Friday, July 6, 2012

Tip for the Day: Top MAC Lipsticks

"What's your top 10 MAC Lipsticks in no particular order?"

The question I got from the reader intrigued me and made me rummage through my lipstick collection!  Then I realized, 10 MAC lipsticks would cost a whole lot especially if you're not a makeup artist, well you're probably a MAC lipstick collector if you  have more than 10 if not a makeup artist!  So for regular people, what are the must have MAC lipsticks or where can you start?

I can still remember my first ever lipstick from MAC which was TWIG which, unfortunately, was lost during a makeup gig *sniffles*, it was the first ever purchase that got me staring at it the whole afternoon as I took all the time to research "the best" shade for me! 

With the wide range of MAC lipstick, where can you start? 

Here's a guide on how I started with the collection, it's not top 10 but I call it my "MAC Starter Lipstick Collection".  Please keep in mind that I'm in no way a MAC lipstick expert but I will be sharing my humble opinion on my favorite shades as I use these the most on gigs!

Let's start with pinks, the ultimate blue-based pink lipstick called Pink Nouveau (smile and click HERE for review) has been used by many actresses and have been a cult favorite!  To be honest, Pink Nouveau doesn't look that good on me but, the power of Pink Nouveau cannot be underestimated!  Most of my clients look so good on this lip color!  Whether they are models or regular people, I find Pink Nouveau can flatter them!


MAC Pink Nouveau on tube
 and Swatch


Reds.  The ultimate "sexy" color that could make or break a look!  A good red lipstick will make you look hot and sexy but a bad red lipstick choice may make you look trashy!  *laughs*  Okay, it wasn't a good description but you get the drift!  There's 2 reds that I totally like!

MAC Russian Red and "Red" She Said
MAC Russian Red is a medium red shade that leans to a cooler tone.  This works so well on most skin tone but I have to stress that it takes a lot of "getting used to" to be able to pull off this shade!  (Smile and click HERE to see photos worn by different individuals including myself!)

MAC "Red" She Said on the other hand, is a limited edition shade from Holiday 2008, I can't help but include this shade as it is a beautiful deep blood kind of red!  This works so well on most of my clients who dislikes the "in your face" red lips but still make the lips pop in a non-car crashing way!  Since this is limited edition, a good dupe and a more inexpensive alternative would be the one from Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet. (Review HERE)


Left: Russian Red
Right: 'Red' She Said


What if you're not into loud lipstick shades?  What's the best lip color for everyday?  Neutrals - light pinks or peach.  There's 2 that I like to pick up for bridal clients.

MAC Viva Glam V and Sandy B
MAC Viva Glam V was one of those few purchases that took me weeks of research before deciding this shade!  I went straight to MAC Counter and got it immediately after I tested it on my lips!  This is the type of lip color that spells "Your lips but only better!"  This shade is perfect for anyone who's afraid to wear color yet doesn't want to look pale at the same time.

Sandy B, a peachy lip color with gold flecks.  I enjoy using this lipstick if I'm on a shoot that requires a healthy, bronze-y, tanned look!  This works so well on lighting and it screams "summer time"! 


Left: Viva Glam V
Right: Sandy B


Last but not the least, let's move on to people who are into dramatic eyes!  What's the best pairing to a super wild colored eye makeup looks?  A nude lip color!  Nude lipsticks aren't only there for smokey eyes but it's also a great product to "blur out" the original pigmentation of your lips if you plan to apply a light colored lipstick!  Oh, have you tried Ombre Lips?  Nude lip colors are a great base to start off your Ombre Lips creation --- let's talk more about it in future posts!  Let me know if you're interested! :)

MAC Close to Real and Yash
It is easy to save up on lipstick by using your choice of concealer to cover your lip's original color, one huge CON on using concealer on lips, most of them may dry up the lips thus settling into lip lines making the overall effect weird and "not sexy"!

MAC Close to Real is lipstick shade closest to a concealer!  The advantage of this over concealer is the appearance of peach.  Best applied on light to medium skin tone.

MAC Yash is a favorite of mine to reach out to for people with medium to dark skin tone.


Left: Close to Real
Right: Yash

Keep in mind that some of my "favorites" listed are LE (Limited Edition) but don't fret, MAC has a wide range of lipstick shades and you can always ask help from their SAs and ask for "similar shades".  They'll always have at least one!  

Most MAC lipsticks that I've tried are a bit drying especially on people who suffer from dry lips. *me!*  It helps to moisturize your lips properly while you do your makeup prior to lipstick application and top it with your preferred gloss for that extra shine!

My favorite MAC Lipstick swatches all ined up!
L-R Pink Nouveau, Russian Red, Red She Said, 
Viva Glam V, Sandy B, Close to Real and Yash
What's your favorite MAC lip color? 
Click comment and let's help our reader! :)

Thank you! :)

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


27 comments:

  1. hi dear! you are a great make up artist.you know what? I've been checking the pictures of your clients before and after , and you did great! Perfect! Blending the make up,choosing the perfect color for them and you dont make them look gay with their make up. Ive read alot of beauty and make up guru but yours is my favorite. Too much talking and adverstising on her blog and some of her clients didnt look good after she did the make up. :) haha this is just my own opinion. CHEERS and continue making people pretty :)

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    1. Charm, nice to meet you here and thank you so much for your kind words! You don't know how much it made me happy! Thank you! I am so happy to get the chance to make people pretty! :)

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  2. I have more than 10 Mac lipsticks and I'm not a make up artist. Ooops! I really should stop buying lipsticks! :)

    Happy weekend Nikki!

    Kiss Kiss,
    Bec of http://mygorgeouspinkcheeks.blogspot.com/

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    1. lol so I call you "MACddict" ! lol :) well good for you that you have more than 10 MAC lipsticks! What's your first shade ?

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  3. Great post! I think Creme Cup is a gorgeous colour if you're on the paler side. Russian Red is so pretty xx

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    1. Hey, thanks for the reco! I'll give Creme Cup a try, I'll ask if we have it down here!

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  4. I only have 2 Mac lipsticks and I am a late bloomer ; p I saw Sophie's post about Mac Morange and that enticed me to buy the same shade. I think it suits me well hahaha

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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    1. 2 is okay na no! I don't think you need a lot naman considering you have a lot from other brands pa! :) Ohhh MAC Morange, I saw it on Sophie at super bagay sa kanya, tama ka, babagay sayo yon! :)

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  5. hi ms. Nikki.. great post! i totally love nude lippies especially mac yash! great choices! love it.

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    1. You're lucky, I love Nude Lipsticks but they really don't like me! hahahaha I look super sick wearing one!

      Any other nice nude lip color you have ibn mind? :D

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  6. Hi Nikki! another great post! been wanting to get russian red but reds aren't the most flattering color for me. I'm more of a pink girl in terms of lipsticks. Though I've been liking Revlon's lip butter in Candy Apple :) I only have 3 MAC lipsticks: Hug me, Fanfare, and Chatterbox. I tried Pink Nouveau and it doesn't suit me too however the Chatterbox is a great color on me. I also love fanfare, it's like my lips but better :) Looking forward for more of your lipstick reviews. :) God Bless :)

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    1. ahh nice choices you got there! I've seen Chatterbox and Fanfare and they are indeed very nice! I know what you mean about Pink Nouveau, well I guess blue based shades aren't for your skin tone! So yeah, let's just use what works for us :)

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  7. I think pink nouveau is like EB's matte lipstick in off beat pink if I'm not mistaken... I wish I can buy a MAC lippie one day ^_^ Great post Ms. Nikki! :)

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    1. Naku, I won't be surprised as Pink Nouveau has a lot of dupe na :)

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  8. sandy b look nice. :) honestly i don't own any mac lippie. T_T i really wish to have one really soooooon! great post sis! :)

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    1. No problem, it's always a pleasure of mine and guess what ? You really do not need to own ONE now, there will always be the chance soon! :)

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  9. My favorite is Girl About Town! :)

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    1. Tama Krissy, it's a nice shade and it does look nice on you! I can imagine it!

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  10. I love the Close to Real shade! How much does it cost? Thank you! :)

    Btw, please join my giveaway here.
    http://kristinebulatao.blogspot.com/2012/07/silver-hits-giveaway.html
    Thank you! :)

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    1. I think MAC lipsticks costs Php1,000 down here :)

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  11. Ahh pink nouveau-- very hard to spell. HAHA! but a real beautiful color. although im lemming for shy girl and hue. :D ah, i wish to have a mac collection too. :D

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    1. Shy Girl is another lemming of mine! thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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  12. my favorites:
    pink nouveau
    russian red
    lickable
    cosmo
    chatterbox

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    1. Cosmo!!! I remembered stalking that color too! I totally forgot about it! Do we still have it locally? :)

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  13. I always waaaant to have pink nouveau.. but i don't think it will suit my nc42 complexion. :) And honestly, I dont have MAC lipstick yet. Its not one of a students priority. hehe but im saving really bad to have atleast one. And I would love to try REBEL :)

    btw, i am a new follower.. i like your blog.
    i am also a new blogger. :)
    --allaboutbeingglam.blogspot.com

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    1. You're skintone will go well with chatterbox or lustering.

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    2. You're skintone will go well with chatterbox or lustering.

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