Hey internet friends (I can’t help but think of Jim Chapman everytime I say that, teehee)! So, I’m back for #NakedWeek Day 1, ohhhhh yea! I know I hinted at the first day being an Urban Decay product, but I’ve since had a change of heart and decided to lead off the week with this post. Let’s get to it, shall we?!
Today’s post is dedicated to all of you makeup newcomers out there. Whether you’re 35, 15, or somewhere in between, the tips and products mentioned in this post applies to you. If the world of makeup and beauty is one that you just discovered, welcome, we’ve been expecting you! It’s enticing, isn’t it? All the glitz, the glam, and the pounds of lip gloss…ahh, it’s just what any and every makeup addict lover requires.
To get us started, I wanted to say something that I find very important to share on a constant basis with you, and everyone around me. Makeup is a supplement, not a requirement. I TRULY, wholeheartedly believe that, through and through. It’s easy to get swept up into the world of cosmetics, with all of the beautiful commercials and print advertisements and impressive marketing leading each and every woman (and man, no judgement here) to thinking that she needs this and that product to make her more attractive. Sure, lashes with multiple coats of mascara on them may look more physically appealing than bare ones, but at the end of the day, are we born with coats of mascara on our eyelashes? No. Beauty comes from the raw, the inside; it’s all about being a nice, caring, gentle, friendly person. Do you think that people who have lots of makeup on but are not very nice on the inside keep friends for long? They don’t. Beauty is skin deep, and no amount of foundation or blush or bronzer or lipstick can cover that up. All you need is a good character and confidence to be the most beautiful person you can be. I have believed that from a very young age and I will believe it till the day I die.
Just had to get that out there. 🙂
That being said, makeup can be a lot of fun. It can completely change how you look, for better and for worse. However, your girl Sio is here to walk you through the very basics, so that even if you’ve never laid your eyes on an eye lash curler or a lip liner pencil, you can walk away from your computer or iPad or phone knowing a bit more and knowing what products you should look out for.
Now, I’m not your typical girl when it comes to makeup, just to warn you. I didn’t start wearing a full face of makeup until I was 18 (unless I was modelling as a kid and then I would have it on for a couple of hours and then immediately wash it off), and if/when I have my own children, I am going to instill the same rules and values into them. So, needless to say, I am not about to tell you to pick up any kind of heavy, full coverage foundation or powder to start you off with. You are NEW to makeup, so let’s not push you into the deep end, so to speak. It’s much easier and more enjoyable to gradually get into it rather than to go all out and then not have much else to discover. It is, a learning process, after all. So, here are the basics to enhance your features and let you have a little fun in the process. 🙂
Another thing I would like to mention is that all of the products that are going to be mentioned in this post can be found at the drugstore. When you’re new to the makeup world, it may be tempting to go for the $50 foundation or $70 eye shadow palette, but let me stop you right there. When you are first getting into these things, you don’t know what you like. You think you do, but you don’t. And by that I mean, you may see a girl with bright red lips walking down the street and you may think “I like that, I need to try that soon.” Which is great, you may, indeed, like that kind of look and gravitate towards that every single time that you apply makeup. However, what you do not know yet, is that there are COUNTLESS shades of red, with multiple undertones; some that will suit you and your skintone and others that…well, they won’t. There are also countless WAYS to achieve a red lip: stain, lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, lip butter, etc. (more on that here).
My point is, as enjoyable and fun as makeup is, it’s also a bit of science, and the more you get into said science, the more you’ll learn. Some people never really take it on and they just stick to what they need to know, which is great. It’s whatever works for you. However, at this stage, being a novice and all, you don’t really need to (or want to, for that matter, schtuff gets confusing!) learn about anything other than the basics. And the basics don’t cost much. You truly don’t need to spend $35 on an eyebrow pencil that can do the same things or could possibly under-perform a $10 pencil from the drugstore. You just don’t, it doesn’t make sense. I highly encourage all newcomers out there to delve into drugstore products before they get enamoured by higher-end products. You could find makeup gold for less than $15 for all you know!
Okay, now that I’ve finished babbling, let’s move on!
We obviously all have individual skin with our own skin woes, whether it be dryness, oiliness, acne, acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation, a combo of things, etc. I don’t believe in covering young skin with anything too heavy because it’s young and all skin needs time to breathe but I do understand that some people would just feel better with something on their face. Enter the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm, aka the best drugstore “foundation” that I have EVER used! It provides medium-full coverage but is lightweight, creamy, easy to apply, blends well and gives you an unmistakable glow that everyone will want to know more about. I definitely recommend this product to anyone, whatever your age or condition, because it just looks so good on the skin. Plus, it is inexpensive, lasts a long time and comes in a cute little tube that makes the product easy to dispense. Oh! And it has SPF 30! You’ve got to remember to keep your skin (especially your face) covered in SPF so that you can avoid premature wrinkling and/or worsening of the skin’s condition. Finally, if you are like me and just need to cover your under-eye circles and certain spots of your face (I can actually feel the glares, daggers and stones being hurled in my direction right now…but don’t you worry, I may not have acne or hyper-pigmentation issues but I do have SUPER dry skin that is prone to eczema, so don’t worry, everybody has something!), the nifty little nozzle that this product has makes it easy to dispense just a little product out to cover the areas you need to. It’s downright perfect!
I’m pretty sure that all of my dry-skinned gals just shrieked and ran into the corner, but fear not, ladies, I’ve thought of you. While oils on the surface of our skin is GOOD, NATURAL and HEALTHY, I’ve not met a single person yet who enjoys looking like a shiny, oil-slick. Powders can be tricky to navigate as some have some pretty weird, dangerous ingredients and others can be pointless and ineffective. However, I have finally found my holy grail powder (that’s right, I said it, let it be known!), and it’s from the drugstore no less! The Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is a miracle in a compact. It mattifies the skin without drying it out, and it makes skin look so flawless and beautiful, you’ll wonder what you were doing with your life beforehand. Seriously, though, it’s that amazing, but I’m not going to go into too much detail in this post because it’s actually going to be featured for #NakedWeek Day 3! What I can say to you, though, is it’s a great powder to start off with as it leaves your skin looking flawless while still looking and feeling like skin. Plus, it’s so compact (smaller than my iPhone 5, as pictured above), it’s easy to throw into a handbag or backpack and not have to fear shine or oil ever again.
Frame the Face
The brows are one of the most, if not, the most important feature on your face. They truly to frame the face, highlight your best features and set the tone for a look. For a beginner, I would recommend starting out with a powder product to fill in the brows; they are generally easier to work with and more “mistake-proof” than pencil or gel. I absolutely adore the Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set (which comes in a lighter colour, too, for all of my fair friends) because I think it is excellent value for money. I paid less than $5 for this, including tax, and it’s one of my go-to products for everyday. You can use the darker colour, the lighter colour, or mix a combination of the two, and there is even a handy, dandy little brush to use to do so (although, I do recommend picking up an angled brush eventually, as you can use them for much more than just your brows)! Plus, there are brow stencils included in the set, in case you want to fill in your brows to a certain shape. I, personally, think that the shapes included are a little harsh, but that’s just coming from someone who has never had her eyebrows done. Ever. Overall, if you fill in your brows, even just a little bit, people will start to notice. It completes a look and makes you look flawless.
I am a total lash lover. The more lashes, the better. When you first start out, you might not be too bothered about your lashes. Sometimes we like to focus on the bigger picture, like our skin, or our lips, or our brows. It makes sense. However, let me tell you, when you do delve into the world of mascara, wow, is it ever going to change your world. Whether you have straight lashes, short lashes, lashes that point down or lashes that just won’t stay curled, there is a mascara out there for you. Again, I would recommend checking out the ones in the drugstore first before you venture into the $20+ market, because many of the ingredients that are in the drugstore mascaras are the exact same as the higher end ones. My favourite drugstore mascara is the L’oreal Telescopic Clean Definition Mascara because it is a miracle worker. First of all, I have yet to find someone who it doesn’t look amazing on. For my lashes, it extends them, makes them fuller, lush and lovely. On other people’s lashes, it does the same thing. I think it’s all about the brush, the brush is this skinny little plastic thing that you would honestly think is pathetic upon first sight. However, when you put it up to your lashes, even after only one coat, you instantly regret ever thinking anything bad about it. It’s honestly the BEST, it lasts all day and doesn’t take an army to remove! It comes in a variety of colours and can be found in any drugstore. Just make sure you get the “Clean Definition” version because the other version can tend to flake off of your lashes within the first couple of hours. Go forth and multiply (those lashes!)!!! 😀
Lip-pity Do-Dah, Lip-pity Day…
It’s time to round off your look! Now, this part is completely up to you (as all other parts are, too, these are just suggestions or, guidelines, if you will). You can go bright, you can go more neutral, and you can choose whatever kind of product you like and/or feel comfortable using. In my opinion, when you are slowly getting into makeup, you should opt for more natural looking colours, especially if you are a youngin. It just helps to more comfortable with natural looking products before you venture out a little bit, and I find it’s more fun that way; it stops other people from freaking out and then you feeling awkward or shy about what you have on your face. Makeup should be fun and exciting, but it can only be that when you can relax and can feel confident in what you are wearing.
I like the NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm for a natural hint of colour plus the added benefit of hydration and shine (plus, they smell AMAZING). The one pictured above is in “Garnet Gala”, but they have over 10 colours to choose from; one to suit every skin colour and look. Another option is going with the Almay Liquid Lip Balm. Again, you get some hydration with lots of shine, which is always nice to add to any look. Photographed above is the colour “Rosy-Lipped”, which is a subtle nude-y pink, but Almay has lots of colours to choose from, so you can really go crazy if you like. I like both of these products because, when I was getting into makeup, I didn’t really know what I was doing and I thought that I had to sacrifice comfortable wear for looks. However, both of these products offer both hydration AND colour, which is something that I find key for lip products. As they are not designed to be long-wearing products, you may find that these slip around a little on your lips and come off when eating or drinking, but because they are so cute, little and light, they can easily be dropped into a handbag or a backpack in the morning so that you can re-apply as you feel necessary! 🙂