Before & Afters Makeup

Yama – Monday Makeover

I was so excited to meet Yama. She is smart, funny and (as you can easily see) beautiful.
She is headed back to her Sophomore year of college next month so we thought it would be fun to get together before then and teach her some fun ways to spice up her look.
Beautiful makeover monday. Products for getting this gorgeous glow!

(side by side view)
She wanted so badly to get a “nude lip” and I tried probably 10 different lipsticks and glosses and none of them were the nude we were hoping for so I am still on the hunt!
but in the meantime this pinky nude (which actually photographed less pink than it was in person) looks gorgeous.

What I did:

First, her eyes.  I used  Lorac Pro Palette focusing around her peepers with Deep Purple and Garnet (which is a dark copper) on her lid above her pupil to the inner corner of her eyes. I love how the garnet made her eyes look so bright and sparkly! Next I lined her water line with Urban Decay 24/7 in Perversion and a added heavy coat of Benefit They’re Real mascara.
I filled her brows with Espresso, also from the Lorac Palette.
Tapped some Tarte Cheek stain in Tickled right in her apples.
I wanted to highlight to be very warm and only a couple shades lighter than her natural skin tone. If the highlight is too light or not warm enough it can tend to be ashy. I used Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in Cappuccino on her forhead, down the center of her nose, on her cheeks and under her eyes.  Then contoured her nose and her cheek bones with Sable (again, from the Lorac Palette..) and added a little shimmer by way of my Illuminating mix.
Finished her look with a mix of nude, pink and brown lip colors that I can’t even begin to remember, sorry…stay tuned on that:)
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and that you love this makeover as much as I do:)


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  • Reply
    Ariane Smith
    July 29, 2013 at 4:16 am

    She is so beautiful!!!

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    July 29, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Wow! Gorgeous girl and makeup!

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    July 29, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Beeee-uu-tiful! She is such a pretty girl and her makeover put her pretty face right over the top!

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    Lauren Stell
    July 29, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Filling her brows totally pulled the look together. She is about my age and it makes her look like a model! Also your highlighting and illuminating never ceases to add that extra something! Awesome work Cara! And Yama, you are sooo pretty!

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    Dawn Shelton Connelly
    July 29, 2013 at 4:26 am

    WOW! she looks beautiful and SO different. you’re a genius.

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    July 29, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Gorgeous. Love cheek color.

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    Kim Kegley
    July 29, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I love the eyeliner on her. She’s gorgeous!

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    Paint Those Piggies
    July 29, 2013 at 5:59 am

    She is so stunning! I love the smoky eye and the nude lip!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Her eyes look so gorgeous. I think this is another great demonstration of how eyebrows can really make the look.
    I’d love to hear more about what strategies you used to mix her lip color.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

    She looks gorgeous–you did a great job putting together a look that is both stunnng and fresh. Love It!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

    She wEnt for very pretty to – WOW, and still in a natural understated way!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Stunning, you amaze me!

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    Ashley Grissom
    July 29, 2013 at 6:46 am

    From beautiful to drop dead gorgeous! This is exactly why I am bound and determined to get married in Vegas so YOU can do my makeup! You are amazing Cara!!! <3

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Wow, you sure highlighted her best features! Her skin looks gorgeous!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for always including info on your blog for all different skin colors. You’re the best 🙂

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I’m so glad you chose to do Yama’s makeup. As an African-American, it’s good to see you can do our make-up too. And it looks amazing! Way to go!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

    My favorite “j-lo” nude lipstick is fresh brew by Mac. Try that one.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Her eyes look amazing- love how you made them pop!

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    July 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Ahhh Cara – I’m having the same problem! I’m a bit lighter than her, but I’ve bought COUNTLESS nude drugstore lipsticks, but nothing looks quite right. Please let us know when you find a nice shade for brown skin. She looks amazing!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Absolutely stunning!

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    liz @ btb
    July 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Gorgeous!! She’s glowing!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

    She looks beautiful and grown-up sophisticated! Love it! Awesome to see you do makeup on all different people, you always know what works!

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    July 29, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Such a loving gift to give someone!

    You bring out each person’s uniquely beautiful self and let it shine for all the world to see.

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    Maria Buchmann
    July 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

    You have teached me how to bring out the best in my face, my makeup is soo much better now and I get a lot of compliments.
    Thank yoy for a wonderful blog.
    All the best to you 🙂
    Maria, Sweden

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    July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Love the eyes and her blush! Thanks for featuring a beautiful lady of color!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Wow! What a beautiful girl! She looks so grown up with the makeover 🙂

  • Reply
    Maddy Cane
    July 29, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Beautiful makeup, I particularly love the eyes! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    July 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

    i love your monday makeovers! i’m also glad you’ve featured a girl with different skin tone than ‘white’ 🙂

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Another fantastic Makeover Monday!!! She is SOO beautiful without make-up because she has such gorgeous eyes and a happy smile!!! She doesn’t look “made up”, you really brought out the perfect understated “glow”!

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    July 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I might suggest MAC lipglass in C-thru. You can put it over anything and it is a milky color. Great with MAC lip pencil called Stripdown.

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    Joana from
    July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I envy her natural beauty 🙂 She looks beautiful in both the before and after photos!

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    July 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Wow another stunning transformation with few expert touches! Aside from the eyes it doesn’t even look like she is wearing makeup! Love it and love that now your dark skinned followers can get some inspiration too!

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    July 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    thank u for adding diff skin tones to ur blog! im african american too same tone as her, macs touch lipstick is the perfect nude. need to get myhands on the lorac shadows!! great job she looks stunning!

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    July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I really like the lips!!

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    kassie (@kmakesithappen)
    July 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    great job, she looks amazing. I love your makeup makeovers

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    Carmen Greene
    July 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Love her makeup! Young and fresh…she looks beautiful!

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    Erin Barrow
    July 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    So happy to see a women of color 🙂 – I enjoy your Monday makeovers, Great Job!!

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    July 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for doing her makeup. I am so looking forward to trying some of the things you did on her face. Tks a trillion!!!

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    Shiloh Barkley
    July 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Loving the eyeliner!!

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    July 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    YAY! Thank you for this makeover Cara! I have a similar skin tone to your beautiful model and am curious as to what tone lip color you would have gone with had you not done a nude lip?

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    July 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Absolutely wow!

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    July 30, 2013 at 5:21 am

    She is so beautiful in both pictures! 🙂

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    Monika Simic
    July 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Please come to Florida I’d love for you to give me a makeover 🙂

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    July 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Gorgeous!! I love the colors you used on her eyes. You are totally selling me on the Lorac Pro Palette.

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    July 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Echoing all the other ladies, thank you for featuring dark skin colors! I am a pretty dark Latina and always looking for tips. Love your blog!

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    July 31, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Have you tried MAC’s “fleshpot”? it is UH-mazing! For me, it is the perfect nude, I always do a dab of bright pink lip gloss over it and it is gorgeous.

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    July 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Very pretty! I love to see before and after pics 🙂

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    July 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for doing a woman of color. I heart your blog and am glad to see someone that looks like me. Keep up the good work!

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    Gizem Sena
    August 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Wow! She has great skin !! Great make-up, as well 🙂

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    rachel s.
    August 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Thank you thank you thank you for doing darker complexion makeover! It really helps me find products that work for me! So many lipsticks, highlighters, especially for contouring do not work for my skin tone (making me feel pretty upset that I just can’t do it!!) so it’s incredibly helpful to have your help!!

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    September 26, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Amazing how makeup can even slim your face..I think the “Nude” pinky lip was just perfect touch

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    November 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Cara, I think I got you here! I totally understand the hunt for a nude lip!! Took me *forever* to figure it out. I’m medium-dark-skinned, only a tad lighter than your model. Getting a nude lip was one of those “beauty milestones” that avoided me until I had the epiphany of starting OFF with brown, a lip color that was nowhere in my makeup suitcase. Oh, I had everything else, including those products labeled “nude” that porcelain beauties can use. Brown was missing. So simple, and yet I don’t know why it took so long to figure it out:

    I didn’t want to break the bank in this science experiment, so I hit the drug store and picked up about a dozen different brown makeup pencils, eye liners, lip liners etc and settled on NYX’s #821 “Brown Cafe” lip liner over the whole lip to create a flat uniform base (some dark beauties have different tones on their lips).

    I then layer with a light coat of OCC’s lip tar in “Mein Herr” over most of the lip to bring in the nude, leaving the outer corners alone for depth. (Lip tar tip from the counter beauty gal)

    A perfect finish is Buxom’s “Sabrina” lip gloss. (Tip from my BFF who loves Buxom)

    For me, this is the perfect nude. It resolved that pink issue you mentioned, and is what also challenged me for so long. I use this when doing a dark or smokey eye and I love the balance. Good luck!

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    December 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Have you tried using the E.L.F. Eyelid primer on the lips for a nude lip base? It’s kind of awesome.

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    Didy Salem
    January 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    a lighter foundation for highlighting on dark skin tones should be yellow-ish, anything else looks grey

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