From Wake Up to Make Up: Makeup

After my before and after photo below was featured on The Beauty Insiders, I wanted to share the step-by-step instructions here on the blog for how I achieved this look!

My close friends and family know the struggle I have had over the years with my skin. I’ve always been very open and honest about my struggles with acne and my bad habit of popping (I know- I have to to stop!!). So when I post pictures of my makeup looks on social media, or when I show up at social gatherings looking flawless, they always ask me how I put my makeup on to cover my scars and get my skin looking so great. I have to admit; I owe a lot to the products I choose, but I also have to admit that a lot of great makeup is in the application, as well. Today I’m going to tell you how I went from the picture on the left to the picture on the right.

Before and After |

  1. First, you need to prime your skin. My skin is oily, and I have blackheads on my T zone I like to hide, so I use Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Pore Defense Primer Serum. It not only preps my skin to help my makeup look its best and last all day, but also smooths and minimizes my pores and helps to color correct my uneven skintone. Get it here for just $8.99.
  2. Next, I apply my foundation. For this look, I used Loreal’s Infallible Pro Matte foundation in shade 102 (Shell Beige). I apply the foundation with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, applying a little of the foundation to the back of my hand and then using the sponge to dab it on my face starting in the center first and blending out toward the hairline in a patting motion. This sponge is a MUST for a flawless finish, y’all! It helps to even the product over your skin and give it an airbrushed finish. You need to be semi-fast though; this foundation dries quickly!
  3. After foundation, I apply a peach-toned color corrector under my eyes to cover my dark circles and blend it out with my ring finger, and then apply IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Undereye concealer over the top and blend it out using the tip of the Real Techniques sponge. I use their lightest shade to really brighten and open up my face, making me appear more awake and my skin appear more youthful. This concealer is a bit pricey, but well-worth it; the coverage is absolutely amazing, and a little goes a very long way; you don’t need but just a tiny dab to cover. I’m still on the same tube I bought back in January! I then immediately set my undereye concealer with powder.
  4. After I’ve concealed my undereyes, I go in with a separate concealer the same shade as my face to conceal any blemishes or dark spots that may stand out under the foundation. For this step, I use NYX’s HD Concealer in CW04 (Beige) and use the tip of my Real Techniques sponge to lightly pat it into the skin. I then finish the rest of my face with a light layer of powder. For this, I absolutely LOVE NYX’s Set It Don’t Fret It Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium.
  5. Now time for the fun part: the eyes! I love playing with eye makeup and trying out new looks! For this look, I kept it simple and used just one eyeshadow palette: the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. Y’all, this palette is a MUST if you love to wear neutrals but need a pop of color every now and then. Like the IT Cosmetics undereye concealer, it’s a little pricey, but it’s so worth it! The formula is buttery and blends like a dream, and the pigment is unreal; a little bit goes a long way, and these shadows will last you a long time! I highly recommend this palette for everyday eye looks as well as a great smokey eye!
    First, I used the shade White Chocolate to highlight under my brow bone. Then I used Milk Chocolate with a fluffy blending brush in my crease, and then went back in with Semi Sweet and concentrated it at the outer V of my eye to deepen the crease a little. Then, using a flat shader brush, I used the color Creme Brulee all over my lid. I then used a liner brush to press the color Triple Fudge into my lashline as a smudgy brown eyeliner. I also used that same liner brush (after cleaning it off!) to smudge a little bit of the Semi Sweet shade along my lower lashline.
  6. After applying my eyeshadow, I applied two coats of my favorite mascara: Urban Decay’s Perversion. This mascara is super black and doesn’t clump, which I LOVE! However, if you don’t want to splurge on the Urban Decay mascara, another favorite of mine is the NYX Doll Eye Long Lash Mascara.
  7. After I finish my eye makeup, I fill in my brows using a dark brown brow pencil from Ulta and blend it with a bit of brow powder from Pixi. The kit I use is a sample I got in an Ipsy bag, but here’s the full size version, which is an incredible brow palette. Once I am finished shaping my brows, I set them with a bit of clear brow gel.
  8. Once my eyes are done, I move on to the rest of my face. I light contour around my hairline, cheekbones, and jaw line with Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer using a large fluffy powder brush, and then go in with a darker bronzer on a contour brush to gently deepen the color under my cheekbones. I love Too Faced’s Chocolate Soleil bronzer (I’m currently using a sample size I got when I purchased the Milk Chocolate bronzer from the Too Faced website), which is just a shade deeper than the Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer, which works nicely to add just a little more depth and make my cheekbones more prominent, which slims my round face beautifully. 😉
  9. After using bronzer to contour, I go in with a blush to bring some color to my cheeks. I absolutely LOVE Milani’s Baked Blush in Luminoso, which is a peachy pink blush that gives a beautifully natural flush to the cheeks.
  10. Once you’re finished with blush, it’s time to do the lips! I’m a huge fan of liquid lipsticks, and I like to keep my lip look simple with something that lasts, since I am a busy mom and don’t have time to keep reapplying my lipstick all day. Here, I used ColourPop Cosmetics’s Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in Lumiere 2, which is a beautiful dusty rose shade. It dries a little darker on me, which is why it looks almost purple here. You can get the color here for just $6!

BrittFaced |

And that’s it! Those are the steps I followed to get this look. I hope this tutorial was helpful for you! If you enjoyed this tutorial, please be sure to subscribe to my blog at for more updates, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Have a great day!

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