The Power Of Makeup

I’ve seen lots of people on YouTube do this video over the past couple of months and I’ve really enjoyed watching them; it got me thinking about the difference makeup makes to the way I look so I tried it out. The difference was incredible and although it wasn’t as big of a difference than some people I was still surprised and till I tried this I never realised the massive difference makeup makes to my appearance. This then got me thinking about why I wear makeup and why I want to use its power.

Primarily I wear makeup for myself and to make myself feel better which is a habit I’m desperate to grow out of; I started wearing it to cover things about my face I’m uncomfortable with for my own benefit not anybody else’s. As I’ve grown up I’ve learnt that everyone gets the odd spot now and again or the odd patch of redness or dry skin but I still make the choice to wear makeup.

I think makeup has the power to accentuate areas of your face you like and want to be seen; I enjoy contouring because my Mum was kind enough to pass on her half decent cheek bones and contouring brings them out. I also often line my waterline because it brings out the colour of my eyes more. Makeup has the power to make your features stand out.

But it also has the power to hide things you might not be so comfortable with; I’m all for embracing your imperfections and being proud of the person you are but then again I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with wanting to hide the bags form lack of sleep or the odd spot that has chosen to make an appearance. I know I use a heavier concealer on my chin because of the scars left from spots that I want to hide to achieve an even skin tone. I also use three mascaras and curl my eyelashes as they’re naturally so short. I love that makeup can have the power to take things you’re not so happy with and make them better.

I strongly believe in embracing your imperfections and learning to love them and I really think this is so important. You don’t need to cover the spot on your chin or the bags under your eyes but if you choose to and you want to, that is totally okay. Make up has the power to be whatever you want it to be. It is an art, something you can experiment with and have fun with; perhaps something that can relax you or be your thirty minutes of you time a day.

I don’t wear makeup every single day and I feel okay without it; I’m beyond glad I’ve broken out of the habit of not leaving the house without it if I’m only popping next door. For me, makeup gives me confidence, it makes me feel happier about the way I look and the way I’m presenting myself to other people.

I enjoy makeup, I find it fun and I suppose collecting and experimenting with it has become a hobby – applying it in the morning can be something to look forward to or spending time on it when you’re going out somewhere special. I enjoy the vast amounts of shades available and the different formulas lipsticks come in. I think makeup has been something that has enticed me.

Makeup is powerful in so many different ways.


Everyday Makeup

I wouldn’t say I wear this makeup every single day but this is what I wear when I wear a full face of makeup. 

For primer I use the Nivea Hydrating Primer and then spray the Avon setting spray on top of this. I find this moisturises my skin and acts as a good base for my makeup. 

  For my foundation I always use the Body Shop lightening drops, these not only lighten the foundation but it gives a healthy look to the skin. 

I then either use the Max Factor 3in1 Face Finity foundation. Personally, I wouldn’t say this is 3in1 but it is a really good foundation that gives good coverage and lasts all day. Or I use the L’Oreal Infallibe 24hr. I really like this and it gives such a nice finish but it tends to cling to dry areas of my skin so I don’t use it when my face is quite dry. 

I use Boi-ing by Benefit under my foundation on any bad areas of my skin. This just creates a more even base for my foundation, it is so easy to blend and really high coverage.

Over my foundation and under my eyes I use Collection Lasting Perfection. I use this on my chin, around my nose, under my eyes then anywhere else that needs it. It lasts all day and is so easy to blend. I buy this over and over again – it is so good!

For my powder I usually use Rimmel Stay Matte; this sets my make up for the day and I usually only reapply once. 

More recently I have been liking the Collection Pressed Powder, this does a really good job and sets my make up in place. 

For my contour I use the Collection Contour Kit. This is easy to blend and is not orange at all. This looks nice and natrual look and I will buy this again.

For my highlight I use the Makeup Revolution in Pink Lights and I wrote about this here. On top of this I use the highlight from the palette; this is so good and gives a really nice glow.

I change my eye colour the most out of all my make up. I always use the Avon eye primer; it gives a smooth and even base and keeps my eye colour on all day.

I really like the Collection Eyes Uncovered palette (I think mine’s the original one). The shadows are so pigmented and blend really easily; they’re all neutrals which I love. Another neutral colour I love is MAC Tempting which I talk about here.

I really like gold eyeshadows as well. I usually use Kiko Colour Sphere in 04 this has loads of glitter in and looks really nice under the eye or in the outer corner. I also really like the MUA eyeshadow in Copper, this is so pigmented and is really nice on the outer corners. 

My eyebrows are natrually dark so I just brush them through and then use the Tecnic clear mascara to set them in place.
I use the clear mascara again to lengthen my lashes before curling them. This mascara was only 99p and it is honestly so good. 

After curling my lashes I use the Revlon mascara – I have the AllInOne version and it adds length and volume. On top of this I use the Maybelline Lash Sensational. This adds extra volume and curls my lashes even more. These three work so well together and I love them all.

For lipliner I usually switch between these two from Primark depending on the lipstick I am wearing. 

One is thicker and is a lighter colour, it does not dry your lips and is so easy to apply.

The pencil is darker and again does not dry the lips and is really nice under darker lip colours.

On the left is Modesty by MAC – I love the finish to this, it’s so creamy but stays on the lips for ages. It’s a light brown/nude colour that I love.

If I don’t wear that I wear Velvet Teddy by MAC (right) – this is a matte colour but is not drying and it stays on all day. This is a darker brown and I honestly love it.
I then set my makeup with the Avon setting spray to ensure it lasts all day.
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