Making It Up As You Go Along
You know what I love to do to perk me up
when I need it? Thousands of seemingly pointless but secretly brilliant things.
I love to listen to The White Album. I love to eat a spinach and ricotta cheese lasagne. I love to watch the last episode of Friends. I love to watch the first episode of Friends. I love to do a pencil drawing of my cat, Biggles. I love to dance in the kitchen to the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing. I love to have a bubble bath while listening to The Adam Buxton Podcast. I love to kick up leaves in the park. I love to meet up with my besties for two rounds of ten-pin bowling. And I love to make myself up.
For me, and maybe for you, makeup isn’t about impressing anyone. I don’t do smokey eye to seduce, I don’t contour to garner gazes. I just like experimenting with my looks. I enjoy crafts and being creative. I like exploring my face and changing up my appearance. I like being pretty. I like being sexy. I like being charismatic. I like being different – sometimes from day to day, sometimes, from one minute to the next.
So whether like me right now you’re about to tart yourself up in a favourite plus size dress, or you’re about put on a pair of slippers and crank up (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life to eleven, here are my makeup basics – the three things I’m always aware of when it comes to making it up as I go along.
1. Brush up well
My brushes are my most essential tools. If you’re a graphic designer, you know how important your lap top is. If you’re a chef, you love your knives. Well, I’m not a makeup artist by profession, but if I’m putting blush, powder or liner on my face, it’s not going on with a trowel. The type and quality of my brushes are absolutely essential to my final look, so I use cosmetic-specific brushes and keep them in excellent condition. I wash them at least once a month with non-conditioning shampoo (rinsing until the water runs clear), and am quick to replace them as soon as I start noticing any wear and tear.
2. Tomorrow is another day
I never, and I never literally never make myself up two days running. I have plenty of girlfriends who love to rock (and I mean rock) the same look every single day of the year, but that’s not me. I want to always do something different, something new. And even if I feel I want to perfect a certain style or colour palette, I won’t let myself go back to it straight away. It’s a rule that not everyone will like, but it