I love everything about makeup.
I love how it transforms a face. I love how it can make someone barely recognizable or highlight their features so that they look even more like themselves. I love how malleable it is, how all different types of makeup can be combined with totally different effects.
I love the texture of makeup, lipstick that is slick and shiny or lipstick that is matte, with the slightest sticky edge to it. The powdery collection of mineral foundation in the bottom of the pot. The dusting of eye shadow particles that cling to the fleshy part of the brush. The way lip liner pencils look rough but are actually smooth and waxy.
I love the dimensions it gives to a face. I love wet look lip gloss and how it makes lips look glassy and reflective. I love how it powder blends into skin and I love how it can shimmer. I love the contrast of dark eyeliner against clear eyes. I love how there are unending combinations, how the same lipstick can be demure or bold, depending on the rest of the makeup on the face.
I've loved makeup since my childhood experimentations with my sister's collection turned into an obsession with Kevyn Aucoin and a teenage desire to attend school for makeup artistry. Because makeup is an art. Both the application of it and the photographing of it, either on someone's face or on its own.
I'm so glad I'm a woman and can wear makeup without taboo. I feel bad for men, because they don't have the option of sprucing up their faces without drawing scorn. They're stuck with what they have--no contouring and highlighting. No hours spent in Sephora looking dreamily at all the options. No makeovers with friends and devouring of makeup tips in fashion magazines.
I love doing my own makeup. I completely subscribe to the theory that it's best to highlight just one feature on the face at a time, even though a couple of fashion magazines have recently been flouting that concept. And the feature that I highlight is almost always my eyes. I have my workday routine down pat. But I love breaking the routine for nighttime and on weekends.
I love discovering new products. I could own a whole closet full of makeup and I would still want new things. Brow gel? Liquid foundation? Primer? All new blush? I could spend days picking products for my lips alone. Lip liner? Matte lipstick? Glossy lipstick? Satin lipstick? Lip plumper? Lip exfoliant? Just the names are enticing, and the real thing even more so.
My makeup style is to focus on my eyes and play down the rest of my face--just eye concealer and tinted moisturizer for my skin and a subtle tint, usually something pink or coppery, for my lips. But even though my daily makeup routine is pretty much locked in, I love to experiment. I have lots of different looks for non-office occasions. And I always want more.
So tell me, what's your favorite beauty product? And what's your makeup style?
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