As a retired Sephora cast member, my love for makeup stems greater than the beauty which it portrays. It wasn't until my first year of university that I started to actually use makeup products. I would religiously wear eyeliner throughout my teen years in high school but I never really explored the millions of other products. Matter of fact, prior to landing a job in the retail mecca of makeup, I had only entered a Sephora store about 3 times!
When I started using makeup, it was generally elf or drug store brands primarily because I was a freshman in university paying tuition and had to budget accordingly. Elf makeup was a fantasy land of color, pigment and budget friendly products for me. The feeling of receiving a box filled with makeup when the shipment would arrive was inexplicably blissful. It was like Christmas. And trust me, Christmas for a Muslim girl is a whole new level of happiness.
Anywho, for me, it's more than just fancy colors on my eyes and 'fleeky brows'. It's even more than an art form. It's the opportunity to transform an already beautiful canvas into anything I'd like. I condemn the notion that makeup is a dependent variable which people need to use in order to appear 'better' or 'more beautiful'. On the other hand, I also condemn the idea that one should abstain from makeup because natural beauty is the ultimate form of human appearance. It does not make sense to be on any side of the spectrum. Rather it is best to treat makeup as an independent element which allows an individual to creatively accentuate one's facial characteristics.
In short, we need to let people wear (or not wear) makeup to whatever degree their hearts desire. If you do not like the appearance of someone based on their makeup then simply turn your head the other way and frolic as you will. If you are new to makeup or interested in trying something new then check out the tips below which will help you voyage into the wonderful world of makeup!
- Remember "SBSAS": Save by Sampling at Sephora. Do not be afraid to ask a makeup artist or any patron working at Sephora for a sample of any depositable product. I use the word 'depositable' because it's nearly impossible to scoop or to break up a tin of eye-shadow. Liquid foundation, concealer, and other such transferable products are all items which I would recommend you sample before buying.
- You don't have to completely go mainstream all the time. Yes, the new palettes and highlighters and what not are amazing but that doesn't mean you need to always be doing what the influencers or celebs do to accurately achieve any makeup look.
- Dupes. This is a build-off of the previous point. And I'll most-likely write another post about actual dupes but in short, hunt for similar items. Whether it's to save money or test out other formulas, there is no reason not to search for duplicates of similar products. Ulta and drug stores are great for finding twins of popular products!
- Finally, no one can tell you what works for your skin. Just as a doctor can only recommend specific prescriptions based on symptoms and common practice, similarly, makeup artists and other cosmetologist can only recommend typical products. Makeup is very centric on 'trial and error' (my inner businesswoman speaking) for the best results. But trust me, there's great fun in finding products which help you achieve the look you're going for!
Enjoy the colorful and tranformational world of makeup m'loveees!