My first entry for the #100daysofmakeup challenge is inspired by a conversation I had with a friend about modern Western standards of beauty and the expectation that women conform to it. Heated discussions about Body Shaming is popular in my social media feeds, with a very vocal outcry against it. Closely linked, in my opinion, is Makeup Shaming. Curiously, plenty of women and men participate in Makeup Shaming. I'm sure I'll delve deeper into these subjects in the future. But for now, suffice it to say that the pressure to apply makeup in a manner that flatters according to current beauty standards offends many women and my friend is one of them.
Personally, I'm drawn to the versatility of makeup. I enjoy that I am able to transform my look as often as I want, to accentuate my favourite qualities, camouflage my insecurities, and manipulate illusions created by light and shadow. Still, I thought to myself, what are my natural so-called flaws that do not jive with beauty standards?
☆ The dark circles under my eyes. Nothing draws attention in a celebratory way like glitter! I applied Lit Cosmetics glitter in shade Undercover size #3 over a dark brown cream foundation by MUD.
☆ The width of my nose. I applied Lit Cosmetics glitter in shade Fire Cracker size #3 to where I would normally apply a dark contouring shade along the sides of my nose bridge.
☆ The paleness of my skin. I applied MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation in the shade White. I usually mix this into another foundation to lighten its tint and to add a beautiful natural satin finish that Studio Face and Body Foundations are famous for. In this case, I applied it as is and set it with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder for maximum vampire-esque impact.
☆ The roundness of my face and prominent jawline. I used black and dark brown foundations by MUD along my jawline and beneath the cheekbone; this was to exaggerate the already extreme Kardashian/celebrity contouring style that is so popular these days.
bcuz contouring be like...
The rest is artistic embellishment to complete the look.
Let me know what you think! How do you feel about beauty standards and what would you change, if at all? In what ways does it affect how you do your makeup?