If you’ve never used makeup before, it can be pretty intimidating to start. There are many different makeup products, colors, shades, tools, brushes, and techniques. There are a lot of things you can learn about makeup, but it’s very normal to be overwhelmed at the start. What’s becoming increasingly clear to me is that makeup is an art form in itself and they don’t tell you that.
Just like art or sports or design or any kind of skill, makeup skill won’t come easy for most of us, it probably takes a lot of practice and focus, and even then you may never get good at it. She also goes into great detail about skincare and nutrition that can make or break your final look, even with great makeup that I think is often overlooked when you want to do great makeup. A deep dive into Reddit confirmed that it can take a long time for the world’s non-makeup artists to refine these cosmetic skills to refine everything from 12 months to 13 years of solid trial and error. In the end, however, I believe with all my heart that makeup should be fun, and failing spectacularly is only part of the learning process.
I didn’t know anything about makeup two years ago and didn’t know how to apply it or what products to get or anything. If you watch one of the millions of makeup tutorials on Youtube, you’ll find that it takes a significant amount of artistic skill to blend three colored powders over an eyelid without it resembling a bruise, or to subtly create the illusion of cheekbones that would otherwise are hidden. Another writer, Emily Armstrong, has argued that the whole concept of pretty (aesthetically speaking) is simply a set of skills that encompass makeup, hair styling, and sartorial choices and that we don’t all have the same skills. That’s one of the most intimidating parts of becoming a makeup artist, but it’s easier than it seems.
Because I would have approached my makeup self-education from a different angle and met my expectations. They’re like the perfect, easy makeup look without makeup as they balance skin tone and are light. Take the winged liquid eyeliner for example — the only makeup technique I can use to get pretty good (not perfect, mind you) results. The biggest makeup tip I have is not to get overwhelmed. Make-up seems impossible to learn, but take it one day and one new product at a time, and you’ll get it done.
I was a late bloomer that was about makeup. As a teenager, I hardly wore anything, partly out of a lack of interest, partly due to lack of access (there isn’t a lot of foundation and mascara to play with when you have two brothers).