As a full-fledged femme and makeup lover, I rarely leave the house without a bit of makeup on my face. Wearing makeup every day is an important thing for me, even when I don’t have the time or energy to do a full face. Cosmetic products help me feel glamorous on the days I’m naturally not feeling as such; a swipe of highlighter can make my day just a bit brighter. Makeup is apart of my identity and apart of my femme-ness, empowering my confidence and protecting me, like sheild*, from the battles of day-to-day life under the Patriarchy’s rule.
I wish I could do a full face every day, but with the on-the-go lifestyle that I have, it’s not always possible. I’ve been working on minimizing my morning routine down to only the essentials, which I’ve managed to do while still feeling absolutely fabulous and fierce. Here are my favourite, relatively easy products for helping me femme up to face the day.
Eyebrow Filler to Intensify Questioning Looks
Many people don’t know this about me, but I actually have no eyebrows! Well, I do have eyebrow hair, but they are so blonde that they don’t show up on my face, which makes me look comparable to a baby alien. Filling them in is essential to my routine, and is the first thing I do when getting ready. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Caramel to frame and fill my eyebrows to perfection, so I’m able to effectively raise my eyebrows at questionable Tinder messages. Elf has a similar (and much cheaper product) called Lock On Liner and Brow Cream for the femmes-on-a-budget!
How to Use: Start with clean, dry eyebrows and take a spoolie brush and brush your eyebrow hairs down. With a small, dense eyebrow brush, drip lightly into the product. Outline the top of your eyebrows in your desired shape and brush your hairs up with the spoolie. Take the eyebrow brush and outline the lower line of your brow connecting it at the end (don’t connect it to the part close to your nose). Next spoolie your hairs back into place, and fill in in the shape, starting with the arch (the arch should be the darkest point of the brow) and getting lighter towards the nose. Once finished filling, with the excess product on the brow brush, flick upwards at the beginning of the brow (the light part near the nose) to create the look of hair. If you apply too much product by accident (resulting in boxy looking brows) you can always lighten them up by adding setting powder on top to lighten. Take the spoolie and spray it with setting spray or hairspray, and set your brows.
Highlight to Stun the Haters
Highlighter is my next necessity for day-to-day femme wear. It keeps my complexion looking fresh, and my face looking sparkly all day long. I feel like a glowing baby angel when it’s adorned on my face, and it allows me to blind any hater who dares to confront me. Daily, I use both the Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid for a popping, but natural finish, and when I want to really turn up the brightness, I add my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl on top. Both work beautifully on their own, but when combined create a stunning shine that no one can miss.
How to use: Cream – Take a small amount of cream highlighter and lightly sweep onto cheekbones, blending into your skin as you go to achieve a natural-looking effect. Repeat until desired glow is achieved. Place on tip of nose and nose bridge, chin, cupid’s bow and rub a little into your forehead. Powder -Take preferred highlight brush, dip into powder and lightly dust into cheekbones, the tip of the nose, nose bridge, chin, cupid’s bow and forehead. Start minimally and build to your desired glow.
Eye Liner to Cut Your Enemies
A femme’s favourite weapon: dagger sharp eyeliner. While eyeliner is definitely one of the more complicated makeup processes on the list, it’s perfect in a pinch for helping me feel the most badass. My absolute fave is the NYX Vinyl and Matte Liquid Liners. The small brush makes for precise application and a razor-thin outline of my eyes. If you’re looking for a higher end liner, I’ve heard amazing things about the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner.
How to use: Alright, so explaining how to do eyeliner is tricky as HELL, so I’m going to let some beauty gurus explain the best techniques for you and your eye shape. Check out Alissa Ashley (hooded eyes), Teni Panosian (deep set eyes), Kicki Yang Zhang (monolids), Sara Robert (almond eyes), and Irene Khan (round protruding eyes.)
Falsies to Accentuate Eye Rolls
False eyelashes are also a bit on the trickier side of makeup application, but if you get enough practice you can end up putting them on like a pro in under a minute. Because of their quick application, they can take a drab morning look and take it to a whole new level. I always get lots of compliments on the days that I decide to wear them. You don’t even need to fiddle with eyeliner too, these can go with a super simple face. Plus, they make eye-rolling at fascist bullshit all the prettier. I suggest Velour Silk Lashes and the Ardell: Ardell Invisibands.
How to use: Apply lash glue to the band of the false eyelash (do one at a time.) Wait a minute until the glue is tacky, then place on your eyelid, close to lash line.
Liquid Lipstick to Kiss Your Worries Away
Lipstick that stays on through disastrous days is an important femme-inist tool. If I’m yelling at a protest, or making out with a cute babe, then I need my lipstick to stay put. Plus they are as easy to apply as butter to pancakes, and you can match them to your outfits if you would like. My cheap go-to liquid lips are the Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip. Sometimes the formula can be a bit drying, but if I remember to moisturize my lips before I go to bed, it usually won’t be an issue. If I’m treating myself to a higher end liquid lip, I’m going immediately for something from Anastasia’s Beverly Hill’s Liquid Lipstick collection. The shades and the formula definitely put a smile on my face.
How to use: Apply around the outskirts of the lips (you can use a lip liner for this step) to create a lip shape, and then fill in the lip. Reapply as needed!
What makeup do you use to shield you from the day’s battles?
* I originally used “war paint” instead of “sheild” at this point in the paragraph. War paint is historically warn and associated with Indiengious people and it was not appropriate for me to use in referencing makeup and myself as a white woman.