Less is More is In!
I will be the first person to tell you – I fucking love makeup. I spend an insane amount of dough on it, I blog about it, I do it for my friends (which sounds super dirty taken out of context), and I could seriously talk about it all day. I’ve had friends stop mid-conversation with me and say “why on earth am I talking to you about my waterline?” which, for those of you who are unaware, thats the skinny little line between your eyeball and your bottom eyelashes.
So, given my history, it’s a little bit strange to me that I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup lately AND that I am actually encouraging other people to do the same. But rest assured, I’m not going against the grain here. Heavy makeup has never and never will be “a good thing”, but for awhile – a more “done up” look was the ‘norm. Recently though, a lighter look has taken over. Even on the red carpet, smokey eyes and hot pink lips have been replaced by twinkling lids and a nude pout (once again, sounds dirtier than it is). So regardless of what Drew Barrymore is parading around your television screen claiming, drowning your eyes in black is not in. If you want an evening look, a little bit of gray in your crease and along the outer portion of your lid will do it.
Choose sparkly, lighter shades to replace anything heavy you’ve been wearing to achieve that trendy look and lighten up your face. Eyeliner is another struggle I see women facing everyday. Don’t let it become your security blanket. You do not need to line your eyes in black. Lighter eyes will be instantly brought down by circles of black liner. Pair your lighter eye with jet black mascara instead of liner. If you can’t pry yourself away totally, draw on a tight line along your upper lash line only. Eyeliner is meant to enhance your lash line, not create a whole new one above it. Just darken up your lashes a bit and you’ll achieve the same look.
Finally, if you’re bronzing your entire face – step away from the kabuki brush, Snooki. Bronzer is a highlighter, not a foundation – so treat it that way. Use it where the sun would naturally highlight you. A swipe along your cheeks is always a safe bet. And don’t go 16 shades darker than your skin tone, either. 2 shades darker will give you a natural glow that won’t give you an orange or alien-esque vibe. Unless that’s what you’re going for. Then… by all means…. So for those of you who have been sporting that chic, semi-natural look when it comes to makeup… You’re ahead of your time. Let’s be honest, you’ve called that girl with the blacked out eyes a raccoon plenty of times – so take a note. If you feel like you’re wearing too much, you probably are. Lighten up, add a bit of sparkle, and head out the door. Good to go, beautiful.