Face of the Day: Annabelle, MAC and Make Up For Ever

A Face of the Day with products from Annabelle, MAC and Make Up For Ever.

On a day off, I love having the time to try something a little different. Here's a look I came up with for Easter Monday using some Old Faithful products as well as a few new pieces.

Base

  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1 and White, applied with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
  • My regular under-eye concealer products/routine (detailed in this post)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla on a few blemishes and around my nose (a bit red from a cold!), tapped in with my finger
  • NARS Loose Powder (the older version) in Flesh, applied with a Make Up For Ever Medium Powder Brush

    These base products are more or less my HG. Face and Body's finish is gorgeous. I didn't this time, but I like to mix it with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 or NW20 to boost the coverage and prolong the wear. 

Eyes

  • NARS Smudge-Proof Eyeshadow Base as a primer, applied with my finger
  • MAC Sumptuous Olive Eyeshadow, applied to the inner half of my lid with a MAC 239
  • MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow in Silver Dawn, applied to the outer half of my lid with a MAC 239
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-628, applied to my crease with a MAC 217
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-514, blended above my crease and dusted on my brow bone with a Sonia Kashuk domed blending brush
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in ME-612, applied lightly on the centre of the lid with the same Sonia Kashuk Brush
  • Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack, applied to my upper lash line with a MAC 210
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Black, layered underneath Clinique Lash Power Mascara
  • MAC Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Strong Willed, applied to the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
  • MAC Omega Eyeshadow, applied to my brows with an angled brush
  • Prestige BrowPerfection Revitalizing Clear Brow Gel, brushed onto my brows

    I was going for a multi-dimensional army green look. Thoughts?

Cheeks

  • Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in S-556, applied as a contour with a MAC 168
  • Annabelle Blushon Blush in Rosebud, applied to the apples of my cheeks with a Real Techniques Blush Brush
  • MAC Beauty Powder in Summer Opal (from the Bao Bao Wan Collection) applied as a highlight with a Real Techniques Setting Brush

    I've been experimenting with contouring. S-556 is a satin eyeshadow, but on the skin it looks mostly matte. Annabelle Blushon Blush is an amazing drugstore find—lovely, pigmented and long-lasting! MAC Summer Opal is more shimmery than I typically prefer, but it's so pretty I wear it anyway, albeit with a light hand.

Lips

  • Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balm in Lychee
  • Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balm in Cherry

    Separately, the colours of these balms (nude and red) are just so-so for me. But mixed together, they create the most lovely shade of pink! Plus, they smell lovely and are very hydrating.

Bonus:

Here's a "bonus" photo from this shoot. Sometimes, light from the window washes out the colours I'm trying to capture. (Any tips on DIY home lighting that captures colour more accurately?) But sometimes, in portraiture…window light just works. 

What looks have you been wearing lately? Have you tried any of the products above? What did you think? Let me know in the comments. 

Disclosure: A few of these products were provided by PR for my consideration. Most were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. Opinions are my own, as usual.