The Great D of E Makeup Challenge

Posted by on Thursday, March 24, 2011

If anyone who has followed for a while remembers around this time last year, I was moaning about going on our Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. Too right. It was awful...

Wet. Cold. Windy. Obnoxious teachers sitting around eating bacon sandwhiches in the warm. Tents collapsing. Mud. Almost getting killed by a load of cows that wanted to eat us...the less said about the expedition, the better.

So it's like a day until the whole experience is repeated again, this time for two nights and three days. Three days? Three days without the internet? Three days without makeup?


Instead, I have challenged myself to come up with a makeup look that is light (to carry), not bulky (again, to carry), and pretty low maintainence. Sparsity is the key. No foundation, probably no concealer, and multi tasking products are the order of the day.

My eyeshadow primers of choice (I do love my eyeshadow) will be a tag team of Pixie Epoxy and Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. I want to put this deadly duo to the test - how long can it keep on my eyeshadows through these conditions? I don't think we're allowed to shower on the first day (can I say GROSS! A day of walking in heavy clothes and no shower!) but it'll all be washed off on the second day, when we are.
SAM_7837My emergency, no makeup makeup D of E kit is just three items. And a mirror, but I didn't photograph that.  I'm trying to regain the momentum I lost when I mentioned the mirror...yeah. No brushes required, just apply and go, basically.
SAM_7838It consists of No7 Amazing Eyes Eye Pencil in Black, No7 Metallic Eye Pencil in Purple and a homemade lip tint.
SAM_7839 The black eye pencil can act as a brow pencil, and I'll tightline as I don't have any mascara on me - the Metallic Eye Pencil will serve as an all over wash of colour which shouldn't budge and the lip tint will double as a cheek tint. Innovative, right? Or plain stupid, no one needs makeup on D of E.
SAM_7840I've schedueled posts, don't worry :)


  1. That sounds so horrible...why would anyone make anyone else do that sort of thing?!
    Anyway, I hope you can manage to have some kind of fun...I find that even in miserable situations, if others that you like are also in the same situations, it kind of becomes fun.

    And you picked a great makeup survival kit...really, gloss and liner are all you need to at least look put together.
    See you when you come back!

  2. Carnivorous cows, huh?! Where did you GO?

    I never did DoE. I lived in the countryside already and DoE was so 'teamy' and 'do-goody'. Not me at all.

    Is this Gold? Are you doing it just for your CV or because you otherwise like it?

  3. I hope you have fun. I think mine would be, tinted moisturizer with SPF. Brow makeup (I use powders), Stila Convertible Color, a good lip balm (Fresh's Plum as it has color, eyeliner and waterproof mascara. Along with wipes.

  4. I'm back!

    It was actually a bit more fun than I thought it'd be, ChaosButterfly. A little. Thanks for your comment, made me smile :)

    Yes, jaljen. CARNIVOROUS COWS, I KID YOU NOT. Nope, this is silver! Gold is like, impossible. And it's for my CV, gotta up those chances of getting into Imperial, right?

    I did in the end, Barefoot Domestic Goddess! You picked a great makeup kit, I like it.


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