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A luminous and lashy makeup look that is perfect for formal & prom. Super feminine with rosy pink cheeks and glossy pink lips 🙂 This tutorial is entirely made up of drugstore products! YAY! I’ve been saving some of my new favourite affordable discoveries to show you in this tutorial 🙂

Final Look

Affordable Formal Makeup Tutorial



Favourite Foundations Post

Nail polish I’m wearing in this tutorial

OPI Taupe-less Beach


The ring on my left hand is NOT an engagement ring guys lol, it’s an heirloom.

The ring on my left hand is the No.2 by Minoux

Earrings are by Equip, they were only a few dollars 🙂

Complete List of Products Mentioned

Pixi – Redness Reducing Primer

Bourjois – Healthy Mix Foundation in 52

L’Oreal – True Match Foundation in W2 (I mix these two foundations, ratio depending on the time of year)

Benefit – Stay Don’t Stray in Light/Medium*

Australis – AC on Tour Palette

L’Oreal – Brow Artist Genius Kit*

Wet n Wild – Comfort Zone Palette

Pixi – Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir

Physicians Formula – Eye Booster in Black

Manicare – Glameyes Alessandra Lash*

Maybelline – Fit Me Concealer in 20

Maybelline – Master Glaze Blush in 01

Soap & Glory – Glow All Out Powder

NYX – Lipliner in Nude Pink

NYX – Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

Jordana – Best Lash Extreme Mascara

Pixi – Eye Bright Liner*



* Denotes products sent for consideration. I only feature products I love 🙂

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Complete list of products mentioned

Comfort Zone Palette
Comfort Zone Palette
AC On Tour Palette
AC On Tour Palette
Glameyes Lash
Glameyes Lash
Eye Bright Liner
Eye Bright Liner
Butter Gloss
Butter Gloss
Master Glaze Blush
Master Glaze Blush
Brow Artist Genius Kit
Brow Artist Genius Kit
Redness Reducing Primer
Redness Reducing Primer
Anti Aging Primer
Anti Aging Primer
Stay Don’t Stray Primer
Stay Don’t Stray Primer
True Match Foundation
True Match Foundation
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. I replicated this look yesterday and loved how it came out. Had a lot of compliments too :-). Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hi, Karima! Love this look, that wet n wild palette surprised me, it looks so beautiful! I’m wondering if you can do a face powder smack down? I’m having an awful time trying to find one that doesn’t look cakey. x
    Sophia //

  3. Dear Karima,
    I hope you can answer my question although actually it has nothing to do with this post (which is a pretty and valuable look as always):
    I was wondering wether it is advantageous for the skin to use as few different brands or product series as possible or – in other words – if it does harm to the skin when the beauty regimen consists of products of different origin (like: cleansing oil = brand a, cleanser = brand b product series I, exfoliant = brand c, serum = brand b product series II, moisturizer = brand d…). I hope you get the gist, sorry for my creepy language skills ^^
    I really trust in your knowledge in the skincare department! Thanks in advance!
    PS: I cheered the fact that you dyed the ends of your hair purple like you have always dreamt! Looks incredible <3 You rule!

    1. Hey Jana!

      It is perfectly okay to use different brands within your skincare routine, simply pick what works for you, regardless of brand.

      Haha the purple hair is so fun! It fades pretty quickly so I have to get some purple dye to keep at home!


  4. Hello Karima,

    I just wanted to inform you that, thanks to your enabling, I have made my first Rouge Bunny Rouge order! I purchased Abyssinian Catbird, Delicate Hummingbird, and Bohemian Waxwing and they each came with a free full-sized eyeliner — an Eye Kohl, Quartz Eyeliner, and Satin Eyeliner. I’ll also be receiving samples of a few of those beautiful looking loose pigments (I forget their names!) and some highlighters. They even threw in a jewellery tray, which is just too precious. Anyway, I’m beyond excited!

    Cheers from the Québécois <3