In case you couldn’t tell from my umpteen amount of tweets about being sick of the sight of my own face, sick of editing, sick of sounding like
a knob an idiot on camera… I’ve started a YouTube channel. Which is great. No really, despite my whining and a lot more stress – which I definitely didn’t need but YOLO (yes, I hate myself as much as you do for using the phrase Yolo. Please accept my apologies) – I am absolutely loving being filled with ideas, being pushed with my non-existent editing and filming skills and just producing something a little more personal, a little more reactive than blog posts… but here’s one thing that I’m not so keen on.
The Filming face. I mean, I’m not keen on my face in general but one thing I noticed when filming for my channel is that your makeup picks up a lot less on camera than it does in real life meaning that that subtle bronzer, the subtle smokey eye, basically all the “natural” makeup that you’ve purposefully gone for, that’s not doing anything for your face on camera. Don’t get me wrong, lots of YouTubers will wear natural makeup and look amazing, but if you’re a little more self conscious like I am and want to somewhat emulate what you look like in real life, then a slightly more dramatic/enhanced makeup look is the way forward.
Enhanced, dramatic, defined/[insert your own choice of enhanced synonym here] makeup doesn’t mean big bold lips and huge fake lashes either, it just means taking what you’ve got, and amping it up a little more. Here’s how I do just that…
I love nothing more than slathering Nars Laguna bronzer all over my face day to day to give me a nice summery/non corpse-like glow, but on camera? That doesn’t pick up so much for me. I still want to have that glow but I also want my balloon shaped face to be more defined so for “camera ready” glow and definition, I opt for Dusty girl’s bronzer* It’s a slightly darker bronzer with a little more golden shimmer than the Nars counterpart. What I love about this however is that it doesn’t contain big chunky glitter, you’re not going to end up looking like a disco ball, it’s super super blendable so never looks cakes or streaky and lasts a long time on the skin too. The perfect filming bronzer that will also be amazing for when I’m more tanned.
Which basically means never [insert cry face emoji here]
On a daily basis, I’d rather spend time prioritising my winged liner – which let’s face it, no matter how long I spend on them they are never on fleek* – than a bold lip, or totally filled in brow for example so I do take a little extra time when filming to make sure that my liner’s a little more “done”. A little more even. Basically, less “A five year old has drawn on my wings”-esque. Collection’s 24hr Felt tip liner is my current weapon of choice and considering I repurchased this for the 6th time yesterday – yes I count because I am that cool – I’d say it was a winner.
*Please, please feel free to punch me in the face for using the term “fleek” aka the most nauseating phrase in existence, in a blog post.
Whilst my lashes aren’t quite as straight as an elephant’s, they can always do with a little lift, volume and curl. Shu Umera’s S lash curler – which I’ve reviewed before – is fantastic at curling the lash and making my eyes look more open and awake
and less like I’ve had only 2 hours sleep. A mixture of Bourjois’ 1 second Volume mascara and Max Factor’s false lash effect fusion does the best job at bringing all the volume and length without leaving my eyes a spidery mess, whilst Soap and Glory’s archery brow pencil keeps my brows in check and as even, full but as natural as possible.
Now, I’m not hugely into big, bright, clown like bush that looks like it’s been slapped on by a dog, however lighting, camera’s and just generally the quality of video once uploaded to Youtube can totally wash you out on screen so I do find myself amping up my blush level a little. My top choice for this is Mac’s Well dressed because not only does it awaken and brighten up your complexion, but it also has a subtle shimmer in it producing that “lit from within” glow. It’s also the first blush I bought from Mac years ago so it has a sentimental little place in my heart too #LoserOfTheYear