Makeup trends that passed me by

My make up journey began when I was 13 and 14 when bought I my first mascara. I have very fair eyelashes or wow the difference it made – and still does. My school frowned upon me, so it wasn’t until after graduation that I had the freedom to plunge into the world of beauty properly.

I was never “obsessed” with makeup, but I could spend a good hour doing my makeup before going to parties, and wow those smokey eyes and fake eyelashes in 2010 looked strong!

This was before the YouTube era, so the idea of makeup trends only reached me in my late 20s when I had learnt my face well enough to know what looks good on it (flicks and blush) and what doesn’t (any dark colours on my lower lids). And I was baffled by all the makeup tutorials where one seemed to need a degree in arts to create ‘a simple everyday makeup look in 20 minutes’.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for playing with makeup, but I don’t understand why someone would need to apply 7 or 8 layers of stuff on their face to have ‘for a perfect complexion’? Or why they would want to use all the shades from a 20-shades eye palette? Other than to make makeup companies richer because we’re so worth it that we need every single product they release to boost their profits?

The older I get, the smaller my makeup collection becomes. I still wear mascara religiously, but beyond that, my routine is simple: SPF, skin tint, blush, brush pencil, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadows and lipgloss or lipstick.

Do I still experiment with makeup? Of course. The recent glowy skin trend is right up my street. Do I buy makeup because it’s trendy? Absolutely not. Last year’s matt lips craze passed me by. As did other makeup trends. For example.


I never understood why I would need another layer of stuff of my skin between skincare and foundation. Yes, I know it’s something about making the latter apply better and stay longer, but unless my skin is acting up, I prefer to wear light and sheer tints or CC creams that need no primers.

Mixing foundations

It puzzles me when people mix foundations to have a specific finish. There are zillions of brands and formulas out there, so there must be one that has the finish you want without the struggle of spending more time (and money).


Or rather the excessive use of it – under eyes, on spots, on the nose, around the lips, etc. Ok, I’ve never suffered from dark circles, but I have veins close to the inner corners of my eyes, and that area is quite blue – and I could never be bothered to conceal it because it’s perfectly natural that a face has different tones to it. On my bad skin days, I use my foundation to cover spots. But conceal my face all over? Nah.


I was watching “The Great British Bake Off” with my husband a few months ago, and at one point he asked – what are those orange streaks that some women have on their cheeks? I tried to explain the concept of contouring and how it’s supposed to shape your face, but he wasn’t convinced. Neither was I, to be honest. I understand professional contouring for studio shots for magazines, but I’m yet to see an ordinary contoured woman look natural in everyday life.

Painted eyebrows

I mean proper painted eyebrows that were a big thing two or three years ago when girls with naturally thin eyebrows were going Cara Delevigne with eyebrow pencils. Hopefully, the trend for unnaturally big eyebrows is dying because it was hideous.

Lid primer

If you need something to make your eyeshadows stay longer why don’t you invest in good eyeshadows that do so without any primers? Asking for a friend.

Lip pencil

Oh dear. This was popular in the 90s, and I could not believe it when makeup brands brought this trend from the dead a year ago or so. You don’t need it to apply lipstick precisely to the shape of your lips, a good lipstick is perfectly able to outline your lips and stay there. Using a pencil around the lips to make them look bigger? No, thanks. It’s as fake as painted eyebrows.

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Looking at the above, I can sum up those trends us ‘faking’. Every face is unique (unless you have a twin) so why would anyone want to cover it with a made-up mask? Makeup should enhance our beautiful features, not paint over them.

Be yourself, even if it’s against the trends. Trends pass. Your beauty doesn’t.

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