What is the purpose of make-up?
I recently have this discussion with different groups of friends that includes both guys and girls. The first answer that most people will say is that makeup is to enhance beauty. Although contrarily when you ask most guys if they like girls with makeup, almost more than half of them will automatically say no.
I have a feeling that the reason behind this is because whenever we mention makeup; most people automatically picture CAKE FACE!
The cakey foundation, heavy bronzer/highlighter (aka contouring) , crazy eyebrows, electric eye shadow and droopy lipstick/gloss.
Not only is this a turn-off for guys, it is a turn-off for girls who are curious and want to learn more about make-up as well. The argument I get from girls who don’t wear makeup is that makeup is ‘fake’ and unnatural. Or the simple fact that they are lazy and makeup is expensive.
Now I understand that just because you are a girl it doesn’t mean you are born “girly”.
Take me for example. What I learned from mom from an early age is that comfort and price is the most important. Whenever I go shopping with mom we always look for the cheapest and most comfortable clothes. That plus the fact that I was majorly active with sports and martial arts? Yea I was one hell of a tom boy.
The very topic of ‘beauty’ can be very intimidating. From the inside we have eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleeping well and handling mental stress. On the outside we have fashion, accessories, jewelry, shoes, handbag, perfume, makeup, skin care, hair maintenance, nails, etc.
Now there are different levels of involvement in ‘beauty’. It can be very overwhelming and exhausting just to read that list above. But it really doesn’t have to be all that complicated. Back to the topic of makeup, let’s have a look at this Reddit post I came across the other day:
In case you couldn’t read the captions:
- “You look different.”
- “You look so tired!”
- “Are you sick?”
No Make-up Make-up:
- “You look so lovely without makeup!”
- No comments.
Full Face O’Slap
- “I love your lipstick!”
- “Why are you wearing so much make-up?”
One of the top comment from this post nails the idea:
“Well it’s kind of how society is today. Everyone sees most women with flawless skin and assumes that’s how they naturally look because they don’t see the make up on.”
As you can see, makeup does not equal cake-face. One simple comparison my boyfriend came up with is that girls wearing basic makeup is like a guys combing their hair. Basic makeup is meant to show that you look ‘put together’. It’s a kind of social-respect you have for meeting clients, meeting new friends or giving a presentation. It is meant to give a confident first-impression, to look presentable and polished.
Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. Like everything else good monthly budgeting is the key. Simply cutting back on the eating out budget or a couple cups of Starbucks would be enough to get you started with a basic makeup kit. Over time you will find that pampering yourself inside out with the combination of some quality ‘ME’ time can be the best stress-relief activity.
So what is basic makeup and how do you get started?
Flawless skin, eye brow, eye liner and blush.
You would be surprised the difference it makes by simply lightly covering blemishes and evening out your skin tone.
Here is another great before and after example from Reddit:
Quote from the original poster:
“Everyday work appropriate makeup. Meant to make me look awake, polished and closer to my age.”
What you will need:
1. Good basic skin care.
(See my YouTube tutorial Basic 3-steps Skin Care Routine)
Remember the better your skin the less makeup you need to use! =)
1. Foundation/Blush Brush
2. Concealer Brush
3. Eyeshadow Brush
4. Angled eye-liner Brush
5. Brow and eyelashes Comb
This EcoTools 6 Piece Brush Set is the perfect beginner set that cost about $11-14 from your local drug store. Makeup brushes are essential but you definitely don’t need to invest too much into them at the beginning. Once you master your basic look you will discover and understand the advantage of more expensive brushes.
I highly recommend the NYX Concealer in a jar because it is cheap, easy to apply and high effective. It is available at London Drugs or most popular drug store in your area. It comes it 3 different shades: Porcelain, Light and Medium. Never choose a concealer that is a lighter shade than your skin. It will highlight problem areas which you were trying to conceal. Avoid using your fingers to apply concealer because not only will in contaminate your product, it will transfer bacteria to problem areas on your skin as well.
This one I would invest a little more in. The foundation covers your entire face so a cheap product with cheap ingredients can cause break outs . I’ve used the Lancome Dual Finish Powder Makeup for years and it is part of my basic makeup stable especially for work days. I usually apply it dry with a big fluffy brush to buff out the concealer and lightly evenly out the skin tone of the entire face.
A basic as-thin-as-you-can-draw-it liner on the top of your eyelid is all you need. Eyeliner opens up your eyes and make you appear more awake and sharpens your eyes. Shown here is a typical drug store liner that normally cost around $5-6. Look for one with a twisty packing as shown so you don’t have to bother with a makeup sharpener. Simply twist the front part of the pencil to get more product out.
5. Eyebrow kit.
Eyebrows, eyebrows, eyebrows. I cannot stress enough how important it is to shape and define your eyebrows. Even if you don’t conceal or put foundation, the very minimum is eyeliner and fill in your brows. That alone will sharpen your features and define the whole shape of your face.
If you have never done anything to your eyebrows, I would recommend going to your closest neighborhood spa or salon with brow service and have a professional shape it for you for the first time. Tell them you just want a clean eyebrow shape and please pluck/wax/thread the least amount of hair they can to give you a basic shape.
After that all you need is regular maintenance by plucking away hair and filling in you brow according to the shape already defined by the professional.
6. Lip balm.
Any basic lip balm will complete the look and make your lips look moisturized.
7. Optional: BB Creme, Blush, Mascara, lip gloss.
I will do a more in-depth video tutorial soon on the basic makeup look.
In the mean time thank you for reading and let me know what’s your take on makeup and beauty! =)