Before & Afters Makeup

Makeover Monday

Secondly, it’s Sunday night and I’m packing…last minute of course and I am absolutely riddled with the anxiety of not wanting to forget anything that has built up over the years and years of ALWAYS forgetting something. Always.

Sooo…I gotta go finish. (I’ll take photos of my makeup packing tomorrow and show you guys my travelling tips)

But first! I wanted to give you a little Makeover Monday sneak peak by way of this beautiful woman:

Makeover Monday


What I did:
First I primed with a Bobbie Brown Face Base little bit of Benefit PoreFessional and then brushed in Nars Sheer Glow Foundation to even out her skin tone. She has some redness on her neck and chest that she wanted some advice for. I used Sally Hansen Leg Makeup in Fair to even her out there which is a really fun trick but beware, it can rub off on your collar so use some loose powder right around your shirt line.
Next I stipple Brushed on some Tarte Tickled in the apples of her cheeks. I chose that deep berry color because I just knew it would make her blue eyes shine.
For her eyes I used a felt tip black liquid liner on the top hugging the lash line, for some definition. Then I warmed up around the entire eye using a smudge brush and a mixture of Gold and Sable from the Lorac Pro Palette. Also I added a quick highlight on the brow bone with Nude (also in the Lorac Pro) and topped her lashes with Loreal Voluminous. I have found that for lashes that are at all on the dry side my new fav Benefit “they’re Real” is not the way to go since I think it makes the lashes look a little too stiff.
I very subtly contoured her cheeks and around the edges of her face with Bobbi Brown Natural Bronzing powder, which I also used to set her blush and my highlight concealer
I lined her lips with Covergirl in Mink and filled them with NYX Mood Lip gloss

Love you all!


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    July 1, 2013 at 5:18 am

    OMG! Beautiful!

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    July 1, 2013 at 5:51 am

    She is such a beautiful woman!

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    July 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    She is beautiful!

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    JoAnn Martens
    July 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

    What a beautiful makeover!! Dying to know what you used as my skin is ‘more mature’ too! Great job!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    July 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Amazing! Have fun, remember you can buy whatever you forget 🙂

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    July 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I’d be happy to be the “before”! What a beautiful gal in either photo!!!

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    July 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the products you used- she’s very beautiful!

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    July 1, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Gorgeous as always! Looking forward to your traveling tips!


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    July 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

    it’s amazing what a little bit o’ brow can do! 🙂 beautiful!

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    Maddy Cane
    July 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

    She is stunning, love the makeover that you did! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    July 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Looks like she has great coverage! My skin has a lot of pink/red tones in it. Especially with her eyes and neck. I am excited to see what foundation and primer you used. Beautiful 🙂

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    July 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

    she really is gorgeous , love the makeover xo

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    July 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

    She looks great…….really pretty and natural…….would love to see more of these ( I am a young looking 60 year old), can use all the tips I can get.

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    Rebecca Bishop
    July 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What kind of a camera do you use to take your pics, and where do you find is the best place to take the up-close shots with lighting and backdrop, etc?

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      July 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      She’s got a link to her camera in the FAQ. I think (correct me if I’m wrong, Cara) that the lighting is just being near a window and the backdrop is a just a really neutrally colored wall. Hope that helps!

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    July 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful woman, beautiful makeover. 🙂 What’s the secret for the concealer/makeup under the eye not creasing (and I’m talking all makeup used to the application from bare skin to top coat, to the instruments used, please ….? Can I sound any more in desperate need of help in this department, lol(?)

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      July 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      She’s got a post on under eye circles here:
      You can also watch her apply it in the HAC video.
      Are you somewhere humid? I’ve found that make up that didn’t crease in the dry Vegas climate was a mess once I got back East.

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        July 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        I’m in California – not really humid on a regular basis but today it is. I really don’t think it’s a humidity issue – it’s either technique or just don’t know what product to use. I’m currently using MAC’s moisturecover. I’ll check out her HAC video again and study it very, very closely. TY! 🙂

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    Kelly M
    July 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    She looks beautiful. Did you whiten her teeth or is the lipstick just that flattering?

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    July 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    July 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Cara, you said your highlight concealer is not “yet” available…. does this mean you will be coming out with your own makeup line that you have in the works??? If so… Awesome!!!

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    July 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    For packing i Always make a list!! Because i will forget something too!!! Whenever i get extra travel sized samples of stuff i always put them in a travel baggie thing to so its ready whenever i need it!!

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    July 1, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    What an interesting makeover. She’s simply gorgeous without any help, but in my opinion, the combination of bold brows, a shimmery neutral eye shadow, and some blush really give her an extra wow factor.

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    Elizabeth Frank (@d1xbeth)
    July 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I LOVE Makeover Monday!

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    July 2, 2013 at 1:32 am

    woow she looks stunning! I would love to see more makeup on mature skin since I’m having a bit of a hard time in making up women who have mature skin :S so i’d like to know more tips & tricks – thanks.

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    July 2, 2013 at 1:50 am

    She’s beautiful! I love what you did with the brows xx

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    Rebecca Hood
    July 2, 2013 at 5:40 am

    She is radiant and beautiful! Love the brows. I have a lot of red in my face as well so it is really helpful to see your tips on coverage for this type of skin.

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    July 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

    gorgeous gorgeous! Wow!!
    Hope you’re having a great time in New York, dear!

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    Judy Keegan
    July 2, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Wish I could send my face right over!

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    July 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    She looks fabulous!

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    Monica Spender
    July 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    fantastic! well done, you inspire all of us 🙂

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    Sarah @ Just So Lovely
    July 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I love Makeover Mondays! Can you have Makeover Tuesday? And Wednesday through Sunday? Thanksss 😉
    Great job, by the way!

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    July 2, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    So awesome! She looks great!!

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    Marina Anderson
    July 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    What a stunner! At some point I would love to see a “brush” tutorial… I don’t think you have one yet? I probably have about 30 make-up brushes, but I have forgotten which ones are for what purpose?! I never seem to have the right one for concealing, highlighing, buffing, smoothing, eyeshadow under the eyes etc, perhaps I need to use them all for dual purposes. I’m trying to get my HAC on mama! haha Also, how often do you wash your brushes and how do you store them for easy access? Thanks!

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    July 4, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I love this makeover! She’s beautiful in both before and after, and the subtle touches just enhance her natural beauty 🙂

    On a side note, I can’t find Mink eyeliner anywhere here in Canada, could you provide some alternate choices? Thank you.

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    July 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    LOVE makeover mondays! She’s beautiful 🙂

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    July 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    What did you use on the eyebrows? In my opinion, what you did with the brows alone makes her look ten years younger. Nice work.

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    July 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    She looks like Demi Moore!

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    July 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I loved seeing this make over. I’d like you learn more about makeup techniques to make a more mature face look younger. You did a stunning job here!

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    Gina Gracia-Caraballo
    July 9, 2013 at 12:28 am

    love all you do! I am a MUA in L.A. and I am invited to be a guest blogger to a pretty big site. Blogging has never been my thing…not sure if it will be, but I came across yours through Allure’s link for inpsiration. First off congrats! Secondly, any advice, please throw my way. Thirdly, I’m still not cetain what I should blog about ( Countour/Highlight OR False Lash application OR ?????), lastly, I love your BF jeans from the Pic of you and two gals against “Allure” wall, please share:) -gina

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    Amy K
    July 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    What a difference just filling in the brows made!!!!

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    February 7, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Would lover to see older women with naturally grey hair have a makeover! Your work is beautiful and natural-looking, which does enhance both the women’s inner and outer beauty…

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    Katrina Fox
    May 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Beautiful makeover and fabulous blog!

    Katrina |

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