Gettin’ Pretty, Take Two

H’OK, guys! Remember a couple of months back when I did a DIY makeup trial? Well, after reading everyone’s helpful comments and suggestions as to ways I could improve on my look, I’m back with an update!

Just as a refresher, here’s what I originally came up with:


Since my last trial, my skin has lightened to the color it’ll most likely be for the wedding (fall and winter months turn me pretty pale!), and I also ran out and bought a couple of new products: one was black liquid liner by Maybelline, and the other was some long-lasting coral-colored lipstick, also by Maybelline. The only things missing from my most recent trial are my falsies (so just imagine my lashes being just a bit more lush and dramatic than pictured) and a bit of brow filler. OK, enough talking! Here’s the new (and improved?) Miss A:


IDK why I’m not smiling here. I look so sad! Anyway, this photo is in natural light.

So, what do you guys think of the changes? Were they for the better? For the worse? Just different? Anything else you all recommend I try to improve on my look before the big day? We’re 68 days out now”¦invites going out this week! EEK!! :)


Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    I hate to say it but I think I liked your makeup in the first picture better! Its not just the tone difference of your skin either. I don’t know why, but your cheek color looks different and so does your lip color. I also think the glossyness of your lips in the first pic is very bridal, while the 2nd pic has more of a matte color which looks more everyday. Your lips look pink in the first pic and red in the 2nd – which color were you wanting them to look?
    If you like the 2nd look better then go with it, but I think that the colors in the first one were more bridal. Either way, you’re a gorgeous gal and I think your makeup looks awesome in both pics, I just happen to like the first one better.

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    booradley 2467 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:05 pm

    The coral lipstick in #2 reads more red to me. I like the eyes in #2 but the pink lip color in #1.

  3. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 12:12 pm

    @Mrs. Eagle: I had a few people suggest I try out a coral lip color instead of the pink, so the lip color is different than in the original picture. The blush is the same, though, just a little less of it! 😉 I have no idea what color I want the lips to be…I thought maybe a pink/berry makeup palette would be best because of the purplely/pink in our wedding colors, but I seriously have no idea.

    @BooRadley:The coral definitely reads different IRL, but you’re right, it does look pretty much red in this photo. I really like the pink lip, too! Ugh, so confusing…

  4. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:14 pm

    @Miss Armadillo: What about adding a gloss overtop of the coral lip color?

  5. eagle Member
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:18 pm

    Also in the first pic, I think you lined your inner eyelids (waterline on the bottom) with white? It makes your eyes pop more in the first pic than they do in the second! Also I think it looks more bridal because it makes your eyes look softer.

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:23 pm

    It’s so hard to tell since the lighting in the pictures is so different. The color of your eyes looks incredible in the second picture, but I don’t think it’s because of the make-up. I think it’s just the lighting… Honestly, I think you look awesome in both pictures. But I do really like your lip color in the first picture. Maybe Mrs. Eagle is onto something with the idea of putting a little gloss on top of the second lip color…

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    Lori, Guest @ 12:58 pm

    I think you are stunning in either one, but my preference is # 2…

    Good luck:)

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    princessvicky 54 posts, Worker bee @ 1:13 pm

    I love the make up in the first photo, your lip colour is so much glossier and nicer in the first. Although in the first photo it looks like you have used white eye-liner in the inner section, how do you feel about not using it or using the smallest amount? I think your make up is perfect. xx

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    Allison, Guest @ 1:21 pm

    I think the eyeliner is actually too dark. I have very dark hair and light skin, and I don’t venture into black. For someone with lighter caramel hair, it comes across as a little bit harsh. With your beautiful blue eyes, a violet or mauve liner (and similar eye shadow perhaps) might bring them out a little more.

    The foundation I think is a little too pink in the second one. You can see the line between your natural skin color and the foundation. You have such gorgeous ivory skin in the second picture — you should try to complement the natural loveliness of your skin tone! I LOVE the blush in the first one — it looks so natural and fresh. It might just be the lack of sunlight in winter or the different light sources of the two pictures, but there’s a certain sun-kissed quality in the first one. You look just as good with less of a tan, but you might have to adjust your makeup accordingly. In the second, the blush doesn’t contrast enough with the pink tones of the foundation, so it doesn’t have the same “just pinched” quality.

    You’re going to look gorgeous on your wedding day no matter what palette you ultimately go with!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:31 pm

    You look beautiful in both, but I prefer #1! It’s also hard to compare because the lighting and your facial expressions are so different. I think on the big day, you will be glowing and beautiful regardless!

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    mslovebug 25 posts, Newbee @ 1:40 pm

    First of all, you look beautiful! My overall preference would be photo #1. I’m a makeup artist for TV/Film, but I LOVE doing bridal makeup when my schedule allows. When it comes to bridal makeup, there really is no right or wrong, just what the bride feels beautiful in. I would recommend a few things, but you can take them or leave them. I would use a tad less blush and use a matte brozer (I love the matte bronzers from Smashbox) to chisel your cheekbones and just use the blush on the apples of your cheek, where you would naturally blush. You can also use a powder that’s about 1-2 shades darker to do this, if it’s hard to get your hands on a matte bronzer. I don’t recommend using a shimmery bronzer, you will glow in all your photos!) :) The bottom eyeliner in photo #2 could be blended with an angle brush so you can’t really tell where it begins. You might also try using a slightly lighter color than the top liner, such as a dark brown or dark gray. Sometimes a pencil gives a softer look for the bottom liner, but if you love the liquid, you can blend it with a bit of your brow filler, so you can’t see a stark starting point. If you like the idea of lining the inner rim, try a sheer champagne liner (Make up forever makes a great one) as opposed to white. You can also add a bit of that to the inner corner of your eye. And as total personal preference, I love how the pinker lips look on you! You can always blend the two…add a little coral to the pink for the best of both worlds. :) Good luck, you’ll look wonderful!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:38 pm

    Miss Armadillo, I think you look beautiful in both pictures! You are going to make a gorgeous bride! But if you were going for a more natural makeup look, I would go with the first look. It just looks so fresh and natural. I also like what Mrs. Eagle pointed out, the white lining of your waterline. This makes the whole look so soft and oh so pretty paired with the pink lip!

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    monicaking77 269 posts, Helper bee @ 4:40 pm

    The second look is much better IMO. Warm colors are far more flattering on your coloring, and they look less dated and more fresh and modern. I also love your application of eyeshadow/eyeliner in the second photo; your eyes look huge! The only thing I’d suggest is to go with a warm or neutral toned pink lipstick for a more bridal look. Either way, you are gorgeous!

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    futuremrsroos 429 posts, Helper bee @ 6:08 pm

    great improvement, number 2 all the way

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:57 pm

    you look pretty in both pictures, but i do agree with monicaking77, i think the 2nd picture looks more modern! and, can i just say, holey moley…your eyes are gorgeous!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:05 pm

    Your. eyes. are. amazing. Great job!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:38 pm

    clearly I know nothing about makeup since I have no idea what people are talking about in the comments at all. I have to say, you look great in both! (I am so much help.) Also, you have the most gorgeous blue eyes.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:58 pm

    Love your beautiful blue eyes, and I like the first look a tiny bit more! Looking great in both though girl.

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:03 pm

    Although you’ll be lovely in whichever look you choose, I’m voting for the first one. Perhaps it’s just the difference in your expression, but you are absolutely radiant in #1. It’s a natural look, but also very bridal, and looks like it photographs really well. Can’t wait to see your final “look” – you’re going to be a drop-dead gorgeous bride!

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    mariegerbasi 293 posts, Helper bee @ 6:00 am

    I think you have a little too much on in the second picture, the first one looked a b it more natural and less covered. You don’t want to put too much on. I think the first pic was more of a natural and smooth look

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    mariegerbasi 293 posts, Helper bee @ 6:01 am

    Also, you have the most beautiful blue eyes girl!

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    marlene, Guest @ 6:16 am

    You look like a drag queen/Robert Palmer girl. In both, but worse in the second.

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 8:50 am

    I think you look lovely in both pictures. Such pretty eyes. The only comment I will make is that in the second picture your neck is lighter than your face, so try to even it out, maybe with a lighter foundation, or blend the foundation to the neck.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:20 am

    You’re so pretty! I love the eye makeup in pic 2 (it’ll look great with the falsies!) but I like the lipstick in pic 1 better.

  25. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:23 am

    @marlene: Bahahaha, thanks for the laugh on this dreary Tuesday morning. I needed it! 😉

  26. msarmadillo Member
    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:24 am

    And thank you so much for all the helpful advice and comments, everyone! You have no idea how much I appreciate it!

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    4evaurs 71 posts, Worker bee @ 9:32 am

    I vote for #1 because of same reasons mslovebug gave above. Def the lips are glossier in first pic, liner is softer, but blush needs a little toning down. But it will all come down to what you feel most comfortable ‘in’ all the best!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:57 am

    You look great in both of these pictures, Miss A! Your hair is something I dream about, for real. As for the makeup, I might have to agree with Mrs. Eagle & the majority and prefer picture one but neither are BAD pictures. I think the subtle differences in the lips and eyes are what make me prefer it, but honestly, I can’t wait to see your complete look because you are going to be a magazine bride.

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    kelannadc 339 posts, Helper bee @ 12:38 pm

    I think you look beautiful in your avatar, and would suggest a slightly more dramatic look than that one.

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    misstexasfire 281 posts, Helper bee @ 2:15 pm

    I definitely prefer the first one,

    in the second one you look a bit washed out and you can tell that your face makeup is darker/pinker than your neck and the lip gloss in the first one gives your lips a healthy sheen

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 2:22 pm

    I’m going to go with your first trial, it was great.

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:22 pm

    Well, both of the photos are very different lighting so it’s a little hard to compare… I think they will look great on pro photography!

    I think the first one is nice and natural, but if you want to play up the drama a bit for the wedding you should! It will look great in photos, especially the eye makeup with falsies like you want. Rock those red lips with a smile lady!

    Like the others say, just watch the blending of the foundation into your neck. You can do the neck and décolleté area if you need to with foundation to match it more.

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    jessicahart 11 posts, Newbee @ 7:54 pm

    You’re an absolutely beautiful girl but I have to say… I’m a pro MUA and I can tell form this picture that your foundation color is wrong for your skin. It’s too pink =/ You definitely want your foundation to match your neck.

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    kimy 1164 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:03 pm

    You have such a lovely face. Black eyeliner is great but I would soften if by blending with eye shadow on the upper and lower lids . Use a darker shadow in the crease of your eye and along the rim of your top eyelashes.Then use a light color on the lid. Blue eyes look lovely with purples,pinks, deep or midnight blue,rust,copper,peach..depending on if you like warm or cool colors. Play with different eyeliner colors deep purple would make your eyes pop and also browns. I prefer warmer tones on you, but follow what you LIKE. You are very pretty..

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    Michelle, Guest @ 1:50 pm

    I love the way the blue shirt makes your blue eyes really pop. I definately would consider a blue stone jewerly whether it be earrings or a necklace! Beautiful job!

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    AlmostMrsShea 45 posts, Newbee @ 7:48 am

    I love this. I am a make-up artist and do a lot of Bridal Make-up. I think this is beautiful, and will give you that soft feminine “bridal” look that you see in pictures. I think what people don’t realize about bridal make-up is that you will loose quite a bit of the “made-up” look in your pictures. I think the face, blush, lips and eye shadow are absolutely perfect. I would however, add a touch more liner on the top lash line for definition. I hope this helps!

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    24193, Guest @ 12:39 am

    What’s up, I log on to your blog regularly. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

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