Last week something really unusual happened – Astrid and I met in person to plan things for twindly, catch up and geek out about makeup. While we do that all the time via skype and various messenger apps, it’s really rare for us to meet in person, because we live quite far away from each other. So, what could be more fun than doing our makeup together and going for something really different that what we’re normally doing, we thought. What did we do then?!

We did each other’s favourite go-to look!

Because we’re not exactly beauty twins, we were really curious about the outcome – would we like each other’s favourite products, and even more important – would they work for us?!

My own everyday look has been a simple grey and purple eye look with coral cheeks and lips lately. I mainly use Armani’s eye tint in Shadow on my eyes, and then go for whatever coral blush/lipstick that’s lying around (usually it’s MAC’s Lured to Love blush and Fashion Force Huggable Lipstick on my lips).

Astrid’s go-to look is centred around a neutral eye and cheek combo with red lips. She uses Armani’s eye tints in Senso and Sunrise combined with Kiko’s Moonshadow in Glamour Gold. And while that combo reads neutral on her skin tone, on me it really pops. I also used Nars’ Tribulation blush, which translates as an intense peachy highlighter on me, and MAC’s Ultimate Lipstick in Audacious (Astrid would’ve used a matte lipstick, but I’m a wimp when it comes to mattes).

Work in progress!
Work in progress!


Here’s what I used:


MAC’s Waterweight Foundation in NC15

BareMinerals Concealer in well-rested

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 20

NARS Translucent Chrystal Light-Reflecting Setting Powder Loose

Nars Tribulation Blush


Urban Decay Primer Potion

Armani Eye Tint in Senso all over the lid and up the crease

Kiko Moon Shadow In Glamour Gold blended upwards

Armani Eye Tint in Sunrise patted into the middle of the lid

Estée Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner in Blackened Brown to line lower and upper lashline

L’Oreal Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara in Black

Catrice Velvet Matte Eyeshadow in Vanillaty Fair to highlight under browbone and in the inner corners of the eye


MAC Ultimate Lipstick in Audacious


Tadaaa! Finished look.
Tadaaa! Finished look.


Here’s what Astrid used:


Astrid during our makeup session.
Astrid during our makeup session.



MAC Waterweight Foundation in NC44

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Spice 08

KIKO Contouring Pencil Set in 02 Medium to Dark

Chanel Powder Blush 76 Frivole


Armani Eye Tint in Shadow all over the lid

Kiko Moon Shadow In Glamour Gold on the inner corners of the eyes

Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner for the slight cat eye effect

YSL Mascara Volume baby doll


YSL baby doll Kiss & Blush in 4 Orange Fougueux

Astrid's finished look!
Astrid’s finished look!


We ended up with loving our respective looks and each of us put the others’ eye tint on her wishlist – I want to get Senso, and Astrid fell in love with Shadow! The eye looks also had a different impact on both of us. Shadow, for example, reads purple on me, while on Astrid it’s a silvery grey. And while Senso is a neutral eye shadow on Astrid, it’s a striking brown with an interesting purple undertone to it.

So, in conclusion, what we learned from our little makeup swap session is: Don’t be afraid to use a product that you think might not work on your skintone. Don’t also be afraid of doing a look you admired on somebody who has a completely different skintone from you! Play around! The outcome will be slightly different, but you might be pleasantly surprised on both counts. We definitely were.

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