Friday, 25 March 2016

The 'Makeup Revolution'

I hope you appreciate the outrageously witty pun in the title of this post that I came up with at 11:47 last night whilst brushing my teeth. Contrary to your initial thoughts, I won't be writing about the brand Makeup Revolution but rather the revolution of makeup in general that's taking over the world so fast that omg when did everyone get so good at makeup and how did I miss memo? Ps where am I supposed to put this light stuff from my contour kit again? Don't get me wrong, I love makeup just as much as the next person but sometimes I find myself wishing we could throw it back to the Dream Matte Mousse days where the only contour I knew about was those squiggly lines on an OS map in Standard Grade Geography and the quality of my day wasn't dependant on how well my eyebrows turned out that morning. All of a sudden we're all so obsessed when only a few years ago we all left the house wearing clumpy Seventeen mascara and some cherry cola Lip Smackers and no one bat a sparkly blue eyelid, what changed?





I really do love makeup. I love how excited I get to put it on and try new things and how it just instantly makes me look that little bit less like a zombie when my skin is acting like it hates me and wants to punish me. I love how it's a form of self expression but also such a fun thing to talk about with your gal pals whilst  most of the surrounding boys roll their eyes and leave the room. However, recently I feel like some of the fun has been sucked out of it, there's pressure now to do it 'right' whereas the fun thing about it was that there were no rules, or right and wrong. We know how we should do our makeup (flawless skin, defined cheek bones, cut & crease, and blinding highlight) and we obsess over the Instagram MUAs who make it look so easy but where does that leave those who can't do makeup like that or simply don't want to?

It almost seems like our makeup skills have been added to the long, ever-growing list of things girls can, and should, judge other girls on. All of a sudden, it's a sin for your eyeliner not to be 'sharp enough to cut a bitch' (umm first of all, calm down, there's no need to be cutting anyone) and it's genuinely viable to insult someone on their eyebrows. Sorry but was I having a nap during the time we all decided that any of this actually matters? Polar bears' homes are melting in the Arctic and the new Bridget Jones movie is coming out this year (!!!) and yet we're still finding the time to tweet nonsense like 'if you can't do makeup properly, don't do it at all'. Okay makeup police, leave the rest of us to debate whether Colin Firth or that guy from Grey's Anatomy is the Father of Bridget's baby (I mean surely it's got to be Colin?).

Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to wear a full face of flawless makeup with perfectly shaped brows, glowy cheeks and lined lips and I personally hope that one day all my hours spent watching YouTube tutorials will pay off, everything will click into place and I'll be ready to apply for a job at Mac. However, there's equally nothing wrong with just wanting to wear a bit of foundation and mascara which is sometimes the best option, because sleep is bae, or no makeup at all because there is nothing better than being able to rub your eyes freely. You might even be the type of gal who alternates between all three depending on your menstrual cycle, sleeping pattern or how late you're running (aka me).

All I'm trying to say is, yes makeup is great and fun and can make you feel so 10/10 sassy but it doesn't determine your worth or make you any better or worse than anyone else. There are no set rules to follow and if you want to spend half an hour, ten minutes, or two seconds on your makeup in the morning then that's entirely up to you. The last thing we need as girls is another thing to stress out and feel insecure about. And if you're someone who feels like they're just not good at makeup, join the queue right behind me and maybe one day we'll figure it out (but lets be honest, it's really not the end of the world). A full face of perfect makeup is fine. Minimal makeup is fine. No makeup is fine. You do you gurl. Just be sure to take it all off before you go to sleep because leaving it on is pretty much the only thing that is sooo not fine.

Do you think we're too obsessed with makeup and the way we look? Does it make you feel pressured to do your makeup a certain way? Thanks for reading!

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10 comments

  1. I loved this post!! How can someone say if you can't do you makeup properly don't do all! I don't understand how someone can feel that way about makeup? Yeah, i love makeup, love applying, love trying new things, but its not the end of world! People should be able to their makeup however the hell they want! Theres absolutely no need to make nasty comments xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Aww thank you! I couldn't agree more. How you do your own make up is up to you but the way someone else does theirs is none of your business!! Xx

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  2. Hahah I love this post and I feel you!! Makeup seems to have got a lot more complex recently - I remember when contouring and the perfectly winged eyeliner was a thing of the past!!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. Thank you! For sure, it's all to hard and time consuming - I need more sleep!! Xx

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  3. Love this post and its all true! I think that makeup should be a way to show you as a person, be creative and have fun!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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    1. Thank you and definitely!! Xx

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  4. I feel like Youtubers and fellow bloggers may have had a play in this makeup revolution, as now everyone's learning how to actually use makeup. But I kind of hate the attitude some people seem to have got about makeup, that like your eyebrows are the most important thing in the world and if you don't contour why did you even leave the house. Some days I just can't be arsed for makeup, why should I be made to feel bad about that??
    Great, thought-provoking post though :)

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. Yes definitely but at the same time there's not one set way of how to use make up. I agree, it all seems so meaningless!! Exactly gal, thank you. Xx

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  5. Lovely blog and articles :)
    www.jeansglam.com

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