Too Much Makeup RANT!!!!
Too much makeup seems to be today’s trend. We who love to slay are actually adopting techniques the queens have used for years. Drag queens that is. That’s right the masters of illusion! But its no shade. It is so admirable and beautiful to me how artist can transform themselves using just makeup! No wax no putty… just PAINT! Now THAT’S skill!
I personally study artistic makeup. Incorporating theatrical style makeup into “normal” makeup is brilliant. It’s nothing wrong with enhancing yourself so that you can look and feel your best. Rather you know it or not, contouring and highlighting fits into the category of artistic and drag makeup. Both styles use colors, shadows and light to create features that aren’t naturally there. As you can imagine, that entails using lots and LOTS of product. Although we are not using makeup to that extent when we contour and create our shadows, we are in fact using an unnecessary amount of product.
I think the over usage of product has something to do with online makeup tutorials. Online makeup tutorials have a huge disadvantage because the amount the instructor is using becomes distorted. Makeup has light reflective qualities which transforms its appearance under artificial lighting. Therefore, it may appear as if the “experts” are using more than they actually are. And let’s not forget the tutorials are edited from hours of footage down to minutes.
When a student is solely using online tutorials to learn makeup no one is there to give corrective advise such as “that’s too much, not enough, wet your brush” etc. We are watching the “gurus” through this media screen, putting everything in its proper place and blending perfectly. But the actual amount the tutor uses is not translating. I have NEVER met ANY woman who desired to look casket ready. Sorry, but I haven’t. We all want that Kim Kardashian smoked eye paired with Beyoncés glow. Their makeup always looks subtle even if it does have an edge. And their skin looks like skin… not like they washed their faces in foundation.
Getting glammed up is fun! AND IT’S PRETTY! But the over exaggerated lashes and excess amount of makeup turns people off. Women who don’t wear makeup and lashes are afraid to even try. They are afraid of looking draggish. Makeup looks trending today mimic drag makeup. And although drag makeup is beautiful, we must keep in mind that they are men transforming themselves into women. The steps drag queens take and the amount of product they use is much different from what a natural born woman would need. Looking like a drag queen when you’re actually female is an epic #fail!
We are so focused on being “beat” we’re forgetting about clean looks. Makeup that brings out your God given beauty. Simplistic makeup on women is vanishing. Beat for the Gawdz has taken over and is the PRECISE reason “take um swimming” started. When your makeup is done you should still look like yourself, only enhanced.
No one should be able to say to themselves “I wonder what she looks like under all of THAT!?!” Don’t get me wrong, I contour my face and will rock a cut crease in a minute. It’s not about NOT doing those things its about keeping it conservative. Makeup should be treated like hair extensions, it’s there but you can’t see the tracks. You wouldn’t walk around with your tracks showing .. would you?
-The Makeup Lady