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This Is What Happens When You Wear Full-On Makeup For A Week

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Hi! I'm Crystal and I'm not really into wearing makeup.

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It's not that I don't LIKE makeup — it's more that I'm too lazy to wear it every damn day. Like, this is me:

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Sure, I'll put on a full face of makeup for ~special occasions~, but I just don't have the desire to put on a lot of makeup on a daily basis...particularly in the morning, during the workweek.

However, I do love seeing other very talented people's makeup ~looks~ — I literally cannot go through Instagram without seeing gorgeous beauty blogger photos and thinking, Gosh, that's pretty, but OMG how do people do this EVERY day?!

So, I decided to challenge myself and see what it was like to put on a FULL face of makeup every day for a (work) week.

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First, I looked up a few tutorials from popular beauty vloggers. My goal was to try a different ~look~ each day and on the final day do my OWN one to see if I had learned anything!

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What I was expecting:

I was pretty sure I would be VERY tired every morning (and possibly late to work). And I was also fairly certain that none of the looks would work well with my face — i.e., I'd hate every one of them. I also thought I'd be able to just "wing it" with the mishmash of makeup I already owned.**

**This turned out to be my first mistake — because late on Sunday, while prepping for my week of full makeup, I realized I was in dire need of a few things I didn't already own: setting powder, a contour palette, highlighter, and lip liner. LOL.

Day one: "Sweet spring makeup" inspired by Tina Yong's tutorial here.

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For this tutorial I had to contour for the very first time in my life (I used this kit from Smashbox) — and let's just say...IT WAS INTIMIDATING. I also had to improvise a lot of the color for this look because I didn't have any pink/peach eye shadow. So, I used a cream blush on my eyes — which turned out to be a problem later because it got in my eyes and made my contacts dirty AF (it felt like I was looking through a foggy window for half the day). I think I could've done a better job overall if I hadn't been rushing to get out the door in time for work.

Time it took me: 28 minutes.

The result:

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I thought this look would be pretty subtle, but HO BOY was I wrong. My lips turned out SO much brighter than I expected (which is really my fault since this was the closest shade lipstick I had to Tina's). I also learned how completely uneven my eyebrows are and how bad a job I did filling them in, LMAO — It looked better to me in the mirror, I swear! I was super self-conscious the whole day — I mean, I looked like a rejected Barbie doll. I was pretty happy to take this hot pink mess off my face by the end of the day.

Verdict: Thumbs-down.

Day two: "Everyday makeup" inspired by Jackie Aina's tutorial here.

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This tutorial went a lot smoother than day one's — although I was surprised that this (and yesterday's) did not incorporate liner (I guess that's a popular style right now?). I skipped putting on false eyelashes again because I was convinced it would take me a million hours to do — and, just like the previous day, I was rushing to get out the door on time. However, today things went a little faster, which gave me hope that my application skills were improving!

Time it took me: 25 minutes.

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The result:

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So, I WAY preferred this look on me to day one's. I thought maybe the palette wouldn't work, but it came out more natural-looking than I expected. I was also very, very pleasantly surprised by the nude lip color, which is something I NEVER wear (I used Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in 1993 — medium brown) — because doesn't that seem pointless? Turns out...NOPE! I loved how the pencil liner kind of evened out the color in my lips. I definitely felt less self-conscious in this look, but I still avoided prolonged contact with my colleagues like the plague.

Verdict: Thumbs-up.

Day three: "Glam Adele look" inspired by Nikkie de Jager's tutorial here.

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I decided to step up my game for day three. However, I was PRETTY tired from having to wake early three days in a row now. I kinda wish Nikkie had included the eyebrows step in her tutorial (I just winged it by myself), but I was glad to finally do a look that included liquid liner (I used the Kat Von D Ink Liner). I felt like I was finally getting a better hang of applying my makeup — like, I would've graded myself at about a solid "B" here. Though, I did take my sweet ass time with the liner...hehehe.

Time it took me: 35 minutes

The result:

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Okay, FIRST of all, I realize that my color palette is not the same as Nikkie's/Adele's — I had to improvise all of the rose tones in the eye and cheeks with what I had and this was the only lip color I owned that was remotely close to that pretty red (I used Sephora's cream lip stain in Blackberry Sorbet). Again, I opted out of the false lashes — they're just SO much work!! In retrospect, false lashes probably would've made the look more "glam," though. Still, I was pretty proud of the improvement in my brows! I did really like this look, but AGAIN, felt like it drew just way more attention than I wanted out in public (although, I was starting to suspect this was just in my head).

Verdict: Thumbs partially up.

Day four: "Signature look" inspired by Huda Kattan's tutorial here.

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I found Huda's process of doing her eyes BEFORE the rest of her makeup really interesting and, TBH, quite helpful with things like eyeshadow fallout. Again, I wish she had included the eyebrows step in this tutorial, but at least she linked to it as a separate tutorial. I FINALLY decided to use false eyelashes on day four, which OMG was just as stressful as I expected — honestly, people would've paid good money to see that circus. Although, I thought my technique had been gradually improving each day.

Time it took me: 35 minutes.

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The result:

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This was by far my favorite look. It also made me realize that false eyelashes really do make a big difference. However, I HATED wearing them. I just did not like the way they felt on my lids. Also? I hated the fact that I could see them in my peripheral vision (does that happen to everyone?!). I mean, SURE, they looked great in photos, but I felt like they were super "stagy" in real life — I literally had flashbacks to my high school performance as "Sad Girl #2" in Bye Bye Birdie. Now, I did get a number of compliments on my lashes at work, although, let's be real, my coworkers were probably just trying to find a way to mask their shock.

Verdict: Thumbs up.

Day five: My own look!

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I did my best to incorporate all the techniques I learned in the past four days. I applied my brows first and then the rest of my eye makeup (YEP including false lashes!) as best as I could remember from Huda's tutorial. And then I opted to use the Beautyblender again for my foundation and contour as well. I used my bronzer, highlight, and setting powder, and finally my new fave: nude lips!

Time it took me: 35 minutes.

The result:

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I was pretty happy with the way my makeup turned out on the last day — it looked nice in photos. But I honestly still felt like it was just too heavy for regular, daily use. I thought maybe I'd be comfortable by this last day with a fully made-up face, but I really was not. However, by this point, I could definitely see how someone would gradually get used to wearing a fully made-up face everyday, especially if you got really good at it (which, obviously, I did not, as exemplified by my crooked false eyelashes in this last photo!).

Verdict: Thumbs up.

What I learned:

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* Putting on a full face of makeup every morning is EXHAUSTING.

* Having ALL the suggested products to do different makeup tutorials can be quite expensive.

* You need a wide variety of brushes (and you WILL use them all).

* It's very hard to achieve a perfectly flawless makeup look (and I was never quite able to do that).

* Contouring is actually pretty cool — though, in my opinion, not a necessity.

* I have a very asymmetrical face (LOL).

* Setting powder really makes a big difference.

* It's virtually impossible to maintain a fully made-up face all day without reapplication.

* Though I liked the way my ~looks~ came out in photos, I still don't think I'd want to wear this much makeup normally.

* And finally, beauty bloggers are insanely talented and I applaud everyone who does this every day.