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 13: The Beauty Blog With No Name
Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with make-up?
Unfortunately I cannot claim to have played with my mother’s make-up – in fact, when I lived in the Middle East for a little while as a child, it was in a country where cosmetics had been banned! Fortunately for me, my mother was (and still is) very glamorous and so I had some sort of figure to look up to – even if she didn’t let me touch the stuff until I was well into my teens. I’m still playing around with it… and I’m sure if I was 70 and typing this, I’d still say that I was experimenting and learning.
Do you have a staple make up look?
My staple look has to be thick black eyeliner with a lipstick so bright that it probably makes your eyes bleed. I can be quite gaudy.
Why do you love make-up?
Without wanting to sound too pretentious, I love the art of self-expression and deciding what you want to look like for that day. I love that it gives some people greater confidence; I love that certain styles of make-up defines different eras; I love the fact that there is so much of it! I consider it to be an accessory, and love the process of putting on it. Some days I’ll feel like wearing make-up that is extremely subtle, and other days I’ll put on big lashes and black lipstick. I like having that choice.
Is there anything you haven't quite perfected with your make up routine yet?
The only thing that really bothers me is eye-make up and eyeshadows, only because I have an odd eye shape. It’s somewhere inbetween being hooded and… not. I’m still figuring it out.
Describe your blog:
My blog features reviews and looks that I am wearing, injected with a little bit of humour, a bit of ranting (read: a lot) and features all the products that I adore. I like to experiment and document what products I like, and often find it useful to look back on old photos and see what I used. I’m not one for ‘hauls’ as such.
Are there any blogs that give you inspiration?
I don’t really draw inspiration from other make-up bloggers (still love you guys) but I absolutely adore and recommend The Beauty Investigator and My Vintage Vogue. Both are a delight for the eyes and where I sometimes draw inspiration from. The last time I had an ‘inspired’ moment featured feathers, a 1970s maxi and lips the same shade as aubergines… my little brother asked if I was dressing up as a peacock… He clearly didn't get it.
What do you like about blogging?
I find myself writing constantly. I did a law degree, worked in broadcasting, and now I’m a Masters student – all of which involve fingers of steel. Sometimes it’s nice to break away from all of that and write about something you enjoy, even if it won't change the world. So, in a nutshell, I essentially write about make-up for myself and the crumbs of sanity I have left. Without obviously sounding too insane.