Mother O`Pearl.
    I own this one too and I can only say that it’s sold out for a reason.

  5. M·A·C STUDIO FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘LIGHT PEARL’

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    If you are already familiar with the Face and Body Foundation form MAC, prepare  yourself for the summer twist in this one. In the Mirage Noir collection we can find two Face and Body shades that are specially formulated to bronze and shimmer our skin like we have just arrived to a party after a long day at the beach.

    The pearly glow in this one is gorgeous and though there are only two shades, they are really translucent and blend perfectly with all the skin tones. If you are already in your most tan version, use the Medium Deep Pearl shade, but for every day use and to look perfectly sunny at all occasions, I recommend the Light Pearl one! If you have time and a MAC store where you live, go and swatch this because its bronzing magic is amazing.

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  6. MAC LIPGLASS / MIRAGE NOIR IN ‘MIDNIGHT DIP’

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    The last product in this list from the Mirage Noir collection couldn’t be other than one of the luscious Lipglasses designed specially by MAC for this summer. This one here, ‘Midnight Dip‘, is the perfect combination of a gloss and a dark lip. The shimmery particles in it makes it a gorgeous color that can turn any look into a success in seconds. If you pair it with Treasure Beach (bright pink), as I did in one look for Instagram, the dimension you can achieve is simply stunning. This is by far my most favorite gloss of the summer and though I still don’t own it, it’s definitely on my wishlist.

    This color is ten times more beautiful when you actually try it than here in the pictures, so as I usually recommend with everything, if you have a store anywhere near, go and try this because I couldn’t have fallen in love harder when I did.

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  7. MAC IN EXTREME DIMENSION WATERPROOF MASCARA IN ‘DIMENSIONAL BLACK’

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    Because who doesn’t love a great waterproof mascara for the season of heat, pools and beach. MAC Extreme Dimension Waterproof mascara ensures that your glamorous looking lashes are going to stay volumized, lengthened, pitch black and in place all through your pool party, your day at the beach or your clubbing night.

    A waterproof mascara is a must for every summer and this one will just exceed your expectations. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging with the neon effect teal letters all over it?

    Don’t leave anyone indifferent to your look and apply two coats of this mascara to have that killer queen gaze that make heads turn!

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  8. MAC LIQUIDLAST LINER IN ‘WET ROAD’

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    Yes, an eyeliner seems to be always a must. But it’s summer and the party has started. Ditch your regular black eyeliner for when the holidays are over and head to this wonderful pearly silver shade of the MAC Liquidlast Liner, ‘Wet Road‘.

    Get creative with it or just do your usual winged eyeliner, I assure you that with this awesome liner you won’t leave anyone indifferent.

    Even if you wear it alone or you use it as the cherry on the top a dark glossy lips and full lashes look, this will make you look and feel as if you are ready to slay the night. Disco ball and everything.

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  9. MAC GRAND ILLUSION LIQUID LIPCOLOUR IN ‘SPACE BUBBLE’
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    If you have already seen this line of lipcolours, you understand why it is in this list. The Grand Illusion lipcolours combine iridescence, a metallic finish and almost like a duochrome effect full of multidimensional shimmery particles that will take you out of space. This particular color, ‘Space Bubble‘ is a double deep reed bright pink  with golden shimmer gorgeousness potion that will be perfect for the days you want to be the center of attention.

    The holographic effect in this one is amazing too, is its really comfortable to apply, hydrating, and as a plus it has a refreshing effect that will plump your lips to even further galaxies. If you like special effects lipcolours, you have to try this line! I have and I just can say that it’s twice as marvelous as you imagine it at the very least.
    This close up doesn’t do justice to how stunning it is but if you search for swatches you’ll become a believer!

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  10. MAC DAZZLEGLASS IN ‘DATE NIGHT’

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    Finally, this list couldn’t be completed without one of the Dazzleglasses. If you haven’t seen this everywhere you are the lucky person that lives in a cave or under a rock that I aspire to be. But MAC Dazzleglasses are really a thing. They took the concept of the lip gloss, made the Lipglasses, and now the next level are the stunning Dazzleglasses, a lip gloss infused with glitter, shimmer, and every kind of iridescence, pearly and holographic particles you can imagine.

    Date Night‘ is a gorgeous color well, for date nights and for every night. The deep magenta shade in this pairs perfectly with the fuchsia concept of the Mirage Noir collection, or what is the same, the idea of MAC of this summer 2018. For me, I could hardly leave aside more than one or two Dazzleglasses since they all seem gorgeous to me, but this is clearly the most special for me. When deep and rich shades and amazing finishes are combined, I’m all in.

    If I manage to get one of these, I’ll probably wear it every single night of the summer. Who needs spotlights when you can shine so bright on your own! Just look at that, isn’t that the prettiest thing you have ever seen?

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And that’s it! I hope you enjoy my selection and that you can get yourself one of these to make your summer as divine as you. Don’t forget to share your own MAC Cosmetics favorites for summer!
Lots of love!

Glow: The 2018 Trend

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This 2018 the glow trend is not going to allow to be moved from its throne. One more year, we find that a luminous, dewy and youthful skin with touches of strobing is still the most wanted look, in and out of red carpets and runways. It’s that shine that lets light come through your skin and that totally gives you that ‘healthy glow’ ‘I don’t need make-up’ effect.

What is the glow?

First, it came the contouring, enhancing your features by using make-up products to strategically darken your face in the areas that suit your bone structure better to achieve a more sophisticated look. Then, it came the strobing, where you did the exact opposite thing: highlight your face in the areas where light would naturally hit your features to make them look more defined, giving your whole look an ethereal, fairy-like appearence that boosted your face structure in a much more dreamy, elegant way than contouring.

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Now, the glow has taken it to the next level. Instead of taking care of just some areas of your features, its purpose is to give your whole face a radiant look, mixing make-up products with efficient cosmetics to make your skin shine like it was naturally that luminous. The result is a dewy finish that gives the impression that you don’t need to wear, and even that you are in fact not wearing, any make-up. The skin looks healthy, shining, enhaced and ready to bite!

How to achieve it?

Make-up brands and cosmetic houses are starting to launch specific products that are formulated to give you this glow look, but you can also use a few tips and tricks to achieve it without having to buy any of these (or to see if you like how it looks on you before buying them!). You can use other products that you already have in your make-up stash, pay attention!

  • Applying foundation with some liquid highlighter: Liquid options of luminizers like L’Oreal Liquid Highlighter can be mixed with your foundation to give to your complexion that extra glowy look. If your foundation alone seem a bit dull, don’t hesitate to mix it with a drop or two of your favorite liquid highlighter. Mix it well before applying it to your face (I recommend using a sponge or a beauty blender). Also, you can apply these drops directly to your face in specific points and then proceed to blend it all out while you apply your foundation. Girl meets Pearl from Benefit work wonders too with this method!

 

  • Mixing your favorite BB cream with some moisturizer: If you already have a naturally dewy skin, why cover it up? Most of the time our skin looks healthier without make-up than with a full face of foundation and powder. This effect can look cakey and make you look older, so if you only want to boost your skin tone a little bit, mix your favorite BB cream with a moisturizer or primer that promotes healthy looking skin and you are good to go! You can always top it up with a little highlighter if you want that extra sparkle on your look.

 

  • Using just primer and cream highlighter: If you already have a primer that makes your skin look superb, don’t lose this effect under layers of make-up. When using very few products on your face I always recommend using liquid or cream form highlighter, since I think that the powder one looks best on top of a full face of make-up while it can look a little ‘fake’ and ‘overdone’ on a natural looking skin. After your moisturizer, just prime your face (use one that reduces pores or redness and you’ll be looking fabulous) and then highlight your features with some cream highlighter. Blend it well with your fingers and work it onto the primer to make it look like the shine comes right through your skin.

 

  • Mixing your moisturizer with liquid highlighter: As you can see it’s all about the mixing. Liquid highlighter is as versatile as that. If your moisturizer is one that leaves your skin so healthy looking that you don’t need make-up at all, mix it with some liquid highlighter and apply it as you normally would. The glow is guaranteed, just don’t exceed yourself with adding the highlighter! If you want to perk it up a little you can add some more highlighter to strategic points of your face and use some concealer to cover your dark circles. You’ll never look as youthful and natural!

Specific Products

If you have tried the trend and you’ve fallen in love, here you have some products specifically designed to achieve it:

  • Extra Glow Skincare Palette from Bobbi Brown
  • S.O.S Primer Booste l’éclat from Clarins
  • Météorites Heart Shape from Guerlain
  • Strobe Cream from M.A.C.
  • Wash+Glow Cleanser from NIA

The Extra Tip

Always remember to use sunscreen, that protects your skin from getting wrinkles and dark spots sooner than you should (and obviously protects you against some serious skin problems). The key to this look is health and youth so search for a good sunscreen and start applying it every day if you are not already doing it. Yes, every day! Also, if your BB cream or usual moisturizer already has sunscreen on it, congratulations, you hit jackpot.

So this is it, I really hope you enjoyed this and you try the methods I shared if you like the ‘glow’ look! Do you think this is a trend that will last?
Share your opinions and looks!