Posted on December 9, 2013

Holiday Makeup Look with Mary Kay

Conde Nast/ Holiday Makeup/ Makeup/ Mary Kay
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Lovelies, we are into December and that means the holidays are fast approaching but also holiday events are about to be in full swing. When I was given the opportunity to try out some Mary Kay Cosmetics to re-create one of the holiday looks created by celebrity makeup artist Mariela Bagnato I was game.

I knew Mary Kay would be sending me some goodies to get glam for the season, but when I received the package squeeeed just a bit. I received a beautiful black box filled with Mary Kay. 
I am familiar with Mary Kay products although it has been a few years since I have used any.  Fair warning, this post is going to be picture heavy, so go grab a drink and meet back here to dive in. 
There were three holiday looks created by Mariela Bagnato, the styles were inspired by Lindsey Callo the blogger behind Saucy Glossy.  The three looks were named The White-Hot Suite, Flapper Chic, and Silver Screen Siren, you can view the looks here. I was excited when I opened my box and saw the the card for The White-Hot Suit, this is soooooooo my style. When I saw all the looks this is the one that immediately jumped out at me. I love the classic sophistication of the all white menswear inspired 70’s throwback. 
There were so many amazing products in the box I received that I’m going to split them up into a few posts to give you more in depth reviews, so today I am only going to focus on the key items used in the look. 
Before I get into everything I just have to stop and mention that I was really impressed with how far the Mary Kay packaging has come. Clean, sleek and very updated, this isn’t your grandmothers Mary Kay. 
One key thing I want to mention was the compact. The shadows and bronzer came packaged individually and the compact has magnetic bottom for them to pop right into. So you did not need to replace the compact when you finish your colors just pop out the pans and pop in new colors. The lipstick also fits into the compact, you place it in before shutting the lid and it’s held in place. This is a great palette for traveling.
Okay enough chatter on to the look here are the main color products used; 
MK Cream Eye Color in Beach Blonde: I used this in place of eyelid primer and for a little hit of color in the tear duct and to highlight under the brow. The consistency was very smooth and the color was nice and warm, this will work well on multiple skin tones. 
MK Mineral Eye Colors Sweet Cream, Chocolate Kiss and Copper Glow: These shadows were easy to blend, applied smooth and even and had nice pigmentation. I had no issues with creasing or fading. Shown without primer. 
MK Mineral Bronzing Powder Desert Sun: I loved this bronzer and highlighter duo, the colors were perfect. My only complaint is the pan is tiny and with it being split it was hard to use my brush to pick up individual colors. (See picture of the bronzer in the compact above) Mary Kay please make this a bigger size in its own compact.  
MK Lipliner Clear: I don’t always use a lip liner but when going red it’s a must. No one wants red lipstick all over their mouth at the end of the day. This helped keep my lipstick in place. 

MK True Dimensions Lipstick in Firecracker: Va va voom this is a red. My ladies with dry lips, you need to try this line. This lipstick glided on nicely, very pigmented and felt like it was a lipstick and lip balm in one, very moisturizing. I don’t know what they put in this but once you put this on it’s not going anywhere, locked and loaded. I ate two meals and who knows how many times I drank something and at the end of the day this lipstick is still on my lips with very minimal fading. I did not reapply once.
MK Nourishine Lip Gloss in Rock “N” Red: I have used the nourishine lip glosses before and I really like them for two main reasons, great color payoff and they are not sticky. This color has a slight orange undertone. 
MK Lash Love:  Lash love, why yes, yes I love you. Two thumbs up for this mascara. I like the brush it’s small and perfect for my small eyes, it allowed me to get really close to the base of my lashes and it didn’t clump when I added a second coat. 
MK Liquid Eyeliner Black: This nice felt tip on this liquid liner made it easy to apply. 
I set the look with a quick dusting of the MK translucent powder and a spritz of the makeup finishing spray. Ladies, I’m a big fan of finishing sprays, I need to set my look and make sure it’s not going to rub off, wear off or worst of all get on my boyfriends white polo shirts. This Mary Kay finishing spray by Skindinävia is wonderful. 

Here is my final look. My eyes are small so I didn’t go overboard with the liner, and I wanted to balance the bold lip, which is way out of my comfort zone, I usually keep my lips neutral. This look can easily take you from the office to your holiday party. 
What do you think of how I interpreted the look to work with my style? 

Visit www.marykay.com to see more of the looks you can create this holiday season. 


*I received the items featured in this post from Mary Kay through Condé Nast, all opinions are my own. 

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  • That lip gloss looks rockin’!! So pigmented. I’ve only ever tried the Mary Kay Finishing Spray but you’ve inspired me to try their makeup!

  • That lip gloss looks rockin’!! So pigmented. I’ve only ever tried the Mary Kay Finishing Spray but you’ve inspired me to try their makeup!

  • I love that red!

  • I love that red!

  • Kendra Stanton

    I have been dying to try these out. I love that they are changing stuff now and doing the magnet casing!

  • Kendra Stanton

    I have been dying to try these out. I love that they are changing stuff now and doing the magnet casing!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    We can never have too many red lippies! I love it on you!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    We can never have too many red lippies! I love it on you!

  • Harshleen

    You look lovely girl! That red lippie is so pretty!

  • Harshleen

    You look lovely girl! That red lippie is so pretty!

  • BobbieF

    To be honest, I’ve never used Mary Kay – and I’ve actually never even considered it – remembering all the older women at my church when I was younger using it – which, I suppose, is a little unfair….but I never saw it in person and always envisioned it as the old Avon samples my mom would bring home. I’m really impressed by how sleek and modern that the product looks…not to mention how gorgeous you look wearing it! Thanks for the review, next time I’m invited to a Mary Kay party, I might consider going and trying it out myself!

  • BobbieF

    To be honest, I’ve never used Mary Kay – and I’ve actually never even considered it – remembering all the older women at my church when I was younger using it – which, I suppose, is a little unfair….but I never saw it in person and always envisioned it as the old Avon samples my mom would bring home. I’m really impressed by how sleek and modern that the product looks…not to mention how gorgeous you look wearing it! Thanks for the review, next time I’m invited to a Mary Kay party, I might consider going and trying it out myself!

  • The Shoe Twit

    You look gorgeous! I need to try that mascara!

  • The Shoe Twit

    You look gorgeous! I need to try that mascara!

  • Gabby

    You look gorgeous! I used to buy Mary Kay products several years ago. I should start buying them again 🙂 I’ve heard great things about the mascara and wanted to buy it a couple months ago, but never did. Now I have to order it!!

  • Gabby

    You look gorgeous! I used to buy Mary Kay products several years ago. I should start buying them again 🙂 I’ve heard great things about the mascara and wanted to buy it a couple months ago, but never did. Now I have to order it!!

  • Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • melissa

    I would love to try the makeup setting spray!! How long did it hold up?

    • Michelle McFarland

      This innovative product helps prevent makeup meltdown and keeps makeup looking freshly applied for hours; in fact, makeup lasts for up to 16 hours. It’s for any skin type, even oily, and keeps face feeling cool and refreshed when sprayed onto the face. Won’t stain, dries quickly, and washes off easily.

  • melissa

    I would love to try the makeup setting spray!! How long did it hold up?

  • mk.mariac

    I love your honesty and descriptions. You look georgeous! Mary Kay products are awesome! I am an Independent Mary Kay Sales Director. If any of your readers would like to try these products themselves, they can send me a message MariaCaputi@MaryKay.com.

  • mk.mariac

    I love your honesty and descriptions. You look georgeous! Mary Kay products are awesome! I am an Independent Mary Kay Sales Director. If any of your readers would like to try these products themselves, they can send me a message MariaCaputi@MaryKay.com.

  • Kelly R

    These look great. Wonderful post!

  • Kelly R

    These look great. Wonderful post!

  • Love the palette, and you look GORGEOUS! What a classic look 🙂

  • Love the palette, and you look GORGEOUS! What a classic look 🙂

  • Samantha F.

    I absolutely love that lip color! It’s so hard to find glosses that are not sticky, I’m glad to hear MK’s isn’t. I’ll definitely have to look into MK products when I restock my makeup cabinet!

  • Samantha F.

    I absolutely love that lip color! It’s so hard to find glosses that are not sticky, I’m glad to hear MK’s isn’t. I’ll definitely have to look into MK products when I restock my makeup cabinet!

  • Lovely red-lippied look! Perfect for the holidays 🙂

  • Lovely red-lippied look! Perfect for the holidays 🙂

  • Cynira Clay

    I love the bold lip! That setting spray is a great tip!

  • Cynira Clay

    I love the bold lip! That setting spray is a great tip!

  • Melissa Benoit

    Fabulous job with your Holiday look….classy & bold, yet still understated enough to work beautifully regardless of the event you’re attending!!! Kudus to you for doing a great job with your review as well. You’ve made me want to try several of these products! Happy Holidays!! xoxo

  • Melissa Benoit

    Fabulous job with your Holiday look….classy & bold, yet still understated enough to work beautifully regardless of the event you’re attending!!! Kudus to you for doing a great job with your review as well. You’ve made me want to try several of these products! Happy Holidays!! xoxo

  • LaToya Bell

    You look gorgeous! The eye color combos work well with the red lip. Thanks for the additional insight. I know sometimes bronzed-toned women don’t believe MK works for them, but you have proven they DO! I would love to help anyone in the Twin Cities, MN area find their perfect look! http://www.marykay.com.LNBell. Mention this blog for a special gift at your consultation! 🙂

  • LaToya Bell

    You look gorgeous! The eye color combos work well with the red lip. Thanks for the additional insight. I know sometimes bronzed-toned women don’t believe MK works for them, but you have proven they DO! I would love to help anyone in the Twin Cities, MN area find their perfect look! http://www.marykay.com.LNBell. Mention this blog for a special gift at your consultation! 🙂

  • Michelle McFarland

    You can never go wrong with Mary Kay ladies! Ive used it since I was 18! Absolutely love it, I am also a Future Sales Director with the company, if you ever want to try our products…let me know! Would love to send you some samples to try out! http://www.marykay.ca/michelle.m

  • Michelle McFarland

    You can never go wrong with Mary Kay ladies! Ive used it since I was 18! Absolutely love it, I am also a Future Sales Director with the company, if you ever want to try our products…let me know! Would love to send you some samples to try out! http://www.marykay.ca/michelle.m

  • Michelle McFarland

    This innovative product helps prevent makeup meltdown and keeps makeup looking freshly applied for hours; in fact, makeup lasts for up to 16 hours. It’s for any skin type, even oily, and keeps face feeling cool and refreshed when sprayed onto the face. Won’t stain, dries quickly, and washes off easily.

  • You look absolutely stunning! Great use of the products! <3

  • Shipra Taneja

    You look absolutely stunning! Great use of the products! <3

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