I love a makeover challenge! My good friend Marye is one of the nicest people I know. She's been a Karma Dogs volunteer for more than five years and is always up for an adventure. To date, other than my sister in law Jogo, she's the only one to take me up on the Zorbing which I adore. While I'm sure she's read my blog before, she isn't really into makeup. She's more of the cute, natural, girl next door.
When Marye mentioned she was hoping to pull together a glamorous face and easy updo for a work event, I jumped at the chance to take the glam up several notches. Since Marye doesn't wear much makeup on a daily basis, we needed to pull together a look without breaking the budget and make it easy enough for Marye to do on her own. I should start this by saying that I'm no makeup artist. I do know my way around some products, but I'm no artist. I might have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve, but I'm no Melissa Street.
But can you get the full hair and makeup treatment for a glam night out for $50? I decided to push the envelope further and give Marye a Kardashian look. This means a flawless face, smokey eyes, contoured cheeks and a super shiny pout. I researched some of her looks and added up the cost of the products. They ranged from $400-600 for the makeup alone. CRAZY!
Foundation Shadow Eyeliner Blush Contour Highlight Lip Gloss Bun Maker Mascara False Lashes
Luckily, Marye already owned primers and brushes, so we selected what we needed, accidentally forgetting about the budget constraints. Don't act like you've never only gone in for gum and left $100 lighter. It's so easy to do! So we selected our products and marched up to the register, giggling hysterically at our attempt to do math to make sure we didn't go over our $50 budget. But when we got to the counter, our total was just shy of $75! Whoops!
(So we went $1.98 over budget, after coupons we picked up in the store. That's pretty good, considering we could not add things up correctly on our own.)
After a quick trip to the CVS kiosk to scan my CVS card, we saved big! And I even got $10 in ExtraBucks for my next trip! It's like practically being paid to shop! If you aren't signed up for the Beauty Club at CVS/pharmacy, you are missing out on free money.
When we got back to Gouldylox HQ, we spread our loot out and began the process of transformation.
We started by pulling her hair up and in a bun for an easy, easy style. Next we applied True Match foundation from L'OREAL, evening out the skin. Like myself, Marye's skin is hard to match. This is one area that might require us to exchange the product for a better option. Luckily, CVS knows that and allows returns or exchanges so you can try it out and bring it back if it isn't perfect.
Next, we added some cheeks using the Dream Bouncy blush in Rose Petal from Maybelline and sculpted them with a Physician's Formula Bronzer in Moonlight. We even added a bit of color to her brows using the darker color! Then we moved on to the eyes, doing a basic smokey look with a touch of purple to bring out her hazel/green eyes. L'OREAL Colour Riche has some great compacts for exactly this purpose. We added a little Maybelline Define-an-Eye Liner in Black (I need to go back for one of these myself. It's so smooth and applies perfectly.)
Next, I taught Marye how to apply false lashes from Kiss (with the strings). The strings are like training wheels, and it was no surprise that Marye applied them perfectly the first time! We ended with a Revlon Super Lusturous Lip Gloss in Peach Petal that added just the right nude sparkle to her lips. The final look? Pretty fantastic! Easy, pretty and dramatic. Plus she can do it all herself. Loxy's reaction? "WOW." Here's my favorite shot of the night.
And if anything isn't what she hoped it might be, CVS has a great return policy. While I think she'll be happy with almost everything, I think we could find a better skin match for the foundation.
The foundation looks ok in photos, but is a little off in person. Either way, CVS/pharmacy makes it easy! Below are some outtake photos from the shoot. So. Much. Fun.
Got a makeover challenge for me? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!
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