I don’t normally subscribe to the idea of Valentine’s Day, but I thought I would put out a more casual post discussing my usual makeup look on nights out. I would consider myself a creative person, except when it comes to makeup. I will usually stay with the same look for a few months before changing it around significantly. I only started wearing more makeup and experimenting with it in my early 20s, so there are many things I'm still learning. For instance, I’ve only just started dabbling with liquid foundation. I used to hate it, but now I'm slowly starting to recognize the appeal.
I would constantly wonder why makeup was as prevalent as it is and slowly I’ve grown to understand that it is another form of self-expression rather than conformation. All throughout school I thought of it as something to change yourself or become someone other’s would like more. Maybe that was how some people wore it, but I’ve begun really admiring the skill and patience that goes into it, much like in any art.
With that being said, I’ve devised a casual-glam look that I’ve been wearing this past holiday season. It’s noticeable enough to get compliments, but not over the top, which is what I always aim for in my aesthetic. If I’m not lazy I’ll start with a primer to help my base adhere to my skin. If I forget to do this I usually have already applied moisturizer and that’ll help my skin stay smooth. After that I’ll proceed to my cushion foundation that I only recently bought but have loved. It’s incredibly easy for application and doesn’t leave a mess all over your hands. I’d recommend giving it a try if you’re like me and don’t like the hassle of regular liquid foundation.
After that I will use a bit of concealer under my eyes to hide my perpetual dark circles. This is a step I never really saw the point of until I realized it can really brighten up your entire face. I’ll then dust on a bit of nude-ish pink blush and some highlighter on top of my cheekbones to give me a bit of a sculpted look. Typically my eyes will be left until the end, but I would have already added some eye shadow primer to dry while I’m doing the rest of my face. Once it’s ready I have been using a gold shimmery shadow on the lid, perfect for glistening in the candle light of a bar or restaurant, and a purple shadow to line the eye. I found that the combination of these two colours is incredibly complimentary without being too dramatic. If my boyfriend notices the shadow I know that I’ve done a good job of applying enough of it.
Finally…the lashes. The trickiest part to any look, in my opinion. I think a good pair of lashes makes or breaks what you have been standing in front of a mirror trying to achieve for the past half hour. I will always make sure to give them a good curl because mine are so thin that they fall flat instantly. Currently, I am using my all time favourite mascara, Better Than Sex, because it provides the perfect amount of thickness and lift. I have an entire post where I compare mascara brands that you can read [here] if you need more of a review. I will scrape off any excess product before trying to evenly apply it on my lashes. ‘Evenly’ is the hard part. Most of the time I leave my apartment with one lash thicker than the other, however I’ve gotten a bit better at balancing it out. Once that is done I will rub off any mascara that may have gotten on my eyelid and pop on a nude lipstick. After that I’m done!
That wasn’t too hard, was it?
What is your go-to makeup look for holidays or special occasions?