Beauty Basics Before & Afters Makeup

Makeover Monday – Lori

This beautiful woman just became a grandmother for the first time! I am so excited for her and knowing what a kind and generous woman she is, that little sweetheart is pretty darn lucky to have her. I am sure you can see it just by looking in this photo because her goodness shows through her beautiful eyes.


I really wanted to bring out those beautiful blue eyes and one of my very favorite ways to do that is by using a raspberry colored blush. (IIID Blush in Ruby)
And a pink toned shadow (Sunset) on her lids (I didn’t use this under her eyes because it might have made her look like she was crying. The I did a coat of mascara focusing on the root on her top lashes to give the definition of liner without the added heaviness.
I filled her brows with Charcoal Brown Shadow (which goes considerably warmer when used on warm skin tones, magic!)
For her skin I started with Argon Milk to give her skin some glowing moisture. Next I used IIID Foundation in Sunlit and Stone as her HAC and coverage. ( Recommend NYX Taupe blush and Mary Kay Concealer  as a sub)
For her lips I used Dior Addict Lip Glow to give her that natural looking pink and topped it with a little bit of gloss in Oh La La.

Happy Monday!


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    June 30, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Hey Cara! brilliant job again! Although I have to say Lori has perfect skin and features! she must have been a delight to put makeup on! 🙂


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    June 30, 2014 at 5:07 am

    She looks so pretty! Her skin looks like velvet and she has gorgeous eyes! Good job!

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    Valerie Dumas
    June 30, 2014 at 5:08 am

    When do you think the IIID Medium will come back in stock?

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      July 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

      2 months (fingers crossed!) We revamped the whole line and packaging and everything so while I am so excited about it, I’m also extremely stressed making everyone wait! AHHHH!

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    June 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Adoooore this makeover! Beautiful before and after, and I love how blended and soft everything looks. Also, interesting about Sunset and why not to use it under the eyes- I’ll have to remember that! I often use my Naked3 palette for smokey day looks and Liar/Nooner are really pink and might not be the best for putting on the lower lash line after all.

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      July 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

      THANK YOU! and hey, I’ve used pink on the bottom before and it looked fine, but I also lined the bottom with black or dark brown, without liner it’s a little teary:)

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    June 30, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Gorgeous! And her eyes are stunning.

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    June 30, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Great job with the mascara–it really looks like you used eyeliner. Lori’s soft, natural look is just lovely.

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    June 30, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I am wondering if I could use dark foundation since you used medium on her? I get fairly dark in the summer time. How dark of skin tone have you used the dark on?

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      July 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

      I am sure you could! I wish more people knew how light the dark actually is, the name is deceiving!

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    Vanessa Key
    June 30, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Cara, you are so talented! Beautiful and incredible works every time 🙂 I wish I could do at least 10% of what you do.
    Thank you that you inspire us all!

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    Beth and Beauty
    June 30, 2014 at 6:47 am

    You are so talented! I still wish I could be your next makeover…..LOL!

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    June 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Amazing! I think she looks a lot younger with makeup on! Magic!

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    Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)
    June 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    It’s amazing what a difference defining her brows and lashes makes! I adore the bush, too. I am obsessed with flushed cheeks right now.

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    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
    June 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Gorgeous! Her skin looks so good!!! I can’t wait until the medium IIID is back in!

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    June 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Wauw she looks so pretty! She looks a lot younger with the make-up. Good job!
    With love

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Cara, you capture the loveliness in women and it is so encouraging to me as a novice in makeup. I always leave your blog more inspired and feeling more beautiful than before, and that is all because of you <3

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I mean this in the nicest way possible, how did you literally erase fine lines, with makeup? Amazing work.

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:19 am


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    June 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Another fantastic makeover!!

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

    As a 31 year old – I am completely envious of how naturally beautiful her skin is without makeup! She doesn’t even resemble a “grandma” 🙂

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    catherine crain
    June 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Looks beautiful (as always!) Hope my skin looks like that when I’m a “grandma”

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    June 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Gorgeous! What an amazing transformation!

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    June 30, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    WOW… love it. Not overly done. Gonna have to try mine with no mascara on the bottom lashes.

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    Liz Vega
    June 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    SO well done! She looks like a better version of herself, which is, in mg opinion, the highest compliment to a makeup artist 🙂 Also, your beautiful soul shows through your work, and the way you see beauty in everything and everyone. Cheers!

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    June 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    My first thought when I saw the before picture was, “Hmmm, I can’t picture her with dark shadow under the lower eye lashes. I wonder how this one will look.” Knowing how you often use eye shadow under the lower lashes, this was the very very first time I questioned that technique and wondered how “your style” would look on her. Well, dang, girl! You knew just what to do! (Not that I ever doubted it!!!) As so many say, “She just looks like an even lovelier version of herself!” Cheers to her for obviously taking good care of herself and her skin and cheers to you for another wonderful MM that inspires us all!

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    June 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    She looks awesome. The Argon Milk really makes her skin look younger and dewy.

    I am so happy that you have started including subs for the products from your line. While I really like your products I also like experimenting with lots of different products and look forward to seeing your recommendations.

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    June 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Are you *sure* you didn’t use eyeliner too? 🙂 Wow!!! I agree with PennyP above. When I saw her before picture I wasn’t sure how “your look” was going to work on her. She looks fabulous! Did you spray tan her? Even her neck and chest looks much darker in after pic.

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      July 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      I was wondering about the darker neck and chest too.

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    June 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! Her eyes are breathtaking :O

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    June 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    What a beautiful woman.

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    June 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I think this is my favorite of your makeovers yet! (And that’s saying a lot…)

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      July 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      I agree. This is one of the best! I love how natural and yet “put together” she looks.

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    June 30, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    beautiful job! I love that you don’t just focus on young women. Maybe a few more women of color? I’m Asian and would love a makeover by you 🙂

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    June 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Great job! Your makeover Monday editions are tied with your video tutorials for my favorite posts. Lori is a very beautiful woman! Did you use the Tomas tanner or other tanner on her as well?

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    July 1, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I love that you kept her look so natural. She looks beautiful!

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    July 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Such a lovely lady for a very natural use of makeup.

    Are Lori’s features too light for false eye lashes or would it simply not be the right combination for a natural look?

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    Bri | Bites of Bri
    July 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Cara, You are so skilled! This transformation is so wonderful. She looks gorgeous and it’s simple enough that she can totally do it on a daily basis. Love it.

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    Angela Clarke
    July 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    This is stunning! You look so pretty!

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    July 2, 2014 at 5:40 am

    This lady is a beautiful grandmother, her eyes, oh my god. You’re super talented too and so nice to do these makeovers for people.

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    July 2, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful! Do you have any hints for applying eyeliner to wrinkled eyelids?

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    July 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    This is amazing, natural looking and emphasizes her beauty:)

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    July 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Wow – I love how she looks like herself – but better!

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