Why does society expect me to go to university?

Hi all! I hope you are well. 

So, todays blog doesn’t have anything to do with makeup, but there’s a lot I feel I need to get off my chest in terms of the massive change my life is currently transitioning through. The first few weeks or even months after finishing school / sixth form there is a massive buzz surrounded with the idea of finally having freedom. However, once the new academic year starts and the summer of exploring and spending unlimited amount of time with friends with no responsibilities ends, it becomes an emotional rollercoaster.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel up until now my whole life has been school; I don’t really know anything else. It was so normal waking up every morning and spending every second of every day with friends within the school bubble. So, it is to no surprise that it is struggle to grasp the idea of waking up and no longer being with your friends on a daily, yet alone them being in completely different cities all over the country.

It’s hard for everyone when university starts as it such an unknown concept. Despite deciding not to go university – a decision I do not regret – I have felt every emotion that my friends starting on their new adventures have felt. Over the past week, from the side line, I have watched all my close friends around me move away and start to settle into their new lives. Initially there was parts of me that instantly regretted not following what society deemed as “normal” by going to university. Questions floated around my mind like: What have I done? Am I missing out by not going to university? Have I completely chosen the wrong path?

I have always been very secure and sure that the path I have chosen to pursue my dream career was the best possible path. But I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t constantly rethink everything when people within the community would come up to me to, firstly and kindly, congratulate me on my exam results; but then secondly straight away question “what university are you going to?” Now, I don’t have anything against university and if I wasn’t so adamant and set on following my dream to become a Makeup Artist, perhaps I would have fallen into the crowd and gone to university too. However, I do think that it is a massive shame and huge arrogance, that society has taught everyone’s first automatic question to an eighteen year old, that has just got their A level results, to be what university they are going to. Why is the first question not “What are you doing next year?” or “What are your plans now that school is over?”

I have never been one to follow the crowds, as I like being an individual and following what I truly believe in. But I can’t say that it’s not a bit soul destroying when people constantly undermine the creative industry. Recently, I have found, when I reply to the closed-minded people, who automatically ask which university I’m going to, that I will be training to become a qualified Makeup Artist, their faces completely drop, trying to hide their slight disappointment. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m a sensitive person, but every time this has happened, my ambition shatters for a few moments, until I decide their doubt and dismay is just additional motivation. In these people’s opinion, I am wasting and throwing away the A level results that I worked so hard for; however, what they don’t realise is that I worked so hard to achieve the grades I got, to show these kind of people that I am not stupid and not going into makeup as “an easy way out,” but because I genuinely have such a huge passion.

It frustrates me that there is such a stigma and stereotype around not only the makeup industry but also generally around all creative subjects. I find it really unfair and quite frankly very rude. As I mentioned before, people’s doubts just push me to work harder and the quote “haters are motivators” as cringe as it is, is extremely true.

I have a goal, that as my career and platform grows, that I will be able to educate and change peoples narrow and inflexible views so that they can become to appreciate creative subjects as well as creative careers. I want to be able to normalise people’s opinions on makeup artists and get rid of the stigma surround with it.

I would also like to get to a point to show people that you can be successful without going to university. I think its a enormous misinterpretation that you have to go to university to do well in life; the pressure surrounded with university is unneeded and can be detrimental on our generation. I think other options and paths need to be promoted as much as university is; so that those who don’t want to go to university don’t feel as isolated and looked down upon.

I apologise for the slight rant, but I feel very passionate about university not being the only route for young adults to have a fulfilling career. I would like to think that I can have some impact on intolerant people to be less stubborn about university being the “norm”, as well as changing the stigma around professional Makeup Artists.

I also just want to put a disclaimer, that when I have spoken to people about my plans in the makeup industry,  is it not everyone that undermines me. I have spoken to some people that they are very supportive, intrigued and proud that I know what I want to do, without falling into the crowd of ‘going to uni’. I truly appreciate the people that have the time to try and understand and give support.

Thank you for reading today’s blog post! I would love to know your opinions on university or not university.

Bye for now 🙂  

Instagram – judithsarahmakeup

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Step By Step – Sunset Eyes

Hi All ! I hope you are all well.

For today’s blog post I have decided to share an insight to how I created the eye-look in the picture below, which also happens to be my most recent Instagram post (Judithsarahmakeup). To show the steps I went through to achieve the sunset eyes, I have created a step by step pictorial – which is something I have never done before. So, while playing around with my makeup the other night, I took pictures of every step I carried out until the final outcome was achieved.

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On any occasion that I do my makeup where I want the outcome of my eyes to be the centre of attention, I will always do my eye makeup before anything else. However, I tend to start the whole eye makeup routine by filling in my eyebrows. In the pictures below I have already filled in my eyebrows using Revolution Pro Microblading Precision Eyebrow Pencil and Maybelline Browprecise Fiber Filler (if you want a blog post explaining my brow routine in greater detail let me know!) I have then neatened the underneath of my eyebrows with Makeup Revolution Define & Conceal concealer which I also used as my eyeshadow base.

Step 1:

To start off the sunset eye, I initially packed a yellow eyeshadow into my crease and blended out the harsh edges. The eyeshadow I used was called Ph Ma from a brand called Bleach London. I find that this eyeshadow is very soft and takes a lot of the product to build it up to its true potential, but use it with the correct base and you won’t be disappointed – it also works its best when the base isn’t set!

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Step 2:

For the eye to start looking sunset inspired, obviously deeper colours need to be incorporated. So, for step 2 pack an orange eyeshadow into the crease but on a smaller blending brush! I used an orange eyeshadow called Hashtag from the Holy Grail palette by Violet Voss. Once the eyeshadow is packed into the crease start to blend it out into the yellow but be careful not to go above the yellow, the yellow still needs to be seen. (Not quite sure why this picture has made the blend look at bit odd but I can assure you it didn’t look that this in person!)

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Step 3:

Again, the ombre sunset effect needs to have even more depth to it, which is why step 3 is to add an even deeper shade to the eye look. In this step I have used Wine N Dine from the same Violet Voss palette as the orange shade was from. Depending on an eyeshadow look, the deeper the eyeshadow shade gets, the smaller the blending brush needs to be. So, on a smaller brush then previously, I packed the deep pink onto the outer corner of my lid and blended it into the orange in my crease.

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Step 4:

This step is where the crease gets “cut”! On a small, defined brush and a very careful hand follow the natural shape of your eyes crease and “cut” it with concealer. I have used the same Makeup Revolution Define & Conceal concealer that I used as the eyeshadow’s base. I have found from trial and error, that a concealer that is a few shades lighter than the skin works better when cutting the crease. This is because it shows more of a drastic difference which overall creates a more dramatic, eye-catching look.

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Step 5:

This step is all about blending and neatening up the edge of where the concealer finishes. Pack the most recent eyeshadow – Wine N Dine – on the edge of the concealer and blend it into the outer corner of the lid and the lower part of the crease; it is blended into where the same shade has been blended previously.

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Step 6:

This step isn’t detrimental and doesn’t particularly need to be done to complete the sunset inspired eye, however, it does warm up and add dimension to the pigment that will be added on top. In this step, right on top of the concealer, I have applied Sephora Colourful Eyeliner in the shade Long Song. It looks a bit odd initially but once the pigment is on top it there is no issue.

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Step 7:

This step in any look I create is my favourite, as the addition of a shimmery pigment always brings the look together and makes it look complete! The pigment I have used for this look is actually a white, mineral, powered highlighter called Lustre Illuminator by Bella Pierre Cosmetics. Despite being a white highlighter, when it is used on top of the pink eyeliner it blends and picks up a pinky colour which in my opinion is beyond stunning.

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Before I completed the final steps of the eye look, I started to do my face makeup by creating the base. So, before blending out eyeshadow on my lower waterline I primed my face, applied foundation and concealer and set them in place. When applying the foundation and concealer around my eyes I was careful and used them to help clean up the shape of the eyeshadow.

Step 8:

This step is what ties the whole eye look together – blending of the lower lash line. I started by blending the deepest colour first, which was Wine N Dine, so it was nearest the lash line. I then blended Wine N Dine out with the orange (Hashtag), which was the blended out by the yellow (Ph Ma).

Once step 8 is achieved the makeup look is more-a-less complete, just pop on some lashes and the finish off the face makeup. The eye lashes that I wore with this look were Tempt Me eyelashes by Girls With Attitude.

The products I used on the rest of my face include:

  • Nip and Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix Primer
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
  • W7 Loose Powder
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
  • Makeup Forever Bronze Fusion
  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
  • Illamasqua OMG highlighter

I hope you all like this style blog post, please do let me know your opinions! Also if you decide to recreate this look or get inspired by it, please show me as I would love to see!

Bye for now 🙂

Instagram – judithsarahmakeup

Where have I been?

Hi all, welcome back to my makeup blog!

I apologise for my absence and lack of blogging over the past year; A-levels were an absolute whirl-wind that took over my life. However, now school education and A-levels are over I finally have free time to get back into blogging again!

As it has been well over a year since I last blogged, I have decided to redesign my blog, vamp it up and change the style. In doing so, I have made my previous posts private in order to give my blog a fresh start. I initially made this blog after I finished my GCSE’s in the summer of 2016. Now, in the summer of 2018, my plan of action is to treat this blog as if I was starting it over again; this is due to personal preference and self-made extremely high standards. Not only have my standards increased over the past two years, I also feel as though my makeup skills in themselves have drastically improved. So, I didn’t want posts that I wasn’t 100% pleased with still being on show.

Once my A-levels were over and my summer had officially started, I had every intention to get back into blogging straight away. However, catching up on sleep and end of exam celebrations meant that I didn’t have much free time, in my first two weeks of summer, to properly sit down and focus on restarting my blog. Below I have included pictures of some of the makeup looks I created for end of exam celebrations.

After an extremely busy first two weeks of summer, my summer plans did not slow down; for the next three weeks of my summer I was on the go none stop as I interrailed around Europe. Now that I’m back and fully recovered from touring around eight amazing destinations in three unforgettable weeks, I have found myself with a lot of free time to focus on reinventing my blog.

Watch this space over the next few weeks for new blog posts, exploring the world of makeup from my perspective. Within my blog I will be writing posts, comparing and reviewing makeup products as well as describing how I created certain makeup looks. Come September, I will be enrolling onto a professional makeup course with the outcome to become a qualified makeup artist. Throughout my blog I aim to document my journey of pursuing my passion into a (hopefully successful) career.

Below I have included a few of my favourite pictures from my unbelievable interrailing trip.

Bye for now, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for new posts! 🙂