Lately I’ve been going without my sleek swish of black eyeliner more and more. For me, this is a huge deal. I’m never normally seen without it. It makes me feel cool and confident, and generally all round happier. It’s my security blanket.
The same can be said for my eyebrows. I’m normally all-in on brow products and rarely go without fully done brows. Again, a security blanket.
In my second year at university, however, things were different. I was a huge gym bunny and went every day before/after lectures without fail. I ate a predominantly vegan diet and could run for hours, literally. I was a completely different person and my makeup showed that. I rarely wore a full face and even then, a ‘full face’ was a third of what I’d consider a full face three years later.
Having said that makeup is now my security blanket, I’ve started to feel a little self conscious lately about how much I wear. I seem to have come full circle, and am very aware that most of my friends actually don’t wear that much at all. I tend to find myself a little overly made up quite frequently, to be honest.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actually give a damn about how much makeup anyone wears. Full faced or bare faced, you do you and live your best life. Highlighter and full brows make me feel strong, in the same way that a bare face makes others feel badass.
Still, lately I find myself holding back a little, especially for little things like lectures, working in the shop or going for a coffee with pals. You know, a classic university day.
So, here’s what I keep reaching for lately.
My face is a super easy one: a light foundation, a little concealer and some orangey-toned blush. I usually go for the Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Foundation, the MAC Studio Finish Concealer, applied with my fingers in dabs, and a few smudges of Stila’s Cheek and Lip Stain in Gerbera. Together with a few dabs of the cult favourite, Topshop Glow Pot, my skin radiates warmth and freshness, without being too heavy. Sometimes I switch things up by adding a splash of bronzer (usually Topshop) but most of the time this is all I need to keep me looking alert and glowy all day.
Once that’s all blended away nicely, I’m all but done.
All I need now is to slick on a few coats of mascara, until it looks like I actually have eyelashes, and a brush through my brows. At the moment I’m using Benefit’s Gimme Brow, but I’m keen to get in on the Glossier Boy Brow hype as soon as I can. Brush, brush, brush through until my brows are super thick and bushy and tadaaa! Done for the day!
I’m really enjoying looking a lot less put together with just as much glow and confidence. It’s perfect for hanging out around university, from lectures to the library. Just don’t forget the dry shampoo. x