So today’s post is gonna be part of a new blog series called Fashionista of the Month! You probably already guessed it from the title already though…teehee! I’m super excited to do this post 🙂 especially this first post is about my best friend, Katelyn!
This girl is amazing and after rooming together in college, we’ve been the absolute best of friends. You’ll prob seen her in a few of my other posts but this one is all featuring her today!
My name is Katelyn! I’m 23 (still a weird thing to say, I just had my birthday on the yesterday!), born and raised in Long Beach, CA, then went off to Boston for college where I met the lovely and amazing Christine! I’m currently living the post-grad life back in Long Beach, working at my first real world job at a medical device company and trying to adult in a very adultish type manner but I obviously need some more practice! So, on to the questions!
Who is my style/makeup icon?
Many of my fashion and style icons come from the internet world. They are Youtubers and social media personalities that I have watched for a long time, people that not only have traditionally iconic fashion look but also have amazing and genuine personalities. People such as: Bunny aka Grav3yardgirl and Mykie aka Glam and Gore. These women are beautiful beyond the makeup they apply and beyond the clothes they wear. They choose to use their social media presence to lift up and build all the people of the community they have created! I very much subscribe myself to the idea that you do you, you can wear whatever style you want, you can apply as much or as little makeup as you like, just don’t be afraid to first and foremost be true to yourself. You should never have to hid yourself to conform to someone else’s ideas of who you should be!
What is my fashion and makeup style?
The ideology from above transfers over into my personal style (both fashion and makeup wise) by letting me choose who I want to be that day. Am I super tired today and don’t want to put on makeup? OK then, no makeup and comfy clothes it is. Do I need a boost of confidence to get through the day? A killer outfit and winged liner so sharp it could kill (or at least seriously maim). I am a chameleon of sorts. I change my fashion and makeup styles to fit whatever mood I’m in for the day but if I had to place a name to it, I would say my ideal fashion style is a trendy, grungy, hodgepodge of comfort meets trendy. That probably doesn’t clear up anything but it’s the only way I can think of describing it!
How did I get into Makeup?
Short answer: YouTube. Long answer: Everything is from YouTube. YouTube is love, YouTube is life.
I was in highschool, going through my “emo” stage of wearing black liner all over my eyes and smudged horribly on and just everywhere under my lower lash line. I had been watching vloggers and comedy YouTube for a while and had recently found the makeup gurus. This was when they were in full power, makeup guru’s were taking over YouTube like crazy! I started watching how much fun these women (and men!) were having playing with makeup and how they were using their faces as canvases to create art. I went and bought a 120 color eyeshadow palette online and just went to town! I experimented with color and rainbows and practiced technique after technique late at night, just having fun!
I am now using the wonderful YouTube to start venturing into the world of SFX makeup. Here is the first time I wore it out in public, on Halloween of course!
These are two looks from about three years back, experimenting with colors and glitter.
What are some of my favorite brands?
Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll say that I love NYX because it is God’s gift to broke girls who don’t want to take out enormous loans in order to fulfill their desire to still have good quality makeup!
NYX is an affordable mid-range company with a solid reputation and products that are on trend if not trend setting and still amazing quality . Another big push is that they don’t do animal testing, which is a policy I have been trying to find and support in companies in order to become a more conscious consumer. Makeup is for people, not animals.
Due to the fact that until recently I have been in school and have not had much in terms of a disposable income, I have yet to try many of the high-end products. I do have saved on my computer an expansive list of makeup I need to try, preferably before I die. Yes, I have a bucket list that is not filled with worldly places and adventures to take but rather, makeup brands and products!!
What is my go to makeup look?
Currently, I am getting back into a phase of loving the look of full makeup after wearing minimal to no makeup for a few weeks now. The basic outline I follow though is eyes, brows, and lips. My go to eye look is a skin tone shadow over the lid and light contouring with a gray or brown shadow in the crease, then a coating or two of mascara. For eyeliner it varies from a natural look of defining just the upper lash line with some brown shadow to a full winged black gel liner. The picture from my birthday showing how I like to do my thick eyeliner. Since I have hooded eyelids I have to manipulate the placement of my liner to get the look of a clean, crisp thick liner. Just a note, these pictures were taken after about 5 hours of wear so we’ll just call it a “lived in” look! Brows are just an angled liner brush dipped in NYX brow Tame and Frame, then brushed with a clean spooly to evenly distribute the product. As for lips, that all depend on my mood but I’m partial to all things matte and liquid lipsticks.
What is one makeup item that I use every day/ carry with you?
My clutch makeup item right now is the mascara Roller Lash from Benefit. Gahh it is amazing! It curls my lashes without needing to use those scary, medieval torture device-looking lash curlers!
But I have taken to bringing a bag of makeup with me to work in case I feel like putting anything on when I get there, because I have to go in so early that I literally, roll out of bed put on clothes, grab my coffee and get in my car to sit in traffic for an hour to get work. California traffic is just amazing!! Here’s a quick look at what I bring to work.
What is one makeup advice I would give to anyone who has never used makeup?
If you have never used makeup and you want to, take it gradually. Start small and build up to your comfort level. And if you want to experiment with new looks but are afraid of how they will turn out on your face, start off in the comfort of your own home! If something doesn’t work out, that’s ok! Wash it off and try something else. Makeup is a way to express yourself and to have fun! Always remember that!
What’s your favorite make up brand?
What’s your go to make up look?
What is one make up item you use every day?