By: Annelise Vintila
I distinctly remember putting on my mom’s lipstick and eyeliner at the age of 8 and admiring myself in the mirror. I completely missed the outline of my lips and my eyelid but I was truly proud of myself; I had never seen myself with any makeup on with the exception of lip-gloss at my first communion. My older cousins all seemed to apply makeup whenever they went out, but they never wanted me to experiment at such a young age because ‘it would give me wrinkles at 20’. I liked the idea that you can change how you look in an instant with makeup, and I continued to experiment, and eventually started to become better. Some makeup strategies lasted (liquid eyeliner, mascara) and some I tossed out (purple eyeshadow, fake mole(s) I drew above my lip to look like Marilyn Monroe), and to present day I still try to experiment with beauty trends.
I have settled, at least for now, on mascara, primer, and lipstick as my main 3 accessories when looking presentable; last year was all about eyeliner, pink eyeshadow and blush so it’s a bit of a 180 for me. I admire makeup artists that can adapt to fickle clients such as myself, and that understand that acing makeup school is more than just getting the best grades. A large portion being a good makeup artist, besides having a diploma, is morphing your style to the particular client. A makeup artist might not believe thick eyeliner goes with fairy sprinkles on your eyelid, but they understand that the combination of those two can make the client the happiest version of themselves. Makeup artist courses help up-and-coming artists to truly understand the craft, whether they would like to specialize in movie, bridal or every day makeup. There is always a fake expectation that makeup artists should always look like they have a face-full of makeup on, no matter if they are grocery shopping or lounging around, and I think it’s important to understand that though their career is enhancing people’s visages, it does not define them.
Self-expression is crucial throughout a person’s life, especially when you are a child trying to figure out the world around you. I used my mother’s lipstick and eyeliner to discover the changing makeup world around me, and the older I become the more I experimented to morph into the best version of myself. Others find their truest physical self-expression by different means such as dying their hair funky colours or getting a meaningful tattoo, but I love the idea of looking like a different person with a stroke of a makeup brush. A makeup artist has the power to completely reinvent what you look like, even for a couple of hours, and I think that is pretty amazing.
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