Love it/Don’t Love it: Makeup

Many of us have our own tastes. Some of us like certain trends, and others not so much. Not everyone will agree but that’s completely fine. Here I want to share makeup trends that I either don’t like or like. I wouldn’t say hate because it’s a strong word. Some of these are from this year and others are ones that have been with us a while.

Love It

Winged Eyeliner

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Though I have never fully mastered the winged look, it is a trend that has stemmed over centuries. From ancient Egypt to now. Some are really great at it while for me, I need that makeup tape as a guide. See I have this tiny itty bitty fold at the corners of my eyes and also that fold sort of slants down. So I have to use tape and fake not having this tiny fold. I can’t seem to find anyone that has this fold online and if there is someone, please tell me who they are and if they have tips. generally I just do a simple line top and bottom. But winged looks take more effort for me. I love the look. It adds so much depth to the eye.

Bold Lips

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Not everyone can pull a bold lip with the same color. Just this year I tried Poppy Pink in Avon’s Moisturizing Lipstick. This past spring bright lips were in and I usually don’t go for anything bright. I end up laughing at myself. Even one of the brighter shades of lilac made be giggle. It didn’t go well with my skin tone. But it looked great on another customer who loves purple. Bold lips are great especially if the color looks fabulous on you. Sometimes you can shock yourself because you may not wear a lot of bright colors, but there’s that one that just seems to fit you.

Bronze Skin

There was a time where bronze skin was looked down upon and in fact many countries still use skin lighteners. But it wasn’t until Coco Chenelle came back from a vacation and sported tanned skin that it really took hold. Since then we have have created countless ways of getting it. Tons of products. Some of us need more help than others. All I ask is that you not use a tanning bed. Stop. Right now. Just one use, especially the younger you are dramatically increases your chance of skin cancer. If you can’t take the heat well, like me and I used to be a big time sun baby growing up, use sunless tanning. But at least get some vitamin D in after the days hottest point so that you aren’t inflicting unseen damage. So many people have low Vit D and getting sun helps.

Bare Skin

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Wait? bare skin? Do I mean no makeup or less attire? Well makeup wise you don’t always need to contour. Sometimes just adding a tinted moisturizer before adding eyeliner. I still using setting spray with mine. I use Magix by Avon in light/medium. There’s six shades. You can mix them as well if you need something in between. I like my shade currently because it added enough tint that I feel like I tanned without using bronzer. You don’t always need to contour and sometimes when your busy a bare faced look is a great way to go.

Liquid Shadows

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Earlier this year Avon sold a line of liquid eyeshadows that were such a hit. I did do a review of it called Glimmer + Shine: 8 New Colorful & Amazing Avon Glimmer Shadows. They were such a hit we sold out and currently are waiting for more to be in stock. I like liquid ones because they just add more color to your eyes. And if you are doing regular powder shadow and want to add some sparkle to the middle of your eyes, you can do that, too.

Don’t Love It

Pencil Brows

At this point of the article I want to note there are less pictures. Mostly because I couldn’t find many suitable within my budget for the blog.

Now, a nicely done pencil brow is worth the look. But so many just do them thin in ways that are not becoming of the face. thin McDonalds arches, thin but a bit too high above the eye, thin but too short, thin but far too long. If don right depending on the face and sometimes the age of the person, they can look great. I have what I can only describe as thick to start and then sparse as they go away from the face. It makes having a clean look hard to accomplish without primping. I do actually have to work at the top. They say not to and this is good advice. But you will see eyebrow hairs go up into my forehead in a sporadic manner and also go onto my lids. So, I do have to clean up a lot. I like to have a soft arch above my eye but also have a mid-level thicker start to my eyebrows towards the nose. They do tend to grow thick at the bottom. I feel like it almost overshadows my lid. But I have rarely over plucked and given myself a pencil brow. We all know how much work it takes to grow them back in properly. Thick eyebrows can be great as well. It is a popular trend as of late. The thick and slightly messy brow. But I prefer to keep mine cleanup up. Just not to the point that I almost have no brows. Also, please don’t do those stubby short brows. It just looks silly.

Overlined lips

I get it. People want big lips. Guess what? my upper lip is thin and slightly off center and even when I attempted to overdraw a bit, it looked unnatural. In fact it’s best if I go just within the line. Especially given the fact my lip line is blurry. And a bit wonky. I’ll have to do a close up sometime both with and without makeup on. I have still yet to make sure it doesn’t look odd. As for making my upper lip look bigger, well, there is contouring your lips. It helps a bit. But using a shiny lip gloss up top has given the effect of a thicker lip when I don’t have one. You can do Botox if you want. I recommend not doing that though. It is not just the side effects, but the history of how Botox came into being is actually disgusting. Here is an article/podcast titled The Rotten, Sausagey Secret Origin of Botox from one of my favorite StuffYouShouldKnow channels called Ridiculous History. I should warn you it may not be advisable to eat while reading or listening to the content.

I went way off from talking about overlined lips.

Strobing

Now, it isn’t as much of fad as it was in 2015. But its still done with shimmery highlighter at the cheekbones. Some people I have seen can pull it off. Mostly with those of fair skinned nature or people with less oily complexions. I have combination oily skin. I prefer a matte look. I don’t care for strobing where its all the higher points of the face. I feel like people are turning themselves into human versions of a lighthouse. Now with people doing it just above the cheekbones and to the side, I can stand it a bit more. It’s not as in your face. Again, I have noticed fair skin seems to look better with it. Though I am still not a fan.

Glitter

Glitter is cute one preteens and kids. But it’s not good if you ingest it or get it in your eye. It can cause damage. It’s not good for the environment. And I don’t understand the effect one is attempting to achieve. And it’s hard to get rid of. My daughter once had one spec of glitter on her scalp for months. It wouldn’t come off. If you do it, sparingly is key.

Box Coloring

I don’t mean hair color. I mean making boxy colors with eye shadow. I know it’s more edgy and perhaps Avant Garde. But unless you have an eye shape that’s perfect for it to not look like you stepped off of a sci-to film, I wont understand why it should be done. It will be a popular trend this fall. So, more people will be wearing it.

Extra: Glopping

Photo by Oleg Magni from Pexels

I want to say I love this picture. It’s artistic. I mostly used it just to show how I see people using products to drip on their face in videos. But I lile this picture.

Now I am not alone in this. I call it glopping. Where a person in a video wants to show how a product looks on the skin by letting it drip down their face. This isn’t a makeup trend, thank goodness for that unless its cosplay of some sort. It is part of product videos that many YouTubers or Instagramers use to give effect to a product. I don’t think, unless you have really dry skin, that its necessary. For many it leaves the skin feeling heavy with product. Especially if you put on other products. I prefer feeling like I am not wearing anything and don’t need to wash anything off immediately.

This is my Love It/Hate It list for makeup. Do you agree with anything on the list? Either way tell me in the comments and if there is anything you aren’t a fan of, let me know. I may just agree with you.

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