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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023

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)



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.


Upcoming Weekly Challenge: 


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.


March Bonus Hair Challenge (feel free to do anytime in March): Braid/Braids


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 (April 16-22): 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 sal eis happening, so I may move this one.)


Week 17 (April 23-29): Multichromes week! There have been so many great multi-chrome products and palettes lately, so let's make sure to showcase them!


Week 18 (April 30-May 6): April Showers bring May Flowers week!  This can be a bright and springy look, or a rain-inspired look (or a combo of both!).


Completed 2023 Weekly Challenges: 



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!

Bonus Hair Challenge for January: Do a full blowout and share your products, tips and tricks!


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.



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!


COMPLETED CHALLENGES FROM 2021-2022 in the spoiler:




Week 1 (Nov. 7-13): Fall-inspired look (I’m thinking golds, oranges, browns, wines, plums and greys, but do whatever makes you feel like fall!)

Week 2 (Nov. 14-20): Black owned brands (Show them some love!

Week 3 (Nov. 21-27): Newness! Show off any new items you picked up during the sale (or anything new-ish that needs some love). Or, if you are on a low buy, just shop your stash! Alternate suggestions try something in a new way, i.e. use shades from a palette that you never use, or in a new combo.

Week 4 (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): Go all-glowy or go all-matte!

Week 5 (Dec. 5-11): Luxe brands or Luxe items. If it feels luxe to you or makes you feel fancy, post it! 

Week 6 (Dec 12-18): Limited Editions (old or new, pull out your limited edition or discontinued items and actually use them!) 

Week 7: (Dec. 19-25) Snow Queen/King

Week 8: (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) Silver and (or) Gold

Week 9: (Jan. 2-Jan. 😎Glitter/sparkle/glam

Week 10: (Jan. 9-Jan. 15) Throwback/forgotten favorites

Week 11: (Jan. 16-Jan. 23) Palette of the week - Choose an eye (and/or other palette to create different looks during the week

Week 12: Natural brands (Jan. 24-31) Let’s show our natural, clean or eco-friendly brands some love! 

Week 13: (Feb. 1-7) Budget friendly brands

Week 14: Minis

Week 15 (Feb. 13 - 19): Red/Pink/Shimmer/Glitter or whatever you want for Valentine’s/Galentines Day (@imaster)

Week 16 (Feb. 20 - 26): ROYGBIV/Rainbow Week- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet - pick a new color every day or one color for the week, or use color on eyes, lips, cheeks, etc.! (@idanyd)

Week 17 (Feb. 27-Mar. 5): Mardi Gras Week - break out your purples, golds, greens, masks 🎭🎭🎭

Week 18 (Mar. 6 - 12): Celebrity/Social media/influencer week (recreate a look you love and post the side by side pics)

Week 19 (Mar. 13 - 20): Mixed Metals Week (@heavyhedon)

Week 20 (Mar. 21 - 27): Mostly missed this one, ugh, sorry!

Week 21 (Mar. 27- Apr. 2): Show us your Spring looks! 
Week 22 (Apr. 3 - 9): Bronze goddess look (will probably repeat this in the summer)

Week 23 (Apr. 10 - 16): No makeup makeup

Week 24 (Apr. 17 - 23): Sephora Spring sale newness/or anything you haven’t gotten around to wearing/or shop your stash

Week 25 (Apr. 24-30): Fairy/wood sprite 🧚‍♀️🧚🧚‍♂️

Week 26 (May 1-7): Spring flower inspired (cherry blossoms, daffodils, lilacs, etc)

Week 27 (May 8-14): Monochromatic look - use seasonally fun shades like peach, coral, nudes or pastels! @heavyhedon 

Week 28 (May 15-21): Soft Smoky eye (heck, or go for a bold, smoky eye!)

Week 29 (May 22-28): Bold lip or eye

Week 30 (May 28-Jun 4): Beachy look (gold, Aqua, bronze, waterproof)

Week 31 (Jun 5-11): Mermaid or Unicorn inspired look

Week 32 (Jun 12-18): Gold, copper, bronze - metals

Week 33 (Jun 19-25): Festival looks (for my birthday week!) 

Week 44 (Jun 26-Jul 2): Show us your PRIDE rainbows!! 

Week 45 (Jul 3-9): Red, White & Blue

Week 46 (Jul 10-16): Makeup you forgot you had! Suggested by @makeitup305 

Week 47 (Jul 17-23): Graphic eyeliner look, or another trend you’ve been wanting to try (inspired by @SportyGirly125 )

Weeks 48-52.5 (Jul 24-Aug 30): On hiatus while I moved and life got wacky!

Week 52.5 (Sep. 1-3): It’s still hot where I am, so we still have local peaches, melons and corn/zucchini, so let’s do a “late summer harvest” inspired look before they’re gone and it starts feeling like fall!

Week 53 (Sep. 4-10): Homecoming! Do a look you think you’d rock for homecoming, or feature your high school colors.

Week 54 and 55 Double Week (Sep. 11-24): Elements - Wood, Metal, Earth, Air, Wind, Water, Fire - Choose one or combine them!

Week 56 (Sep. 25-Oct. 1): Bridal inspired look (in honor of my wedding anniversary Oct. 1) 💚💚💚

Week 57 (Oct. 2-8): Pumpkin-everything!

Week 58 (Oct. 9-15): (Same as @lmaster’s rainbow challenge thread!) Astrology/Zodiac - inspired by your birth sign or the current zodiac sign.

Week 59 (Oct. 16-22): Spooky season is upon us! Do a witchy or ghoulish look.

Week 60 and 61 Double Week (Oct. 23-Nov. 5): ALL THE HALLOWEEN LOOKS! If it’s not a full on Halloween look, just a Halloween inspired look or choose fall colors!


Please feel free to suggest some other challenge ideas in the thread and we’ll add to the coming weeks!!

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I used the PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership VI: Midnight Sun Star Wars™ Edition on my face today! Inspired by @Cissy63 ! 💗💗

Not sure all the shade names, but I used the light antique gold shade all over, then the blueish purple on the center of lid, outer corner and lower lash line. I added a light touch of that white silver sparkle thinner corners and center of lid.


Then, I used that brick color for blush/contour and used the very light shimmer (not the sparkle) as a highlight, and it’s perfect! The blush looks not super well blended here, but looked even in person. I was too lazy to put on any additional foundation or concealer, though I had applied some of the Urban Decay Quickie 24H Multi-Use Hydrating Full-Coverage Concealer a few hours prior, and the light somehow I look sort of tan. 

Oh, and I almost, forgot, I also used a nude Chanel lip liner, some chapstick, and added that bronzey sparkle shadow to lips. 

It was nice and easy to just use one palette! I did also use the GXVE BY GWEN STEFANI Line It Up Clean 24-Hr Gel Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner Spiderwebs (gifted) in the waterline and Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara Intense Pitch Black – 0.30 oz/ 8.5 g .


Kindly ignore my flyaways! 

PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership VI Eyeshadow Palette - Midnight Sun 



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@sister13 So creative. The palette makes for a beautiful highlighter 😍

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I can't belive you got a great full-face look from an eyeshadow palette, @sister13 !  Very inspiring! 🙂

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Wow that's a beautiful look with one Palette.😍 It's less stressful not having to reach for so many different things to do a full face. @sister13 

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Last of my catch up. I used these beauties on a few days during Week 11 (March 12-18): Green week! 
Green - St Patty’s Day.jpg
Supergoop! Daily Dose Bioretinol + Mineral SPF 40 with Bakuchiol 1 oz / 30 mL - I'm on the fence with this one - love that it contains a physical sunscreen and bakuchiol 👍 but it can, depending on how my skin is faring that day, give off more of a glow/sheen/shine than I prefer and the packaging is a bit bulky. It's nothing that a setting powder like Charlotte Tilbury Mini Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder (not pictured) can't fix. 
OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright+ Vitamin CC Eye Sticks - I used both the banana and apricot shades last week - the dark circles were extra dark for me. Sigh.
Glossier Cloud Paint Gel Cream Blush Spark (gratis) - this gel-cream formula is great. The color (bright and vibrant red) scared me but it can be sheered out beautifully for a lovely, natural flushed look. Similarly, it can be built up for a more intense cheek color.
HAUS LABS BY LADY GAGA PhD Hybrid Lip Oil Secondary is one of my favorite lip oils. It looks orange in the tube but shows up as a pretty pink shade on my lips.
Bobbi Brown Jadestone palette (limited edition) is one of the products in my project pan. I was happy for this challenge - it gave me more of an opportunity to use it and I've found some color combinations that I like for an everyday work look that I have continued to put to use. 

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@itsfi Wonderful choices!

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Thank you @Mellmars1185. These really worked well together and I’m pleased to find a couple different pairing and combinations with the eyeshadow palette. 😃 

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That palette is very pretty, @itsfi !  A good choice for St. Patrick's Day/green looks. 💚🍀💚

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Thank you @Titian06! It seems like it took me forever to find a green palette I really like; this one was worth the wait 👍🏼

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I can't believe I now have to have a winter spf, lol. I like the supergoop but iikwym, when I put makeup on w this I blot alot before the foundation. The Glosier,is great! I didn't think I would like it so much. It's so natural my husband thought I was coming down with a fever 🤣. @itsfi .

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Lol, as much as I like organizing things @Buootiful, I don’t know if I would like to organize my sunscreen by season. Most of my sunscreens I wear year round but this one and a Neogen SPF give off more shine than I like in summer when my face can look shiny all on its own. 😆 


I was surprised how sheer a look you can get with Spark. Coming out of the tube it looked so bright and bold, I thought “uh oh”. Do you have the product in other shades?

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Nice! Jade stone is really pretty, I didn’t know about that one! Such a cute pic, too and so glad you found a great combo! @itsfi Also appreciate the review of the Supergoop. 

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Thank you @sister13. BB came out with the Jadestone palette in November, around the time when all the retailers and brands were having all sorts of sales and a bunch of products were being released for the holidays so it was hard to keep track of what products had come out. 😆 


Supergoop puts out some nice sunscreens. I like that this one has Bakuchiol in it. 👍🏼 Maybe that ingredient @CynthieLu or the percentage of zinc oxide is outside of the amount permissible under Canadian regulations?

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That most likely it @itsfi I love when I go to the states and l see everything we don't carry.  Its a fun shopping adventure always 😉

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That sunscreen is very interesting @itsfi I think in Canada we only have the Dose in the ceramide boost.

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Week 12 - Use something in a different way


I have used my Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette as eyeshadow.  I actually like using it that way.

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That's a good idea @CorgiMommy I think the would be a pretty look 🙂

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Nice! @CorgiMommy 

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@CorgiMommy, that is a lovely palette and those shades would look beautiful as eyeshadows! 😍

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Oh I bet that was a beautiful look @CorgiMommy 

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