I Can't: Put On Makeup

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Event Overview

Open to all human beings! This is a virtual offering. You'll need wifi and access to a device with a camera (phone, laptop, tablet, desktop). You will be visible to the hosts and other attendees to make conversation more conversation'y.

  • Are you interested in using makeup more (or at all) but don’t know where to start?

  • Do you get frustrated when you try to apply makeup and it doesn’t turn out the way you expect?

  • Do you feel makeup might be fun or helpful but feel embarrassed or have conflicting feelings about participating in patriarchal appearance ideals?

  • Does choosing, purchasing, and applying makeup seem overwhelming?

  • Are you like, ‘WTF what are all these brushes for?’

Then I Can't: Put On Makeup is for you.

I Can't: Put On Makeup is part of Mac & Cheese Productions' I Can't series, where adults state they're unable to do something, they try it/learn about it with a bunch of other adults who also "can't," and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, "That wasn't so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good for me! What's next?!" Past I Can'ts have included yoga, improv, draw, have a dog, financial planning, and buy a home.

Join us to learn no judgment, super-duper beginner makeup techniques and principles

  • what certain tools and techniques do/are supposed to do

  • why those tools and techniques are useful

  • how to decide what to do

  • how to use the tools and techniques to suit what you would like to accomplish

All people are different, so instruction includes broad and general beginner tips — the goal is for you to have more confidence and a basic framework which you can apply to yourself based on your individual style, personality, bone structure, skin texture, and budget. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions so engage that beautiful brain and apply what you’ll learn to accomplish what you want!

To Bring

We realize that you may not have some of these items and that these items are not, uh, essential. And that a reason you’re taking this class might be you don’t know how to buy these items. So just the Musts List is absolutely a-ok. If you have/can get your hands on the other items, fabulous! But not necessary.


  • a washed, clean face

  • clean hands

  • a mirror

  • decent lighting that preferably points at the face and isn’t casting a shadow downward

  • note-taking materials

Ideal Add Ons

  • facial moisturizer appropriate to your skin type

  • a basic and inexpensive color correcting palette like this

  • basic eyeshadow/liner brushes like this

  • a poofy brush like this

  • if you have your shade tinted moisturizer/foundation you already use and like (we'll talk about this more in class)

Bonus Points

  • bronzer, blush, or powder

  • eyeshadow

  • mascara

  • a lip color and closely matching lip pencil

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Cancellation Policy


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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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