Author:   A Sensitive Man   Photographer:   J.W. CUDD

Author: A Sensitive Man
Photographer: J.W. CUDD

Maybe She's Born With It...
By: A Sensitive Man
August 11, 2016

“What is your makeup routine?”

As a makeup artist, I receive this question quite often in the search for tips, tricks, or out of genuine curiosity. And recently, I watched a video by the lovely Anna Akana which inspired me to share exactly how I prep my face for the day.

Step 1: Cover Your Face In A Fresh Perspective

One thing I love about makeup is you can really make yourself be whoever you want to be that day; whether you would love to be really glamourous, have a little fun and use a lot of color, or maybe choose to wear nothing at all, it is everybody’s opportunity to play dress up in a socially appropriate manner. So first, recognize who you’re going to be that day. Also recognize that it is a new day, the troubles of yesterday are behind you and you need not waste any time changing your attitude or mind about what today will bring. Perspective is the best base you can use to build off of.

Step 2: Put The Kindness And Warmth On Your Face That You Are Capable Of Giving

Now that you have a clean perspective on the day, apply kindness and warmth to your chin, cheeks, and forehead. It is crucial to apply the right amount of kindness and warmth, no more and no less than you are going to give that day. Too much kindness can be abused and too much warmth can be taken advantage of, but not enough kindness and not enough warmth also leads to a colorless soul, so be sure to find the correct medium for what you are going to give to the world. Give it your best without losing yourself to the wrong people. (And don’t worry, if that happens, you’re not giving them the wrong impression, mean people just suck to nice people.)

Step 3: Apply Your Light

Now that you have shown the world your kindness and warmth, its time to apply your light. Kindness and warmth are tools used to show others what you can give them, but by showing them your own beautiful light you show what you can give the world on a larger scale as opposed to a more intimate one. When bystanders see a kind, warm person who also glows with a light of their own, it is truly an unstoppable sight to see. Light that appears externally shows that your internal light is so bright nothing like hurtful words, cruel actions, or less than honorable intentions could cause it to burn out.


Step 4: Line Up Your Thoughts, Eyes & Mind

This is arguably the most important step in my makeup routine. Far too often we become judgmental of others and situations when the reality is we have no idea what is going on. Lining up your thoughts and looking at the big picture with open eyes ready to be filled with light is a difficult task to master, but once mastered, I promise you will feel nothing but gorgeous and everyone around you will notice when your thoughts are so clean they shine through your eyes. Line up your thoughts, have an open mind, and eyes ready to see it all.

Step 5: Coloring Your Words

One of the most powerful tools a person can use is their choice of words. Colorful sentences make for interesting conversation, discovery, and truly showing people what you’re made of. My father always used to say, “If you’re going to be the first to criticize, you also have to be the first to compliment.” This is essential for coloring words; there is always a nice way to say something and there is always an elegant, intelligent way to say something. Vulgar, ugly words about people or situations do nothing to your entire makeup routine but ruin it. Even if you have the prettiest face imaginable, nobody will be looking at you with admiration. Color your words wisely. Speak boldly. Speak honestly. Speak well. Be sure to use the right colors to help prepare you for this:

Step 6: Pulling It All Together

Now that your perspective, energies, thoughts, mind, and words are all in order; pull it together with a trip to the powder room and you are ready to take the world by storm! Like all things, everything comes to an end, and what better way to end your alignment and makeup routine than with a good powder to hold it all in place.

So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen! My makeup routine. Taking care of yourself is skin deep and beyond.