“New face” actually pertains to two faces changing phases — my blog’s and my own.
Let’s start with the blog:
If you know me well, you would know I love symbolism, so of course, there’s a lot more to my banner than meets the eye. That S-shaped paint smear is more than just a mark for creativity, it’s also meant to symbolize a road; which I’m going towards step by Steph, deviating from the pavement that was meant for me.
If you haven’t seen the first version (I made a really long, dramatic caption and all), it was this.
My blog came to life when I got stuck somewhere, and so far it’s been taking me places (step by step) I never even knew I wanted to go, and honestly, I still don’t know where the finish line is. So at the end at the end of the day, this blog isn’t meant to influence anyone, it’s just meant to inspire myself–and to hold anonymous people (and some friends) as accountability partners? Haha!
It’s hard to create a unique voice on something that’s so accessible to everyone like fashion. And sure you have your own style, but so does everyone else. You can’t win by being the loudest in this sea of voices who all want to be heard. And maybe that’s the challenge.
I’ve honestly been feeling so lost lately, but I feel like I have a direction now.
And that’s farther than where I was yesterday.
And now to my face:
Would you believe that this is the first time I’ve actually done my own full make-up? (This event was Adobomall.com’s launch)
On formal events, I usually have my face done at the salon, because I know zilch about make-up.
In summary, the history of Steph and Make-up:
- 1995-2011 – What’s make-up? Isn’t mascara the one you line your eyes with? (It was eyeliner.) Why do all my friends take so long when going to the bathroom?
- 2011-2012 – sunscreen everyday because my derma told me to
- 2012-2015 – ooooh BB cream (I’m a sucker for all-in-one’s)
- Late 2015 – BB cream + eyebrow-powder because this happened —
Cheska: “Steph, Michelle Phan had no eyebrows, and that’s when she realized she could be anyone. And look at her now!” Me: “Okay…? But who’s Michelle Phan?”
Saleslady introduces me to the Maybelline duo-shaper. Thoughts: “Hey! This isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I CAN BE ANYONE I WANT TO BE.”
- Before October 16, 2016 – I thought make-up only consisted of the ff: foundation + eyeshadow + eyeliner + eyebrow-stuff + lipstick
- After October 16, 2016 – MAKE-UP = primer + concealer + (sponge dab) + liquid foundation + (sponge dab) + powder foundation + eyeshadow + eyeliner + lipstick + powder foundation again + blush
No wonder my “makeup” before October 2016 never stayed long and my face was always so oily. And now I know why my friends take so long going to the bathroom. I honestly used to think that liquid and powder foundation were like spray and stick deodorants — you just pick your preferred application, but it does the same thing. Turns out I was wrong.
I regret not experimenting in my early teens. Imagine if I had experimented with makeup when I was 16, I would’ve been a pro by now (or not). But yeah, I didn’t really wear makeup before because 1.) I always wake up so late, and I saw “doing makeup” as a luxury of time I would rather spend sleeping. 2.) I have acne-prone skin, and I was scared wearing makeup would make it worse. 3.) I wanted the “OMG maganda ka pala” reaction to the days when I would wear makeup, because I usually don’t VS the “Ay mukha kang bangag” reaction when people used to seeing your made-up face, see it without makeup.
So after two days of Youtube tutorials (I absolutely love Adelaine Morin!), and a help from a friend with makeup shopping, buying those sponges and brushes and primer and powder, this is what I turned out with:
I only realize now that I should’ve taken a close up picture of my face since the blog’s title post is “New Face”. But then again, when we were shooting this for the event, I never thought there’d be enough photos for a separate outfit post, and I never thought I’d use one of those photos as my new blog banner. (Thanks Lanah!) Life is just full of serendipity!
So why, after 21 years of walking this earth, did I suddenly learn how to do my own make-up?
Because I realized I don’t always have a fairy godmother on speed dial, and I had been getting a lot of Cinderella moments aka events lately. Also, it’s for a project that’s coming soon on the blog, so keep yours eyes peeled for that!
See you in the next step by Steph!
PS. details on what I wore below in a gif! #Effort #ParaSaBlog