Today I am switching things up and doing a YouTube Tag that I was absolutely intrigued and fascinated by! Elle S of ShadowSmoked (her Instagram and YouTube) came up with this tag and 10 questions asking you to define or at least explain your makeup aesthetic. Honestly, this was much more challenging than I anticipated. In my head, I know who I am, what I like, and how I like to represent myself to the world. Explaining it, however, was much trickier than I realized! I hope you find this as interesting as I did and maybe we can spread this tag around! Now, let’s get the questions!
1. How would you describe your personal aesthetic or style when it comes to makeup?
My makeup aesthetic is much like my daily life. It is all about red, black, and grey. With makeup, I also enjoy throwing in some cool-toned grey-browns. I tend to gravitate towards smokey eyes using said colors and cool, grey-based lips. Although I will definitely through on a black lipstick. Think of a rocker/biker chick, what you would picture that type of makeup, but leaning more towards a variation of vampiric goth. Also, all matte (well, except for a highlight). I am not a fan of shimmer or glitter.
2. Who or what has influenced your stylistic choices?
Early 2000’s Angelina Jolie has played a huge role in my overall aesthetic. I have been watching her films for years and I absolutely adore her and who she is as a person. She is unequivocally herself and she has never apologized for it. When I see images of her below, her overall look gives me inspiration on what makeup I want to do to emulate what I strive to be. Does that make sense? She is a badass. I strive to match who I am as a person with my overall look. Also, vampires. I am a huge vampire junky. Not Twilight shit, no. I’m talking Dracula, The Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire, Buffy, I could go on for DAYS. Again, it’s not so much the makeup that I’m drawn to, but what I draw from the clothing style and how characters or people hold and carry themselves. They exude confidence and are fucking badasses. So I create looks that I feel match that. Does any of this make sense?
*Pictures are not mine. No copyright infringement is intended. 1st image obtained from Beautyeditor, the 2nd image obtained from Dlisted, and the 3rd image The Gentlemen Racer.
3. What are some of your previous makeup phases?
Lord have mercy. Well, I think if you are around my age or a bit older, you definitely went through the blue eyeshadow phase with no eyebrows. Lol. I didn’t shave off my eyebrows or anything, but filling in your eyebrows wasn’t really a thing when I first started getting into makeup. I also tried the whole “glam” look thing, the more popular looks you see on Instagram. I didn’t truly like it on me. It didn’t feel like me. So, other than that, I’d say those are about it. I still wear black eyeliner and wear black lipstick. I did those when I was younger, but I feel I have more knowledge on how to work with them better.
4. What combination of existing brands would make up your perfect brand?
Overall, Kat Von D Beauty is my favorite brand, packaging, and product wise. The Shade & Light Contour and Eye Contour palettes are holy grail status. Her Metal Crush eyeshadows are amazeballs. On the 20th she is launching her brow products and you bet your ass I am picking those up as well. However, let’s talk about the actual combination. Take the packaging and most of the products from Kat Von D Beauty, the foundation and complexion products of Fiona Stiles Beauty, the brow products and highlighters from Anastasia Beverly Hills, the eyeliners & eye products from NYX Professional Makeup, and the Always On Liquid Lipsticks from Smashbox and BOOM! My ideal brand.
5. Name 5 products that define your makeup style right now.
The Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette, mascara (no preference really), and a liquid lipstick. Matte face, eyes, and lips. Haha.
6. What kind of style or aesthetic do you wish you could pull off?
The classic 1940’s, 1950’s pin-up has always been one of my favorite looks. Unfortunately, I have never been able to swing it. The bold, red lip, the cut-a-bitch wing, the victory rolls. The entire aesthetic is beyond stunning to me. I’m not a very glamorous person, it is not in my comfort zone, but I do love it. Marilyn Monroe and Rosemary Clooney are two of my favorite icons in that era. White Christmas is one of my favorite movies, the makeup, hair, wardrobe. Lord have mercy, just takes my breath away.
7. What style are you over?
The Instagram Famous/Kylie Jenner-esq glam. For me, it is extremely boring and unoriginal. You scroll through feeds of more major makeup companies and it is literally nothing but bronzy glam with a nude, pouty lip, huge wings, giant lashes, and glitter. It is not inspiring for me, however, it is also not my style in the slightest sense, so to each their own.
8. Who are some of your favorite makeup artists?
I don’t tend to follow too many actual makeup artists. But the ones that I do really stand out in completely different ways. One is Jess or JKissa (Instagram YouTube) as she goes by on social media. The way she plays with color and contrast is so stunning. The tips she gives and a HUGE bonus, she is vegetarian, cruelty-free and a HUGE animal and Pit-Bull advocate… so in my books, she is fucking amazing! The other makeup artist I love is Fiona Stiles. Her foundation is literally my holy grail. When she re-released it on ShopReedClarke.com, I picked up 3 bottles. I enjoy her makeup style for the simplicity and beauty. The skin looks so beautiful, looks seem so effortless, yet they make an incredible statement. She is bold without being loud. Love her.
9. Do you have any favorite editorial/avant-garde makeup looks?
When thinking of an answer to this question, Gothic and Amazing on Instagram popped up in my head. They showcase a lot of wonderful people with such skill and talent. It truly blows me away. For me, it showcases more Gothic editorial, as well as gothic makeup in general.
10. What is your favorite time period for makeup? Least favorite?
The 90’s grunge era. I see a lot of recreations but I honestly feel most don’t even come close. I love the dark lips and eyes, the messiness. Hell yes. Least favorite? The 80’s. Sorry, Stephanie! I’m not into vibrant colors, glitter, huge hair, so clearly, the 80’s would be opposite of my style.
Well, that does it for my Makeup Aesthetic Tag. I want to thank Elle S from ShadowSmoked (Instagram and YouTube) for creating this tag. This one took me a while to think about and write up, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Elle always gets me thinking and helps me put things into perspective. If you haven’t heard of her, I highly, highly recommend checking her out! I hope you found this as interesting as I did. Thanks for stopping by and until next time!