If you watch me on YouTube or follow me on any social media, you are probably aware that my makeup looks can be a bit… out there.
As much as I like to try, I have never been very good at the ‘natural’ look. I see these girls on YouTube create ‘no-makeup makeup looks’ so flawlessly. I sit there in awe as they apply several nude products so effortlessly that the products literally look like they were supposed to be there in the first place… what the sorcery?!
Nowadays when I look back at all the times I tried to achieve something natural, I am glad that it epically failed… Why? Because that was when I tried dipping into a ton of obnoxious colours instead. I moved on from attempting to recreate what I saw online and started experimenting for myself. After discovering that colour was my thing, I jumped onto every collection with vibrant colours I could find. I needed them ALL…
Of course, at first I wasn’t the best at applying bold colour (I still have tons of room for improvement…) but as I was learning along the way, I slowly discovered that I was finally falling in love with makeup!
Big whoop. I know, right? “Well done, Ellie! Join the rest of the queue of people who like smearing makeup on their face…”.
But when I grew up, I was always baffled about why somebody would get excited over two shades of eyeshadow or lipstick that looked almost exactly the same… I would watch friends or strangers spend several hundreds of pounds on makeup that they didn’t even need. To me, they were already beautiful…
But finally… it had clicked. I eventually had that moment where I realised… it actually isn’t about needing it. For me and many others, it’s about the excitement behind buying a new set of colours that literally hold endless creative potential possibilities.
Back when I was completely mystified while watching girls sit for hours applying makeup, it never occurred to me that perhaps their passion for cosmetics was not just a ‘cover-up’ for their insecurities. It had never come across to me as a form of expression before.
I personally believe that was because I simply hadn’t found my own way of expressing myself with makeup yet.
But now I have! Finally I was realising that perhaps they were actually just enhancing what they already had.
Sure, I’ve got piles of clothes, packs of hair dye and a rack of shoes to externally express my identity, but working with bold looks and intense colour gave me that spark of imagination which most creative people get when they see potential to be expressive.
I could come across as pretentious if I sound as though the only way makeup should be enjoyed is in an extreme art form. But that’s far from the case: expression of all kinds is still art… Art of all kinds is still art. How somebody wakes up and decides to express themselves through a few products is awesome to me. What makes it even better is that we are all doing it differently from each other – simply because we want to. The fact that we are able to do that through more than just hair and clothes is impressive.
I would love it if you could tell me why you choose to wear makeup!