1. Intro: There are no Ugly Sissies...

When I first started putting on makeup, I looked awful. I looked like a clown. Worse than that, I looked like a male clown trying to turn into a female clown. I was utterly clueless.

That all changed thanks to Dom de Luxury. I'm forever grateful to her for spending many, MANY hours of her precious time teaching me the basics of makeup. With her inspiration, I've gone on to learn a lot more on my own from many different teachers, influences and most of all, from experimenting on my own. There is no better teacher than actually putting on your own makeup and looking at yourself in a mirror. You have to actually put on makeup to get good at it.

As I found out the hard way, slapping random eyeshadow on your face and smearing lipstick on your lips is not going to get most of us where we want to be. Beginners need guidance and some understanding of what they are doing. Beginners like rules. Rules are easy to follow and good ones work for most people. But rules can lock you into a particular look or looks. Rules can be dangerous.

I have found it's much better to understand the fundamentals of makeup. It might be a little harder at the start (but not much), but you'll end up with much more freedom to create and explore in the end. You will find that you can shape your face and create your look the way you want to and ignore the pesky rules of others.

There are no Ugly Sissies, only Lazy Sissies!

Learning makeup takes time and effort, but to paraphrase Helena Rubinstein: There are no ugly sissies, only lazy sissies! But I'm sure even Helena Rubinstein would not expect you to master everything in a day. Learn how to do a simple eye look. Take the time it needs to do it your very best, each time you do it. After a few goes at the eye look, start on your lips. Once again Take the time it needs to do it your best. Now you have lips and eyes. At any stage, a look that you did your best at is more than good enough to have a session with Dom or an outing.

Doing this might awaken your inner woman. Listen to her more than you listen to anyone else, and follow what she tells you. You might find that she sees a look on a magazine cover that she craves to do. Figure out how to do it. That will mean, for sure, learning how to contour your face (the most important skill, in my opinion), but might include putting on glitter, rhinestones, eyelashes, all kinds of stuff.

Cut yourself some Slack.

The chances are that, especially in the beginning, you will fall short of what you hoped to accomplish. If your standards are as high as they should be, even if you become an expert at makeup, you will still fall short of what you hoped to achieve. Don't let this discourage you! You might not get the perfect look you were aiming for, but chances are you are a lot prettier after you put on makeup than you were before. Giving it your very best effort is the most important thing. That's what will matter to the people who care about you, like our Dom, and that's what will bring you to makeup success.

The idea behind this series

I'm hoping to present basic info about makeup. How to use color, how to pick foundations and where to buy makeup products. How to organize your workspace. And a simple, basic look that should look good on any face or eye shape that you can start with, then change-up and modify on your own. You might not be that interested in the 'theory' articles, but I encourage you to at least read through them. I'll do my best not to make them boring.

Most of all, makeup should be fun. Putting on makeup is just about the most fun thing there is to do in life. Transforming yourself is exciting and fun. And the best thing of all about makeup is that if the look doesn't work out, you can just wash it off and start over. I wish more things in life were that easy to fix.

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to make this series better or clearer. It took me a long time to locate all this information. I'm hoping this makes your path a little easier. So let me know if there's something I can improve or add. To do that, you can