A Festive Makeup Look for the Holidays | Green Smokey Eye

A Festive Makeup Look for the Holidays | Green Smokey Eye

'Tis the season to finally use that green eyeshadow! Today I will be sharing with you a simple and effortless makeup look with the perfect amount of festivity for the holidays... For flawless skin, I am applying the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in 'Desert Beige' - a medium to full coverage formula with a matte [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About my New Favorite Foundation | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Everything You Need to Know About my New Favorite Foundation | NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

After years of searching and sampling, I had finally decided that when it comes to foundation, full coverage and luminosity are mutually exclusive; the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, which creates the impression of flawless yet natural-looking skin,  is my new favorite foundation. This product can be purchased from Sephora, Ulta, and the NARS website [...]

Healthy Skin for the Holidays with Neutrogena

Healthy Skin for the Holidays with Neutrogena

The holiday season is by far one of my favorite times of the entire year, but the cold weather combined with a few too many sweet treats can definitely be hard on my skin. However, I have been relying on the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup to help my skin look and feel its best!

10 Things I Have Learned from Beauty Blogging | 12 Days of Christmas

10 Things I Have Learned from Beauty Blogging | 12 Days of Christmas

March of 2018 will mark the third anniversary of Makeup By Makena and after nearly three years of beauty blogging, I have learned so many priceless lessons, some of which I would be honored to share with you today...

5 Makeup Products that Make Me Excited for Winter |12 Days of Christmas

5 Makeup Products that Make Me Excited for Winter |12 Days of Christmas

Winter is a very special season featuring a myriad of things to be excited for; Christmas traditions, cozy weather, and time spent with family are all obvious examples, but another thing that always brightens my day is, of course, the thought of makeup. This post is dedicated to five beauty products that help make me enthusiastic for the cooler months ahead. 

Get Dolled Up With Me: A Festive Makeup Look for the Holiday Season |12 Days of Christmas

Get Dolled Up With Me: A Festive Makeup Look for the Holiday Season |12 Days of Christmas

Today's post is dedicated to teaching you how to create a very special and celebratory makeup look. It features champagne eyeshadow with a pop of color, natural, glowy skin, and a classic red lip, all of which are perfect for the holiday season! If you would like to learn the steps that I took to construct this look, then please keep reading...

15 Timeless Makeup Tips Every Girl Should Know | 12 Days of Christmas

15 Timeless Makeup Tips Every Girl Should Know | 12 Days of Christmas

I have drawn inspiration from my own personal experiences with beauty and my most iconic role models to assemble a lovely list of my fifteen most timeless and empowering makeup tips that I strongly believe every girl should be aware of. 

A Rose Gold Makeup Edit | 12 Days of Christmas

A Rose Gold Makeup Edit | 12 Days of Christmas

There are so many things in life that make me truly happy and rose gold is most definitely one of them! With its effortlessly glamorous, feminine, and sophisticated undertones, this trendy yet timeless metallic color has gradually infiltrated into almost all aspects of my life, especially my makeup collection. To honor my signature shade, I have chosen six of my most loved rose gold makeup products to share with you in hopes of helping you add more of this perfect hue to your cosmetic bag.

How to Achieve a Winter Glow with Dry Skin |12 Days of Christmas

How to Achieve a Winter Glow with Dry Skin |12 Days of Christmas

As the temperature decreases, the dullness of our skin increases and many of us are left to embark on a never-ending quest to attain oh-so-coveted luminosity. Despite how it may seems, achieving the perfect glow that everyone dreams of is not impossible -- not even with the driest of skin or in the harshest of Winters. Just follow these five simple steps and you will completely forget that your complexion was once anything but luminous!