Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You

Has makeup ever crossed over into another one of your hobbies? Was it a good or bad thing?

Temptalia's AnswerI’m trying to remember if I actually have other hobbies, LOL! The question makes me think of times when people I knew in junior high or high school find me and tell me they read the blog!

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40 thoughts on “Has makeup ever crossed over into another one of your hobbies?

  1. Jade

    LOL I feel the same way – do I have any other hobbies?!

  2. Christina

    I work with animals, so my mom always tells me I need to start makeup for dogs. Sometimes I think she might be half serious!

  3. blueraccoon

    While I’m sure I could somehow cross makeup and D&D (tabletop, 3.5), I haven’t tried as of yet. Nor have I written novels about makeup. I do blog about it in my every day journal, but that’s less hobby crossover and more just…life.

  4. Kathrina

    Not really, LOL. I’m a fan of outdoor sports (MTB, slacklining, etc.) and literature. These things have nothing to do with make-up whatsoever. Make-up is more of an unusual hobby to me.

  5. Yes! I love business in addition to makeup. I began my career as a makeup artist but then my other hobby came into the mix and I shifted geared. Instead of just being a makeup artist, I decided to be a business and beauty consultant. I think if you want to make makeup a part of your career, you have to know some business techniques.


  6. I’m going to go with “yes” on this one actually. All of the things I do kind of spill into one another. Makeup falls into the music work that I do because I’ve done makeup for artist who I’ve also done audio production work for… also done makeup for photo shoots for albums I’ve worked on OR for other graphic projects I’ve done (example: clothing companies that I worked on web design for I ended up doing makeup on photo shoots – then built the promo material). Music, makeup and art all kind of blend together :)

    I like that I can never really decide if I’m a makeup artist who’s also a musician or a musician who loves makeup. I usually just tell people I’m an artist when asked what I do for a living. It’s pretentious sounding but the most accurate!

  7. Erin

    It has for me! I show horses, and how you do your makeup is a big part of showing. I just got a new outfit for the world championships in November, and I’ve been having fun trying to put together a new makeup look to go with the new outfit. :)

  8. Mietta

    Hahaha let me see…I work, I study, I like and in some way collect makeup that inspires me….uhhh…I suppose I need a hobby!

  9. sarah

    yes! i play roller derby and putting on my makeup(warpaint!)is a huge part of my game day preparations. i love to do dramatic glittery eye looks, some girls do full on face paint. its a great way to feel extra confident on game day!

  10. I majored in Visual Arts, with a Painting focus; and makeup has definitively influenced my work. Weird enough, it was kind of a two-way thing, as art made me interested in color, which made me interested in makeup…

  11. Lol yes, I always get roped into doing everyones makeup in any theater production I do that doesn’t have a professional MUA.

  12. It did not into other hobbies but into my profession. I’ve done several colleages’ make-up for recitals and performances. It’s interesting to have a different canvas than my own face :)

  13. Nicoco Chanel

    I have plans to make some make up looks based on some of my favourite characters from a certain video game, does that count?

  14. KaseyCannuck

    The only thing I do that qualifies as a hobby is going to the gym, so no, as that’s not very makeup friendly hobby!

  15. I have actually used nail polish in my jewelry before. For some resin pendants, I just need a quick wash of dark paint (that will be immediately sealed by waterproof resin). Nail polish works because it comes with its own easy to control brush and dries super fast.

  16. Lauren

    Definitely has! I do theatre and am constantly asked to help out with makeup for shows – although, I am not a theatrical makeup person at all, so I’m only really good at doing straight makeup! And holding the boys down to put eyeliner on them, haha :)

  17. redshift87

    My other big hobby is actually video games! And it might sound strange, but I definitely notice an overlap between my two favorite hobbies.

    I prefer character and story driven games where I can create a character from the ground up, including their appearance. I have a lot of fun building my characters’ look and style, and there’s definitely an exchange of ideas going on where an unexpected look will come together for a character and then I feel compelled to try it in real life, and vice versa.

    It’s also fun being able to experiment with colors I personally can’t pull off in real life. While some of my characters look very much like me, a lot of them are my polar opposite in skin tone, hair/eye color, etc.

  18. It has crossed into my anthropology interests (that’s my major at NYU). I’ve done some research on the cosmetics ancient peoples used. The Egyptians would mix galena ore with animal fats and oils to create black kohl. For green kohl, they would use malachite ore. In Ancient China, women used to paint their faces with a yellow pigment to achieve a golden appearance. They also stained their fingernails using various ingredients (an early version of nail polish). It was pretty interesting!

    • Kewl! Ancient folks also used henna as a hair dye, nail color and body decoration.

      I love learning how people have decorated themselves in different times and cultures! Fascinating.

  19. Definitely! I’m a freelance illustrator and I’ve done sketches of my favourite perfumes and cosmetics. I’ve mentioned it before, but I even got a paying job to illustrate perfumes for Best Health magazine, thanks to Temptalia! Here’s the result:

  20. Actually my hobby is what got me into make. lol I was sick of my rose face photo’s in my cosplays so I became obsessed with getting a foundation that would work for my uber pale olive skin… my addiction grew from that.

  21. Kimberly

    Um…well I was in the colorguard for marching band and we had to put makeup on…does that count?

  22. Lisa

    Cooking for my family, hanging out with my family, and candles. I guess I’m a cookbook, candle, and makeup collector Hubby says I’m a hoarder but I beg to differ. Everything is nicely arranged and stored plus I use everything that I have and don’t keep anything that I don’t use.

    By the way, I watched your foundation tutorial and I’ve been using the water spray bottle trick and it makes a huge difference in how smooth and natural my foundation looks. Thanks a bunch!

  23. Dinitchka

    In a way, YES! I have always collected make-up and perfume, just not at the level I do now. I also collect antiques and vintage items. This has led me into antique and vintage make-up. I especially love the vintage 20’s, 30’s and 40’make-up compacts and lipstick cases.

  24. LMM

    Well, my main hobby is running, which doesn’t mix very well with makeup (unless you count the crossover with my other, more unfortunate, hobby, fighting acne).

    However, I can attest that Urban Decay eyeshadow holds up (with UD primer) impeccably during my runs, on the occasions I don’t take it off. Which is why it’s pretty much all I wear.

  25. Naz

    Yep. I studied art *attended the FAME school in NYC, and went on to do photography which is still a hobby. I love makeup as much as I love photography. It’s a huge part of that hobby. I make girls up and snap away.

  26. Courtney

    It was actually my perfume collecting that lead to my nail polish collecting that lead to my makeup collecting.

    If anything, my makeup collecting has been VERY useful for my theatrical hobby. :)

  27. One of my hobbies since I was young has been writing…and this year, makeup had crossed over in to that hobby. It probably has increased my makeup purchasing since a girl has to have new things to write about once she’s gone through her current collection lol

  28. Lauren

    Well, shopping and reading are some big hobbies and makeup is a very good fit for both. My shopping habit fits quite well with my desire to own lots of makeup. 😉 As for reading, well, I read beauty blogs.

  29. Amy

    Definitely agrees with my love for art & painting. Color theory especially!

  30. Danielle

    Makeup has definitely influenced me in life, especially in the last few years. I originally just assumed it was a hobby, but it kind of took over my life. I used to be in academics and was studying to work in the film industry or in film theory. But I wound up hating it after a while and decided that I would rather pursue a career as a makeup artist and possibly do makeup for film and TV in the future, if possible.

  31. Mel

    Yes!!!! I do musical productions and because there were why to many cast members and not enough make-up artists I ended up doing alot of cast members make-up

  32. As a B.Sc. holding former OG (the original geeks from my era..), I have come over to the artsy side later on in life. I have many artistic interests and pursuits. I find creative flow and energy from one area feeds another and so on. Oh, and now I also have a house full of ‘stuff’. So the roundabout artsy answer is ‘yes’.

  33. I was a theater geek and did makeup for productions in High School and College

  34. Smidgeroo

    Yup. Cosplayer, right here. C:

  35. Quinctia

    I make mods and custom content for The Sims 2, and I made eyeshadow recolors based on UD’s BoS III and Naked palettes for a Christmas exchange. :)

  36. I’ve painted with eyeshadows (mixed the powder with gum arabic to make paint). Some of them have much nicer depth and sheen than real paints!

  37. lily

    Well for me other things have gotten me into makeup, not the other way around. I started out with a skincare obsession and I got all my stuff from Sephora which is mostly a makeup store and once I started testing out different makeup/colors I couldnt stop! But I have never been into spending a lot on clothes, shoes, bags, accessories…makeup and skincare is the only way I treat myself.

    • Alona

      I agree. I dont splurge on other things, and people who spend a lot more money on clothing somehow still judge me for spending my money on makeup instead of clothing or something.

  38. Amy

    I collect and customize ball jointed dolls, so makeup skills are quite helpful when painting their faces! I don’t use actual makeup (if it’s good for skin, it’s generally going to stain the dolls’ resin) but chalk pastels and pearl powders work similarly, and contouring is a big part of making the faces look lifelike.

    So, yeah, it kind of has!