Sunday, August 21, 2011

What's In My Makeup Bag

You may know this already but I am, what I call, a MAC whore :) I love love love their makeup and am like a kid in a candy store when I walk into MAC. Tom knows that if I say I'm going into MAC, there will be some serious damage done to our bank account but it's part of the Tenecia package so he doesn't complain or argue :)

 Truth be told, I wasn't always into makeup. When I started my previous job in Human Resources, my daily makeup routine consisted of mascara and Carmex! At the time, I was planning my wedding and was freaking out about what I was going to do with my makeup. One of my co-workers turned out to be a MAC Freelance Makeup Artist so she told me to come to the store when she was working and we would "play" with looks. From that playdate on, I've been a slave to MAC!

Yes, this is my every day makeup bag. I have about 3 layers of eyeshadows, eyebrow pencils, shadesticks, mascara, brushes, and more in this bag. Despite having all of this makeup, I still go to the experts when it comes to my "show face". My "every day" face consists of eyeshadow, mascara, and lip gloss. I don't use foundation, blush, etc every day and these are essential to making your face pop while on stage.

My makeup for the April show
Before my last show, I made an appointment at MAC to work with an artist on my "show face". The look that I did for my show in April turned out really well but I wanted to change it up for the July show. At the beginning of my appointment, the artist and I spent some time discussing what my look in April consisted of and what type of looks I wanted to go for at the next show. I did tell him that I wanted to use some type of blue eyeshadow and I wanted to change my lipstick because I felt the other color I had been using was a tad too pink for my skin tone.

The look we came up with
As my makeup was being done, Tony (the artist) showed me each color he used and explained why he had chosen that particular color.  Since I have a large assortment of colors at home, I would ask him if a certain color I already owned would work in place of the color he had chosen. We briefly discussed how I should apply my foundation and he gave me a great recommendation for a mineralize finisher. My appointment was about an hour long and I was very very happy with the look we came up.

A great thing about having doing a practice run of my "show face" was Tony sent me home with this cheat sheet. It's the face he created with the product names & colors labeled on the specific area it was placed. And guess what??? I didn't have to pay extra for it! That day I left with, not only my new look, but two new eyeshadows, a lip liner, and a lipstick.

My makeup the day of the NPC Terminator did not turn out exactly the same as the look I left the MAC store with but I was still very happy with it! I received many compliments on my makeup and some of the girls who complimented me were very surprised when I told them that I had done my own makeup. Just goes to show that YOU can definitely create an incredible look for the day of your show!

Here are the specific items I used:

Foundation - Studio Sculpt NW 50 with Mineralize Skinfinish in Warm Blend on top
Eyeshadows - Carbon, Honesty, Freshwater, Brown Script, Silver Ring
Mascara - L'oreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black
Eyelashes -  Ardell "Lacies"
Lips - 80% lip liner, Fetish lipstick

Oh....before I MAC product that I highly recommend you try is their Blot Pressed Powder. You use it when your face is oily and it will absorb the excess oils on your skin and reduce shine. It's safe to use even if you're wearing foundation! I can't live without this on show day...heck...I can't live without it every day!!


  1. i love myself some MAC too!!! their products are incredible! you did an amazing job on your makeup ... it looks so professional ... and girl your body is ROCKING!!! :)

  2. I'm a mac lover myself. There makeup is cheap (not if buy a gazzilion things at one time though) and it lasts forever! Love love love MAC makeup. You did a great job with your makeup by the way :)

  3. Your makeup was amazing at the Terminator. It complimented you very well. Keep it up girl!

  4. I have a friend addicted to MAC too. I'm not a makeup girl, though I do wear it everyday. Up until about two years ago I never even wore mascara, now I can't live without it! Anyway, not like you need that makeup, you are gorgeous =) I'll have to check them out.

  5. Your make up looked outstanding Tenecia. I really want to go to the MAC counter and get a tutorial. I feel like a clown when I put my own make up on. I need help! I do plan on having a make up girl do my make up at my show, but I still would love to know how to do eyes. You can pull off pretty much any color. Who else can wear lime green? are gorgeous lady!