When people ask me who does my everyday makeup, they usually look surprised when I tell them I do it myself. Every girl does their own makeup, right? Apparently not. The only reason I always avoid makeup artists to do my makeup, even for special occasions, is that I know my best features and want to highlight them, and leave the unnecessary stuff (in my opinion) out of the way. Things like BB creams, bronzers, luminizers, fake eyelashes (I really don’t like this one …) and whatnot, lest they use products that can really harm the skin.
Thing is, growing up, I always thought makeup basics like putting on foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara is just another category of the basic life skills no girl should miss. As early as when I was 11, a friend already taught me how to put on a 3-shade palette for bigger, bolder eyes. Why? We’re Asians and we all need extra lids and fillers.
Fast forward till my college era in the States and careering in visual arts as a student. You actually pay to learn how to tell the difference between cast shadows and form shadows (here’s a brief guide), you have to use all keys from the value scale whilst separating light from shadow on your paintings and that’s called applying chiaroscuro, and all you do is blend blend blend for 6-8 hours straight. The extracurricular project I didn’t notice I had done all these years was putting on eye makeup before going to class almost every single day.
Well, the skill has proven to be handy, because whenever I decide not to put on mascara (for the lack of a reliable one in the local market), the least I can do to enlarge my flat, monolid eyes is blending shades to create the illusion of depth and prevent looking like Pucca when I smile.
So no mascara? No problem … except I always have this icky feeling in the back of my mind whenever I’m done getting ready, as I’d love to have even more depth with some super duper black mascara.
The most reliable mascara I’ve ever worn was the classic Maybelline Great Lash. Ever since my move back to Jakarta though, it’s been an endless journey to find an equally reliable lash-defining mascara that has a similar price tag and doesn’t clump. More importantly, one that’s not waterproof – it takes extra time to clean!