Change is inevitable in the world of beauty. Every year we spot different trends, styles and technologies. Who would’ve thought that we would now have vibrating mascaras, liquid lipsticks and electronic cleansers (I’m probably outdated).
Sometimes, however, change comes with age and experience. That was what happened with my views on beauty & cosmetics. Many styles & looks that were synonymous to me are no longer so.
I’ve never been fair nor wanted to be fair. Instead, I embraced my naturally medium skin tone by making myself look even more tanned. I did everything from tanning beds, bronzers, spray tans, self-tanning lotions & good ol’ lying in the sun.
Though I still don’t shun from the sun these days, I don’t make the effort to darken my skin tone. I’ve started to be more concerned with skin damage & lather on the sunblock. I’m even starting to use some whitening products to even out my skin tone.
If anyone was to pull off a yellow or bright blue eyeshadow, it would be me. I loved colors. I still do actually. But previously, I was very biased towards colors and shunned neutrals. Now, however, I’ve started to appreciate the beauty of neutrals but I still sneak in some color here and there.
During my college days, I loved acquiring makeup. Unfortunately, decent or popular cosmetics sometimes don’t come cheap. Thus, I had a mission to hunt for “cheap dupes” which led me to cumulatively spend a lot of money on products that I ended up not using because they really weren’t that good.
It’s not that I’ve become a brand snob. To me, a good product may not need to be expensive (e.g. Mascara & cleansers) but if something that’s really good but happens to be on the high end, I’d rather spend a bit to get the real thing rather than buying cheaper alternatives that simply don’t match up. Also, I no longer buy cheap cosmetics to try just because they’re cheap.
In most of my previous blog posts and when I’m out, I’m usually seen wearing colored contact lenses. It became sort of a trademark. I even jumped on the circle lens bandwagon but was eventually put off when stories about fake contact lenses surfaced. After that I switched to commercial brands but by then, my eyes were giving up on them. I would have tired eyes which looked red and by the time my eyes felt better to wear contacts again, they’re expired. So, I’m a specky. Unglamorous but I’d rather that than look like I perpetually have conjunctivitis.
Honestly, I can’t make sense of it. Despite not having tremendously good skin before, it still wasn’t bad to the point that I needed heavy coverage. Yet, I preferred it over lightweight foundations. I literally used to make a face whenever I come across any description that says “sheer coverage”. Knock on wood, my skin is a lot more well-behaved nowadays and layering on the base products seem to be suffocating my skin. I’m a lot more comfortable with just enough coverage to even out my skin tone.
Another trademark look of mine! I could easily pull off nude lips because I had rather pale lips to begin with and my eye makeup is usually quite heavy. On the other hand, if you have light eye makeup, nude lips simply won’t go. The bold lip look still isn’t quite my cup of tea but neither am I going nude. MLBB (My Lips But Better) for the win!