Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Late to the Party: MAC Vanilla Pigment

There are many benefits to cleaning out and reorganizing your makeup kit. For example, the always delightful "Oh, wow, I forgot I had this!" moment. This happened to me recently when I discovered a tiny jar hidden in the back of one of the trays of my traincase - MAC Vanilla Pigment.

Have you used this product? I've heard lots of people raving about it and it is often mentioned as one of the "must haves" in several MAC Master classes I've taken. I probably picked it up during one of those said classes, gave it a home in my kit, and then promptly forgot about it.

Well it was good timing that I re-discovered it as I had a bridal trial this past Sunday. I was getting ready to apply some highlighter, when it occurred to me that this was a perfect opportunity to make use of the Vanilla pigment!

Now you have to be careful with these because there's no sifter or anything. And in all honesty, I usually avoid pigments because I'm terrified of spilling them everywhere. :) There is a thin plastic lid on top that had just enough pigment on it so I applied it from there using a small duo fiber brush (specifically, my Costco version of the MAC 188 brush).

Making sure to tap off any excess, I applied it to the top of her cheekbones and it looked beautiful! It's one of those colors that you can't really see but as she turns her face, you'll see a really pretty sheen and glow and it really lights up her face! It looks to be golden-pinkish in color with just enough shimmer. I also added a bit to her eyes as well - under the arch of her brows and by her inner tear ducts.

I really loved the overall effect, looked very "bridal" to me. The product is also multi-purpose, I've read how other peeps have actually mixed a bit of the vanilla pigment with their foundation to give their face a more dewy, glowy look!

Let me know if you use this product and what you think about it, or if you have a different "must have" product for highlighting.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Welcome to My "New" Makeup Blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my brand new "Makeup by Audrey" blog. If you glance below, you might be wondering how is this a *new* blog when there are already so many entries. No? Well, I'm going to explain anyway. ;)

Just to give you a little background - I have been blogging on various blogs for several years. I've actually been blogging about makeup specifically since 2008 when I was just discovering my love for it. (No, sadly I'm not one of those makeup artists born with a brush in her hand, haha!) If you go back to my old entries, you can see all my "experiments" with makeup as I went through my learning process. I think it's rather fun to see where I was before compared to where I am now so I decided to carry over all my older posts to this blog. That's why you might see some odd links or references.

This is the very first original post of the brand new "Makeup by Audrey" blog.  I plan to write about my adventures as a makeup artist in addition to the general makeup love. ;)

If there's anything you'd like to see, please let me know! Be sure to follow, subscribe, bookmark, etc :D
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