When summer hits and I get a good base tan going, all I want to do is coat my body in shimmery bronze and gold.
Right now I am LIVING for MAC's new Pedro Lourenço collection. An up-and-coming Brazilian designer who did a stint at Lanvin before launching his own brand, Lourenço's look is futuristic and romantic, with a mix of sharp edges and feminine silhouettes.
For his MAC collabo, the designer is tipping his toe into the beauty world on a very global scale. MAC was kind enough to send me some items from the new collection to play with. I came up with three looks: The Golden Girl, Disco Nights, and Classic Kara.
Look 1: The Golden Girl
Lately I've been into lighter makeup looks, so I started with a fine coat of All That Glitters from the Nude Eye Shadow Palette. Then I added mascara to my upper and lower lashes and a bit of butterLondon cream bronzer for a subtle glow. The idea was to look like the Bond girl in Goldfinger, so I used a stippling brush to apply Pedro Cream Color Base in Hush on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose. The result was lovely and luminous, not at all glittery or shiny.
I'm not a gloss girl, but I swiped the Lipglass in Gold Mirror across my lips for a teeny bit of shimmer and color. I didn't think I'd be down with a gold gloss (and this is definitely gold!), but I kind of like it.
Look 2: Disco Nights
Working with my All That Glitters eye shadow base, I used a flat brush to trace Sable (also from the Nude Eye Shadow Palette) beneath my lower lashes and out into a reverse cat-eye shape. I wanted something different from the subtle smoky eye I usually wear on a night out, something with edge.
I'm not afraid of a lot of look, so I added the Amplified Lipstick in Roxo, a deep wine color. To up the glam factor, I dabbed a little Gold Mirror Lipglass on the center of my bottom lip and blotted.
Look 3: Classic Kara
A bronze, smoky eye and a red lip is one of my year-round go-to looks. Here, I used my fingers to apply a light layer of the matte, pinky-tan Santa Fe eye shadow. Then I used a pointed brush to apply Era, a darker matte brown shade, to my crease in a back and forth motion for definition.
The Nude Eye Shadow Palette is perfect in its simplicity. The shadows are easy to work with and nicely pigmented, without being too loud. Sometimes I think MAC rushes out collections and skimps on quality, but that's not the case here.
To finish, I lined my eyes, top and bottom, with my beloved MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy, the perfect, bronzy-gold for defining blue eyes, and coated my lips in Pedro's Ruby shade, a gorgeous, blue-based classic red. (My beloved, late grandma's name was Ruby.) Once again, I dabbed a little Gold Mirror to the center of my bottom lip for fullness and a hint of sparkle.
What do you think? How do these colors stack up to other MAC collabos of late? Are you into the golden goddess look for summer?