As a future student in the makeup industry it may seem surprising that I personally don’t go everyday wearing makeup. In fact, it’s more likely you’ll see me with a clean, bare face than it is too see me with false lashes, over lined lips, and a crisp contour. This is because I believe that in order to really appreciate the world of cosmetics you have to first be comfortable and happy with yourself. I believe that creating art through makeup, effects, and cosmetics is absolutely amazing, but you need to feel confident with a blank canvas before you can make beauty out of it. Take some time to read this post to get an understanding as to how I feel about “The Power of Makeup” and what I do to express myself both artistically and naturally.
This post has been something that I have been writing up for a while. Being fully confident in my appearance has been something that I have always struggled with, and I can’t say that I am at a state of 100% self-loving confidence. That being said, over the past couple of years I have really tried to create a lifestyle for myself that allows me to feel happier and more confident. Hating my appearance just transformed into me hating so many other aspects about myself. I began to develop a personality that I wasn’t happy with and it really began to reflect how I treated not only myself, but also others around me as well. Happiness truly is the best cosmetic and it radiates onto all aspects of your life. I fully and completely believe that if you are not happy with the person you are, every action of your life will reflect that.
It may sounds really strange that I am so invested into a career and lifestyle of cosmetics, while having such a strong view of being happy in your own skin. As much as I believe loving yourself in your natural state is the most important thing in the world, I also at the same time have a passion for transforming beauty into other forms of art. I believe this is why I have such a keen interest in special FX makeup. Forming creatures and bringing fantasy to life through makeup is absolutely amazing to me. Makeup should never be looked at as a negative thing, but I believe the way in which we use the tool of makeup should be with positive intentions.
I decided to take “The Power of Makeup Challenge” where I will keep half of my face completely bare, and transform the other half of my face into complete “glam” using makeup. I decided to take part in this challenge because I wanted to show that using makeup to make yourself feel good is not a bad thing as long as you see yourself in a positive light initially! Pampering and comfort come in all different forms and it just so happens that my form of comfort is through using makeup to highlight the parts of myself that I am proud of and give me the extra bit of confidence I need to feel beautiful.
I can write pages upon pages telling you that I believe you need to be confident with yourself without makeup and in your most natural state, but I believe the only way to really get my point across and stress the importance of this is to take the step and post a picture of my face completely bare. I want to show to everyone reading this, if anyone is reading this at all, that the person behind all the makeup is the person who is going to be with you throughout every decision and action you take throughout your entire life. Lipstick will fade, mascara will wash off, but the person behind all of that is here to stay. That person is the base of everything you do in life, so it’s the most important thing to have a strong, confident, self-loving base because its permanency is real. This being said, I do love myself in this photo but it did take time to come to this. A year ago I wouldn’t even have attempted to take this picture, but then I came to the realization that this face is mine and it’s never going to change. I can pick apart every flaw, discoloration, or crookedness in my appearance, but that’s not going to do anything except make me feel miserable. Embrace what you are given and be proud. It’s not easy, and I’m not quite sure if the challenge is ever going to completely fade, but once you accept yourself for who you are, almost every other aspect of your life will get better. I still struggle with this everyday, but it has gotten easier over the years and I am going to keep striving for happiness.
Now for the fun part, “The Power of Makeup” challenge. In the picture posted above, I have half my face completely bare, and the other half is with an intense amount of makeup, which in turn alters my appearance. I guess you could say it looks like two different people, but the important thing is that I do not in any way feel like two distinctive individuals. I think that’s a big problem in the makeup industry, for so many of us feel that if we alter our face with makeup we will in turn alter who we are. The belief that you will gain happiness with the use of makeup is a sad fantasy, and I want to make it known that this desired happiness will only come once you begin loving yourself free of bronzer and blush. We can use makeup to highlight the parts of ourselves that we are proud of and want to embrace, and we can also use makeup to create art and have fun expressing ourselves! So many people may disagree with this, but for me this is what I believe and feel. I am not saying I am right and everyone who disagrees is wrong, I am just saying this is my personal opinion and this process is what makes me happy.
Since this is a beauty and lifestyle blog, I am hoping to post makeup tutorials, more reviews on products, and give you a glance into all the incredible things makeup can do. I believe this is why I decided to create this post before I am to really dive into the world of makeup. I wanted to create a foundation of honesty, and inner-natural beauty almost as a kind of disclaimer. I wanted to show that as much fun and incredible makeup can be, it can’t be this amazing without a face of happiness, contentment, and confidence underneath. The world of makeup can be a terrible world if we use it in a way to change who we are as a person. Makeup should be used for fun, imagination, fantasy, and even happiness, but our happiness should in no way be dependent on the industry of cosmetics.
Confidence is a state that comes in many forms, and its not always going to come from within. Sometimes our insecurities can be overwhelming, and that’s ok. If we need an extra hand of assistance to take one more step in living a happy life, then by all means I believe we should do whatever it takes to reach that goal. Life isn’t worth living if happiness isn’t present and happiness needs to come from the inside out to help us live more fulfilling lives.
Okay, well now that I have put that out there, I want to give a little run through of the products I used to create the look on the “glam” side of my face. I didn’t want to finish this post off without a quick tutorial of the products I used because this post was in no way created to shame makeup. I love myself in both sides of this photo, and so I believe that I should explain the steps I took to express myself in each way! The explanation isn't going to be as in depth as a normal tutorial would be because I'm not quite sure if anyone would want to recreate this look exactly for a night out. None the less, for the makeup side of the picture:
- I started off by priming my face with Two Faced HangoverRx Replenishing Face Primer
- I then took a beauty blender and applied L'OREAL (Paris) Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation. Following this, with my beauty blender still damp, I concealed my under eye circles, discolouration around my nose, and blemishes on my forehead with Urban Decay Naked Weightless Concealer
- I then powdered my face with a translucent setting powder, applied Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzing Powder to my cheeks, and then contoured my cheek bone and the perimeter around my face
- For the highlight I added Benefits Watt's Up Cream Highlighter and topped it off with BECCA Moonstone
- Colourpop blush in "Bonus" was applied to the cheeks and I used the ABH Brow Wiz to fill in sparse areas of my eyebrows
- For the eyes I used an array of mattes and shimmers from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, created a medium sized wing with Revlon ColorStay Eye Pen and then applied false lashes and mascara. I don't usually wear false lashes but I thought it would be a nice touch to really intensify my point on "The Power of Makeup"
- Lastly, I lined my lips in MAC lipliner "Magenta" and then went over it with Colourpop Liquid Lippie Stix in "Mars"
So, that was an extremely short and sweet version of how I achieved this makeup look, but future tutorials will definitely be more detailed and elaborated on!
All in all, just like everything else we ever encounter in life there are going to be positives and negatives. It all comes down to how we approach the situation and the mindset we have going into it. Once I learned to accept the fact that makeup will never cover up a bad personality and a miserable attitude, I took the matters into my own hands and turned my focus within. Once I realized that I was in complete control as to how I treat people, along with myself, I started to have better opinions towards parts of myself that I was previously embarrassed and displeased with. I am loving myself more and more each day. Although it took a while, and it will take time and effort everyday, I have finally got to the destination of being able to love makeup for more than the hope that it will make me a better person, because that's something you need to work towards on your own. Everyone will encounter people in their lives who may make it feel as though it is impossible to love yourself and who may make you a person you don't want to be. Its up to you to find the strength to surpass those people and focus on being a good person despite all the obstacles we may face, and in turn this will allow us to feel good about our natural, pure, true selves.
Do what makes you happy, and do it often