Do This Don't: Draw On Your Face!

You could put a bunny or a musical note or a SHARK right on your face! I mean, how could you not?!
Publish date:
November 8, 2012

When it gets cold outside, the time is right to start messing around with your makeup. Girl, you know it's true. There's nothing else to look at, because we're all bundled up in coats, and it's a bit of a yawnfest. This is the perfect time to fiddle around with that eye shadow palette you've never used, try blue mascara, or wear a different lipstick every day.

I mean, dude, it's snowing outside right now. Cute outfits go out the window in these kinds of temperatures.

So my mission today is basically to get you to start drawing on your face.

I recently picked up a little packet of star-shaped stencils from MAC Cosmetics. They were part of the Carine Roitfeld collection, and the concept is extremely simple. They're basically pieces of tape with star shapes punched in them; you just stick one on your face (or wherever you'd like the star -- a collarbone would be a nice location I think), then color over it with liquid liner, wait for it to dry, and carefully peel it off.

I've been using black liquid liner -- Kat Von D's Autograph Liquid Liner, actually, which I recommend extremely highly -- but you could go completely apeshit with it. You could do a pink star and throw some glitter over it, even. I mean, the possibilities!

I loved this idea but it's also something that would be really easy to replicate. I started daydreaming about it, and realized that the easiest way to make your own face stencil would be by using a novelty hole-puncher! For example, here are 40 different shapes in a kit! You could put a bunny or a musical note or a SHARK right on your face! This set of 36 includes a rubber duck shape. I mean, now that you know about it, how could you not?!

It's pretty foolproof stuff. Just grab a piece of tape, punch a shape it in, then stick it on your face and fill it in.

Of course, this doesn't apply to people who are artistic, with the ability to paint great masterpieces using simply a pottle of liquid liner. But seriously, if I tried to freehand draw a bunny, it would look like a terrible Rorschach test. On my face.

Despite my general inability to draw a straight line, I've been drawing stuff on my face for way too long. When I was 13 or whatever, my favorite makeup look -- also my only makeup look! -- included stupid squiggles drawn around with my eyes with a blunt pencil, UGH, and Revlon Vixen lipstick. Le cringe. When I was in my early twenties, I drew a beauty mark on my face every day. Want proof? Here are at least five examples: 12345 and one comes with the bonus of seeing me with purple eyebrows! What a fruitbat.

But clearly, drawing on a couple of stars is no big stretch in my book, and I encourage it in others. Actually, one of my best friends was recently in town from London and she started doing it too. We walked around happy, like the starry-faced freaks we were!

The whole thing made me think of other people who regularly draw on their faces and make it look good. Some inspiration: Kat Von D (though her stars are permanent), Emilie Autumn (who draws a heart on her face every day), Amanda Palmer (dem BROWZ!), and Siouxsie Sioux (okay, maybe this doesn't count, exactly, but is too cool not to include). Marilyn Manson drew on his face recently, too, but I don't encourage it.