Let’s talk cosmetics.
Makeup is great fun. There is so much variety out there, and people can use it as a form of artistic and personal expression.
From the more extreme…
Limiting the self-expression of half the population is stupid. It just means less color in the world. Also, every over-the-top masculine icon in all of your favorite movies spent some time in the makeup chair beforehand. Keep that in mind.
I myself like to use makeup when I’m in the mood to present a more polished version of myself to the world. And when I say “polished,” let it be known that I still absolutely mean “recognizable.” You can overdo it.
Here’s me with and without:
I used to be very minimalist, in that I didn’t wear it much at all. It just wasn’t important to me when I was in school. Now, in my mid-twenties, I wear it to some degree almost every day. A dash of eyeliner at the least, a full face at most. I wish I could make a video of my makeup routine for you, but since I don’t currently have that skill, let me just take you through my steps and products real quick…
I use this concealer by Maybelline, shade 10, which is quite light (as my complexion is very fair). There’s a little brush attached to the inside of the lid, and I just dab it all over. Anywhere I have a blemish or some natural redness. My T-zone tends to be red, for example.
While concealer covers discoloration, foundation evens everything out. I use this one by Neutrogena–once again, shade 10–because not only does it match my skin tone really well, it also helps prevent breakouts. I apply this over my entire face, smoothing it all in with a little makeup sponge.
At this point, I’ve already got a nice glow going, but it’s not over yet.
I would consider eyeliner to be the most essential product in the makeup-wearing world. The eyes are the most striking part of the face, so highlighting them is key. That’s why I still wear it even when I neglect the rest. I use a black pencil by Maybelline, and it’s waterproof, which is a huge bonus.
Fun Fact: You may have noticed in my pictures, but I only apply eyeliner to my bottom lid. Part of the reason is because I have fairly full lashes, so I can sorta get away with it. The other part is because I suck at applying it, and I can’t really do my top lid. So just running it along my bottom lash-line has become my “signature look.”
To me, a big part of makeup in general is simply controlling where the redness on your face is. Like I said, I’m quite red along my T-zone, as well as on either side of my nose. Via the concealer and foundation steps, that gets taken care of.
But obviously I want to look like I’ve at least seen the sun before. That’s where blush comes in. Most tend to apply it to the apples of their cheeks, but I actually go along my cheekbones, sort of diagonally underneath my eyes. And boom, I have definition, along with a healthy, rosy finish.
Pro-tip: You will learn the most about what works for your face the more you experiment and practice. Everyone has their own special quirk.
This is just a random picture from Google images. My eyeshadow palette is a generic one from TJ-MAXX that I forgot to take a picture of. And why did I forget?
Because eyeshadow is the step that I skip the most. Unless it’s a special occasion or I’m feeling especially fancy, I usually don’t bother.
That being said, it’s one of the most exciting steps, because the colors and textures are basically limitless, and you’re artistic side can really shine through. And just like I mentioned, the eyes are the most striking feature on the face, so decorating them is awesome.
I didn’t bother doing anything with my eyebrows until just a few months ago. They’re naturally pretty full. But they do have thin spots here and there, as is normal. When I expressed interest in filling them in a little, my mom gave me this brow shaper by Clinique. It’s just a tiny brush and charcoal-colored powder. There are also gel versions, which I haven’t tried yet, but I hope to someday.
To finish everything off, I spritz on some setting spray. I might never have bothered to try this, but it was a gift from my sister, and I will say it does make a difference. Because of the natural oils in our skin, along with perspiration throughout the day, makeup goes from feeling fresh to feeling like it’s melting off of our faces. Setting spray doesn’t prevent that entirely, but it helps the fresh feeling last a few hours longer.
And that can make all the difference in the world.
You may have noticed, even my full-face makeup routine could be considered minimalist. I don’t contour. I don’t use highlighter or bronzer. Even lipstick is usually an afterthought (though I like a nice sort of pink plum color most days, if I remember to put any on). But my way of doing it is just what works best on me personally. Everybody has a different style, just like with clothes.
The most important thing to remember is that makeup should be approached lightheartedly. It’s fun. It’s something to play with. If you look at it as a mask, or as the only way that you can be pretty, that’s indicative of a larger problem. And honestly, that’s also giving the industry exactly what it wants. If you believe that you’re ugly without applying this or that, if you think your naked skin is unappealing, well, you’re more likely to buy a bunch of stuff to cover yourself with.
Society is cruel, and it wants your money.
Be a rebel and love yourself, okay?
Have a beautiful week.