One thing that has been getting me through this lockdown is (as the title would suggest) playing around with makeup. Getting out of bed, showering and then putting my face on has become a comforting constant in my daily “routine” during the past three weeks, even if my looks have mostly been variants on the ‘copper eye, nude lip’ stereotype.
Today was a little different. I dug a colourful liquid eyeliner out of my makeup box to do a very minimal cut crease, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
I don’t do bright pink makeup all that often, but whenever I do, I feel incredibly cute and girly. A bright pink lip does wonders for making you feel sassy, and adding a touch of purple into the cut crease creates an extra interesting detail to draw the eye. The fact that it is a more pastel shade is also good for softening the brightness of the pink. One day, I will make a proper attempt at a cut crease, although I am impressed with myself for managing to apply concealer halos* to my hooded eyelids. I don’t exactly have the best eyelids for pulling off intricate eyeshadow looks, so something like a cut crease is difficult. However, with this one, I managed to put the purple liner in exactly the right place so that it was still visible even when my eyes were fully open. So yeah, I’m happy with it.
*not sure of the exact name of it, but this technique involves applying concealer to the eyelid, then looking up to create a blank halo around the eye which you can then pack colour onto (hard to describe, but it’s seen here in MakeUpByJaack’s Instagram video about 30 seconds in, after he has filled in the crease with colour). It’s difficult to do with my hooded eyelids because the hood prevents it from being a smooth block of colour.
This is quite a random thing to pop on the blog, but makeup has been a big part of my life lately since I’ve had very little to do during lockdown. Scrolling through Instagram has also become a full-time hobby, and this has given me access to a lot of makeup inspiration because plenty of folk that I follow are experimenting with their look while in quarantine.
This sounds like a waste of time, but it has reminded me of something: makeup doesn’t have to be airbrushed or Instagram-perfect to be worthy. Makeup is very personal, and it can look however you want it to look. No one’s skin is poreless and no one’s eyebrows are perfectly symmetrical, and every Facetuned photo you see is intent on hiding any “imperfections”. Not every makeup look has to be flawless down to the last detail, and not every makeup look has to reinvent the wheel, hence why I’m happy with the simplicity of adding a colourful swipe of liquid liner to my eyeshadow and calling it finished. Seeing others online painting their faces, indulging in minimalist looks and thinking outside the box when it comes to makeup has been wonderful, and I’m ready to try out some new and interesting aesthetics for a bit of fun.
Here are a few posts and trends that have inspired me lately when it comes to makeup:
- @existentialcrisistime‘s eyes and barbed wire look
- @artoftheovershare‘s cheekbone daisies
- @naomijon‘s fake freckles
- @beautsoup‘s colourful liner and basically any other minimalist look that she does
- This e-girl trend of big eyeliner and cute hearts/dots/stars on the cheeks/cheekbones, like these looks from @best.dressed, @clownbbbaby and @srh_juanico
Foundation: Makeup Revolution Matte Base in ‘F3’
Highlighter: Makeup Revolution x Soph Palette
Brows: Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade in ‘Medium Brown’
Liquid Eyeliner: NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights Liner in ‘Vivid Blossom’
Eyeshadow: Makeup Revolution Flawless 4 Palette
Mascara: Collection Lash Surge
Lipstick: from a Makeup Revolution advent calendar
Fake Freckles: created with Maybelline Brow Drama Chalk Eyebrow Powder