Palette

 

- I Like It, I'm Twenty (Three) -




Hi everyone! It's me again! I've been planning this post for a while now but I ran into a few hiccups while preparing for this. Thankfully I got everything sorted and I'm finally ready to share some new (or maybe old) things with you. Before I get into that, let me explain the title for today's post. For those who aren't familiar with Korean pop music, 'Palette' is a title track from Korean solo artist, IU. Palette can be seen as a coming-of-age song that IU wrote as an autobiographical self-reflection of being in her 20s. Aside from the music being absolutely catchy and having my ultimate bias (G-Dragon) featured in it, I really love Palette for its well-written and personal lyrics. In Palette, IU wrote about experiencing changes in her tastes and preferences ("rather than hot pink, I like a deep purple" and "rather than long hair, I definitely like short hair"). In contrast to her single '23', she's also shown a change in her growing self-confidence and self-love in Palette ("I like it I'm 25, I know you hate me, Oh I got this I'm truly fine").  IU's Palette really spoke to me because I feel like I could relate to it. Three years ago, I had different views, likes and interests. Just like IU's lyrics in Palette, I prefer short hair now, I like being in my pyjamas, I like taking things easy and I feel like I know myself bit better than before. My 'Palette' has changed over the years. Instead of dark red lip colours, I prefer them in shades of pink. Instead of a smokey-eye look, I prefer something more natural and fresh. While change is inevitable, its existence is important for self-growth. I'm happy to say that I can be confident with the things that I like now and actually differentiate them from the things that I don't. I think that's really important. Knowing yourself and what you like. Being able to be content with who you are and finding things that suit the current version of you at the same time support the person you want to be.

The 23-year-old version of me still has a long way to go but I have managed to learn to understand myself better now. Even with makeup, I feel like it was important for me to realise the relationship between my personal preferences and my body's preferences. From the years of suffering from acne, I've learnt a thing or two about what works for my skin and what doesn't. First of all, I'd like to clear the huge misconception about makeup and acne. Unless you have an allergic reaction or you are highly sensitive to makeup products, there should be no other reason to stop you from wearing any foundation, BB cream or concealer. Yes, makeup can block your pores and aggravate your acne but you need to make sure that the products you're using are suitable for your skin. The most important factor of all, you need to make sure that you have a solid cleansing routine. This is why understanding yourself is very important. You need to know what your skin loves, hates and how it's feeling. When I had acne, my skin had a mind of its own. It would become too oily on my T-zone, then dry at times and then flaky on other days. I realised that my skin preferred certain products over others and that I needed to invest more time to prep my skin before makeup application. After a lot of trial and error, I've finally developed a routine that works for me consistently from when I had acne and up till now. I wore pretty much the same makeup style for over a year with only a slight variation in my lip and eye colour. To be completely honest, my makeup routine isn't revolutionary nor is it exciting. The end product may be plain and simple too, but I like it.



- My Makeup Routine -


Products (clockwise): The Body Shop Brow and Liner Kit 02, Mediheal Line Friends E.G.T Timetox Ampoule Mask, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer,  Laneige Water Science Mist (Skin Relief), Innisfree Real Fluid Rouge No.7, Laneige Two Tone Shadow Bar No. 2 Golden Rose, 3CE Full Cover Concealer 002, Laneige BB cushion Pore Control No.21 Beige, 3CE Duo Color Face Blush in Miss Flower, Innisfree Mineral Single Shadow Matte 04, Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer, Rimmel London GLAM'EYES Professional Liquid Liner and Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream.




My makeup routine involves 12-steps and is divided into two parts. After cleansing, the first part of my makeup routine involves prepping my skin and the second part involves makeup application. The picture above shows the main products I usually use in a full makeup routine. Depending on how I feel and product availability, I would only change my lip colour, eye colour and face masks. I feel like doing a review on some of the makeup products in a separate post, so today I'll just be showing you how I usually put on my makeup. Since this routine was adopted during my acne days, I'm confident to say that the products did not cause my acne to worsen. However, it should be acknowledged that this makeup routine is personalised for my skin type and skin concerns and may not be compatible for everyone.



- The Look -















- FIN -


Yay! Finally reached the end of the post. If you realised in my makeup routine I actually left out a few makeup products and techniques like mascara, falsies and contouring. I don't even line my eyes fully. My Palette might change in the future and I might do things more differently or use different products more often, but for now, I'm pretty content with what I have and what I like. If I try new products, I'll definitely let you know about it. I'm thinking of doing a more detailed review of my favourite makeup products in the near future. However, my next post after this will be on skincare! I'll be reviewing products sponsored and suggested by Brunei's online beauty store Beaute Pratique. I bought two items from them and will include those in the review as well. I'll be doing some swatches and will let you know about my first impressions of each product. There will also be another video coming so stay tuned! Right now I'm going through my last days of a #10products10days challenge with @skn.care. So expect more skin care collabs soon! Bye bye for now!


Hopefully, it's not too late to wish you a Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir & Batin.
Thank you for reading.


With love,

A





- Credits -


 Photography: Rashah Apri 
 

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