Let’s be clear: the set up for the date might be fraudulent, but these products are legit!
Oh, right. I suppose you need context. Did you know that recently I started my very own YouTube channel? If you missed the announcement, you can read all about it HERE! Anyway, I have a GRWM – a Get Ratchet With Me (my version of Get Ready With Me!) – where I painted a whole face using the Too Faced Tutti Fruitti collection. During the video, my friend Angie and I were joking about how John Cena is going to be my next ex-husband (I mean, it’s not a joke because it’s totally happening, but ya know…) and Angie suggested that if I could pass myself off as a Make A Wish kid, I could probably figure out a way to meet him!
It was a funny moment; if you want to experience it for yourself, I’ll link the video at the end of this post. But that discussion led to one of my favorite comments ever in the history of my online life:
In case it’s too small to read, my friend Kayla made a video request: “a get ready with me video of what you’re going to wear for your Make a Wish date with John Cena.”
The minute I read that – well, after I stopped laughing – I knew it had to happen! I mean, what sort of makeup does one wear for an occasion that is both the first date with your temporary soulmate and an attempt to defraud a charitable organization?!
I decided that I wanted something smoky and sexy, and I knew that the Uoma Beauty Black Magic: Savage palette was perfect for the job! I also wanted to seem All American (that’s sort of his schtick), so I wanted to pair the blue-toned eye with a red lip. I went with the Mairlyn-esque blonde hair hoping that he would think of Marilyn and that would make him think of sex. I also wanted to pair some juicy red lips with the blue-toned eye to remind him of all the juicy things I could do with those lips…
Is it hot in here?! It feels hot in here…
Anyway, here’s the step by step walkthrough of the entire look! And with the exception of a couple of “support products” (which I’ll mention as I go through), the whole look was created with products from indie brands, most of them black or minority owned. The big stars of the look are Uoma Beauty and Juvia’s Place, but there are some other great indie stars in here as well!
I wanted this look to really come together so that Mr. Cena and I could come together (hehehe), so I doubled up on the primer. First, I put down some of the OMFG Cosmetics Face Primer, followed by the Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Luminous Face Primer in Radiant Nude. Too Faced is no longer an indie brand, though they are a success story of an indie brand starting msall and making it to the big leagues!
For the color correcting step, I decided to give The Crayon Case another chance with their Highlighter Concealer in shade 24 – Green. It’s just too pigmented! I tried rubbing it around as I applied it, but it still went one way too green and was hard to blend out. The photo doesn’t look too bad on the bottom right, but I still feel like there is too much of a greenish cast. I’m interested in trying this formula as an actual concealer, as there I feel like this level of pigment could be an asset, but for a color corrector it’s just a little too much to wrangle.
No surprises here: I’m still obsessed with the Uoma Beauty Say What?! Weightless Soft Matte foundation. It’s light and buildable. In the top photo, I just felt like I was still seeing a little hint of green peeking through, especially around the nose/upper lip, so I beefed up the coverage with a second layer. One con that I found: I’m getting to the bottom of the bottle and the pump started spitting like it was empty, but I was able to unscrew it and shake more out – I think there is enough for at least one more face in there if not more! Don’t trust the pump; make sure you get every drop of this amazing foundation!
Some of you may remember me mentioning the last time I used the Uoma Stay Woke Concealer in Fair Lady T1 that I wished I had gone with a lighter shade. Well, when they had their 1st birthday sale I decided to bump down into the lighter group, White Pearl, and pick up the T1 concealer. When I unpacked them, I was confused: under the studio lights, the colors look indistinguishable! There is a little hint of difference, but not much. I decided to use the White Pearl T1 all over my face, and make the undereye a combo: I did the White Pearl closest to the eye and then the Fair Lady below that. They are slightly different shades, but not enough to really achieve the effect I wanted. I like this concealer, but I wish the White Pearl really was a much light shade for more highlighting. Those undereye bags I have are serious, and they need some serious interventions!
For undereye baking, I went with the Give Me Glow Baking & Setting Powder in Sugar Cookie. I’ve been loving this, though I used a different brush than I have been and powder went everywhere. The picture even looks a little fuzzy because I didn’t notice that a small film of powder was on the lens! So get used to that powdery collar on my tshirt – it doesn’t go anywhere for the rest of this post. Get Ratchet With Me, indeed!
Once again we used the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Primer for the shadow base, and got ready to use this gorgeous 10-pan palette from Uoma Beauty: the Black Magic palette in Savage. I can’t remember where exactly ABH falls in terms of being an indie brand – I know that sometime before the Norvina palettes came out they were either bought by another company or they got some investors or they were trying to get investors – I honestly don’t remember. If they aren’t indie…hey, it’s just the eye primer step, who cares?! I’m about to cover it with shadows from an amazing, independent, black-owned makeup brand, so that should count for something, right?!
First I took a small fluffy blender brush and went into Storm, a deep blue matte, and started at the inner corner and working through the crease toward the outer edge of the crease. Then I used the same kind of brush in Black Y’all, the matte black shade, and built from the outer corner, up into the crease.
Once the mattes were down, it was time to put some shimmer on the lid! I wanted a sort of lazy cut crease, so I didn’t put down any concealer and just hoped that the shimmers would create that sort of effect on their own – and they didn’t disappoint. I started at the inner corner and worked up at an angle with a silvery blue shimmer, Fierce, and then used the gunmetal shimmer, Black Magic, to connect the blue shimmer across the outer lid and into the black matte.
I had a blue duochrome waiting in the wings, just in case, but Lightning, a chrome silver, was actually really bright and metallic and beautiful, so I used that on the inner corner and the inner third of the lower lash line. I took the deep blue, Storm, under the black on the outer edge of the eye and onto the outer third of the lower lash line. Then I filled in the middle of the lower lash line with Fierce, the blue shimmer. I used a setting spray with the shimmers for this step to make the lower lash line really pop and stick in place like a liner.
This is my last non-indie product: the Benefit They’re Real Mascara in black. I think my tube is about ready to need to be thrown, as it’s getting empty and isn’t performing that well. But it was fine to darken my lashes a little bit and help me blend my sad, tragic lashes with some gorgeous indie falsies!
It’s clear that I’ve been living for GlamLite recently, and I haven’t had a chance to test out the Taco Lashes yet, so I served up a heaping helping of Al Pastor for these lashes! Delish!
I’ve been on the hunt for a decent replacement for my Tyra Beauty contour stick; when I saw the Uoma Beauty Double Take Sculpt + Strobe Duo Stick, I was intrigued, but I wasn’t willing to shell out $40 for something that I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. Luckily, during the birthday sale they put these on mega-sale at only $8 each! Not only did I decide to give it a try, I ordered it in three shades: White Pearl, Fair Lady, and Honey Honey. For this first attempt, I stuck with the Fair Lady shade to match the foundation range.
I think it looks lovely, but it wasn’t nearly as creamy or blendable as my old standby. It’s a very stiff cream and needed a lot of work to blend it out. It might be better over bare skin, but I’m an industrial application so it went over the foundation (from the same brand). I liked the final look of it, but it just took too much work to get there. It’s good enough that I’ll have no problem continuing to use them, but it’s definitely not a permanent replacement. Sad panda.
Juvia’s Place is one of my favorite brands of eyeshadow, but they also do some really gorgeous blushes and highlighters as well! For this look, I wanted to blend some berry with some peach to keep the cheeks impactful but slightly more on the neutral side. Luckily, the Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Vol. 2 had just the two shades I was looking for. I started with Bee, a plum shade blending from the contour up into the cheek.
Then to get some color into the cheeks I went into Tau from the same palette, blending that from the apples and down into the plum shade. I love a peach blush with blues and reds if you want something pretty and glowy, but less pigmented. If you want to really go there, you can always pair it with a red blush!
I had originally thought I might do glitter tears with this look (hey, I’m trying to defraud a charity here – I need to look sympathetic!) but opted instead for a beaming highlight with just a touch of glitter. I used the Ofra Cosmetics highlighter in Glazed Donut – one of the best pearly champagne highlighters in the world! I absolutely love it!
Would it be a Face Friday if I wasn’t absolutely goddamn ridiculous and used at least three lip products? Of course not! I started by lining my lips with the Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Liner in Fire Bird and filling in a little way into the lip. I knew I was going to completely cover the liner, so I didn’t mind that it was a little lighter than the lipsticks, but I wanted it there to keep everything in place. The Uoma Beauty Black Magic Metallic Lipstick is a creamy formula that is gorgeous and has a lovely glitter coating on the bullet. I started with the darker shade, Poise, all over the lips, going all the way to the edge of the liner. Then I took the lighter red, Savage, and added that to the center of the lips. It’s not a true ombre, but definitely gives a little bit of a highlight to the center of the lips.
Glitter is tricky. I figure I might only have one shot to make this imaginary date work out, and I wanted to use a touch of glitter. Enough to activate his monkey brain to go “Ooooooh, shiny!” but not enough to send him running for the hills. Glitter is a dangerous game. I chose my sparkle carefully, opting for my Miss Jaye custom Space Jam from Lemonhead LA.
So here is the final look! What do you think? Do you think it will be what I need to snare my dream guy while also evading the long arm of the law?
I love the way this look turned out, and I’m so glad that Kayla requested it! And I think sometime soon it will need a sequel: if I get caught, what makeup should I wear for the trial?!
Just like all of these posts, none of the products presented here are sponsored or affiliate; links are provided merely for convenience if you want to browse, discover new brands, and make a purchase if you so choose. I provide the product info of what I use, but don’t feel that you need to have the same products to create this look or something like it! Don’t be afraid to shop your stash and see what products will help you create a similar look, or modify it to your own taste!
And if you have any suggestions for looks you’d like to see, techniques or products you think I should use, etc. be sure to leave them in the comments below and we’ll see if we can make it happen!
Oh, and I can’t believe this is the world we live in, but you can’t stop stupid. So if you need it, here is your disclaimer: You’d have to be a complete fuckwit to believe that I would actually try to defraud the Make A Wish Foundation. They are a wonderful organization that grants wishes to sick children, and I think it’s amazing that my future ex-husband, John Cena (in case you forgot his name), works with them so often. Satisfied? Now go peddle your petty somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.