The first rules of beauty are there are no rules! There are a lot of widely accepted makeup trends and techniques I noticed and while I appreciate them, I have my own unpopular makeup opinions. These are my unpopular makeup opinions on makeup techniques and products that I really enjoy, despite what the majority says. Whatever works for you, works for you. You’re also free to change your mind at any time along the way. I know my makeup preferences have certainly evolved from my teens to my 20s to my 30s. Do any of these makeup trends and techniques surprise you?
Shimmer in the crease
I just love the beautiful simplicity of a one shadow look, especially with a shimmer eyeshadow. With hooded eyes, sometimes shimmer on the lids alone is not really visible while the eyes are open. If you softly buff a shimmer eyeshadow out it creates a beautiful gradient and gives a little shimmer in the crease. I think it creates so much dimension and looks stunning.
Not all bronzers are created equal. In my early 20s, I was all about the matte. Into my 30s, I now really appreciate bronzers with a little glow to them. Even though I have oily combination skin, my outer cheek area is not somewhere I get a natural glow throughout the day. A radiant bronzer, like the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores which is part of my Project Pan series, adds a healthy subtle bronze glow just where I need it.
Moussey liquid lipsticks
Even though they don’t set down and they can be a little messy, I just love this type of formula! It’s something you can reapply without your lips cracking off. They feel nice and have great color payoff. I love the Burberry Lip Velvets and NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams.
Applying blush last
I always love how my makeup looks when I apply blush last. More specifically, blush after highlight. If my eyeshadow look comes out heavy, I like the flexibility of being able to adjust my cheek makeup. I like to do bronzer, highlight, and then blush last to prevent my highlight looking to painfully obvious. Applying blush last allows me to conceal a stripe of highlighter and help blend everything back into my bronzer and hairline.
What’s a makeup technique or product you love that might be an unpopular opinion? I would love to know! Makeup style is such a personal preference and there’s always something new to learn. It might be interesting to revisit these opinions in 5 or 10 years so see how preferences change.