Monday, January 30, 2012

how to use mac pigment

i've been pretty excited about this post.
i'm going to show you 4 different ways to use pigment
if you don't know what pigment is, 
pigment is a coloring system for make up.
basically, you can use one pot of pigment for ALL your makeup.
and a little goes a long way!
i have a lot of mac pigment so that's what i will use to show.
mac makeup is what i use most often, so i am a little partial to it :)

but there are also a lot of other pigments 
L'Oreal HiP Shocking Shadow Pigments.Opens in a new window

check your local beauty supplier, ask if they have pigment pots 
and they can probably show you a few different brands.

here are the materials you will need for makeup:
a shadow brush
a cheek brush
cotton swabs

when using pigment to color cheeks
just dip the brush in the pigment... that's it
and apply to your cheeks like blush.
the pigment i use is yellowish in color and goes on a shimmery pink.

when using pigment to color lips
dip a cotton swab in vaseline
then dip the cotton swab in the pigment color of your choice.
apply on lips

when using pigment as eyeshadow
first apply lotion to the lid,
dip the shadow brush in the loose powder
apply on eyes to create an intense LASTING color
using pigment as shadow is my favorite way to use pigment.
in the picture below, i have used two colors...
and it lasts ALL DAY...with seriously NO WEARING!!

when using pigment as fingernail polish,
dump out a little clear polish and pigment on a plate,
stir the mixture together and it creates a fabulous colored polish!

long story short:
pigment is the GREATEST!
it lasts for such a long time.
i have had one pot since JUNIOR HIGH!
and it still works like a charm :)
comment/email me if you have any questions about using pigment 
and i will do my best to help!


  1. Uhhh... this is amazing. I've never really heard of pigment, but that explains so much about how everyone gets perfect makeup like that for so long! I'm going to have to go buy me some!

    I am co-hosting the Tuesday Time Out Inspiration Link Party this week {my first time as a host!}. I would love if you stopped by my blog and posted some of your amazing projects! Thanks!!

    xo. Hilary @

  2. Oh my, could I use your help...the make up tips I could learn. I am definitely make up challenged. I love know about the pigment now though, what a versatile product.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and the sweet comment, I am now your newest follower!

  3. Thanks for these tips. I have never really thought about using pigment in some of these ways.

  4. that is awesome lauryn :) to be honest, i have never even heard of pigment haha!

  5. Really cool! I had no idea you could use this stuff for nail polish! How cute!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I love MAC pigments, they are seriously my favorite eyeshadow! I haven't tried using them for nail polish yet, very cute!
    Modern Modest Beauty

  7. Cool!!! Thanks for sharing this, I've been a little out of the loop with the whole make up thing since selling my hairdressing business to be a SAHM. I'll have to check this pigment stuff out!

  8. Very cool! I never would've guessed you could use this in so many different ways:)

  9. Holy moly, seriously?? totally digging the eyes, what type of lotion did you use? I am an avid MAC user and use the primer on my eyes. Came over from my blog and wanted to thank you for linking up to my 365 Challenge!!

  10. I want some! I've been pretty out of the loop in the cosmetics game since I started playing Mommy. I can't wait to try out some pigments!

    Found you on Flamingo Toes
    visiting from Well Rounded,

  11. This is brilliant, Lauryn! Thanks so much for the eyeshadow tips, I can't wait to try them!! :D

  12. Great infro.......BUT please, tell us, what kind of lotion DO you use on eyes. Thanks.

    1. thanks for all the great comments everyone!
      the lotion i used on my lid for this post was clinique lotion (as pictured).
      i have also used mary kay.
      the reason i used these lotions are just because i happened to have them on hand.
      i say any lotion will work GREAT as long as it has a thin consistency.
      hope this helps!
      {love} lauryn

  13. omg this is so helpful and genius. I LOVE LOVE Mac pigment...been using it for years but only on my eyes!


  14. I had no idea that you could do all of this! The nail polish was a pleasant surprise. I always wondered what the point of clear polish I know and need to get some.

    For the eyes, do you leave the lotion on thick without rubbing it in before you apply the pigment? Does it make the pigment feel heavy and chunky on your eyes? I have always applied pigment directly to the eye and it has never lasted long which is why I don't really use it. So excited to learn how!!

  15. Lauryn,
    PLEASE EXCUSE my eagerness to read the post I failed to notice the clinique lotion (AS PICTURED) as quoted by you above. APPARENTLY I'm not the only person who bothered you w/this question. I have NEVER received a response from a blogger who addressed me (in my email from you) as if I were in your (future??) Kindergarten class who didn't pay attention. Happy to un scribe and therefore refrain from imposing on you again. Interesting that in a post this week, you said you 'were vain'...............Not feeling the (love) lauryn as you stated in your response. Suggest you strive to achieve a higher standard of displaying 'class'. You are such a beautiful young woman and best wishes of course.

    1. Oh lesa, I am so so sorry I have offended you. I thought your question about the lotion was great! I generally answer questions through email or on the persons blog. Those who had the same question about the lotion had their questions answered in that manner. I could not find a place to reply to you which is why I directed the comment to you. I honestly stated your name out of respect, I apologize it did not appear that way. The reason I stated the lotion pictured is that I realized no one probably even had a clue it was lotion. I thought it would help clarify as I did not explain that well in the post at all. I am sad to see you unsubscribe, and again am deeply sorry for coming off as disrespectful or harsh. I in no way intended for that to happen.
      {love} Lauryn

    2. Lauryn,

      I think you are one class act and your posts are great! Keep it up!


  16. Lauryn, Upon reading your response about offending me, I must say I do believe your words are heartfelt. Please know I welcome and accept your apology. As a gesture of good will between us, I have contacted Whitney Vass with a desire to purchase a custom item of her art and welcome the opportunity to help a college girl ref. expenses. Hoping your lovely post about her indeed generates sales. Lauryn I read/research LOTS of blogs for the corporation I'm employed with and must say you did handle your response with grace. This issue is unfortunate at best and hopefully soon forgotten. Good luck in your future endeavors and Warm Regards.


i love comments! thank you for taking the time to write me a message, and for making me smile. :)
{love} lauryn

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