Mom’s Makeup – A Tutorial Inspired by My Mother

I wanted to do a special post for Mother’s Day but I procrastinated because I just wasn’t feeling it that day. Mother’s Day is depressing and I didn’t want to delve into it Sunday, but I still want to make this post anyway, just needed to get into the right head space first.
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It’s been 9 years I believe since I lost my mom. She taught me everything I know about being a woman.  I watched her do her makeup every day and remember what she did  and what products she used perfectly. She kept her makeup simple, radiant, and classic. So, for this tutorial in honor of her, I did my makeup how she did. 20160508_211651

If you want to see how I got this soft daytime look, just keep on reading below!

I know it sounds odd or trivial saying I’m doing makeup in honor of her, but the makeup was something we bonded over.

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A few of her favorite things.

One my first memories are of watching her put on her makeup, I was always right there under foot at her vanity area. She’d let me use whatever was left on her brushes on myself and give me her older products to play with. And on those lucky days, she’d let me look at and swatch her Estee Lauder makeup set. I didn’t know what swatching was then of course but I loved it.vvd (1)

I have so many memories of her doing my makeup on Halloween and just for fun. One of the last things I did for her was her makeup, because like hell was Claire Reese going anywhere without it.  At this time she was semi-comatose, and in and out but they were taking her for a procedure at the out-patient clinic and she asked me to put some makeup on her first. That was the last time I did it. She passed away two days later. So you can see how this is a way of honoring her.

 Okay, let’s  get onto the makeup.


I’m actually starting with skin rather than eyes first. I started with a primer. My mom was a firm believer in priming. She used The Laura Geller Spackle mostly because it hides pores so well.

Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio in Blur + Redness

Pores aren’t really an issue for my, I have more redness than anything so I used The Maybelline Master Prime in Blur + Redness. Not my favorite primer but it’s what I had one hand and really want use up. lol. 20160508_204753

I moved on to foundation from there. I used my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and a tiny bit of the Fit Me Concealer just to cover any under eye darkness, not really to highlight. Just used it where I needed it. My mom was a fan of Covergirl foundations, I personally can’t stand the smell of them so I rarely buy Covergirl.

I set my face using the Airspun Powder, since my mom used loose setting powders similar, usually Covergirl.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

For a full review of the Fit Me line click here! 

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

Moving right along to eyes, I kept it simple and used cool plummy tones which me and my mom both loved. I definitely think she’d love Tarte’s palettes so I’m using on that came in a Christmas Gift set from a couple of years ago. You could easily recreate this look using the original Tartelette palette.


One a primed eye I started by applying this lightest shade in the quad which is a pale pinky champagne shade with a slight sheen. I placed it at the inner corner and below the brow bone for a subtle highlight.  By the way, I filled my brows in with just a pencil and kept it light and natural.

Next, I went in with the slightly deeper pinky plum tone with a soft sheen finish all over the lid and into the crease. These shades look cooler in person than in the pictures. I kept the majority of the pigment on the outer portion of the eye, blending it into the palest shade.

Then I took the most shimmery shade just on the inner part of the lid very lightly. My mom didn’t use a whole lot of strong shimmer shades, just on the inner part to brighten.


Lastly, for the top lid, I used a matte plum to deepen the outer V for a lifted look. This technique is great for hooded and more mature eyes.

I blended the lighter pinky plum I used all over the lid along the outer portion of the lower lash line with a touch of the deepest plum. I didn’t do liner because my mom was not one to wear liner at all.


Finally, I finished the eyes off by curling my lashes which my mom ALWAYS did and applied a few layers of Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes. I think she would have loved that mascara. For a review of Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara click here Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara Review and Demo!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

I also added a pale flesh color liner to my bottom waterline. I definitely wish my mom would have known that trick, she was always fighting redness in her waterline.

NYX Wonder Pencil in light


I finished the face off with a pinky natural blush to the cheeks, no contouring today.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Cherished
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Rose Femme


And a mauve rose shade on the lips with a touch of neutral gloss for a balmy look. My mom didn’t use this type of lip gloss but she applied a balm before she did her lipstick so it would have a softer dewy look. She used one from Avon that I think had dew in the name. Let me google that… Yep, Dew Kiss Lip Dew by Avon. She used a lot of Avon lipsticks as well.

 Here’s the finished look!

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My aunt commented the above when I shared a picture of this look for 100 Days of Makeup to my FB.

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