Gettin’ Pretty

I attempted a DIY makeup trial about a month back after a spontaneous false eyelash purchase at Walmart. I know I want to wear falsies on my wedding day, so I thought I’d try them out and see how they felt and how good I was at applying them and all that jazz. (Also, I tend to get tension headaches pretty easily and was curious as to whether the falsies would cause one. Good news: after hours of wearing them, I was headache free!) Anywho, I know I can trust you lovely people to give me pointers and/or ways I could possibly improve upon my DIY makeup skills, so here we go!

(All upcoming photos by Miss Armadillo)

First off, a picture of me wearing everyday makeup:


With Mr. A at a college football game

And now, with all the “war paint”:


With no flash


With a flash, obviously!


Better shot of the eyes

The things I used:

  1. Primer: Monistat chafing gel (as per the advice of Mrs. Rainbow)
  2. Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC20
  3. Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in Creamy Natural
  4. Blush: Cover Girl Classic Color in Iced Plum
  5. Mascara: Cover Girl Professional All-In-One Waterproof in Very Black
  6. Eyeliner: Almay in Black
  7. Eyeshadow: Revlon Colorstay 12-Hour eyeshadow in a pale lavender and dark chocolate brown
  8. False Eyelashes: Salon Perfect in 110 Black
  9. Lips: Covergirl Outlast lipstain with L’Oreal Colour Riche in Peony Pink on top

SO, it’s clear I used a variety of brands to achieve this look (I didn’t buy any “new” things for this trial except for the falsies). Now, I’m well aware that the false-eyelash application isn’t exactly top notch, but this was my first experience with falsies and I’m resolved to practice more before the big day. Overall, I really like the way the eyes look. However, I’m not sure about the blush/lip combo. I’d like to use a berry/pink color palette with my wedding-day makeup, but I’m not exactly sure if the combo I used works the best. Maybe I should go a bit more matte and/or muted with the blush? Perhaps a bit pinker with the lips? I don’t know! I will say, however, that the photo without the flash looks very similar to how the makeup looks IRL. I wish I had done the trial in the daytime so I could get a shot of it in natural sunlight, but que sera sera!

If I wasn’t already confused before, this past week has me even more confused! I’m part of a bunco group and we had a Halloween party last week—I dressed up as Rosie the Riveter, complete with a retro hairdo and makeup job. All the ladies insisted I do a retro look for the wedding! For reference, here’s what I came up with:


We Can Do It!

So, obviously I’m having some issues with makeup inspiration. Should I lean more toward my original DIY makeup trial, or do more of a retro feel like my Rosie the Riveter get-up? Mr. A doesn’t particularly like red lipstick, but maybe I could do the retro eyes with a pale/nude lip, sort of with more of a ’60s influence. Or, maybe I could just tell Mr. A to get over himself. icon_wink Bah, I’m SO CONFLICTED!

What do you think, hive? Should I stick with my original plan, go with the retro-glam look, or something completely different? HELP!


Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. Member
    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:37 pm

    I like both, but am favoring your original trial look. The blush and lip look great together in my opinion.

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    beauty, Guest @ 12:41 pm

    Hands down that red lipstick looks amazing on you, I love the makeup you did & your hair for that costume! I’m not really digging the pink. You are so pretty!!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:46 pm

    I really love the red lipstick. You look so pretty with it!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:36 am

    I think the retro looks amazing on you! I think you need to decide which feature you want to highlight! If its your eyes then you need to mute the cheeks a little, if its the lips then the cheeks need to support that and so on! Good luck!

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    Miss Pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 7:20 am

    I love love love the Rosie the Riveter inspiration. It works for you…. do it. Be daring. Be brave!

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    Maggie @ Best Wedding Destinations, Guest @ 11:27 am

    I think you did a great job. Not anyone is able to do makeup. Love the trial look.

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    Ana, Guest @ 12:23 pm

    I think you are so talented with makeup and would even love to see your step by step everyday look!

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