When I speak with women about makeup, I am always amazed to discover their personal beliefs on the topic. For example, “I have blue eyes, so I wear blue eye shadow to make them stand out.” “I have large lips so I don’t wear any lipstick.” “My eyes are smaller so I wear eyeliner on the top and bottom.” I do not know where these misconceived ideas and notions come from. It could be from a lifetime of insecurity, or mixed messages and information over the years from magazines and other media, or a combination of the two. Somewhere along the line, women have created and adhered to these makeup rules-a list of do’s and don’ts, cants and shouldn’ts.
As a makeup artist, this frustrates and saddens me. Makeup should be fun! There are no hard and fast rules; there are guidelines, suggestions really, but never rules. I always tell my clients that makeup isn’t a tattoo, it isn’t permanent. Have fun with your makeup! If you don’t like it, what’s the worst thing that could possibly happen? You wash your face and start over? I urge you to try something new and different, go out of your comfort zone and experiment. What’s that famous quote? “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” Let that also apply to your makeup routine. We all have one item of makeup in our bag that we don’t have the courage to try, or one item we don’t have the courage to buy, why is that? It’s only makeup! Try something new, whether it is a colorful eye shadow, a different blush, or a bold lip. Use that one item of makeup that you have been too scared to try. Broaden your makeup horizons and try something new, it may become a new favorite or daily staple.
To that end, even women in high fashion adhere to silly rules and ideas. The impossibly chic and one of my girl crushes, Joanna Hillman of Harper’s Bazaar used to do just that. She was under the misapprehension that because her lips were on the smaller side she should not wear lipstick. So she didn’t. A chance encounter with a swag bag changed all that. Tucked inside, she found a vivid, bright coral red lipstick from M.A.C. Lady Danger lipstick became her daily staple, and one of her signature trademarks. Now, she feels boring without the injection of bright color. Let Joanna be an inspiration to you, find your own once scary, now signature, trademark.
Is there a makeup look or piece of makeup you have always been afraid to try? What is it? I can help!
I hope you have an awesome weekend!
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