Watching YouTube videos, after YouTube videos, you’re almost conditioned into liking trends, products and techniques. We can all agree blindly hopping onto a bandwagon just because a YouTuber told us to, is not something we want to do, although we may appreciate the opinion of some. Beauty YouTubers get my eyes rolling, A LOT! I, in fact, have roasted beauty YouTubers in the past (go ahead, read it here and here, laugh).
But YouTube isn’t the demon here. I love YouTube. I love watching makeup videos, I love people caking on foundation and concealers on their face. Watching makeup being blended out with a makeup sponge is my visual therapy. It steadies my heart rate and brings down my stress levels. NO KIDDING!
I digress, anyway, there are certain, universally loved things/trends/products in makeup that make me go……..
All of these are norms by this point in the beauty industry and…… ummmmm……, you know what, just come along and I’ll explain.
These are in no particular order.
Yes, I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!
No, I am not specifically talking about the blinding trend on YouTube and Instagram these days.
NO, I don’t even like highlighting concealers!!!!
I especially hate it when MUAs go three or four shades lighter to conceal the under-eye area and to highlight! It works on lighter skin tones. On darker skin tone it looks FAKE! I prefer an even skin tone and I try to match the under-eye concealer or go, AT MOST, half a shade lighter. I find that on deeper skin tones, the eyes pop a little more when the under-eyes are not so overtly highlighted.
Alas, when doing stage makeup I can’t step away from it.
So it goes without saying that I also don’t care for shimmery highlighters. I have 2 highlighters both of which I didn’t purchase myself. Everything else is part of a palette in which I actually wanted the other shades in it instead of the highlighter.
I DON’T LIKE HIGHLIGHTERS!!!!!!!
2. Holographic anything
Anyone else get a headache with all these holographic packaging and highlighters!
Just me then.
NO, I AM NOT KIDDING! This isn’t even the cynical me talking. This is not even satire!
I actually, PHYSICALLY get a headache!!!! It even makes me a little anxious!
3. The phrase “Holy Grail”
If you have one for 10 years, that’s a holy grail.
If it changes every year, please STFU!!!!!!!!!
I find it so cliche. Everytime someone says this is my holy grail, it means they discount all possible products available in the market and no ONE person could have had used it all!
I have tried using the phrase and in my head I go, “YOU SOUND STUPID!”
4. Waterproof mascara
I know some of you are going……..
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. Part of why you don’t really see me reviewing waterproof mascaras, not ones that are hard to remove anyway, is because I don’t like them!!!
If I am using mascara, not a single drop of tear is coming out of my eyeballs nor is sweat coming ANYWHERE close to them!
I don’t cry at weddings because you don’t when you attend Indian weddings. You just laugh and the rest of the time get stressed trying to answer relatives asking about your marriage status (that’s a whole other conversation!!!).
I don’t wear makeup if I know I am going to sweat. ONLY exception being stage makeup! And even then, my waterproof mascaras are ones that come off with just water.
I DON’T LIKE WATERPROOF MASCARAS!
5. Online makeup shopping
This fittingly makes me the cavemen of the 21st century.
I have, of course, shopped online before, but every time I did (which you can count with both hands), I get a tiny panic attack after payment! WILL I be the victim of the dreaded product shattered and broken nightmare??!!!!
I have even said this on my blog. I don’t like online shopping and will only condone it when there are no other options! I want to touch, feel, swatch, hold, caress, look, compare, purchase and carry it out of the shop, safely in my hands!!!
If you really are concerned for me, then imagine me doing this.
NO, not the laughing face, the bitch face!
I hope you enjoyed reading!