Hello and happy Sunday. Since I got started with Makeup Mondays, I’ve been kind of reflecting on how I used to do makeup when I first got started, versus now that I’ve had years of experience in addition to actual classes. When I got the idea of writing this post, I really wasn’t sure how to address it. I mean, I could just make a list of new tricks, tips, and techniques I’ve learned, or I could be way more vague, and write a story-like kinda post. I decided to go back and watch one of the first makeup tutorials I got inspired by, and I was able to sort of compare where I was in relation to makeup five years ago versus now. Today, I’m bringing you five things I learned since I first got into makeup. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. There aren’t “rules,” just different ways to do things, and styles to follow
Yes, there is something called common sense, which is the reason we don’t apply a liquid over powder and then blend (haven’t done it? Try it, you’ll be making very expensive-looking playdough), but what I mean is that, in order for makeup to be fun, we should be willing to experiment and see how different people do things. When I first got into makeup, I would watch YouTubers do their face first, and then their eyes, and that was my way of doing things. Then, as I started learning more, and as I watched other people, I noticed that for me it made more sense to do first my eyes and then my face. That also led me to feel more drawn towards certain styles and artists than others. Don’t be afraid to try stuff out (makeup always comes off), and do what works for you, even if it doesn’t do it for other people.
2. Some steps in your routine will become second nature
Ask someone who has no idea about makeup to list you the steps in a standard routine. They will probably forget the great majority, but I can bet they’ll at least mention mascara and lipgloss or lipstick. Now, do the same with someone who knows about makeup. The first steps they say, the ones they don’t even have to think about, are the ones that probably have become second nature to them. There have been times when I’ve been almost done with my makeup, only to realize that I forgot to put mascara on. I’ll sometimes be baking and notice that the reason why my skin doesn’t look “wow” is because I forgot to put primer on. As much as I’ve done these steps, I still have to think about them.
Which steps have become second nature to me? Eyebrows and concealer. It’s funny because if you check the first looks I wrote down in my little notebook, you’ll notice that neither of these steps were included. At first, I thought they were unnecessary, and it wasn’t until I gave them a try that I discovered the huge difference they made. Nowadays, I can skip foundation and just wear powder, I can replace primer for SPF. I can even trick people into thinking I’m wearing lipgloss, when in reality it’s just lipliner and lip balm, but my eyebrows will be perfectly done, and my undereyes concealed.
3. Brushes and sponges make a difference
I’m not a huge fan of applying makeup with my hands, but I didn’t always have the extensive sponge and brush collection I currently own, so for a while there, I did use my fingers to apply some products. If you like doing that, and it works for you, then keep doing it; remember item one in this list. For me, though, using high-quality tools is just as important as the products themselves. With time, my brush and sponge collection has grown just as the makeup one has.
4. Contouring is not the same as bronzing
Again, you do you. If you like to contour with a sparky, warm-toned bronzer, by all means, do it. If you don’t contour and skip right to bronzer, then go ahead, I do that too sometimes. To me it was a revelation to understand the difference between bronzing and contouring because the YouTubers I used to follow way back when never contoured, or they tried to contour using bronzer. The result? Streaks of shimmery brown at either side of their face, and a muddy-looking forehead. Not. Cute.
Now, sometimes I just bronze, and in looks like the one I’m wearing today, which is super cool-toned, I’m only contouring. When I want to go all-in on my makeup, I’ll do both. My bronzers are warm-toned and shimmery while my contours are cool-toned and matte. That’s the contour/bronzer system that works for me, and I achieved it by looking muddy some days, and also like I wanted to be cast as the next JWoww, but at the end I found a midpoint I liked and I’ve been sticking to it.
5. Smokey eyes are cool (but halo eyes are better)
Literally the question I always get asked when I say I’m a professional makeup artist is “so, you know how to do smokey eyes?” Trust me, I went through that smokey-eye-loving stage as well. I thought that was the coolest eye look ever and nothing could ever beat it. For years, my eye makeup seemed to be a different version of the smokey eye. Every. Single. Day. That’s until, a year or two ago, out of nowhere, the halo eyes were a thing. To do halo eyes you need a base color for the outer and inner corner, and then an accent color, which is lighter and is usually a shimmer, in the center of the lid. It’s literally as simple as that, but it’s also stunning, and you can work with it as you would with a smokey eye, to make it more or less intense depending on what you’re wearing it for. Honestly, the smokey eye is pretty much dead to me at this point, and now I only do it if it’s my go-to look for a given Makeup Monday.
Have you been into makeup for a while? Tell me what you’ve learned!
Love, Miss Camila