#FoundationFocus: mostly Matte With a subtle Pink Sheen using MAC studio fix fluid SPF 15 and Strobe cream in Pinklite

Natural-looking skin with a classic MAC foundation
This MAC classic foundation is still one of my favorites!

I threw it waaaaaaay back to the old school today with MAC studio fix fluid Foundation.


C’mon, MAC girls, I know y’all went through a phase when you wore this for a minute. I know I completely did! It was my jam back in the day. I’m talking late ’90s, early 2000s. It was the first MAC foundation I ever tried.

Oh, the trouble I got into while wearing this… So great.

MAC studio fix fluid — old school and effective!
Full-coverage matte MAC studio fix fluid is THE foundation I think of when I picture classic full-on glam MAC makeup, but here’s the deal: it’s surprisingly flexible. You can easily change the look of it if you’re feeling creative, which is how I was feeling this morning after I viewed this video with MAC artist Nemah Hasan.


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She mixes studio fix fluid foundation with Pinklite Strobecream…

So genius, right? Why didn’t I ever think to try that?

Anyway, it inspired me, so today I put my own spin on it. I did a mostly matte, skin-focused makeup look with a subtle pink sheen. I think it’s quite sheer and natural looking, which I’ve been loving lately.

Here’s how I did the foundation…

1. Prep your skin first by spritzing a few sprays of moisturizing MAC Prep + Prime Fix+.

My love, always and forever, MAC Fix+
Moisturize meeeee
LOL! I look like I just emerged from an ocean swim in this pic! My face is drenched. For the record, it’s not easy to take a self-portrait when you’re spraying your face with Fix+.

I do this to moisturizing my skin and make the foundation look smoother.

2. Prime your skin with MAC Prep + Prime Skin.

Just a dab
Today was my first time trying this smoothing face primer. The colorless formula includes tiny, seductive sparkles that I can’t really see once they’re blended in, unless I look very closely. I like it. It smooths ‘ze pores while delicately blessing you with radiance. Ah…

Don’t forget to let it dry before applying foundation.
3. mix equal parts MAC studio fix fluid foundation and MAC Strobe cream in Pinklite.

MAC studio fix fluid SPF 15 in NC42, MAC Strobecream in Pinklite, and the 190 foundation Brush
Adding Pinklite Strobe cream sheers out the studio fix fluid a bit.

I wanted to keep the sheen on my cheeks and chin, so, when I was finished with the foundation, I set my forehead and the sides of my nose with a little MAC Mineralize Slinfinish natural in medium golden using a MAC 140S synthetic fan Brush.

I mixed equal parts on the back of my hand.
Fingers work too, but I was feeling fancy today.

Mostly matte with a faint pink sheen
2. The final look

I kept the rest of my makeup pretty natural to choose the overall theme, and here’s a quick breakdown…

EYES: MAC Groundwork paint Pot mixed with a face oil and applied to my lids, two coats of MAC bold & bad Lash Mascara on my lashes, and MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide intense Eye liner smudged out on my upper and lower lash lines; MAC Brow Sculpt Brow Pencil Spiked in my brows and set with benefit clear brow gel.

CHEEKS: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in smart used as a cream blush.

LIPS: MAC Nicki Minaj Lipstick in Nicki’s Nude


And that pretty much describes my makeup mood today. What was yours?

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