I’ve learned a lot since starting this blog, especially for someone who had hardly even taken any selfies before. I’d only done them, very self-consciously, when I absolutely needed a picture of myself for something, or if I was with my kids.
Things I’ve learned are:
- Taking a picture of your lips in order to demonstrate lipstick isn’t so straightforward as just taking a picture of your face. Lips front-on turns the rest of your face into a fishbowl-style demonstration of forced perspective.
- The wonkiness of my face in ways I’d never previously even been aware of. Accompanied by a sensation of “so fucking what?” Getting older is good for that kind of thing.
- The slapdash way I apply lipstick, as a rule, with no lip pencil outline, looks OK in real life when no-ones scrutinising your lips, but doesn’t cut the mustard for the aforementioned lip pic. Must do better.
- How to put photo collages together and how to try and make my iPhone pics clearer. Still learning (thanks Enlight!), but I never put actual filters on my images, it rather ruins the point of trying to show the true colours.
- What colours actually look like on me. I have an aversion to pinks and thought they looked hilariously dreadful on me. I’m still not 100% convinced but I’m more open to a range of shades now. The Matte Magenta below, for example, which I would have never considered in a million years were it not for a free sample.
- And a demonstration of how the colour “seasons” work on my face. I know I’m a Dark Autumn (obv) and I know that warmer colours on the brownier end of the spectrum suit my colouring. But this composite I put together still surprised me. I took these pics all together, within 10 minutes of each other. Allowing for the changes in light as I was angled very slightly differently which allowed the (bathroom) light to affect the look a bit more in some pics, and the fact that I haven’t put any filters on these either, I was quite startled by how different I think I look. I’m wearing Revlon Coy, Nars Audacious Bette and Clinique Matte Magenta, and despite my new love of this pink, I can’t help thinking of David Tennant’s line in Doctor Who – “Doesn’t she look tired?”. The pink washes me out and highlights the blue in my face, especially under my eyes. I suppose it confirms my Autumnal leanings, and also why I love Bette so much.