Thursday, 21 March 2013

A MAC makeover

It's time for me to learn to put on a grown-up face. Well, I thought so, anyway. I'm nearly 30, so I wanted to work out how to more effectively highlight the good parts!

My self-timer photos are improving! 50mm, f/3.5, 1/200s, ISO 100, flash -1 exp

It cost $150 (redeemable) to spend 90 minutes with a make-up artist at MAC, working on a particular look. Caitlin at Westfield St Lukes was brilliant. She took me through what she was doing, literally one product at a time. She did the left side of my face, and I had to replicate it on the right.

Caitlin gave great instructions, and at the end she drew all my make-up on a face chart. I asked for a more detailed description of my eyes, so that it's easier to replicate. Then she listed all the items we used, so I can come back later with bundles of cash!


I spent a liiiiiiitle bit more than the redeemable amount. Actually, a lot more. This make-up has to last me for the rest of my life now. MAC cosmetics are moderately priced in some parts of the world. In New Zealand they are high-end. Here, we just have stuff that is cheap and stuff that is expensive. Nothing in-between.

I ended up buying:
  • Satin Lipstick - Brave
  • Pro Longwear Blush - Blush All Day
  • Powder Blush - Taupe Shape (for contouring)
  • Mineralize Skinfinish - Soft and Gentle
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot - Vintage Selection
  • Eye Shadow x 4 - Inner Strength
  • False Eyelashes - 1 Lash

For me, this was akin to having my colours done. A one-off, that will give me something to keep in mind when I want to look my best.

Have you ever tried to learn a new make-up or grooming skill? How did it go? Is it something you'd do again?

14 comments:

  1. beautiful, lovely & soft. beware though, MAC can be addictive. I started with 1 mascara & now I have a truckload....gradually of course :)

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    1. Thank you :-)

      Oh, I know about the addiction - you wouldn't believe the case of MAC I already had!

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  2. Ooooh, nice!!! I should probably get something similar done. Way back in 1998, I had my make up done at Clinique, and ended up with a bazillion dollars worth of make up for the year 10 formal, at least half of which I never used again. It would be good to learn how to actually do my make up properly!

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    1. I've already used all the products I bought, so I hope that doesn't happen to me! You should definitely give it another shot, when the opportunity arises :-)

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  3. Oooh, I do love the idea of this. You look great! Makeup is not something I wear often... a slick of mascara is dressed up for me! But then there's the odd occasion where I want a little more... especially around the eyes. The lady who I got my colours done with also gave me lipstick colours - and I LOVE them. So maybe with the right equipment... I might have to investigate this :)

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    1. I occasionally wear zero makeup to work (and I'm not sure anybody notices). I feel more 'prepared' when I'm wearing a bit of blush, mascara, eyeshadow and lippy though.

      I can't speak for what other brands/artists are like, but I found this a worthwhile lesson. I'd love to know if you go for it!

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  4. Pretty! As far as I'm concerned MAC is pretty high end here as well.

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    1. Thank you!

      Interesting. I was going by prices - where a MAC lipstick is US$15 on the US website, I pay NZ$45 (which works out to be US$37). Crazy, huh?

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  5. Looking good Kat - nice makeup.

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  6. I almost never wear make up, but I have no idea what I'm doing when I do. So I think this would be helpful for me, but since I only wear make up 5 times a year, I'm not sure it would be worth the dollars.

    You look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's rare that people say anything that nice to me :-) You've made my day.

      I think if you had the money lying around, it would be worth it... but I can imagine it wouldn't be a priority! If it weren't for a certain upcoming event, I probably wouldn't have splurged :-)

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