As beauty editors, we may try a lot of products and experiment with our looks fairly regularly, but like most people, we pretty much stick to our routines. Sure, the lip color may change depending on mood, but for the most part, we know what we like. We like our foundation. We like how we apply it—and where we apply it. Then again, maybe some of us don’t like foundation at all. Which is just one of the fun facts we learned while swapping makeup routines with our friends over at Allure.
Let’s back up—the challenge was as follows: Three members of team Byrdie in L.A. were independently matched up with three members of the Allure team in NYC. Each person sent her match a makeup bag filled with her going-out essentials along with instructions. Yesterday, we opened our mystery makeup bags (no peeking, I swear!) and attempted our match’s routine. Along the way, we learned that going-out makeup involves more product for the L.A.-based editors. One of those products was foundation, which was not on the agenda at all for two of the three NYC-based editors. We also discovered differences in application technique (fingers versus Beautyblender)—but before I give it all away, you should just watch the video below to see how we fared!
The Swap: Kristie Dash, digital beauty editor
The Takeaway: “When it comes to makeup, especially for a night out, my instinct is to think “more is more.” What can I say? I love the drama. Full contour and highlight, smoky eye, liquid liner, false lashes, high-impact lip color. And I’m pretty committed to certain brands, like Urban Decay and Too Faced. What I think was so fun and enlightening about this challenge was that it inverted my normal routine. Complexion is typically the one thing I keep pretty natural, but this look was all about full-coverage foundation and understated everything else: highlighter only on the cheeks, no bronzer, and just one eye shadow color (as opposed to five). It showed me that I can actually achieve a really flattering look without piling product all over my face. It also introduced me to the glories of dry concealer and Burberry makeup, two things I probably never would’ve picked out on my own.” — @amanda_montell
The Swap: Deena Campbell, senior digital editor
The Takeaway: “I’m shocked to say it, but I actually like the look of eye shadow. I’ve always felt it was so not me—like it was too much for my small eyes. But Deena may have converted me, at least for evening. I usually keep my lower lids bare, but for a going-out look, I’m really liking this lower lid shadow situation. One other note: I cheated on Clé de Peau concealer (with a liquid concealer no less!), and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.” — @dehopp
The Swap: Lexi Novak, beauty editor
The Takeaway: “My key takeaway from this swap is that a really good concealer can make foundation unnecessary and that you shouldn’t judge an eye shadow by its appearance. (I have a Mean Girls mentality when it comes to eye shadows—what can I say?) I would never have imagined going out bare-faced (or rather, foundation-free), but Lexi’s two concealer picks made it surprisingly simple to cover up my eye bags and even my skin tone—two things I usually count on foundation to do. Also, that purple eye shadow from MAC looked so intimidating in the pot (Would it look like I had a black eye? Or a poor attempt at Elsa from Frozen?), but it ended up being really sheer and surprisingly flattering. It’s earned a spot in my makeup bag, along with Urban Decay’s Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer—I never use liquid concealers, but it’s made me a convert.” — @faith_xue
Whose lineup is most similar to your going-out makeup routine? Tell us below, and don’t forget to watch the Allure editors attempt our routines!