Meet Carolyn of The Makeup Writeup!

Hi Everyone! Today I’d like to introduce you to a good blog friend of mine who has just started her own makeup review blog at! Her main focus is on luxury makeup but she uses drugstore items as well from time to time. Please welcome the lovely Carolyn! ♥

I'm Carolyn of The Makeup Writeup!
I’m Carolyn of The Makeup Writeup!

Hi everyone! I’m Carolyn from The Makeup Writeup ( and I hail from sunny California! I’m excited to “meet” all of Jaa’s fellow readers. Hello Jaa is one of my favorite beauty blogs and I am honored to be introduced here today!

Q&As with Carolyn

1. What is your skin profile?
In one word: temperamental! My skin is quite a handful: it’s acne-prone, oily yet sometimes dehydrated, prone to hyperpigmentation/acne scars, and also very sensitive. Additionally, I have some fine lines on my forehead and will be turning 30 soon, so I’m always looking for anti-aging skincare that won’t exacerbate my oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin. A tall order, I know!

My skin tone is medium and yellow-toned. My usual foundation matches are MAC NC30, NARS Punjab, NARS Alaska (in their tinted moisturizer), and Make Up For Ever in #120. Currently, though, I have a summer tan and fall in between MAC NC30-35.

2. When did you start wearing makeup and what was your very first makeup purchase?
In junior high, I purchased my first makeup product — the infamous Wet n’ Wild 666 Lip Liner in Brandywine, which every other girl at my school seemed to own as well! This was raved about in teen magazines as a color that would work across many skin tones, and the best part was it only cost one dollar.

3. What are your favorite skincare and makeup brands?

Some of my favorite eyeshadows & eyeliners!
Some of my favorite eyeshadows & eyeliners!

Chanel: I am a big fan of their Glossimer lip glosses (the most comfortable lip glosses I’ve ever owned), Rouge Coco Shine sheer lipsticks, blushes, and nail polishes.

NARS: I adore NARS foundation and tinted moisturizers. Their color range is fantastic. With so many brands, I’ve never been able to find my perfect foundation or tinted moisturizer match (many brands run too pink or neutral for me), but NARS changed that all for me! NARS also has beautiful, high-quality blushes.

Burberry: My typically dry lips love their Lip Mists and Lip Glow Balms.

Urban Decay: I have many of the 24/7 eyeliners and a few of their eyeshadow palettes. They come in gorgeous colors and finishes. Also, their Naked Skin Loose Powder is an everyday staple for me and it does a much better job at controlling oil than any other loose powder I’ve tried.

MAC: The extensive color range of their eyeshadows and lipsticks can’t be beat. MAC makes many of my favorite eyeshadows. Also, all my makeup brushes are from MAC. I think MAC is a great line that is also more affordable amongst other department store brands.

As for skincare, one brand that I like is Cerave, whose cleansers and moisturizers work well for my skin — they are supremely gentle on my sensitive skin, yet don’t make me oilier or cause pimples.

4. What would be on your desert island makeup list?
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or Clé de Peau for my dark under eye circles
Marc Jacobs Eyeliner (has the best staying power on my oily skin)
Chanel Glossimer lip gloss

5. Where do you normally shop for makeup and why?
Nordstrom and Sephora. Nordstrom has excellent customer service and a generous return policy with no time limit. Sephora also offers a good return policy, and carries brands that aren’t sold at Nordstrom such as Hourglass & Marc Jacobs. I also enjoy Sephora’s Beauty Insider Rewards program, which has allowed me to discover new products through their 100-point & 500-point perks.

6. What is your everyday makeup routine?

My everyday makeup items!
My everyday makeup items!

Tinted moisturizer (with bronzer mixed in), concealer for my dark under eye circles, blush (my face looks much more alive with blush on!), eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pencil to fill in my sparse eyebrows. As I’m often in a rush to get out the door for work, I usually don’t apply lip color until later in the day, and I don’t apply eyeshadow on the weekdays regularly.

7. If you could invent any makeup product/invention, what would it be and why?
Given that I have very oily skin, I’d love to invent a product that would allow my skin to stay almost completely oil-free and that would also lock in my makeup so it looked the same late at night as it does freshly applied in the morning. There are so many primers, mattifiers, and makeup finishing sprays on the market, but none of them that I’ve tried have been able to withstand my oily skin!

8. What is your #1 advice to people who just started wearing makeup?

My blush collection (I'm a huge fan of blush, as you can see!)
My blush collection (I’m a huge fan of blush, as you can see!)

Purchase from stores that offer good return policies — especially if you’re purchasing a new foundation (store lighting can be inaccurate, or a formula may not agree with your skin). Also, I find it really helpful to look up reviews of products prior to purchasing (on or blogs) to see how the product has performed on others. Finally, I’d recommend getting color-matched at the MAC counter as people frequently reference their MAC foundation color (e.g., NC30, NW42) when making recommendations, so it’s helpful to know what your MAC shade is!

9. What made you decide to start a beauty blog?
I’ve written makeup reviews for more than 10 years on and really enjoy being able to share my experiences with others. I love being able to tell others about a perfect “my lips but better” lipstick, a mascara that doesn’t smudge on oily skin, or conversely, warn others about a product that doesn’t live up to its marketing claims. I wanted to combine my passion for makeup/beauty and writing reviews and decided to start my own beauty blog. I love being able to help others, so I strive to write honest and thorough reviews that will help readers figure out if a product might be right for them. Through The Makeup Writeup, I can also share longer, more detailed reviews and build a community with my readers, which is something that I really enjoy and look forward to.

10. What would you like to see more in the beauty blog community?
Personally, I really appreciate beauty bloggers who have great interaction with their readers. I really respect bloggers who take the time to respond to each comment/question and converse with their readers. I want to build that community of my own on The Makeup Writeup and have an ongoing dialogue and conversation with my readers!

Jaa’s remarks

Carolyn is very passionate about makeup as you will see once you visit her blog. Her reviews are honest, very detailed, well-explained, and include quality product photos and swatches. I’m glad and honored that she agreed to write up this introduction post for and I’d really like everyone to welcome her (with the biggest hug) to the beauty blog community. :)

I’m also thinking of doing an introduction post like this again in the future. It is so much fun to be able to share with you some of the blogs I love, especially when the person behind it is as passionate about makeup as I am. So, let me know if you would like to see more posts like this in the future!

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      1. says: popsicle13

        i m fine p’Ja . i have been very busy about my university last few weeks so i was hiding and check ur blogs but didn’t have times to leave any comment miss talking to you ;]

  1. says: Carolyn

    Thank you so much again, Jaa! <3 I am so honored that you chose to do an intro post on me. I know I keep on saying this, but I truly appreciate your support!

    I'd love to see other intro posts in the future on other bloggers, too!

    1. says: Jaa

      What wedding ring? What what? What are you guys talking about? I wanna be good friends, too, but I have no wedding ring!!!!


      1. says: Sunny

        Haha I discovered a couple of days ago that Carolyn’s and my wedding rings are basically twins ;) Of course you can be our friends!

  2. says: Sylirael


    Welcome Carolyn!! :-D

    Hehe, your UD collection sounds exactly like mine – ++ liners, + palettes (and I’d love to try the finishing powder myself!).

    1. says: Carolyn

      Thank you, Sylirael!! :) They make really great eye products! I highly recommend the finishing powder if you are looking for a great loose powder. Actually, Jaa was the one who convinced me to try it after I read her review!

  3. says: Rachelle

    This is a really interesting series! Would love to see more..

    Carolyn: I love your blush collection, pretty!!!!

  4. says: Fiona

    Jaa you are really sweet and this indeed is sweet. <3

    Carolyn, you know I absolutely love you and your blog. Keep up the good work.

  5. says: Laura

    Hi, Carolyn! Swooning over your blush collection.. especially all the Hourglass and NARS! I don’t know what it is but I am crazy about blush lately!

    1. says: Carolyn

      Thank you, Laura! What are your favorite blushes? I love blush as well; my face feels a bit naked without it — it really helps to brighten my face!

      1. says: Laura

        This past week, my favorites have been the NARS Foreplay palette and the L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur blushes (the gel/mousse formula). Both are great! I also love my Too Faced “Peach Beach” Sweethearts blush and NARS Deep Throat. There are so many choices!

        1. says: Carolyn

          Those all sound so pretty! The packaging for the Sweethearts blush looks adorable. Looking at swatches online, Peach Beach looks like the perfect shade for summer too!

        2. says: Jaa

          I so want to try those L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur blushes!!! How do you like them? What’s a good color to start with?

  6. says: Grace

    Hi Carolyn,
    I was nosy when I saw your link in Jaa’s commenting area before and checked out your blog. I took your advice and bought Butter London in Teddy. My parcel arrived today and I am so pleased with the colour. I was going to tweet you to let you know then saw Jaa’s post about you x

    I also use the same Nars sheer glow shade as you by the way. Good luck with your blog writing. I know I will be reading it x

    1. says: Carolyn

      Hi Grace! Thank you so much, I’m so happy to hear that you like the color of Teddy! It means a lot to me that you’ve read my blog and found it helpful :). NARS Punjab is the shade that has always fit me best — thank goodness for NARS foundations & tinted moisturizers. Thank you again, Grace, for your support! x

  7. says: Jingyi

    Hello Jaa, Carolyn,
    This is very a nice beauty interview, love it so much.
    Especially i can discover new beauty blog. Keep doing this Jaa…
    Love it!

  8. Hey Carolyn…welcome and I am going to follow your blog for sure…10 years of reviews ..i am sure i will get a great deal of information from you.

    And so sweet of you jaa to be promoting new bloggers… :*

  9. says: Izzie

    I love this Q&A introduction post Jaa! Can’t wait to see more.

    Carolyn – I wish there was a product that could tame my oily skin as well! Sprays, powders, primers… I’ve tried them all just like you. What would you say has worked for you the most?

    1. says: Carolyn

      Hi Izzie! Ah, then you feel my pain! :) I am currently using Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, but sadly, it doesn’t seem to do as good of a job on my skin than it does on others. A number of years ago, I was using MAC Refined Zone and it seemed to be doing a pretty good job of controlling oil. Recently I was thinking of repurchasing, but some of the more recent reviews of that don’t seem as good, so I’ve held off for now. As for a setting spray, Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray seems to work the best for me amongst other sprays, but it’s definitely not perfect! Finally, I really like Urban Decay’s Naked Skin loose powder. It does a much better job at controlling oil than other powders I’ve used!

      Sorry, that was a mouthful! I’d love to know what products you’ve found that have worked the best for you? Thanks Izzie!

    2. says: Jaa

      I’m planning to do this type of post more! I like discovering new blogs and sharing them! :)

      I’d also like to add that I, too, have oily skin, and until someone comes up with some amazing product that would keep my face matte all day, I’m keeping my oil-blotting sheets handy!

  10. says: Dee

    Nice work Jaa! Carolyn – I blame you for making the YSL K&B colours look so good that I went and bought one…and returned it ..and then bought another one…and now I still don’t love it but I dont hate it enough to return it lol. JK – i enjoy your blog ( and yours too Jaa!!) and always keep coming back:)

    1. says: Carolyn

      Aw, I’m sad to hear these aren’t quite working out for you, Dee! That really sucks that they fade on you. If you don’t love it, perhaps consider returning it for something that you will love 100%? Love having you as a reader, Dee!

  11. says: Divya

    Hey Jaa and Carolyn! you girls are beautiful and have a great spirit! keep up the good work both of you! you already know I love your blogs! :D

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