Hello friends!! Today we'll be doing some makeup tips with Anna! If you came here to finally master the perfect winged liner, I'm sorry to say that you'll be disappointed upon the conclusion of this post. However, I encourage you to hear me out because I have reason to believe that this blog post will cover makeup dilemmas that are more problematic than when you just can't get that highlight to stay poppin'.
1. Wear whatever the heck you want. Do you want to do a smokey eye AND a dark lip? GO FOR IT. There are no laws of makeup. You don't have to follow all these standards for what is acceptable. Makeup is quite honestly an art form, so be original. And if you wake up with the burning desire to wear neon green eyeshadow to school, you better promise me that you will rock it to the best of your ability.
2. You don't have to wear makeup at all. If you prefer to rock your naturally beautiful face, freaking do it. Just because contour is awesome doesn't mean your freckles can't be amazing as well.
3. The best makeup is your blank face. Treat your skin right. You need a clean canvas before you start painting. This means washing your face twice a day, moisturizing, and leaving it alone. As tempting as it is, we all know that we shouldn't pick at our faces (even though I'm actually the worst ever at following this). Leave your face alone and it will clear up and you won't be left with scars. Also, even if you're breaking out, it's important to moisturize anyways. Although it seems like adding more moisture will bring more buildup on your face, going without it actually causes your face to produce more oils to compensate for a lack of moisturizer, so make sure you keep yourself hydrated!! I'll link my favorite one at the bottom of this post.
4. Makeup from Target is just as good as Sephora. Well, that's kind of a lie. But mascara is. And concealer. Because I am an extremely broke human (This is not a lie. My wallet currently has $4 in it. I wish I was lying to you.) who likes to invest in her face, I've decided to spend my money on makeup as wisely as I can. I'm blonde, which is totally great until you realize you have no visible eyebrows (!!!) or eyelashes. I have to cake on mascara to make it even look like I have eyelashes, so I prefer to spend $7 on drugstore mascara instead of fancy $23 stuff for something I have to buy every couple of months. However, this rule does not apply to my eyebrows. Eyebrows are currently a huge trend, and a trend I love to follow. I love strong eyebrows because they frame your face and I forever wish I had them. I know I'm still beautiful without them, but still, it would be nice. So my love of fabulous eyebrows is what causes me to purchase Anastasia Beverly Hill's Brow Definer every month in a half. So even though I spend a lot on my eyebrows, I don't spend that much on my mascara. That's called balance. We're ballin' on a budget, so keep a balanced pricing mix of makeup. I suggest splurging on one or two items and leaving the rest of them up to Target. Trust me, Target will not fail you.
5. Love yourself with and without makeup. You're beautiful either way. I know, it's hard to look in the mirror and love what you see all the time, but keep reassuring yourself that your reflection is more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Pick a look that makes you feel confident, because your confidence and happiness will shine out of you like a light and make you even more beautiful, which I didn't even know was possible, because duh, you're amazing.
Even after these tips, I'm challenging you guys to the #NoMakeupChallenge. I don 't mean for everyone to go out and post completely bare-faced photos all over Instagram (unless you want to, then go for it!) because I know I'm definitely not confident enough to do that, and I'm assuming a lot of others feel the same. My goal of this "challenge" is to get us to start feeling more comfortable in our own skin. So I challenge you to reduce your makeup routine a little bit. If you normally go for a full face, try to stick to just eyeshadow and concealer one day. Try to see how little makeup you can wear while still loving your beautiful self. Some days you'll feel more confident than others, but give a new look a try for a day or two, and if you don't like it, go back to your normal routine. P.S. less makeup=more time to sleep in the morning ;).
So even though I didn't cover how to do the perfect contour, I hope that this post did a little something to help you feel more confident with your makeup routine. Remember, you're beautiful no matter what you wear. Love yo' self, girl!!
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3