|yet another makeup pet peeve post
||[Aug. 9th, 2006|05:13 pm]
I've been sort of away for a while. I missed a month or two of eyeshadow posts.|
Now that I've started looking at them again, it's with a fresh eye, and I'm noticing more and more things that I didn't remember were so annoying. For example, it drives me nuts when people think the "crease" of their eyelid is actually where it creases. It's a misnomer anyway, when people (who know what they're doing) say "crease", they mean the soft spot between your browbone and your eyeball, the place that on some people is dented in when their eyes are closed.
But people for some reason decide to interpret it literally and put a line of dark color right across the center of their eyelid, because, yeah, that's where the skin creases. I can't understand why people do that when it obviously looks shitty. I'm sick to death of seeing people's eyeshadow done by some ill-interpreted set of rules, instead of with any understanding of the principles of shading that guide those rules. No, what I'm actually sick to death of is seeing these people constantly complimented on this kind of makeup.
There's one girl in particular who I didn't realize I was so glad not to see on an almost daily basis anymore. Everyone regards her as incredibly good. I don't see it. She uses ninety thousand MAC products blended to a pulp, and in the end, her eyes look flat and shapeless because her eyeshadow is an amorphous blob, her face makeup looks like random patches of color, and her lips are a big wide expensively-hued streak. She seems to have no concept of shape or contouring, just a lot of rules that she follows blindly.
People think she's awesome for two reasons: A) her makeup is never messy, and 2) she's really beautiful anyway, so it hardly matters that she's messing up her looks a bit rather than enhancing them. People so often make the mistake of seeing crummy makeup on a beautiful person and thinking the makeup is good because the person looks beautiful.
I'm thinking of giving up eyeshadowsluts and moving on to a rating community like smokin_makeup. It's been so long, and people like that one girl have such a mass of devotees, I can hardly speak up now and unload my fairly large number of fundamental criticisms on her or others. I feel bad about it... but eyeshadowsluts is a learning community, it only takes you so far. It's too big and full of too many beginners for people to give really detailed constructive criticisms. Nice as they were, I've had enough compliments from the undiscerning masses, I'm ready for some fine-tuning.