I received an interesting comment recently, that had me first roll my eyes and then, start to think about perceptions. Without quoting the comment verbatim, what was essentially said to me in the comment section was that I “obviously” did not know how to use makeup, since the product I featured did not look like I’d taken a spade to it, and I suppose it was also because in my photo of how it looked when I wore it, it did not look like I had trowelled it on. At least that’s what I think was the intention. The words used weren’t as complimentary. LOL! 😀
But after I got over the initial irritation, I started wondering if that’s what readers perceive of bloggers. Is it the general perception that bloggers all know how to do immaculate magazine-cover makeup? Or that if a blogger is talking about a makeup product, they must therefore be able to trowel it on, and look perfect at every angle, contoured and highlighted to within an inch of their life. Is that what you think?
Speaking as a blog reader, I do like seeing how a makeup product looks on the skin, whether by way of swatches or product application. However, because my own makeup skills are limited (which I freely admit), I will admire how a product can ideally look on someone who has immaculate makeup, but I also like seeing it on bloggers who adopt a more everyday makeup sort of look, where a bold colour could be tempered for daily wear, or perhaps a simple eyeshadow look that I might be able to replicate with the same product.
I usually can’t be bothered to layer on primers or pile on makeup for anything, mostly because my makeup is worn for a practical everyday purpose, and the truth is simply that, on an everyday basis, I wear pretty light, work-friendly makeup. So, I like seeing variations of that.
As a blogger, that’s what you see on my blog. Simple, rudimentary, non-makeup artist skills. I like to think of my makeup product presentation as what the everyday woman will do with her makeup. She likely isn’t trained in applying makeup, and only wants to put some colour on her skin so she looks better and more presentable, facing the world. Sure, she also wants the new and pretty makeup available out there, but she may not be the most skilled or creative person at creating flawless makeup looks. She just wants to get the colour on her face, in the most natural manner possible. But that’s also why I don’t do FOTD posts. I have nothing new to show you without it looking like yet another same old, same old photo. How exciting can everyday makeup be I ask you? Lol! 😀
So, I like to think that there’s blogger or blog for everyone. I’m not a fan of the heavy makeup looks that we see a lot of these days. All the layering and highlighting and contour, or the latest “baking” trend just isn’t my cup of tea. If anything, it complicates and confuses things. Those who do it are terribly skilled at it, and for that, I take my hat off to them, as they look absolutely flawless. But is it a look I’ll go for? No, it isn’t. Perhaps, if I had to face the cameras all day long, I might. But as I’m no Kim Kardashian, I’m happy doing what I do and playing with colour my way – to enhance, not change how I look.
However, I do think that the heavy makeup trend is gaining traction, so it has become the norm or perceived norm that if you do wear makeup, or talk about makeup or have a blog about makeup, you should sport the same look. So I don’t necessarily blame the commentator for their surprise coming across a blog that has failed in their eyes, to show a makeup product at its best. But you know, sometimes, the product just sucks (as was in this case LOL!) for the everyday woman! 😛
If you’re a blogger, I say do whatever makeup look you want and damn the detractors. Just look presentable in your photos and if you’re highly skilled, please do share your skills. If you aren’t, not to worry, most of us reading aren’t too! 😀
Do you perceive beauty bloggers to be highly skilled in makeup application?
I do expect a blogger to know what they’re talking about in terms of product, but I don’t expect them to create picture perfect looks every time. I do expect a certain degree of skill, but with practice, we can all gain that skill 🙂 But not everyone seems to be able to understand the need to just be nice even though you’re anonymous 🙂