What I learned from my Makeup Challenge


My Makeup Challenge is finally complete! That took a long time…I’m not sure what I was thinking but hey it was fun! It was definitely much more difficult than I thought it would be. So, what have I learned?

  1. It’s really rainy and cloudy on the weekends in Philadelphia…I need to invest in some soft box lighting or something because my camera almost had a heart attack most days. I really don’t like using flash because you lose a lot of the depth of the face but natural light isn’t going to cut it in the winter time!
  2. I have plenty of eyeshadow. I do NOT need more eyeshadow. I should probably get rid of some eyeshadow…but I won’t. More eyeshadow reviews to come I’m sure! I have an addiction…
  3. I have huge holes in my lipstick collection. I am really lacking in nudes, especially warm toned nudes. I’m lacking in warm toned lipsticks in general. Most of my reds are blue toned and I was definitely struggling to find what I wanted while doing some of my looks. I just placed an order on Colourpop for a lot of warmer lipsticks so I’ll make sure to review them soon!
  4. False lashes are my best friends. That is all.
  5. I need to wear more makeup for photos than I do in real life! Especially contour, blush and bronzer it just really doesn’t translate well in photos. I look at all those gorgeous Instagram photos and I’m just sitting over here layering the bronzer until I look crazy and it still doesn’t turn up! Ahhh well…
  6. STOP BUYING EYESHADOW! But the new Vice 4… NO! But…

I found these challenges to be extremely difficult but it was also a lot of fun! I learned a lot about shooting makeup looks and the looks that I really enjoy doing. Did you enjoy seeing the looks I created? Which were your favorite? Let me know down in the comments! I’ll link them all here!

Makeup Challenge (1) Liquid Metal Lids

Makeup Challenge (2) Flash of Color

Makeup Challenge (3) Monochrome Eyes and Lips

Makeup Challenge (4) Matte Eyes, Matte Lips

Makeup Challenge (5) Recreate a Makeup Campaign Look

Makeup Challenge (6) Cool Eyes, Warm Lips

Makeup Challenge (7) Color Wheel Analogous Color Pairing

Makeup Challenge (8) Color Wheel Complimentary Color Pairing

Makeup Challenge (9) Subtle Contour

Makeup Challenge (10) Strong Liner


  1. Alina December 2, 2015 / 12:21

    It’s always interesting realising that we have much more makeup than we actually need/use. Love using my lights these days, it makes such a huge difference to photos x

    Beauty with charm

    • Ellen December 2, 2015 / 13:43

      Do you use soft boxes? Are you happy with them? I would love a recommendation if you have a good one!

    • Ellen December 3, 2015 / 12:56

      Thanks! I definitely need to get some, there is no way for me to continue shooting makeup looks without them come winter!

  2. Rebecca December 4, 2015 / 16:42

    I’m going to have a look at your looks! Also I need to stop buying eyeshadow too haha!

    Rebecca Coco

    • Ellen December 4, 2015 / 17:39

      Let me know which ones you like best! Eyeshadow is never ending. There are always new colors and brands I just can’t help myself!

  3. Nadia Sabrina December 4, 2015 / 21:36

    Every look looks gorgeous! Will definitely recreate the 8th Makeup Challenge.

    Best of luck in your ventures. Cheers from Indonesia! xx


    • Ellen December 4, 2015 / 21:54

      Let me know how it turns out!!!! Thanks so much Nadia!

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