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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    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.

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:23 am

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

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    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 345 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 256 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 749 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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