Last January I published my Then vs. Now Blogging Journey post. I wanted to document how far I had come in my blogging journey from learning to write a blog post to arranging better flatlays. In that post I documented the progression of what was then called “Classycatsbox” into the beauty blog “Always, Cleia”. I loved writing that blog post. In the current blogging world it’s important to celebrate our achievements and how far we’ve come when we’re feeling discouraged. It makes a huge difference for me when I look back on old posts and think Wow, I’m glad I don’t do THAT Anymore!
I wanted to write another Then Vs. Now post, but instead of showing you my blogging journey I wanted to share my makeup application progression. I’m nowhere near as skilled as a professional makeup artist but looking back on my first few makeup looks is so cringe worthy for me now that I must be doing something right. Let’s take a trip down memory lane…
THEN VS NOW
July 2016: Wedding Guest Makeup
This was one of the first makeup looks that I posted on my blog. I’m not going to share every single look I’ve ever done as this post would be incredibly long. I wore this makeup look to a friend’s wedding in July of 2016. I don’t actually mind how it came out but I rarely wear eyeliner on my lower lash line anymore. For those of you who haven’t been with me since the beginning, yes I’m naturally a blonde!
September 2016: Everyday Work Makeup
I don’t mind how this look turned out either, it was very natural and good for everyday. I used the Sephora Sunbeached Filter Eyeshadow palette which was my first introduction to non-drugstore makeup. That palette was also one of my first blog reviews! I used a lot of e.l.f. cosmetics products for this look, most of which I don’t have anymore. e.l.f is a great brand for makeup beginners or seasoned makeup junkies who love to save some money! e.l.f is also one of the first brands that I shared a huge makeup haul of.
March 2017: No- Makeup Makeup
I went a really long time without posting any makeup looks between 2016 and 2017. I came back with this no-makeup makeup look. It’s very minimal and I like how it turned out. These days I would always fill in my brows, but my skin is clear so that’s the main thing. On my lips is Clinique Almost lipstick in the shade Black Honey which I still wear today. I’ve been meaning to retake photos for that review because I’m not completely pleased with how they came out.
August 2017: Purple Smoke
AKA my first attempt at a smokey eye. What. is. my. face. doing. I know I’m not good at posing for the camera but… wtf? I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette for this eyeshadow look. It was very different for me at the time. I promise my smokey eye has gotten MUCH better since I did this makeup look! I’ve also learned somewhat how to pose for the camera. I don’t know what I did to my brows here but they look weird to me.
January 2018: Day To Night Glam
I created this eyeshadow look using the Tartelette Tease Palette. In that blog post I showed you guys this eye look paired with a daytime and an evening lipstick. The lipstick I’m wearing here is the Fenty Plush Matte Lipstick in the shade Griselda. In that review my flatlays had improved quite a bit from the beginning. I started learning how to draw my winged eyeliner properly around this time and I became more confident blending shadows & wearing bold lipstick! My eyebrows aren’t perfect but this is an improvement over the last look.
February 2018: Purple Rain
My hair is purple! This is one of my favourite makeup looks to date. I can see that I still had some work to do on learning to blend shadows but I loved this combo I created for my Colourpop My Little Pony palette review. Creating three look reviews helped me to improve a lot on my makeup techniques. Snapping photos of my makeup also helped me to see the things that I was doing wrong. I needed to learn how to work with my eye shape and I saw that I wasn’t blending my lid shades high enough. If you want to see what you can improve on photograph your makeup even if you aren’t a content creator!
I have since re-created this makeup look for my Purple Holiday Glam makeup tutorial and you can see a vast improvement.
March 2018: Mauve Halo Eye
This makeup look was created for my ColourPop Give It To Me Straight Palette Review. I adoooooree how this look came out! My base makeup is essentially the same as it’s always been but I started wearing more highlighter this year.
I have since replaced all the original looks in that review with updated versions!
July 2018: Blue Moon
This summer is when I really started to get the hang of blending eyeshadow. My cut creases got a lot better and I started creating looks that I wanted to wear again and again! My ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow obsession didn’t stop either, the Dream St. Palette is one of my favourites. This blue moon look turned out well, which was helped immensely by the fact that my husband gifted me a DSLR camera over the summer.
August 2018: Ocean Breeze
I finally started feeling confident enough to wear crazy colours on my eyes over the summer. This look was done with the ColourPop MAR Palette which I wasn’t a fan of even though I’m a big fan of this eyeshadow look. This is one that I’ve recreated since posting to my blog.
August 2018: Zodiac Water Sign
This is THE first time that I posted a picture of me in falsies on my blog or instagram! I still don’t wear them out of the house (or more than a few minutes beyond photographing the look) but they really do pull a makeup look together. I’ve been wearing tons of highlighter lately but in a way that gives me a natural, dewy glow. The Zodiac palette is one of my most reached for palettes these days. I have a look on my blog for the Water, Earth, Air and Fire signs. Doing that four part series was such a fun challenge! It forced me to think outside the box when creating my looks instead of pairing the obvious shades together.
September 2018: Cool Toned Makeup Look
This palette was (surprise, surprise) created with the Tartelette Tease Palette. This is my current everyday makeup look. It’s cool toned and makes me feel like a total boss babe! I highly recommend this palette, I use it all the time. Matte lips are currently my other go to. I’ve been loving nude shades in a matte finish this season.
October 2018: How to Rock A Vampy Lip
This look was created for Nova and I’s Fall Vampy lipstick collaboration. Each of us created two looks to demonstrate how to pair your eyeshadow with a dark vampy lip. Check out the post to see the look that Nova created! I’m once again wearing false lashes, these are by Ardell Beauty and they’re not overly heavy or dramatic. I created this look with the Soph Extra Spice palette which I recently reviewed. I’m also pleased with the other two looks in that review!
Now scroll back to that purple smoke makeup look and you can see a MAJOR difference in how much I’ve improved. I’m not saying this to toot my own horn (well maybe a little) but more to encourage you to look back and celebrate your own improvements. Practice makes perfect! It’s like learning an instrument, or to do anything for that matter. The more you do it and experiment the better you’ll get. You just need to be willing to put in the time and possibly invest in some good makeup brushes xx
THANKS FOR READING!
I hope you guys could take something positive away from this post and I challenge you to create your own Then Vs. Now progress posts. How much have you improved? Aren’t you glad you kept going? I would love it if you lovelies tagged me in your posts, I would LOVE to see your progress! Talk soon xx