With make-up, every day is a blank canvas


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Every day is a blank canvas for me.

A different, but not so new, art form has become one of my passions. This is make-up. My first experiences with make-up was when my mom would help me do it for cheer camps and talent shows. It made me feel like a pop star.

I have been wearing make-up since the sixth grade. I started daily with what I then thought was drastic — mascara.

In the end, make-up is an expression of myself that sometimes clothes cannot achieve.

— Caris Weinberg

Eventually, I began to fill in my eyebrows and wear BB cream. For years I had watched and followed multiple make-up gurus, such as James Charles, Jeffree Star, Tati Westbrook, Bunny Meyer, Aspyn Ovard, and Adelaine Morin.

My make-up routine of about three products did not increase much throughout middle school.  But by freshman year I would add setting powder and spray.

I never thought that I could even achieve a make-up look close to those of the beauty experts I followed. Last spring, one of those experts  I followed in middle school launched a eyeshadow, highlighter, and blush palette.

That influencer was Aspyn Ovard with her collaboration with Tarte Cosmetics. I fell in love with it and bought it on it’s launch day at Ulta Beauty in Macon at The Shoppes at River Crossing.

Even though I gave this palette to my sister, I searched for what seemed the whole summer for another, since it was sold out everywhere. I bought the last palette in a Ulta Beauty in Boca Raton, Fla.

I was that passionate about it. My make-up collection started to grow, as well as my make-up routine over the summer.  I tuned into the beauty gurus knowing I, too, could enjoy their art first-hand. My looks are not as drastic, as I am still learning.

In the end, make-up is an expression of myself that sometimes clothes cannot achieve. I have my own way of doing makeoup.

I am thankful my parents have supported my passion for it. My mother and sister always would “politely’’ let me know if it was not a good look for me.

I believe there is no such thing as “too much make-up.” It is a personal preference and individual style.

I get excited to wake up on weekdays at 6:30 a.m. to decorate a fresh canvas — my face. I am unsure of my future in make-up, but I would enjoy a career in the beauty or fashion industry.