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Make Up Your Time
Opinion

Make Up Your Time

Makeup has been a fun and longstanding tool for people to create a brand-new outlook for themselves to present to the world. Personally, I find it useful to cover the lingering effects of that morning’s hangover. Most people would have been exposed to makeup from age 12 or 13, going through the stages of experimentation as they move through puberty and secondary school. With the abundance of makeup tutorials and the wide array of makeup brands we have access to, the world of makeup has never been the same. There are hundreds of YouTube channels and Instagram accounts that are dedicated solely to makeup reviews, hauls and specialised looks for every occasion imaginable. It is wonderful that there is an opportunity for creativity to strive and for people to utilise makeup at their leisure. B...
Makeup Shaming is NOT Cute
Lifestyle

Makeup Shaming is NOT Cute

Makeup Shaming is NOT cute. Makeup Shaming is exactly what it says on the tin, and it is not okay. More and more frequently, women (and men) are being criticised for the style of makeup they choose to wear, based on the assumption that to do so they must be insecure in their own skin or seeking attention from others. Even Simon Cowell is guilty of it. But why should we be judged for the products we chose to put on our own faces? The Ancient Sumerians are thought to have been the first to invent makeup by crushing gemstones and applying them to their eyes and lips. Fast forward five thousand years and the cosmetics industry is bigger than ever. Products have been created for every part of the face, and even the body, in every colour imaginable. Makeup Artists are in high demand and...
Lifestyle

This Month’s Beauty Focus: One For the Women Blessed With Darker Skin!

One of Royal Holloway’s central characteristics is its ethnically diverse alumni. With over 60 different nationalities being represented across the university, it is not surprising that skin tones vary from candid snow-white, to deep and dark chocolate. Without question, dark skin has been steadily conquering beauty ideals this year, from Lupita Nyongo’s nomination as the most beautiful individual of the year, to Alek Wek’s jaw-dropping Cosmopolitan magazine cover. It is clear to see that women with darker skin tones are slowly being thrust under the limelight of the beauty industry. In terms of high-profile public figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks and Michelle Obama, dark skin is no longer only represented within the fashion industry, but also within other important fields, such a...