Andalee’s Makeup Vlogging Challenge: Day 7

written by Andalee on August 24, 2016 in Beauty with no comments
Andalee’s Makeup Vlogging Challenge: Day 7

Straight from the runway

I did it! I completed 7 days of the makeup vlogging challenge! Check out day 1 here, day 2 here, day 3 here, day 4 here, day 5 here and day 6 here. You can also check out my inspiration from Davina here.

Today I decided to try an on-trend look (which is new for me). I took a look that was straight off of the Fall 2016 runways. I think it would work in real life with a few tweaks, like a darker eye and a brown eyeliner. Overall, I think it is cute, a bit coy and I do like the lipstick. I predict a lot of black cherry lips in our future!

I’d like to reflect a bit on what I learned during this vlogging process. First of all, vlogging is a lot of work. I thought I would be able to film the whole thing on my iPhone, but I am always out of storage space so I had to get out my DSLR and try different lenses, lighting and sound options to get it at a level of quality where I could stand to watch it. If I want to keep doing this, then I certainly will need a light kit. Too bad I gave mine away when I moved to France.

It’s also a lot of work putting on makeup. Most of the more complicated looks took about an hour to achieve. I really like putting on makeup, but the pressure to do it everyday was kind of a bit much. In fact, I love makeup so much that I was considering looking for jobs at Sephora or other beauty stores, becoming a makeup blogger/vlogger or selling makeup products out of my home. But in the end, I’m not sure that it’s right for me.

However, the truth is that every belly dancer who dances professionally or semi-professionally should learn how to apply makeup well. Dancers should learn professional makeup techniques and the tips that they need to accentuate their features and present a professional face to the general public and clients. I’m not kidding when I say that a belly dancer’s makeup can make or break his or her look. I’ve often played “makeup intervention” in my head (along with bra intervention) during belly dance shows where I counsel dancers on how to improve their makeup. Hey, what can I say? Maybe there is a makeup career in there for me somewhere.

But I am also a bit of a granola, so I don’t actually like to wear makeup every day, and the beauty industrial complex, as well as the pressure on women to be perfect, does get to me. That’s just not who I am. It’s fun to play dress up, especially for belly dance events, but I’m never going to be one of those perfectly made up girls.

And that’s why I think it’s important for more of us to try things like makeup challenges. We get to explore this world of makeup, see how we like it and retreat without becoming a slave to the beauty/fashion industry. I’m just a regular woman, who happens to be a belly dancer, working on one part of my craft when I play with makeup.

So consider joining this makeup challenge and trying it for yourself! You don’t have to vlog about it, but sharing pictures on social media or even just taking pictures for yourself can help improve your makeup game and give you more confidence with these particular tools of the trade. Not every look is going to be perfect, but eventually you’ll find at least your go-to looks that will carry you through your dance career.

Here’s the final video:

Here are the products that I featured:

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser: Get it at Burt’s Bees | Get it at Amazon*

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract: Get it at Burt’s Bees | Get it at Amazon*

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes: Get it at Amazon*

Kiss My Face Natural Moisturizer with Coconut Oil: Get it at Kiss My Face | Get it at Amazon*

Kiss My Face 4 in 1 Moisture Shave: Get it at Kiss My Face | Get it at Amazon*

Evoluderm Argan Lait Corps (only available in France): Get it at Evoluderm (French website)

The People’s Pharmacy Women’s MoM (Milk of Magnesia) Aluminum-Free Roll-on Deodorant: Get it at the People’s Pharmacy

Mersea Styling & Moisturizing Cream For Curly Hair (probably only available in Europe): Get it at Mersea (The same brand product, but for straight hair is available at Amazon*)

So check out the video and leave a comment below or feel free to ask me questions. Are you ready to join the makeup challenge for yourself?

*Although some of these link to affiliate links where I may receive a small commission, you are under no obligation to shop using those links. If you don’t want to, just enter in the search terms on your internet browser. No hard feelings!

About Andalee

Andalee is the founder of Belly Dance at Any Size. She is an Oriental dancer and instructor from Durham, NC, now based in Montpellier, France. She has been dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Her mission is to promote Oriental Dance (a.k.a. belly dance) as a respected and valid performance art.