MY BEAUTY GOALS FOR 2019
In December, I always reflect on the past year and think about the aspects of it I’d like to change for the year ahead. Usually this just means writing resolutions (‘Lose Weight’ has been top of my list since 2008) but this year I want to separate my wishes into categories and really focus on the smaller points in order to make it more achievable. Big goals (like losing weight) are scary and huge, whereas breaking it down into smaller goals – reduce coffee intake, exercise twice a week, cut out fried foods – seem more manageable and easier to do.
The first category I’ve been pondering is to do with beauty. Makeup is my job, as a YouTuber, so I’m always trying to improve my skills. Instead of just writing down ‘get better at makeup’, I thought I’d spread that out into smaller, more focused tasks.
- Perfect a more rounded eyeshadow shape
- Do more than just a half-cut crease during tutorials
- Keep brushes clean
- Practice blending so it doesn’t just go muddy
- Experiment with colour more
- Maintain a skincare routine
1. Perfect a more rounded eyeshadow shape
Everytime I do eyeshadow, unless I’m literally just shoving something on the lid, I do a winged out shape like the above. I have hooded eyes where the crease continues down past my eye and this shape is how I learned to do my eyeshadow ‘properly’, because it helps disguise my eye shape a tad. However, I’m fed up with doing the same shape every time! I want to be able to do a more rounded eyeshadow shape without looking like a colourful panda.
2. Do more than just a half-cut crease during tutorials
I do mini tutorials when reviewing palettes on my YouTube channel. As above, I always do the same look – a winged out, half cut crease. I originally kept it like this because of consistency and for comparison reasons, but now I think it makes me look boring and uninteresting. I’d like to do a variety of looks so I can appeal to a variety of people.
3. Keep brushes clean
Because I have so many brushes, I’m guilty of putting a brush in my ‘to clean’ pile and leaving it there for weeks, until I have 100 brushes to clean at once. In 2019, I’d like to clean them each week, if not each day (for brushes for cream products anyway). It’s not a difficult task, but for some reason it’s mammoth effort in my head.
4. Practice blending
When I’m blending my shadows, sometimes they still go muddy and blend too much together, rather than having that defined blend look where you can see the individual shades used. I don’t have much lid space, which I think is what makes it a bit trickier, but I’m determined to experiment until I have it down. Perhaps it’s the brushes, or the eyeshadow itself, but I think it’s mostly my technique that needs improvement.
5. Experiment with colour more
I’m not particularly artistic – I learnt about makeup through watching others rather than out of my own brain – so I often find myself struggling to create looks without seeking inspiration from Instagram first. I’d like to push myself to create looks without finding pictures to inspire me. I want to learn more about colour theory and, above all, just have fun. If the eyeshadow doesn’t work out, it’s fine – it wipes off!
6. Maintain a skincare routine
I’ve had such good intentions with my skincare over the past couple of years. I’ve bought loads of products and also received some really expensive things in LookFantastic Beauty Boxes, but no matter my intentions, I always end up slipping and barely doing anything to my skin. I need to drink more water, go to bed a little earlier so I can dedicate some time to my skincare routine, create my own facemasks (they’re expensive to buy!) and figure out storage so I can access my products easier.
I’m sure my resolutions will fail, as they do every single year, but it’s something I like to have, to focus me into the new year.