She’s not a girly girl, so she didn’t want anything too dramatic. So instead, we went for a pretty, professional-ish look. Not quite a bare-faced look, if you know what I mean. One that makes you look pretty and put together (and maybe a widdle bit sexsy if you let down your hair), but still focusing on your natural beauty! It could double as a nighttime look too, I think, depending on how vivid your colors are. :3
And although I typically lean towards Asian Asian style, this look turned out more like Asian American. I reckon Asians in Asia would go for an even subtler look (with bushier eyebrows), especially for business.
Anyways, here is the video I made ^^ I can’t say I truly consider it a tutorial since I don’t explain much, but I do show the process! I blurred myself because I wasn’t wearing makeup and my skin has been rebellious lately :< Besides, the focus is my model, not me!
When my boyfriend watched the video he said I sounded mean for commenting on her “dark skin” and saying that I chose the BB Cream because “it was the darkest one I own.” My mouth dropped when he told me this—I hadn’t realized that at all! I only meant to explain why I chose that particularly BB Cream and why I highlighted the way I did. But he was right, it did sound really judgmental. I’ll put it out there that that was not my intention at all!!
It was my first time putting makeup on someone else (aside from my sister), so it was quite a learning experience. When she first asked me, I eagerly slapped on everything that I loved: my Etude House watercolor blush, my nose highlighters, and my pink lipsticks. Needless to say, it didn’t look as great as I thought it would…And that’s when I realized that what looks good on my skin tone (as well as how much) doesn’t necessarily work the same on her skin tone.
You’d think, “Well, duh!” but I somehow it didn’t hit me. Because in my mind, there are no rules to makeup. Do whatever will make you happy to look in the mirror! There’s no reason to be confined to certain colors based on your skin color, which is something you have no power over. If you’re determined, there’s bound to be a way to make it work. And while I still stand by this, it’s the very reason I naively used too much baby pink on her.
Thankfully she was very cool and laughed it off. She’s a very matter-of-factly girl and freely admitted that her skin is much darker than mine. That’s another reason why I didn’t catch myself referring to her as “dark.” I certainly didn’t mean it in an offensive way, and she didn’t take it that way. And since we’re not strangers, there was less pressure to dance around semantics.
So I definitely felt bad after my boyfriend told me, especially since I am sure there are people out there who resent their own skin color, but please don’t be offended by this careless phrasing. I’ll be more mindful next time :3
On a lighter note! I have a lot of fun playing with makeup and I only wish I had more extra faces to play with. My roommate is introducing me to a friend of hers today and I’m going to try Korean makeup on her. If all goes well I can put up an “ulzzang” tutorial for Caucasian faces! Suuuuper excited about that. (And I use quotes because “ulzzang makeup” is really just regular Korean makeup.) Hopefully the title “Ulzzang Tutorial for Caucasian Faces” is acceptable?
Do let me know what you thought of the video! It was my first lengthy video featuring people, so it’s definitely not perfect. But I hope to make more videos later, so friendly feedback would be very helpful! Thank you~~ :3