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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023

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.



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 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.


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.





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 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!!

Re: Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022

Thank you lovely!! @sister13 🌹❤️

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my last post for 2022 - my new years eve look! technically could work for this weeks challenge as well, because i did a little more than my usual couple swipes of a brow pencil. products used are listed in the spoiler 🙂


ps - dont mind the hair, it was still a little damp here! this is actually my natural hair if i let it airdry in a claw clip. we were staying at a hotel to ring in the new year, and the hairdryer didnt work in our room, so i had to improvise!




face - UD Naked Skin (this was a sample i had laying around that happened to be the most incredible shade match. too bad it's been discontinued :(), glossier solar paint in flare, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush in strawberry drip, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in fire dust/lightening crystal, Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in contour shade Shadow, NYX Radiant Glow Concealer, Urban Decay Mini All Nighter Setting Spray Ornament Original 

eyes - Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara Noir , Essence Lash Princess Mascara, SEPHORA COLLECTION 12 Hour Contour Pencil Eyeliner in coconut, MILK MAKEUP KUSH High Volumizing Mascara 0.27 oz / 8 ml , HUDA BEAUTY Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Nude Light Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina® Mini Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 1 for Face & Body 

brows - Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW® Waterproof, Smudge Proof Brow Pomade Medium Brown Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Strong Hold Clear Brow Gel Clear 

lips - MAC lipliner in Soar, PAT McGRATH LABS MatteTrance™ Lipstick Full Panic 005 , Smashbox Always On Cream to Matte Lipstick in Big Night

hair (in case anyone was wondering) - Moroccanoil Volumizing Mist 5.4 oz/ 160 mL , Kerastase Ciment Thermique blow dry primer, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Glossy™ Nourishing Anti-Frizz Hair Oil 2 oz/ 60 mL . i used the Olaplex Mini No. 4 Bond Maintenance™ Shampoo 3.3 oz/ 100 mL and Eva NY Soften Up Conditioner (these are the minis i keep in my travel bag!), SEPHORA COLLECTION SC X Wetbrush Mini Detangler Hair Brush 


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@cianni  You look beautiful 🤩. And I am enjoying your glittery headband too!

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@Cissy63 thank you!!

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Such a gorgeous look @cianni ! And your hair looks beautiful in any way, shape or form! 😍

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@Saradestin thank you!! 💘

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You look great, @cianni ! 💖💖💖

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@Titian06 thank you so much!! 😘😘

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Gorgeous look! Love the headband 😍 @cianni 

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@lmaster thank you!!! 😘 i wish i had a photo from that night, but i actually had a matching purse to go with the headband!

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Your hair’s natural waves and curl are beautiful @cianni! You didn’t need the hairdryer after all. That blush is such a pretty color on you! 

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@itsfi thank you! i'm happy the hair cooperated with me. i am really loving the Strawberry Drip shade too! it was my first foray into a really pinky blush (was more into mauves previously), but i like how much it seems to brighten the whole face!

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@cianni @Pretty look 

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@SportyGirly125 thank you!! ❤️

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Love this NYE look @cianni Very pretty lip color 

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@AznAngelLiz thank you! i don't normally use 3+ lip products to create a shade, but i'm really happy with how it turned out! (inspired by @SportyGirly125 mixing to create the perfect colour!)

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Wow! So beautiful! I think your air dried hair looks amazing! @cianni 

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@sister13 thank you! i can never predict how itll go when i'm away - sometimes all the stars align and my hair cooperates with my travel bag products and the water, other times.... not so much🙈

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You said goodbye to 2022 gorgeously @cianni 🥳 🎩 beautiful!

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@CynthieLu thank you!!

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I spent more time on my brows today for this week’s challenge. Usually I jut swipe a few strokes of a pencil. A comments by @SportyGirly125 got me thinking - she said her brows take the longest in her routine. So I thought it’d be a good focus. 

Anyway, I’m first went in with concealer above any below my brows (I never do that). Then, I brushed them up with a spoiler and tweezed a few strays. I sharpened my pencil Gucci Long Wearing Eyebrow Pencil 02 Blond and carefully added strokes to both brows. I did a little more drawing above my natural brow, which I don’t usually do. Then, I brushed through again with the spoolie.

So, nothing fancy, but they definitely were more defined and carefully done and I was happy with them! My brows are not even and can end up looking a little wonky. 





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