I don’t usually post on Saturdays but tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th) is National Lipstick Day and I want to keep up with tradition and share my favorite lipsticks right now. I’ll keep this short and sweet.
I have to admit it – I am a complete sucker for MAC’s splashy collaborations with celebs and influencers. I love every single thing about them – the snazzy packaging, the bold colors, the collaborators themselves! I bought (twice, actually) Iris Apfel’s entire collection in 2011. I still use Rihanna’s RiRi Woo lipstick and blush/bronzer duo. And don’t get me started on how I live for Carine Roitfeld’s vampy, smudgy eye palette. So when MAC announced a new collection with Caitlyn Jenner, I knew I had to give it a whirl.
Her 15-piece set includes products for lips, eyes and cheeks. I’m super into the plum eyeshadow, Worthy, which I use as eyeliner because I think black for everyday can look harsh. I apply it with my Nars angled eyeliner brush (it’s the best I’ve found) so that the line is thin and looks natural. I’ve also been using the Teddy kohl eyeliner in bronze for the weekends, which I draw on my upper eyelid and then smudge lightly with my pinky. I love a smudgy look for winter.
Compassion, the bronzer, is densely pigmented, so be sure to use a light hand and build color. The lip glosses are natural pinks that are complimentary to most skin tones, but I’m not really one for sticky lips.
The simple, clean packaging also speaks straight to Caitlyn Jenner, her personality and the type of woman she aspires to be – classy, sophisticated and serious.
Photo courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics
As temperatures start to drop and iced coffees are swapped for piping hot cafecitos, the seasonal switch can also be applied to makeup. Shelve the summery reds and dusty pinks to make way for deep burgundys and velvety rich plums. My favorite newbies this season come from MAC’s brand new Liptensity collection – (L to R) Burnt Violet, Hellebore and Dionysus. The creamy formula has just the right amount of pigment and shine, allowing for buildable color (it can be as “hello, I’m here!” as you want). For day to day, I’m swapping my summer gloss for my old faithful standby, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion, which is the best balance of subtle color and balmy moisture I’ve found.
ICYMI: My friend and fellow beauty product junkie, Kait Clark, is a guest blogger on PoP!
Read more of her posts here.
It’s been a slow summer ladies.. not much has changed since my spring makeup essentials post. I think that’s a good thing. My mantra this summer has been, “less is more.” While I have upped my lip game and I did fall in love with a new collection of eyeshadows, my skin routine has been very consistent. On another note, my friend Nichole launched her own affordable online boutique, Always Be Envied. From dresses to rompers, she’s got quite the collection of pieces for any occasion, all priced under $50! Always Be Envied Boutique is also offering a special discount for Politics of Pretty readers! Receive 20% off your order through next Friday, August 29th with code SUMMER20. I fell in love with this black beaded halter dress, perfect for taking my summer look from day to night. As for beauty, here’s a run down of my summer makeup essentials:
This summer I made a impromptu purchase at Sephora on two NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows in Himalia (shimmering topaz) and Europa (pink peach). Best eye makeup purchase all summer. I love the metallic finish and you can apply them wet or dry. Two didn’t seem like enough so I splurged on one more, Phoebe (deep shimmering amethyst) and the Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush #49. Earlier this week I reviewed six different drugstore concealers—I’m still loving my Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser.
Earlier this summer I treated myself to Bobbi Brown Brightening Lip Gloss in Nectar. I love love love this shade and the formula isn’t sticky, making it my go-to lip gloss. Benefit released their tinted lip balms this summer and I always keep a shade or two in my purse. The only lipstick I’ve been opting for this summer is NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave and what I happen to be wearing these photos.
My skin routine has been pretty consistent since my spring makeup essentials post. I recently started using MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm. I love the formula and I’m really impressed by the level of coverage. I’ve been applying it with my BeautyBlender and Ulta Professional Foam Jumbo Wedges. The power of sponges, people.
Photography by Kate Ann