My friend Rita introduced me to the magic of makeup in my 2nd year of University and the day I graduated I “splurged” on MAC Cosmetics. Rita will be the first to tell you that within 6 months of my first ever MAC splurge, I had accumulated in my collection, two of every single taupe-like shade of lipstick and eye shadow MAC made. Somewhere along the way, my love of MAC makeup was replaced by NARS, Bobbi Brown, YSL Beauty, Stila, etc. and I forgot all about MAC cosmetics.
I love makeup. Makeup doesn’t care if you gain 30 lbs from 2 years of emotional eating due to non-stop layoffs at work. Makeup helps you look your best even on your worst days. And, makeup always fits. It’s the best sort of retail therapy. Even though I’m nowhere even nearly as into it as the amazing beauty bloggers out there; I’ve ventured well past my taupe days. In fact, recently, I wore a black suit with a white camisole to work one day, with… would you believe it… bright red lipstick. (Okay so usually I don’t wear much makeup to work – just foundation, powder and eyebrow pencil).
My red lip work day was a breakthrough day for me. I was raised to believe that serious girls who have brains should not care about makeup and yet, I was that kid that would rifle through my mom’s dresser drawers looking for pretty makeup whenever my parents went out and left my sister and I home alone… to study… you know, like serious girls with brains do all the time. They study. So wearing a red lipstick to work that day was like I was fighting every little cell in my body that is trained to think that is wrong.
I’ve come to realize lately, being a woman in my line of career is challenging enough, just by way of being a woman. You can dress like a boy all you want – it’s not going to help. To them, you’re still just a woman and regardless of what you dress like, you still have to work twice as hard as your male counterpart for half the reward. But I believe that dressing in a way that makes you feel attractive yet bold, gives you an edge. I’ve talked about the importance of looking put together a number of times on the blog before. Now I’m adding a new layer to that – be bold. Whether that’s through clothes or makeup and in your actions. Be bold.
That red lip day, I had this huge urge to go to MAC Cosmetics after work. I hadn’t been to MAC in ages! As for MAC products, I’d only been routinely ordering the Studio Fix Powder Foundation online for years. That’s it. As soon as I walked into MAC, I just fell in love with the line all over again. The only other makeup line that offers that many shades of foundation is Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, and I can’t even think of another makeup company that offers as many rich, bold and deep shades of eye shadow colors, never mind the shades and textures of lip colors. It felt so good to rediscover my love of MAC Cosmetics and I’m certainly back to MAC!
Now that I’ve rambled on about being bold at work and how I went back to MAC Cosmetics… seems like I’ve been on two different tangents here and yet, what I really wanted to talk about in this blog post are my favorite pieces of MAC makeup right now – in a mix of neutrals and bolds.
I decided to give the custom palette a try and what a game changer! A palette made up with only colors and products I want! No more buying palettes that have one color I like and 30 others I can’t be bothered to try.
The Brow Sculpt Brow Pencil in the color spiked is my absolute favorite eyebrow pencil right now. It’s much like the Bobbi Brown one I’ve talked about before but at a fraction of the price.
I still want the Fenty Beauty foundation in the #280 as soon as it’s back in stock because I just have to try it. But the Studio Fix line from MAC really satisfies my coverage needs. Depending on the day I’ll wear one vs. the other. I reach for the liquid Studio Fix (my shade is NC42 in the liquid) when I want to really go all out with makeup. If I’m just doing a 5-minute quick makeup for a polished look, I go with the powder version (in the shade NC43) that I typically just apply with the sponge it comes with. I find these quite comparable to the NARS tinted moisturizer and the Radiant Creamy Concealer (which I always have in my makeup drawers in the shade, Biscuit).