Makeover Monday – Ella

This week’s Makeover Monday features one of my closest friends (and roommate!) Ella. We’ve only known each other since January, but she’s like a sister – in more ways than one. Ella and I are in the same sorority, so we’re Greek sisters, but she’s also like the big sister I never had. She takes care of me when I’m sick, brings me late-night grilled cheese, and let’s me do her  makeup on a moment’s notice.

Speaking of makeup, let’s talk about Ella’s makeup today. She has the most gorgeous skin tone and honestly looks lit from within regardless of how much highlighter she’s wearing. I really wanted to focus on the warmth in her skin, so we did some light contouring with heavier-handed bronzer & highlighter. Check out the before and after!

After Makeover Monday Ella

Ella’s normal makeup also tends to be heavy on the eyes but I wanted to create a more all-over balance. We used Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Ebony to create a strong frame for the rest of the look. Then, I lightly contoured with Nyx Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo in Cinnamon & Peach, with bareMinerals Bareskin concealer in Light for touch ups. I topped off the skin with a dusting of bronzer on her cheeks and plenty of highlighter on the cheekbones, brow bones and along the bridge of her nose. For her eyes, I used Half-Baked and Smog from Urban Decay’s Naked palette on the inner two-thirds of the lid. On the outer corner and crease, I used Delete from Urban Decay’s Vice 4 palette, then blended it out with Buck from the Naked palette and Bitter from Vice 4. Next, I rimmed Ella’s upper and lower lashlines with Delete using Anastasia Beverly Hills brush #12 (made for eyebrows, but also an amazing angled eyeliner brush!). I finished her eyes with Benefit’s Roller Lash. Ella has a naturally beautiful lip color, so I just applied some of Palmer’s coconut and shea butter lip balm (my favorite!) to complete the look.



Nyx Cosmetics Sculpt and Highlight Face Duo in Peach/Cinnamon – Ulta, $11.99

bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Light Sephora, $21

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder – Walgreens, $6.49

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Pearlized Highlighter in Stole the Show – Colourpop, $8

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep – MAC, $33


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow brow pomade in EbonySephora, $18


Urban Decay Vice4 Eyeshadow Palette – Urban Decay, $39 

Urban Decay Naked Palette – Sephora, $54

Benefit Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara – Sephora, $24


Palmer’s FlipBalm Creamy Coconut – Target, $2.99

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