True story. If you were to take a peek inside my “makeup bag” just a mere five years ago you probably would find mascara, a drug store powder foundation, maybe one or two makeup brushes, one palette of eyeshadow that was most likely gifted, and a MAC lip gloss. I didn’t wear makeup because I was on some Alicia Keys kick (Google if this is new to you). I just didn’t know what I was doing and never took the time (nor had the time) to try and figure it all out.

Now fast forward and the learning curve is even larger. With highlighters and bronzers, eyebrow gels and pomades, lipstick balms, gels and stains, and don’t even get me started on the many primers, foundations and concealers that are out here, I should just throw my hands up in the air now! And have you ever seen me try to put on lashes? It’s comical.

This is why I was super stoked when I landed a seat at one of Sephora’s complimentary Beauty Classes. There is no cost to attend for Beauty Insiders and enrollment is free. Of course, Felice and I are Sephora addicts and have leveled up to VIB and VIB Rouge (Felice may have a small problem). These instructor led courses allow you to play around with makeup and learn all you want to know about whatever their teaching. The classes include everything from skincare to how to master the smoky eye, but for me, the NO-MAKEUP MAKEUP class was calling my name.

So let me take you through the steps of my Sephora No-Makeup Makeup Beauty Class experience. (FYI…these pictures have not been altered in any way so you can see the real deal). The goal of the class is to create a natural and easy look that you can rock every day.

After removing my makeup

Adele was my instructor for the day. We started with a facial cleanser to prepare the skin for all this beautification that was about to take place. We all know good skin prep always includes a moisturizer and I was happy to be introduced to The Estee Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow in Sheer Sun-loving Bronze.  It’s hydrating, adds a beautiful bronze tint to my skin, and is formulated with hyaluronic acid (which gives you a glowing complexion). I ended up purchasing this one that day and I love it.

After applying moisturizer, foundation, and concealer

Using a beautyblender, I applied Smashbox BB Water in Dark all over my face. This was followed by the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chestnut (which I already owned) onto my lids and under my eyes and finished with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent Medium Deep. I have been wearing MAC liquid foundation for many years and was in the market for a lighter alternative. Now that I’ve been wearing the BB Water for a few weeks now, I can say that at times it can be too sheer but I just apply an additional layer for more coverage.

My final look

Once my face was set, I added a warm cheek stain using the Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Blush in Dream in Tangerine. I also used the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Topaz. This creamy powder luminizer gave me a natural glow that I wanted to ensure I could obtain again. I purchased this after my class as well but have yet to use it. I am still gushing over my go to NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Jubilation. I tried to see the Milk Makeup Matter Bronzer in Blaze but it was way too dark to make any difference.

I finished my look off with the Buxom Shimmer Shock Lipstick in Volatile (purchased this), a bit of eyeshadow, mascara using Benefit Roller Lash, and eyebrow gel using Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. I recently started using eyebrow gel and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel is my jam!

You can learn more about Sephora’s beauty classes here. They fill up quick but if you can grab one, they are definitely the perfect way to get a little one on one time with someone that knows a thing or two about makeup and skincare. I learned a ton in a my 90-minute class and can’t wait to take the lesson on Smoky Eyes and False Lashes!

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.



  1. Reply

    Renia Butler

    June 30, 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching and reading this post. As a “Big Skin” girl like Shana, I often find makeup at the bottom of my “must haves” list. I am going to look into these classes. Sounds fun.. I must admit I am NERVOUS though. LOL.. – Great work!

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      Shanna Jones

      July 1, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by Renia! The good thing is the classes are free and intimate. You’ll have fun!

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    Heather Byrom

    September 17, 2017

    I’m taking the class tomorrow morning Shanna, and I’m really loving your look, so I’m super excited! I always like your makeup reviews and look forward to hearing about your trying new products as we have the same taste in makeup!! You are awesome, keep it up girl! 😉

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      Shanna Jones

      September 17, 2017

      How exciting! Well you are going to have a blast in that class. I learned so much that day. And thanks for following Urban Swank through our makeup and skincare journey!

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