My DIY Makeup Trial

Now that you’ve seen my makeup inspiration and the new additions to my makeup bag, it’s time to show you how it all came together.

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I used quite a few products. Definitely way more than I use on a daily basis. Here’s a list from left to right:

  • Revlon Fantasy Lengths false eyelashes with glue #91003 Flirty
  • A toothpick
  • Smashbox Photo Finish primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer
  • Tarte Smooth Operator waterproof concealer in Medium
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation in 210 Buff
  • Maybelline Shine-Free Loose Powder in Light
  • Foundation wedge
  • Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express waterproof mascara in Classic Black
  • Cover Girl Cheekers blush in Classic Pink
  • Lancome Sensational Effects eyeshadow palette with Pink Pearls, Pink Zinc, Drama, and Successorize
  • Cover Girl Liquiline Blast eyeliner in Black Fire
  • Blush brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Powder brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Cover Girl Outlast all-day lip color in Rose Pearl

For the most part, I followed this tutorial from A Practical Wedding. It was really helpful, so I’d suggest clicking through, but I’m going to detail a lot of the steps here.

Here’s my before picture of me wearing my regular, everyday makeup:

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And here’s how I got to the after:

First, apply the primer to your face and eyelids. Then use the foundation wedge to apply foundation.

Over the top of the foundation, use the concealer to cover any blemishes or under-eye darkness. (If you want to use the concealer underneath the foundation, that’s fine, too. The internet says it’s just personal preference.)

Set your base with loose powder and a powder brush. I tried to lightly press the powder onto my face before doing a top coat brushing it on, if that makes sense. I feel like when you brush the powder on, it wipes off the concealer you just put carefully in place.

Brush the lightest, shimmery eyeshadow (Pink Zinc) just under your brow bone and brush the medium shade (Drama) across the lid.

Draw a thick line of eyeliner along your lash line, smudge it with the built-in smudger tool, and set it with the darkest shade of eyeshadow (Successorize) just like you set your foundation.

People feel very differently about using eyeliner under the eye. I am pro-under-eye eyeliner, so I also smudged liner into my lower lash line about 2/3 of the way across.

Once you’re done with the eyeliner, curl your eyelashes and put on two to three coats of mascara.

Next is the hard part. Fake lashes. The APW tutorial tells you to cut your lashes into thirds. I did this for one eye and put the other strip on without cutting it. I liked the whole lash strand better. Maybe test it out to see what you prefer. Put a little glue on the edge of your toothpick and then put the glue from the toothpick onto the lashes. Let the glue dry for about 30 seconds! This is very important! Tacky glue will hold better. After 30 seconds, put the lashes onto your eyelid and use the other end of the toothpick to position the lashes right where you want them.

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Here I am with lashes on just the right eye. You can see how it makes a difference, especially on the outside edge.

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Once you’ve got the lashes on and the glue is dry, use your eyelash curler to press your natural lashes and the fake lashes together.

The glue will dry clear, but just to make sure it was well blended, I smudged a little more of the dark eyeshadow into my lash line.

That’s it for the eyes! Next, sweep a healthy amount of bright pink blush over the apples of your cheeks.

Finally, apply your lipstick. Make sure to blot with a tissue before putting the topcoat on over the top of the lip color. And that’s it! Want to see the finished product?

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At first, I was concerned that I looked like a clown. I never wear this much makeup, so the heavy eye AND super-pink cheeks AND bright lipstick was a bit jarring.

I wiped off as much of the lipstick as I could (that Outlast really stays on, y’all!) and swiped on a bit of the lip gloss that came with the Smashbox sampler I bought. Then, to make it more realistic, I threw on my veil. Just ignore the black t-shirt and pretend there’s a wedding dress in its place.

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I love it! It’s definitely a lot of makeup. In person, I do think it’s a bit much, but even on my crappy point-and-shoot camera, I think it photographs very well. And Mr. T likes it.

What do you think?

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Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:55 pm

    I think it photographs beautifully, it’s stunning and doesn’t look like way, way too much, even if it is a lot!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:00 pm

    It looks really great! I’m impressed!

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    corabella 19 posts, Newbee @ 1:04 pm

    Pretty! I would suggest going a bit heavier on your eyes, after a few hours it will wear out/off. I would do a bit more smoky in the creases like your inspiration post has.

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    Pearberry 1980 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:23 pm

    You look gorgeous! It further reinforces my idea to DIY my make up too!

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    S, Guest @ 1:43 pm

    Looks great!! Have you tried defining the brow a bit?

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    jenniferd 145 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:49 pm

    I agree with defining your brow! My makeup artist did it for me when i took my engagement pictures and it made a huge difference.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:49 pm

    It looks fabulous! You really did a beautiful job!

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 1:49 pm

    It looks really good! I love the last pic, with the shine on your lips. In addition, I would recommend defining your brow. I use the Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-On Powder–I feel like it looks more natural with a powder versus a pencil. But a defined brow will really help frame your face (which is gorgeous by the way!).

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:59 pm

    I think it photographs very well! Nicely done.

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:06 pm

    Beautiful! I love the shine on your lips in the last pic!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:11 pm

    Thank you for making me feel like I can DIY my wedding makeup. You look amazing. I’m pretty a-okay with makeup usually but, like you, I need to buy some additional things (primer, etc etc lol) and practice.

    YOU LOOK AMAZING! ^_^

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:51 pm

    It looks lovely! I especially love the way your eyes look!

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 4:27 pm

    It photographs wonderfully! you look beautiful!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 4:44 pm

    you look beautiful! The makeup is very natural looking!

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 4:54 pm

    Wow, you did a great job! You and Kate Middleton do have something in common!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:59 pm

    You look gorgeous! I really love that color on your lips.

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    Mathis13 242 posts, Helper bee @ 6:01 pm

    It looks Ah-Mazing! Like a pro!

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    coyote 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:17 pm

    You look beautiful!! And great tutorial… That is so helpful!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:52 pm

    I think you did a fantastic job! I don’t think it’s too much at all! PS you have great skin Miss T!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:17 pm

    I think it looks lovely! And it’s nice to see the results in photos, as that’s what you’ll be captured in!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 1:38 pm

    Definitely photographs super well – so awesome that you can claim this as a DIY project. :)

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    MissCT 335 posts, Helper bee @ 10:28 am

    I think it looks awesome! It might feel like a lot, but it doesn’t look it at all, it looks really natural, and I do like the color of the outlast lipstick. You make me feel like I can DIY my own makeup! I will need to add this to my collection of tutorials!

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    chillyteddy 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:27 am

    I love it!!!! Makes me confident that I can do my own. Still a little nervous about using Falsies.

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    MissMSND 14 posts, Newbee @ 5:50 pm

    http://www.robertjonesbeautyacademy.com/bonus-videos/if-brook-can-you-can.html

    This guy is amazing I do Mary Kay and we attend his seminars every once and awhile and with his help anyone can apply their own make up, save money because you did it yourself and have a sense a pride like “darn I look good and yeah i did it myself!”

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