Beauty Bloggers - Why We Fell In Love With Make-Up

I love how make-up can bond a group of women, and the power that putting your face on in the morning has. I wanted to explore our relationship with make-up a little more, and thought I should turn to the ladies who love make-up the most - Beauty Bloggers!

Beauty Blogger 11: The Glamourologist

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Photo: Mat Keller

Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with make-up?

I love makeup but am slightly less interested in wearing it than I am collecting it.

Can you describe it? My makeup look is very simple. I use pan stick most of the time as I like a nice even base (during the summer I mix this in with some moisturiser to form a tint), I line my eyes with a brown liquid eyeliner, use a dark brown for my mascara and I always wear lipstick – mostly red, but other times a pinky colour. I always have my nails painted and like to match my nails to my lipstick colour.

Why do you love make-up? I love that makeup is such a controversial subject and, at various times, throughout the centuries has been subject to very heavy handed control. I love the fact that the Suffragettes embraced lipstick as an emblem cause and I love that practically every civilisation since time began has worn some form of body and/or face colouring. I do not love the fact that despite all of this make up is far too often considered to be a vacuous topic and not worth serious thought.

Why did you start blogging? I started blogging in around June 2011 after very subtle suggestions from a couple of other bloggers. It really started after a conversation with ReeRee and I realised that people were interested in the topic. From this I am now working with two other Norwich based bloggers – Missy Vintage and Retro Chick – and we are taking our love of makeup, fashion and style to vintage fairs as well as holding workshops and parties to show how achievable vintage glamour is – with a little practice. We set up The Historical Sauces in October and it has already been a great success.

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Describe your blog: My blog focuses really on cosmetic collectables and will either be a theme – say The History of Eyebrows – or focusing on one specific product – my latest post was on false eyelashes for instance. I also plan to develop reviews on products that are have been around for a long time and are still available or new products that help achieve the vintage look.