Push the {Makeup} Envelope

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Responses to Push the {Makeup} Envelope

  1. Miss Nice says:

    This kind of “Makeup do’s and dont’s” mines is mostly common for darker skin(i think).
    When i started to get into makeup i was researching for information on what colors, shades would work for a darker skin person, and it was all like plums,bronze,gold thing. But i wanted something more fun i mean…i don’t want to use MAC’s Underworld lipstick, it’s not the 90′s, for God’s sake, i want neutral lips too i want to do the current trends like the celebs
    After a year i started to get frustrated, disappointed and loosing interest in makeup so i stopped investing in it. Most of the makeup tutorials are aimed for lighter skin tones.
    But now my interest and love for makeup was regained thanks to one of my subscriptions on Youtube. IIt freed me from a lot of misconceptions that i had in my head.
    Now i feel like i can try anything i just need to know how to use color in my advantage and have fun with it.
    Please Bre can u do a Naomi Campbel and a kelly Rowland look
    (sorry for the long text)

  2. Elaine says:

    Help me! Mine is eye liner. A lot of Asians wear it but I can’t! Mostly because I don’t know how. I tried my sister’s on and it just smudged because I don’t have eyelids. It’s just flat above my eye if that makes sense so if I wanted to wear her eyeliner, I had to keep my eyes closed to let it dry. Any tips?!? I just smudge a little black eyeshadow (when I have time / remember to put on eye makeup) right above my eyelashes to get a similar effect..

  3. Danielle says:

    This is an ahhmazing post. Your point is so well taken, and the your challenge is perfect.

    I have always wanted to try fake eyelashes for a glam look on a night out. but i am horrified by the glue. i don’t know why exactly. what is the worst that can happen? lol. i need to take the bull by the horns and get this done.

  4. Jessica says:

    This is such a great post – and a fantastic reminder to have fun with makeup! Like you said, you can always wash it off if you don’t like it. But it would be an absolute travesty if you never realized green eyeshadow was your destined color!

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