School is about to start for me again on the 18th of august, I am studying Graphic Media at the Technology College in Reykjavík.
I thought it would be a good idea to sit down at my vanity and do a little makeup blog and a video ( will post it at the bottom of the page). I wanted to do my makeup so it looked natural but would be a wowzer at the same time, something so that you can feel confident during your first day at school, without looking like it’s a night out with the girls.
I have anxiety that I deal with every day but when my routine changes the anxiety can become so overwhelming that I sometimes can’t deal with the day. And at school that anxiety is multiplied x 1000. The weird thing is, when I wear makeup to school I feel anxious because I think my foundation is too dark, my makeup looks cakey or that I have done some horrible “mistake” and when people look at me I think they are judging me on my appearance, which is crazy because I don’t know what they are thinking,
maybe they like what I did, maybe they’re not even looking at me! When I don’t wear makeup I feel like everyone thinks I’m ugly and they wont want to talk to me because of that.
This is the horrible cycle of anxiety and there are loads of people out there like me! This tiny little detail that shouldn’t matter, can actually have a great impact on your self-esteem and your mental health. So I really want to try to do a makeup look that makes me feel confident and can reduce my anxiety for the first few weeks of school. So first off we need to figure out what makes me so anxious when I wear makeup to school, and then we need to create a Back to school makeup look that will make me feel amazing!
My skin – Is my foundation too dark? is it patchy? is it cakey?
My Lipstick – Is it on my teeth or smudged around my mouth?
My eyeshadow – Is it too dark, not blended enough?
Ok so its not that bad, only 3 issues that I have when my anxiety tries to control me! This can be easily fixed, I hope, Lets get in to the makeup look!
MAC Paint Pot – Soft Ochre
Morphe 35N – # 4 (Set the base and use as a highlight)
Morphe 35N – # 14 ( transition colour )
Morphe 35N – # 29 (shading)
Maybelline Lash Sensational – Black
Maybelline Linerefine Kajal – Black
Maybelline Master Ink Matte eyeliner – Black
Today I am starting with my eyes, this is where very soft warm colours merge with matte awesomeness. I prepped my eyelids with the MAC Paint Pot and blended it up towards my brow. Then I Eyeshadow #4 all over my lid and brow bone to set the base and to use as a highlight. Then I applied Shadow #14 to my crease and outer corner to use as a transition colour and warming shade. Third and last eyeshadow was #29 in the Morphe 35N palette, this colour was used to shade the very outside corner of my eye and blended insanely in to the other two! I curled my lashes and used the Kajal in my upper waterline (it will smudge to the lower one and the look will be softer), applied a medium thickness cat eyeliner with the Maybelline Master Ink Matte eyeliner.. I did do a mistake the first time using this eyeliner and if you watch the video u will see why I started with my eyes and how to fix this kind of a mistake! We are almost done here folks! I grabbed my Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara, I applied 2 coats of the mascara and added the Matte GOSH lipstick.
Smash box Photo Finish Primer Water.
Maybelline FIT me foundation – 110.
Maybelline FIT me concealer – 10
Maybelline FIT me Powder – 120
Mirrored Pink Blush – Sleek palette
Sahara blush – Sleek palette (used as bronzer)
NYX Contour Duo – Light
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil -Hazel
GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick – Sweetness
To start with I sprayed my face with the primer and used 1 pump of the Maybelline FIT me foundation, and applied it all over my face with a Morphe foundation brush, and then I blended it further with a miracle complexion sponge from RT. This foundation is very lightweight and doesn’t cover my freckles completely but it does even out my skin tone well. I applied the concealer on blemishes, under my eyes and on red areas. I used a RT Powder brush to lightly dust my face with the Maybelline FIT me powder and focused mostly on areas where I tend to get shiny. I lightly filled in my brows using the Rimmel Eyebrow pencil and feathered the product out with the comb attachment on the lid. Next I added a tiny amount of Sahara blusher to warm up my face and applied the pink Sleek blush with the RT blush brush. Lastly I added a tiny bit of the NYX Contour powder and buffed my face with my powder brush to get a seamless look… The keyword here is “slightly and lightly”!
I did do this look the other day as well to see if it would work, so I went to a crowded place to see if I felt alright about this, and I have to say it wasn’t bad, I do get anxiety just by being outside of the house but it wasn’t fixated on my appearance this time!
I hope you liked this blog! what are your Back to school / work looks like?