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Going mental in MAC

Sunday, 23 May 2010

So then, Thursday saw Shell and I toddling off to MAC to have our makeup done for the wedding. Is this classed as a makeover? Makeup consultation? Anyway, not that it really matters, the main point is that we went to have it done. I am almost entirely clueless when it comes to makeup. I don't own much, I don't get most of the terminology and the need for a different brush for everything and I don't know how to apply things in clever ways. The plan was to get a professional to show me how it's done and then practise it myself so that I can recreate it myself on the day (we're not having a makeup artist when we're getting ready).

I must say, they're very good. Lots of explaining things in a non patronising way - especially good for clueless people like me - and I got this handy list thing of all the products used. The face looks nothing like my actual makeup though as I think half the stuff she used didn't show up properly on the paper. Anyway, it's fun to have it!

Girls who post FOTD pics, I am very impressed with you! I found it most difficult to take pics of my face in a way that actually showed off the makeup. I wasn't helped by the fact that we zoomed straight onto a dress fitting where I nearly fainted twice (!) and had to wipe most of it off as I was in a cold sweat (uck!!) Cue a slightly comedy moment though when Shell (whilst fanning the back of my neck to try and cool me down) said "Have you gone pale?", looked at my face and then declared "You've got so much makeup on that I can't tell."

So there are no photos of it done properly, so to speak, but in the first outfit pic on my last post some of it still remains. The eye makeup lasted quite well though - this photo was taken about 10 hours after it was put on and there's only a bit of creasing:

I tried not to spend a lot, I really did. I was as sensible as possible - she used about 20 different products on me and I didn't buy all of them. But what do you do when you don't already own most of the stuff that you need to recreate a look? And quite frankly I'm bored of being sensible with money. I get no thrill from saving. So this time I ignored the voices inside my head shrieking "HOW much? On MAKEUP?!!", and handed over the credit card. It will get paid off in full once I get paid next week and the products will last me a long time so it's not the worst thing I could have spent the dosh on.

The full haul!
Face L-R - Mineralize Blush in Dainty, Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium, Select Moisturecover in NW20 and Prep & Prime.

Eyes. Annoyingly I forgot to buy the Painterly stuff (I think it's a primer of some sort?) but L-R - eyeshadows in Mylar, Omega & Gazette Grey and pigment in Pink Opal, with eye kohl in Phone Number at the back.

Gazette Grey- bah to the camera for not showing it up well but it's got the most gorgeous deep shimmer to it and isn't deadening like a lot of grey eyeshadows.

Lips - lip pencil in Subculture and Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait. The colours aren't as dissimilar as they look here! She did use a pinker gloss when doing the makeup but I'm really not a fan of pink so went for this slightly nuder shade instead.

Obviously not from MAC! My vague attempt to economise and take advantage of a 3 for 2 deal at Boots - 17 concealer stick in Extra Fair, eyebrow pencil in Natural Brown and bronzing powder in Light.

And these too, cos I realised I have virtually no makeup brushes and I wasn't paying MAC prices for brushes as well as makeup!! The handle on the Celia Birtwell foundation brush is just divine and I really liked the bamboo handled eco friendly set.

So that's it, no more makeup for me until 2011! Here's hoping I can manage to make myself look half decent for the wedding photos!


  1. Looks like you've got a brilliant selection Alex. I'm so jealous! Would love a complete make-up overhaul - ditch the lot and start again! xx

  2. Lucky you - it's nice to have a splurge once in a while. I was looking for a total spend at the end of that, can you just not bring yourself to add it up lol?
    Kandi x

  3. your eyes have a beautiful colour!

  4. Your eyes are so pretty! :)
    Mac is worth spending money on.
    I remember being on a plane & having about $100 left. Until I saw what was on offer in duty page - i bought the entire page of Benefit which had my brothers jaw dropping! :L x

  5. Your eyes look so pretty! I'm in awe of all that beautifully packaged make-up, I used to have a serious habit many moons ago and I still gaze in wonder at the wondrous colours on the Dior counter.

  6. I am so jealous of your smooth undereye area! I have had quite a few attempts at taking photos of my eyemakeup and find that the flash takes all the colour out, but without and the fine lines really show up terribly and look much worse than in real life, honest. Anyway, my point is you have great eyes and the make up looks fab.
    You must have spent a fortune but you may as well have it all in one go, I love the CB foundation brush handle too but was too tight to buy it. I love going for makeovers and intend to once I am clear skinned.

  7. Oooohh you've got yourself the full kit and kaboodle there! I think you will be able to do a fab job. I'm doing my own makeup for my wedding and sometimes I think that because we obviously know our own faces better than a MA, we can create a more suited look.
    Good luck and keep us posted! xxx

  8. Ooh what lovely buys! Where did you get the Ecotools brushes from? I've heard lots of great things about them! Did you go to the MetQuarter MAC? I always think the makeup artists are lovely in there :)

  9. ooohhh MAC make-up...they're too expensive here but i would love to grab me some of them...

    i learned about make-up from seventeen mag actually..or cosmo..hehe.

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

  10. aaaah i want all your make-up! MAC is fab!

  11. It's a good investment! Good quality make up is always worth it.

  12. Oh I wish I was more into make-up, i'm just hopeless with it..could totally do with a lession myself!

  13. Make up is definitely worth spending on, it lasts for ages so the CPW is almost nothing.


  14. Fab selection, and all in colours that can be used everyday, so it makes sense to buy it all really!

  15. oh i love that celia birtwell brush, is it from boots?


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