How to Plan Your Own Makeup Party – No Pyramid Schemes Required


how to plan your own makeup party

Every girl who is familiar with the concept of a makeup party knows that there is, let’s call it, a “hidden agenda” behind it. The person organising a makeup party is usually provided with makeup to sell to her friends, while at the same time gaining free products for herself.

Well, today we are about to change the game a little, or a lot, and see how you can create a fun makeup party with friends that hides no ulterior motive.

The kind of party we’re discussing today is just a fun gathering of friends, exchanging makeup, as well as tips and tricks, and even recreating looks from favorite tutorials – in short, just girls having fun with makeup and beauty products.

So, since this concept is kind of new, let’s see what steps are required to make a smashing makeup party.

Inviting people

In order to have a party, you of course, need people, and these people need to know what to expect. The way I went about this is I created a mailing list of friends who I thought would be interested in this kind of event and outlined the requirements.

Making a selection

My idea was to create a BYOM (bring your own makeup) party and divide the products into categories. The way I envisioned it was to separate the products I own into three categories: products I love, for instance, one of my all-time favourite lippies is Liquid Lips by Gorgeous Cosmetics in the shade Natural.

The second category contained products I think are great but not suitable for my skin tone (wrong shade of lipstick, wrong foundation shade), and I put the products I completely dislike into the third category.

In the invitation, I outlined this and advised my friends to do the same. This way, we had an opportunity to share our experiences, swap makeup and learn which products to avoid. Not everyone is a beauty blogger or a makeup artist, but most girls out there know their skin and what works or doesn’t work for them.

You don’t have to be a professional in order to have insightful tips to share. I also told them that if they’ve seen and recreated an interesting look from a tutorial or made one up on their own, they should by all means, share it. Sharing is caring after all.

planning your own makeup party

The setting

The best possible setting for a chill night of friends talking beauty is your apartment. Make sure you have enough chairs so everyone is comfortable, or you can put cushions on the floor and create a bohemian vibe. Provide some snacks and drinks, (I made margaritas, it’s a party after all). Instead of setting up a table, I decided to provide individual placemats where each girl can place her makeup and guide us through the products.

planning your own makeup party

Talking and swapping

Once your girls have arrived, it’s time to get started. As the hostess, you should be the one to present your favourite and least favourite products first. One of the things that I taught my friends was to put eye shadow primer under the lipstick for longer wear.

I learned this little hack from Daniel Chinchilla, a makeup artist who works with Ariana Grande. I also learned tons; you would be surprised how much wisdom girls acquire after years of playing around with makeup. I was never a believer of the primer, I must admit, but when one of my friends showed me how a great primer can prevent the foundation from caking, I was transformed.

I also learned how to achieve that perfect ‘natural’ no-makeup makeup look, courtesy of a friend who learned and mastered the tutorial by the wonderful Desi Perkins.


Ending up with some amazing goodies

I personally, am a fan of lip-glosses while some of my friends aren’t. That’s how I ended up with some wonderful free goodies, as well as everyone else. We all got some new stuff, learned which product not to buy, and also picked up a makeup hack or two.

Start Planning Your Own Makeup Party

All in all, it was a great night, just girls hanging out and sharing their love of makeup. Once I acquire more knowledge (and more products) I will definitely host another one. It was a blast, and I wholeheartedly recommend this type of makeup party, so go get started with planning yours.


miat-taylor-how-to-host-a-makeup-party-rocqupArticle by Mia Taylor: is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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