P.S. As one of my faves Kemi taught me (here), beauty doesn’t automatically mean makeup. Making beauty synonymous with makeup simply gives off the vibe that makeup (the physical) alone is what makes one beautiful, but we all know that is a lie.
Okay, I’ve already told you (here) that my makeup journey definitely didn’t start smoothly. I’m getting better now, but still have quite a long way to go! I recently read a hilarious post by my girl Didi from The Blackk Beauty, which had me seriously smiling! People say that makeup doesn’t really have rules, each person has their own touch and interpretation of it.
Related – My Top 10 Beauty Faux Pass
They usually say this when someone gets called out for a certain thing they did, which is a bit out of the norm. I remember one of such occasions, where a certain make up artist posted a tutorial video. She SLATHERED on heaps of concealer followed by an equally crazy amount of foundation in this tutorial. What made me a bit irritated was that she had absolutely clear skin, so much product was being heaped on her face, and it didn’t even look properly blended at the end of the day. Who am I to talk anyway? I’m no Jackie Aina/Dimma Umeh/Omabelle.
I mean, she ‘glowed’ when she did the typical ‘oooh I’m-done-now-watch-me-whip-this weave-around-while-batting-my-eyes-because-I’m-feeling-myself‘ movements at the end of the video. However, I cried inside for the amount of product that was used. Plus, sometimes what you see on camera and what you see in reality can be two very different worlds apart.
Anyway I am half subscribed into the “there are no makeup rules” school of thought. This is probably because unblended, 10 shade lighter concealer around the eyebrows will always be a crime. Don’t drag me, you know it’s true. For other aspects of makeup, I can throw that line around, but maybe it’s just because I haven’t figured them out.
Now that my short ramble is over, let’s get to the crux of this post! I’m a semi-beginner when it comes to makeup, and it is so obvious I have a long way to go. Here are things I fail at when it comes to “beating the face”. Hopefully one day I’ll overcome them and enter a whole new world of makeup. Until then, I remain at the sidelines, hidden in the darkness, eyes fixated on the faces of women with bomb makeup as they pass me by.
Here are the beauty things I suck at!
I have a love-hate relationship with eye shadow. I’m still trying to figure things out. I struggle between choosing matte or shimmery shadows. I feel matte gives a clean look, but then, shimmery looks so nice on photos I see pop up on my social media feeds now and then. This inner battle stems from my personality, as I don’t like to overdo certain things, especially makeup.
Another complication is with the actual application of the makeup itself. I see all these Youtube tutorials, and hear things like ‘hooded eyelids’, ‘inner crease’, ‘transition shade’ and ‘cut crease’. Why do I need a shade to transition to another colour? Can’t I just slather on one colour on my eye lid and be on my way? Some things should be made easy, if my outfit is made from blue chiffon, I should wear blue eyeshadow to match, or any other colour that compliments. What’s all this about transition eh?
I’ve tried to put eyeshadow on, but it’s definitely an art. The eyeshadow palette in the photo is one I got off a Chinese website. It’s matte, but quite useless to me. There’s barely any pigmentation, and those brown shades look dusty. I should’ve thrown it away, but I’m glad I didn’t, because It helped me in this lovely photo above.
Every time I envision myself using eye liner, I fear that It’ll end up with me stabbing myself or painting my white eyeballs black or something. It’s simply petrifying. So, with that fear in mind, I humbled myself and stayed away. On some rare occasions I’ve put it on in an attempt to get that wing, but .. it’s just not working out.
Unfortunately I had no falsies lying around to fit into the photo, but you get the gist! I haven’t really had great experiences with false lashes. I keep getting terrible quality lash products, leading to:
- A highly artificial looking eye-area. The lashes are so fake it’s like you slapped on plastic on your eyelid and left the house.
- Inferior glue + inferior lash + a matter of time = half of lash popping out in a few hours = mortification and embarrassment. This happened to me at two of my high school formal events – a cruise, and even the ball! I was begging around for lash glue. Disgraceful.
Maths has never been my strong point in life, but anybody can see that equation is a recipe for disaster. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Someone might read this and go ‘really? still on the foundation matter?’ Yes, my brethren, foundation is still very much a fresh struggle. I am currently using L.A. Pride which says ‘oil control’ but actually doesn’t control anything let alone oil.
If you are a dedicated blog reader with a good memory, you’ll know that when it comes to foundation I have the worst luck, evidence:
If you remember from the post on my fake foundation experience (linked above), I ended up with another foundation which I was excited to use. It turned out to be terrible, not because it was fake (it was the real deal), but because it made my face grey. I guess it had cool undertones and I’m warm or something.
Ever since my friend quietly called my attention to my grey face one day in school (resembling the moon iPhone emoji – one of my faves) I threw the foundation to the side and haven’t touched it since.
I’ve decided to save for a proper foundation which won’t let me down. A foundation which will at least keep my oily face from unleashing itself prematurely (at least 5 hours). So far, my eyes are fixated on the Hegai and Esther Photo Perfect Foundation, or the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. Wish me luck (AGAIN)!
Weaves & Closures
Ah, yes. Unfortunately I have no accompanying flat lay because I don’t casually have closures laying around. Plus, the closures in the packs of hair I usually get should not be considered closures. I realised I sucked at this ‘beauty’ factor one day while going through the ever-messy forums at Lipstick Alley.
*BTW, Lipstick Alley is basically like The Shade Room but anonymous, and 20x messier. I recently saw @serrabellum (one of the best IG accounts) being dragged, and it was really terrible. Just goes to show you have to be careful who you let into your life, because once scorned or left, this person can destroy you. I searched her up wanting to see more about her seemingly awesome and aesthetically-pleasing life, and got way more than I bargained for.
In the dark streets of Lipstick Alley, people get dragged. A lot. One thing people seem to focus on especially is the closures. A lot of celebrities and popular faces get criticised for their closures and I feel so confused. I’d see threads on some popular hair tutorial Youtubers, and people would be saying oh their wig is this etc. It looked fine to me! Then again, some might be saying it out of spite.
What does the perfect closure look like? To me, it’s just having a nice clean line for a parting on a wig/weave. I didn’t know it was a whole other complex world. The makeup/hair world astounds me every day.
Anyway, that’s all the makeup things I suck at. If there’s someone out there that sucks at the same things I do, just let me know so we can battle this out together! The world of #facebeat is tough!
On the other hand, if you have any tutorial recommendations, I’m down for reading/watching when I have time. Just let me know.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the post! I loved taking the photos, and writing it. I feel like I’m on a roll lately, honestly.
1395 words? #unapologetic
Are you into makeup? What makeup stuff do you suck at/what did you suck at before but have now gotten the hang of? Who are your go-to teachers for makeup?