Shall we do the usual disclaimer? When it comes to aesthetics there is no objective right and wrong. Makeup, like fashion, like home decor, like fine art, is a tool used for expression. You do you. That being said, when you work in the industry and you do the same thing day in and day out for people, you really start to dislike certain trends. So I’m going to go ahead and release some of my thoughts into the world about those trends. I hope you don’t mind.
I really thought this craze would be over by now. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with contouring – I do it sometimes too – it’s just that it’s not appropriate for all situations. If you want to look glowing, healthy and radiant, then contouring isn’t going to help with that. A lovely cream bronzer would be perfect instead. Ya’ll feel? What’s more is is that contouring doesn’t suit a lot of people’s faces. For example, if you’ve got round cheeks contouring can look really fake and noticeable.
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but again, there’s nothing wrong per se with overdrawing your lips. It just needs to be done really well, otherwise it looks like a disaster. If you’re going significantly over your natural lip shape it’s impossible not to look messy. It should be about ever so slightly cheating where the natural line of your lips end. In addition, it’s really important to think about the texture of your lip product. Lip products with a shine to them will be a dead giveaway that you’ve overdrawn your lips because the light catches your natural lip line and exposes where you’ve overdrawn. And just for the record. I think it’s sad that so many people are hating their lips and thinking they need lip injections. I think bowed lips are beautiful and elegant in a 1920’s kind of a way.
I have a strange personal vendetta against liquid lipsticks. I’ll admit, I love a bold matte lip and liquid lipsticks are great for that, but when it comes to nudes…. I find them to look a bit lifeless. Having shine in a nude lipstick helps to keep the lips looking healthy and full. Making them completely matte can look too intense, particularly given that a lot of liquid nude colours tend to pull ashy on people’s skin tones.
Maybe it’s because I’ll always be a Lisa Eldridge girl, and her philosophy is quite “less is more,” but does anyone else die inside when they see how much concealer most Youtubers put on their faces? It just seems crazy to me to use a full coverage foundation and then pile on enormous amounts of full coverage concealer. For one thing, it’s more likely to shift throughout the day. For another, if you saw any of these people in person you would see a thick layer of makeup on their skin. Cameras are a girls best friend.
This one I really don’t get. Sure baking is good for keeping your makeup in place, but the trade off is usually that you look kinda cakey. It’s especially tough to pull off under the eyes where the skin if much thinner and makeup sits much heavier.
Here’s the thing, no one makeup trend is a bad thing. However, I think that trends have become such an all consuming beast that sometimes that artistry factor gets lost. Makeup is about balance. It’s about thinking “okay I’ve got a bold red lip on, so a glittery winged liner is going to be too much” or “a subtle contour would look nice with this understated smokey eye.” It’s so easy to see a million pretty things and want them all on your face, but that can end up detracting from the overall look.