I am the first to admit I am NOT a beauty guru. Those girls who can look like they walked straight out of a magazine every morning? More power to ’em. I’m amazed that I’ve finally concurred mascara and a red lip after all these years. Makeup has just always intimidated me. Sure I’ve gotten those over the counter makeovers and I’ve fallen for most of the “best product ever” articles you read in mags, and even with products piled high in my makeup drawer I’ve never really felt like it all made that much of a difference for me.

And then I met MAKE UP FOR EVER. Truthfully, I’d never heard of the line. You can find it in Sephora. But now that I’m in the know, I’m never going back! I teased the super fun experience I had shooting a video with MAKE UP FOREVER here. Well, today is the big reveal! They asked me to come to NYC and go through a full makeover, hair, outfit and makeup {of course!}… all based on my favorite style inspiration. Can you guess who I picked to serve as my inspirational icon?


Lauren Hutton! I’ve always adored her effortless, sexy-cool style – that she still rocks to this day! In fact I only think it’s gotten better as she’s gotten older. I’d love to look that put together at her age. From the 1970’s all the way to now, Lauren was the perfect beauty icon to have MAKE UP FOR EVER emulate. So I headed out to New York for my transformation – to be captured on video to share with you today! Tadah!!

And while getting glammed up was certainly fun, the best part of the whole experience was walking away with a makeup routine that I actually think will work for me on an everyday basis! It was simple, it was easy, it was fun and most importantly I love how it makes me look – like me…only better.


There were a few key “aha” moments that I took away from Lihja Stewart, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Director of Artistry. First, that the entire MAKE UP FOR EVER skin line is practically perfect. From the silky, just enough coverage foundation to the light as air powder, perfect pink HD blush, easy to apply bronzer and the most AH-mazing HD concealer I have ever found….I am so hooked!

The look was finished off with what is probably my new favorite find – Mist and Fix. This miracle worker keeps your makeup set and it actually delivers on its promise! I left my shoot all dolled up and went out to dinner nearly 8-hours later with only the reapplication of lip gloss needed. No smudges, no wandering mascara under my eyes. As someone who never remembers to stop for a mirror check, this is the ultimate lifesaver.


get the look: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Another one of the favorite lessons I learned was how easy it is to do a great eye. No straining over an imperfect eye-liner line required. I was terrified when Lijha asked me to replicate what she’d done on my other eye {ha! do you see my hand shaking in the video?!} But with the Aqua Matic eye pencil you can do your entire eye so easily. It was basically impossible to screw up.

The third detail too often forgotten is your eyebrows. Ladies – you cannot neglect them! Do you know how much more awake and fresh a strengthened eyebrow makes you look? Thankfully, MAKE UP FOR EVER has the easiest tools to add a little oopmh to your brows with their Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector and Brow Seal Eyebrow Gel. I’m never skipping this step again!


get the look: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

And while we added extra flourishes for the video look, {false eyelashes that were actually super comfortable and I loved!} overall I never felt “made-up.” Caking on layers of makeup or trying anything that requires 30 minutes to prep just isn’t for me. Even though we were going for a “camera ready” look, I’ve been having a ball taking the key elements I learned and trying them at home.

Here is the full list of the secret weapons used in my MAKE UP FOR EVER makeover-should you like to do the same!

1.     Face/Body 20

2.     HD Concealer 325

3.     Pro Finish Powder Foundation 117

4.     Mat bronze 40

5.     HD Blush 215

6.     Brow seal

7.     Aqua Brow 10

8.     Aqua Matic 52 & 50

9.     Aqua Eyes 2L

10.   Lashes 157

11.   Aqua Smoky Extravagant

12.   Aqua Lip 2c

13.   Lab Shine S4

14.   Mist & Fix

I have to thank the entire MAKE UP FOR EVER team again for having me. It was a treat to get to work with a cool, creative crew and I left feeling like I could finally do my own makeup – no professional makeup artist required!

image via vogue, quote via glitter inc.

This post is in partnership with Style Coalition and Make Up For Ever. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting posts that keep Apartment 34’s doors open! 

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  1. I love it! That look really enhances your natural beauty, but no one would look at you and say like “whoa, she’s wearing a lot of make up”

  2. Love it! Great video and make up tips! It sounds like my every day make up routine is too complicated 🙂 now I wonder if I can get make up for ever in the UK? Hmmm…


    1. I’d recommend ordering online somewhere with a good return policy. Try Sephora!

  3. Very nice, full ‘look’ video. You looked very summery! Have you been wearing the false lashes with some regularity, and do you think they can be applied quickly – was the adhesive easy to use? Thanks for the post. Jen

    1. Hi Jen, the adhesive was super easy and if you take them off carefully you can actually wear the same pair more than once. I still keep them for special occasions only but I’m no longer intimidated by them!

  4. You look beautiful!! Well, with or without make-up but I really love the result, it’s supernatural. Nevertheless I am not the kind of person who spends half an hour every morning on my face to get that natural look because although it looks so effortless, it is not…
    xx, Sarah

    1. I feel you Sarah! I stick to what I can do in 10 mins!

    1. You should! I’ve become an obsessive fan since discovering them! It’s my new go-to line – especially the concelear – it’s a miracle worker!