Before & Afters Makeup

Makeover Monday…on a Tuesday

That pretty much sums it up.

I have had the busiest week of my life! I need to go to bed…hours ago, so I won’t write much I just want to let you know I’ll be answering comments and stuff tonight and show you the most beautiful bride, LeeAnna.
I seriously loved this lady the minute she introduced herself. (The southern accent might have played a small part in that)
We had such a good time getting her all gussied up for her Vegas wedding. She has the prettiest smile and such a gorgeous color of green eyes so I focused on bringing those out the most:)


For her makeup:
I started with e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer then brushed
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation STROMBOLI around the outside of her face.
Then I did her eyes. She asked for a smokey eye and nude lips (a favorite of pretty much every girl:) So I used a small shadow brush to smudge in dark brown (Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette) shadow. Then I softened it and blurred the edges with a lighter brown (Taupe from the Pro Palette). Finishing the eye with some highlight under the brow (Nude from the Pro Palette) and some liquid liner on the top lid.
For her brows I used NYX brow compact and filled them in a little thicker and closer together and really defining her arch.
For her cheeks I used Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Fresh pink (in love)
Then some contouring around her face, under her cheekbones and lips and on the sides of her nose with Bahama Mama Bronzer.
Highlighting next! I used my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE NEW COMBO on this it turns out SO natural and gorgeously glowy. I mix together NXY HD Concealer in Yellow and Stilla Illuminating BB cream then blend it into the under eyes (in a pie shape) the forehead, down the nose and on her chin.
I then added some extra glow with Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter on her cheeks and under her brow and finished the look with NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Sugar Pie
Oh, and I ALWAYS ALWAYS set with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting spray. That stuff is GENIUS!




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    March 26, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Hi Cara,
    For the last few days I haven’t been able to see any of the photos on your site 🙁 Is it possibly a setting that needs to be changed on my computer? I’m slightly heart broken about it. Your site is the first thing I check every morning when I first get to work (Shhhhh – don’t tell!) haha

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      March 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      You might need to just clear your cache and cookies. I don’t think it’s anything to do with her site.

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    Julie Lockhart
    March 26, 2013 at 6:04 am

    What a beautiful transformation! She looks AMAZING and I am sure her groom realized how lucky he was when she walked down the aisle..she is glowing!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 6:07 am

    DAMN!!! Now, that’s a make over, gorgeous without looking “made up” 🙂 PROPS!

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    March 26, 2013 at 6:17 am

    You are so talented! She is gorgeous!

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    Kallie Papkie (@blondeeambition)
    March 26, 2013 at 6:26 am

    move to canada so you can do my makeup everyday! <3 she looks amazing

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    Liz Tea Bee
    March 26, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I have to say… I’m not a big fan. She looks very made up and not at all like “herself” from the before picture. I wish you had worked with her natural skin tone. Her eyes do look fantastic, though.

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    March 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

    She looks absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

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    March 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

    He eyes look amazing! Great job on that!!

    I would LOVEEE IT if you guys would check my blog out? 😀 xx

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    Erica P.
    March 26, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I wish I could look that perfect just once. I love your tips but I don’t seem to have any talent for makeup. Sigh. I guess Ill just have to continue living vicariously through Makeover Mondays …er..Tuesday.

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    Amber Dobecka
    March 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Cara, you are AMAZING! Come to Dallas and makeover me! 🙂

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    Sisi Alzate
    March 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Wow! That’s amazing talent, she looks beautiful!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

    You’re so talented! She looks amazing!!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I love how you say you bring out the beautiful in people. You definitely magnified her beauty and made her eyes pop and her skin look flawless. Go Cara!!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Gorgeous. She looks beautiful for her wedding.

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    March 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m a newbie here, and all I can say is “wow”! You sculpted her forehead & cheeks, & brought out her eyes wonderfully. One commenter said she had too much makeup on. If not for your wedding, then when??
    Most people use a little extra umph on their big day. She looks mahvelous 😉

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      Kristen McNeil
      March 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm


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    March 26, 2013 at 9:29 am

    you are a genius…

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    March 26, 2013 at 9:30 am

    She is beautiful! 🙂

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    March 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Oh my goodness… that is incredible!!! Gorgeous!

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    March 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    she is beautiful! congrats on her wedding!!!

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    Maddy Cane
    March 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

    She looks so beautiful, I love the lip colour! xxx

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    March 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Lol I loved everything about it except the lip color (I thought a peachier nude might have been better). Fantastic job on covering the blemishes with absolute perfection! And on bringing out those pretty eyes. I am sure her wedding was made happier because she felt extra pretty on her special day.

    P.S. I love how everyone is sharing such different opinions, it makes reading the comments so much more interesting and real.

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    March 26, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Gees she looks stunning! Love the eye makeup.

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    March 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    You did a great job I loved talking with you and learning from you!!! My makeup was great that day it was priceless to see his face when he saw me. My favorite was the eyebrows I try to do them that way but still have not perfected it. 🙁 thank you again I was so surprised that you did a post on me!!!!

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    March 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Stunning! Can’t wait to see what products you used, especially the foundation!

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    Taylor Morgan
    March 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm


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    March 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    You did a lovely job enhancing her natural beauty, but I wish you had blended in the bronzer better. The first thing I saw was the stark contrast between her true paleness and the bronzer you applied to the edges of her forehead and around her cheekbone area. I agree with another commenter that her a lipstick with a peachier or pinker color would have done well.

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    March 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm


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    Debra Rhodes
    March 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    wow, she looks totally different, Love ur work!!!

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    Jenni R.
    March 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love it~ we need more eyebrow tutorials. Like maybe a video because every time I try to make mine look better, i look like a wack-a-doo. One ends up too low and the other too thick and then there is a color situation. Ugh. Love this blog though!

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      Malinda B.
      March 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      I totally agree about more eyebrow tutorials!!! Her eyebrows are amazing… I want mine to look that fabulous!

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    Erin Ortiz
    March 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous transformation, great job!

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    March 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Go Kara! I like to think I’m pretty good at makeup, but I’m not this good! Love your blog. I can’t wait for you to post the makeup used.

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    Nancy Block
    March 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Phenomenal job. You continue to amaze me.

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    March 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Amazing! I love your before and after pictures. It is amazing what reshaping the eyebrow will do! You are one talented lady!

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    March 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Okay sooooo YOU’RE AMAZING!!! I wish I knew how to make my make-up/face look like that!!
    Cara–I’m getting married in July! How bout you come to Central PA and do a makeover for ME?!!?!! :):):) 😉

    BTW–found your blog a couple weeks ago on Pinterest…now I am ADDICTED!!! love your writing, pictures, and tips! Keep them coming and thanks for being real! 🙂

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    March 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Simply Amazing! Beautiful bride!

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    March 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    She looks beautiful! Question: how do you cover blemishes so well? I use a powder concealer, but it usually wears off throughout the day.

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    March 27, 2013 at 12:23 am

    She looks amazing!

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    March 27, 2013 at 5:58 am

    ok, seriously you did an awesome job! Those brows look totally natural and have made the biggest difference to her face! I’m excited to see how you covered up those few blemishes as I have them too.

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    March 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    AMAZING! I would love to see the magic you could do on me!

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    March 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, she’s so pretty! I love your approach of believing everyone is beautiful, it is really inspiring!

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, I hope you can post about it!

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    Angela Whitbeck
    March 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Another gem! Many people don’t realize the importance of eyebrows. They are the frame to the beauty of your face. LeeAnna’s, with your help Cara, are perfectly beautiful. If eyebrows are skimpy, brushing in a bit of shadow with a quality brush may be just the trick you need! In my opinion, LeeAnna’s lips are too pale and need a bit more peachy color so they don’t get lost, particularly in wedding pictures. My favorite choice for this look would be Icy Peach by Mary Kay. She doesn’t want her groom to have trouble finding those lovely lips!

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    March 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Such a beautiful bride. Cara, you are always amazing at what you do. I’ve been following your blog for a long time, and it has inspired me to write one myself. I get so much joy from viewing your posts, especially the ones where you talk about life and how you deal with all the nonsense life can bring. I like to think I have a pretty great sense of humor and wanted to share my blog with you and your readers. If you like it will you please repin it. I know you have a tremendous following, and since I’m doing this anonymously, I could use your support to get the word out.
    Please check it out when you have a minute and hopefully I’ll make you laugh. Thank you!!

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    March 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Cara! You never cease to amaze me! I love how you do the before & after pics, I seriously look back and forth at them for 3 minutes. And then I show my husband, and he’s like, “wow!” I wish I could do what you do. Keep it up girl.

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    March 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Im not normally a comment-er but this was so well done, you really enchanced her so beautifully while still allowing her to look like herself. most times I “blecch” at the makeover afters some post because A) the woman no longer looks like herself and B) no one should wear that much makeup in real life (as opposed to reel life). So thank you Cara, for making this woman look so beautiful, and to the bride LeeAnna, congrats; you looked stupendous.

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    March 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    and i should clarify those “blecch” dont occur on afters here…. haha

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    March 29, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Well done! I can’t wait to see what products you used.

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    April 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Beautiful! Can you share what lip color you used? Thanks!

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    Kiersten McNairy (@imanartsy1)
    April 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Liked and followed on facebook and instagram! I love your blog. You are so inspirational to me, I love that you embrace everyones inner beauty even if they sometimes have trouble seeing their own 🙂

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    April 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    will you be posting the products you used on her?

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    Evelyn R
    April 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

    She looks gorgeous! I love the lip color…what is it?? I can never find that nice subtle pink.

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    Kinsey Williams
    April 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    What brand of foundation is your favorite? Highlighter/concealer? Makeup primer?

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