Sunbeam Makeover!

When I was little, I used to do my mother’s makeup before she had a dinner party or an evening out. My mom is that woman who looks effortlessly gorgeous with just a swipe of lipstick, but she loved a little glamour and I have always loved to do makeup. I would sit her on the edge of the tub and carefully apply eyeliner, mascara, shadow and a hint of blush. These were beautiful moments of hushed togetherness in which I could give something back to my mom.

Maybe your mom is the one who taught you how to use makeup, but could use an update. Or perhaps she doesn’t wear much makeup at all. In any case if you are reading this blog, you must love makeup. What better way to give your mother a little time and attention, not to mention a beautiful boost to her self-esteem, than to give her a makeover?

Sunbeam (or Moonglow) Quad Bronzer is a perfect place to start because it does so much with so little effort. Use it to add a hint of light and warmth to the face of even the most no-fuss mom. Just swirl the White Fan Brush around in all four colors, and sweep over cheekbones, eyelids, hairline and temples. Or go for the glam and create an entire look with it:

For eyes:

  • Use the Large Shader Brush to apply the lightest shade on the entire lid, from lashes to brow. This adds light and lift to the eye area.
  • Choose one of the darker shades to add a little color just above the crease. Use a light hand with any contouring: we don’t want to accentuate any hollows in the eye area.
  • The darkest brown shade adds just a touch of definition to the outer corner. Use the Eye Shader Brush to press a tiny bit of the darker brown shade to the outer third of they eye.
  • This shade can also be applied with a moist Detail Brush as a soft eyeliner around the outer third of the upper and lower lashes.
  • Finish the eyes with Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara. My mother, who hasn’t used mascara in years, fell in love with this when I gave it to her. Lashes look naturally long, full and feathery, no spider lashes here; but most importantly it conditions the lashes to keep them strong and healthy. Try a softer shade such as Slate Grey or Espresso if Black Ice looks too harsh.

For Cheeks

  • Use the White Fan Brush for a softer look or the Dome Brush for more color. Choose just the pink shade or swirl it in all four shades for a multi-dimensional glow. Get your mom to smile  (that should be easy) and dust it over the apples of her cheeks.
  • Highlight the tops of cheekbones, the temples and the hairline with the lightest shade, or again, swirl in some of the other lighter shades.

For Lips

Here is a video that shows how to get an entire look using these products. The lucky girl having her makeup done is a busy single mother of two 😉




  1. I usually love the liquid mineral makeup. But the last one I purchased leaves flakes all over my face. I tried to return it to where I purchased it, and the owner said I hadn’t applied it correctly! I have used this for awhile and no problems before. She wouldn’t send it back for me! Anyone else encounter this with the liquid?

  2. HI Tricia,    I am sorry you’re having an issue with your bottle of liquid minerals. If the location you bought it from won’t return it, please call us here at 800-817-5665 and explain your situation.

  3. I also like using powder make-up and mineral make-up is healthy and good for your skin. Also I find that  it gives you more of a natural look.  Liquid make up for me is heavy and not good it clogs my pores.

  4. I am very new to this product line. I purchased the trial Kit which i just recieved and tried out tonight , I did purchase the Medium and since i am tan its way to light but the colors in the rest of the kit are perfect, I also Bought the tinted moisturizer (Dream tint) in warm bronze ,, the color is perfect!My Question is i am am mature woman with Problem skin , I had cystic acne in my 20s and 30s and chicken pox as an adult so my complexion is horrible , plus i have large pores.. Lucky me.. which base would be better for my complexion the amazing base or the liquid? and what color is comparable to warm Bronze? I am sure my tan will start fading in about 2 months so hopefully i will be able to use the medium.butI am thinking the liquid may be my best bet as much as i would love the powder ! thanks

  5. I have spent a fortune in cosmetics over the years due to my sensitive, break-out prone skin. Love, love, love the mineral pressed based with SPF20. It gives your skin such a natural glow and feels weightless.     Posted @ Friday, August 13, 2010 1:10 PM

  6. Hi Debbie,    I assume you are looking for good coverage and a smooth finish. Liquid Minerals is going to give you a smooth, moist, sheer finish; but including a layer of Amazing Base over it will provide more coverage AND sun protection. As for the shade, Warm Bronze is a great match for many skin tones, so your best bet is to go get color matched at your nearest retailer, which you can find here     I hope this helps!    Posted @ Thursday, August 26, 2010 8:28 AM

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