Some women have a favorite makeup routine and never stray far from it. They buy exactly the same products and apply them in exactly the same way, day after day, year after year. That’s fine (though it runs a high risk of catching you in a time warp), but I think that the majority of women are continually on the prowl for new makeup inspiration, whether they realize they are or not.
The makeup obsessed (me included), are probably the most aware of this roving beauty eye. When you’re in love with cosmetics and application techniques, it’s only natural to look to others for new ideas. Makeup junkies absolutely can’t have others going around looking better than them! So if you’re new to the browsing process, where do you look for makeup inspiration? Well, it can be found practically anywhere. My inspiration sources are ever changing and are definitely influenced by where I am in life.
My passion for makeup started at a very young age – way before I could actually wear it (no toddler pageants here). When I was a little kid my mom and her friends were my makeup muses. Once I started asking my mom for her old makeup to play with I was devastated to learn that she wears very little and had not much to pass on in the way of products or information.
In my early teens, when I was old enough to start trying out a bit of makeup, I looked to my friends and a few of the older girls in school who had already refined their methods a bit. I mean, what teen girl doesn’t want to look like the older girls? I also started browsing teen magazines at this time and fawned over the glossy airbrushed photos.
My 20s and early 30s opened me up to a wide range of makeup insight and sources. I took cues from friends or co-workers who I thought looked great. I was also highly influenced by what I saw in the media. When I picked up a magazine I always flipped to the beauty articles first (and still do) and I looked to celebs whose style I admired.
Now that I am in my late 30s I find myself studying the faces of women who I know are older, but who still look amazing. I want to figure out what it is they’re doing to keep themselves looking so great. Call it a pre-emptive strike or just careful planning, but I want to do whatever I can (on a non-celeb budget) to keep looking my best.
So, where does your makeup inspiration come from?