When I was younger, I learned to do makeup from a LOT of trial and error. It wasn’t until quite a bit later that I discovered the world of beauty bloggers and vloggers who dished out beauty advice on YouTube for us mere mortals. I felt like there were certain things I was hearing that didn’t quite work for me individually, despite all my practice and trying to make it work. I’ve always felt like there are some things that are unspoken gospel in the world of beauty, despite the fact that it’s art and art has no right or wrong etc etc. Let’s turn that on its head today! Here are some of my unpopular beauty opinions.
Those sponge eyeshadow applicators are ace.
That’s right, I said it. I always hear about people throwing away the sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow palettes because they’re “useless” – give them to me! Admittedly, they’re not great for blending and tend to cause fallout, but they’re SO good for packing colour onto the lid. Especially when it comes to shimmers that I want all over my lid for a quick touch of extra-ness in the morning. Guess what – they’re cheap too! A dozen dual-ended applicators on Ebay for £1? I’m in.
Do we really have to throw a winged liner on everything?
I tried to embrace this one, I really did. Mostly out of fascination and determination to master the cat eye, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Sometimes smokey eyes look best when… you know, you leave them smokey. Eyeshadow is all about an illusion of a silhouette, and sometimes a sharp wing just disrupts the seamlessness of the blending you’ve just done, you know? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that lift that winged liner gives to the eye shape (I have hooded eyes, the struggle is real) but this is perfectly possible to recreate with dark eyeshadow or a softly smudged kohl liner. Let the cat eye have its moment without having to compete with an eyeshadow look for attention.
I don’t get this blinding highlighter thing.
I love highlighter and the way it makes my cheekbones look, but is it really necessary to have this blinding white smudge on my cheekbones? Yes, Instagram – I’m looking at you. The whole point of highlighter is to catch the light and give the high points of your face some extra pizzazz, but this whole caking the highlighter on is getting a little crazy. Those blue/holographic highlighters don’t exactly help either unless you’re an SFX artist – nobody has naturally blue/holographic skin. Personally, I’d rather someone said “you have great bone structure” than “that’s a really nice highlighter”. Whatever floats your boat though.
When did natural brows become synonymous with monstrous caterpillars?
Ever since the likes of Cara Delevingne took over on Instagram with naturally bushy eyebrows, the craze exploded and gone were their cousins, the skinny sperm brows. Here’s an idea – what if we just embraced our natural eyebrow shape? I personally believe that everyone is born with a brow shape designed to suit them, whether straight/asymmetrical/arched etc. Why draw fake brow hairs with a pencil at the front of your brow to create the illusion of full, bushy brows that don’t exist? I’m all for cleaning up the edges with tweezers and filling in the odd sparse patch, but I love my natural brows and I’m going to show them off.
Over to you – do you have any unconventional beauty hacks that you’ve always loved despite the fact that they aren’t the popular thing to do? Maybe you use cherry flavoured lube to moisturise your face – I don’t know (by all means try it and let the rest of us know how it feels). I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have in the comments below, let’s share some stories! You go girl.
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