Momma Makeover

Monday, April 27, 2015

My momma is a beautiful woman. She most certainly doesn't need to wear makeup, and rarely does. She is gorgeous without it. However, we all know it's fun to put makeup on and to get makeup put on us by someone else, so I figured it would fun to do someone else's face for Makeup Monday and give you a break from my mug for a change. Plus, I would really love to start doing makeup more regularly, so the obvious place to start is with a face other than my own! I wanted to do something more subtle with a little pop of color, nothing too dramatic. Per usual, this is a step-by-step photo tutorial, but if videos are more your style, I have some of those coming up real soon! Also, I have begun uploading some beauty related vids to my YouTube channel, that don't feel worthy of an entire blog post of their own, hauls and such, so check those out if you want to hear me babble in real life instead of via text. Anywho, here we go!
Step 1: I applied MAC Prep & Prime Natural Radiance with a Sigma F50 brush. One pump is all you need for full and even coverage! Don't use more even if you want to! Also, I wish I had it in Radiant Yellow, as that would be ideal for my mother's darker tones, but my Radiant Pink worked just fine. She's so much tanner than me!

Step 2: I applied Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland with my Beauty Blender. I like this product for more subtle looks because it's semi-sheer (depending on application) and really natural looking. I loved it to death until it was way too dark for my no longer tanned skin. 

Step 3: As you can see in the first of these two photos, the moisturizer, though dark for me, was still a touch too light on momma, so I did a light buffing of one of my fav bronzers to even everything out and make it look perfectly natural. I used Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (which smells like coco powder...mmmm) with a Sigma F20 brush. 

Step 4: I applied Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider with a Sigma F40. I like to do this with a light stippling/sweeping motion.

Step 5: To make things look super blended and natural, I always go back over blush with a light stipple from my Beauty Blender. No product on it. Just as is after use for whatever foundation, etc. 

Step 6: To set her face before moving on, and to blur any remaining fine lines, dark spots, etc. I applied a light layer of Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder with the same Sigma F50 that I used for the primer in step one. I do this with a stippling motion as well.

Step 7: As you can see, momma's face looked perfect at this point, but I am a perfectionist and wanted as natural and long-lasting look as possible, so I gave her a light misting with my MAC Fix+ and then used my MAC 187 brush to gently stipple her entire face. Doing this adds a little moisture back into the face, creating a more natural texture and sheen, but also works to pick up and extra product, ensuring you don't look cakey or overly matte.

Step 8: Using an Anastasia Brow Wiz Crayon in Brunette I very lightly filled mom's eyebrows, and then blended it out with the brush on the end of the pencil.

Step 9: Since we were going for a natural look, I used my Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara to give her lashes a light covering. This mascara provides length and definition without really adding any extra volume, so it's a good one to have on hand for those "no-makeup" makeup looks.

Step 10: I had planned to prime my mom's lips with MAC Prep + Prime Lip, but it apparently broke between my lipstick application and hers, so I instead used my MAC Brow Finisher to prep her lips. I'm actually glad I ended up using it instead, because using a firmer hold product to prep lips works really well for keeping glossier formulas in their place.

Step 11: I put MAC Huggable Lip Color in Cherry Glaze on mom's lips. I picked this formula for her because it's less intense than a lipstick, while still adding a pop of color with all day staying power. MAC doesn't offer this particular product any longer, but their Sheen Supreme Lipstick in New Temptation seems pretty similar.

Step 12: The last step was to give momma's lips a quick line with my trusty Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear. This smoothed out the edges perfectly while allowing the formal to keep its natural and glossy appearance, which a regular colored liner wouldn't have been able to do. Clear lip liner guys. Get some.

And that's it! Simple and natural. Letting my gorgeous momma shine through! Scroll down for cute mother-daughter photos, and to see some more shots of the finished result.

My mom is a looker right? Yes. Yes she is. She is also my bestest friend. That big tattoo I have on my thigh is actually for her, in case you ever wondered what all that was about. It's some peonies, her favorite flower, and then her handwriting I got from a card she sent me along the bottom reading, "Love you, Mom." It is without a doubt my favorite tattoo, and I'm sure it always will be.

Thanks for reading, and as always, please let me know what you thought of this tutorial, or of your lunch, or anything else you want to tell me. How do you feel about slugs? Let's talk!


  1. This is super cute!! I loved seeing each step as well. What a cute idea for a beauty post!

    1. Thank you so much! I do love my momma!
      ♡Mariah Alysz