I have a confession to make. I don’t usually wear makeup. I'm a yoga girl and makeup has never been my thing. I wore it in sixth grade when acne showed, but as soon as it cleared up so did my interest in makeup. When I studied theatre in school I had to get help putting it on, especially eyeliner. I don’t know how people do it, applying eyeliner is one of the all-time hardest things for me.
I’m a novice! I wanted to learn more about Vapour products.
Good news: If you’re brand new to makeup or if you’re just new to Vapour, Vapour can help. On Vapour’s home page there’s a button called Free Shade Consultation, click it to hook up with a Vapour Beauty Expert. Upload a selfie, answer a few easy questions about your skin and before you know it you’ll receive an email from a friendly Vapour Beauty Expert suggesting products and shades that are just right for you. A Sample Kit, with five sample swatches of your choosing can be yours for just $15 plus shipping. Easy.
My Vapour Beauty Expert selected the right shades for me but I am such a beginner that I needed someone to walk me through application once, maybe twice, before I felt I could start using the stuff. Lo and behold, there is a Step by Step guide included in the sample kit, with, yep, you guessed it, step-by-step instructions.
The Step by Step is super clear. It demonstrates five easy steps. The “Prime and Perfect” phase with Stratus Instant Skin Perfector, then Atmosphere Foundation, then if you so choose, conceal and contour. Followed by Aura Multi-Use Blush, which the Beauty Expert recommends you put on your chin for a “pulled together” look as well as on your lips. Somehow, even though I’ve never put blush on my chin before, it makes total sense. The next step is the Mesmerize Eye Color, which actually does do just what the Beauty Expert says it will do: It adds dimension. Then I top the whole thing off with Elixir Plumping Gloss in Trust 317 (my lucky number).
Thanks to the super clear instructions, it all went well! And the big deal for me: it didn’t take long at all.
My favorite part is: I can’t tell I’m wearing makeup, like, my skin doesn’t really feel different, maybe a little softer, and actually I don’t think I look all that different either, which I like. The next day (I know! I did it again the next day, and the day after that too!) a friend said I looked more "polished," which I agreed with, and I liked.
I had a few questions like, what do people with bangs do? Do they put makeup on underneath their bangs…even if it might never show? Or do they leave it naked? I think I look nice and I think my makeup experiment is going well, but I’m not 100% sure because I just used my fingers to put everything on. “Maybe if I was more legit,” I thought to myself, “I’d have brushes or something, and maybe if I had brushes or something, I’d look even better.”
My questions were answered when I went to the factory where Vapour is made and had a makeover session with Vapour Co-Founder Krysia Boinis. Yes, people with bangs do put makeup on under bangs. And no, I’m not weird for not using brushes. In fact, Vapour does not sell you a bunch of utensils, and they won’t. Vapour is designed to be applied directly from the applicator (often a “stick”) or with your fingers.
Krysia assured me that we’re not just using our fingers “cuz we’re a bunch of girls rolling around in the dirt in Taos, New Mexico,” but because fingers are better tools than brushes. First of all, Vapour is committed to being an ethical and sustainable company and does everything they can to minimize their environmental footprint. Brushes, applicators and other makeup tools are often made out of non-recyclable plastic and end up in landfills. Also, brushes are hard to clean and are often the dirtiest thing in the makeup drawer. Chances are good your hands and fingers are cleaner, not to mention they’re incredibly dexterous. The original celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin preferred to use his fingers to apply makeup because they blend so well and can access small places on the face like creases around the eyes. Krysia also de-mystified applying eyeliner. Krysia suggests rather than drawing a straight line, to “sketch” by applying a series of tiny dots along the lash line. Fabulous.
Although Krysia applied more makeup on me than I ever would have on my own, my skin felt light after my big makeover, yes, even dewy. Will I start doing this makeup stuff everyday now on my own? Honestly, no, there’s just too many other things I’d rather do. But for birthday parties, weddings and date nights, absolutely I will. And I know I’ll feel better about myself, and more “polished” for it.