Style Notes: Makeup Routine (2020 update + favorite zoom backgrounds)

Back in August I had a video call with one of our recruiters at work. She had on a nondescript t-shirt and cardigan with a messy bun. But she had fully done her eyebrows (not in an “Instagram brows” way, but if you generally knew about brow makeup she’d clearly done a nice job filling them in) and had a semi dark lip color and mascara and I was just like, “why does she look so much sharper than me when I spent an hour fine tuning my outfit this morning that no one on zoom will even see?????”

Thus was sparked my latest makeup kick. It’s a relatively low-impact thing when it comes to my wide shot outfit photos on Instagram, but I have noticed that I now look much more in-focus and awake in person or in video calls. Nothing that warrants regular show-off FOTDs, but it was a nice change of pace to focus on makeup techniques the last few months instead of just clothes. I also remembered that I like makeup because there’s a lot more subtle creativity you can squeeze out of limited products compared to a minimal set of clothes. I thought it’d be nice to do a post to kind of round up where I am now for future reference, for fun in case anyone out there likes creeping on other non-influencer makeup routines, and to share a bunch of makeup related videos that I found helpful or interesting. My main interest still lies with clothes, but it’s a lot more common in makeup YouTube to show direct comparisons on how changing this or that affects a look, so I’ve been appreciating seeing that approach to another topic.

A makeup bag I had custom printed through artscow a billion years ago

My current aesthetic preferences / general strategy:

  • fresh – Light coverage (just reduce some redness in the center of the face), lighter and simpler color schemes. Brighten face, look lively. I prefer a cute/pretty vibe over sexy/sultry as I think it fits better with my usual vaguely 90s casual or cottagecore/storybook style outfits (though for 220% cottagecore it probably needs more blush, some fake freckles, fake lashes, and fake elf ears 😂). I don’t usually reapply makeup, so anything that’s going to start disintegrating from oil after a few hours needs to do so in a way that doesn’t look worse than a no-makeup face.
  • framed – I feel like my face has pretty “low impact” features, which IMO work well with each other but can get lost among my bangs and glasses and especially if I’m wearing louder clothes. Or if I’m wearing black or beige. They also don’t show up well on zoom (or stage or anything like that). Since I have glasses and bangs (if they aren’t pinned up), that means that I focus on defining my eyebrows (for when they show through), applying a brighter lip color, and then using a darker reddish pink blush on the cheeks for some dimension. (My partner, on the other hand, has a strong jawline and nose, probably literally 5x as much eyebrow as me, and eyelashes thicker than some falsies. You can clearly see his face is doing from anywhere 😮)

I’ll branch out and do something heavier or more bronzey occasionally, but that’s the usual. The red lip is the main thing that’ll affect outfits from a medium distance, but I find that the fake it till you make it effect of looking more present helps me feel more on top of stuff, and having the morning routine in helps a lot psychologically especially since I don’t commute anymore. Plus, I like it as a sort of painting exercise and feeling all the different textures of stuff.

Current skincare

Feel free to skip this section but I always feel like “what’s on your face??” isn’t complete unless it includes base products, so I included it for completeness. Links are all to Beautypedia since I think they do a good job explaining the ingredients vs claims and pros and cons of packaging. (No affiliate links in the whole post as usual)

I have combination skin, with an oily t-zone and eyelids and average texture for cheeks. I get a few zits if I don’t get enough sleep or towards the start of my menstrual cycle, but nothing too gnarly anymore. I had a lot of acne in college. It cleared up after a year or so later, I think due to a combination of hormonal regulation from starting birth control pills and also no longer regularly wearing a nasty-ass never-truly-sanitized fencing mask. I don’t consider skincare a hobby.

CleanserCetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Apparently Beautypedia doesn’t like this, but I’ve been using it since I was a tiny kid covered in eczema and a doctor suggested my mom to switch me over to it, and haven’t had any adverse experience with it, so I continue using it.

Chemical exfoliantThe Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA – I found that using an AHA of some sort regularly at night keeps me from getting flaky skin. I used to use the St. Ives lactic acid pads, but they were discontinued. I then switched the Paula’s choice AHA gel, but when Nordstrom stopped carrying it I switched to this one (which was available through Sephora). It’s fine, seems to work, didn’t have any issues with it, and it wasn’t expensive.

Toner” – Trader Joe’s Rose Water Facial Toner – Beautypedia hates this stuff but I originally bought it to use more as a filler step to feel like a Fancy Lady™ during the whole skincare/makeup ritual in the morning for the fragrance. I don’t think it’s made any difference in a practical sense and it’s cheap and accessible, so I just keep using it. I spray it on and then let it dry up so I smell nice while I brush my teeth or floss.

MoisturizerTrader Joe’s Oil-free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer – it’s easy to get, apparently antioxidants are good for you, it feels nice and light.

SunscreenNeutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 – this was the first liquidy matte sunscreen I was aware of that you could buy at drugstores. Not shiny at all and I didn’t find it left an ashy cast even when I was significantly darker than I am currently.

Makeup removerClinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – This works and is less messy than using a straight up oil. Tried and true all the way up to removing stage makeup.

Makeup

other side of said makeup bag

Full face

General application (actual face photos at the end of the section):

  • Brows and eyes first to let the skincare stuff sink in and so I can clean up any fallout from the eyeshadow before doing face makeup.
  • I don’t use foundation because in my previous experiences, literally every single foundation oxidizes aggressively on me. My skin doesn’t have a ton of angry red zits on it constantly anymore, so I’m a-okay with just a light coverage look.

primerTrader Joe’s Antioxidant Facial Serum Usually just one pump, applied with fingers to the center of the face and spread outwards. This isn’t the grippiest primer I’ve ever tried. I mainly use it to give the concealer something to spread into. I’m interested in trying a setting spray under makeup at some point to see how that helps with reducing oil later in the day.

brow pomade – I have very sparse brows and just fill in the existing shape. I use a really really really light hand. Just barely tap an angled eyeliner brush into it, then get excess off on the underside of the cap and start filling in brows using small strokes in the direction of the hair growth. If I need more then I pick it up from the cap.

This was the video I first followed when I started shaping and filling in my brows. Jen has a similar brow shape and sparseness and it was super helpful to see the whole process starting from truly unplucked parsed brows.

brow gel – Wipe off excess product into tube, apply starting from the middle of the brow to the tail, then go over everything from the center to the tail. I like to use this in addition to the pomade mainly so there’s more dimension to the brows. It can look more makeup-y if there’s only the color wash from the pomade.

eye primer and eyeshadow – I have monolids and not a ton of lid space, so I usually just do a wash of one or two colors, usually something shimmery and lighter on the lid and a matte or shimmer brown color on the outer half and/or crease.

I’m still working through a crusty ancient Urban Decay Naked original palette (discontinued, but I really only use “buck”, “half baked”, “smog” 75% of the time, occasionally “toasted” and “sin” if I’m doing a red/pink eye look.

Used with the UD eyeshadow primer, although I think when it runs out I might try the Wet n Wild primer again because I recall it was pretty good (and much cheaper)

For a fun color, I love their rust-turquoise duochrome single “lounge”. My first eyeshadow palette was the Wet n Wild “Comfort Zone” 8-pan but I didn’t want to buy a whole new one just for the duochrome shade (and their packaging is so brittle!!) so I just shelled out for the single.

Urban Decay eyeshadow in “lounge”. Temptalia swatches.
Source: Shirley Vang. Something like this if I’m going heavier, though with lighter brows and without the fake lashes because I don’t have patience for that daily.

I’ve tried bigger and heavier looks but I always feel like they make me look really ragged and by the time I shrink them down enough to work with my eye shape, you can hardly see it anyway and it’s just not worth the effort vs the single-wash style.

Go-to color is Urban Decay “half baked” which is a light gold, or Urban Decay “buck” which is a slight contour on me if I’m doing a more natural look like this one

Sometimes I’ll also use whatever cream blush I used on cheeks to do the low-key contour eyeshadow. It’s faster because I’ll only use a tiny bit, but it weirdly works.

eyeliner (often omitted) – I use a softer pencil liner in a dark brown as I find it looks less shitty as it smudges compared to stuff meant to be applied precisely like liquid liner. I used to use the Maybelline gel liner set with a black eyeshadow, but I just can’t be bothered with that now. I also found that I prefer lighter eye looks in general, as I usually go for a bright look, not a sultry or dark style, which is suited for less and more diffused liner anyway. I apply only to the outer 1/2 or 2/3 of the eyelid without much of a wing.

Image from feedly. Urban Decay 24/7 glide on pencil in “demolition”
I always like seeing these sorts of videos even if I don’t do heavy liner

mascara – For a long time, I gave up on mascara. My eyelids just kind of eat my lashes when my eyes are open, and then you can barely see them through the glare on my glasses anyway. But I found that if I wear mascara, I will always wash my face at the end of the day, so I apply it more for that than any actual effect it has on the look. I like the Full n Soft brand because it’s the least crunchy waterproof one I’ve tried. It doesn’t hold curl as well as others, but since my lashes are so short anyway I’d rather just go with the texture I like.

Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Waterproof Mascara, which I use after curling with Shiseido eyelash curler

concealer – I apply small amounts of concealer around the lower edges of my nose/nostrils and on the tip of my nose and then pat it out with my finger until it’s diffused. Same under the lip and between the brows. I go back and layer more if it seems like it could use more coverage.

Make Up For Ever full cover concealer in “sand 7”

I use the same product for under eye concealing/brightening and follow the method in this Robert Welsh tutorial, where he puts a dot of product on the inner and outer area under each eye and then pats it out to diffuse, rather than doing the initial application in a triangle shape. I find this doesn’t crease and generally degrades more gracefully than heavier applications. (Demo starts at 3:55)

blush – I apply just on the lower edge of the cheekbones and slightly into the apples of the cheeks. Sort of splitting the difference between the “hot” placement and the “cute” placement (see video). For me at this point I care more about making sure that it’s blended well over the exact placement.

Glossier Cloud Paint cream blush in “storm”
Besame Crimson Cream. Also works as a lip tint as it’s more waxy than the Glossier cloud paint.

If there’s extra I put it on the outer/upper areas of my eyelids, which adds some cohesiveness to my face’s color scheme. I’m not religious about this though. I usually go back and add more to the center of the application. More if I feel like having it show up on video calls or photographs. I make sure it doesn’t get blended too close to my eyes or nose.

I think I have mostly neutral undertones, maybe slightly on the warm/yellow side. At least, I never feel like I look too pink in photos, just sometimes too pallid. I’ve also never felt like I looked like the pinker person next to people in photos (a good tip from this OG blog post from musicalhouses on how to tell your undertone for Asians). I don’t look noticeably better in warm vs cool tone colors or gold vs silver metals. Generally since I have lighter skin and black hair, I find what makes the biggest difference in looking awake is wearing higher contrast / saturated colors for clothes. I always feel like adding a red blush and lip makes everything look better all the time because it works as kind of mediator between my hair and skin in the same way. On a related note, this was an interesting demo on how the right blush can mostly correct for using a base product with the wrong undertone:

This looks like a good exercise, though I don’t own face paints anymore so I haven’t been able to try it.

bronzer – I don’t use bronzer most days, just sometimes a bit under the blush towards the edge of my face if I feel like spending more time on makeup. If I feel pasty and I have more of a bronzey eyeshadow look I’ll add a bit around the more prominent areas on my face to make the colors more cohesive.

NYX Matte Bronzer in “medium”

lip primer, lip pencil, lipstickSo, I’ve always had an overbite. To the point that I have to actively keep my lips over my teeth, if that makes sense. I had braces as a kid and the dentist said that the primary goal for the braces was to make it easier for me to close my mouth, but it only did so much. My theory is that at night I end up drooling and mouth breathing, drying out my lips no matter how much moisturizer and aquaphor, vaseline, bag balm, etc I put on and how hydrated I was to start with. The end result of this is that over the years all the skin on the inner half of my lips has totally flaked off, leaving a two textures and two tones of skin, and it’s basically impossible to get product to adhere properly to the center of my lips because the skin is the wet type.

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip color in “cinnamon spice”. I use it with MAC lip liner in “Brick” and MAC Prep n Prime for lips.

I just accept that short of wearing an ungodly amount of (applied, blotted, applied, blotted, applied, blotted) lip pencil as the main pigment and touching up constantly, lip colors don’t stay. I love red and deep berry lip colors generally, and since my lips are pretty pigmented I just try and stick with colors that don’t look so gross when they start wearing off (so, sadly no black-based purples, bright pinks, etc for everyday when I can’t be arsed to touch up). I basically only use the lip liner and lipstick/cream product, and just sheer it out to different intensities like in this video. I ordered two of the high end Lisa Eldridge lipsticks this month but they haven’t arrived yet, it should be interesting how much of a difference there is from the Wet n Wild brand staple. (Update: this post made me check the tracking status, and USPS says it was delivered over a week ago. I’ve been checking the mail every day and haven’t seen it, so at this point I’m assuming it was stolen 😭)

I apply Aquaphor when I start doing my makeup and then wipe off any excess when I’m about to apply lip color. I fill my whole lip area with lip pencil and then go over it with lipstick. If I’m in a rush I don’t do the lip pencil, but I like the blended color better and it stays slightly longer with the pencil.

finishing powder (often omitted) – Honestly I think that just blotting more regularly throughout the day is the real answer to managing the moderate amount of oil I have. I’ve tried a few different powders and I mostly use this one because I like the packaging and smell and feel very fancy dusting a bit of it onto my t-zone at the end. This one’s currently retailing 50% off for $11 because Besame is rereleasing them with a refillable packaging.

Besame French Vanilla Brightening Powder

setting sprayMac Prep + Prime Fix+ Setting Spray I feel like this is more effective than the powder and has a more natural finish, but I don’t like the smell as much.

Minimal version: (in order of application)

  • primer
  • brow pomade (if not in a rush)
  • brow gel – If I’m not using brow pomade, get fuller coverage by brushing it on the “wrong way” from tail to center of brow before brushing brows out the normal way.
  • concealer
  • blush
  • lipstick
  • setting spray

Anyway, all that just to look….. fairly pedestrian. It’s been a lot of work to look unremarkable instead of washed out but not in a way that ends up looking worse than no makeup at the end of the day 😂

Typical face nowadays, complete with needs-a-professional-haircut quarantine hair.
I feel like this looks a lot drier, flatter, and cooler toned in the photo than it does in real life, and the blush hardly shows up. I mean, it’s pretty softly applied in real life, but not that soft. At any rate, I’m not sure the selfie camera on the Pixel 3a is high def enough to take useful photos of skin at this distance. If I didn’t have bangs I’d also use bronzer around my forehead.

Here’s more of a “no-makeup makeup” look

Took these with the primary phone camera. Primer, concealer, besame “crimson cream” as lip stain, blush, eye shadow, brow pomade, brow gel, setting spray, mascara, microscopic amount of eyeliner
You can see a teeny bit of the red/pink Besame “crimson cream” as eye makeup here. It’s really subtle but I think it helps make things feel less flat. A comment on the Kate Bosworth Lisa Eldridge video pointed out that if you’re trying to mimic a natural flush, then it makes sense to add some pink to your lids since the skin there is thin.
The eyeliner (which I see here was slightly uneven) is really just in case I blink. I feel like the whole thing leans more cool toned than IRL. After that whole thing where the sky was orange and the sun didn’t come out for a whole day, I trust the phone’s automatic processing less than I did to start with.

Video life

Here’s an example of a look halfway between the two above on a good day in Zoom (which ends up looking a lot smoother even with the beauty filter off). This blush is pretty heavy in person but will show up in phone photos and the laptop webcam. You can kinda see what’s going on with the lip color not adhering to the (lack of) skin towards the center of my lips.

I live in a 425 sq ft castle of trash so I’ve been searching for a favorite zoom background for ages (even though my team at work opted to switch to the background-less google hangouts for most meetings 😪). At this point I feel like it’s basically an extension of clothes and makeup for a “look” (though only for fun, as no one NEEDS a fancy creative video chat background). The one above is my absolute favorite. It’s so happy and I like the framing effect of the flowers. I also like that it feels vaguely plausible, like you’re chilling at a little table just outside in your cottagecore fantasy yard 😂. I first saw this just searching “cottagecore background” but after some digging I found the full res version over on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/httpwwwflickrcomphotosbobrad/27737989216/. That whole photostream is the jackpot of British countryside wallpapers if you too have gone completely basic and all-in on cottagecore/mori/fairytale/storybook etc etc escapism.

Bob Radlinski
Bob Radlinski
Bob Radlinski

I only use this one for smaller social chats but for a different mood, there’s the blank background of the “this is fine” comic

https://www.themarysue.com/best-zoom-backgrounds/

Anyway, it’s been weird coming back to makeup. I find that learning to pump out consistent makeup applications that I like tailored differently to IRL, photographs, and video calls is a lot more finicky than just slapping on a bunch of Mehron paints and some cheap eyeshadows for a big Halloween look like the ones below. It uses a lot of the same principles as the face paint makeup or even just normal painting, but I find it takes more technique to apply normal makeup well considering the oiliness and smudginess of real life.

I think for me the top 3 things that made the biggest differences for me in my recent practice kick (again, I know not too helpful without before photos) were

  1. finding the right combination of brow products for a defined (brow pomade) but not monotextured look (brow gel)
  2. using blush
  3. learning that concealer technique where you just put a tiny amount on each end of the under eye and blend inward instead of applying the concealer in the center of the under eye and blending outwards

The red lip color is the highest impact, but I’ve been doing that for a while 😊. My top 3 things I’d like to work on are

  1. calibrating my blush intensity and placement better for each of irl/photos/zoom
  2. consistently and quickly applying false lashes (not for everyday, but it’d be nice not to stress about it if the occasion calls)
  3. working out some more intensely pigmented but still small in terms of eyelid area eyeshadow looks.

Mostly I’m just going to keep trying out slightly different applications each day and referencing the Dusty Old Bat’s Guides on the makeup discussion subreddit.

Anyone else here on the makeup practice train despite quarantine? What techniques or tips have you found most impactful?

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  1. As both a makeup enthusiast ( and borderline addict to watching youtube makeup videos, I only say borderline because I haven’t admitted it to myself yet) and someone who loves your writing style (long form but not rambling, everything is informative and interesting in some way), I am really excited about this post and first of all, I love your makeup bag !

    The pandemic has sparked an interest for eyeshadow in me. I used to only ever wear lipstick and cheek products before, but I now am wearing a mask everytime I am in public and it breaks my heart (first world problem if there ever was one), because lipstick is literaly my favourite part of makeup. Now, only my eyes are visible, so I have fun with eyeshadow looks and bought 8 palettes since march.
    On the rare occasion when I get to work from home (I’m in France and we haven’t had to shelter in place since June), I go all out with my lipstick and blush and it really helps with looking bright and alive in my badly lit living room during zoom calls.

    I now have an arsenal of tools at my disposal to create a wide range of looks color, contrast, and shade -wise. The shades you use in the Naked palette were my favourite too ! I bought it 6 years ago and kept it mostly unused (except for buck, smog, toasted and sin that I used at most 10 times in the year), so I gave it to my cousin and recently bought my favourites in singles. Lounge is also on my wishlist, it’s iconic and looks amazing as a one and done or in more intricate looks.
    With my features, I find that light colors don’t suit me at all, I look best with a darker, more sultry look, something to give more definition to my eyes. I already have a high contrast coloring (dark hair and eyes, relatively pale skin compared to the rest of my features) and it just looks odd when I use a light color all over the lid or too close to my inner corner. I even have to be careful with the classic “inner corner highlight” and go for either translucent sparkly shadows or darker champagne shades.
    Also, I have hooded eyes (and one eye is more hooded than the other, plus I don’t have a lot of eyeshadow real estate between my lash line and eyebrow) so I have had to work out what kind of placement looks best. The kind of makeup that beauty gurus showcase don’t work for me, I have to fine tune it to manage a pretty eye, and for days when I want something on the eyes but can’t be bothered to create an entire “look”, I can just pick a medium dark shade and buff all over and call it a day.

    As an avid beautuber watcher, ever since I had decided that I was not one to wear eyeshadow, I had reframed my mind to see palette and love them from a far, as you do when you love an art piece. I love how it looks, and maybe even find each shade beautiful but it doesn’t mean I should buy it, as I am not about to frame palettes and put them on my walls. Now that I have opened myself to new colorful dust horizons, I find so much joy playing with sparkly and glittery and fun shadows. Trying looks that I wouldn’t necesseraly wear for work, when I have some time in the evening or during the week-ends and it makes me incredibly happy !
    I still prefer lipstick and find it’s easier to look and feel beautiful with a bright lip color than with some eyeshadow, but oh well.

    I also find that I have to put a lot more blush for video calls then just for real life, but I have to see myself in the preview to realise that every time, and adjust accordingly. It’s not yet second nature for me to apply more blush than what looks good in the miror, because I know I’ll appear more washed out through the camera lens.

    I have cinnamon spice and, I don’t know if it’s the lip liner that you use, but on me it looks rosy mauve brown and not the same brick red color as you. What color of the Lisa Eldridge did you order ? I received Myth a week ago and it’s a beautiful deep berry color and it does not budge at all (same as the Wnw ones, except it feels less drying). If you want high end recs for lipstick the Nars Audacious lipsticks are great and comfortable, and the Marc Jacobs lipsticks are very creamy and comfortable.

    For makeup remover, I love cleansing balm, or cleansing oils, but it’s so expensive and so easy to overuse it for the luxurious feeling, that I start to break all of my makeup first with regular jojoba oil and then apply a small amount of my cleansing balm (though it still disappears too fast for my liking!) and it makes everything easier to wash away.

    Anyway, glad to learn about your makeup endeavors !

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    1. Bonjour Eléonore, get thee to your nearest Primark! They have a newish line called Prep + Perfect which includes an oil to milk cleanser in a pump for a whopping 4€ which is the biz, even if not quite as luxe as a balm.

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    2. Hi again Eleonore! Thanks for writing!

      > The pandemic has sparked an interest for eyeshadow in me. I used to only ever wear lipstick and cheek products before, but I now am wearing a mask everytime I am in public and it breaks my heart (first world problem if there ever was one), because lipstick is literaly my favourite part of makeup. Now, only my eyes are visible, so I have fun with eyeshadow looks and bought 8 palettes since march.

      I’m surprised that I haven’t gotten more into eyeshadow given this! I think part of it is just fatigue from the last time I was into makeup and I owned piles of eyeshadow (although a lot of them were those Coastal Scents brand ones where you got like every color imaginable, but they were tiny). What’s your favorite of the new palettes?

      > On the rare occasion when I get to work from home (I’m in France and we haven’t had to shelter in place since June), I go all out with my lipstick and blush and it really helps with looking bright and alive in my badly lit living room during zoom calls.

      I bet a lot of people have ended up learning the differences in makeup for camera and in person this year given all the zoom calls!

      > The kind of makeup that beauty gurus showcase don’t work for me, I have to fine tune it to manage a pretty eye, and for days when I want something on the eyes but can’t be bothered to create an entire “look”, I can just pick a medium dark shade and buff all over and call it a day.

      I feel this. I remember when I’d make an effort to watch more monolid tutorials, they were mostly the same closely applied gradient look and it was so boring to watch! But tbh that does seem to be the most practical for that eye shape.

      > As an avid beautuber watcher, ever since I had decided that I was not one to wear eyeshadow, I had reframed my mind to see palette and love them from a far, as you do when you love an art piece. I love how it looks, and maybe even find each shade beautiful but it doesn’t mean I should buy it, as I am not about to frame palettes and put them on my walls.

      Funnily enough, I found makeupmuseum.org today! It was really nostalgic looking at all those old pop-up Urban Decay eyeshadow books that I wanted back in high school when I definitely couldn’t afford them (in retrospect I don’t think I would have been happy with the actual contents so it’s probably for the best). I’m glad there are sites that inventory these so I can keep admiring the packaging.

      > I have cinnamon spice and, I don’t know if it’s the lip liner that you use, but on me it looks rosy mauve brown and not the same brick red color as you.

      Hm the liner definitely makes it pull more red, but I’d say it’s still primarily a red on me even without a base liner. I always use it directly out of the tube over either aquaphor or some kind of primer though so I don’t know if that’s altered the color.

      > Trying looks that I wouldn’t necesseraly wear for work, when I have some time in the evening or during the week-ends and it makes me incredibly happy

      The best reason to wear makeup!

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      1. ABH Soft glam and the Huda New nudes are my current favourites from the palettes I bought this year ! I just got the natasha denona Glam palette and I like it a lot too !

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  2. Come for the amazingly detailed information, stay for the humour. “I live in a 425 sq ft castle of trash”, I actually cackled! I only do zoom with family but still back myself into a boring, uncluttered corner. A real shame that the best bit of our flat is the glorious sunny terrace, bougainvillea , rooftop views and all: crap for videos.

    Anyway, you have inspired me to try harder; I’ve all but given up on make-up 😦

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    1. Forgot to say that you look amazing IRL, and those special FX are incredible. Also that I am very jealous of you awaiting TWO of Lisa’s lipsticks.

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    2. Hi Ursula! Thanks, and glad you got a laugh! Tbh I think I read that phrase somewhere on twitter or reddit before and it just stuck with me. That terraces sounds really lovely. Good thing there’s more time off zoom than on it!

      I had a whole rollercoaster thing today when I decided to check the tracking for the Lisa lipsticks and it said it had been delivered over a week ago! (No “it’s delivered” email) I was upset about that for a few hours, but then our landlord mentioned she found some packages for us in the bin that our building usually tosses addressee-less coupon mailers and catalogs into just a few hours after that. It felt like waiting for the bus for nearly an hour before giving up, only to have it arrive as you start walking away from the stop 😂

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