one of the nice things about having a fairly extensive family of in-laws is that this time of the year affords me a lot of excuses to get myself gussied up. although many of us wear makeup or put some consideration into how we look every day, there are always times when a sense of occasion makes us take just that extra bit of care and the holidays are certainly one of those times [or, in my case this year, a few of those times].
this isn't really an opportunity where i want to look all vegas-showgirl [actually, there aren't really any times when that's what i'm going for, which is just as well], but i did use it as an excuse to trot out a few past favourites and a new friend...
most of the eye shades come from the spring colour forecast 4 quad released by mac in 2010. i'm normally not a great fan of spring collections, at least not the way i am of fall collections, but this was one where mac really hit it out of the park. built around four shades- pink, coral, plum and amber- it was huge and had a shockingly high percentage of quality products. strangely, i'd figured the shades used here would be too warm for me, but it's turned into one of my most frequently used items. i actually credit this quad with teaching me that gold, copper and bronze shades look really strong with blue eyes, because of the contrast they create.
one quick note about the photos- although i did do a sort of "doll cheeks" effect with the blush, i find it looks much more pronounced in the photos that it did in real life. i have no idea how that happens, or why. my camera has a mind of its own and evidently, it's a fairly creative mind.
mac prolongwear foundation "nc15"
dr. hauschka concealer "01"
mac e/s "manila paper"* [warm ivory]
mac prolongwear e/s "one to watch" [peachy brown]
mac e/s "aztec brick"* [soft copper]
mac e/s "creole beauty"* [rich medium brown
mac fluidline "blacktrack"
guerlain kohl "black" benefit they're real mascara
guerlain blush g* [bright coral pink]
chanel rouge allure velvet "la sensuelle" [deep cool red]
*suggested alternates :: manila paper = mac nylon [yellower and frostier] or mac dazzlelight [lighter and cooler]; aztec brick = mac amber lights; creole beauty = mac antiqued; blush g = benefit bella bamba [warmer, less pink]
happy holidays to everyone!