On makeup and being the real you

I like makeup. A lot. I believe that, while makeup is by no means necessary for existence, it nevertheless adds spice and interest to life.

Below are some of the reasons why:

First, makeup serves to enhance what’s already there. I never cease to be amazed at how just the littlest amount of mascara (one of the two items I am never without, the other being lip balm) make my eyes stand out just a tad bit better, or how a swirl or two of blush makes me look more awake and alive even after a late night out. Makeup takes what Mother Nature gave you and works with it so that you look like a better, more polished version of yourself.

Second, makeup is one of the many ways by which I can express myself. At work, my looks tend to be more sedate, although I do a smoky eye every now and then just to liven things up a bit. However, when I go out with family and friends, I tend to favor more colorful combinations (purple and plum shadows with teal eyeliner, you get the picture).

And while we’re on the topic of self-expression, I might as well say that I have a lot of respect for those artists and enthusiasts who are able to come up with avant garde looks (i.e. makeup that you wouldn’t really wear to work or any other real-life situation, unless you’re a runway model). Makeup is an art form, after all, with creativity and imagination setting the limits.

Third, you can work with as few or as many products as you desire or feel comfortable with. Sometimes when I do makeup on myself or on other people, I find that I will use four or five eyeshadows to achieve the effect I want (and that’s just the eyes). However, if for you a made-up face consists of using only concealer, powder, and lipstick, that’s fine, too. If there’s one thing I’ve realized over the years, it’s that there is no fixed rule on the number of products you “need”. Magazines and websites can go on and on about how a product like, let’s say eyeliner, is essential to anyone’s arsenal. But if you know that you’re not going to use it, why buy yourself a tube?

In the end, it’s about using products that work for you and your lifestyle. It’s about creating a look for yourself that makes your day just that wee bit brighter, your stride a bit more confident.

This post was written by Anj de la Cruz.

4 thoughts on “On makeup and being the real you”

  1. Hi Anj! I really like this line:

    “…makeup serves to enhance what’s already there.”

    Time and again, I’ve had officemates ask me why I put on make up everyday. I simply tell them that it’s to emphasize my “assets.” My eyebrows are thick but I have nicely-shaped eyes, so I use eyeshadow to draw attention to my eyes more than to my eyebrows. Without makeup, I still look very much like myself 😉 but less polished than if I were to wear makeup.


  2. Thanks, Joy!

    By the way, be glad your eyebrows are thick; with minimal shaping, full brows actually make you look youthful. Thin, overplucked brows add more years to one’s face. =)


  3. what’s better, powder eye shadow, gel, or those pencil ones?I’m more of a collector rather than a make up artist… :’)


  4. I assume that you’re referring to powder/gel/pencil eyeshadow? Powder shadows are great for beginners, and are generally more forgiving for those who are just learning how to blend colours seamlessly unto their lids. Pencil eyeshadows are great for on-the-go application, as you don’t have to fiddle with compacts and brushes and what-not; just be sure to smudge/blend the edges for a natural effect. Gel/cream gel/gel cream eyeshadows I have yet to work with, primarily because they are not readily available in the Philippines; those that are available are so exorbitantly priced that I can’t justify the purchase.

    Powder and pencil shadows are available in a plethora of colours and textures, more than enough for you to experiment with 🙂


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