New to makeup? Want to buy M.A.C products but not sure what to buy? Read on for my M.A.C essentials.
I often get asked by makeup newbies or M.A.C virgins – what should I or what do I need to buy from M.A.C? This post will identify the M.A.C essentials I recommend you start with.
Can’t wait to find out? They are:
- M.A.C Foundation – Studio Fix Fluid or M.A.C Pro Longwear
- M.A.C Powder Eyeshadows in “Satin Taupe” and/or “Woodwinked”
- M.A.C Plushglass in “Big Baby”
- M.A.C Lipstick in a neutral shade
M.A.C Foundation – Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 /M.A.C Pro Longwear SPF 10
Get yourself a flawless base!
Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15
A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients. Oil free.
Pro Longwear SPF 10
A long-wear foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. Lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. Even in hot and humid conditions, controls oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. Provides everyday SPF protection (not available in Australia).
Sistas, we all know it is difficult to find a foundation to match darker complexions, particularly in my home country of Australia where no drug store brands carry the darker shade range which are sold in the United States.
Brown, black or mixed race skin (like I have) has different coloured undertones than white skin – mainly yellow or red.
To cater for the broad range of skin tones M.A.C not only has varying shades of foundation (thirty different shades in the Studio Fix Fluid range) – but has gone one step further by dividing up the shades into either warm or cool undertones. The cooler based foundation has yellow undertones and is labelled NC (cool) whereas the warmer based foundation has pinker undertones and is labelled NW (warm).
I have golden/olive undertones in my skin so I wear NC and I am the shade 35, which would mean I wear NC35 foundation. M.A.C uses this shading formula right across their face products ie. concealer and select powders.
To those in the makeup world revealing your M.A.C foundation shade is a universally accepted language and understood – it’s pretty incredible how two letters and a number speaks volumes of your skin tone and suitable products where other shade descriptors ie. tan, medium remain ambiguous.
The best way to find out your M.A.C face shade is to visit a M.A.C counter and get colour matched.
You can apply Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and Pro Longwear SPF 10 foundation with your fingers, a foundation brush, a Beauty Blender or a sponge.
I would advise getting the M.A.C Pro Longwear SPF 10 foundation if you work in a job where you work long days of 8+ hours and need your foundation to go the distance and be fade proof. The formula is different to Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 and as a result the shades differ slightly. I find Pro Longwear has a touch more of a matte finish than SFF.
M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 AUD $49 for 30ML USD $27
M.A.C Pro Longwear SPF 10 USD $30 for 30ML
M.A.C Satin Taupe and/or Woodwinked powder eyeshadows
These two eye shadows are in my opinion the most unique and universally flattering of the permanent M.A.C powder shadows. I have reviewed the pair of them in my M.A.C neutral palette HERE.
Eye looks don’t always require two, three, four or more colours. These two babies are perfect solo on the eye. They both have a buttery smooth texture and are very easy to blend.
Satin Taupe (Frost)
It is a taupe shadow with a silver shimmery sheen to it – with a frost finish.
Do you covet Kim K’s smoky eye look? Well Satin Taupe will help you recreate that look. It’s the perfect shadow for a fail proof smoky eye for those who run screaming from the idea of using black shadow – or those just starting out.
For those Tweeps out there (Twitter people) you may know Kanye Breast (Resha) in the below video she is showing you how to wear a Satin Taupe look (you don’t have to follow all of Resha’s steps if you’re confident, it’s fine to stop after patting on ST and blending the harsh edges) :
Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl)
Woodwinked is an antiqued warm gold with a Veluxe Pearl finish *can I get a hell yeah?*
A pretty golden neutral – perfect for work or with any bright clothing. I always grab Woodwinked when I want to wear a bright lipstick (pink, orange, coral, purple), as this shade is neutral enough yet has enough golden punch. This colour looks particularly good in summer with a tan – however is fab all year round and undoubtedly is a staple in my kit.
It looks bawse on brown, green, hazel or blue eyes.
I actually layer Woodwinked over Indianwood a ‘to die for’ golden light bronze cream eyeshadow called a M.A.C Paint Pot. It accentuates Woodwinked and acts almost like an adhesive – a primer.
You apply it to the lids with a flat or fluffy shadow brush, blend it into the crease then blend edges with a fluffy blending brush.
If you want a highlight shade to pop under your brow and to blend Satin Taupe or Woodwinked – they are easily dupeable – grab any vanilla, or yellow based light shadow from another brand if you don’t already have one in an eyeshadow trio or quad.
AUD $33.00/USD $15.00
Pan Refill AUD $26.00/ USD $11.50
M.A.C Plushglass Big Baby
I’m a bonafide gloss addict. I have a number of M.A.C Lip Glasses but have never really liked how they would wear and sit in the crease of my lips – then I discovered Plushglasses. Ugh. Swoon.
So what the heck is a Plushglass?
It is a sheer lip colour with a pearlized high-shine gloss finish. Comfortable to wear: lush, multi-dimensional. Gives a cool-warm, vanilla buzz to the lips. Moisturizes, soothes and visibly plumps the lips to make them look luxuriously healthy and well-conditioned. Contains vitamin E for added environmental protection.
Big Baby is a peach with a pink and white pearl. It’s perfect on it’s own as a neutral pink lip which adds instant sophistication to your face or layered over a lipstick for a sexy pout. It wears well throughout the day or night.
AUD $39.00 / USD $19.50
Pink neutral – Hue (Glaze -Soft Pale Pink), Angel (Frost – Soft Pink)
Brown neutral – Hug Me (Lustre – Flesh Pink), Freckletone (Lustre – Neutral Peach)
M.A.C are known for their extensive lipstick range. Like the eyeshadows – they too have their own finish categories. You can read all about the ten categories here.
You should really add a neutral lipstick to your collection – which colour you choose will be dependent on your lip colour. I have listed browner shades as well as pinker shades. Note I have written neutral and not nude.
I don’t have anything against nude lipsticks, in fact I own quite a few, however I feel that M.A.C beginners should probably pick a lipstick that has some injection of colour to bring life to your lips yet is neutral enough to wear with a lot of eye and cheek combinations. Nude lips can also surprisingly be a lot of effort to wear (with additional liners and gloss) and are very easy to get wrong.
Sistas, I would strongly suggest steering clear of Crème’d Nude and Myth lipsticks unless you want to look like a corpse.
AUD $36.00 / USD $14.50
M.A.C is a higher end brand – they have quality cosmetics and a lot of them.
Remember, you can build your collection over time – my M.A.C collection certainly wasn’t acquired in one huge transaction – it grew with practice and confidence.
I understand that it can be overwhelming when you go to the M.A.C counter – hopefully this post has helped you navigate the huge range to identify a select few M.A.C essentials.
You can buy all these products at M.A.C counters around the world check the website for details and for online purchase.