Before & Afters Makeup

Monday Makeover – Randi

Today’s makeover is of my dearest, dearest sister-in-law Randi.
I absolutely adore this woman.


{ I went for a dark black top line (to give a clean finished look to the eye) and flawless, glowing skin.}


In fact, I liked her so much when we met over 10 years ago, that I devised a plan to keep her.
After my brother repeatedly chickened out on asking her on a date, I took matters into my own hands.
On our home phone I dialed her up and said something like “Hi Randi! My brother Noah wanted to ask you something…”
Then I reached my arm out to Noah in the kitchen nodding with wide eyes mouthing TAKE IT! YOU HAVE NO CHOICE!
Which landed us on a double date (my neighborhood friend Brad came as my plus one) and eventually landed me an incredibly fantastic hand-picked sister (and a niece and nephew to die for). Here is a photo of the four of them (it’s an oldie but a goodie)

What I used:

HAC Pack in Medium with Pink Grapefruit Blush
NXY Taupe Pencil (for her nose HAC and to line her lips)
Sephora Collection Black Liquid Liner
Naked 3 Palette  I love how the rose tones in this really brought out her greens!  (Darkside & burnout) on her lids and beneath her lower lash line.
Ardell Wispie Lashes my staple lashes.
Illamasqua Lip Gloss in Electrify (I am in love with this color!)
MAC Brun to fill the brows
I set her makeup with UD Setting Spray & IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder


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    Mary Werme
    February 24, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Great way to enhance such beautiful eyes. Well done, Cara! Again! You two are blessed to be family-

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    Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)
    February 24, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I love this! Her eyes look fantastic. Did you use a primer at all?

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    Cara d
    February 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

    She is gorgeous. After seeing the photo of your bro I’m guessing she was pretty happy you made him call. The whole family is super cute.

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:50 am

    WOW! she looks like a totally different person. BOTH pics are lovely… good job!

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:58 am

    That’s your brother? Dang!

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      February 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

      That was my first thought!!!

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        February 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

        Ha ha! Mine too! 😉

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      February 26, 2014 at 1:40 am

      I thought I was the only one who had this reaction. Haha!

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      February 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      For reals!!!

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    Dan Dan Fagan
    February 24, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Beautiful…really softens her look. Did she love it? x

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    February 24, 2014 at 5:18 am

    So awesome! She has an awesome pinterest too 🙂

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    February 24, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Would you be able to do a tutorial specifically on covering acne? Getting the redness out but also it is hard when there is a bump to make it look flatter. Thanks!

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    February 24, 2014 at 5:43 am

    one of your more dramatic makeovers – very nice. My teenage daughter has acne and would also benefit from tricks re: covering raised acne

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    Emerald Earrings
    February 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    What a sweet little family! And I love the make-over as usual 🙂

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I noticed immediately how green her eyes looked in the make over! I had thought Naked 3 looked like a nice palette, now I may have to consider getting it seeing as I have green eyes as well! Do you think you’ll do a post on different ways to use the Naked 3 palette?

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      February 25, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I second this Naked3 request! I recently purchased the palette and spend a lot of time staring at the colors (in awe of how pretty they are), but I’m not always sure what to do with it, haha! Would love your guidance, Cara 🙂 The colors you chose really accentuate her eyes, beautiful!

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        March 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Totally stunning. You did such a great job on her!

        Oh, & YES! Please do a Naked3 tutorial…I’m ga ga over it, and can only imagine the gorgeous look you would create! xo

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Thank you for adding the close up of the eye makeup!!!

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I love the makeup! Love the eyes and the way the foundation looks, just wish the HAC was in stock because you use it for almost every post. It is hard to duplicate if not everyone has it yet (aka Me haha). But I do think it looks like an amazing product and am dieing to try it if it stays in the shop for more than a couple days!

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Amazing! Great job!!!

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    Hayley Grade
    February 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    She’s beautiful!! And what a beautiful family!! It absolutely amazes me the way in which you can even out skin tone and conceal while still keeping the face “fresh” and natural!! I have yet to pull off results like this! I shall keep trying! 😉

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    February 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

    What a beautiful lady! Love her hair & eyes, especially. Fantastic work, as usual.

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    Beth and Beauty
    February 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I love how you made her green eyes even greener. I have the same color eyes. I love the story on how she became your sister-in-law, you are a sneaky one. I have got to try that It cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder, I have never heard of it until now. As I have said before you can make me over any time. Hope you will come back to my blog bethandbeauty and visit again. I can not tell you how much it meant to me when you did and left me a comment too. Any one else is welcome to come visit my blog also, just click on my name above.

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    February 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

    WHEN will your HAC foundation be available again in medium?????????????????

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    February 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

    So lovely!! She looks absolutely amazing.

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    February 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

    She looks beautiful! I always love your makeover posts. I’d be interested to hear what mascara you use/would use to enhance lashes without going with false lashes. I love the look of false lashes in your makeover posts, but I’d never do them in everyday life! 🙂 Mascara recommendations?

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    February 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I love how natural the make over is. Looks great.

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    February 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    The makeup it beautiful as always, but I have to comment on her lips. Ummm, HELLO PLUMP AND GORGEOUS! She’s is so lucky to have those babies naturally.

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    February 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Love the makeover Mondays! Somehow I think she would look just as pretty and maybe more like herself without the falsies.

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    Kelly M
    February 24, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Love it! Did you do anything to her bottom lash line?

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Amazing. What a bombshell! And her kind heart comes across im her expression, no wonder you loved her. I feel like I love her a little just from the inner glow she exudes so clearly.

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:22 am

    One of my favorite makeover Mondays. What a hottie!

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Let me start out by telling you that I love you. Ok, now that that’s out of the way. I want to send you a pic of my naked face and to have you do what you do to all these make over Monday ladies. You bring out everything that’s beautiful in them!!! Seriously, I will take a road trip to you, even if it’s just for an hour of your time to help me do the magic that you do.
    Oh- side note- I was watching the dot seen round the world post this morning, because I also have a gigantic zit on my chin. Girl. You make me laugh. And then, in 2 min…. your flawless!!!! How do you DO that?!!??! I tried doing the same thing, and mine still looked like I had a zit that I tried to cover up!!! lol. So, let me know when you want my picture, and when you can fit me in. I live in Michigan so it might take me a couple days to get there. 🙂
    Thanks Cara. You pretty much rock.

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    Nicole Mondeaux
    February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Wow!! Amazing job! She is absolutely beautiful !!

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    February 24, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great job-her eyes look stunning and love the story.


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    February 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Gorgeous! When will you be in the San Diego or Southern California area.
    I want to sign up for a makeover!!!

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    February 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    She looks absolutely stunning!! Can you please please please do a tutorial on how to cover up acne and acne scarring? I have so much trouble concealing it and it seems like when I go to set it with powder all the concealing just gets wiped away! Thanks 🙂

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      February 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Brittany- She has a post “the dot heard round the world”. Cara is amazing in it!! 🙂 Maybe she has some updated info on her blog….. I know the feeling!! 😛

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    February 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Wow, that’s your brother? He is gorgeous! Just like you, Cara! I absolutely love that photo! One of the best pictures I have ever seen. It looks like art!! 🙂 Your sissy in law is beautiful! I love the makeover. Stunning truly! 🙂 What a clever girl you are to ensure you got to keep her, I bet your brother thanks you every day, right? 🙂 You could start your own eHarmony busines, eh Cara? (Nudge nudge!) 🙂

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    Faviana Couture
    February 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    What a gorgeous woman! Your makeovers continue to give me hope. If only I had skill to go with it!

    Their family picture is great!

    I have a BE moxie lg similar to the illamsaqua and it’s become a go to for perking up lately.

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    February 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I love the Monday Makeovers. Do you think that some times you could post a video from start to finish of how you did the look? I like looking at the pictures and the links are good, but sometimes it is really helpful to watch how you would do a look from bare face to completion.

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Cara, you did an incredibly job with making her skin and acne disappear before view. Can you share your tips for covering up red skin. I have light olive skin and it seems the redness always needs to be address. I guess my skin goes between redness and yellow undertones. Your sister in law looked great. She is a beautiful woman. Great job.

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    February 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Please take a rode-trip to Oregon!!!! I need you in my life. Everyday I look at my face and I just don’t have a clue what features to play up and what to hide. (Most days I want to hide them all). I literally have not changed much about my hair or makeup routine since 1987— Well, my hair no longer needs it’s own zipcode, but I need some serious help. It blows my mind how you can take all the good things about a person and make them the focus in such a natural way.

    Your sister-in-law is so beautiful before and after. And don’t even get me started on that brother—you have some seriously good genes in your family. keep up the amazing work. I never get tired of seeing the transformations!

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    February 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Ughhhh….when do we get to order the medium, it looks amazing on your sister in law.

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    Audrey Davis
    February 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    the pic of your brothers fam is soooooo awesome and adorable!!!!!

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    February 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Can you do side by side pictures?

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      Liz Tea Bee (@LizzTeaBee)
      February 25, 2014 at 4:47 am

      If you click on the pictures it will open a new window with the before and after so you can see them at the same time.

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    February 25, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Randi looks amazing , love her make up

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    February 25, 2014 at 6:42 am

    She looks gorgeous and glowing, not at all like her hair is painted.

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I think she’s totally gorgeous, but this isn’t my favorite makeover you’ve done. I feel like the before picture shows someone with a really cool, hip, interesting “look” – like she’s got a very special and unique spark to her. In the after photo she kind of looks like you, actually, instead of looking like herself. It’s like her funky, cool character has been smoothed over and altered so it’s less sparkly and more generic (not that you are generic, just that your look superimposed on someone else is taking away from their own unique look)

    I’d love to see you do makeovers that are unique to the person, with different colors and different ways of applying the makeup. I mean I don’t think everyone’s facial features are enhanced by a very straight, thin-bridged nose… I think your SIL has an awesome nose for her face shape, and the HAC contoured her nose into something totally different and not entirely proportioned to her features. I wonder if you could do makeovers that deal with different face shapes differently.

    I don’t know, I’m not trying to troll, believe me, I really love your blog and enjoy reading and watching the tutorials (I fill in and shape my brows religiously now thanks to you!) but would love to see some more variation in the eye and face makeup strategies!

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      February 26, 2014 at 5:11 am

      You hit the nail on the head! She looks great in the second picture but almost like a different person. I love Cara’s “look” (HAC, natural blush, soft eye makeup, fake lashes) but agree that it would be fun to see more variation in her makeovers.

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      February 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      I agree. For me, what stands out in this one is the blush/bronzer sculpt, which I just don’t feel works here.
      BUT on the other hand, this is Cara’s look for people who, you know, yen for the Victoria Secret Face. I get why she would keep doing this because it is her niche and what many of her subscribers like as well.
      But a different look would be nice. Especially playing up pale skin or doing something more daring.

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    February 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    HI Cara!!

    This I feel is the most beautiful makeover. The princess peach is just beautiful. So is Randi!

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    February 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Great makeover Cara, she looks fresh and natural. Such a pretty woman! I love your story of giving your brother that needed nudge. I’m sure he’s thanked you many times.

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    Stephanie Lynn
    February 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    She looks so great! I love the story, too – that’s so awesome you got your brother and wife together!

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Cara, AMAZING!! I would love to see how you applied the make-up around her nose to make it perfect!! Randi is absolutely stunning!! I love her inner glow–reminds me of you!!

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    Rockie S.
    February 25, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my goodness your sister in law is so beautiful, and they are a lovely family. Would you consider doing a video of her eye makeup? It’s so flattering, and I have similar eyes which are sometimes hard to dress up, if you know what I mean. 🙂 love your blog, especially all of your positive inspiration. That can be challenging to find on the internet.

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    February 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Cara, I love your site and videos so much! writing to you from Ljubljana – I have something to add back to the survey- can you please do a post on removing makeup? I’m one of those people who is so tired at the end of the day that I fall asleep with eye makeup still on. Do you have any tips for quick and gentle make up removal? Thank you thank you!

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    February 26, 2014 at 6:05 am

    By the way, I really love the nose ring! It looks great on her pretty face. Totally makes me want to go out and get one myself, seriously. Somebody told me once that I have a good nose to pierce. 🙂 🙂 Hmmmmmmmm……… 🙂

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    February 26, 2014 at 7:58 am

    wow stunning!!!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

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    February 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Cara can you please film these makeovers and put them on your youtube channel? You do such a wonderful job! 🙂

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    Brittany Dollard
    February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi, So I have a question!! How do you cover up blemishes and pimples so well when applying makeup?? When it is that time of the month and I break out all over my face I NEVER have success, it always ends up showing through. 🙁

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    Jessica Bagley
    February 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    She is just glowing! I love how your makeup brightens skin naturally! I’m really loving my maskcara foundation 😉

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    February 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Can you post step by step pics of this process? She’s gorgeous!!

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    February 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    She is absolutely gorgeous and that is awesome you had a part in them getting together!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    Kellie The Shoe Diva
    February 27, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Who would’ve thought someone can actually hand-pick a sibling? lol Well, obviously you chose well– look at those adorable kids! Great job on her makeover and the matchmaking, Cara!

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    February 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Another gorgeous makeover!
    Cara, would you ever be willing to film a makeover? I love your tutorials but it would be so incredibly helpful to see you morph other beauties into Maskcara goddesses!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE???!!

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    February 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Love the use of Naked 3…it really suits her 🙂

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    February 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I’m happy you helped pick her. I love her so much!!! I love you all so much! Best family EVER!!!

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    March 3, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Beautiful eyes!!

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    March 3, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Hi! First time commenter, and can I just say this is GORGEOUS! Amazing job, keep up the good work – cheers!

    xx kate

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    March 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Okay I have watched the IIID tutorials and the dos and donts video…but I still feel like Im doing it wrong..I dont get this amazing before and after feeling..maybe im just being critical, but what am I missing?! I feel like Im not getting the blush in the right spot with the contour…need some help!!!!

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    March 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Amazing! I just wish the HAC pack in medium was available to order!!

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      March 10, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Me too!!!!! So frustrating, but once I get it back in I won’t ever let it run out again!!!

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    April 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Sorry if someone already asked there were so many comments to look thru but what foundation and concealer brand and colors did you use?? Any highlighters or contouring?? Her skin looks awesome would love the products list…

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    April 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Such a simple look and enhancement on her already beautiful features!

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