Colouring Past the Lines, An FOTD

As children, our first venture into exploring creativity is holding onto that first box of crayons and a stack of papers our parents may have let us have. Moving onto the first day in primary, we’d always have an activity to experiment with colours then shifted to using different mediums as we move up each level. Big crayons, small crayons, coloured chalks, colour pencils, water colour and the list goes on.

And then there was structure. From tree trunks in brown, grass in green, skies in blue, flowers in red and even the right order of colours for the rainbow. We even needed to learn how to keep the colouring within the lines. We no longer can make purple cows, pink elephants, or yellow submarines. Er, we can but — unless twas explicitly set for free hand art — it just may illicit snickers from our peers and patronising looks from the Miss. Yes, even at an early age, we were groomed to follow the norm.

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This translates to how we tackle makeup. We choose to stick with the popular and accepted. Safe, approved and common. Nothing criminal about that, really. However, does it really have to be a rule we all should follow? I reckon not. I hope not.

Colour makes everything interestingly uncommon. With the constant grey concrete cityscape, a splash of purple will definitely brighten up an otherwise dull, sometimes rainy, day. It’s like seeing a red parasol as you cross a busy city street. Or that green VW parked alongside a long line of neutral-coloured BMWs. Unexpected colours make things pop out.

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In makeup, one of the more important tips is not the formulaic colour combinations, it’s actually the what not to combine: Wearing matching colours in eye makeup and clothes doesn’t automatically spell great taste in style. If anything, it’s the opposite.

A common mistake one makes is cocooning oneself with makeup trends. Absorbed with the idea of catapulting one’s makeup and style prowess by sporting what the glossies and the circle she’s involved in, treating their tips and words as bible.

Go past the lines and be revolutionary. It doesn’t really mean you have to have the top-of-the-line makeup brands or the never-heard-of but ultra-cool-and-hip-Japanese sort. It can be a combination of both or a concentration on a suitable set of makeup from one brand. Brands don’t really matter. It’s how these things are applied and worn. Did I make sense?

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Learn how to get to know your own style so that you can learn how to create that desired look. Makeup is an accessory of your personal style. It is used to highlight what you think your best feature is. It accompanies an outfit. It completes a look. But it’s not a means to an end esp if you’d end up looking like you simply tried too hard and fell short anyway, ending up with a look that will make any onlooker feel, er, uncomfortable looking at you.

Face
Mineralize SatinFinish Foundation in NC30, MAC
Tea Tree Oil Cover Stick (02), The Body Shop
Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Medium, MAC

Eye
Brushed Metal-X in Gilded Ash, MAC
ME Brown 850, Shu Uemura
Smokey Eyes Powder Pencil (Smokey Black 01), Elizabeth Arden
Super Shock Mascara in Black (K01), Avon

Eyebrow
Waterproof Mascara in Brown, Artistry

Cheek
Mineralize Blush Duo in Grand Duo, MAC

Lip
Lipstick in Bombshell, MAC

Create a simple look for starters then build up as you gain more confidence in your application technique. Explore colours, know the colour wheel by heart, and make sure to add a bit of yourself in your technique. Sure, there are makeup trends you can try but make sure not to use it simply because it’s trendy. Use it because it suits you and nothing else.

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  1. you look great! i want to learn how you did your eye makeup

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