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Liz Asks: What makeup look do you think isn't for you?

Isn't it unfair that you're the only one who gets to ask questions? Kidding aside I love how Project Vanity readers comment on the blog. Most of you are eloquent and intelligent, which means that I learn something new everyday. In fact, many readers here are scientists, lawyers, doctors, and PhD holders (for serious). That explains the quality of the comments!

That's you!

I want us to have lively discussions even if I don't get to reply as much as I would like. I read every single comment though, and sometimes if I have a few minutes I directly email commenters instead of replying on the website - I know, bad, but it's easier to email via phone versus loading everything! Anyway! Here's the first Liz Asks topic:

What makeup look do you think isn't for you? Why?

I'm sure there's one makeup product or look that you think looks terrible on your face. Before, I really didn't like mascara and matte lipsticks - they felt weird and uncomfortable. Sometimes though it's good to crawl out of our comfort zones to explore little things like new makeup or a new look. You won't know if something is not for you unless you try it. Besides, it's just makeup. You can wash it off anytime!

I was at dinner with a few new friends a couple of weeks ago. These girls don't wear makeup; other than washing their faces with a facial cleanser they don't have a beauty routine. I happened to have a red lipstick with me and somehow sweet-talked them into trying it for the first time. Guess what they said? "I can't believe I look good in red!" "I'm going to get my own red lipstick!" They were truly surprised how their skin appeared brighter and how more put-together they looked overall.

Bottomline: you won't know if something is good or bad if you don't try it first, and even then, you have to allot yourself some time to get used to the idea. Only then can you be 100% sure it ain't working. ;) I hated mascara before but now I can't leave the house without it!

Lemme know what you think.

Reader Comments (43)

I used to feel and think that brow powder wasn't for me or that I didn't need it because my eyebrows are already dark. When I tried putting on brow powder out of curiosity, I was surprised to see that it actually completed my look. Now when I put on light makeup without doing my eyebrows, mukhang kulang ang look.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Vacation time!! Finals week is over. Can't believe how much I missed! Corals don't look good on me. Seriously. I can wear reds, and pinks, but coral lipsticks always tend to make my face look "off".

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

I was one of those girls! I only started seriously venturing into skin care and make up last year. Now that I -am- into those, my new "these aren't for me" are brow makeup, contouring/highlighting, and bright lipsticks. I keep saying to myself, I'll get to those once I learn to use the makeup I have properly.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I used to swear off the idea of makeup on me. Now I love (almost) every product I come across! Reading blogs esp. the opinions of veterans like you on certain products amps up my desire to acquire more than I can use! Only a bad thing if it goes out of control but so far it hasn't. :P

Matte lipsticks used to be a no-go for me before too but the staying power had me in love about a year ago. So yeah, I'm sporting mattes now and using my lip balms a lot. :P

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

I was never in to shaping/filling in my brows before. I just felt like its too much work and my brows look okay anyway. Then, I once had a patient who has a gay son and her son told me that no matter how nice my eyeshadows look if my brows are sparse and unshaped, it will really ruin my look. He asked me if it is okay if he can shape my brows and though, I was skeptical, I said yes. That was about two to three years ago and until now, I really could not imagine why I did not shape or fill in my eyebrows before. Iba talaga tignan pg maganda yung kilay. Haha.. :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMAE ROSE

Before I don't think curling my lashes would make such a big impact, same goes with mascara. I didn't think its THAT important; I mean who could notice it anyway, its just lashes. But I was proven wrong when I tried it out on one side of my face, I was silently having this "whoa!" reaction hehe. Now I could leave the house without it.
A makeup look that isn't for me is colored eye shadows and hot pink lipsticks; it looks good on Nicki Minaj but not on me hehe ;)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I used to think that I can live w/out makeup. Then I've started reading Bobby Brown's books and beauty blogs. Well, I still think I can live w/out it but have come to realize that it wouldn't hurt to look more polished and well, pretty powerful (to quote)! I'm really a skincare junkie. I believe my oc-ness has helped me in a lot of ways! I don't own any foundation, it's great that I get to save money because I know the really good ones are from high end brands. I'm starting to love makeup (such a late bloomer) just now and still learning how to properly blend eyeshadows. I've realized that it's a fun thing to do, a little time consuming but that's okay! :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

@Kris: I totally have to agree with the brow powder! I have naturally thick eyebrows and thought that I didn't need anything to enhance them. But then, I realized that trimming them and putting on eb prowder makes me look more polished.

Anyway, another thing would be fuschia pink lipstick! :) I used to stray away from dark or bright colors and my lipstick collection consist of dainty pink lipsticks ( coz that's just my style. :D ), but then I tried fuschia and I love how it brightened up my face. It's such a fun and flattering color. :) AND.. I also feel the same way about orange! :) Never thought I would sport a bright orange lippy! I guess the key is finding the right shade of bright! :) It would take some time though before you figure out what works for you..

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergem

I can't pull off Red lipsticks or I haven't found the red lipstick that would look good on me.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene

well as most of the others i used to not care about my brows then. i was like "why should i if my brows are already thick and dark?" but one day as i was experimenting with my makeups, i tried to shape and fill in my brows and noticed that it did really made a huge difference with my overall look! another no-no for me is sporting a coral lippie :( as much as i adore those peachy pink lippies it only makes me look like a corpse, unfortunately. and lastly i cannot seem to wear a blue e/s no matter how much i tried experimenting with different kinds of blue. maybe you can make a tutorial on how to sport blue shadows? it will be awesome :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenisse

I was like those girls before. I never wear make-up or at least lipstick. My faced looked brighter with a lipstick on. And like you I can't go out now without a lipstick on and mascara. By the way I started wearing make-up at the age of 28 and I'm 28.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelyn

I agree that you wouldn't know if something works unless you try it. It can be excruciatingly expensive but can be very rewarding once you know that you've found something that works. I used to follow the cool-warm-tones- thing about lipsticks before but not as much now. Blue based ones ( the ones they say aren't as great for morenas/ yellow undertones) can actually work. It brightens my face in a way I cant explain. So nah, I'm not as cautious anymore with lippies. My mantra is to try and try until I succeed and build a mean lipstick (and blush) collection.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I feel weird when I have eyebrow makeup like eck. When i had my makeup done a couple weeks ago in a salon, they made my eyebrows so thick I hate it. Whenever I look at the mirror, it's like I only have eyebrows. My eyes are small and my lips are thick but my eyebrows were thicker! When photos came up though, I realized how good my eyebrows looked! I mean like my real eyebrows are really droopy -along with my eyes- but I looked alive and happy in those pictures!

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

@jenisse, i learned from martha of the beautyjunkee that to avoid making blue eyeshadow look tacky, you need to choose a shade that suits your color. light is to light and dark is to dark!

thank you liz for giving us an avenue to ehemmm play the expert by answering your question!

i used to think that eyebrow grooming is just a waste of time and makeup. heck i was mistaken! ever since i attended projectvanity event wherein the emphasis was on the kilay and how sickly some may look without eyebrows, i started paying attention to my kilay!

im not yet an expert pero at least i put in the effor to fill in my eyebrows

another thing that i dont think is for me is wearing eyeshadow. hindi lang siguro ako marunong or i dont have the right tools to achieve the perfect look.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Engineer here! (Masabi lang. Haha.) Anyway, I feel that nude lipsticks are not for me. I look as if all the blood has been drained off me. Maybe I should be pairing them with more intense eye makeup though. As for all the other stuff, I'd say I can wear them all (at least I can try them at home without cringing whenever I look at myself in the mirror). Really, it's just a matter of getting used to seeing yourself wear a certain look. :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

Smokey makeup or even anything close to dark makeup! I tried with just black liner, and even a not-so-thick line made me look weird.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterB.

I also experiment with different colors of makeup and look for which shade looks better on me. I think really pale pinks, those lighter than pastel pink, don't suit me. I either look dead or kind of drag. :P

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

When I was younger, I dont like concealers because I thought they emphasize my dark undereyes. 20 years later, after buying a pot of concealer from mac, then I found out that the reason why concealer doesn't look good on me because it's 1) liquid and sheer. 2) it's way light for my skintone. But one thing that doesnt really work for me is violet eyeshadow.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

i think im one of those girls who is afraid of red lippies but find good after trying.. ive tried loud pinks also which i got a lot of compliment.. and now im not afraid of trying =)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhania

No matter how i try wearing those heavy/dark smoky eye looks (5-minute smoky eye look not included), I just can't. I know how to do them, I just can't seem to pull it off. I either look like I'm a reject from a Japanese horror flick or someone decided to put makeup on me while I'm sleeping. :(

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYette

Before when I don't really know care and know much about my makeup, I used to apply my sis's pink lippies (Just to test it out) It looks great on my sis and my mom (she got tons of pinkish lippies and no other colors). But on me, it looks weird. Definitely not my color. And to top it off I wasn't allowed to wear any other colors of lipstick. My mom said that pink lippies are the best for a "dalaga". That's is when i started to pay attention to lippies and makeup in general. I found a passion for red lippies. I love the color and the look that I can achieve with it. Normally I paired this with a no-makeup makeup look and i love it! XD My sis also likes it and my mom allowed me to wear it (finally!) :D.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Excellent question, Liz! Haha. :p Pinahaba mo pa hair namin.

I couldn't pull off colorful eyeshadows :( there are days that I feel like wearing green or teal (my all-time fave color!) I mean, I know how to put it on, but every time I go out with it, I really get self-conscious. But I think its paranoia more than anything. Though now, I'm using my colored shadows for lining my eyes. Seems like a great compromise :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTin

I'm not sure if red or fuchsia pink lipsticks would look good on me, I just don't have the confidence to pull it off yet I guess. And applying eyeshadows other than neutral colors! I am trying on how to apply it correctly but I always end up either looking like someone who got punched and had a black eye or like a crazy little girl who played with colored eyeshadows. :( But still I'm positive that I could learn how to do it properly, hopefully. :)

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

"it's easier to email via phone versus loading everything"
So true. I don't know if your host supports this service, but IntenseDebate allows you to reply to comments by email. You get a notification of every new comment, then just hit reply in your mail app and ID publishes it for you; no need to load your website.

As for your question, I don't think I can pull off the neon trend. My skin tone is neither light enough nor dark enough for it!

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Cool-toned pink lipsticks don't look good on me! They make me look ill. And I'm even starting to think I look better with no eyeliner, just mascara.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

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