Saturday, 23 February 2013
I Skipped Makeup 101
I never really was a teenager. Or maybe I was more of a teenager than most. Awkward, not fitting in anywhere, spending way more time with adults than anyone my own age, even when I went to high school. Some of the students at my high school even thought I was a teacher (Because I walked quickly instead of shuffling through the halls? Or perhaps because of the office-ish attire I wore because of my after-school work experience job).
Anyway, my point (if I have one) is that I never was able to figure out all the beauty/fashion/make-up tips that most girls help each other figure out when they're 14, 15, 16, etc. My best friend lived an hour or so away, and our complexions are so drastically different (her: gorgeously olive, me: pale and rosy-pink) that we couldn't really share make-up like best friends do. And my older sister was goth. Me, I wore clear mascara 'til I was about 15, then I did my make-up like an old lady for quite a long time. Which did not look good with my rather large deep-set eyes. And deep dusty-rose lipstick...ugh. It looked awful on me.
And yet my husband fell in love with me and chose to marry me. What a good man he is.
It wasn't 'til I started blogging that I began to figure out the mysteries of make-up. For the most part, I play it safe. And thank heaven for you-tube. Between fashion/beauty/real-life blogs and the occasional you-tube video, I'm finally beginning to go through make-up puberty.
I do my eye make-up like this with very few variations every single time. I never use colour for my eyes. I don't know how, really, so I play it safe with neutrals. I like it. I can make it a bit more dramatic if necessary, or tone it down. Although I have been keeping my eyes open for a nice neutral pink that isn't either too shimmery or too dusty-rose.
As for lips...well, until recently, I've just ignored my lips, using Burts Bees pomegranate lip balm when necessary, but not attempting to add any colour or shine. Then when I bought my sexy red shoes, I couldn't resist matching red lipstick. Maybe that reveals just how immature I am...do people even do that? Or is matching lips and shoes too old-lady? I don't know what I'm doing! But I love that lipstick (L'Oreal Red Passion). I was quite impressed that it didn't require any touching up even through a meal. So I went looking for a subtler shade in the same brand and found a colour that a couple of friends have recommended (Dune). I now use it regularly, or a tinted lip balm in a similar shade.
I can't even talk about foundations/powders. Any time I've tried it, I've made a mess of it. Either it looks flaky or wrinkled, or even if it goes on well, I don't look like myself. My rosy-pink cheeks just can't be covered up, it seems.
Do you wear make up? If so, when did you start to figure it out? As a teen like normal people, or later like me? Oh, and what mascara do you use? I've mostly stuck with various cheap Cover Girl varieties, with a few forays into Mabeline, but I'm looking for something better. I hate the one I'm currently using...it's totally clumpy.