make up for ever aqua xl colour paints and ink liners

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Many years ago when I was a beauty writer for a magazine, I attended the press launch of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua range. It was one of the most memorable makeup presentations ever: the waterproof nature of the range was demonstrated on a synchronized swimming team with elaborate face paint, who emerged from the pool with their makeup perfectly smudge-free and as vibrant as it had been before they’d jumped in. I was so impressed that the whole thing just stuck in my head forever!

So when Make Up For Ever started expanding their waterproof range recently, I got super excited. It’s awesome to see a makeup line you like evolve, especially when it’s for the better, and especialy-especially when you’re able to say you remember it “way back when” like a total granny. Today’s Aqua XL lineup is not only incredibly comprehensive but ever-expanding. The latest additions are the Aqua XL Colour Paint (waterproof cream eyeshadows) and Aqua XL Ink Eye Liner (waterproof liquid liner) ranges.

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The Aqua XL Ink Eye Liners come in 15 colours divided into Matte, Metallic, Satin and Shimmer finishes. Even the lighter colours like ___ are very bold and pigmented, so you aren’t going to find yourself having to go over the same area again and again to build up colour. The liner tip is super fine and fairly stiff, which I found makes for excellent detail work. If you do a lot of really artistic, editorial looks, I highly recommend checking these out.

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As for the Aqua XL Colour Paints, they come in 20 shades divided into Matte, Lustre and Iridescent finishes. What really gets me excited about them is that they come in little squeeze tubes, so are less likely to dry out as quickly as cream shadows that come in jars. Actually, Make Up For Ever has been pretty dialed-in about the shelf life of their products lately. Take for instance Aqua Brow, which is very similar to Anastasia Beverly Hills’ cult-fave Dipbrow Pomade – where my Dipbrow pots can go maybe a year without stiffening noticeably, my tubes of Aqua Brow have maintained their consistency perfectly so I’m pretty optimistic about these cream shadows as well.

In terms of texture, these are very creamy and are relatively blendable…though you have to work fast because they do set fairly quickly. When I first attempted this FOTD, I tried to apply the dark blue cream all over my lids first, but found that it was setting before blending out fully. After another attempt, I discovered that trick (with darker colours at least) is to do all your crease/transition colours first with powder shadows, before patting this in place and quickly blending out any edges.

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I used Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in Milk Tea (M-536) and Dark Purple Taupe (M-546) from Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol 4 in my crease, and then applied Make up For Ever Aqua XL Colour Paint in L-22 on my mobile lid afterwards, blending it out with a bit of Prussian Blue (M-240) where necessary. For a look like this, I do think it’s important to have a (preferably matte) powder shadow in the same colour as your main lid shade that you can use to blend out the edges of the cream shadow.

I used Aqua XL Ink Liner in M-10 as an all-over liner, with a flick of L-40 in my outer corner, and am wearing Make up For Ever Aqua Matic in I-90 along my lower lashline and ME-54 in my inner corners as a highlight.

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Though starting with powder, applying the cream and then blending again with more powder sounds complicated, it’s actually quite a cinch in practice and far quickler/less frustrating than trying to blend out the cream shadow on its own…especially when it’s as pigmented and intense as this one was!

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Face: Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion // Cheeks: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in Antique Pink (M-806) // Eyes: Make Up For Ever Dark Purple Taupe (M-546), Prussian Blue (M-240), Milk Tea (M-536) all from the Artist Palette Volume 4, Make up For Ever Aqua XL Colour Paint in L-22, Make up For Ever Aqua XL Ink Liners in L-40 and M-10, and Make up For Ever Aqua Matics in I-90 and ME-54 // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in 201.

 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

make up for ever holiday 2016

November 30, 2016  |  Face of the Day, Make Up For Ever  |  No Comments

Now this is a cool holiday collection. I love the artistic brushstroke detailing on Make Up For Ever’s Holiday 2016 packaging – it’s festive while still being totally in sync with their branding, and not OTT Christmas-y either, know what I mean?

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Anyway, with all that red you’d think I’d have cracked into this and gone straight for a bold red lip….but no. I was actually most drawn to that eyeshadow palette and trying to come up with a really unique look with it when the PR peeps from Make Up For Ever Sinagpore serendipitously emailed me with a face chart proposal. They’d designed a super vibrant holiday look for me using the last 3 colours in that palette, which was such an unusual combo of shades that I was immediately like, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED”. I wouldn’t have thought to wear peach, emerald, and magenta together on my own so I’m glad they reached out and nudged me in that very unexpected direction!

Of course I had to put my own spin on things, so instead of wearing the magenta as a traditional blush I brought it way up to my lower lashline and faded it downwards in a very theatrical high blush placement.

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I was very much in love with how this look turned out and didn’t want to take it off, but since I had to run some errands and didn’t want to look *quite* so dramatic at Home Depot, I compromised by keeping most of the eyeshadow intact and just toning down the lower lashline/blush. Just for fun, here’s some before and after iPhone shots to show how this can actually be very wearable with a more conventional blush placement.

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Side note: I’m always surprised by how different I look in iPhone photos. My eyes look bigger, my skin actually looks skin-coloured…it’s all very flattering. The reality however is that the photos Adam takes of me are far more accurate (especially where the proportions of my features are concerned) which is why I typically stick to those for FOTDs.

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Face: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder // Cheeks: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Golden Pink // Eyes: Make Up For Ever Artistic Eye Shadow Palette, Make Up For Ever Graphic Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in #40 // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in Electric Fuchsia (blotted down)

 
 

This post features products that were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand or its PR team. This post contains affiliate links.

fotd: galaxy blues

October 19, 2016  |  Face of the Day, Make Up For Ever  |  4 Comments

It makes me feel positively ancient to see grey or green or black or blue lipstick so readily available at mainstream beauty counters. Not because I’m too old-fashioned to appreciate anything outside the nude-to-red spectrum, but because I remember a time when unusually coloured lipsticks were hard to come by outside of costume stores in October. And even then, they were so poorly formulated that one was forced to weigh the pursuit of individualism against their dignity – because how confident could anyone be wearing makeup that looked and felt like cheap greasepaint?

Happily, it’s a whole new world now. So when Make Up For Ever launched their revamped Artist Rouge Lipstick line (which included a good handful of offbeat hues) guess what I picked to test first…

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This is shade C603, part of a two-colour collaboration with Icona Pop. While I expected it to be more of a purple-based deep blue, it actually turned out to be a dark teal reminiscent of peacock feathers. By the way, this is the same colour I got for my lip makeover during the launch party, sans loose glitter patted on top. I kind of missed the sparkle in this recreation, but it’s such a striking colour on its own that it really doesn’t need any extras.

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It went on smooth and evenly pigmented, though I did need to use a lip brush and some concealer to clean up the edges (as is generally the case with any dark lipstick that doesn’t have a matching lip liner).

I know blue lips aren’t for everyone, so I did a take 2 of this look with M100 (a nice nude) as well.

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M100 is quite literally my MLBB shade. It’s the exact colour my lips would be if they were evenly pigmented (which they aren’t) or not prone to turning white whenever I’m cold (which they do). So although my lips do sometimes look like this on their own with just clear balm…this has been indispensable on days when they’re blotchy or pale and I want to even them out without adding colour.

Just for fun, here’s a side-by-side of the blue vs nude lips. Which do you prefer? I thought I’d have a clear favourite, but now that I’m looking at both of them I’m actually a little torn!

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Face: Make Up For Ever HD Stick Foundation in Y225, Cle de Peau Concealer, Cle de Peau Loose Powder // Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, NYX Blush in Taupe // Eyes: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in ME122 Snow in the inner corner, with ME216 Electric Blue, S228 Petrol Blue and D236 Lagoon Blue on the lid, as well as M928 Eggplant, M738 Auburn and M646 Latte through the crease, Urban Decay Moondust in Cosmic on the centre of the lid, Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner, Ardell 120 Demi Wispies, Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara // Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Dark Brown // Lips: Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks in C603 and M100

 
 
 

Some of the products in this post were provided as press samples, however all opinions and observations are my own and not influenced by the brand(s) or their PR team(s). This post contains affiliate links.