Ever since the Sisterhooves Social, Sweetie Belle and Rarity's relationship has improved drastically. There are still days when Rarity is a bit busy, of course, and certain times when Sweetie doesn't quite get the hint.

During one particularly stressful day, Sweetie Belle gets into Rarity's makeup. Rarity demands an explanation. The answer isn't quite as simple as one sister playing dress-up.

Thanks to my good friend Loopy Legend for the prompt and link to the coverart.

Thanks to Holo, Sir Rustbucket, Loopy Legend, Sage Runner, ValorlordV5, and Midnight Legend for editing.

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Pfft, the cover art made me giggle. Now time to dig right into the story! :pinkiehappy:

Instant favorite. Now, time to read. :pinkiehappy:


Cute, huh? Hope you enjoy it! :twilightsmile:


Thanks! Enjoy! :pinkiesmile:


:rainbowlaugh: Love it. Enjoy!

This was beautiful. Beautiful.

Interresting little story, well done.

Per mia sorella, che era sempre al suo più bello.

"For my sister, who was always at her most beautiful." That's what Google says, anyway. An excellent sentiment for an adorable little tale.

I think I'll read this with my daughter tonight.


Yup, you got it! :twilightsmile:

Aww, thanks! I hope your daughter enjoys it too! :pinkiehappy:

And she makes her triumphant return with an absolutely beautiful story! This was a great read.

And your quote: "Remember, no matter how you try to change how people see you, nothing will let you hide forever.... mask yourself to be pretty and to draw attention, but don't forget that true beauty is what's under the mask."

Ah yes, a fellow writer who understands how Rarity works.

(Slow clap)



Thanks, Shadow_Wolf! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and that was a great quote! :twilightsmile:


Thanks! :pinkiehappy:

Very Rarity, darling. :raritystarry: It did feel like Sweetie was a touch too easy to convince, but I haven't really got that kind of relationship with my older sister, so I may not know what I'm talking about. :twilightsmile:

And now, nitpicky editstuff. Forgive me, this is because I'm on a higher dose of my ADD meds and I'm kind of OCDish at times. Don't look if you don't want:

order: seven (should be order: Seven as colons are treated like sentence ends for purposes of capitalization)
assist in their stead. T (has a hanging T, probably from edits)
Accordingly, Rarity had had her kitchen remodeled twice over the last few years, along with her bathroom, workroom, and laundry room, due to, among other things: burnt food; over-greased skillets; an unprecedented amount of laundry soap; an experiment involving three fillies, a paper-mache volcano, several boxes of baking soda, and a gallon of vinegar; and one very angry Opal and one comically large jar of pickle relish. (This is awkward and I'm 99% sure that's not an acceptable use of semicolons (because this is a fringe case). Strongly suggest editing to "Accordingly, Rarity had her kitchen remodeled twice over the last few years, along with her bathroom, workroom, and laundry room. There had been the usual trifles such as burnt food, an unprecedented amount of laundry soap, and over-greased skillets, as well as a few extraordinary events: Ones that came to mind readily were the volcano experiment (involving three fillies, papier-mache, several boxes of baking soda, and a gallon of vinegar) and the comically-sized jar of pickle relish incident (which included one very angry Opal).
slowly, “please, (The p needs capitalization, IIRC. This might be better as 'slowly. "Please,' anyway.)

In a tragic lack of foresight, he’d hired the Cutie Mark Crusaders (including Apple Bloom’s visiting cousin, Babs) to assist in their stead. T

For some reason, Rarity and Sweetie’s parents had found the entire ordeal to be somewhat laughable.

Um, I think something's missing there. That first line just sort of, ends.


Yeah, that's from a sentence that was deleted. I'll fix that. :twilightsheepish:

This was very cute. Poor Sweetie Belle. I think she's a very cute little filly, and who cares if she might be chubby? It just makes her cuter. We all love you, Sweetie. Don't ever think you have to change.

That was adorable. 5 moustaches :moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache::moustache:
p.s. how else thinks it's Button Mash?

I think I had a heart attack from the feels.:heart:

So glad to read a Rarity/Sweetie fic that doesn't just spout endless sentiments about how Rarity is apparently a 'Terrible' sister, their relationship is much more equal-sided than that, and I love that you captured it so effortlessly.
Keep up the good work buddy! :twilightsmile:

You play Rarity and Sweetie Bell like you were BORN to them.

It's really a sight to see.

Well done, well done indeed.

~Skeeter The Lurker

Woah, that was really really good.

That was wonderful! A brilliantly done slice-of-life one shot featuring a perfectly set sister duo! While I may not consider it favorite-worthy, (just 'cause it's a one shot), I will say that you have a way with foils and character analysis. I read the entire thing with the characters' voices ringing in my head, and I don't think I heard any break in character or story. My only real complaint is that it was a tad longer. That's just me though.

"Stay out of Rarity's closet!"
-KenKen the Fifth

That was a very good story, solidly-written, with a believable storyline and a good message to boot. I award you four Derpy Hooves, out of a possible five.



I'm certain it is. In truth that's who gets shipped with Sweetie Belle the most. They do make a cute couple though.

Second day back. Second story in two days. Naturally, it gets into the Featured Box.

“Well… Remember that thing that happened with Iron Will?” she asked with a sigh.

Alas, this story is in the same continuity as the Cutie Mark Crusader security guard story.

...Rarity hummed her traditional tune. Thread-by-thread,..

...Stitching it together! :raritystarry::raritywink:

Especially not in the closet, she mentally added, that blush darkening.

What's in her closet? Perhaps compromising photos of Rarity and Fluttershy... :fluttershysad::raritydespair:

Gosh, what is wrong with me? :twilightoops:

Well this story was thoroughly adorable. :duck::unsuresweetie: I just love how Rarity can apparently understand her cat. Sweetie's insecurities about her appearance they feel real and relatable. Anyway, it warmed my heart a bit, and it's great seeing such good work in rapid succession right out the gate. Keep up the good work. :pinkiehappy:

D'aaaaw, that was cute. That was a nice little talk they had, you wrote some good sibling interaction.

Well done.

Okay, how the heck did I not realize who the author was? Girl, you've done a wonderful job with this story. Probably better than most of the stuff I've seen from Sweetie Belle stories, which is quite a large chunk of them. I've got to wonder... will you ever publish something I absolutely adore on the spot?

4106047 y-you like buttonbelle... give me a hug :pinkiehappy:


Yeah, we've long known Sweetie wants to be a designer like her onee-san and she's not above using her feminine wiles to manipulate ponies, and more recently in Somepony to Watch Over Me, Sweetie exclaiming "Why, that sounds DELIGHTFUL!" at the prospect of hoofrubs makes me wonder if she's starting to emulate Rarity's dialect as well.

I know who's the boy she is trying to impress and don't say Button Mash cause it won't work out.


Thanks girl! :twilightsmile: Yeah, I might have made Sweetie a little too easy to convince, but that's how I interpret her from what I've seen in the show. Headcanon and such. :twilightsheepish:

Thanks for the edits! I'll fix those when I'm not on a phone. :rainbowlaugh:


Agreed! She's perfect the way she is. :heart:


ButtonBelle? Me? Ship them? Nooooo, of course not! :scootangel:

Thanks for the moustaches! :moustache:


Thanks! :heart: Glad the feels were felt. :rainbowkiss:


Thank you, Skeeter! :raritystarry:


Every girl has a section of the closet you shouldn't touch. :raritywink:

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Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

:rainbowlaugh: I read your last line in the voice of Fluttershy from the .MOV series...


Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the Derpy's! :derpytongue2:


Thank you, my friend! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :twilightsmile: Also:

What's in her closet? Perhaps compromising photos of Rarity and Fluttershy... :fluttershysad::raritydespair:

Flarity for the win!


Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I've got to wonder... will you ever publish something I absolutely adore on the spot?

Well, I can try! :twilightsheepish:


I think all of the CMC are growing up at this point. Sweetie and Bloom most certainly appear to be emulating their sisters,at least in my eyes.


SpikeBelle works too. :moustache:

4106976 YOU DON'T LIKE BUTTONBELLE!!! :twilightangry2:

4107006 When in doubt, arms out. Give me a hug.


*gives you a bear hug* :raritystarry:


Everyone knows photos in fashion magazines are all photoshopped up the wazoo (not to mention all the sex tips are ludicrous bullshit).

Check out Fabulosity in Fact by Crowley (and feel free to skip the clearly-marked chapter when the adult stuff occurs)


Yep. I remember hitting that "I'm not pretty" phase. I never really got into make up but I did mess with perfume and my hair. :applejackunsure: you don't want to know :ajbemused: Anyway, this is very well written and I can always appreciate a slice of life that I've experienced too. :pinkiesmile: I just feel bad for Rarity. The "beauty on the inside" thing didn't really hit me until I was 14 and it started when I was 10. Like, I didn't take it seriously because it was a cliche; so overused you never stop to really think about it seriously. So good luck Rarity :raritywink:

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Well that was cute, plus it had a wonderful lesson that I personally think all girls and young women should learn. So points to you for a well done little story and points to Rarity for having an unexpectedly mature outlook on physical beauty.

A wonderful story. Brava! :raritystarry:
Have an up-vote.

One minor correction:

While she purused various rolls

This should be perused.

Opal meowed again, pawing at her food dish.

Rarity put a forehoof on her hip. “Opal, that’s nothing to joke about. When did you become so dark?”

:rainbowlaugh: Is it a bad sign that I speak enough "cat" (despite not being a cat owner servant) to get this?

Especially not in the closet, she mentally added, that blush darkening.

Is Rarity more worried about Sweetie getting into the closet, or coming out of it? :unsuresweetie: :raritywink:


Next to Rarity’s canopy bed was a small vanity and mirror, a plush stool left waiting before it. On top of the vanity were tubes, bottles, powders, and brushes of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Some Sweetie recognized as mascara, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipliner, eyeliner, concealer, powder, and blush. Others were beyond mysterious. An extensive collection of perfumes and colognes was neatly arranged against the mirror.

Bloody hell, does this make me glad to be a guy.

Especially not in the closet, she mentally added, that blush darkening.

:moustache:Oh Rarity~ What could possibly be so embarrassing?

Brava. Well done!

Some parts of the story made me say things out loud. Mostly: "Oh shit!"
This is a good episode idea, it honestly feels like I am watching the show, through your writing.
A hearty farewell, and stay safe fellow writer.:twilightsmile:

4107436 dildos, leather whips, 9 inch spiked double dildos, astroglide, and a body pillow of fancypants.

Oh, I thought it'd be something bad, like a bunch of little human dolls.

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