I was, groggily, reading an article yesterday on Refinery 29 (visit article here) as I lay in bed shortly after my morning alarm went off trying to wake myself up, about YouTube Trends/Instagram makeup trends. Refinery 29 is one of my favorite online outlets for fashion, beauty and more, but it’s like most fashion magazines that focus on “Effortless Style” whether that be in clothing/shoes/makeup/hair- whatever. So this article choses a couple of their writers/editors and invites Nick Barose – a celebrity makeup artist who got his start as assistant to Kevyn Aucoin and clients include A-List starlets like Scarlett Johansson, Eve and Lupita N’yongo (are you imagining their signature beauty styles? no? do me a favor and google it for me and study their consecutive “no makeup makeup” looks will you?)- to do some overdrawn lips, over the top lashes, carved brows, contour and an uber colorful color cut crease. As I read this in bed, I found it pretty funny and agreed to it some. Because honestly some of these trends are way too over the top and like the article mentions, there are SO many of the same tutorials over and over and OVER again that it’s hard to find any sort of originality these days on the insta or the yootoob!
So I went about my day not really thinking about it, then as I was about to take of my makeup for today (neutral very warm browns with a pop of royal blue underneath the lower lashes, with Ardell Demi Wispies and a nude lip) and didn’t want to wipe it off because it was so pretty!! (Yes, sometimes I really REALLY like my makeup okay?) and I thought about the article that I had read yesterday.
Just to set thing clear, I support all makeup artists, and I appreciate everyone’s work!!! But… BUT… and as much as it pains me to say this, I found the work of this makeup artist for the editors of Refinery 29 to be sub par! It takes just as much talent to beat someone for the makeup gawds as it does to make someone look absolutely perfect and flawless AND NATURAL at the same time.
And maybe I’m being over sensitive to an article that is supposed to be silly in the first place, but before I add any photos, the trends that were chosen were made to ridicule these trends in an overly extreme way. The only one that I found aesthetically pleasing albeit the “extraness” of the color, was the overdrawing of lips. I really enjoy myself a nice overdrawn lip, and while it is pretty 90’s, especially when done with a brown liner… an overdrawn lip, or a lip drawn just outside the natural lip line can look really nice! The others were just out there and nothing someone on YouTube or Instagram would put together and if they did, I can guarantee it would be in a much more tasteful way with seamlessly flawless blending and technique- like the over the top lashes and frosty lipstick?? First of all, no one who actually uses falsies on a regular basis would use lashes like the ones he did and frosty lipstick? Don’t you know that MATTE IS IN?!! Like, duh. The cut crease and contour? I know I came to life once I bought the MAC 217 brush; someone should’ve gone in to buff that shiiiiii out. And super carved brows with WHITE concealer is not the out- thank goodness, but the article mentions an ombre brow, the brow he did not the beauty editor was far from ombre.
Take a look:
I honestly don’t see anything wrong with this…
Yes contour has gotten out of hand, but this contour is just tragic.
Who even highlights with yellow anyway? And that crease needs to be blended out.
Again with the crease- blend please!!! And no one who honestly enjoys fashion and beauty would wear color that does not suit them, I think most people who do these Youtube tutorials have a good understanding with their color schemes.
First of all, this says it’s supposed to be an ombre brow. And two, you can’t just carve out brows without plucking a bit first. So…..
Okay, and I get it. These are supposed to be silly and editorial, especially that cut crease with the too high crease and yellow highlight, but I’m not too sure how much the artist is being silly. I don’t know his style or if he was purposefully trying to make it look bad or if he really doesn’t know how to do makeup like that but in a classy and tasteful manner. I know Youtube is a ridiculous place, but do you think a majority of the people go TOO overboard with the trends? Okay, there are a lot. But respectable makeup artists do not go over the top as such, and if they do, it’s blended well and perfectly executed.
I don’t know why I’m getting so upset. I suppose that I really like a lot of these trends, but I do them in a way that’s wearable in quotidian life… And perhaps because I get defensive. I’ll wear as much makeup as I want and participate in as many trends as I can without looking utterly and completely clown-like.
Guys, it’s time for bed, but take a look at the article and maybe you’ll fell close to how I’m feeling right now.