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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023

Week 39 (Sep 24-30) Sephoria Euphoria: whether you attended virtual, in person, or in spirit, give me your glammiest of glam.  Highlighters highly encouraged.



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: 


Collab with Cheek Challenge Fall 2023: Awesome Autumn ! Feel free to extend the themes beyond cheeks and cross post in both threads if you like! 


Week 38 (Sep 17-23) Fiercely Foilage - Think color changing, vibrant cheeks

Week 39 (Sep 24-30) Sephoria Euphoria: whether you attended virtual, in person, or in spirit, give me your glammiest of glam.  Highlighters highly encouraged.

Week 40 (Oct1-Oct7) Pumpkin Pleasure - give me your best orange blush look (coral and peach looks are welcomed)

Week 41 (Oct8-Oct14) Cute and Cozy - think flushing and/or blushing, baby pinks welcomed.

Week 42 (Oct15-Oct22) In Your Comfort Era - no makeup makeup or monochromatic looks

Week 43 (Oct22-Oct28) Hottie Toddies - Warm me up with a smoky look, brown\based blushes, smoky eyes and latte makeup welcomed.


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.

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! 


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 & 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  


The Cheek Challenges:


Week 28 (July 11-16) Bold Blush - The Better The Brighter 


Week 29 (July 17-22) Barbiecore - Getting Ready for Opening Night (This one's a repeat of Week 21, but for good reason! Movie opens July 21st!) 


Week 30 (July 23-29) Summer Sculpt - Bring your best bronzed cheekbones, contouring and underpainting are also welcome


Week 31 (July 30-Aug 5) Gloss and Glow - Give me the inner highlight, the glass skin or lip ready goodness


Week 32 (Aug 6-Aug12) Sunshine Sensation - Gold looks or metallic eyes

Week 34 (Aug 20-26) Mermaid makeup | Let’s get mermaid inspired, whether that’s classic teals and aquas, or maybe a pink or purple shimmery look? It may be as simple as a holographic highlight or a touch or turquoise eyeliner, or go all out. 🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️🧜‍♂️🧜‍♂️


Week 35 (Aug 27-Sep 2) Waterproof or Long-wearing Makeup | What helps you beat the summer heat? Share your favorite hot weather skin, hair and makeup products, tips and tricks as we cruise through the end of August.

Week 36 (Sep 3-9) Neon Brights | Share your boldest and brightest neon looks!






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

Wow, you look awesome, @Cissy63 ! 🤩  Your shirt is the perfect "nude"/neutral for you.

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

Thank you very much @Titian06 🌹

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Late post for matchy matchy week. 

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I don't typically match my makeup to my clothes, but decided to give it a go a couple of weeks ago for the matchy-matchy theme, mirroring my makeup choices with the colors in my scarf. 


Charlotte Tilbury Mini Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray 1.1 oz/ 34 ml 


Stila Convertible Color - I think this is the Peony shade

MERIT The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Foundation and Concealer Stick Linen 

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish 212 Annabel Rose 

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

@itsfi  I love this matching set!! I continue to forget to use my Merit stick and it’s so good. I need to put it on my counter so I don’t forget!! That Gucci nail polish is so pretty! Have you posted your mani in the nail thread yet? I need to go looking for it! Great job matching to your beautiful scarf!

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Thank you @ather! I know what you mean - I really like the Merit stick but it can get lost in the shuffle. Haven't put up a mani with the Gucci polish. I will do another mani with it soon, with some sort of nail art. Hmmm, gotta think about what to do.

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

So pretty and matches so nicely! Lovely colors!  @itsfi 

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Thank you @sister13. It's still pretty chilly here so I may need to use my different scarf choice for the day as inspiration for my makeup for a little while longer.

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I believe it! We had a surprise blizzard last night and it was SOM cold on our walk today! @itsfi 

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@itsfi Gorgeous picks!  I used to have that Stila Convertible Color. I really enjoyed the formula. They came out with a palette of a few convertible colors with Peony included in it. I wish Stila would bring it back. 

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@mishanyc, thank you! I remember that palette. I’m with you - I wish the convertible colors were still part of their collection. 

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I love the shade of that lip oil @itsfi! And your scarf looks perfect for not-quite-spring-yet weather!

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@JoSometimes, thank you; the color is so pretty in the bottle and on the lips. 😍

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

@itsfi love the shade of the lip oil!

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@lmaster, thank you! She did a great job on the lip oil. 😍

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

Lovely, @itsfi !  I think I had the Stilla convertible color in that same shade.  The Gucci and Haus Labs are great matches to your scarf. 😍

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

@Titian06thank you. Yeah, the Stila Convertible Color is an oldie but goodie; the packaging is beautiful too. I think I have another shade of the Stila. This one, peony, matches pretty well to the pinky-beige transition in the scarf. The color of the blush leans a lot more warm in the pic. 

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@itsfi  Your scarf is so lovely 🥰. Your cosmetics look great matching it. I really like the lip oil color😍

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@Cissy63thank you. The scarf is one of my favorites - comfy, cozy and I like the color gradient. The Haus lip oils are wonderful - I was surprised by how much I like them - this Hue shade and the Secondary shade are my favorites from her lip oil collection. 

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This may not really count for using an item a different way,  since this is a multi use product, but I had only used it for brows before. This is MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Pencil Brow, Eye & Lip Liner 506 Endless Cacao  In the first pic, I had just put it on lips, topped with a nude pink gloss from Urban Decay, then added concealer and also used the MUFE pencil for brows and lightly lined my eyes. I liked the way it seemed to make my eyes pop in the first pic with just lips done.





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@sister13  This is so pretty!

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

Oh, thank you! @ather