Before & Afters Makeup

Monday Makeover – Sydney from Day Book

Have you guys ever stumbled on The Day Book Blog?
If you have you surely fell in love with Sydney, the writer, mother and otherwise beautiful + charming & stylish lady who runs the place.
Not too long ago, much to my excitement, she moved to my area (St. George, UT) and we became friends. She’s so fun to hang out with and her kids are amazingly cute. I was thrilled to get the chance to makeup her already naturally beautiful face.

She is absolutely radiant. Her eyes are obviously THE WORLD but then you look at her lips and they kind of take over your heart. Then her cheeks sort of scream out at you.
It’s hard to even handle in all honesty:)

I couldn’t pick a feature to focus on so I just went for it and blasted them all out of the water.





Photos by Jessica Janae

What I used: (Makeup capsule approved)

IIID Foundation in sunlit + walnut  +Ruby (blush & lips)+ pearl
MAC Brun on the brows
City Plumper on the lips (mostly I use this to exfoliate the lips – don’t know why it works it just does)
Black Eyeliner on her top lash line.
Too faced Milk chocolate Bronzer 
Too Faced Better Than Sex Maskcara

OH and I completely forgot to add! I used bronzer on her lids and Esqido false lashes in BFF on her as well!

I think she pretty much exemplifies a perfect summer glow!


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    June 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Just beautiful. As you wrote, Sydney is absolutely beautiful without makeup. Makeup – and your deft hand at applying it – enhances her beauty even more. And those babies are just precious! Gorgeous family!

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    June 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to see a video
    on how you did her hooded eyes, I have them to. Do you think a wing is ever appropriate for them?

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      June 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      I”l work on that! I think more often than not the wing actually drags them down quite a bit! I’ve seen it look beautiful but it’s much harder to pull off! The biggest thing I’ve noticed is LASHES they make a giant difference!

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        Jen Young
        June 2, 2015 at 2:34 pm

        Awesome thanks! Can’t WAIT for that video!!!

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      June 2, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Me too! I love your makeovers

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    Kristi Craig
    June 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I love this look. I love the big differences that a few bits of makeup can do. She’s totally beautiful both ways though!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

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    Marsi Taylor
    June 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hey !! I recognize that red lip pillow 😉

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      June 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      And of course she’s beautiful!

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    June 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    The Daybook was the first ever blog I read! I love seeing two of my favorite bloggers come together! Beautiful makeup, Cara!

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    June 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Seriously, I’m SO excited you got together with her! You two are my favorite bloggers and the fact that you guys hang makes me so happy!! Love you both!

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    June 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    so pretty!

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    June 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    beautiful! your link to the lip color is clear. What is the actual color that you used?? There is such a difference between the before and after for it to be clear! I have similar coloring and am curious!

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      June 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      She used the blush from her IIID palette on the lips.

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    June 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Been reading The Day Book Blog for years now and Sydney always looks beautiful. But, I love how you really brought out her blue eyes. Not to mention, how cute are those kids!

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    Leslie Wood
    June 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    She looks stunning, great job! She looks wonderful without makeup but the look you created for her just enhances her natural beauty even more.

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    June 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Sydney is one of my top ten bloggers!! This is beautiful!

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    June 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Pleeeaaasssee do side by side photos of Monday makeovers!!

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    June 2, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Brun is like the eyebrow equivalent of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants jeans. HOW does it work on soooo many women?!? I’m very tempted to buy it and the darn IT cosmetics brush but I just do not need them. I have tried the Loreal Antique Brown shadow(which was ok), NYX Charcoal Brown (great color), and now I am using Laura Geller in Brunette (I like the two tones in one compact). Do those little grooves on the IT brush play nice with the shadow? They seem pretty tough/harsh.

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    June 2, 2015 at 2:48 am

    What a beauty! It’s like you turned on the light with a soft early evening sun setting on her face. You just want to smile when you look at her. You think of butterflies & a bouquet of delicate pink, white, & yellow roses & peonies.. Another work of art, Miss Cara! 🙂 She looks just beautiful! You made everything pop without shouting. Very lovely!

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    June 2, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Were there any eye shadows used? If so, can you list the names? Thanks!

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    June 2, 2015 at 6:20 am


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    June 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Sydney is without a doubt, my top 5 favorite bloggers. You perfectly accentuated all of her beautiful features! So gorgeous.

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    June 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful!! I do have to ask, did you use any shadow on her lids, and if so, which ones. I have eyes similar to hers and love what you did with them! Also, did you use lashes on her (which ones, if so) because if not, I need to go out and buy a lifetime supply of that Too Faced mascara!! Haha!!

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    L. A. Tatum
    June 2, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Wow, beautiful before and even more so after!

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    Kristin Moeller
    June 2, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Hi Cara, I just recently discovered your blog (I know, I’ve been living under a rock it seems,well it’s Germany actually :)) and I am beyond obsessed with your makeovers. The skin is always so glowy/dewy I LOVE it. Any chance of your makeup to be available in Europe soon?

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    Daisy - émoi émoi
    June 3, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Love this makeover! Beautiful!!

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    Sarai Hansen
    June 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Awesome Monday Makeover! Would love for you to work your magic on me sometime:)

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    Leticia Justus
    June 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Soft and Youthful ! It really draws attention to her beautiful eyes and smile . She looks 10 years younger ! Gorgeous lady !

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    Dana Jallad
    June 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    did you also do her hair too? I love how it turned out and would love to know what size barrel curling iron you used – thanks!

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    July 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! She went from being beautiful to being outstanding! As others mentioned, she looks like a 20 something!

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    Sula Skin Studio
    December 26, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    So pretty! I love your make overs. Excited to see the video.

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