Happy Tuesday, y’all!

I have had a couple comments/ questions about makeup lately so I thought I would do a sort of update to my Daily Makeup Routine video I posted August 2012.
Here is that video:

Towards the end, I discuss how I think about makeup; that it is the varnish intended to bring out and enhance the natural beauty of what’s underneath.
All throughout the Bible, beauty is a good thing to God. Wearing makeup is not being unhappy or displeased with the way God made you, it’s simply cultivating what He has blessed you with to make visible even more beauty. Same reason you would paint an old fence or choose colors for your wardrobe that bring out your eyes and flatter your complexion.

I had a friend comment on my eyelashes the other day and I realized that I had discovered a mascara technique that really adds a lot of volume and length since I filmed last year’s daily makeup routine video and thought I should share that with you! While I was at it, I figured I would just go ahead and share my current daily makeup routine since it’s changed and lengthened a little bit as I’ve gone from 19 to 21.
Here is today’s video:

This video is awkward and for that I apologize. Not only did I use the word (or non-word) “Impactful” but I totally forgot how to say “separate” and ummed and eye-rolled forever in the middle of a sentence. And then the video cut out and I had to finish filming it hours later. I’m so profesh at this, guys.

My flaws aside, I would say that my first video with simple concealer, light eyeliner, powder, and mascara is perfect for a young lady who wants to look fresh, bright-eyed, and very natural. Even the powder is not usually necessary for a younger lady. That was the routine I had from about 15-19.

As I’ve realized that I’m actually entering my 20’s, I have started wearing a little bit of eye shadow on a more regular basis just for the fun of it and I don’t feel like I’m trying to look more grown-up than I am. I really don’t know how to do any looks except for the smoky eye, but hey, it’s easy, right? πŸ˜›

Here are the products I am currently using (Love Amazon. Their prices are the best around.):

After watching the first video, I forgot how easy/simple the charcoal eyeliner is. I’m gonna have to start that again. Have you discovered your makeup look changing over time? What are your thoughts on it?


60 thoughts on “Makeup Videos + Products”

  1. Hey Olivia, just wanted to let you know that I have been lurking on your blog on and off for a while now and positively love it! What a breath of fresh air! You are a total inspiration for those of us running the race, attempting to find stylish clothing that still demonstrates a respect for ourselves and honor for our brothers in Christ. Keep up the good work!

    I decided to comment because I watched your older makeup video a while back, so when I saw the new one I was stoked. Girl, you are stunning! And your makeup just enhances your features so beautifully – I absolutely LOVE your style! I'll have to be taking some ideas from you =) And your idea for mascara application is brilliant; I will definitely be trying it ASAP (that is, tomorrow)!

    Thanks for all you're doing. You are an inspiration and a light to this generation! God bless you.

    ~ Bree

  2. Olivia, you are totally lovely, and your video was so helpful! And I've been wearing makeup since I was 13, and I STILL got some helpful ideas on what to do!! πŸ˜€ Thanks. πŸ™‚

    1. Tricia! That's so funny you learned something because you and your sisters were totally part of my inspiration of realizing that makeup isn't a bad thing. And watching how you each had your own style of how much you applied as you got older was so helpful!

  3. Thanks for the new video! I was just looking at the products you told us about on Amazon, and they seem a little pricey for me. How much do you think is a good amount to spend on makeup/skin care products in one year? Like what percent of what you spend annually should go towards making yourself purty? πŸ™‚ I guess everybody has their favorite item to splurge on, but I think I would probably just skip the brushes, and use my fingers instead. However, I would be willing to splurge on a really good eyeshadow that doesn't get so gritty and clumpy. Maybe I should give up the dollar store brands:)
    Yes, putting mascara on the roots is so crucial !!! Otherwise, you might as well not even wear it, especially if your eyes are small like mine. Thanks for showing that.


    1. Those products I guess would be pricey if you were buying them every month, but the only thing I have to buy with any regularity is mascara… and that's because I use a lot. πŸ™‚
      I'm not sure I could say what I think a good amount to spend is, rather, I just try to be wise and buy the best I can within a reasonable price. Most people spend waaaay more than the $50 or so I choose to spend on beauty products a year. 2/3 of that cost is mascara. πŸ˜› If you did charcoal eyeliner and natural make-up, you could take that down to probably $10 a year, but you'd have the initial cost of buying all the ingredients and that would probably be close to $100.
      The mineral powder has lasted me over a year (and I share it with my sisters!) and the pencil eyeliner much longer than that.
      I went until just last month with no make-up brushes but I have to say I'm glad I invested in them. Blush goes on muuuuch nicer and the eyeshadow is more natural looking applied with a brush.
      I can't really say, "Yes, buy good eyeshadow!" because right now I'm using hand-me-downs, but I can say I really prefer the nicer stuff. I bought my sister some of Beeyoutiful's natural mineral eyeshadow and it is sooo lovely. I will hopefully be getting some for myself soon. Hopefully that addresses your questions! πŸ™‚

  4. Wow… love your video! I was especially interested in the eye lash tips because sometimes my eye lashes get clumpy. I'm definitely going to use the powder on the lashes tip!!! By the way,what do you use to remove your mascara? God Bless and keep posting!!!

  5. I really like the way you put wearing makeup! Numbers of people have asked, or I have seen debates on blogs and such who ask the same question about makeup. I am definitely recommending your video! I never thought of it that way, and it really helps! Thanks for being such an encouragement! I love your makeup! You always look so pretty!


  6. Oh, yes! I have definitely noticed my makeup look changing and evolving! I'm wearing more now at 19 than I used to, for sure. πŸ™‚

    Very cute, Olivia! And quite grown up, too!

  7. Do you eyes become irritated from tight lining them with the eyeliner? I have trouble with that. Maybe its the brand I use or maybe my eyes are just picky haha

    1. Sometimes during allergy season or if I go more on the inside of my eye than on the skin, yes, they can get irritated. But, yes, one brand irritates more than another, and especially liquid eyeliner does. πŸ™‚ I swap back and forth between regular application and tight lining that I'm not bothered by it much. πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks for this Olivia! I use the exact same power and foundation! yay! I love that stuff! Lasts forever and is so fresh feeling!
    I just bought your denim e-book this week! Finally! πŸ™‚ I can't wait to start! I will be sure to send in pictures with my result!
    Thank you, thank you- SO much for all your time on it!!

  9. I like what you said about wearing makeup: 'that it is the varnish intended to bring out and enhance the natural beauty of what's underneath'.
    Well said. God does, indeed, mention beauty numerous times in scripture, and sometimes in regards to a woman's outer appearance. Not to mention, He gave the Israelites anklets, bracelets, and fine clothes. He certainly didn't consider beautifying oneself as wrong.

    Nice post.

  10. I love your thoughts on makeup, Olivia, as well as your makeup routines. They're both lovely–and I can't wait to try them one day! I'm not very "into" makeup (I'm 17) even though my parents do let me wear it. Your videos inspire me πŸ™‚

  11. Was just wondering if you use anything as far as skin care? I know that isn't makeup, but it is a face thing. I've been trying the coconut oil method, but haven't tried it long enough to tell whether or not it's working. Have you had success with whatever you use?

    1. I really don't do much to my skin except wash it whenever I shower. When I take off my makeup I don't even use water, just coconut oil that I then rub off with a dry towel. Sometimes on oily days I'll pat my face with a dry towel and if I feel like I'm getting a pimple I use really really hot water on it as often as possible and that keeps it away. πŸ™‚ I've changed my diet to where I don't get bad acne, but my sister who is really sick has terrible acne. She's been trying eeeeeeverything on it and I think her favorite thing is lemon or lavender essential oils applied every night. πŸ™‚ Maybe I should have her do a video! πŸ™‚

    2. Thank you! I know eating well, getting exercise, and drinking lots of water is the BEST clear skin method. But sometimes I feel like my skin needs an extra helping hand, especially when the seasons change. That would be neat for your sister to do a video! But don't feel like y'all have to on account of me! I know your lives are busy. πŸ™‚ Praying that your sister will be healed from her sickness.

    3. Hello!

      Hope you don't mind my jumping in on the conversation here.:) I just wanted to share that about a year ago my mom started applying coconut oil and lavender essential oil to her face after every shower. It's really made a difference in making her skin look younger. I'd definitely give this combo a try. You just apply coconut oil and then rub in some lavender essential oil.

    4. Hello, Olivia! I hope its ok to interrupt you girl's conversation here:) I love both of your blogs, and I love how you put what you think about makeup:)
      I just have a few questions, I hope you don't mind: I am 15 years old, and am thinking about starting to wear makeup… but I have pretty bad acne, and I was wondering what you thought about covering that up a bit. I don't think the makeup that you use would cover it up. I saw that you wrote above that your sister had acne…( I hope she is doing well, I have been praying for you guys), does she wear makeup? And if she does, what does she use?
      Also, can you give us the recipe for the homemade concealer, and any other homemade products if you can? When I start wearing makeup, I want to stay as natural as possible!
      Thanks so much Olivia!
      In Christ,

  12. Love the video! Some really helpful tips, especially with mascara…..quick question, what eye liner are you using (brand)? Sorry if you said and I missed it. And is it a pencil or liquid? Also, do you wear brow liner? I'm trying to find a good brand for that….the ones I've tried bother my skin. :/
    I've found that I use a lot less makeup now than I did when I first started wearing it (I'm 17 and started when I was 15). Probably because I don't have as much acne as I used to (thanks to eating better!). And life gets so busy that I just don't have time for a long makeup routine! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks Olivia!

  13. Simple and lovely! The right amount of makeup plus the right attitude about makeup makes such a difference:)
    Blessings and bubbles,

  14. hey! I've come across your sewing blog before in my rambles around Godly-Girls blogs, but I just stumbled upon this one via Sacred Calling post on skirts and I skimmed through these two videos and I was wondering… you said you had a thick homemade concealer you were being stingy with b/c you were running out of… would you happen to still have that recipe!?!?

  15. My make up use to be very heavy in order to cover my terrible acne(which only made it worse) but now that I am also entering my 20's my acne has subsided and I only wear light make up 2-3 times a week.

  16. Random — but how did you keep your mouth closed while you put on mascara?!?!!? lol πŸ™‚

    Nice makeup routine! πŸ™‚ I tried the eye lash technique yesterday — although it was PRETTY early in the morning and i couldnt really see what i was looking like and i had already gotten black all over my eyes and i looked like i was playing dress up for halloween……oh brother … lets just say im not a morning person!! —- ANYWAYS… I'm gonna try your tip again πŸ˜‰ muchas gracias!


  17. Cool Olivia! I'm wondering how old you were when you started wearing make-up? I'm 13 and I'm probably not allowed to wear make-up until at least a few more years. I think it's not really necessary until you are…. maybe about 15 or 16. I'm defiantly not judging anyone! I just see it as more of a …I don't know, "fun" thing. I know young ladies at church who are in their 20's and don't wear a single thing of make-up (I don't think.) So, I am not judging anyone, I'm just giving my opinion. Neat video! πŸ™‚

  18. What would be the age that you would suggest wearing makeup? I just wear lip gloss right now, but i'm thinking 'bout wearing blush and a concealer. πŸ™‚ And do you have any recipes for that stuff?

    ~Ellie πŸ™‚

    1. I started wearing mascara when I was 13. At 14 I added concealer. 17 was eyeliner and occasional eye-shadow. 18 was mineral foundation. 20.5 was blush and colored lip gloss. This was the timeline I just kind of gave myself as I grew up, but I also discussed each step with my parents and made sure they agreed it was pretty. This is something you'll have to talk to your parents about. I would not, however, wear blush without also wearing mascara. You'll be too washed out and the blush will be distracting. πŸ™‚ I like mascara as a first make-up step because it brings attention to your most beautiful and friendly feature– your eyes! Plus it's easy to do without going overboard by accident. πŸ™‚
      I don't have any recipes for blush or concealer, sorry! Blessings!

  19. Thank you for posting this, Olivia. I agree; make-up is just supposed to bring out a young lady's beauty God has given her. I like how you made the two comparisons to the fence and make-up. It's also all in the attitude with which you put your make-up on. So I may ask myself: 'am I being prideful about my beauty, or am I being humble?'

    Lovely post!

    His Princess,

  20. Hey Olivia! I found a recipe for homemade bronzer like you used in your video. I was wondering, does is usually stay on all day?

  21. Try studying your Bible a bit more, dear…
    In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
    But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 1 Timothy 2:9-10
    Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
    But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:3-4
    Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
    Therefore the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
    In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
    The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
    The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
    The rings, and nose jewels,
    The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
    The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
    And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Isaiah 3:16-24

    But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."1 Samuel 16:7
    Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Proverbs 31:30
    Ann Washburn, head covering modest Christian, 46 ann.washburn@outlook.com

    1. Regarding the first verse – I do not think wearing makeup doesn't count as "modest apparel." It's all in HOW you wear it.
      Second verse – The daughters of Zion were being punished for their attitudes (haughty, stretched forth necks, wanton eyes) while they wore jewelry/makeup, not for the act of wearing makeup itself.

    2. "Try studying your Bible a bit more, dear" – I think that was a needlessly condescending and unkind way to start your comment, especially as this blogger demonstrates her love for God's Word in every blog post. A presumably mature Christian woman of your age could show a bit more Christian charity in engaging younger readers of this blog.

      "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."1 Samuel 16:7 – exactly. It's not about wearing make up or not, it's about your motivation for doing so.

      What I thought was particularly telling in the video in this post was the complete lack of polish – the umming and ahhing, the homey backdrop, the mistakes and dropping things – which was utterly charming and clearly demonstrated the blogger's lack of vanity and 'evil' motives in using make up.


  22. So I've watched tons of makeup tutorials and everything, by "professionals" and all that…but I have to say yours is one of my favorites!!! I learned several very important things that I just tried and WOW what a huge difference! Namely…
    1) the TONS of foundation under the eyes. I have baaaad dark circles (like, BAD. horrible even when I'm completely rested and near ghastly when I'm real tired) and even if I load up with concealer I still look sick or something. And cakey to boot. :/ But I have a foundation that is too light for me, which is perfect for the under eye area! I was afraid I'd have to get rid of it but I slathered it on under my eyes and used a LOT. That already was so much better than my concealer ever did! Concealer on top of it and my dark circles are almost GONE! Love that!!!!
    2) I used baby powder on my lashes (a lot) and THEN used mascara. Wow!! Glamorous lashes!!! And that says a lot because mine are very thin and short haha.

    So thank you so much for the tutorial!! πŸ™‚

    1. Sharon, it sounds like we have a similar problem! My dark eye circles come back every time we move back east–makes me miss the west coast even more! The best remedy I've found and love is to use a liquid cover up/foundation that is warmer in tone than my skin tone (which is pretty light) underneath my eyes. The mixture of the "blueish/purplish" under my eyes and the "yellowish/beige" of the cover up tends to balance it out. Then, I'll use my normal mineral powder foundation over it to keep everything "even" looking.

  23. Hey Olivia!
    I guess my thoughts on make up are that you are discontent with how you look, so you want make up to try to look more beautiful. But, that kind of beauty doesn't last. You have to keep putting it on over and over again. People shouldn't be attracted to you because of how you look, but by the beauty of a pure and clean heart. God wants us to be content with how He made us. Why do you think you need to try and improve what God made perfect? And what are you trying to draw attention to? Yourself? Shouldn't we want what we do to turn people to Christ? Please don't be offended. These are just mine and my sisters thoughts on make up. πŸ™‚ ~Tashia

    1. I was really interested to read your thoughts about wearing make-up in this comment.

      If that's how you see make up, that's totally fine, and of course it's absolutely your choice not to wear make-up.

      When you asked, "Why do you think you need to try and improve what God made perfect?", I couldn't help thinking of the Garden of Eden, and how we live in a Fallen world that feels the effects of sin in every corner.

      Unlike Eve, we have things like acne, and eczema, and rosacea, and harsh UV rays, because of sin and our sinful bodies' weaknesses. So to me that arugment doesn't seem totally applicable when talking about make-up, because even though God created everything perfect, it sure didn't stay perfect, and we have to deal with the effects of it even in these small, insignificant ways.

      Alternatively, make-up can help you to celebrate and enhance the good features God gave you, and downplay the effects of sin (the outer ones, that is!).

      Personally I'm not discontented with how I look, which is why I don't try to fake tan my pale skin, wear coloured contacts to change my eye colour or dye my hair. As in many other things, I believe it's not the thing itself that's bad, it's how you use it, and what your motivations are.

      It's also interesting that you mentioned "drawing attention" to yourself, because to give you another perspective, I actually started wearing make up to hide my adult acne, so that I could avoid drawing people's attention, rather than attract it.

      When I'm talking to someone, I want them to listen to what I'm saying, rather than be staring at a pimple, or facial hair, or asking me why I've got such dark circles under my eyes! To me, I'm using make-up to protect my skin, but also to show respect for myself and others by looking neat and 'put together'.

      If God has blessed you with trouble-free skin, then that's great! I believe nobody should feel like they "need" to wear make-up, or should feel peer pressured into it.

      I never wore a scrap of make-up (and was determined not to) until the acne hit me at age 22, and in retrospect, I actually believe it was God's way of gently leading me into becoming a mature and presentable adult, who up until then had lived in jeans and t-shirts and "hated dresses"!


    2. I started wearing make-up fairly late (22), and I kind of had to figure it out for myself by trial and error.

      so my make-up routine has definitely changed over the years, as I became aware of different products and how to use them properly. I only added eyeliner and bronzer to my routine last year, and primer this year.

      I really like your tip about the powder on the eyelashes before mascara! I'll have to try that next time.


  24. These are great tutorials, simple and easy to follow. Thank you! I would just like to share that I have been making all of my own makeup following this site: http://almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/natural-makeup/ It is gentle makeup, healthy, really cheap and very easy to make. I pretty much follow your routine with my own products (which by the way, your charcoal eyeliner helped get me started on this, as well as the homemade deodorant, which I always use and love).
    Your blog is very helpful to me in the role of modesty. When I struggle and wonder why I need to dress so modestly, and ask myself if it's necessary and if I can do it stylishly, I remember Fresh Modesty and Working With Eager Hands. Your sites are great visual reminders that I'm not alone and this is right! Thank you Olivia!

  25. Do you were lip gloss, if so what kind? I am 12 I just started wearing colored lip gloss and have yet to find a brand that I like πŸ™‚ Thanks

  26. I just found this blog and love it! I just wanted to ask a quick question. I am 15, and I think I am a little young yet to start wearing mascara. I do wear make-up tho. what age did you start wearing mascara?

  27. I just found this blog and love it! I just wanted to ask a quick question. I am 15, and I think I am a little young yet to start wearing mascara. I do wear make-up tho. what age did you start wearing mascara?

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