I got to wondering about this question recently, because I got nosy, and because I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people interested in makeup, be it the techniques or makeup products in general.
I noticed this most significantly after the opening of Sephora stores locally. At one time, I thought Sephora would just open their stores and then slink away with their tail between their legs after a year or so, the way they did in Hong Kong. So, it surprised me to see that they’re still around and expanding.
When I step into a Sephora store, I’m also quite fascinated by the number of people in there buying and playing with the makeup on display. Collections are snapped up like hot goreng pisang, and the number of Instagram accounts out there dedicated to just makeup, is mind boggling!
So, since I know that I have a ready audience here (You would like makeup if you’re reading my blog! :D ) I thought I’d ask you – What made you love makeup?
For myself, I got into wearing makeup quite late in life. I went through life in university with just 1 brown-red lipstick and 1 compact powder foundation that I only trotted out when there were social events. I don’t even remember wearing makeup before that! I was pretty conservative and pretty sheltered. I still am in some ways ;) For some reason, no one I knew seemed to be that much into makeup – based on what I could tell. Maybe I was just naive LOL! :D
I only started exploring a little more once I started working and felt I wanted to look a little more presentable at the office. Also, I was starting to earn my own money, so I felt a little better about spending it, even if I was primarily spending it at the Maybelline counter :D
I’m not sure what the tipping point was for me, but from 1 lipstick, 1 powder and 1 blush, I decided to start experimenting with more colours and eye makeup. Early attempts were a disaster, and I was always just using my fingers for applying everything! I almost feel sorry for the people who had to see me back then haha! :D
Yet, for some reason, I felt that the right makeup made me look better and that started my interest and on-again, off-again love with makeup. I would be obsessed with finding the right foundations or experimenting with different blush shades, even if they didn’t suit me, or just buying a new lipstick, because I felt like crap. I’d wear eyeshadow in strange shades like chartreuse and turquoise, and think I was edgy and cool. I was in a way, and I was fortunate not to be called out on it at work! :P
Throwback to the time when my friend, Xin and I had free rein at the Bobbi Brown counters during the MWS x BB event in 2014
So, for me, my love for makeup was about experimenting ways to enhance how I look. It was rarely about buying the newest and the latest, or pretty prints or designs. It wasn’t about buying luxury makeup and hoarding them. I think for me, it was just about wearing makeup that I thought made me look better (or at least more interesting), fresher and more presentable, and finding out how to channel that “my face but better” look.
And that’s what I love about makeup. That I can stroll out after a terrible night’s sleep, feeling like death and yet have someone compliment me on my glowing skin (Thank the makeup gods for concealer, illuminators and foundations!); or that I can slick on a strong red lipstick to boost my confidence to deal with a room-full of chauvinistic men who think your opinions are fluff till you grab them by the balls – figuratively speaking, of course :P Or when you meet your nemesis while looking immaculate and polished, and notice that flicker of envy in their eyes that makes the sadistic side of you crow with delight. I like that about makeup – it sometimes brings out the Disney Villain in me. I just make sure I don’t use the Disney Villains as my template! LOL! :D
What about you? What made you love makeup?
I’d love to know, because I’m sure we didn’t all wake up one day and think “I need that newest makeup palette and all the lipstick colours in the rainbow!” So, if you have a little time, share your story with me – inquiring minds want to know :D