Q: Just how expansive is your collection?
A: Oh man. I'm embarrassed to share this answer. Let's just say that I have a lot. I'm constantly contemplating partaking in a Project 10 pan. (If you don't know what that is, it's a personal project a lot of makeup junkies have in order to fully use 10 products from their collection. Until they "hit pan", or, use up, all of the products, they are not allowed to buy any more makeup.) Maybe I'll do it one day, and record the results for all to see on this blog. ;)
Q: What are some of your favorite brands?
A: I love high end and drugstore alike, and these are in no particular order: Clinique, Chanel (only for foundation), MAC, Revlon, Urban Decay, Maybelline, NYX, Laura Mercier, Smashbox, Too Faced, Tarte. But this is a really incomplete list. Every brand has things that I love and things that I hate.
Q: What is your favorite thing about makeup?
A: I love its ability to change a face completely or naturally enhance someone's features. It can be personality changing or personality enriching. Makeup is what you want to make out of it. Whatever makes you feel beautiful is right for you.
Q: What is your advice to a beginner?
A: Don't be afraid to experiment! It's just makeup after all, it will wash off at the end of the day. Don't be afraid to try something out of your comfort zone. And with any tricky techniques, practice is key! There are still days when I mess up. But that's the beauty of makeup- you can easily fix it!
Q: How did you first get into makeup?
A: It was more of a gradual process of learning to love makeup artistry. It wasn't like I woke up at age thirteen yielding my brush weapon of choice yearning to attack a blank face. Honestly, it all stemmed from harboring consistently stubborn cystic acne. I learned to skillfully cover my imperfections in order to feel normal and accepted. All I wanted was for people to listen to what I had to say instead of looking at my tortured face. And it just grew from there. Family and friends started giving me various makeup related paraphernalia as gifts and my collection grew silently more sophisticated to include items such as highlighter, bronzer, and liquid liner. Once I reached high school all of my gal pals sought my expertise in the primping hours before wretched dances and a few years later my skills were at the point where I wouldn't let anyone else do my makeup and proceeded to paint my own face for my senior prom. And here I am now, eagerly lapping up any and all makeup techniques and trends from typical internet resources: YouTube, Google, blogs. And I've grown to love it so much that I started my own blog to overzealously share my vast reservoir of knowledge.