Makeup Bag Makeover

Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell gets a makeup bag makeover - Learn more at

To say the least, my makeup bag was not too pretty just one week ago. I hate to admit that I have NEVER had my skin color-matched, I’ve never gone to a makeup counter for help. I’ve never had anyone help me build my makeup bag the right way. I’ve actually never asked anyone to teach me how to even apply my makeup! As a mother of three, I have relied heavily on self-help makeup sections of magazines I pick up at the airport, and the talented makeup artists on set to make my skin look flawless.

Time to change this! I decided this last week after half of my makeup back was embarrassingly broken and crushed (thanks to so many airplanes and NEVER carrying my makeup on!). Thanks to the help of my incredible friend Kacey and Julie at MAC, I have a brand new makeup bag full of colors that actually match my face! An added bonus? I learned how to apply it too!

Here are a few key takeaways I got from last week’s lesson:

1. Orange is the opposite of blue – who knew?! To bring out the color of my eyes, I should look for shadows with orange hues (ie. Coppers, browns, etc. Lots of options).
2. I need to wash my makeup brushes more than once every 6 months. I can’t believe I’m admitting that – but yes, it’s true…and it’s most likely the cause of my blemishes. I should do a daily quick disinfect with a simple Disinfecting Spray I bought, then shampoo once a week and air dry.
3. Makeup doesn’t need to be perfect! And I always thought it did ☺. Julie taught me that the lighter and softer I use my brushes (instead of slow and pressing hard), the more natural my face will look.
4. Contouring is the most amazing thing ever! Darker colors in creases of eyes and under cheek bones, and lighter colors on apples of cheeks and under the brow will accentuate bone structure.

Celebrity Trainer Heidi Powell gets a makeover - Learn more at

For the complete makeup How-To on my new look, here are Julie’s instructions:

Heidi’s Eyes

1. Coat entire eye using your #242 Brush with Painterly Paint Pot.
2. Sweep Orb Eyeshadow under eye brow using #242 Brush
3. Heavily Pack All That Glitters Eyeshadow on eye lid using #242 Brush
4. Quickly blend Saddle eyeshadow using tip of #217 Brush
in entire crease. Corner to corner
5. Quickly blend Embark shadow on outer lid and crease. #217 Brush

Heidi’s Face:
1. Moisturize skin (dime size)
2. Prime skin using #188 Brush
3. Use tinted moisturizer #188 Brush
4. Use #287 Brush to blend concealer under eyes and side of nose.
5. Mist #129 Brush with Fix + and powder face
6. Bronze skin. Under Cheek bone, hairline, tip of nose, chin #129 Brush
7. Use #129 Brush to blush apples of cheeks
8. Fix + skin when make up is complete.



  1. Sarah Rivera - April 24, 2018

    Beautiful Beautiful😘Heidi you did a quick post about your fase exfolitor that y use i was interested can please SHARE….TY

  2. Caroline - January 4, 2015

    Hi Heidi ,

    I’ve been watching your show from Canada for years and you always look beautiful with or without make up . You should give it a try to the Younique 3D fiber lashes … it really works! You get the falsies without having them. It enhance 3X the lenght and 3X the volume.

  3. Erica - June 4, 2014

    Hi Heidi!
    I am in love with your make up I have been watching the show for years and am loving how natural your make up looks. What do you use for lip color? it is amazing.

  4. Ashley - September 24, 2013

    Where did you get your key necklace? I love it and would love to know where to find it! 😀 Thanks for your help. I love your website!!

    • Admin1 - September 25, 2013

      Thanks so much! It was a gift so I’m not sure where it was purchased. 🙂

  5. Daina Reid - September 16, 2013

    I haven’t wore makeup in years. You look so pretty

  6. Stephanie Hyde - September 16, 2013

    I LOVE MAC Makeup! They have beautiful colors and it always stays on. You always look amazing and I hope that I could that way too!

  7. Nicky - September 14, 2013

    I love MAC products! And usually they are very willing to help!

  8. Sally Husk - September 14, 2013

    @realheidipowell You know what’s funny about this post to me is the fact that I was just thinking to myself yesterday how I wanted to ask you if you could make a beauty section on your blog like you do food, fitness, etc… Where you only post us your advice on beauty tips! I, along with others I’m sure, would love to know your beauty secrets for your makeup, moisturizers, lotions, hair, where to get good cost efficient workout shoes, clothes, supportive sport bras, etc…your recommendations! I love your look and what you wear! I would love to know your secrets if your willing to share, please?! 🙂

    • admin - September 16, 2013

      Use the search feature at the top of the blog as I have posted on some of those topics! Glad you are enjoying them!

  9. Martina - August 9, 2013

    That post has reminded me to have a look at my one.. oups! But as I don´t use almost any make up actually as it is hot and my skin is sensitive, I´ll do so over summer immediately. Obsessed by all those brushes and add-ons. Look beautiful!

  10. Emma Gibson - August 8, 2013

    I really enjoyed these ideas and it got me in the mood for a makeover. You always look so pretty and I love the colors they picked for you.

  11. Pamela Palmer - August 8, 2013

    Thanks for some great tips need hide this ugly face

  12. Kelli Hughes - July 16, 2013

    Thanks for the tip, going to go though and use it for my make up routine when I can

  13. Julie Evans - July 16, 2013

    Makeup is my friend. I am on a journey desperately going after health. As the overweight girl with a pretty face, I have relied on it for so many years. I believe in quality skin care and quality makeup. I am so glad that you treated yourself to a makeup makeover. You and your family are always so gracious and helping to others, it is nice to see you get the royal treatment!
    PS. A little highlighter in the bow above your lip will give you an even brighter smile, if that is possible!

  14. Shirley - May 31, 2013

    Great post Heidi! Very informative, helpful and fun! I was surprised they didn’t recommend a highlighter for above the apple of the cheeks, nose and some other facial area’s.
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Teresa - May 31, 2013

    I’ve always been curious about the MAC counter but always walk by, too intimidated I guess. You look great with just a few products, maybe I should give it a go. My problem is, I guess, I don’t know what to buy so I have way too much to pick through when I’m getting ready. It would be great to have it all in one bag! Watched the show with the twins with the entire family, very inspirational!

  16. melissa - May 31, 2013

    you’re beautiful! And I am glad you admitted to ashing your brushes every six months, I am worse!!! Maybe a treat to myself will be going to the MAC counter 🙂

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