Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.


* Less is more. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.

* Using a foundation brush can help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend MAC #190 foundation brush.



* Set your foundation with a spray to take away any cakiness. Try MAC Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.

* Check under natural light to make sure there are no streaks.

* For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer or simply make your own by mixing your foundation with your moisturizer.

* When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.

* If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.



The Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo ($16.50) are all very pretty, heavily pigmented and give a shimmery, metallic finish. They are bigger than MAC’s regular pot eyeshadows and similar to the Mineralize Eyeshadows that were released before. The only downside is their fragile nature. Like the regular MAC Mineralize Skinfinshes, these are baked in Italy and they can break easily. I say get all of them if you do not have similar colors.



Illusionary/Burning Ambition: White gold with gold pearlized pigments/Chocolate brown with soft gold pearlized pigments
Bright Side/Gallery Gal: Champagne gold/soft olive green
Persona/Screen Vinyl: White with silver pearlized pigments/Charcoal grey with silver pearlized pigments
Heat/Element: Rich yellow gold/Rusty Red Brown
Interview/Purple-x: Rose Pink/Deep purple with pink pearlized pigments

I already own Shimpagne so I picked up Shooting Star and Porcelain Pink Mineralize Skinfinishes ($23.50). Shooting Star, the darkest out of the three, is a soft caramel tan with gold sparkle which is a great color for contouring. Shimpagne is a shimmery beige color. It is great as a highlighter and it makes my NC30 skin glow. I also use it for contour. Porcelain Pink is a shimmery pale pink and it adds a irridescent pink glow and would look great on the apples.



There are four Fluidlines ($14.50). Lithograph is a charcoal color. It is very pretty and the perfect color for doing a smoky eye. New Weed is a deep khaki with gold pearlized pigments which is a lot darker than MAC’s Sweet Sage fluidline. Graphic Brown is a deep chocolate brown with shimmer and almost a liquid version of MAC Teddy eye kohl. It is very pretty and would look great on light eyes. Frostlite, the only one that is not limited edition, is a warm white with gold pearl. I thought it would be great to use in the waterline but it is too sheer and does not stay on.

MAC’s new Patternmaker Collection was finally released last Thursday with Nordstrom’s anniversary sale!

Consisting of Circularity, Pattern Pink, Smoke Ring and Darkspot, together with Star Violet and Shimmermoss, the 6 Cool Eyes Palette ($35) looks *really* pretty even in person. All the colors are new except for Star Violet and Shimmermoss which are both exisiting veluxe pearl colors. Circelearite, is a light beige with silver sparkles in a lustre formula; Patter pink is a frosty rich baby pink; Smoked Ring is a veluxe deep purple with silver specks and Dark Spot is another veluxe pearl gunmetal grey with silver pearlized pigments. I was very tempted to get it but when I swiped the shades onto my hand, I was very disppointed. The only shades that show up pigmented were Star Violet, Shimmermoss and Darkspot. Smoke Ring, despite looking gorgeous on the pan, barely showed up and Circularity and Pattern Pink are pretty but not unique enough.



The 6 Warm Eyes Palette ($35) contains Shroom, Swimming, Shadowy Lady, Equibeige, Unsquare and Rich Symbol. The first three shades are all repromotes. Aqua Beige is a frosty soft khaki beige with silver speckles; Rich Symbol is a frosty penny Brown with gold pearlized pigments and Unsquare is a veluxe rich brown with red undertones. Like the cool palette, the colors are very pretty and coordinate very well with one another. All of them are shimmery except Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. As for the pigmentation, they all showed up well except the Unsquare and Shadowy Lady. I already own 3 of the colors in this palette so I ended up passing on it.



The Powder Blush ($17) looked kind of boring in the pan despite the pretty packaging. Over Print is a blushed up coral and Flush Naked is a mid-tone coral peach. They are both matte and out of the two, Flush Naked is definitely the prettier one. I can totally see Flush Naked working on light to medium skintones but Over Print looks a little too dark and bright.



The Iridescent Powders ($20) are so much prettier than the blushes! There are two of them – Free Form and Belightful. Free Form is a golden peach and Belightful is a gilded peach bronze. They are both very shimmery and highly pigmented. I highly suggest them as highlighters!

It has been absolutely sizzling here in Chi-town for the past few days so I wanted to do an entry on sunscreens and clear up some of the misconceptions about them.