Hi Beauty Babes (oooh I like that one a lot!)
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past few days leading up to this post about what I was going to say tonight. As I was thinking, I knew I wanted to talk about my thoughts on makeup and my philosophy on it but I also knew I wanted to talk about how I started to get into makeup and how I’ve learned over the years to apply it (and ultimately learn to love it). This post is, I hate to say it, my makeup “journey”, and how through makeup, I have found myself.
As most little girls do, I started to explore makeup with the play kit that my godmother got me for Christmas one year. It had fake nails, lipstick, eyeshadow, blush. Anything that was either bright pink or purple that could go on my face, it had. That, along with dance started me off in the makeup world. When I was about 5or 6, every Sunday before church my mother allowed me to put on some of her blush and a little bit of lip gloss. Sunday’s were the only day of the week I was allowed to do this so they were always special days. I remember the brand too, Physicians Formula. It was a blush but it didn’t have much pigment to it but that’s beside the point. That, for the most part, was my first experience with makeup.
Besides dance recitals, I never really wore makeup unless it was a clear gloss of some sort. Up until 5th grade, no one in my school ever wore it and none of my friends’ parents or my parents thought it was appropriate for us to be wearing makeup at the time. Fifth grade was the year I started to wear makeup outside of school. I wore a hint of a pale eyeshadow that had shimmer in it and again, more gloss and that was it for my makeup look. Sixth grade was the year that I started to branch out more. I invested in eyelash curlers (which I still use today), a Wet-n-Wild mascara and an eyeliner pencil in black. (Please note that my mother didn’t wear makeup on a daily basis so I was copying one of my good friends at the time.) I used to take the black eyeliner and only put it in my water line, I curled my eyelashes, put one coat of mascara on and I was out the door. When I was in seventh grade, not much changed except I only wore mascara. By my eighth grade year, I ventured out and started to do winged eyeliner every day. I got pretty good at applying liquid eyeliner and I did this look through the middle of freshman year.
For the last year and a half, I’ve been experimenting with my look and finding looks that work best for me. I find that less is usually more. That’s my philosophy with makeup really, less is more and the point of makeup is to enhance your natural beauty, not hide it in a mask of foundation and concealer. I obviously love really intense highlight, a smokey eye, and a bold, red lip. But even that makeup should be enhancing what you already have, not masking it. Makeup is meant to not hide your flaws, although that is what is perceived, but it is meant to bring out the best features in a person. If a model has really beautiful blue eyes with long eyelashes, the makeup will compliment that. If the model has really full lips, the makeup artist will play up the lips and dull down the rest of the look.
I love to follow the trends but not all trends are meant for my skin, my eyes, my lips etc. Don’t let social media dictate what you should be doing with your makeup or how you apply it. Do what works best for you and the rest will come along naturally.
I hope this kind of gives you some insight on my philosophy on makeup and my beliefs on it. Feel free to leave comments below letting me know your thoughts on makeup and whether you like this post or not!
Also, I have some amazing news regarding my Saturday post! My beautiful friend, Livi, will be making an appearance on the blog for my “New Years Eve Glam Makeup, Hair and Outfit Look!” I hope you have a wonderful day or night!