MAC Foundations- The Difference

Having previously worked in MAC Cosmetics I had a lot of customers come in looking for the right foundation for their skin.
Most of the customers I had didn’t know the difference between any of our foundations or have been using the wrong one for their skin type.
So I said I’d break it down for you guys here!

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation- Oily to Combination skin

This foundation is for oily to combination skin types. This is an oil free and matte foundation which means it does not clog any pores and mattifies any oiliness on the skin.
It is quite a heavy foundation on the skin so if you love coverage then I would definitely recommend this!
SPF 15


Pro Longwear Fluid Foundation- Dry to Combination skin

This foundation is for dry to combination skin.
It says it gives you a medium coverage although I think it is a bit heavy on the skin.
It sets on the skin very fast so once you apply you need to buffer it in pretty fast!
It is not a buildable coverage foundation so once you have a layer on I’m sorry ladies but you won’t be able to add on to it, unless you want to drag the foundation as you apply more!
Rather than it leaving a matte finish like the studio fix, it leaves a more satin texture to the skin.
It also lasts up to 15 hours! So it won’t slide off the skin, make you look patchy or caked!
SPF 10

Studio Sculpt Foundation- Dry Skin

This foundation is for dry skin. It is a gel based foundation, giving you a medium buildable coverage and leaves a beautiful satin finish!
It is also one of MAC’s best sellers and is very popular for more mature skin.
It also gives you a gorgeous dewy look on the skin and is hydrating which is a dream come true if you have dry skin!
SPF 15


Matchmaster Foundation- Normal to Oily Skin

This foundation is for normal to oily skin, it blends well and keeps the skin fresh and hydrated during the day.
The matchmaster range uses a shade intelligence technology to match areas of uneven skin tone i.e. forehead and chin without looking ashy.
It doesn’t come in the usual NC or NW shades like the rest of the MAC products it starts from 1.0 and goes up to 9.0.
If you are unsure of your shade ask any MAC consultant to give you a colour match and you’ll find the perfect match for you!
SPF 15


Face and Body Foundation- Normal Skin

This foundation is a light to medium coverage and is buildable.
You can apply this foundation directly on to the skin, but if you want to build it up pour some on your hand and rub it in circular motions until it has a tacky feel to it then apply it on.
It also doesn’t contain an SPF which means there’s no flashback in photos!
(This means, when there is a spf in a foundation and a photo is taken with a flash your face will seem whiter than it actually is! But with a foundation with no spf you don’t have that problem at all!)


Moisture Mineralizing Foundation- Dry Skin

This foundation is for dehydrated and sensitive skin.
This foundation range is blended with 77 minerals, plus vitamin E and shea butter which creates a dewy effect on dry and sensitive skin and also helps to even out skin tone.
It has a light but buildable coverage and is lovely and lightweight on the skin.
This range comes in a fluid, compact or loose powder whichever your preference!

SPF 15


Pro Longwear Compact Foundation- Oily skin

This foundation is easy to blend and sets to a soft matte finish best for oily to combination skin.
It is a cream to powder foundation and leaves a beautifully natural finish!
It has a light to medium coverage and is packaged in a compact with a mirror and sponge so you can put it in your handbag to top up during the day!
You can apply this with the sponge given, your fingers or with a brush!

SPF 20


Studio Fix Powder All skin types

This foundation is for all skin types and is one of our most popular!
It is ideally a foundation but a lot of girls seem to use it over their own foundations which I would not recommend as it will make your complexion very cakey!
It has a silky, talc-based texture that applies and blends great leaving you with a matte finish.
The compact also comes with a sponge and a mirror.
The powder is also triple milled so allows the skin to breathe.
It is a light to medium coverage and can be applied dry or wet, although if applied wet you do have the risk of it coming out streaky.


studio fix powder

So there you go! An overview on all the MAC foundations! Hope that helped anyone confused on which type to buy for their skin. Make sure you get a colour match at your nearest counter off any MAC consultants as you don’t want to be wearing the right foundation but wrong shade!!

You can buy any of these products at any MAC counter or in any Brown Thomas Ireland stores.


Miss Bandon 2013

I recently was key make up artist for the Miss Bandon contest in County Cork.
Which was loads of fun and a great experience for me!
There were 12 contestants, a lot of makeup to do!
I had a makeup assistant with me to help me out with the girls, who also happened to be a really good friend of mine.


I arrived with Christine in to Wayne Llyod hairdressers at 10am to begin the day of doing up the girls.
The girls got their hair styled by professionals in the hairdressers and came to myself and Christine after for make up.
I tried to match their eyeshadow to the colour of their dresses.
Giving most girls a brown, a coral and a gold smokey eye.
All the pictures of the girls are on my Instagram and Facebook like page if anyone wants to check them out.
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(one of the girls I did makeup on for the show, excuse the bad quality of the photo.)

The final was held in Munster Arms hotel in Bandon.
It started at 8pm, I was there much earlier to top up the girls makeup.
They all looked stunning in their dresses.

The show ended at 12pm.
It was a very long day. But it was such a great experience and I’d love to do it again!

A big congratulations to the winner of Miss Bandon 2013 to Donna McCarthy.

(This is the makeup I did on Donna for the show.)

Thanks for reading everyone, more tutorials and product reviews to come soon!

Cliodhna x

Get the Crystal Reed look!


Hey guys! I am a huge fan of MTV’s show Teen Wolf, and absolutely love Crystal Reed, a.k.a Alison.
Her makeup on the show is always natural and flawless!

Although outside the show Crystal seems to steer away from the natural look slightly and loves a strong lip! Still rocking a subtle natural eye though.

I couldn’t decide which look to give a tutorial on, as all her makeup looks are stunning! But I decided on this flawless makeup, a subtle smokey eye teamed with a pale pink lip. Gorgeous and very achievable look!

1. First of all apply your foundation, as usual and lightly contour your cheekbones and jawline. – to make your bone structure really stand out.
No blusher is used on Crystal, but if you want to add a bit of colour to your cheeks use a coral blusher such as adjustable colour blush- fancy coral 02.
Do not forget to set your foundation and contouring with a translucent powder, dusted lightly over your ‘T’ zone.

2. Use a brown matte eyeshadow in your eyebrows using an angle brush to shape them.

3. Put a light brown base colour on your lid such as, Cork from MAC.

4. Using your blending brush use any black eyeshadow and blend the black in to the crease of your eye, blending it down on to the lid as well. Carbon from MAC is a good black!

Bring the black down underneath your bottom lash line on the outer corner of your eye with a pencil brush.

5. Using a clean pencil brush, get a highlighting colour eyeshadow, such as ‘bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette. Put it in the inner corner of your eye.

6. Using an angle brush get your black eyeshadow again and place it on your top lash line to give the effect that you are wearing liner and have fuller lashes.
Then apply your mascara.

7. Finally apply your lipstick and you have completed the look!

You can use whichever pink lipstick you have or prefer. Crystal is wearing a colour similar to NYX ‘harmonica’ 504 which you can get in most chemists.
You can put a nude colour on your lips first like, MAC shy girl and then put harmonica over it to give it a more pinky shimmery touch.


I hope I’ve helped guys! Keep reading and if there is any tutorials you’d like me to do comment below!

Cliodhna x