FOTD Flashback: MAC Sushi Kiss and NARS Gina (07/09/2013)

Funny story I don’t think I’m ever going to forget: these photos were taken during the last days of our “term break” (with quotation marks because term breaks are usually barely a week long when you study in DLSU-Manila) and I was out and about extremely early because I couldn’t sleep due to my insane PMS cravings. I called up my boyfriend at around 5:30AM (I KNOW)—crying (NO, SERIOUSLY)—because I was hungry and I wanted pancakes, and he slept without saying good night and that made me sad. LOL. It’s a good thing he puts up with me during that time of the month. Just a little disclaimer: I’m not usually that way, okay! 😆

Anyway, since that morning was really sunny and I started feeling happy-cheery the moment my boyfriend said yes to picking me up at 7AM to get breakfast at Pancake House (we ended up eating at Pancake House for breakfast, Johnny Rockets for lunch, and Yellow Cab for dinner that day OMG no wonder I gained weight), weird ol’ me kind of felt like putting on makeup that was suited to how I was feeling and how the day was. I even made sure my lips matched the lips on my top! 😛

Please click the thumbnails for the larger versions of the photos (links to high-res versions are within the gallery).

Most peach and coral tones are always go-to shades for skin with warm undertones, so if you are at a loss with what shade of lipstick or blush you’re going to wear and you are an NC (MAC foundation lingo: neutral-cool) like me, they are the safest shades to choose and are quite easy to match as well! They’re also usually the best shades to brighten up your face with, and with the proper application and choice of makeup finish, they hardly ever appear too unnatural. 

In the makeup tip I wrote above (regarding the makeup finish), lustre and cremesheen lipstick finishes + sheertone and matte blush finishes are usually best for the natural look, but it still depends on the makeup shade, pigmentation, color payoff, and your own skin’s chemistry of course, because some lustre lipstick shades can end up looking like frost due to its reaction with your lips and some matte blushes can still make pores on your cheek appear larger. Don’t get satin or matte finish lipsticks for striking shades if you want to look au naturel, because look at my lips in my FOTD above—I was wearing MAC Sushi Kiss from the MAC All About Orange Collection and it was a satin finish, so the color payoff and pigmentation was really good in addition to the coverage being a full one—my lips’ shade looked like anything but natural (except I did that on purpose lol).

My OOTD really wasn’t anything much because it was my typical bum day outfit. By “bum day outfit,” I mean the usual top, denim shorts, and flip-flops I wear on a no-frills hangout day with friends. Sleeveless tee by Tomato, denim cutoff shorts by Forever 21, black flip-flops by Tory Burch, small silver hoop earrings by Claire’s, and Amy two-tone wristwatch by Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Cosmetics Used

  • FACE
    • Benefit The POREfessional
    • MAC Studio Fix Concealer with SPF 35 in NW20
    • MAC Studio Fix Powder + Foundation in NC35
    • MAC Select Sheer Pressed in NC30
  • EYEBROWS
    • MAC Eye Brows in brunette
    • MAC Brow Set in beguile
  • LIPS
    • MAC Prep + Prime Lip
    • MAC Sushi Kiss satin lipstick
  • CHEEKS
    • NARS Gina powder blush
  • HAIR
    • TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum
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