Full Face of Makeup Using Only My Mum’s Makeup

May 22, 2019
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My mother and I have very different makeup styles. I like super full coverage and bold colours whereas she prefers a more natural looking finish and subtle eye makeup that complements her eye colour. I’ve watched my mother do her makeup a thousand times and always cringe at how little foundation she wears haha. So, for today’s post, I thought it’d be fun to do a full face of makeup using only my mum’s makeup!


Before I’d even started I ran into some problems. She doesn’t have a proper face moisturiser to use and no primer either, so I had to just go right in with concealer which felt odd for me to do. Luckily we have the same concealer, the Collection Lasting Perfection, which I applied under my eyes, around my nose and on any blemishes. I applied a fair bit of this as I knew the foundation was very lightweight.

The foundation she uses is the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm, in the shade Nude Beige. This foundation has a light to medium coverage, in other words, my worst nightmare! I had to build it up quite a bit to be happy with the coverage but it still didn’t fully cover my blemishes or scarring.

The next issue I ran into is a powder to set my face. My mother does not powder her face so doesn’t own any. So I sat there, at her makeup desk, looking mournfully at my unpowdered face in the mirror. She also does not do anything with her eyebrows, other than plucking them, meaning I too had nothing to do my eyebrows with. I hate not having my eyebrows done. As I’m blonde my eyebrows and eyelashes are very pale and look extremely strange when they’re bare. On the bright side, I have a fringe so my eyebrows are always mostly covered up.

Blush, Contour and Highlight

Guess what? My mother doesn’t contour! She had nothing suitable for bronzing or contouring so it was a day of looking like a potato for me. For blusher, she has just the one option which is the Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in the shade Rapture. I love the Urban Decay blushes, I think I introduced her to them actually, and Rapture is a really pretty colour. For Christmas, I bought her the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss highlighting palette as she wanted to get more into highlighting so I used that for my nose, cheekbones and cupids bow.


Thanks to my influence over the years my mum has started to get more and more high-end eyeshadow palettes and is experimenting with colour more. For her birthday I got her the Huda Beauty Emerald Obsessions palette which I’ve been really wanting to borrow so this was the perfect excuse! Again, she normally applies the shades very subtly so there’s a hint of colour to bring out her eyes or match her clothes. I, on the other hand, like to get lots of product on my brush and throw it on my eye. (Not literally, obviously).

There was no eye primer to use so I made do with some concealer which didn’t work too badly but it definitely didn’t help to keep it in place all day. The eyeshadow palette was amazing and now I want it for myself. The colours are stunning, they blend easily and I was really happy with my eye makeup. For mascara, she has the Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara which I wasn’t really a fan of as it didn’t give me much length.


For my lipstick, I chose to use the Ciate Glitter Flip liquid lipstick in the shade Chaos. I used this lipstick as I also own it so I could use my own instead of sharing. I didn’t think this shade would really go well with the eyeshadow but it did actually work in the end.

Final Look

Full face on makeup using only my mum's makeup

Full face on makeup using only my mum's makeup

In the end, I don’t think this look turned out too badly and I was happy to leave the house wearing it. I definitely missed a full-coverage foundation and my face didn’t feel 100% complete without powder, plus about an hour later I noticed it had oxidised so badly on me! But not having to do my eyebrows saved me a lot of time!

I hope you all enjoyed this full face of makeup using only my mum’s makeup post, let me know what you think of this look in the comments! While you’re here make sure you also subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!


  • alwayscleia

    May 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Your makeup look turned out pretty nice! I love that your mom is into higher end eyeshadow palettes. If I did a post wearing my mom’s makeup I would literally only be wearing lipstick!
    The fringe definitely helps with your eyebrows, but they look like they’re at least pretty full. I’m naturally blonde but for some strange reason I have dark eyebrows, and they’re thick but with sparse areas. So literally a nightmare lol!

    1. Hollie

      May 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      Honestly I think the eyeshadow saved the look haha. In pictures it looks fine but the foundation and no powder didn’t feel nice on my face at all! Yeah my brows are pretty full there’s just no real shape to them and because they’re blonde sometimes I feel it looks like I have no eyebrows at all haha. Oh no that does sound pretty nightmarish haha sparse brows must be such a pain!

      1. alwayscleia

        May 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

        It’s so strange trying someone else’s base routine!
        haha yeah they are, I never know what shade of eyebrow pencil to use. A dark one just makes it more obvious that my brows don’t match my hair, but a lighter one is just as bad. Oh well!

  • Joy

    May 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    This was a fun post! I love how your makeup look turned out btw, the green eyeshadow is gorgeous! I think I would have it to do my makeup with my mom’s products :p

    1. Hollie

      May 22, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks! The eyeshadow saved the look tbh haha I got her that palette for her birthday a couple months ago and have been dying to use it so this was the perfect excuse ?

  • emilygabriellax

    May 22, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    This was such a fun post to read, it’s nice to see the blog version to this challenge rather than a video! I think your makeup looks great too! My mum’s products and routine is so different to mine, but her makeup suits her perfectly x

    1. Hollie

      May 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Ahh thank you! I love watching the videos and really wanted to try it haha. Yeah my mums makeup and routine were very different to mine too but it was interesting to try and do my usual kind of look with her makeup ? x

  • Courtney

    May 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    This is such a fun post idea!! I love it, especially since you and your mother have such different preferences for makeup. I used to never use powder on my face, but ever since I started, my makeup definitely doesn’t feel complete without it, lol. Anyway it looks great and I didn’t really notice any blemishes in the photos, so that’s good haha. The eyeshadow especially turned out amazing. <3

  • danniijane

    May 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Love this! My mum is darker skinned then me and most makeup she uses is ones I hated and passed down, so it’d be funny to see what look I could create?? x

    1. Hollie

      May 25, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Omg that’d be hilarious! I’d love to see that haha ? Thankfully my mother is pretty much the same skin tone as me so that wasn’t an issue x

  • Nicole

    June 6, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    This was such a fun post! The look you created is stunning, your mom sounds like she has pretty great taste. 🙂

    1. Hollie

      June 7, 2019 at 11:33 am

      Thank you! Her taste has definitely improved over the years haha

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