Do you plan your makeup in advanced?

Sort of! Somedays, I have a really good idea of what I’ll be putting on the next day, and other times, there are a few items that I have to test and it’ll be where the mood takes me!

— Christine


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DVa Avatar

For the most part no.
BC, I might have if I had an outfit or an event to attend I would have a general idea of colour scheme.
But that wasn’t common. It was more likely when I was travelling I would plan, so I’d have to carry less.
These days I open my drawer, look in and just grab something that’s appealing.
It seems my blush is determining the rest of my face these days.

Francesca Avatar

Yes, at least in the working days. I wake up at 5:30 am and at 6:15 max I have to leave. So, for gaining time, in the in the evening I figure, plan and prepare all I need to wear the following warning, including makeup. Sometimes I figure in advance in the weekend the makeup to do for the following working days and I write down in a list, for consulting in the evening when I prepare the product I’m going to use the next day! Why I do this? Because 1) planning look weekly helps me use more evenly my stash (I am very proud of the fact that in my palettes all the pans have similar indentions) 2) I am an engineer and I simply love planning things!… And of course I also take into account the daily usage of each makeup product and fragrance in an excel sheets (okay, maybe this could sound a bit crazy, maybe it is, but it is also cleaver to make smarter purchase)

Ana Maria Avatar

As an engineer, I can’t agree more with planning and Excel sheets. 😅 I don’t track usage, but I have a spreadsheet with every makeup and skincare item, when it expires, when I opened it, if I have already a back-ups or the date by which I should get a back-ups.
I miss pee-pandemic times when I had more to plan. From clothes and makeup, to meals and chores around the house… I get so much joy from planning… and frustration when I can’t plan.

Mariella Avatar

I sure do. Because I have to be out of the house fairly early and so don’t have a lot of time to think about it, knowing what shadows or palettes I want to use ahead of time makes getting ready much more streamlined. Also, because I have a lot of makeup and it can overwhelm me, planning ahead can help me use other products than just my “fallback” colours/products.

Ana Maria Avatar

Nowadays not so much. When I went to work and events I used to somewhat plan what to wear, so I also kept in mind a couple of ideas for makeup (to suit the event or not clash with my clothes); I would save up makeup tutorial or looks and if one suited the day, I would plan of following up in the morning (although usually I don’t follow tutorials exactly, I simply use then as inspiration and use my own colors and techniques).

Caroline Avatar

Yes. I have a ‘work face’ and a ‘home face’. The former consists of mainly neutral colours; I work in a bakery so my look is kept simple and understated as I don’t have time for touch-ups. The latter is where I have fun with bright colours, especially lipstick, and shimmery eyeliner just for fun.

Genevieve Avatar

Sometimes I do – especially if I am going out somewhere special and I am wearing something new – I plan the eyeshadows and lipstick I am going to use. Like yesterday, when I caught up with my best girlfriends, I planned to use CT’s The Rebel 2020 and it was perfect with the outfit.

Helene Avatar

I used to when I still worked. Since I wore a mask all day, almost every day it was all about the eyes. I used to do a quick test on the back of my hand if I used new combinations.
These days I don’t feel as inspired, but testing my Dior quads was inspiring. I still have two or three to test.
I generally try to start with the lipstick and plan around it as I have found starting with the eyes can have ma try lots of lipsticks before finding one I like in combination with the eye makeup.

janine Avatar

ot usually. I did plan on using the bronze palette today as I’ve been swimming and can pull off the orange and yellow gold this time of year. I should of planned it as I couldn’t find a lip product to go with it all. I did use that Mac Selena highlighter for the first time.

Wish I was golden colored year round but it’s pasty pale most of the time.

Eileen Avatar

I guess it depends on what you mean by in advance. If you mean planning the night before (like laying out your clothes the night before work or school), the answer is no. If you mean planning out which products I’m going to use after I’ve completed my morning skin care routine, the answer is yes. By then, I know what I’m going to wear and so I have a good idea of the look I want for hair and makeup.

Nikki Avatar

Yes and no.
I’ve been keeping a text log in Microsoft Word of all the makeup looks I’ve worn since Ohio went into its first pandemic stay-at-home order last March, and the beauty diary’s been easiest to maintain if I sit down every Friday and plan out my makeup looks for the week, but I also have a deep bench of what I call supplemental looks-I started out by using looks from a bunch of makeup books I own, so any looks I found online were supplementals to be phased in when I finished a book-so if I change my mind and decide I don’t want to do the preassigned look of the day, I can always swap it out for a supplemental. When I’m not keeping a beauty diary, I tend to be pretty spontaneous with my makeup.

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