Teach me how to love make-up

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

I’ve never liked putting on make-up since forever. 


When I was growing up, I used to watch my mum apply make-up before she goes out and I was always very curious at how the red stick could make her lips so full and well, red. 


I cannot remember when I first put on make-up – it was probably during my kindergarten school performances where we had to prance around the stage with our classmates for that Chinese New Year or Christmas year-end dance item. 


Later when I was in choir and dance club in primary school (oh yes, I did start off with very feminine activities) I also had to put on make-up for performances. Each time it was my mum or the teachers helping us to apply make-up. 


Somehow, I never liked it.


It added colour to my cheeks and eyes and lips, but yet I wasn’t impressed and I just didn’t fancy make-up.


In secondary school when I represented the school in badminton and cross-country, make-up never crossed my mind as I all thought about were studies, sports and more sports. While my peers were starting to discover what eye shadow, eye liner, blusher, lipstick, fake eyelashes etc. can do to enhance their facial features, I never took an interest at all.


This non-interest in make-up carries on till today.


I do have make-up products, thanks to friends who buy me cosmetics for birthdays and the box of products I received upon my resignation from L’Oreal. There are occasions where I do have make-up on – some photoshoots (yep I actually had photoshoots without make-up, GRIN), certain DnDs and really special occasions such as my 21st birthday.


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During my university days, I dabbled in modeling for a while and even participated in pageants, but there was always someone to help me apply the make-up.






When I was applying for jobs, I initially did not put on make-up when I went for interviews, until the Communications Director (then) at Marriott said it was rude not to have any trace of make-up, especially for an industry that requires lots of face time with customers/consumers. Oops. From then on, I made the effort to put on make-up for every job interview I went for. 


It is true that make-up is a form of courtesy, covering your blemishes and concealing your flaws before going to meet people. 


It’s not that I don’t know how to put on make-up, well ok I know the basics! Once, I paid $180 for a one-on-one make-up lesson with Elaine Heng Image Consultancy where the colours and techniques recommended were specific to my face and skin tone, but I forgot everything despite taking notes!


Then last year from about April to August, I made the effort to apply make-up whenever I go out for an event.







To me it was make-up, but to others it was light make-up and I would get comments like, “You got put on make-up meh? Can’t tell the difference!”. Oops again.





Well, I had make-up on for that period quite regularly as it had to do with the person I was dating then; so when we ceased dating I wasn’t surprised that I completely stopped putting on make-up.


I don’t even apply make-up when I go for evening functions, wedding dinners or gala events. It’s rare these days to find someone my age who doesn’t put on ANY make-up at all. I have sunblock and moisturiser on my face, that doesn’t count right?


I’m glad the nature of my job doesn’t require to me to have make-up too often, except maybe for photoshoots. 99.9% of the time I’m bare-faced so if you do see me in make-up, maybe you should take note of the date and buy 4D!


Some people told me it’s just a phase and that I will soon love to make myself up and doll myself up. Hmmm the phase is either really long or it’s really just my personality.


Honestly, I do find it a hassle to spend half hour (I need at least that long) in front of the mirror to curl the lashes, cake on the foundation, draw the eyes, highlight the eyelids, make the cheeks rosy and the lips shiny. 


Maybe if there is a make-up brand who’s willing to take up this challenge and prove to me that make-up is as easy as eating and sleeping by sponsoring me products as well as lessons, I might just be able to be convinced. Wow, if there really is such a make-up brand that can convert me, then they must be really really good.


Sometimes I do admire women who spend time and make the effort to doll themselves up prettily. Many bloggers out there are always caked in make-up and they look very pretty in their photos! 


Hmmm I guess till I can convince myself that make-up is easy to apply and will benefit me in more ways than one, I will just be myself… as is.



To conclude, do I look better WITH or WITHOUT make-up?

Cheryl Tay

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