Makeover Before & Afters!

Hi everyone!

Last week I had the pleasure of helping two ladies with their makeup! They're both beautiful and probably didn't need my help, but they wanted to try a new look and I was happy to give them some ideas! Plus, they were willing to do before & after pictures so I could show the transformation! Alyssa is the director of a local child advocacy center, and Leah is a teacher. Both said they wanted to develop quick, everyday looks... but once we got started, they let me go more dramatic on their eyes. So I did a full makeup application and along the way, they jotted down some of my product recommendations. Keep in mind, I am not a professional makeup artist! But I was really pleased with the Before & After shots...

Alyssa Before

Alyssa After
  • MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
  • Revlon Colorstay PhotoReady Concealer (undereyes)
  • ELF Translucent Mattifying Powder (lightly all over)
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Heat Wave (lightly all over)
  • ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer (bronzer to contour, blush on apples of cheeks)


  • Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
  • Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Palette (Glamazon- sparkly champagne on lid, Exclusive- plummy brown in crease, Stiletto- matte black for outer V)
  • Physicians Formula Felt Tip Eye Marker in black (upper lashline)
  • Revlon Colorstay Pencil Liner in black-brown (lower lashline, smudged)
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara


  • NYX Lip Liner in Mahogany
  • Lancome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Heatstroke

Leah Before

Leah After

  • Coastal Scents HD Foundation
  • Coastal Scents Concealer Palette (fair shades to even out redness)
  • ELF Translucent Mattifying Powder (lightly all over)
  • NYC Sunny Bronzer (lightly all over)
  • ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzer (bronzer as contour, blush on apples of cheeks)


  • Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer
  • Smashbox Eye Wish Palette (light teal on lid, turquoise in crease, charcoal in outer V)
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster Lash Enhancing Eyeliner in Brown (upper lashline)
  • Revlon Colorstay Pencil Liner in Black Brown (lower lashline)
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara


  • Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Stick in Bombay
  • Light shimmery gloss on top

It was so fun to work with Alyssa & Leah. Not only were they fun & sweet (they gave me a gift!), but they also had totally different skin tones, so it was sort of a learning experience to do them both back to back & make the necessary adjustments. While I sort of went "all out" with their eye makeup, there were a few tips I emphasized along the way for a quick, everyday routine.
  • Foundation first, then concealer. You may find that the foundation covers up certain flaws so you don't need as much concealer.
  • If you don't want to go all out with liquid foundations, conceal some key areas... then top with powder. Add blush and maybe some bronzer, too!
  • For eyes, be aware of all the "stopping points"- how you can just go with one light shade on the lids for added brightness, or 2 shades for a basic, natural contour.
  • The girls mentioned problems with their lower liner drifting south during the day. I recommended setting cream products on the lower lashline with a coordinating shadow, then take the ELF Translucent Mattifying Powder and blot that just under the liner to absorb any oils that come from the liner.

Thanks to Leah & Alyssa for visiting my makeup room! :) Hopefully I can do more before & after blogs in the future! All brushes used were from Sigma (the Make Me Cool set)


  • I gave they keynote address at the Scots Connection conference at Monmouth College over the weekend. (That's where I went to school). I spoke to about 60 students, along with faculty and other alumni. It went well and I met some Pi Phi's and Beauty Broadcast viewers! :)
  • I think Tyler is addicted to re-runs of "How I Met Your Mother".
  • Cupcake really missed us while we were gone for the weekend.
  • I'm writing this blog on a mini laptop Tyler won at an event earlier this month :)
  • Today I pranked a co-worker by putting tape over the sensor on the bottom of his mouse. That suggestion for a practical joke was tweeted to me last week.


  1. They're beautiful em(:
    You should do this as a business or something. I would totally hire you.

  2. Wow Emily, fantastic job!! Especially on Alyssa's eyes.

  3. These transformations are amazing. You are so generous to share your home and make-up with these well deserving individuals. Thanks for jotting down the products!

  4. Very beautiful! Too bad I live so far away- I would love a makeover

  5. Lol me and my husband are addicted to How I Met Your Mother reruns too!! Lovely makeovers!

  6. Wow Emily you did such a good job! I would love one of your make overs :o)


  7. Jeff says to ask Tyler if he needs an *intervention.*

    Tyler has always, ALWAYS reminded me of Marshall. :D

    Great job on the makeovers, Poof!

  8. You are so talented! Great job on those beautiful ladies.

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  10. WOW! These are stunning transformations, Emily! I love before-and-afters...thanks for sharing these.

  11. They look so good! I looove before/afters! :)

  12. like it!!

  13. Beautiful work em!

    I would love to see videos of you doing makeovers on others.

  14. Great job! She looks really lovely.

  15. Love the makeovers! They don't have too much makeup on, but also just enough. The eye shadow on all of the women looks great.

  16. Before and After pictures are the best ways to show beautiful transformations - well done !


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