As someone who possesses next to no makeup skills, I spend an impressive amount of time trying to copy other people’s faces. And no, I don’t mean that I sit at home following those hourlong YouTube tutorials that require a million shades. (I admitted defeat on those long ago.) Instead, I save down Instagram looks of my favourite celebs looking their understated, natural, glowing best and analyse every aspect of their makeup so that I can give it a go myself.
Only I never get it quite right, and I think there’s a very valid reason for it (besides the fact I’m useless, of course). You see, the sort of natural-looking, no-makeup makeup aesthetic that I lean toward is actually incredibly tricky to pull off. The whole premise of the look is that you shouldn’t really be able to tell where the makeup is at all. And frankly, when I’m trying to decode looks painted by expert hands who have spent years perfecting the art of disguise, I stand no chance.