Sophia is 25, from London and she has a million qualities but I’ll only cite a few: she’s fierce, fearless, brave, beautiful in and out, she’s a feminist, a book worm and she uses words like hullabaloo.
Let me sound like a youtuber for a minute and say: so without further ado, let’s just jump right into it!
What’s your definition of beauty?
I have two different definitions of beauty. Inner beauty and outer beauty are two different things, but I don’t want to be cliched and say that physical appearance doesn’t mean anything to me because that’s absolute rubbish. Granted there are some people who don’t attach value to physical beauty but for the most part, we all have our own preconceptions of beauty and a ‘type.’
Physical beauty: facial features that highlight femininity or unconventional looks. This applies to both men and women.
Inner beauty: courage. Brave is beautiful. I could say more things such as righteousness, kindness and honesty but they all stem from possessing courage. If you are brave, you ooze fire, strength and charm.
When did you start wearing makeup?
My first incident of wearing make-up went disastrously wrong. At the age of 6/7, my friend and I stole my mother’s make-up and applied it all wrong – lipstick on nails & nail polish on lipstick. I wasn’t allowed to be near make-up after that for a long while. My friends and I, during secondary school, began applying kohl on our eyes, but our Form Tutor waited outside our classroom with make-up wipes and failing that, outside the toilet when we went to reapply it.
Luckily, college had no problem with me wearing make-up, so I fully began my make-up journey wearing kohl on my under-eyes, the brightest bluest eyeshadow, coloured contact lenses until I went to university and stopped committing make-up faux pas’ 101 and just generally began slaying.
What type of makeup products do you buy the most of?
Lipstick because: “The limit does not exist!” The infinite amount of shades available makes me want to possess every single colour and shade there is. There are so many possibilities and yet, somehow, I mostly wear one particular lipstick. I wish I remembered the name, but I think it’s Mac’s Brave. I, also, alternate between Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet which I mostly apply over my lipstick and Maybelline’s Nude Embrace when I go for a smoky eye.
If you could only wear one makeup item for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
It would be a toss-up between lipstick and blusher. My cheeks, in particular, are paler than the rest of my face and just a tad smaller than my broad forehead, so I’m tempted to pick some blush. However, I don’t have the pinkest of lips and I do hear negative comments on them once in a while. I’m going to pick lipstick because lipstick lasts longer than blush on me.
And wow. Just one make-up item? Even our ancestors had rouge, kohl, and rose presses for their lips.
What is the one makeup trend you hate?
Thick brows. Gosh!
I remember during college before Kim Kardashian had reached the heights of stardom, I started getting my eyebrows done for the first time and I used to get mine done thick. It was a relatively different thing to do at the time as everyone around me had pencil-thin brows.
I had a friend, emphasis had, who just had to do everything I did and jumped on the thick brow wagon. By the way, I’m not being braggy by saying she copied everything I did and not from anyone else because she literally asked a mutual friend to: “Make me look liker her [me].” This was stupid anyway because she was gorgeous. Side note, I think that’s when I learnt that even when you are attractive, you aren’t exempt from experiencing ‘the grass is greener on the other side.’
Soon after Kim K had gotten extremely popular and influential and so, everyone started getting and growing thick brows. By that point, I did a complete reversal and did thin eyebrows because I didn’t want to do the same thing as everyone else. You can hate me for that. But I got bored of them, and I remembered I didn’t choose thin brows in the first place for a reason so instead of going full thick brow, I now do medium-sized curved brows. And, I also no longer care about thick brows but man… some people’s brows look like crows taking flight or it’s so thick and dark and muscly and looks like they’re so ready to attack you. Why do they look angry?!?!
As a blogger, is there a brand you’d love to work with?
Maybelline for their Lash Sensational mascara. Or Bobbi Brown if they’re ready to bring back their Lash Glamour mascara (I can’t remember the actual name) which was, by far, one of the best mascaras I’ve ever used but for some reason, they discontinued it a couple of years ago. That mascara had everything: volume, length, and separated your lashes just the right amount so that it looks like you’re wearing fake lashes.
My family have been blessed with naturally curly lashes and feline eyes, so I’m sure we could all get together and do a family-based mascara ad for Maybelline. *winks poorly* As most/all make-up brands use models for their ads, I’m sure it would be exciting to do something different!
It might be fun to do a Kat Von D or ABH collab but I don’t know how they’d feel about my face shape considering my chin is almost non-existent sometimes, my cheekbones are both high and chubby, and the sun rises and sets on my helicopter pad forehead. Just FYI, I love my face shape, and I embrace them fully.
Do you watch any beauty youtubers? Who?
I love and follow Kaushal Beauty’s tutorials. She does a range of looks but also incorporates South Asian looks be it for Eid, Diwali, Garba and even Bollywood inspired looks especially looks inspired by queen and fashion icon Deepika Padukone.
The one negative to Kaushal’s wonderful channel is… herself! This is because she has a fair amount of eyelid space and I have a fair amount of… not so much eyelid space. However, my friends and family seem to love it so I’m sure it’s going alright.
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