The January Instagram #mbbinstachallenge: IT’S ON!

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mbb january instagram makeup challenge

Let’s do this!

Rise and shine, morning glory! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s Caturday. I hope you slept well. Do you remember last month when we talked about doing an Instagram makeup challenge/not really a challenge/just for fun thing?

Well, get your brushes ready! I hope you’ll join me, because there are still three weeks left in January, so let’s do this. Why wait, right? I’ll be posting a new challenge look each week for the rest of the month, and I’ll share it here on the blog and Instagram using #mbbinstachallenge so you can find it. If you do your own version of the look on your own blog and social media, share a link to it in the comments here, or use #mbbinstachallenge on Instagram so I can find it.


Look 1 (Week of Jan. 9-15) – A look with a single bold, colorful element

The first week’s look is something with a bold, colorful element on super clean skin.

single bold colorful element clean skin

Do something with a single bold, colorful element…

Look 2 (Week of Jan. 16-22) – Kitten flicks and glitter lips

The second week is a kitten flick with glitter lips.

kitten flick liner rose gold glitter lips

Kitten flicks and glittery or shimmery or shiny lips

Look 3 (Week of Jan. 23-29) – Smoky taupe

The third look is something smoky and taupe, a.k.a. my makeup crack, LOL!

satiny taupe gray smoke

All over this like WHOA

Bonus look (Jan. 30-31) – Purple cheeks and killer highlights

And if you’re down for a bonus, the last look for the last two days of the month is something with purple/purple-ish blush and a killer highlight.

purple blush matte plum lips

That blush tho!!!

To participate

  1. Any day during each week, do your own interpreation of that week’s look, and take a picture of it with your phone or other camera.
  2. Post the pic on Instagram! — and be sure to include #mbbinstamakeupchallenge, and you can also tag me at @karenmbb. That way we can search and find each other!
  3. And if you aren’t on Instagram, leave a comment on this post and a link to your makeup picture.

DISCLAIMER: this is not a judgy, serious, instense or stressful competition. This is strictly for fun and to get out of our makeup comfort zones a little, which is why I threw a couple of wackier looks into the mix. For me, it’s easy to always fall back on the same looks ALL THE TIME, so this is just an excuse to have fun and try new things.

Don’t be afraid to completely fail. No matter what (seriously), at least you’ll be able to say that you did something different and expressed yourself creatively. No big deal. Plus, it’s just makeup. It’s not a permanent commitment or anything. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you join in! Also, leave me your Instagram handle here in the comments so I can follow you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Solangel says:

    Ooh neat idea! Will definitely be joining, I’m @noirojos on Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Agata says:

    I will definitely join! I will try to do each one of them.
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  3. Fran says:

    Karen, this sounds like so much fun! I’m not ready to post photos online, though (my iPhone selfies of my 60-year-old face while standing in my bathroom or outside my building still kind of frighten me with the way they seem to emphasize all kinds of things that I think are barely noticeable in real life) — I still want to do the looks, though, and then at least write to you about what I did ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Chelsea says:

    Oooh, this sounds fun! I’m helping at a burlesque show the week of kitten flicks and glitter lips, so that fits in!

  5. Mellecannelle says:

    Cool idea, Karen! I try to do all looks, we’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Erin Marie O'Donnell says:

    karen I will for sure be doing this!

    my instagram is erinsmakeupeuphoria — the thought of you following me would make my day!

  7. Holly says:

    I was really excited to see this pop up in my email today! I’m planning on participating even though my phone camera is not great. Yay! I’m pretty sure you already follow me in IG but in case you don’t or if others would like to follow me, I’m @niteowlchef.

  8. This is gonna be gooooooood ๐Ÿ˜€
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Make-Up Look | Golden Brown Smokey Eyes + Pink Lips

  9. Astrid says:

    I’m totally in! Sounds like so much fun! I’d be either doing it on my personal ig channel @astridparamita or on @twindly ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Chris25 says:

    Kitten flick and glitter lips sound like fun!
    Chris25 recently posted … Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mediterranee

  11. Katie says:

    Very cool! I definitely want to do this! I almost never post pictures of myself so I hope I can force myself to do it for this. I’ll probably do the first week’s challenge tomorrow, since I’m getting my wisdom teeth out on Tuesday ๐Ÿ™ I’m @katherinetilleyh

  12. Ha, I am in. And I just recorded a video that is perfetc for the first look, so I’ll post that picture later. I bet this will be fun.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … We get the glow โ€“ The introduction

  13. Victoria says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love this idea. I’ll try and participate but it maybe a weekend challenge as I have an office job. Btw what is the plummy nars blush on top of your Mac palette please? It looks like the perfect autumn/ winter shade – I need it!

    Thanks x

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