We are so excited to share our new article series titled “Millennial Avant-Gardes” in which we’ve asked some of the most inspiring women we’ve come across on social media to share their story and craft. This time we are sharing the work of Connie Jerome, aka @conniejerome
Hey! Connie here! I am 23 and I live in Southampton, UK. Makeup is the love of my life. I started doing makeup when I was 17. I was studying photography at college and discovered my love for it by doing it on my own shoots with what little makeup I had at home. After my first year, I realised the part of my work I loved the most was being able to get creative with colour and texture. I became obsessed with how amazing makeup can look on camera. Now my iPhone camera is all I need to produce beautiful images with minimal effort.
“I am trying to prove that beautiful makeup doesn’t have to be full glam and a heavy cut crease eye (which I love … but how achievable is that for most people?)”
WHAT INSPIRES ME
Personally, inspiration for me is more than just a look somebody has done on Instagram. I create looks from concepts or characters I create in my head or from an environment; things that look weird or cool in real life that I can translate into a look on my face. Texture, shape and most importantly for me: colour.
Makeup is supposed to be fun. I like to come up with looks that my followers can recreate at home, allowing people to step out of their comfort zone with simple application and minimal products. I’m a messy makeup artist and I am trying to prove that beautiful makeup doesn’t have to be full glam and a heavy cut crease eye (which I love … but how achievable is that for most people?) I don’t do makeup to hide or cover up, I do it to boost my confidence and to stand out or get a reaction from people whether they love it or think I look silly.
“It’s your life and your face so do whatever the hell you want with it.”
The thing I love about makeup is the confidence it can bring. And I’m not talking about feeling better just because you’re in a full face of makeup. I’m talking about blowing glitter all over your face and walking out of the house with your head held high because who gives a f*ck!? Can I blend this blue, green and yellow and make it work? Can I draw a tribal liner look on my eyelid with perfect precision? Yes I can and I will continue to leave the house looking different every day whether it’s absolutely no makeup other than a matte red lip or full coverage foundation with lashes and lipgloss! There is no boundary. It’s your life and your face so do whatever the hell you want with it.
If I see a girl walking towards me on the street wearing some adventurous makeup, it makes my day and I know for a fact that we could be friends. Try not to think too deeply about it – some days I just wanna do my makeup pretty and girly and there’s nothing wrong with that. It all washes off at the end of the day it’s not that much of a big deal!
“Blusher can make you look delicious on your worst days.”
MY TIPS AND TRICKS
Don’t be afraid to take your eyeshadow higher than your crease! To blend it effortlessly start on the inner part of your eye socket to concentrate product there and with the leftover product you can achieve a beautiful seamless blend outwards towards your temple.
Blusher can make you look delicious on your worst days. Try to branch out from neutral pinks. You’d be surprised how flattering an orange or a purpley blush could look on you!
If you’re struggling to find inspo, ask the first person you see that morning to pick a colour and then base your makeup look on whatever colour they say. To me there’s nothing more beautiful than a block colour from lash line to eyebrow.
Basically what I’m trying to say is: don’t worry too much about the way you look. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Makeup should be about expression and happiness.
Do what makes you happy. You’re amazing regardless.
Follow me at @conniejerome