Makeup makes a creative and individualized outlet for SCSU students


Jessica Guerrucci–Reporter

For Jailene Cuevas, makeup is more than just an everyday routine. Instead, it is a definition of who she is. Cuevas, who is a journalism major, said she first taught herself how to do makeup because she did not feel confident in the way she looked.

“I used to be overweight and I used to get bullied a lot because I wasn’t pretty, so makeup to me at the time was a way for me to try to hide a double chin or hide who I really was, then later it became a way for me to express myself,” said Cuevas.

Cuevas said that as she began teaching herself to do her makeup, it helped build up her confidence. Doing her own and other’s makeup was a way for her to make people happy and to get to know someone.

Others started exploring the world of makeup in different ways, for Saline Mboya, a nursing major, said her “girly” personality and love for art is what drew her in.

“I watched a few tutorials, but most of my learning was from trial and error,” said Mboya. “Back when my makeup kit wasn’t as large, I used to go into Sephora and do my entire face in the store using all of their sample products. That’s what really taught me and enhanced my skills.”

For Hannah Mott, an education major, makeup was something that she grew up around and that was what inspired her to give it a try.

“My mom first got me into makeup. I would always go into her room and use her expensive makeup and I would watch her put it on and always dreamed that one day I could wear it too,” said Mott.

Some students said that they use YouTube to watch makeup artists in order to improve their skills or to inspire a new look to try, but Cuevas said that she prefers to try new looks and products on her own because she thinks every person has different facial features.

“I like to take control of my face, because a certain YouTuber or makeup artist can do a face a certain way, but I don’t have the same eye shape, I don’t have the same head shape, so I have to learn it on my own,” said Cuevas.

When Mott started doing makeup she did not have access to video tutorials, so she learned by just experimenting with different styles to find a look she loved.

“Back when I was learning make up there really wasn’t any YouTube,” said Mott. “Now I watch YouTube videos to better my skills and knowledge about what products are out there and what make up looks I want to try.”

In order to showcase her skills to more people, Mboya said she started her own Instagram page that she named “slayedbysaline,” where she posts all the different looks she has created.

While these students may not be professional makeup artists, they have still done many of their friend’s makeup for special occasions like parties and school dances and they have even made some money doing it.

“It’s something I would love to do, if I could make a profession out of it I would, but as of now it’s just a side thing,” said Cuevas.

Despite it being a side thing, Cuevas said that makeup has had a big impact on her life and that it is her personal way of expressing herself.

“I love makeup,” said Cuevas. “If there is a day I do not wear makeup it means something is wrong with me.”

Photo Credit: August Pelliccio

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