Guest Face- Playing Makeup with My Sister

There are so many advantages to being the older sister. One of my faves is being able to demand my sister Maggie let me do her makeup and write about her on my blog. Actually, she was really cool about it, and we had a lot of fun making a hair-makeup-photo shoot happen with lots of helpers (both baby and furry baby). She needs no help from me on makeup tips or anything like that- this was purely a chance for me to have complete control over her look, and document it for the interwebs. My motive, if I’m being honest, was to force her to wear lipstick. She’s a no muss, no fuss lip product person, and since my love of lipsticks is well documented, it was time for the two worlds to collide.

Maggie is gorgeous. The kind of gorgeous that really starts from within. She’s beautiful, but she’s more than that. She’s charismatic. She’s kind. She’s funny. She’s whipsmart. Her sense of humor is the best (which I will say without shame is exactly like mine). The fact that she’s also incredibly beautiful is just a notation in her life’s accomplishments. Can you tell I’m proud to be her sister? Biased as I may be (which I’m not, all the above things are true,) she’s still a great model for a blog that likes to talk beauty, so here we go…

Maggie is a mom, which all other things aside, means she often has to put herself together pretty quickly and with lots of help waiting at her feet. I really wanted to do a mimimal makeup look that would show off her features and also provide a bit of polish.

As you can see, she really doesn’t need a whole lot of help…


Maggie has great skin. I hope she doesn’t mind my sharing that it wasn’t always the case. She had severe acne as a teen, but she’s been very fortunate that her skin really leveled out in her twenties, and she doesn’t suffer from much redness or discoloration (refer to: my skin). Her skin is also wwwaaaaayyyyy less oily than mine, so she can use foundations that promise “dewiness” without going straight into sweaty mode. I think her fav and go-to is NARS Sheer Glow. I used a combo of my fav, tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour foundation and Dr. Jart+ Black Label BB Cream, as I find it is incredibly dewy. I evened out her skin, then prepped and primed her eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Pro Long Wear Paint Pot in Painterly. She has some veins that show in her crease, and she normally covers these with foundation. The paint pot did a great job, and didn’t crease. We also bulked up her brows a bit with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown because like all women that were teens in the 00’s, Maggie fell victim to overplucking and now has to make up some of that ground. I never touched tweezers on the other hand (as all my high school photos demonstrate) so I’ve had to learn to control my crazy brows.


I used the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and swept on the shade ‘Booty Call’ all over her lid, the ‘Foxy’ from the crease to the brow bone. I used the shade ‘Chopper’ in the crease and outer corner, for just a bit of warmth and sparkle. I ran a few strokes of Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper (surprise surprise) across the top lash line, then tightlined with the usual gel liner.


We used some of the Maybelline Falsies Mascara and I called that eyes done.


I added a bit of the Balm’s Frat Boy to her cheeks, then used a bit of the Mary-Lou Manizer on the inner corner of her eyes and across the tops of her cheekbones. Oh how jealous I am that she can use so much highlighter and look glowy and not sweaty. #oilyskincurse




In these photos, her cheeks don’t show much color, but it was perfect in person. I’m still learning to use the camera, and didn’t want her to be embarrassed to go out in public after the shoot with clown cheeks!


She knows how to do hair. I don’t. (That’s a huge reason I chopped mine off). She also has gloriously thick, perfectly textured hair. Be jealz. It’s really that good.




Even though I hate the phrase, it’s the perfect no-makeup makeup.


Now on to the lipstick. I used the NARS Audacious Lipstick in the color Grace. As you may have seen, I’m obsessed with anything pink/coral.

I first put it on quite sheerly, so it would function more like a stain.



Then I built it up to a more opaque coverage, but staying just shy of slathering it on. I find this formulation to be so creamy that it slides everywhere if I put it on with a heavy hand.


I have to use the ¬†picture, below, if for no other reason than to play “spot the nephew”



You guys, she’s gorge. So beautiful!


Normally, I end each makeup post with a product shot, but seeing as we had so much help doing this shoot, I completely forgot! To make it up to you, here’s a shot of our helpers. One just finished snacking, and one is helping clean up the snack. Can you guess who is who?


This picture is all the feels. All the feels.

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