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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023

Week 45 (Nov 5-Nov 11) Sephora sale newness or shop your stash to save money!! 



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.


Week 44 (Oct 29-Nov 4) Halloween Looks!! Share ‘em all!! 
Week 45 (Nov 5-Nov 11) Sephora sale newness or shop your stash to save money!! 
(I’ll be updating November challenges soon!)



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!!

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Ooh, nice choices @eshoe ! Curious about the Lys, I have t tried anything from them yet. And I think I need Valentine!!! 

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This is the first time I have tried Lys, @sister13. For the price, I am very impressed with the packaging. Magnetic snap closure, oversize mirror, and plenty of product-love so far! I am struggling with application, as I have been spoiled by Merit’s super-duper easy convex shape. I am trying tapping my fingers and then the brush, a la @Samtian, but I end up with a little too much  and in removing it, off comes the foundation and concealer, too🤦🏻‍♀️ 

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@eshoe have you tried putting it on the back of your hand first and then using a brush or a sponge? That’s my preferred method of cream product application, then using a stipple brush.

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Trying that tomorrow @makeitup305. if you have a stipple brush to recommend I would love to hear about it.

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@eshoe I use a Real Techniques stipple brush but I just looked it up and it has been discontinued.  The Elf small stipple brush also works really well. Kinda disappointed they discontinued that brush tbh, it’s a staple for me.

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@makeitup305 of course it has been discontinued, that seems to be the fate of anything worthwhile in beauty! Thanks for sharing your staple stipple, though😉 I have some brushes I haven’t used in awhile, and I know there are a couple of RT ones. I am going to take a peek in that bag and see if anything looks promising. 

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@eshoe Yeah I couldn’t believe it when I when to look for one. They don’t seem to be a very popular brush type but I love them . I use mine regularly. All 3 of the ones I use the most are sold out. I have the PMG one that came with her original highlighter release which is also good. Other than that, MAC’s seems to be terrible from reviews. MUFE and MyKitCo seem to have some decent ones in case something happens to mine. If you can’t find one, try the elf, at least that one is 4 bucks and if it doesn’t work nbd. Let me know if you try it.


P.S. I found another Bakuchiol product for you but I’m not sure if you’ve tried it yet. It’s the Allies of Skin CE15 Bakuchiol Firming Oil. It seems to have some really nice ingredients. It’s on sale at Dermstore 😉

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Noted about the brushes, @makeitup305. I will try the elf one for sure. My brush experiences are pretty limited to a few brands, although I have been slowly expanding. 

Aha and yes thank you for the tip on the Allies of Skin. I have a cart going at Dermstore so I will take a look at that as well. I only have two brands on rotation at the moment for my Bakuchiol; Alpyn Beauty (moisturizer and sleeping mask) and iNNBEAUTY PROJECT Slushy Serum Moisturizer Crush Infused with Bakuchiol 1.7 oz/ 50 mL. I can always use another!

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@eshoe the DMV is gorgeous!!

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It really is, @lmaster! 💗💕💗

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@eshoe @I have lust Angeles, too and agree it’s too gray.  So is the donatella color on me. It looks great on the back of my hand but not so much on me. I really never try products on anywhere but the back of my hand, even before covid. 

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I am with you, @itscarin - back of the hand it is! 

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It was a long day of zoom calls, but at least no 6 or 7 am start today, so I could add a little makeup. This is PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership IX Eyeshadow Palette: Huetopian Dream , but just used the more muted shades on eyes plus a little shimmer, and that matte pink on cheeks. 

On lips, PAT McGRATH LABS Lip Fetish Divinyl Lip Shine Belle Amour  , these are such lovely colors and formula.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Liquid Foundation 230 


I used a PMG highlighter which is not taggable, which was maybe from the Divine Rose collection? it’s in a pink, round case, and it’s a sort of goldy-pink, hough it’s not really apparent in the photos.







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@sister13 love the whole look!!

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Thanks @lmaster ! 💗💗

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@sister13 @Looks great on you and very wearable. I wouldn’t have expected that from huetopian!  I know what I’ll be trying next week!  😄

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Yes! I think I did the lightest cream shimmer all over, then that matte pink on crease and then the pinky  and bronzey shimmers on top. And matte pink on cheeks (lightly). @itscarin 

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@sister13 This is such a beautiful look! 

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Thanks @Samtian! 🤩🤩

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You look absolutely beautiful! @sister13 

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Aww, thank you, @idanyd ! 💚💚

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