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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! Iโ€™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 itโ€™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, crรจme brรปlรฉe, 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 ombrรฉ, or extra prep, or new lip combos with liner, lipstick plus gloss, and let us know whatโ€™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, letโ€™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 weekโ€™s focus, or explore contour on its own).


Week 24 (June 2-8): Technique focus - highlight! Getting ready for summer, letโ€™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 Iโ€™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 donโ€™t prefer to wear false lashes, or donโ€™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, Iโ€™m not sure how that happened, lol.


Anyway, I figure in year two, weโ€™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, Iโ€™m going to update the numbering to be Week 1 for the new year, I hope that is not too confusing. Iโ€™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 havenโ€™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 youโ€™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 youโ€™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 Valentineโ€™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 letโ€™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 itโ€™s Target or Tom Ford, Lโ€™Orรฉal 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. Patrickโ€™s Day, letโ€™s show off all our green looks or otherwise Irish inspired looks! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ€


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 havenโ€™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 Iโ€™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! Letโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜  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): Iโ€™m Cold Makeup Trend - This oneโ€™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 Americaโ€™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 Iโ€™m dating myself with Jem and She-ra but I thought itโ€™d be fun to recreate a look from any cartoon!

Week 16 (April 7-12): Pastels!! (Iโ€™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! Donโ€™t let your new items gather dust, try them out and post your thoughts! If youโ€™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 Iโ€™m bringing one back. Itโ€™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 youโ€™d like each week with photos of your looks. If you donโ€™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.


Canโ€™t wait to see all your looks! Have fun! Please feel free to suggest some other challenge ideas in the thread and weโ€™ll add to the coming weeks!! 


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@caitbird Thank you! This was my first time using the blooming romance palette and I really like it. I have the Groundworks, which I like. However, I have other palettes with a similar shades. The blooming romance is so fun! I swe @sister13  use it on her lips and it looked great. I dont have many pink shadows and I am here for it! I like the mix of creams and powders. Very innovative!

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Iโ€™m so glad you got it! I find it so easy to put together a cohesive look with this. You look gorgeous in pinks!! @Mellmars1185 

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@sister13 Thank you very much ๐Ÿ’—

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I guess this is Blueberry Crumble! I wasnโ€™t sure about this pastel blue at first but it grew on me. I added the Charlotte Tilbury bronzer for the crust and a touch of the Danessa Myricks Chrome Flakes in the inner corners for sugar crystals. ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿซ


Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix - Multi-Use Eye, Cheek & Lip Waterproof Liquid Pigment Oasis 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Matte Bronzer 

Danessa Myricks Beauty Infinite Chrome Flakes Multichrome Gel for Eyes & Face Moonlight 






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

I love that shade of blue!! I could see you incorporating that in an ice queen theme @sister13 

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Oh Yes! This would be great for ice queen! @lmaster 

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@sister13  beautiful colorful look! I love your idea to use different products to represent the crust and sugar crystals, that's so fun and creative!

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Thanks! I guess crumble technically doesnโ€™t have crust, but topping, lol., but the idea is the same . @caitbird 

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Simply gorgeous, @sister13 

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Aww thanks! @Girly2Shoes 

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Very creative, @sister13 ! ๐Ÿซ  I like how it looks.  It's not too much because you kept the rest of your makeup simple and neutral.

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Thanks! Yes I wasnโ€™t sure what was going to work with this, itโ€™s pretty vibrant for a pastel! @Titian06 

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Late posting for Week 20 (May 5-May 11): Spring Bloom Inspired! 

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Urban Decay Face Bond Self Setting Waterproof Foundation is a new love ๐Ÿ˜ and I could not have been more surprised by how well it peforms or how much I would enjoy it. Long-wearing, it actually does self set. I haven't tested the waterproof part (yet) but will try at some point to do so.


MERIT Flush Balm Cream Blush Cheeky - a pretty flush of pink on my cheeks; could double for my lip product but I decided to go with:


Typology. Lip Oil in Powder Pink


Besame Ella Fitzgerald Quad - I primarily used the first (Swingin' Mauve) and second (Nightclub Pearl) shades in the swatch below to get a more muted purple color. 


Makeup by Mario nude pencil liner has been discontinued, but it's my go-to for the lower waterline and opens up my eyes. 


SEPHORA COLLECTION Love The Lift Curling + Volumizing Waterproof Mascara Ultra Black 


Shiseido Eyelash Curler Eyelash Curler 


I was inspired by these flowers that I often go past on morning walks in the neighborhood. Love the soft purple and pink to these petals. If anyone knows the name of these flowers, please do share! I'd love to know. 

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Such a great theme @sister13! Everyone had beautiful inspirations and looks!

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So beautiful @itsfi 

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@lmaster, thank you. It made for a lovely, quick and easy look to pull together.

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Oooh oooh oooooh awesome picks @itsfi I can see the inspiration! I would love to know your thoughts on the Urban Decay Face Bond Self Setting Waterproof Foundation and whether you like the coverage it provides!

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Thank you @jaaayp! The UD has become a new favorite - it really does self set and it stays in place. I was skeptical about it being longwearing but it is! ๐Ÿ‘ My skin leans normal-to-dry at the moment; on days when it has had some dry spots, I'll make sure to moisturize that area before applying the foundation and spritz a hydrating mist after. 

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NOOOOOIICE @itsfi I need application pics ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm always a little skeptical when it's "self setting" because I swear, I'm not slow and don't take too long doing my base, it always kinda starts lifting when I apply other creams on top my contour/bronzer/blush and end up being patchy... no patchy? ๐Ÿค”

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@jaaayp, I've been really impressed by it; it staaaaayyys! I haven't had any issues with lifting or patchiness, but I've not tried it with a lot of different cheek products. I'll try to remember to take some pics but taking photos focused on the cheek area is still a work in progress, even when I remember to do it. Lips I have a better handle on; everything else though is gonna take some time. 

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Oooh, do you not wear bronzer or blush with your foundation @itsfi ? ๐Ÿค” or just not Cream? I'm glad it's working out for you! I'm looking for a new foundation to try and was thinking between the UD or Dior Forever Matte (yes, cheating on our Armani)... 

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@jaaayp with bronzer, I sometimes mix it in with my foundation and then go over the areas of my face where I'd normally apply bronzer or I've also been underpainting with the Armani bronzing drops. With blush, I use my fingers for creams and liquids, and a very light hand to blend out so it doesn't really lift the foundation. The Dior matte has a huge following; I've typically used the Dior Glow because of my skin type, but we shall see how oily it gets this summer. 

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