Over the summer, my 12-year-old sister Izzy developed an interest in makeup. For the past three months, she’s been watching beauty vloggers on YouTube, experimenting with makeup products, and even asking me questions about my beauty routine. A couple weeks ago, my mother took her to Sephora for a simple back-to-school makeup trial, and when I saw her, I couldn’t believe my eyes. She had dramatic eyes with winged eyeliner! My mouth literally dropped open like they do in the cartoons. Izzy was talking to me about countering, concealer, and setting spray – all makeup terms and products I didn’t even know existed when I was her age. She looked older, acted more mature, and seemed more confident. Don’t you love how makeup does that? This past week, she started school back, eighth grade to be exact, and I got the idea (from a YouTube video) to sneak into her room while she wasn’t home and attempt to complete a full face of makeup using only her products! Izzy if you’re reading this, don’t be mad!
A Little Background
I think if you’re a woman and you’ve had a sister, you have probably experienced using one another’s stuff at some point, either with or without permission. For example, my middle sister Kat and I would get into each other’s closets all the time (me more than her haha!). We’re only two years apart, so we grew up sharing clothes, makeup, lotions, and perfumes. Because there’s an 11 year difference between me and my youngest sister, we’ve hardly ever shared anything… until now. When I heard that Izzy was using setting spray and buying eyeshadow palettes, I was like, Girl! Yes! It’s time to share!
When I got the idea to do a full face using my sister’s makeup, I expected a good eyeshadow palette… that was about it. What I didn’t expect was the wide range of products that greeted me. When I was 12 going on 13, about the most makeup I had was a Claire’s palette, Lizzie McGuire-inspired lip glosses, and a couple travel-sized Clinique products from my mother. Makeup just wasn’t worn everyday when I was in middle school, at least not by me. Now 12 year old girls are countering and buying products from the same place I am, and I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. It was fun playing in my sister’s makeup, don’t get me wrong, but I think wearing makeup (a lot of it) at such a young age can really skew a young girl’s perception of herself. We’ve created a society that encourages young girls to use makeup to cover their “imperfections,” a society that tells young girls outside beauty matters more because it’s what gets shared on social media. My parents, sister, and I have done well teaching my sister that she’s beautiful the way she is without makeup, but for young girls out there who don’t have that support system, so much makeup at such a young age could really be a bad thing. That said, I didn’t hold back on this face of makeup! The goal of this makeover was to take my little sister’s products (without her knowing!) and create an adult look.
Options, Options, Options
I walked into my sister’s room and couldn’t believe my options! She had a couple different Urban Decay Naked palettes, a couple Too Faced palettes, and even some quality mascara and lipstick options. Izzy just loves Kylie Cosmetics! Disclaimer: My parents never purchased any of these palettes at full-price, and most of the time they were bought as gifts for birthdays or good grades. As I was looking through my sister’s products, I started getting nervous believe it or not! I am a minimal makeup, natural Clinique kind of girl, and my sister is the exact opposite when it comes to makeup! She loves color and lots of options! I had to look myself in my sister’s mirror, and accept the fact that I would have to do a more dramatic adult look out of my comfort zone for this full face to be a success!
The Basics: Primer, Foundation, and Powder
I started by applying the e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer with my fingers. I don’t even use a face primer on my own face – I use Clinique moisturizer! While a little oily, I do feel this silky face primer really prepped my face for the foundation by filling in some lines and refining my complexion. In all honest, I don’t know why my sister even had this! It was almost empty so I assume she probably snatched it from my mom’s makeup drawer! Izzy put that primer back!
Unfortunately, my sister didn’t have any concealer, at least none I could find. Usually, I’ll use a concealer because the dark circles under my eyes are always massive and unattractive, but in this case, I just applied more foundation and a little highlight to try to makeup for the lack of concealer.
As for foundation, my sister had L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Makeup with SPF 17. Personally, I hated this foundation, and if it weren’t for the e.l.f. face primer, I don’t know how this would’ve looked on my face. It felt greasy and thick on my face, but it didn’t seem to cover anything. Thankfully, it did match my skin tone. I will say, for a young girl, this is probably a good first foundation option as a lot of coverage isn’t needed, but as a 23 year old woman, I’ll stick to my Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum with SPF 15! Still, a foundation was better than no foundation! I packed that foundation on twice (she had a foundation brush) and three times under my eyes with a beauty blender.
To set my face, I used my sister’s Sephora’s MicroSmooth Baked Foundation Face Powder, and man that stuff was good! It was an ultra-light foundation, great for girls just beginning their makeup journey, and it went on so easy with a Wet ‘n Wild brush. The powder even has micronized pigments in it that blur imperfections for a natural finish. I plan on getting that powder next time I’m at Sephora. Just to try it out, I also used a little bit of the Neutrogena Shine Control Powder on my forehead, nose, and chin. Apparently the product helps eliminate shine for up to eight hours!
Contouring, Blush, and Highlight
Like I mentioned earlier, I go for a more natural look most of the time so I rarely contour. That said, my sister had two very sparkly contouring and highlight palettes from Jeffree Star: Platinum Ice Pro and 24 Karat Pro. Come to find out they’re not even advertised as conturing or highlight palettes. They’re called Skin Frost palettes, and they are extremely pigmented. Oh to be young again…
I knew from the moment I saw these palettes, I was going to have to embrace the sparkle. That said I used the upper right shade Dark Horse in the 24 Karat Pro Palette as my dark contour shade. Before adding highlight, I discovered that my sister had a trial NARS blush, and so I swiped that across my checks before adding highlight. PAUSE FOR RANT: That NARS blush was called “Super Orgasm” – Who calls a blush that?!? Seriously NARS… there are 12-year-old girls using your products.
After applying the NARS blush to my checks, I went in with the bottom left pink color in the 24 Karat Pro Palette called Legendary and applied it to the fronts of my cheeks just to give my blush a warmer look. As for highlight, I used the far upper left shade Sarcophagus. I applied it on my upper cheeks and nose using one of my sister’s brushes. Note: Apparently these Skin Frost palettes can be used on the entire body, so if you’re a college girl looking for a little sparkle, then the Jeffree Star Skin Frost palettes might be a good option for you!
It’s All About the Eyes and Eyebrows
My eyes were immediately drawn to the Box of Crayons Palette! What young girl wouldn’t want that eyeshadow palette!?! It’s packaged cute and has fun shadow color options inside! Even though I could’ve used one of the more neutral Naked palettes, I was up for experimenting with the Crayon eyeshadow palette, especially since I’d already contoured my face with glitter. At this point, I was fully embracing my inner 12-year-old self! Because I was wearing my sister’s lavender cold-shoulder pullover from PINK (yes… I borrowed her shirt too! #sharingiscaring), I decided to go with a purple eye look. Grabbing an eyeshadow brush, I dove into the bright Purple shade and hopped for the best.
Using the purple as my base color, I dusted the pigmented neon all over my lid and prayed I wouldn’t start to resemble Barney. Next I selected the Violet shadow as my main lid color. Note: In the picture above, the Violet looks more blue, but in person, it’s actually more purple looking. I used a flatter, smaller brush to apply the violet. Recommendation: If you get the Box of Crayons Palette, make sure you tap the excess pigment off your brush before applying to your eyes. For my crease and along my lower lash line, I opted to use the Deep Plum shade. Note: In the picture above, the Deep Plum looks reddish-brown, but it’s actually a really warm, dark purple. I blended my purple shades together in an attempt to make them look as natural as possible. Lastly, in the corners of my eyes and along my upper brow bone, I applied the White shade to lighten up those areas.
Next, I noticed that my sister actually had one of the same eyebrow pencils I do, so I used it I actually anticipated having to use a brown shadow to fill in my brows, but because she had a brow pencil, I didn’t have to resort to that. The Instant Lift Brow Pencil by e.l.f. is one of my favorite cheaper makeup products. It gives my brows a natural polished look for only $2.00! Like the e.l.f. face primer, I’m not exactly sure why my sister had a brow pencil. It’s sad to think kids these days (did I really just use that phrase?!?) have better brows than me.
After fixing my brows, I discovered that my sister had an e.l.f eyeliner pen in black. Some of you may be wondering, why so many e.l.f. products? The products are sold at our local Walmart, and they’re cheap, so most of the time my little sister can talk my mom into getting her a couple items. Because my little sister loves wings, I attempted to do wings on myself. See Izzy? I will go dramatic from time to time! I must say, out of all the e.l.f products I used, I disliked the eyeliner pen the most. Something about the way the applicator was structured caused me to slip up in my eyeliner process so many times. The ink went on well. The process was just more difficult than it should have been.
To finish off my eyes, I needed a black mascara. My sister had a couple of options including Covergirl and Clinique’s high impact mascara. What I didn’t expect to see was Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara! I nearly had a heart attack when I saw this in my sister’s makeup collection, not because it’s a great mascara (which it is!), but because my little sister had yet another makeup product with a sexual name. I will say the applicator on the Better Than Sex is the most amazing applicator I’ve ever used, but I won’t go so far as to say it’s better than… well you know.
Adding Lipstick and Setting My Face
Because my sister loves Kylie Cosmetics, I knew from the beginning that I was going to be using Kylie products on my lips. Still, before adding any lipstick, I lined my lips in the one lip liner pencil my sister had from Victoria’s Secret, a velvet matte color called Nearly Nude: Rosy Beige. I don’t think she’d ever used it!
Next, I colored my my lips using one of Kylie’s Matte Liquid Lipsticks (I honestly don’t know what the name of it was, maybe One Wish).
To top off my lips and make them appear more purple, I used the Posie K Lip Gloss by Kylie Cosmetics. I cool mid-tone berry color, this gloss really brought the whole look together!
Lastly, I set my face with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, something I personally never do because I don’t yet own any setting spray. I only used one squirt for the experience because I didn’t want to use up one of my sister’s new favorite products.
Final Thoughts on This Full Face
Overall, I was impressed with my little sister’s makeup collection! I’m happy she’s finally taken an interest in beauty products. It gives us plenty to talk about, and she’s even introduced me to some new beauty vloggers and makeup products! That said, I don’t want her to ever feel like she isn’t beautiful just the way she is without makeup. Even though I mentioned them each specifically above, below are all the products I used on my face in a single image.
I really liked my sister’s Sephora Face Powder, NARS blush, Skin Frosts, and Better Than Sex Mascara. I’d wear all of those on my face as an adult. All in all, I think this makeover was a success! My sister may only be 12, but she’s developing some great tastes in makeup products. Hey Iz, what do you think of my look?
Until next time my darlin’,