This tag comes to you courtesy of an indirect tag from the lovely Hannah from Midnight Violets.
Being fairly new to the beauty blogosphere, these things tend to pass me by. Super catch-up powers: ACTIVATE!
And this sounds really fun.
1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I... don't know really? I was given little-girl make-up at some point, but I never really got into it until I was in Uni. (I was a bit gung-ho about my appearance.... well, and lazy.)
2. How did you get into makeup?
That's actually a good story - for my prom, I had a pro do my make-up, and I was so awed by the result, I wanted to replicate some of the magic (although it took me 2 more years before I bought my first foundation. Yep...)
I'd had a friend do my make-up before, but I was just a kid back then, and didn't really appreciate it. Fast forward to me being a gawky teenager, terribly self-conscious about my appearance and annoyed at my body's shortcomings, and having my face completely transformed... it changed my view on things. Really, it did.
I also read/watched a lot of blogs and vlogs, like TattooedTealady.com and BubzBeauty, and the passion these ladies have for make-up and beauty was just... contageous.
3. What are some of your favorite brands?
KIKO, hands down, for price, quality, and colour payoff. Yves Rocher also can't do no wrong in my book. Other than that, products from Tanya Burr, Max Factor, and Maybelline are frequent visitors over here.
4. What does makeup mean to you?
Opportunity, transformation. I love sitting down to do my make-up in the morning, and imagining becoming someone else, or a different version of me. It's like a world of opportunity.
5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be?
Easy: concealer, foundation, lipgloss and mascara. Or eyeliner instead of mascara. I realize now that contouring and blush are important, and that you can do amazing things with eyeshadow, but a good complexion comes before all else.
6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?
The way it just makes you different and opens up whole new opportunities. Some people say natural is best, but I don't think they understand the full meaning of that statement. Sugar is natural, but consumed copiously, it makes us sick. Petroleum is natural, but that doesn't mean we should over-consume it.
Also, historically, beauty has been redefined more often than marriage, (see: Terry Pratchett's "The Truth" for more detail) despite our bodies not having evolved much in the past several millennia, so why are we taking the piss at lipstick and kajal?
Also, it's a lot like drawing, and I loved drawing. (But then I had to get a "real person" major and that got set aside.)
7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup?
Does MaxFactor count as high end?
I think there's something for everyone's type and budget size, so really, whatever rocks your boat. In terms of luxury brands, there is a whole lot of theory about added value and consumer identity projects that the anthropologist in me wants to impart, but that's not the time and place for it.
8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner?
Patience, grasshopper. I'm a grasshopper too.
9. What is one makeup trend you never understood?
Erm... I don't know, I haven't been following them much? Although I must say, inch long black roots in blonde hair gets my goat - either stay consistent, or go dark. Otherwise it just looks sloppy.
10. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube?
I love it. I love how supportive everyone is of each other, and how friendly we are at events. Despite what Hollywood says, women can and are able to spend time with each other and support each other and enjoy each other's work. Go sisters!