#BeautiesOnFire day, better known to some as Thursdays, is probably one of my favorite days of the week. Because I get to challenge myself. This week is all about Retro, but when I think of Retro makeup… I think of the same things I thought of for Classic Beauty. And I already have a perfect red lip guide, and I’m not good enough with eyeliner to make that guide. (yet!)
But then I realized something. We live in an age where the full face, Kim K, baked, contoured, highlighted, bronzed, tanned, pushed up propped out teased hair bullshit is what “everyone” aspires to.
I’ll use “everyone” loosely, but if you’ve hung out on Instagram for more than 5 minutes, you’ll likely see the same, damn, look, on a hundred people.
So how do you find… and accept… not being that… or if you’re like me? Not even Wanting to be that.
The trend, for YEARS, has been tan. I’m not a tan girl. I’m not a bronze girl. I don’t want to be. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I think in 90% of cases, you’re most beautiful with the skin you’re born with. I love being a “pale princess” and I’m OK with that. (even if the cosmetics world makes it impossible and my color match is literally some of the makeup used to create vampires, zombies, and corpses) I am a lot more fond of almost every single decade than this one when it comes to makeup.
The problem is… what if you’re on a budget? How do you figure out if your “style” is what you really are and want to be, even after you separate it from trends, or if your style is just working with what you’ve got?
I think the key to finding the truest part of your style… is what would you be doing / wearing if money was no object and judgement didn’t exist?
For me… That’s 50’s wear. Part rockabilly, specifically. But with a twist – it’s paired with steampunk. My “true” style is exquisite underbust corsets, leggings or tailored pants, and cleavage baring long-sleeve shirts. Plus some of those A line sweetheart dresses. I like black, I like maroons and dark rich colors.
(seriously, if you’re in the market for corsets, I recommend OrchardCorset‘s level 3 designs for extremely curvy girls like myself – meaning curves but VERY indented -if squishy- waists in comparison, and CorsetDeal for their sales and an AMAZING amount of selections. I have had corsets from both places, they’re both extremely good value. But get steel boned, not that plastic shit but um… don’t wear an underwire bra with an underbust corset. It wrecks the bra. Some bras were harmed in the learning of this lesson… more than I want to admit – if anyone’s interested in more of a wearing corsets in the modern day guide, let me know in the comments!)
I like winged eyeliner and strange highlight with the rest of my face matte, my lashes long, and normally my lips natural and lipstick free. Though I do have a fondness for throwing on a random lippie from time to time for photos, it usually doesn’t last long after because I am Careless with my appearance and I want to be able to be that way every moment after I get up. I could live the rest of my life without eyeshadow and feel like nothing was missing, but I do enjoy playing with it for photos.
I like my hair full, thick, textured, and covering one of my eyes because I feel like my face is asymmetrical and it’s more pleasing to me to be covering part of it and showcasing the better half because my cheekbones are on POINT on that side if I do say so myself.
I like my hair natural, but I like going wild a bit too, so when Dreamlover offered me to review one of their wigs (and then changed the offer and let me pick two more out…) HOLY YES. First time ever seeing myself in black hair. And it feels like a version of me too. I normally really like my hair asymmetrical, extremely thinned and short on one side, and long and angular / chunky on the other. I’ve really, honestly used safety scissors, without a mirror, to chop my hair, and it looked amazing. I don’t go to hairdressers anymore. But these wigs are making me want to grow my hair out longer than it’s ever been! Here’s the long black curly wig from Dreamlover that I used for this look.
TRANSPARENCY NOTE: I did receive this and two other wigs free to review, however they did not ever ask or suggest writing a blog post – that’s purely because I’m having so much fun with it!
And this is just a little sneak peek because I’m off to the Renaissance Festival this Saturday and it’s the first year I’ve been halfway decent with makeup to make something a bit steampunk. Plus I didn’t have to change my eye makeup for any of the looks today.
What’s your main style inspiration combination? What makes your look, Yours?
Let me know in the comments!
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