MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder ($20) is no doubt my favorite pressed powder and I have already gone through two of them. The powder is very finely milled and offers minimal coverage. I cannot say anything about its oil-controlling properties since I am on the dry side but this works excellent for touch-ups. It never looks chalky and feels so silky and almost creamy when applied on. I will definitely keep sticking to this until I find something better.
Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder ($42) was my go-to powder back in high school. I had it in the second lightest shade, Clair, which is a great match for my NC30 skin/
The powder is very fine and looks almost translucent. It gives a natural-looking translucent matte finish when applied over makeup and I use it mainly for touch-ups. I love how it soaks up oil well without drying out my skin and just looks so natural. The sleek packaging and the huge mirror is also a great plus. Loves it!
I will be starting a list of pressed powder reviews as requested by Juny. To start off, let’s look at my first pressed powder, MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder ($18.50), that I picked up during a trip to Canada.
Housed in MAC’s signature round compact, the MAC Studio Finish Pressed Powder comes in a wide variety of shades to suit different skin tones along with a sponge for application.
I have normal to dry skin and thought this was a tad too dry. Coverage is medium but it did not wear well on me. It had a tendency to oxidize and change color during the day. I don’t think I would purchase this again.
Today I will write about the different kinds of eyeshadow on the market.
They are the most common kind of eyeshadow and also my favorite. They usually come in pots or pans in different finishes – shimmery, satin, frosty, matte, glittery etc. Their shelf life is roughly 2-3 years and generally longer compared to cream eyeshadows and glosses. My favorite brand of powder eyeshadows are MAC and Stila.
Today I will focus on how to pick the right color for your eyeshadow. While a lot of people tend to match their eyeshadow to the clothes they are wearing, this can make you look dated and might not work for everyone. To determine the right color, you will need to look at your natural eye color and your natural skin tone.
1. Natural Eye Color
Choose a color that complements your eye color but not one that matches your eye color completely. Sometimes a color that contrasts with it can make your eyes pop. If your eyes are:
Brown – try plum, taupe, bronze, green, blue, grey, neutrals and pretty much anything.
Green – try purple, gold, brown, neutrals and apricot.
Blue – try taupe, bronze, purple, grey, pink and neutrals.
Gray – purple, silver and peach all look hot on gray eyes.
Eyeshadow application is no doubt my favorite part of the makeup routine! Not only can you create different looks through the use of different colors, you can also use eyeshadow to alter the shape of your eyes and correct your flaws. For the next couple of entries, I will be focusing on the use of eyeshadows. But first, let us look at the different ways on how to correct the shape of your eyes.
To make wide-set eyes appear close together, blend a taupe or brown shadow from the beginning of the brow down the sides of your nose to make the eyebrows appear closer together. Use a darker color in the inner half of the eyelid and blend it close to the corner of the nose to “pull” your eyes together. Save the lighter color for the outer half of the lid. When applying eyeliner, start from the inner corner of the eyes and stop right at the outer corner. Do not extend the line upwards or past the outer corner.