Forces of Nature

Mother Nature lends her electrifying shades for a refreshing switch from the somber muted tones of winter’s past to this summer's look du jour.

Every time we sit down to do our makeup, there is that sense of fun to "paint" our faces—especially when we get to work with a lot of colors, to a point that we surprise ourselves with the look we have created.

For makeup artists and hobbyists alike, we find inspiration in the most unexpected places, one of which is from nature. One of the best trends at this time of year takes into account all the colors of nature.

Evoke the allure of the Amazonian jungle with the season’s hedonistic hues from MAC Cosmetics. Start off with a natural highlighted base that glows for the gods with an essential skincare regimen providing intense hydration into the complexion. Prep with a spritz of Lightful C + Coral Grass Softening Lotion Spray all over, doubling up with the multi-purpose Prep + Prime Essential Oils Stick to revitalize the skin, while under eyes and lips entail a nourishing treatment with Fast Response Eye Cream and Lip Conditioner. With a hydrating skincare concoction in place, work in a sheer blend of Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation and Strobe Cream to create a brightening second-skin base. Tie in the look with a seductive gaze through naturally lifted lashes with a few coats of Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara. Set the ethereal visage with a light veil of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and a mist of Prep + Prime Fix+.

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EARTH

Unearthed precious metals with a molten finish is a new way to do nudes. Mix Velvet Teddy with a touch of King Salmon to create a warm deep-toned base for the lip. Pat Goldmine and top with Lipglass to achieve the glossy gilded effect. Keep the eyes monochromatic and dimensional by layering Sweet Heat and Goldmine all over the lid. Diffuse the edges and softly smoke out the outer corners and line the lower last line with Brun.

On her: Natori robe.

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WIND

Soar into the blue skies with a graphic liner fit for heavily bodies. Use Goldmine for a soft wash of golden shimmer on the lids, extended into the brow bone, and feathered into the brows for a blended effect. With a wet angled brush, intensify the pigment of Electric Eel and create a thick winged liner from the inner upper lash line outwards to the tail of the brow; line the lower lash with a precision pencil brush. Give the lip a subtle pearlized finish by filling in with Boldly Bare, topped with Chilled on Ice and Antiqued, and coated with Lipglass.

On her: Natori robe.

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FIRE

Harness the summer heat with a two-tone lip to mimick the sunset on the horizon. Fill the lip with the cult favorite Ruby Woo using a lip brush for sharp precision. Pat Chrome Yellow on the center of the lip concentrating the vivid color in the middle and fading out for a seamless blend. Add an understated wash of color on the lids with Sweet Heat and softly sculpting the crease with Goldmine.

On her: Natori robe.

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WATER

If it's perfecting the quintessential mermaid goals you're trying to achieve, this is where you dive into the depths of the ocean with an impeccable sea siren look. Set the stage and sculpt the inner corner with Goldmine and brush up the pigment into the brows. Press Freshwater all over the lids, blending out edges into the tip of the brows for a lifted effect. Rim the eyes by smudging the color across the lower lashline and dot Chrome Yellow on the inner tearduct for a bright highlight. A statement eye needs a subdued lip to standout, pat on a mix Taupe and Mehr for a subtle blurred look.

On her: Natori robe.

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Presented by MAC Cosmetics
Creative Director & Beauty Editor: Teej Nepomuceno
Photographer: Oliver Tam

Art Director: Hans De Barras
Makeup: Bianca Vela for MAC Cosmetics

Hair: Francis Guinto for Phyto
Model: Dinara Abdulina of Main Models
Producer: Trina Domingo
Stylist: Nana Valdueza
Sittings Editor: Maggie Francisco
Production Assistant: Mich Protacio

Shot on location at Sta. Elena Golf & Country Club
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