Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gold and Bronze Look Using MAC Style Warrior's Solar Bits

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you had a great three-day weekend. Here’s a look using MAC Style Warrior Solar Bits in Scatterrays and Bronzescape. It’s very important to note that two requirements for the application of Solar Bits are the following: (1) a good, tacky base, and (2) mixing medium. I used Urban Decay primer potion, then added Rubenesque paint pot in order to make the product adhere to the lid better. Mixing medium is another important tool because the product is hard to work with when it is dry. It is heavy and gritty, and would need to be foiled in order to stick to the skin and create a smooth finish. You don’t need to fully soak your brush in water to work with the Solar Bits. A slightly damp brush is perfectly fine. As for the mixing medium, I used MAC’s water-based mixing medium for this look, but your Fix+ or Charged Water would work just as well. I don’t really recommend plain water as it would come out gritty, chalky and powdery in the end after the water has evaporated. You can make your own mixing medium by mixing 3 parts (distilled or purified) water to 1 part glycerin that you can buy at the drugstore. (NOTE: Do NOT make large batches as the lack of preservative would make this concoction bacteria-prone. Create small batches, like for a week’s use, then throw the rest away.)

I used Handwritten to deepen the crease.

I used Shadow A (a matte highlighter) from the 28-piece Neutral palette to highlight.

I used MAC Eversun beauty powder blush on the apples of my cheeks, and MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour.

I also used MAC Ravishing cremesheen on the lips, topped with Smile dazzleglass.

Here’s a step-by-step illustration. All items MAC unless otherwise noted.

Apply Urban Decay primer potion all over lid, brows, lower lashline. Using a fluffy shader brush, apply MAC paint pots in Rubenesque on lid.

Using a stiff shader brush (MAC 239 or Loew Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8″), foil Scatterrays using MAC mixing medium. Blend with finger. (NOTE: this has been taken before blending the product in; this wasn’t the finished step!).

Using a damp shader brush, apply Bronzescape on outer V. Blend with the 224 brush.

Apply more Bronzescape to create depth to the crease. Blend again with the 224.

Apply Handwritten matte2 eyeshadow on the crease to contour using the 226 brush. I used a matte crease color to balance the metallic sheen of the Solar Bits.

Apply matte highlighter (Shadow A) from the Coastal Scents 28-piece neutral palette to highlight using Essence Of Beauty big fluffy brush. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero to tightline and on lower lashline. Apply Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Ye-yo (white) on inner corners. Blend with finger.

Apply Blacktrack fluidline on upper lashline. Apply Red Cherry falsies #1. Apply mascara.

Monistat gel as primer
MAC Prep + Prime Refined Skin Zone on t-zone
Joppa mineral foundation in Medium Light 2.5
Urban Decay 24/7 concealer on undereye area
Dayna’s Rested mineral concealer on undereye area
DreamWorld creme topping (finishing powder) in Peach
MAC Refined Golden bronzer to contour
MAC Eversun beauty powder blush

Softlips lip balm
MAC cremesheen lipstick in Ravishing
MAC dazzleglass in Smile