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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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.
I personally find mattes best suited to full-on glam looks, but to do them right you really need the time and patience for proper blending…which to be honest I don’t usually have. I made an exception this time in celebration of the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 4 palette, an all-matte must-have that I reviewed here.
I used…erm…almost every colour in this palette for this look. M-530 Eggshell and M-806 Antique Pink all over the lid, M-620 Grey Brown and M-842 Wine to darken the crease, and M-546 Dark Purple Taue and M-536 Milk Tea to blend. I also used a touch of M-126 Chalk in the inner corner, in lieu of highlighter.
Because I wanted to keep my look super matte, I also used M-546 Dark Purple Taupe as a blush/contour. It’s actually more like a rosy taupe in my opinion, and similar to MAC Haux but warmer which makes it a more ideal crease/transition shade for me personally.
I also used M-620 Grey Brown to fill in my brows, and to my delight it’s perfect match! I am seriously considering the extravagance of buying a single version of this colour (in its own case as opposed to a palette) to use just as a brow powder, it’s that good.
This palette is definitely more versatile than I anticipated 9 matte shades to be. I’ve been using it so often that it’s already living on my counter rather in a vanity drawer, and I can see it becoming a fixture in my travel makeup bag since it’s also flat, lightweight and equipped with a decently sized mirror.
Face: Make Up For Ever HD Stick Foundation, Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder // Cheeks: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M-546 //Eyes: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 4, Physician’s Formula Lash Boosting Eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, Ardell 120 Demi Lashes //Brows: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M-620, Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel in Espresso //Lips: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Mauve
This post features a product/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.