Before & Afters Makeup

Makeover Monday – Rachel the Golden Ticket Winner

You may or may not remember our Willy Wonka style giveaway over the summer so let me update you!

We hid a golden ticket into a random compact and then stashed a bunch of silver and bronze tickets into orders as well. The BIG prize was a trip to vegas + a makeover! I was really nervous the ticket would just get thrown away by someone who had no idea what it was all about but luckily Rachel was the recipient and she knew exactly what it was and this last weekend she finally claimed her prize!

She is naturally gorgeous so doing her makeup was a total breeze ( she’s also a hair stylist as you can tell by her perfect hair!)


On her IIID Foundation I ended up using Linen for her highlight & Shadow for her contour! I’ve never used shadow alone before but she was so olive it actually worked perfectly!

Since her eyes are so big and beautiful brown I really wanted to focus my attention there! I used a dark neutral navy shadow (midnight) to go around her lash line top and bottom. I chose the blue because I think it really brings out her eyes because of the color contrast, but it isn’t a loud enough blue that it draws attention to itself. Hopefully that makes sense! One of the biggest things that made her eyes pop were the lashes! I used some new lashes on her that I’m so excited to tell you about! I’m going to do a whole post but in the meantime they are called Picky and they are awesome!

I wanted her lips to still be shown off but softer so I used NYX Taupe to line them and give her a little plumpness then I filled them in with Lip Tar in Hush.


She brought her mother and mother-in-law and I truly loved all three of them. So incredibly down to earth and enjoyable to be around. I can see that they are a very close family and it’s so fun to see both sides of her family hanging out together.


We took them to Hash House A Go Go because it’s one of my Vegas favorites and we all just shared everything, which goes to show how much we hit it off:) (my sister and Janae came also but she wasn’t in any of the photo’s since she was taking them!)



This was our appetizer! First time I’ve ever eaten fried green tomatoes but I’ve been dreaming of them since I was a kid and Fried Green Tomatoes was my FAVORITE in the wolrd.

They were delicious…even if they didn’t look anything like the ones from Whistle Stop Cafe:)



I can’t tell you how grateful I am that Rachel was the winner. It was my first time doing anything like this and she was so patient and gracious with me during the planning and I it turned out so fun because of who she is!

This giveaway might have to become an annual thing!


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    October 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    She is a very lucky girl!

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    October 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    She looks gorgeous 🙂 Another fabulous make over!

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      October 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      isn’t she a babe!! Thank you!

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    October 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    is there a video? I LOVE her eye–that smudgey liner..I need to know how to do that 🙂 just beautiful–I love your makeovers

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    October 12, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Holy cow, she looks amazing! I want to see what you did on her eyes too! And what color did you use on the lip and cheek? I would love to see some sort of explanation on why you choose to go heavier in eye makeup during some makeovers and lighter in others. Like guidance on which feature to focus on for yourself or when to choose a more balanced approach.

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      October 12, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for your suggestions!! I added more up in the post to answer your questions:)

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    Carol Higdon
    October 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Fried Green Tomatoes, By chance are you talking about the Whistle Stop in Glendale, KY?

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      October 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      There was a Whistle Stop Cafe in the film! It could very well have been taken from the one in Glendale!

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    Kristen M
    October 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I really need more pictures of her hair – please!! This is exactly the type of cut/style/color I’ve been trying to go for! 🙂

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      October 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      I’ll see if Janae has any more!

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    October 12, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    She looks Great! Beautiful eyes.

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    October 12, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I LOVE this makeover. My coloring and eye shape is very similar– eye makeup details p.l.e.a.s.e!!! Just perfect look all around. And her hair is just too adorable too:)

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    October 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Very lucky and she is sooo pretty!

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    October 13, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I thought her “before” picture was the final makeover picture! She is gorgeous to begin with and then the “after” was like “wow!” – didn’t think she could get an prettier. Girl, you are gorgeous no matter what and Cara did a great job taking it a step further. Sounds like a great experience!

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    October 13, 2015 at 6:54 am

    How fun!! I use shadow for my contour and linen for my highlight too! I love that shadow is just a little more gray and neutral.

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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    October 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

    She looks great!

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    October 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I check out your blog a few times a week and always love seeing the before & afters. If you are ever in Baltimore I would pay you to come before & after me 🙂 I’m so stuck in my routine now and I always have the worst time doing my eyes. I watched some of your tutorials and learned a few tricks! But I’d love to have my makeup done by you 🙂

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    October 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    What color did you use on her cheeks? Beautiful results! !

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    Sana Nurani - Vancouver Mobile Wedding Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
    October 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    What a beautiful makeover! You did a great job, her eyes really pop. Oh and I love Hash House A-Go-Go, try the Man v. Food meal! You’d need someone to share it with because it’s sooo big, but it’s delicious!!!

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    October 13, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Cara, I bought NYX Taupe but I just find it goes on so brown/dark! Is this just because you need a good color over top?

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      October 14, 2015 at 11:22 am

      I thought the same thing when I bought it, but smudge it a bit with your fingertip and then apply lip color. It really does give some amazing definition even blended out a bit.

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        October 14, 2015 at 8:49 pm

        Thank you I will give that a try!!

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    Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)
    October 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    So gorgeous. I am way jealous of her golden ticket!

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    October 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Simply stunning!!

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    October 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    So lovely! Her eyes are stunning – I have a question about them. You used “dark neutral navy shadow (midnight) to go around her lash line top and bottom” – did you also use a shadow on the lid? Can you share what color you paired with the navy shadow liner? Thank you!

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    October 21, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I was curious about what product you put in her hair to give it all that volume?!?!!? My hair is so limp and it is baby fine, so even with mouse, sea salt spray, and dry shampoo, it is still stick straight without ANY volume at the roots. HELP!

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