Today I’m so happy to have a wonderful post courtesy of Cherie from Modern Yet Nostalgic. Cherie is such a sweet, smart, and hilarious blogger who I know you’ll enjoy. She writes about dating, entertainment, and life in general. I love her dry sense of humor!
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting on Lindsay’s blog. My name is Cherie and I blog over at Modern Yet Nostalgic. I mostly talk entertainment, nostalgia, and cats, but today I’m here to talk about makeup.
Let me tell you – I was a little late to the makeup game. I wore very little makeup in high school. And what I did wear was completely wrong for my skin tone. In college, I wore makeup but I never really thought about the products I purchased or that – shockingly – there were some makeup styles that were more flattering than others.
In my early twenties, I just threw on a whole lot of eyeliner and pretty much called it a day. Over the last couple of years – thanks to some of my makeup aficionado friends and the internet (obviously) – I’ve learned a few things that I’m going to share.
Eyebrows are important.
Eyebrows are important, but they’re very easy to overdo. They’re very easy to screw up beyond all recognition. It can end up being, “Is that even an eyebrow?” or “Why do you look so surprised?” I am still an eyebrow novice, but I’m learning. I recently purchased my first Anastasia Beverly Hills products (brow wiz and pomade) and they are very quickly changing my life.
My eyebrows are naturally so blonde that they are virtually non-existent. For most of my makeup-wearing years, I didn’t do anything with them. Sometimes I would shade them in a little darker, but I never put in that much effort.
These days, my eyebrows take up more of my morning than everything else except my hair. I don’t mind, though, because some days I can look in the mirror and very seriously say, “Girl, your eyebrows are on fleek.” Only I don’t say that because I feel too silly. But seriously, here’s photographic evidence of the difference it made on my face:
Your eyeliner does not need to look like a circa 2006 emo kid did your makeup.
I’m guilty of having used too much eyeliner for way too long. In my heyday, I ringed my entire eye in black eyeliner and looked like the human equivalent of a raccoon. This style also made my eyes look too small. It wasn’t flattering, but I was too stubborn to admit it.
While I still think eyeliner makes or breaks my look (I look tired without it), I’ve learned to chill out with it a little bit.
Not everyone can get away with every color of lipstick.
There was a lot of mourning from yours truly on this one. I received the prettiest shade of liquid lipstick in my Ipsy bag a few months ago. It was this gorgeous, matte shade of mauve. I loved it and I wore it several times before I realized that I just couldn’t pull it off.
My lips are pretty thin, so I can’t really get away with dark lipstick. I’ve tried, but it just makes my thin lips even more noticeable. It’s like a giant, flashing neon sign pointing out my flaw to every person I encounter.
I’ve learned that my best bet is to stick with brighter shades of red or just go with a nice, pink gloss. Determining the best shade for yourself may require some trial and error and, in some cases, you may end up going through the 5 stages of grief. But that’s ok — we’re always learning.
Mascara is awesome.
This is probably something that doesn’t even need to be said, but mascara is the best. I only started regularly wearing mascara over the last two years because I didn’t think it really mattered. Again, I was of the ideology that eyeliner was the saving grace of my entire face. I did not intend for that to rhyme, but I’m leaving it.
Especially for those of us with light eyelashes, mascara is very helpful at opening up the eyes and providing a nice contrast against your skin. I wear mascara on both my top and bottom lashes. It especially helps with the bottom lashes because, otherwise, it doesn’t look like I have any.
You need a brush for everything.
As with eyebrows and mascara, I was late to the brush game. In 2014, my friend introduced me to the world of Sephora. I went with her to pick out the makeup she planned to wear in her wedding. While there, she bought a brush for her foundation.
I thought, “A brush? For foundation?” I imagined the foundation getting caked on the brush and figured there was no way the brush would distribute the liquid foundation evenly.
A few days later, the aforementioned friend told me how much she loved her foundation brush. I ended up trying it out of what I thought was morbid curiosity and I ended up loving it. It didn’t get caked on the brush and I found my foundation to be more evenly distributed than ever before. Who would have thought?
Since this eye-opening discovery, I’ve purchased brushes for everything you can think of. I have an eyebrow brush, numerous eye shadow brushes, an eyeliner brush, and brushes for highlighting and contouring. I’m hoping to master highlighting and contouring by age 35, but I like to think I’m halfway there with the designated brushes.
These are the most important things that I’ve learned about beauty in adulthood. I only wish I could go back in time and tell my 17-year-old self what I know now. What are some important beauty basics you wish you knew sooner?