MAC Day Glow Trend Inspired Makeover

Here’s episode 2 of my interpretation of the M.A.C SS14 Trend report, and today’s look is based on the warm, summery Day Glow trend. I’ve used the MAC Warm Neutral palette to create this look, which I reviewed last week as part of my Neutral Palette Diaries series.

Day Glow 2

Each season, MAC creates 4 key trends, and one of these is always a fairly bronzed summery look. This season, the look is less about bronzing and tanning, and more about creating a natural, healthy flush using peach and pink cream products. Like my last look (inspired by the Light FX trend), my aim was to create a flattering, wearable look capturing the essence of the trend.

Day Glow 3

I prepped my skin using Illamasqua HydraVeil. It was the first time I used it, and I really enjoyed the instant hydration it brought to my typically dry skin. As this look has a summery, warm vibe, I darkened my moon-tan by mixing equal parts of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige (my regular shade) and 50 Beige (the darkest neutral/yellow shade). I’ve really gone off using pink and salmon based undereye concealer recently, so instead of my usual undereye brightener, I used Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in 10 Fair to conceal the darkness under my eyes, and the redness around my naso-labial folds (the lines that run from either side of my nose, to the outer corners of my mouth).

I didn’t really do much by way of contouring. Rather, I used MAC Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture* (LE) to warm up the perimeter of my face. I used my fingers to pat Essence Rebels Lip and Cheek Pot in 01 Peach Punk* (LE) on the apples of my cheeks and lightly blended it up onto my temples. I finished my cream products up by applying Benefit Watts Up* to my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow.

I set all these cream products with a very light dusting of L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder in Light*. I then intensified the cream products by applying powder products in a similar shade over the top. I used Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium* over the contour cream, MAC Sheertone Blush in Peaches* over the cheek tint and MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt (LE) over the highlighter.

I primed my eyes with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer. All the shadows I used were from the MAC Warm Neutral Palette. I used a fluffy brush to apply a wash of Brule (available individually) from my browbone to my crease just to make it easier to blend out the eyeshadws into a soft gradient. I used a dense flat shader brush to pack some of Dark Brew along my lashline, and around halfway up my mobile lid, then took a clean blending brush and sotly buffed it out. I used the other side of that dense flat shader brush to pack Amber Lights (available individually) from my lashline to my crease, then reused that same blending brush and buffed Amber Lights slightly above my crease, and into a gentle winged shape. I reapplied a little more Dark Brew along my lashline. I finished my eyeshadow by applying a tiny amount of Lemon Tart around my tear duct and along the inner 1/4 of my lower lashline.

I lined my upper and lower lashline with MAC FluidlinesRich Ground* along the top lashes and Brassy (LE) along the bottom lashes. I finished my eyes by curling my lashes and applying 2 coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

i tried something a little different with my eyebrows today – I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe on a very fine angled brush. I’m trying to decide if the colour works for me, or if it’s just too ashy and cool toned for my colouring. What do you think?

I used NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz* on my lips, but found it made them look a little dry, and emphasised my liplines. It was also a little pinker than I was expecting, so I topped it off with MAC Lipglass in Peachstock* (LE).

What do you think of this trend inspired look?

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