So, this is the "Why I wear make-up tag" that I wasn't actually tagged in but decided to do regardless. This is a big thing for me, someone who is rarely ever seen without a face full of make-up and to put this side of myself out there to the world takes a lot of confidence that I'm not sure I have. The photo above is me with not a stitch on my face in the middle of summer when, honestly, it was too hot to bother. I don't mind this photo that much but I would be lying if I said it didn't tug on my insecurities
slightly a lot. So, on with the questions!
1. When did you begin loving make-up?
I was into make-up a long time before I started wearing it. I grew up watching my nan apply her foundation in streaks and blending it out into a flawless finish, winging out her eyeliner and applying her lipstick in such a precise motion that the bullet of her lipstick had bended to the shape of her lips for easy application. Before dance class every Tuesday I'd watch and hope she would allow me to wear a light slick of light pink Dior lipstick or touch her Avon bronzing pearls which she applied with the biggest paint brush I had ever seen (now a common place in my make-up bag known as a blush brush). I was thirteen before I started wearing make-up myself and then at fourteen I started really getting into foundation to mask my skin tone (very pale with red rosacea on the cheeks) and heavy eyeliner. It progressed from there with various degrees of success until I was nineteen and finally understood the meaning of blending.
2. How do you feel without make-up?
I'll be honest and say that I don't feel confident, remotely attractive or special. Special is an odd word to use but one that I really feel sums up my attitude when I'm wearing a great lipstick or a perfectly blended smokey eye. I don't mean in a 'I'm better than you' way but just that I feel like I stand out that little bit more but not enough to draw a lot of attention to myself. I go make-up free at home at night and in the mornings but the chances are that even if I'm staying home all day I'll still apply my make-up, not to hide my insecurities because gosh, my partner and children have really seen it all but because it makes me feel good. It's a hobby, something I love to do, something that I create and I think people have a hard time grasping that and think that if you were naturally pretty you wouldn't need make-up, you're doing it for male/female attention or you must be severely unconfident to wear make-up. No. I just really, really love it. The process, the textures, the different looks I can create with the same products, the way it can completely change your appearance, the way it can enhance and define and...you get it.
3. What do you like about make-up?
I answered this question partly above in that "...the process, the textures.." but it's also to do with the variety of qualities, finishes, colours and brands on the market. It's the way it completes an outfit and can turn you from feeling a little bit down to confident in the slick of a bright red/pink/brown/insert your shade here bullet. I adore clothes and fashion - not always trends but fashion and to me, fashion with a bare face is like wearing one shoe. I express myself through my hair, make-up, piercings, tattoos, nails, clothes, accessories and personality and that's a good thing in my book. I don't care if someone wears make-up or doesn't wear make-up, if they need to or don't and the obsession with beauty has become so that we wear what we feel we should wear rather than what we want to wear. I also love the way it can hide a multitude of sins from a late night to one too many glasses of red wine on a weekend.
4. Three 'Holy Grail' items?
1. Moisturiser. My foundation never sits well without a good moisturiser underneath. I am an advocate of Simple's daily moisturiser and LUSH's Dream Cream although there are many that I have used and enjoyed.
2. Brow powder. I'm not too fond of brow pencils as I find them a bit harsh even with the lightest strokes so I use a brow powder and a brow wax. I find this works best for me with an angled brush or a small liner brush and frames my face. I never feel truly 'done' without my brows.
3. Foundation. I love Rimmel's Wake Me Up, MUA's Matte and Estee Lauder's Double Wear. Without a good base that covers my redness I feel awful about the rest of my look. Shallow? Maybe.
Of course I could add so many beauty products I love and rely on and I could write so much about my love of products but I think you all get the gist. I'm going to tag anyone who reads this so if you put this up on your blog, let me know.