Today I made a video of drawing a black line on my face, with my eyes closed. You can watch it below and let me know your thoughts. In the meantime, I want to tell you, not about the video itself, but what it made me think of. Namely, the importance of preparation.
A reminder to take it slow
When I started creating make-up related content in 2017, I had a very different way of going about it. I didn’t really plan anything. As soon as I had an idea, I would sit down and do it. This allowed me to have a constant stream of output, but a lot of it was unusable. Not because the idea itself was bad (sometimes they were), but because it was not thought out properly. I made errors that could easily have been avoided, and it caused me quite a bit of stress. I would start out, feeling motivated, and end up incredibly frustrated.
And it’s happened to me, not only with makeup, but other creative things, such as graphic design, painting and writing. To give you an accurate depiction of how dramatic this felt, imagine a child angrily tearing up their drawing, because they picked the wrong color crayon. That was me. And I didn’t really learn from it until recently. Which is why I want to put it out there and maybe help someone else. So, if you, who is reading this, have a project coming up – this is a reminder to take a breath and take it slow.
What working with closed eyes teaches you
This video, as I mentioned, is an example of the changes I’ve made towards taking more time to prepare. Because what could be more pressing to eliminate errors beforehand, than doing something with your eyes closed? And only being able to do it once. The latter was due to the fact, that I painted my face white and removing the lines would not be possible without destroying the rest. So, to give you a perspective on how much preparation helped in this case, I will list all the mistakes I managed to avoid because of it:
1. A bad result, due to lack of practice. To ensure the result was decent, I choreographed my hand movements. This was essentially me weirdly waving my hands about in front of my face, but it helped. I still couldn’t know for certain what it would look like, but practicing the motions at least gave me a feel for it. It also kept me from awkwardly pausing and thinking about what to do next while filming.
2. Covering my face with my hand. Once I got the choreography down, I filmed it without any make-up on. This made me realize that I had to change the way I was holding the pencil, so that you could actually see what I was doing.
3. Using the wrong materials. This is something that has been a major problem of mine. Not only with make-up, but also painting. I can’t tell you how many times I spent hours on a painting and fucked it up because I was too lazy to pick the right paper. I know, I feel silly even mentioning this but it’s the truth. For the video, I carefully tested different colors and made sure to pick out the best possible combination.
4. Working with the wrong mindset. I am someone that get’s very excited, but also very nervous. Neither is a good mindset for working, at least not for me. Sometimes this anxiety will even result in some sort of „well I am going to sabotage myself“ attitude. I have found that it helps to take some extra time to get myself ready mentally — even when on a job. Nothing get’s done quicker or better when you are stressing out (trust me, I’ve tried), so take a moment to collect yourself and relax.
So, this is it. I hope you can take something from this. Also, make sure to remember, that making mistakes, even when prepared, is a good thing, as long as you learn from them. If you have any further thoughts of questions, make sure to comment them underneath this post.