My Mum Did my Makeup?!

Hi guys, today’s post is something a little different for me. I know this kind of x does my makeup thing is usually more of a YouTube video, but I wanted to give it a go anyway. Last weekend, my mum did my makeup.  

I know to some people that wouldn’t be a big deal, so I thought I should give you a little background. My mum owns about 5 or 6 makeup products and 4 brushes. All of the brushes were either gifted by me or a recommendation from me. She wears the same makeup daily, it’s all very routine.  


Last week I gave her full access to my entire makeup collection, every product, and every brush and asked her to take what she thought she needed to do my full face. She asked how she was going to pick products from everything I had. I responded by telling her my organisation was fairly straightforward.  

“My foundations, concealers an-” 

“Concealer?! What the f*ck am I supposed to do with that?” 

I’m feeling totally 100% confident in how this look is going to turn out.  

What I was trying to tell her is that all of my foundations, concealers and powders are in my desk. Then there’s a tall shelving unit in my room with everything else in. It’s all split into shelves so lips are on top, blush next, highlight and contour next and so on. She basically had to pick at least one thing from each shelf and she should be fine. The only exception being that brows, mascara, and liner are in the same bit. They’re all products I thought she’d recognise so I wasn’t too worried about this.  

The rules 

As I’m sure you’ll know, when people do these challenges, you’re not supposed to help them in any way when it comes to picking products. Because my face was still very dry from my recent flare up, we did set some rules  

  1. If she picks up a really matte foundation, I’ll suggest she chooses something else without giving any tips or recommendations.  
  2. If a product is getting old, I’ll also suggest she tries something else.  
  3. I’ll also intervene if it looks like a really expensive brush is about to go into a product I don’t think it will recover from.  

I asked her if she had a particular look in mind, and the colour instantly drained from her face. She then decided to attempt my everyday makeup. I foolishly thought this would make choosing products easy.  

For the record, my everyday look is simple skin, matte or dewy depending on the day but not too full coverage. A cool toned matte sculpted eye with a thin liner and a matte red lip. Cheeks also vary depending on the day.  

What she chose 


The first thing she picks up is the Fenty foundation, which was literally my worst nightmare. Never has anything looked more awful on my skin. It’s the most matte thing I own and my skin was still recovering, so I asked her to choose another. She picked the Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide, this foundation has been discontinued, but it used to be my favourite summer foundation.  Summer, when my skin is its least dry, not November post rash skin. It has light coverage and a soft matte finish. Or at least it would be soft matte if my skin was healthy.

She then picks the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer*. Today is not my day. I also find this really matte and drying on my face. This is a product I do use, but I use mine as an eye primer, not for concealing. She adds this to our little basket then walks over to the rest of my makeup.  

So, I’m not wearing powder today apparently. That’s fine, my skin is dry, I don’t need it – but I would really like some Ambient Lighting Powder please, Karen.  


She went straight to the palettes. The first thing she picks up is the Too Faced Natural Matte, which made me really happy as this is the one I use most days. Then she put it down and picked up the Naked 2*. Not my first choice, but could be worse. The matte taupe shade ‘Tease’ from the Naked 2 is actually my favourite crease colour ever, so I’m not too disappointed.  

Liner – I wear gel on a daily basis. She starts looking through my liners, picks up a few pencils and a liquid, then goes to the gel pot. After a while, she chooses the Maybelline black gel*. The one I normally wear is Bobbi Brown Caviar Ink*, which is actually a deep brown/black rather than a true black. But again, not too bad of a choice.  

Mascara next, she picks up the Chanel Le Volume* (the love of my life) and puts it down… Then picks up one which is old and I’m not sure why it isn’t already in the bin, so I told her this and she went back to option one. Which obviously made me really happy.  

While we’re in this section she looks at my brow stuff, asks me if this is my brow stuff, I confirm and two seconds later the Soap & Glory Archery* is in the basket. I either use that one or a Benefit one so I’m happy with this.  

Cheeks & Lips 

I’m putting these two together because after she chose her eye products, I turned around for 30 seconds and she said she was done. She’d picked the Bobbi Brown Nude Peach blush, which is one of my favourites.

She also had the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow TalkSo much for my everyday look. As most of my lipsticks are red she said she couldn’t find a lipstick to go with it but she knew I had a specific lipstick I wear with that liner. Correct, I wear Charlotte’s Stoned Rose lipstick with Pillow Talk. I thought it was in a handbag so went to find it for her.  


On top of the tall makeup unit, I have two large pots of brushes. One contains all of my favourites, the other contains my backup brushes. We’re taking a full pot with us because she’s doing my makeup downstairs for better light. She picks the wrong one. I asked her if she’d maybe like to feel some of the brushes before making a decision and she changed her mind. Thank God. 



She started with my base, picked up a few brushes before deciding on the Real Techniques Expert Foundation Brush*. Wouldn’t have been my choice for that foundation, but at least she picked a foundation brush. She dotted it around my face and stippled it into my skin, then realised how dry my skin was half way through and thought she’d made a mistake.  

Moving on to concealer, she puts a generous amount under each eye, some on my forehead, some on my chin and around my nose. Okay, Kim K, I normally only do my undereye area but you carry on. She blended it in with the same foundation brush.  



She didn’t pick anything up to prime with and we don’t have a powder so I was a bit nervous about this. Her first shade was Foxy, the first matte pale yellow, all over the lid on a Zoeva Smoky Shader Brush. This brush is flat and I normally would only use it for packing on shimmer rather than a matte lid colour. She quickly starts complaining that you can’t see it and I’m not sure if it’s because she’s picked a shade too similar to my skin colour or if it’s the lack of primer.  

Then she went in with Tease on a Morphe Y18, through my outer corner, crease and I feel some brush movements on the top of my cheek. She cleans that up with the foundation brush and continues with the shadow. Judging by the look on her face, it isn’t going well. Then she picked up a pencil brush, which should have been in the other jar (oops) and picks up Busted. It’s dark, with a hint of purple and shimmery. I feel this stab my outer corner and then it goes alarmingly high in my crease. 

“I’ve messed it up” 

She picks up a Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease brush and tries to blend. Excellent brush choice here, but the blending motion I’m feeling isn’t too smooth.  

Liner and Brows

Now for the eyeliner, it took her a while to pick a brush, but she went for the Morphe R45. She gets some gel on the brush, then I feel something far too high on my eye.  

“OH. Fffffffff. It’s game over now”  

Encouraging words.  

She finishes the liner and picks up another pencil brush to try and clean it up a little. After that, she said she didn’t want to do my mascara and asks if I’ll do my own when we’re done. I felt where the eyeliner brush went, so I agreed.  She very briefly picked up my brow pencil and puts a few strokes in a couple of slightly random places, asks me if one is naturally thicker than the other (rude) then announces that she’s finished with my eyes.  

So, from what I can tell, I now have dark, not so blended shadow, terrible liner, a few strokes in my brows and a naked lower lash line. It’s a look. 

Cheeks and lips 

She hits the blush pretty hard with my Suqqu Cheek Brush, puts some under my cheekbone and I think I feel the brush near the corner of my mouth. Then she complains that you can’t see it so digs in harder for some more. She didn’t pick up any kind of highlighter or contour so we’re apparently done with my face.  

For my lips, she mentioned that I normally line my full lip, not just the outline (which is true). Then she applies my liner and lipstick and says it’s time for me to look and do my mascara. 

Final Look

So, I take a peek, do my mascara and this is the finished look. 

I know this post is really long, so I’m not going to take forever to conclude. She asked for a rating out of 10, I gave her a 5.5. After a few nods, she said she thought it was a 6 and she thinks she’s learnt a few things and would like to do it again another time. How do you guys think she did? How would your parents do with this challenge? 

Until next time,  



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  1. 6th November 2018 / 9:59 am

    This was such a fun post! I don’t think the end result looked too bad, she certainly could have done worse! And good shout for intervening if she was about to use the wrong brush in the wrong product… that could have been a potential disaster!

  2. 6th November 2018 / 10:47 am

    That was such a fun read Sophie, 10/10 for the effort from Karen hah!x

  3. 6th November 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Wow, Sophie, you’ll probably hate me for saying this but I don’t think this is a bad look at all. I’d be pretty happy if I’d ended up looking like you 🙂 Can’t wait to see what she does for you next time! xx

    Lisa |

  4. 6th November 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! I love watching videos like this on YouTube so I think this was such a cool and unique idea for a blog post. To be honest, I think my Mum is more experienced with makeup than me so the roles would probably be reversed!

  5. 6th November 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Awww this is so cute! I think the end result is wearable, not bad at all! I would love to see how my mum would do mine ~ she rarely wears makeup but I’ve done hers before

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

  6. Michelle Blackadar
    6th November 2018 / 8:08 pm

    oh my gosh i LOVE this idea! i really don’t think the look turned out badly. i think it was so nice that she gave it the old college try! i have defenitely seen so much worse. I think my mom would do horrible at this lol, she wears foundation and maybe some concealer and that’s it! this was such a fun post to read great job! xx

    mich /

  7. 6th November 2018 / 8:16 pm

    This is such a fun idea! I wouldn’t have a clue what all those different brushes are for either he he. This bit made me laugh: “Judging by the look on her face, it isn’t going well”. Ha ha! I think she did very well for a first attempt! Thanks for sharing Sophie and well done Sophie’s mum <3 xx

    Bexa |

  8. 6th November 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Ahhh I loved this post and bless your Mum! It sounded as if she felt the pressure a little bit at times I don’t think she did too bad a job tbh!

    I’m not great with make up myself, I wish I had more of a clue but my Mum is worse than me. She doesn’t even own a single foundation or concealer and has never worn it in her life! So at least I do that much

  9. 6th November 2018 / 9:06 pm

    This is such a great idea! I don’t think I would have the patience to let me Mum do this sort of thing, it would end in a screaming match haha.

    5.5 out of 10 is a fair mark, although I’m going to say 5. You look lovely, but I’m all about that bold eye look!

    Alys /

  10. 6th November 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Think she did a pretty good job, my mum wouldn’t have a clue, bless her! Think a 5.5 is definitely fair! ☺️

  11. 6th November 2018 / 10:44 pm

    Haha, love this post! Such a great idea 🙂 I’m actually really impressed with how your mum did. I don’t think my mum would do anything close to that hahaha. She doesn’t really wear any make up other then a bit of a BB cream 😛


  12. 7th November 2018 / 8:19 pm

    This was so fun to read! I’d love to do this with my mom it’d be a right laugh! I think your mom did an ok job considering she thought she’d completely messed it up I was expecting you to look like a panda haha!

    Jess //

  13. 7th November 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I love this idea, this post made me laugh, I think she’s done quite a good job – especially if it’s not something she’s used to! I think my mum would be the exact same, she wears some make-up but she’s similar in that she has like the smallest amount and will stick to the same things day in day out. I have suggested this to my mum but she said she’d make herself an embarrassment haha!

    Chloe xx

  14. 7th November 2018 / 10:31 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I think she did pretty well. I’m not sure if my mom or dad would do better. My mom struggles to stay with a natural look on herself. She wants to go full 1980’s but fights the urge. My sister would likely be my best bet now that she is out of her super heavy makeup phase.

  15. 7th November 2018 / 11:04 pm

    This is such a funny idea haha, i would love to do this with my mother!! From the look of it your mum didn’t do to bad!! Great post xx

  16. 11th November 2018 / 10:49 am

    This was such a fun post to read – It makes me want to try the challenge with my mum haha! I think your mum didn’t do too badly at all – maybe you could do another challenge like this and see how she does a second time (: would love to see that! Thanks for sharing x

  17. 11th November 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Aw! I wonder what would happen if I did this with my mum, she used to help me with makeup for school dances decades ago but I’m always helping her if we’re going to something!

  18. 11th November 2018 / 8:23 pm

    “I’ll also intervene if it looks like a really expensive brush is about to go into a product I don’t think it will recover from.” this was literally me the other day when my boyfriend did my makeup, I couldn’t cope with how he was using my brushes! I think your mum did a fab job, especially with the eyeliner, your eyes look very pretty! Love the blush colour too! This was a fun post to read! x

  19. 19th November 2018 / 6:46 pm

    She did a fantastic job! You are so beautiful anyway so even if she had overdone it, you’d still be gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. 20th November 2018 / 7:05 am

    I think she did 7 out of 10. I like the natural look!
    I don’t think I would ever let my mom do my make up LOL!

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