An Unlikely Combo — Cranberry and Satin Taupe

2 Mar

This look was created to complement a top I was wearing in a deep mauve/plum hue. I definitely wanted to do a shadow with MAC Cranberry, but was torn between pairing it with a dark brown or something unexpected. That ‘something unexpected’ turned out to be Satin Taupe and the result — a grayed velvety plum.

Brushes you’ll need: – MAC #’s 217 (blending brush), 242 (shader brush), 266 (small angle brush), and 116 (blush brush)

Products you’ll need:

MAC Eyeshadows in Blanc Type, Malt, Cranberry, Satin Taupe, and Sketch
– MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
– MAC Powderblushes in Strada and Flirt ‘n Tease
– MAC Lipsticks in Delish and Hug Me
– MAC Fluidline in Blacktrak

Supplemental: – A brow-filling product – Mascara


[* Apply MAC Paintpot in Painterly all over eyelids as a base using your fingers.
Highlight the brow bone first with Blanc Type (217).
Cover the eyelid underneath the crease with Malt (217).
Add Cranberry little by little to the outer 2/3 of the eyelid beneath the crease (217).
Darken the outer V and the crease with Satin Taupe (217).
Darken the crease with Soba (217).
Line the upper lash line with Blacktrak (266).
Line the lower lash line using the 242 with Sketch.


[* Using MAC’s #116 Blush brush, apply Strada on the cheeks in a ‘C’ shape from cheek bones to the hollow of the cheek. Dip the brush lightly into Flirt ‘n Tease pat on the apple of the cheek to incorporate the berry hues.


[* Add color to the lips with Delish first, then layer over with Hug Me. The effect will give Hug Me more color while toning down the shimmer of Delish.

Additional finishing steps: [Fill in eyebrows using MAC’s #208 Angled Brow brush and MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso], and [Darken lashes using MAC’s Plushlash mascara in Plushblack].


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