3 Steps to a Perfect Valentine’s Day Pout With MAC Cosmetics

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, ladies, it is an essential to prep your lips before locking lips with your special someone. If you decide to stay home and spend V-Day this way, make sure to prep your lips, even if it means you don’t wear anything else on your face. To me, prepped and primed lips can make the rest of your face look put together even though you don’t have foundation or eyeshadow.

“Each Lipstick holds extra amounts of pigment, resulting in extreme colour intensity, clarity and vibrancy. And now, you can pair them with our equally vivid new Liptensity Lip Pencil, featuring a slanted and a chiseled tip.” – MAC Cosmetics.

I recently visited the MAC Cosmetics store in North Ryde, for an in-store experience to try out some new-to-me lipsticks with paired up lip pencils. My MAC Artist, Melanie, kindly walked me through a variety of lipsticks and finishes. I mentioned to her that I gravitated towards comfortable matte-everyday nude shades and wanted to try something along the lines of pinky-mauve shades. I found that I have a habit of falling back to earthy-nude lipsticks and wanted to step away from that.

Step One

Melanie, applied LIP CONDITIONER* to my lips, which helped to lock in moisture and offered a soft shine. She also suggested that if my lips were severely chapped, I could use Lip Scrubtious, which is a sugar-based exfoliator that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin.

After prepping lips, Melanie had suggested a few colours from the LIPTENSITY range. Since I owned several of the cult fave black bullet lipsticks already, I wanted to explore and play with other types of lipsticks. The liptensity range captured my attention because of the bright, bold and kind-of-out-there colours. Though, I wasn’t interested in those types of shades, I only knew I wanted to take home a shade from this collection.

Step Two

Then, Melanie advised I could use a paired LIP PENCIL* as part of the LIPTENSITY in Pressed Blooms (soft cool pink) to line and colour in my lips. The lip pencil had a creamy texture as it felt comfortable when it glided against my skin that left an opaque colour to lips.

Step Three

And finally, apply your choice of lipstick–for me, it was LIPSTICK* in Ginger Rose. I decided to recreate this look because silly me I got carried away chatting and forgot to take a selfie. The Ginger Rose appeared more of a mid-tone blue pink with a satin finish. This is something I surprised myself with, but I am happy to have tried something more feminine, and not over the top if you get my drift.

What is your favourite MAC lipstick shade and finish?