The Power of Makeup: Perception vs Reality

NikkiTutorials created an amazing youtube video called “The Power of Makeup” where she only applied makeup to half her face, showing the power that makeup can have to transform her face.

Her message in the video was that, although we shouldn’t rely on makeup to feel beautiful, there is nothing wrong with wearing alot of makeup, having fun with makeup, and it making you feel more fabulous.

Although I love Nikki’s message and will definitely put up a future post around “makeup shaming” and showing how my glammed up makeup can transform my face (stay tuned!), her video inspired me to take the idea in a different direction…

The Power of Makeup 

When I remove my eye makeup at night, I often make the comment, semi-jokingly, to my fiance “goodbye big eyes!”.

When I think of the words “Power of Makeup” – I think about the power makeup has to make me feel more beautiful.  I believe that most women wear makeup to feel more physically attractive by bringing out our favourite features, minimizing our “imperfections”, and adding a pop of colour to our faces.

That being said, there have been times when I felt beautiful after trying out a new fun vibrant eyeshadow look (like Spring Laguna) but worried that it wasn’t “work appropriate”……but then, to my surprised, no one at work noticed anything different.  Was it not as bright or different as I perceived?

As I am not a formally trained makeup artist, I’ve often question – is my daily makeup routine actually making as big of a physical difference as I think…or is it all in my head?  Because I know that I have applied a contour, do I see a much thinner face?  Do I only notice my eyes popping because I know that I applied jewel toned eye shadow?  When I don’t wear makeup, do my eyes actually look noticeably smaller?

So, I wanted to see side-by-side if my typical every day makeup routine actually made me look noticeably different / “more beautiful” or did I perceive a difference because I knew I had applied makeup?

The Result

Power of Makeup

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Happy National Lipstick Day


Happy National Lipstick Day!

…and to all my Canadian readers, have an awesome long weekend and enjoy your stat holiday 🙂

I created the image just for fun but tried to incorporate different colours and brands to share the love!  As I know I will get questions, here are the lip products I’m wearing:

Top Row (Left to Right)

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Cozy

LUSH Cosmetics Lipstick in Passionate

J.Cat Beauty’s Liptitude in Hikilicious

Middle Row (Left to Right)

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid in Rosewood

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Hunk

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (Comfort Matte) in Disturbed

Bottom Row (Left to Right)

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Spritzer

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick (Creme) in Rock Steady

Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Santa Monica

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(For full disclosure, please note that a couple of the links are shopstyle affiliate links.  The products were not selected on that basis.  There are many retailers I could have linked for info on the same products, so I figured why not link ones that reward me for selecting them (I can buy more products to review for you!.)