sugar and spice and everything nice!

by nylon

"Let them eat cake," may have been one of the more callous statements ever made--but on a really basic level, we totally agree with it. Cake, cookies, pies, name it, we will eat.

So when MAC's newest collection, called Baking Beauties and inspired by cake decoration, arrived in our office we couldn't help but salivate over it. The limited edition series features names like Sweet Tooth, Devil's Food, Pink Buttercream, and Fancy Frosting and a range of pastel hues (lilac, periwinkle, apricot)--not to mention the cupcake-like decorations on the Mineralize Face Powders.

Inspiration struck, and struck hard, so we've come up with three different ways to feel inspired by it. Think it's mouthwatering? You can shop the entire collection right here.

The Editor: Rebecca Willa Davis, Executive Web Editor

The Inspiration: Marie Antoinette--the original and the Sofia Coppola/Kirsten Dunst version. It's not just her famous tagline that seemed perfect for this collection; it's her frothy dresses and always-rosy cheeks that seemed like a no-brainer when it came to inspiration.

Products Used: MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm in Cheery Cheery, MAC Nail Lacquer in Pistachio Creme, and MAC Pearlmatte Face Powder in Pink Buttercream

The Editor: Ray Siegel, Senior Web Editor

The Inspiration: Distraught '50s housewives, Lana Del Rey as Jackie O, retro desserts, and the pastel color palette that was popular in the 1950s.

Products Used:MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm in Cheery Cheery, MAC Pearlmatte Face Powders in Pink Buttercream and In For a Treat, MAC Nail Lacquer in Confectionary

The Editor: Ali Hoffman, Web Editor

The Inspiration: While MAC's new Baking Beauties collection is definitely more Laduree than Lake Como, a lot of the colors in the collection--faded peachy oranges, cool blues, chocolate browns--reminded me of old photos of my parents vacationing in Mexico in the '70s. (Plus, I can't resist a good pun--baking in the sun, anyone?) And who better than Slim Aarons to showcase poolside sunbathers during that era? Viola! It gives a whole new meaning to baking beauties.

Products Used: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Eclair, MAC Nail Lacquer in Pistachio Creme, and MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm in Baking Beauty.