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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023/2024

Week 25 (June 9-15): Bronzed beauty!


Thanks for 2+ amazing years and some amazing collabs for the Makeup Challenge! I’ve updated some new themes for May and June. I hope you will join me in sharing your looks, flatlays, or tags for items you use in each challenge! 


Upcoming Weekly Challenge: 


Week 20 (May 5-May 11): Spring Bloom Inspired! This is a repeat but flowers are a favorite makeup inspiration for me. Whether it’s something currently blooming in your yard or your neighborhood, or just a pic of your favorite spring blooms, let us see your looks! X-post and show your spring garden/plant pics on the The BIC Plant and Gardening Thread 


Week 21 (May 12-May 18): Dessert themed looks! Lemon meringue, strawberry shortcake, crème brûlée, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, carrot cake, funfetti cake? Tell us what are your favorite desserts (or the prettiest ones) and create a look! 


Week 22 (May 19-25): Feature Focus - LIPS! Take extra time with lips this week and share your tips, faves, new or old standbys. Try new techniques, like overlining or ombré, or extra prep, or new lip combos with liner, lipstick plus gloss, and let us know what’s working for you! Feel free to x-post with 100 Days of Lipstick Challenge Thanks for the suggestion on feature focus @Titian06 !


Week 23 (May 26-June 1): Technique focus - contour! So many great products out there for contour, let’s take a week to pay extra attention to contour techniques and placement. Try creams, powders, underpainting and share your looks and faves. Feel free to combine with highlight (next week’s focus, or explore contour on its own).


Week 24 (June 2-8): Technique focus - highlight! Getting ready for summer, let’s explore everything from the subtle to the blinding gleam and glitter. What do you use to keep your glow on all day and all year long?


Week 25 (June 9-15): Bronzed beauty! We revisit this every year but for good reason, I love seeing and trying out summery, bronzey looks.


Week 26 (June 16-22): Perfume perfect! I am a sucker for a beautiful bottle of fragrance, celebrate my birthday week with me by using a lovely perfume bottle as inspiration for a fresh summer look! It can be one you own or one you have loved from afar.


Week 27 (June 23-29): Feature focus - lashes! I have so many false lashes but I never have time to use them, so I’m dedicating a week to liner and lashes. Have you tried any of the new self applied eyelash extensions, magnetic lashes, singles or triples vs strip lashes? If you don’t prefer to wear false lashes, or don’t have time, share your favorite mascaras or techniques (primer, lash serums, colored mascaras, etc). What helps you get that dramatic or gentle lash look? 


Completed 2023 Weekly Challenges: 





We celebrated the One Year Anniversary of this thread in November!! Although, somehow the challenge ended up with 61 weeks in a year, I’m not sure how that happened, lol.


Anyway, I figure in year two, we’ll do some repeats and some new challenges. I also plan to add in some bonus hair challenges, maybe once a month.


Okay, for simplicity, I’m going to update the numbering to be Week 1 for the new year, I hope that is not too confusing. I’ll try to get 52 weeks in the year this time! I guess I also need to update the title for 2023.

Week 1 (Jan 1-7): Focus on brows week!
Do a bold brow or shimmery brow or just spend more time on your brows this week. Inspired by @SportyGirly125 


Week 2 (Jan 8-14): Rock a red lip week! If this is a regular for you, rock it as normal, or add a fun element, like gloss or add glitter/shimmer to it. Suggested by @JoSometimes 


Week 3 (Jan 15-21): Shop your stash/forgotten favorites! Dig into your stash/archives for something you haven’t used in a long time and renew your love or re-evaluate)


Week 4 (Jan 22-28): Chopping block/declutter week! Are there any items that you have been wondering about getting rid of? Do they still work, bring joy, serve a purpose in your collection? No pressure to get rid of anything, but just want to dedicate a week to evaluate some items on the heels of forgotten favorites week!!


Week 5 (Jan 29-Feb 4): Skin prep/Complexion focus week! Take extra time this week with your skin prep. Exfoliate or use a hydrating mask prior to makeup, use a luminous or mattifying primer, foundation and/or setting spray. And/Or, focus this week on using a skincare device or skincare product if you’ve been neglecting one you own.


Week 6 (Feb 5-11): Get out of your comfort zone week! Suggested by @josometimes. This is a chance to try something new and experiment a little. If you love a red lip, try hot pink or neutral. If you love neutrals, maybe add some color. Or, wear a bolder look out to run errands or on a night out to gain confidence with a different look! Please feel free ask for tips and tricks if you’d like suggestions on techniques, color or product recommendations and share your experience and tips for others as you try something new.


Week 7 (Feb 12-18): Red/Pink/Shimmer/Glitter or whatever you want for Valentine’s/Galentines Day (inspired by @imaster


Week 8 (Feb 19-25): Pantone Color of the Year Viva Magenta week! I miss the past Sephora + Pantone collaborations, so let’s make our own.




Week 9 (Feb 26-Mar 4): Luxe brands or Luxe items. If it feels luxe to you or makes you feel fancy, use it and post it, whether it’s Target or Tom Ford, L’Oréal or La Mer!

Bonus Hair Challenge for February: Hot Rollers or Velcro Rollers and/or other techniques for volume.

Week 10 (March 5-11): Matchy matchy week! Match your makeup to your clothes, or jewelry or hair accessories, a scarf or something you wear! Inspired by @sportygirly


Week 11 (March 12-18): Green week! For St. Patrick’s Day, let’s show off all our green looks or otherwise Irish inspired looks! 💚💚🍀🍀


Week 12 (March 19-25): Use something in a different way (safely) - An opportunity to use your lipstick as blush, your eyeliner or eyebrow pencil on lips, be creative! (Just remember, some items are not tested and may not be safe for eyes or lips)


Week 13 (March 26-April 1): Cherry Blossom Week - while the peak bloom may vary around the world, let's use this week to be inspired by the beauty of the cherry blossoms. Oh, if you happen to live where you get to see the real cherry blossoms, please share those pics, too! 


Week 14 (April 2-8): Spring Looks week! What makes you think of spring? Gloss, pastels, spring runway looks?


Week 15 (April 9-15): Holy Grail week! I think maybe @josometimes or @titian06 suggested this one? Use your Holy Grail products that are tried, tested and loved and be sure to share why it's a fave!


Week 16 & 17 (April 16-29)***: Sephora Spring sale - newness/or anything you haven’t gotten around to wearing/or shop your stash. (Note: I'm not sure when the Spring sale is happening, so I may move this one.) ETA: well, it's timed perfectly for shopping in store, though online purchases may not make it in time! Feel free to keep posting spring sale newness into the following weeks! 
(***I made the executive decision to extend this one more week since orders are still coming in!) 


Week 18 (April 30-May 6): Multichromes week! There have been so many great multi-chrome products and palettes lately, so let's make sure to showcase them!

Week 19 (May 7-13): April Showers bring May Flowers week!  This can be a bright and springy look, or a rain-inspired look (or a combo of both!).


Week 20 (May 14-20): World Makeup! A look or trend from around the world. There are lots of K-beauty trends, like crying girl, popsicle/gradient lips, blush, something like a Parisian chic look, or anything else you can think of! (Suggested by @josometimes)


Week 21 (May 21-27): Barbiecore! I was actually never a fan of dolls or Barbies as a kid, and the flood of Barbie on Instagram recently was kind of annoying to me, but I also have a soft spot for pink and Barbie, so I thought I’d add to the challenge. Can be anything from subtle to all out Barbie.

Week 22 (May 28-June 3): Social Media Inspired! Recreate a look and/or create your own look inspired by an influencer you love, or use makeup to recreate a filter. Post a side by side to share with us.


Week 23 (June 4- 10): Festival! Go all out with Glitter / Color / Braids / Hair Accessories or go easy and fresh!


Week 24 (June 11-17): Earth Week! Highlight more sustainable or green makeup brands. Or even just a play on blue, green, or even earthy tones to celebrate the earth.This is a little out of order but summer is a great time to connect with and celebrate the earth! (Suggested by @josometimes)


Week 25 (June 18-24): Summer Solstice! Create a look based on whatever makes you think of summer, maybe a sunny look, bronzed beauty, or zodiac inspired look.


Week 26 (June 25-July 1): Celebrate Pride! I know pride events vary widely by cities, so if you happen to do a pride look in another week, feel free to post anytime!


Week 27 (July 2-8): 4th of July! Let’s see those red, white and blues., fireworks inspired or just summery BBQ looks.

For your summer slays, there will be some additional cheeky challenges - cheers to @danielledanielle for proposing this fun collab with the weekly challenge! Let's get cheeky, chicas and chicos! We'd love it if you cross post your looks in both threads. 😘😘  Cheek Challenge Summer 2023: Collabs with Makeup Challenge of the Week  



Year 3: 
Week 1-2 (Break)

Jan 14-20: Cherry Cola/Cherry Cocktail Lips + Cheeks. Think ombre lips and burgundy or deep red looks.

Jan 21-27: Hot Toddy Week. Think bright and sultry, go for golds and honey or amber colors.
Jan 28-Feb 3: Espresso Martini\Martini Week.  This is the martini look - green and shimmer, but you could also add a deep lip to it or go for brown or plum version.

Feb 3-10: Maiden's Blush or Cosmopolitan Week This is the one that started it - Maiden's Blush, by RMS beautyIt's coral, shimmery and warm.

Feb 11-17: Red Wine & Hot Chocolate - If you do partake in alcohol, try this it's delicious.  The look speaks to red and brown, but again, you choose.

Feb 18-24: Pink Blush /Blush Wine - Essentially, this is a pink look, but pinks have all sorts of tones, so have fun playing with this, whether it's all pink or a pop of pink.Week 10 (Feb 24- March 2): Lunar/ Chinese New Year Looks - This is a little late but the 24th was the lantern festival, so I think we can still celebrate this week!

Week 11 (March 3-9): I’m Cold Makeup Trend - This one’s been on the list for a while and I would love to try it out and see your looks!

Week 12 (March 10-16): March Sentimental Items - Any makeup items that spark a memory or have sentimental value for any reason, big or small. Let us know what is special about these items!

Week 13 (March 17-23): Dolly Week! Anything inspired by the America’s darling, Dolly Parton!

Week 14 (March 24-March 30): 5 minute Makeup Face & Faves - Share your go-to quick and easy face and favorite items! Super-collab with Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge  and Sephora Six - Fast & Furious Edition 

Week 15 (March 31-April 6): Cartoon influence (i.e. Jem/she-ra/bratz/anime/etc) - I know I’m dating myself with Jem and She-ra but I thought it’d be fun to recreate a look from any cartoon!

Week 16 (April 7-12): Pastels!! (I’ll update the next few weeks soon but have been wanting to explore some pastels for Spring.)

Week 17&18 (April 13-27): Sale Haul Newness + Shop Your Stash! Don’t let your new items gather dust, try them out and post your thoughts! If you’re on a low/no buy, please shop your stash and share what you love about the items you chose! 



So, I could definitely (still) use some makeup inspiration these days and maybe you could too! Several years ago, we used to have some weekly makeup challenge threads, so I’m bringing one back. It’s a great way to spark some creativity and maybe most importantly, a great way to shop your stash!


I started with a list of some challenges below, but also happy to edit/rearrange/consider other ideas along the way. I hope you will join me!  Feel free to post as many or as few times you’d like each week with photos of your looks. If you don’t like to post your face, feel free to do a flatlay of the products you used to do your look. Also, if you get behind or ahead, feel free to post pics whenever you have time.


Can’t wait to see all your looks! Have fun! Please feel free to suggest some other challenge ideas in the thread and we’ll add to the coming weeks!! 


Re: Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023/2024

Good tips @itsfi ! I will definitely be checking them out. I mean I would need to include some bronzer as part of my pan it challenge before I pick up a new one tho tbh... Am I hearing that you'll be including a foundation in your pan it challenge?!?!??! 🤔 😂

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lol @jaaayp! I've always thought of putting a foundation in a pan it! challenge, especially whenever I see our phenomenal @blackkitty2014 shares her amazing progress with her luxe foundations throughout the year on the Pan It! - 2024 Challenge thread. We shall see. I think it was @missjeanie who mentioned that she likes to keep her pan items to 10 and I'm of the same mindset - I may have more than 10 goals but I've found 10 products is a good number for me. Usually, I've replaced a product with one from the same or similar category, but I'm open to deviating from that approach. I'll noodles on it more. 

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Of course foundation and based products can qualify for Pan It challenge @itsfi @jaaayp because they take forever to finish. I’m done with the WA end of April. The tiny bottle took me 4 and the half months to finish. I finish the Sisley skin tint around end of May. The Sisley took me almost a year. 


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That logic totally makes sense @itsfi I think I definitely need to include foundation because idk how but all my foundations are open and half way through and basically tumbles in the drawer that way.... 🫠

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@jaaayp, the hard part is picking which foundation to include in the pan it! challenge.  There are base products I know I will use up without them being in a project pan so I won’t include any of those. Right now, I’d say it’s between a skin tint or a cushion compact, for me. With a slight lean towards the skin tint.

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YES SKIN TINTTTT. I'm working on the Haus Labs rn @itsfi and it's really hard not to reach for the Armani since I've restocked it since the sale in April... I gotta slap my own hand away.


I can literally think of 3 other foundations that I loved at one point but is still half full:


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Ooh nice! I love the Spring blooms! I also think these are impatiens, a great shady plant! Love your swatches and pics, so pretty! @itsfi 

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Thanks so much @sister13! I'm going to have to look into planting some impatiens. Love seeing everyone's floral inspirations - both the flowers and the gorgeous looks! 😍

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@itsfi the flowers are the perfect inspo and I love the soft-colored makeup that you're using.  I can see how those would all work well together.

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@CookieGirl1, thank you. I love seeing these flowers on my walk. The purple-y shadows worked out well for this one.

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@itsfi You picked out some beautiful items to go with thr beautiful flowers (I also agree with @caitbird , I think there are impatiens). I am very curious about this foundation now. How would you say it compares to the Armani Luminous Silk?

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Thank you @Mellmars1185! I find Armani LSF to be light to light-medium coverage, with a natural, satin finish and luminosity. It's more of a radiant finish (which I love) than a full blown blingy glow. The UD is what I'd say is medium coverage, waterproof, long-wearing with natural, demi-matte finish that self-sets. I have some PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) spots that are sloooooowly fading away. I've needed to use a concealer to blur and conceal them, but with the UD, one layer does a good job of taking away much of the darkness and then if I go in with another layer just over the spots, it makes them noticeably less visible and one I can't even see. I will still keep the Armani LSF and Tower 28 SunnyDays tinted sunscreen foundation in my stash. This won't replace either, in large part because the finish is different. It has been cooler here than usual but not to the level of winter coolness so I'm not sure how the UD will hold up in the winter months. That said, I'm definitely impressed. 👍

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@itsfi  Oh my goodness I got signed in!!!   Hello!  
ouhh what is this Typology?  I haven’t heard of them.  At first glance  thought it was a new Maison Louis Marie perfume oil.    

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hearts!!!!! 🤗 Helloooooo! I'm so glad to hear you're able to sign in. Have missed you!!!  Typology is a Parisien beauty brand - they started out with just skincare and only a couple of products. They've since expanded into makeup - first with these lip oils 💗, then this tinted foundation, and now, they have a tinted concealer. The lip oils are lovely. I've been wanting to pick up a couple of their skincare but I really need to get through more products I already have - maybe after the summer if I can be good about shopping my stash and sticking to a low buy / no buy. I'm not sure if they ship to Canada @heartsmyface


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I love that eye quad, @itsfi ! 🥰  The colors and products you chose work great for replicating that cute flower! 🌸🌸🌸

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@Titian06, thank you! When I first started getting into makeup, every makeup artist or sales associate would use / sell me a purple eyeshadow palette. All pretty but after a while, I just couldn't with the purples. Recently, I've been getting back into purples but was being really picky about what to purchase. The Besame one caught my eye and I'm glad I decided to pick it up. It's my go-to purple eyeshadow palette. 💜 If only it was so easy to stick with just one neutral nude/brown eyeshadow palette... 🤣

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@itsfi  beautiful inspiration and swatches! I'm sure this was a lovely look! I think (not 100% positive) that the flowers are impatiens.

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@caitbird, thank you! I love flowers so the theme was definitely one that piqued my interest. And thank you for the info about impatiens; going to do some research.

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I’m calling this Cherry Pie inspired, though it’s mostly my earrings, I couldn’t wait to wear them! Cherry pie in any necessarily my fave dessert, but it’s pretty good. Also had a really good cherry cheesecake from Costco recently, though I’m usually more of a purist when it comes to desserts. 

Sorry I’m not posting much but I can’t log in to Community on iPad, iPhone or desktop, despite trying all the tricks that have worked in the past. I can get it on the app but no notifications and the threads are hard to navigate. 😞😞



Also wearing Hourglass Veil™ Hydrating Skin Tint Foundation 

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Hella Thicc Volumizing Mascara Cuz I'm Black 

Too Faced Cloud Crush Blurring Blush Velvet Crush 

Givenchy Rose Perfecto Lip Balm 24H Hydration 

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Those earrings are darling!! Gorgeous look @sister13 

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Thanks!! @lmaster