I Don’t Have a Sister, So I Swapped Makeup Looks with My Best Friend

We could have been casually cosplaying as Kimmy and Xanthippe.

My best friend Erin and I have very different styles. She's got the cool New Yorker thing down, and I don't really know what to call my style other than simple and colorful. So when she came to visit recently, I decided that we should do a makeup-look swap because it's fun and I don't have a sister or a twin to swap with.

Literally the day before we shot this article, I had just done my Kimmy Schmidt tutorial, which besides a bit more blush than usual is not all that different from how I wear my makeup. I had on season one of UKS in the background as I was shooting and Erin was doing her makeup and getting ready, and by the time we were done, we could have been casually cosplaying as Kimmy and Xanthippe.

So, step wise, we pretty much have the same system down, tinted moisturizer, concealer as needed, light contour/bronzer, blush, lipstick but we diverge on eye makeup, texture of the products, and colors.

Here's what we did, and I'll go first because this is my article, ha!

For base I used L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24H Foundation in Classic Ivory, with two drops of the Cover FX Custom Color Drops in N20 to get the color a better match, and I did my regular concealing jobbie. This gave me a really even, mostly matte base.

Next, I contoured with the NYX Blush in Taupe, bronzed with The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in 01, used The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer for my blush, and highlighted with Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator.

Erin used her regular Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Nude, mixed with the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Opal to get a more dewy finish. She then went on to conceal with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. She also used the Makeup Geek Contour Powder in Breakup, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Never Been Kissed, and she also used The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder in 01.

Most days, I don't bother doing more than curling my lashes and mascara; Erin does a subtle, neutral smoky eye with liquid eyeliner and mascara, and she refuses to curl her lashes. Blasphemy.

So to create a simple smoky look on the eyes, I used the Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter: Vanilla, Sable, and Sumatra. I used Vanilla all over the lid, Sable in the crease, and Sumatra in the outer corner. Then to line my eyes, I used the Eyeko FAT Liquid Eyeliner in black, and the Sigma Sinuosity Lash Mascara. On the lips, I used the Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Chihuahua.

Erin curled her lashes for the first time in months (if not longer) and just used her Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and finished with Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Fuchsia.

I asked Erin what she had learned from our little experiment, and she said that eyelash curlers aren't so scary after all, and that after seeing her makeup on my face, it looked like a lot more makeup than she felt like she actually wore. And although I don't disagree, I think her makeup suits her style.

I think that Erin looks totally great in a brighter blush. So, get ready Erin, I'm going to ship you some eyelash curlers and bright blush!

I, on the other hand, learned that I still suck at doing my eyeliner (no surprise) and that nude-ish makeup can actually look not-too-bad on me. I always like to amp up the color because I just love color and it makes me happy, but I'm digging the shimmery, nude blush and the lipstick even though it's called Melted Chihuahua. Poor little chihuahua.

Seeing my look on Erin, I was struck at how little makeup it looks like she's wearing when I generally feel halfway to done-up at that level.

I've since started playing more with eyeshadow on a daily basis, which I used to do ALL the time in high school and college and pretty much stopped since graduating because it's hard enough to get up in the morning and get ready for work, let alone wear an eye look. (But more on that another time.)

  • If you could swap makeup styles with anyone who would it be?
  • Since the last few articles on makeup swaps, has anyone tried it themselves with a sibling or a friend?