As the readers of BlondeWriteMore know I have covered writer fashion on my blog so I thought it was high time I covered how a writer approaches putting on their makeup.
If you are thinking about becoming a writer or just want to try being one…for a day (*sigh*) I hope you find these handy hints and tips valuable.
Here are some things to bear in mind when applying makeup – writer style!
- Your creativity levels will be reflected through your choice of makeup. The more creative you feel the more elaborate your makeup will be.
- Your approach to makeup will be influenced by the stage you are at with your draft novel. If you are feeling excited about your first draft you won’t have time to think about makeup. There will be far more important things to think about than what colour eyeshadow you are wearing. On the other hand if you are, like me, wrestling with a painful third draft you will find makeup procrastination to be very pleasurable.
So, here are 6 examples of how a writer might approach applying their makeup:
- New Story Idea Pinged Into My Head Whilst Applying Makeup. This is one of my favourites and one I model quite a lot. You are at the mirror and have just finished applying a vibrant shade of eye shadow to ONE eye, when you get the most amazing idea for a story. After a squeal, a fist pump and a mental visualisation of you being hailed a literary genius, you forget all about the OTHER EYE and rush off to find a notebook. In a creative flurry you quickly get your literary gem idea down on paper. Sadly you never return to the other eye. Fast forward several hours and you will notice a loved one staring at you, with a puzzled expression.
- Applying Makeup Post A Writing Marathon Session. This is where you look in the mirror, post a heavy writing session and whatever stares back, scares the hell out of you. After racing up the stairs, muttering “I look like a zombie,” you attack your makeup bag. You frantically apply as much makeup as possible, in the hope you will start to look human again. The trouble with this approach is no matter how much makeup you put on you can’t seem to get rid of the zombie writer look.
- My Makeup Reflects The Literary Genre I Am Writing In. You are busy writing romance and find yourself drawn to soft gold eyeshadows, big lashes and soft pink lipsticks. Your writer friend is busy hammering out some science fiction or fantasy and judging by her Instagram feed she is getting some strong urges for futuristic sparkly eye shadows and glitter tears. Another writer friend is working on her latest gothic horror novel and she’s rocking fabulous dark smokey eyes complete with delicious dark red lipstick. Does your genre influence your makeup choices?
- Put On Makeup But Forget To Take It Off Due To Writing Crisis And Look Like A Panda Returning Home From A Drunken Night Out. You were busy working on your second draft when you hit a writing crisis; plot hole or dull main character. The crisis took all evening and left you exhausted. Once you closed down your laptop you crawled into bed without a second thought to what was on your face. The next morning you stare at yourself in the mirror and you can see the resemblance between yourself and a hungover panda.
- My Writing Is Dire But At Least My Winged Eyeliner looks Amazing! Sometimes a good application of makeup before creative work begins can help a writer through a bad writing day. I find eyeliner and perfectly arched brows keeps my spirits up.
- I Am Coming Back Fighting After A Literary Rejection By Wearing Some Kickass Makeup! You will have experienced some form of literary rejection and the initial sting will be starting to wear off. After an undefined time (can vary between writers) of inner turmoil you will make the life changing decision to get off the sofa, chuck away your box of tissues and come back fighting. The literary world might not like what you have written this time but that’s not going to stop you. Loved ones stare in amazement as you stride purposefully into your bedroom, brush your hair and apply some kickass makeup. This will vary amongst writers, but I can say this, a bold lipstick will feature heavily in this look. Go get them writer!
Have a fabulous day writers!
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