For todays post I just wanted to explore a makeup mood. I was sat in my garden drinking rose (as you do) and suddenly really wanted to play with makeup. I love it when that happens, especially because previous to starting my capsule makeup challenge, I had been feeling completely uninspired and in a bit of a funk. I had a new lipstick that I wanted to try on (Dear Dahlia Lipstick in Carmen) and this led to more makeup play.
I started playing with the Terry Barber for Mac eyeshadow palette and found myself going for studio 54 vibes. It was so funny because I wasn’t going anywhere but I found myself with a strong desire to play with makeup and experiment. It felt so good, and it gave me a real appreciation for makeup being this wonderful thing that can take you out of your head. I’d never thought much before about the term ‘beauty therapy’ and yet in that moment those two words made a lot of sense together. Doing makeup is my job (and sometimes like any career it can feel more like a job than a passion), and yet other times it’s a very soothing activity that calms me and reminds me why I fell in love with makeup artistry in the first place.
I wasn’t feeling particularly confident on this particular day, and as I noticed the improvement in my mood I decided to document it photographically. I have never used the self timer on my camera before and after a quick youtube lesson decided to do just that. No one was home, it was just me and my camera and I enjoyed being someone else in front of the camera, it gave me a real sense of escapism. I actually found this little personal makeup session really enjoyable and I think i’d like to experiment more with self portraiture. I guess in some ways its the equivalent of getting your hairbrush out and singing loudly while you pretend you’re Beyonce (just me?) while you dance around your bedroom, but I found it really mindful and I highly recommend giving this a go, even if you don’t photograph it. Sometimes it’s just great to sit down and paint your face.
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