The 10 greatest struggles of being a makeup addict

Do you own more than three black eyeliners? Are you incapable of walking out of a Sephora empty-handed? Can you differentiate Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso from Nars Orgasm blush just by eyeballing their swatches? 


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Do you own more than three black eyeliners? Are you incapable of walking out of a Sephora empty-handed? Can you differentiate Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso from Nars Orgasm blush just by eyeballing their swatches? Then you might just be a makeup addict –and undoubtedly, the following challenges make you rue the day you bought your first eye shadow palette. If only you had the guts to go outside without wearing concealer. If only you’d never known the joy of falsies!

But alas, this is what we have to contend with for geeking out over dupes, eyeshadow palettes, and colour-changing lipsticks. Love makeup? Read on to see if the following apply to you.

1. Waking up at the crack of dawn just to beautify your face
Some women spend an hour each morning putting on their makeup. Some spend 15 minutes. Either way, the time spent fixing our faces equals time that we could be spending asleep, if only we could master the art of applying liquid eyeliner on a moving train.

2. The agony of blinking back eye makeup trapped beneath your contact lenses
Having mascara crumble into your contact lens is the closest must of us will ever experience to going blind. And let’s not even mention the horror of tight-lining your eyes with liquid eyeliner, only to see the fluid seep beneath your contact lens and into your iris. Then comes the hard part. Should you remove your lens, clean it, and pop it back in, at the risk of smudging your eye shadow? Or should you wait for your tears to flush out the particles? Either way, you’re going to show up at the office looking like you’ve been infected with pinkeye.

3. Trying to jam all your favourite products into a small pouch when going overseas
On the one hand, you don’t want to be that girl who devotes half a suitcase (and two hours each morning) just to put on her makeup while overseas. On the other hand, deciding between a kabuki brush and a large powder brush is like Sophie’s Choice. You also promised yourself that you would bring only one eyeshadow palette, but should you bring the neutrals one or the smoky one? The BB Cream or the powder foundation? Since when did you become so high-maintenance? SINCE WHEN DID LIFE BECOME SO HARD?!

But from one makeup addict to another, there’s an easy solution for this. Save up all the samples you can and zip them up in a little pouch just for overseas travel. Bring a neutrals palette and one especially powerful gel eyeliner so that you can smoke out your eyes for nighttime events. And bring the powder foundation instead of the liquid one, lest it burst in your suitcase or get confiscated at airport security.

4. Being called a bimbo for enjoying makeup
Being a makeup enthusiast carries a bit of a stigma. You can be a geek about cars, gadgets, or TV shows, but call yourself a “makeup geek” and people will immediately brand you as a vain bimbo desperate to legitimise her frivolous vices.

While we’ll concede that there are a lot of vain bimbos within the makeup-loving community, becoming an expert requires at least a moderate degree of intelligence and artistic talent. Let’s take a highly-debated topic: the usefulness of SPF inside makeup products. A makeup expert can tell you the difference between UVA and UVB rays, and that SPF protects against UVB, but not UVA. She will be able to tell you the difference between PA value and PPD (Persistent Pigmentation Darkening). She will also be able to expound on the properties of chemical filters versus physical filters in sunscreen. Finally, she will know which ingredients in sunscreen work best with makeup while providing adequate coverage. That alone requires some research and a rudimentary understanding of chemistry.

When it comes to artistry, well, colour intelligence and a steady hand don’t always come easily. It can take weeks, months, even years to perfect a technique and colour combination that works for you. An average makeup addict will know how to do makeup for her own face. But a great one will be able to do several looks for a diverse range of faces.

5. Suppressing your gag reflex when people share their lipstick and eyeliner
It’s always a little awkward having to turn people down when they ask to borrow your eyeshadow, your brushes, or worst of all –  your lipstick. It’s not just about being possessive. It’s about basic hygiene. The thought of passing around eye gunk when sharing a pencil liner makes you want to gag. And who knows how clean your friend’s brushes really are when she smears them into your powder blush? The worst is when another friend generously volunteers her makeup after you’ve said no to sharing yours. You know you’re just being careful, but in the moment, you can’t help feeling a little selfish.

6. Having to justify the need for five different shades of red lipstick
People who are addicted to makeup tend to have incredible colour vision – that is, they’re good at distinguishing different hues on the colour spectrum and have a knack for matching the right shades together. If you’ve got good colour perception and a passion for makeup, you probably own what looks like five different brands of the same lipstick. One is blue-based, while another is orange-based. Your personal favourite’s got a glossy finish, while your go-to date night lipstick’s got a matte finish. Your latest purchase – which is perfect for work –  is more on the sheer side. To the untrained eye, this looks like a waste of money, so try not to bother explaining. Let your rockin’ red lips speak for themselves.

7. Being mistaken for a hospital patient when you go out without makeup
The problem with wearing makeup all the time is that people react so dramatically when you go without it. Show up to a gathering barefaced, and brace yourself for a chorus of “Are you sick?” “Did you wake up late today?” and worst of all, “You look like a totally different person!” Everyone says that girls who wear makeup should be confident enough to go without it, but having to field all those comments doesn’t make it easy on us.

8. Hearing guys say they prefer girls who go bare-faced
Commence eye rolling. For one thing, most of the guys we know can’t recognise concealer, BB Cream, foundation, and finishing powder to save their lives. The girls or celebrities they praise as “bare-faced” and “natural” might not be wearing eyeliner or lipstick, but you’d better believe that they’re wearing something to disguise their dark circles or dull complexion. And secondly, it’s a little unnerving that the women they point out examples of looking better bare-faced are classically beautiful. Guys don’t like girls who forgo makeup – they like girls who are pretty enough to go without it.

9. Being particular about whether your makeup matches your skintone and undertone
Chances are, you’re probably a little anal about your makeup, so it’s not enough to pick out colours that simply look pretty. They must flatter your skintone, undertone, and the colour of your wardrobe in order to be deemed worthy of purchase.

While there are lots of tricks for determining your skintone, the easiest (and most accurate) route is to consult a professional. From now until 31 October, Sephora at ION Orchard is offering a 15-minute 1-to-1 skin tone consultation with Make Up For Ever to ensure that you never buy the wrong shade of foundation again. We went yesterday and happily walked out with the perfect shade of MUFE’s Pro Finish powder foundation. With 25 different shades to choose from, it’s highly likely we would have picked out the wrong one without MUFE’s three-step test to determine skintone and undertone.

Call Make Up For Ever at 6238-8051 to find out how you can register for the workshop.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish retails for S$69. Available at Sephora.

10. Having to change your foundation after getting a tan
Just when you forked out S$70 for the perfect shade of luxury foundation, the clouds HAD to part, leaving you sunkissed and in need of some new products. And then there’s that awkward stage where you’re transitioning between a tan and your natural skintone. Our advice: buy another foundation a couple of shades darker and layer it with the original lighter foundation until you start looking like yourself again. 

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