Faking a Pregnancy Glow – Makeover Monday! Oh, and a little GIVEAWAY!

I know the glow exists.
I have seen it with my own eyes…
although, there’s one time in particular that I did not see it…

In the mirror, my entire pregnancy.
Mostly I just saw a lot more puffiness…maybe that was my glow?

 Who knows? At any rate I did come up with some tricks for makeup for my ever-changing pregnant face
My beautiful little sister Celeste is 25 weeks pregnant and sweet enough to let me demonstrate on her.. in her case we don’t have to fake it.
She is one of the glowers.
But, we sure can capitalize on that aura BLING.

My main focus with this makeup was to highlight and contour to really accentuate the cool stuff that pregnancy is offering her.
For instance her cheeks are fuller than usual.
Full cheeks are THE BEST.
They are youthful and pleasant and feminine.
And with some contour you can make those cheek bones look CRAZY good.
Plus you can go a little heavier on the eye makeup and do more of a strikingly arched brow without looking harsh. That softness in the skin allows you so much leeway.

{Click here for a video tutorial}

I used theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer under her cheek bones on the sides of her nose under her lip (to make it pout out) and around the edges of her face.
Then I arched her brow with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Brunette.
Next I used Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink in the apples of her cheeks.
Then I highlighted her under her eyes and unto the top of her cheek to the sides of her nose, on her chin and on her nose with
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Ivory
Lined the inner rim of her eyes and on the lash line of her lid with
L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in Black.
And then smudged that out with a cone brush and the dark brown from SEPHORA COLLECTION Moonshadow Baked Palette – In The Nude and highlighted her brow with the ivory.

PS I made a video tutorial of this look HERE

I used CoverGirl Perfect Blend Pencil in Mink to line her lips. And Nude Nuances lip color (which is FREAKIN’ limited!) But similar to SEPHORA COLLECTION in No. 03 Tenderness (even though the photo here makes it look ug, it’s pretty trust me.)

Speaking of Nude Nuances, I did fine ONE left at my local Walgreens, since so many of you were sad you couldn’t buy it I couldn’t really feel good about not snagging that joyous lipstick and giving it away. So I wanted to do a quick contest (nothing crazy) just comment that you want it and (if you already haven’t) like my page on Facebook. The giveaway will end at Midnight on Wednesday the 15th of August.

225 thoughts on “Faking a Pregnancy Glow – Makeover Monday! Oh, and a little GIVEAWAY!

  1. ps. celeste really does glow, from the inside out. she has always been one of the most stunning and radiant people i’ve ever met. i look up to her! tremendously!

  2. I WANT it. I went to Walgreens and Target looking for it, and was bummed when I could not find it.. I love your tips. You’re the best, and I want you to do my make up like everyday!…

  3. Hey, Celeste looks so good! She came to my ward a few weeks ago and I love her baby bump! She is such a cute girl. Thank you for the tips! My makeup as of right now exists of doing absolutely nothing, so I will have to try some of these tips. I like you on facebook now too!

  4. Amazing makeover like usual!
    I would love to finally win something lol especially makeup. The lipstick sounds awesome! I want it :)

  5. I would LOVE to win the lipstick! Thanks again for the tips the other night! Riley and I are making a trip to sephora this week :)

  6. Hey Cara! I love your blog! Celeste you look amazing!!! So excited for this sweet little baby to come! I am in serious need of a pregnancy makeover (27 weeks)! Can’t wait for our little boys to be friends. :) Cara, you’ve got an amazing gift girl!

  7. LOVE your tips and tricks and would love to try this lipstick. Have looked around for it but cant seem to find it! Thanks :)

  8. Thank you soooooo much for this tutorial! I am 31 weeks pregnant and not feeling so gorgeous all the time. Can’t wait to replicate this look. Celeste, you are so beautiful (before and after)!

    • Oh, and I just had a positive pregnancy test, so I’ll be appreciating this tutorial in another couple of months! THANK YOU!

  9. i would LOVE it! I have looked at every freaking walgreens near me and no luck! i am thoroughly LOVING your blog, and have tried some of your fun tutorials, thank you so much!

  10. I Would LOVE the Nude Nuances lip colour!I’ve been looking everywhere and can’t find it :(
    Thanks for all the tips that you give us!!!
    You are so pretty!

  11. I’ve been looking for the perfect nude lipstick for 10+ years! (if that doesn’t make me feel like I’m getting old……)!!
    I’d love to win, but will search for this shade if I don’t!

    I wanted to also ask a question,
    When contouring the nose, what hade should you use? I’ve tried “warmth” from bare minerals, but feel it makes me look dirty, and have tried my bronzers, but not getting the slimming effect I’m looking for! Your shade choice is fantastic! What are you using??!!!!

  12. I’ve looked for that dang lipstick at three different Walgreens. Not to mention Target and CVS. Needless to say I would LOVE to win it!! So pick me, please!! :)

    Love all your tutorials! You’re the best!!

  13. I think I need this! Our Walgreens is always out of everything, anyway. ‘Liked your Facebook page. Your blog is the bomb.

  14. I would love the nude nuances lipstick! I have never tried a nude lip before, but I have been looking for a good shade and would love to try it! I love lipstick. Thanks for all your tips!

  15. I found you because of Pinterest and I literally read every single post in your blog over 2 days because I was obsessed. Then, I spent the next couple of days buying products you recommended (yay-hoo Ulta!) and a day realizing that Nude Nuances was limited. Ebay did have it btw, but I wasn’t about to plop down 15 bucks for it. I am a thrifty girl after all. And the cherry on top of it all was that I did my girlfriend’s makeup for her wedding on Saturday and she looked exquisite. Perfect! Thank you so much for the inspiration. :) PS- I am not on facebook, otherwise I would totally like you. True Story.

  16. I would love to have that lipstick!!:) I saw your post about it as I was heading to Vegas… I looked in 2 walmarts and 1 Walgreens there and never could find it! Then I checked everywhere from Walmart to target when I got back home and nada:( it sure looks like a nice color!! And you and your sisters are beautiful too!!!;)

  17. Celeste is radiant before & after! She has always been such a sweet, kind-hearted, shining star. She will make a wonderful mommy!! So excited for her! Love your blog & all the great tips!

  18. I never had a pregnancy glow either. Although, I was nine months pregnant in the middle of summer in Texas. Does sweat count as a glow?
    She’s beautiful in both the before and after!

  19. I want it! i love your videos! today i went to my local stores just to buy the stuff on the videos to experiment at home and i loooooved the tips! thank you so much!

  20. I want it! I love your website and your advice!!! I went to my local stores today just to buy the makeup to experiment with it cause i love your tips! I am learning so much thank you!!

  21. ok my hair is air drying as i type…because growing it out is a bee-otch so thanks so so so much for your awesome tips and inspiration! now, i have been to every walmart, target and walgreens up here and the nude nuances is nowhere to be found-not that its out of stock, it straight up isnt even a choice. guess they think we don’t need awesome nude lips up here in SLC. but i sure do have 4 new allllmost but not quite right nude lipsticks now. need that nuances!!! :) thanks so much for your blog!! also, check out the prada fall/winter campaign-there are nude lips on the model in the very last print on their site and i am dying to know your thoughts on how they achieved that.

  22. I WANT IT!!! I went to Walgreens, Target, Walmart and Rite-Aid and none of them had it. I love your blog!!! Thank you!

  23. Want. It. I looked for it at Target, but they didn’t have it either :( And I can never get my Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush to look as good as you …. frustrating :)

  24. I would love to win the Nude Nuances. I have been in quest for the perfect nude lip color, and I can’t find the perfect one, or the Nude Nuances for that matter. However, I am unable to like your facebook page, because I had to give up my Facebook for sorority rush. But, on September 9th, your page will be the first thing I go to (and like) :).

  25. I would love it!!!! I watch your tutorials everyday, I have gotten so into makeup thanks to your tips and tricks, and now all of my friends ask ME tips on makeup 😉 Keep up the amazing work!

  26. Her makeup looks amazing. She has stunning eyes too, and you did an amazing job playing that up!!

    P.S. I love your blog.. I am SO happy I found this on Pinterest. Thanks for all your tips.

  27. I love your blog! I also love the before and after picture of your sister, so beautiful! I would love this lipstick! Thanks!

  28. It looks like a beautiful color. How does it look on you? I have a similar skin color as you do. I would love to try this lipstick, as I don’t have a nude color, but don’t want to take it from someone else if it will look horrible on me. It’s so hard to find a good nude color for darker olive skin! Thanks for the giveaway, I really enjoy your blog.

  29. Love her eyes! Beautiful! I would love to be entered in the lipstick giveaway! I think I liked you on facebook like a year ago :)

  30. I would love to have that lip color – I’ve looked everywhere! I keep buying “almost-but-not-quite-right” colors.

  31. The before and after on your sis looks amazing!!! Her look reminds me of Charlize Theron for some reason… maybe the light eyes. She looks red carpet ready!!

  32. You do magic! You are an amazing make up artist and do wonderful things on your hair! I live your blog and all your tips and video tutorials!
    I would love that lipstick! It looks natural and amazing on your little sister, consider me interested.

  33. I would LOVE to win Nude Nuances!!!!!!!
    Oh and I am totally addicted to your blog…. just made the eyeshadow primer and will try it tomorrow!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  34. i would LOVE to win this! i have been searching everywhere for it, and would really appreciate it! your makeup tips are fantastic, and i am OBSESSED with your blog!

  35. I have been looking for a nude lipstick forever! I WANT IT so bad. I liked you on FB too. I didn’t know you had a FB. so awesome.

  36. I love this look! I also tried searching high and low for Nude Nuances and then learned that it was limited additon…super bummed. I liked your facebook page and want the lip color! Can’t wait for the next posting, your blogs have kept my makeup routine updated and fresh..Thanks!!


  37. I have been trying to find this lipstick since you first recommended it but have yet to find it…I would love to win it:) I liked you on Facebook and follow you on instagram and love all your helpful tips. Thanks!

  38. What an amazing job! I love it! She really looks great. I don’t know much at all about makeup and said to myself “I need to find some tips” and came across your page. I really like that you mentioned all of the products you used. I then noticed that you were doing a contest that ends today and thought to myself this MUST be fate lol! I want it! 😀

  39. Found two on eBay, but they were over $20 each, and the cheapskate in me just can’t spend $20 on Maybelline lipstick. But I’d love to try it 😉

  40. Wow! I need all the help I can get when it comes to make-up. Love the transformation. I had to look hard to make sure it was the same girl! She looks gorgeous!

  41. How pretty!!! I’ve decided my pregnancy “glow” is actually just all the oil in my face. =/ Just a few more weeks to go!!! But i’ll def take that lipstick!!!!!!!!!

  42. I would love this lipstick! My hubby prefers me to not wear lipstick but i always feel so naked! I’ll bet this would really help :-)

  43. I looked everywhere for Maybelline’s Nude Nuances because of all of your posts, I was going to ask where exactly you have to get it! It looks fantastic in every look! I love it

  44. After my toddler being sick for 3 weeks (final diagnosis, pneumonia) & me being sick for 2 weeks (final diagnosis, “the crud) & the chapped lips that come with all this & hitting the 30 week mark tomorrow I could SERIOUSLY use something to bring out that pregnancy glow that has been alluding me lately. Would LOVE the lipstick. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a shower next weekend & thinking I’m going to practice this look.

  45. Just found your blog and it is fabulous!!! I would LOVE the lipstick! I’m pregnant but with no glow. It would give me a good pick me up got the past few weeks of pregnancy and during recovery!!

  46. I was also wondering if the nude nuances is the color you and your sis used in the long hair tutorial, with the super cute star wars and batman sweaters that nobody can have..:(?! I love you girls makeup that day! And Celeste truly does glow!! I gotta have that lip color!!:) and I would like you on Facebook, but I don’t have a Facebook!:( but I like you!!

  47. Question for you Cara, do you actually use a highlighter or was it just a bronzer and blush on Celeste? Loved the look, She looks great!!

  48. Question for you Cara, do you actually use a highlighter or was it just a bronzer and blush on Celeste? Loved the look, She looks great!! Can I also sign up for the give away?

    • Holy moly! SO glad you asked that I TOTALLY left that out! Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! I used Dream Lumi Highlighting concealer! Just added that instruction to the list! Thanks again!

  49. Wow! The woman in the picture was very pretty to begin with but the make up was done so gorgeous that she looks like she should be famous. Me next! Me next! I really like how you put down everything that you used to create this look. Only one draw back for me… I may know what you used but I am definitely no make up artist. :( I love this and wish I was half as good as you.

    • Thanks so much! You totally don’t have to be a makeup artist to recreate this look! If you watch my tutorial for smokey eye makeup and substitute the dark eyeshadow for a lighter brown it’s basically the same (that way you can get step by step instruction on video!)

  50. love the lipstick! I have large eyes and have tried and tried to create the “smoky” look, but it never turns out like this! :(

    • Try my smokey eye date night tutorial! It honestly looks good on anyone especially big eyes! Look at Mila Kunis she has the biggest eyes ever and ALWAYS wears a smokey eye!

  51. Gorgeousness!!

    I have a question about your picture, though. Could you tell me how you got the Pinterest buttons to show-up when you hover over the picture? I think it’s really neat and would love to use it on my own (recipe) blog.

  52. Any chance you would be willing to redo this look while videotaping? I am getting married in less than two months and I would love to capitalize on your skills.

  53. Cara you did a great job…..as always! Your sister is beautiful, I love how the smokey eyes made her blue eyes pop! I wish you could do makeover on me!

  54. I would LOVE to enter to win! Your sister looks AMAZING! You do an awesome job!! I wish you could do my friends wedding!!! Thank you!!

  55. She looks GORGEOUS! Before I spend that kind of money on the bronzer, do you happen to know if it will have the same effect on fair skin? If not, what would you recommend?

  56. What did you use for foundation? You can tell in the picture that you put something on as foundation….what did you use?

    • I actually didn’t use one on her. What you see that looks like foundation is the highlighting concealer and the bronzer. I probably would have used one but I didn’t have her color and as it turns out I didn’t need it anyway:) If you are looking for a foundation, though, I posted about them today!

  57. Can I ask…. how did you apply that blush and the highlighter? Fingers? Sponge? It looks flawless on your sister and I know I don’t get the same results myself. Thanks!

      • Very cool… thanks! I did go back and look at many of your vids (this was my first time here, via Pinterest) and got a pretty good feel for your method now too. :-) Nice blog and great vids.

  58. Awesome!!! I am a mommy of four and need a makeover lol….if you could only imagine!! She looks beautiful! How awesome :-)

  59. What brand is the lipstick you are giving away? By the way I found you on Pinterest and I thought it was a picture of Victoria Beckham. Your sister is beautiful. And congratulations on your pregnancy.

  60. I just cannot believe the difference it made. I would love for you to do my wedding makeup one day!!!! Where are you located? I am most serious about you doing my makeup, honey! What an amazing, astounding transformation, your make fingers must perform miracles!!! Thank you for the site.

  61. She looks amazing! How absolutely beautiful and uh I would LOOOVVVEE that lipstick. You have inspired me to take some more time on my makeup 😉 Thanks!

  62. I want to try this bad! Looks amazing! I have a question- at what step do u apply all over face powder? I need it to even out my skin tone. Thanks!

  63. Looks gorgeous! Is there anyway you could do a video tutorial? I’m new to your site, so I’m not sure if you do those, but I’m 25 weeks pregnant and could use some tips! :)

  64. I would love to try the lipstick! Also, thanks for the tips on the make-up; I will definitely be using these for an upcoming wedding I’m in!!

  65. I usually dont wear too much make up. Its usually just eyeliner and lipgloss if i do i would love.to try the lipstick.so i could.wear it when im feeling natural and when i go.out. I would like to learn new tecniques for makeup

  66. Love these product reco’s, thank you! The Maybelline concealer rivals the Make Up Forevere HD Concealer I was using, love this alternative! I am also in love with the Sephora lip color Tenderness, eek! Thank you thank you!

  67. There is less contrast in the left picture. So the nice result effect in the right picture is a (little) bit over-enlightened.

  68. I may have gone a little overboard on the bronzer. I look like tanning mom. But I’ll keep practicing! If I can do it in four minutes, I swear I’ll actually start wearing make up again!

  69. I’m actually saddened by what you’ve done to your naturally beautiful sister. You haven’t enhanced her features, you’ve created a mask that completely obscures who she is. I found this post through Pinterest and the comment I saw most was that no one recognized her as the woman before. Many were incredulous that it was the same woman. I love makeup but not to hide what I really look like but rather to enhance. Her face has more character, softness, and natural beauty in the Before pic. It’s sad that culture has decided (and that too many have bought into the idea) that you are only a beautiful woman if you follow this shallow ideal that completely strips your uniqueness from your face.

  70. Oh. My. Goodness. She must feel like a million bucks. I am one who loves to play with makeup, though. I don’t think of it as a “mask” (I get what you’re saying, Lauren). It’s just for play and for a bit of fun, for something totally different.

    I think she looks beautiful and she does have that glow, including in the before picture. I’m with you, OP. I never glowed, I just puffed out, LOL.

  71. I love your how to! But im a more fair skin tone, like a pale ish pink. Can you suggest lighter products I can use instead of the darker ones (cus you are much more tan than I am. And I don’t wanna end up with mis matched skin!) thanks!

  72. I was amazed at how beautiful she looked in the ‘before’, but now it looks like she’s wearing a Halloween mask. You’ve covered all of her ‘selfness’ and her natural glow and made it obviously a full cover of make-up. She didn’t need this “treatment”.

  73. I’ve been following your blog and getting all kinds of great tips (thanks, you are great!) but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon these before and afters that I realized why you’ve always seemed so familiar to me. I know Celeste!! She lived in my Henderson ward for a while, we were both in primary together. I think you might have visited our ward even. Well, anyways …mystery solved!

  74. Wow, you did an amazing job. Your sister looks smoking hot! To be honest though, she looks naturally beautiful without any makeup. She’s definitely a glower! I NEVER looked that good during any of my pregnancies.

  75. I think this is way too heavy for her, and you can’t even see her character in the after photo. She looks like a nice person on the left photo and the evil queen on the right photo. I’m sorry, I had to say it. It’s a beautiful makeup, but not for her. Not for any pregnant women.
    Here is a good makeup for pregnant women in my opinion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeJUMrCmUXU

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