My first foray into non-drugstore makeup was a few months before my sister’s wedding. I was okay at doing my own makeup for day-to-day life, but didn’t have the products or the skills to do a makeup look for a special event, like a wedding. She suggested that we all go to the MAC counter at the mall to have them do a makeup trial, and I ended up walking away with a few products that I still use and love to this day! That experience opened me up to a whole new world and I haven’t looked back!
One of the reasons that I love shopping at Ulta Beauty is because they carry a great assortment of brands, including MAC Cosmetics. It’s convenient to be able to buy one of the first eyeshadows I ever used (and still use!), my favorite eyeshadow primer, and some pretty lipsticks while doing the rest of my makeup shopping! Speaking of lipstick, the MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick is a newer discovery for me and I’m glad to have tried it! I love a matte lip, but they can be drying and look worse for the wear after just an hour or so. The Powder Kiss line has a selection of great colors and is formulated to feel weightless and hydrating on your lips. It’s difficult to even describe what it feels like when applying – I understand the use of the word, “powder” in the name now. It goes on super smooth and feels silky, like there’s nothing on your lips but a dusting of product, like a powder.
I picked out two colors for spring/summer that are bright and fun!
While I’ve changed my ways a little bit, in terms of choosing lip colors, I still tend towards bright, bold pinks. My lips are naturally pretty pink, so I like to enhance the natural color with my lipstick. The first color I tried is Sultriness. It pulls like a rich watermelon punch on my skin, which I think is a fun change up from my usual rose pink color.
I also have been wearing the shade, Scattered Petals, which is a more peachy, salmon-like color. This one is more outside my comfort zone, but it looks really pretty with a shimmery eyeshadow look and a similarly colored top or dress.
The line also features quite a few great nudes and reds, if you prefer those shades over a pink. A little pro tip for wearing a matte lipstick: if you need to smooth out your lip color, like after eating or drinking, apply a little bit of clear or nude lip gloss to your lips to work the color where you want it to go!
In collaboration with Ulta Beauty. All opinions are my own.