I love my MAC pigments! I have managed to accumulate quite a collection of colours over the years by buying the small “test” pots online.
What is a pigment some of you may ask? A pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. With it you can create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. It doesn’t streak or cake & is very easy to blend and long-lasting. Pigments are highly versatile because it has numerous uses and is often collected. They come in a variety of finishes varying from matte to a finish similar to lustre eye shadows in loose form.
♥ How & where can you wear MAC pigments?
The most common uses for MAC pigments are on the eyes and the lips, but pigments can be used anywhere on the face, décolleté, cheeks, eyes, lips, nails and hair. They can be used as a blush, contour, highlight, to enhance, whatever you want – anything, anywhere.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments on the eyes?
Using pigments as a loose eye shadow can be difficult, and it’s best to use a base to help them adhere. Many products can be used as a base. The most popular are Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, MAC Shade sticks, MAC Paints, MAC Cream Colour Bases, Mixing Mediums, water, or saline drops (such as Visine). Anything that is tacky, or helps the pigment to stick to your skin will help. Not only will this help the pigments stay put, but will aid makeup in lasting all day, and night, if need be. You can also combine a drop of water, mixing medium, visine, or other liquid of your choice with a pigment forming a sort of ‘paint’ which will create a more metallic, satin or smooth finish. Pigments can also be used as an eyeliner, wash, contour, highlight, all over colour, or however you choose to use them.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments on the lips?
There are a few techniques for using pigments in lip colour. You can mix the pigment with clear or coloured lip gloss in a separate jar, or you can apply a bit of pigment to your lips after putting gloss on, blend, and then add another coat of gloss on top.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments in nail colour?
You can add pigments to clear nail polish to create your own colour. It is a good idea to use a jar of polish that has the little metal agitator pellet in it. If your polish does not have the agitator ball, you can use a small be-be or ball bearing, which you can generally find at craft stores or hobby shops. Using these metal balls allows you to continue to mix the two elements together. You can also use pigments and glitters by sprinkling them over nail polish before it has dried.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments as body shimmer?
You can add pigments to body cream by putting a dab of cream in your hand, sprinkling pigment on top and mixing together to create a beautiful shimmery body lotion. You can also add pigments to any foundation or facial cream to give it a pearlescent or shimmer effect.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments as cheek colour? Apply small dabs of the pigment across your cheek like a football player line, and then blend in with your fingers or a brush.
♥ What techniques are used to wear MAC pigments on hair?
Take your favourite hair styling product (cream, mousse, gel etc.), sprinkle a bit of pigment over it and mix well. Then streak it through your hair, or use all over for a total effect. If pigments or glitters are just dusted over your hair without mixing with something to help them adhere to the hair, they can spill out causing pigment to be everywhere.
Today I created a FOTD with 3 of my favourite MAC pigments; Naked (fleshy beige with pearl), Tan (muted pinky brown bronze) & Cocomotion (golden light brown with shimmer)
Studio Fix Fluid & Powder in NC20
MAC Peachykeen blush
MAC MSF Sunny by Nature Bronzer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – Milk (inner corner of eye)
MAC Naked Pigment (inner corner of eye)
MAC Tan Pigment (all over lid & lower lash line)
MAC Cocomotion Pigment (crease & lower lash line)
MAC Brule e/s (brow bone highlight)
MAC Smolder (waterline)
CS Gel Liner – True Black (upper lash line)
MAC Zoom Lash Mascara
NYX Acapulco Lipstick
Victoria Secret – Sensual Strawberry clear gloss
Some of my other favourite pigments are: Melon, Nightlight, Jardin Aires, Subtle, Vanilla, Violet, Smoke Signal & Reflects Antique Gold (glitter).
What are your favourite MAC pigments?