Some of you may have noticed in my photos that I do not use wear much makeup and have limited hair skills. Honestly, I have never really learned how to apply makeup besides the very basics and just suck at doing hair in general. Almost every day it is tied back in a basic pony tail just because it is easy and quick. Well I have decided to finally learn…at 29 years old! The blog has been a great form of motivation to get the ball rolling to seek out the knowledge and techniques I have been lacking all these years.
After a little research, I stumbled upon a local makeup artist that also loves the pinup/retro lifestyle. Paula McFarlane owns and operates Lash Envy which specializes in lash extensions and makeup application. I contacted her to request a more lengthy class than one hour because I knew I needed a more in depth lesson. She gladly obliged and we set up one on one course for 90 minutes.
Throughout the lesson, she walked me through from starting with base of primer, to applying false lashes, proper techniques, tools, etc. It was a lot of information to consume all at once. Thankfully she is going to send me a summary of what was taught so I can refer back to it at a later time.
The lashes we chose were a bit over the top but truly elegant. Paula recommends to use Duo adhesive for applying lashes as it is one of the best she has ever used on the market. If you need a step by step on application, search Youtube for “how to” tutorials. There are so many available, from beginner to expert. Note that your eyes will feel extremely heavy initially but it will subside within minutes.
The final look was ridiculously cool and really loved the false lashes!
Unfortunately mid evening the lashes started to come at the outer edges and had to remove them. It was super easy and painless for those like me that have never tried them. I will definitely try wearing false lashes again on my own and see how they turn out. It will take some practice for a noob, it is a bit tricky. To prolong the life of your lashes, you must ensure to remove all the adhesive after each application.
I definitely learned the basics to makeup application but I know I require many more tutorials to get to where I want to be. Selecting colors definitely is a huge feat for me at this point. My next step is a lesson at Sephora and then possibly Mac.
If you do not own it already, I recommend you purchase the “Retro Makeup” book by Lauren Rennells. It provides an in depth history on makeup and how it evolved from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. The book provides step by step on how to achieve the desired looks. I have read it completely but was too intimidated to try anything up until now. Time to get over my fear and try each technique and report back to all of you.
I would love to hear your tips & tricks as this is definitely a new area of interest for me. If any of you would be interested in writing a guest post, please feel free to message me at any time!