I have to be honest here — I don’t really like makeup. Sure, I can admire a cool mermaid highlight and appreciate a good cult beauty brand. In fact, I used to wear makeup almost every single day. But somewhere along the way I got what some might call… lazy. The au naturale, makeup-free life seemed to suit me. So after doing a week-long t-shirt challenge, style editor Zoey challenged me to use only one makeup product for five days. I thought it would be a piece of cake, but boy, was I wrong. Read on to experience my cringe-worthy five-day makeup challenge — and please hold your laughter until the end.

The Challenge: Use only one makeup product for an entire week of beauty looks.

The Product:Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette in Courage ($28)


Day 1: I chose to use a combo of the shades Rosy Outlook and Lucky Penny as a highlighter and blush from the palette. I really had to cake on the product in order for it to show up on my face, but once it showed, I was really happy with the result. I found that it worked better as a highlighter than a blush, which is nice for a generally natural look. Overall, not too bad of a first day.


Day 2: Alright, please don’t laugh at me. Laugh with me. For day two, I went for a risky frosted lip look inspired by Zenon: Girl of the Twenty-First Century — because I am a ’90s girl at heart. In reality, it looked pretty stupid and I took it off before leaving the house. Hey, I said I would be 100% honest. On the bright side, maybe it’ll work for a Halloween look.


Day 3: On day three, I used Rosy Outlook as an eyeliner to add a subtle upgrade to my everyday look. After the unfortunate mess that was day two, I wanted to tone it down a bit (read: a lot). The effect was a little light but understated enough for my tastes. I would try it again.


Day 4: By day four, I realized I probably should’ve chosen one of the darker shades in the palette, but I charged ahead and decided to try using Lucky Penny on my brows. I’ve been in the process of growing them out since seeing Cara Delevingne slay in Paper Towns last summer. I am well aware they are a hot mess. This really wouldn’t have looked too bad in one of the darker shades, but I did like the more filled-in brow look.


Day 5: For day five, I decided I’d had enough innovation and just used the shadow for its intended purpose. Not too exciting, but you could say I was ready to be done.

Overall, it was a fun little experiment that I’d recommend for both girls who love makeup and those who don’t. The worst that can happen is you have a good laugh.

Will you take the challenge? Follow us on Pinterest for more beauty hacks.

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.