Have you used makeup to change your mood?

Absolutely! Sometimes if I’m just feeling very blah, sometimes playing with eye makeup cheers me up and gets me thinking in a different direction (as a distraction, almost, but also using a different part of my brain than I feel I usually use most days).

— Christine
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Definitely! Just putting it on changes my mood. I transitioned to permanent telework during the last year and I use the morning routine of dressing and putting on makeup to set my mood and put me in the right headspace to get work done. On days when I don’t do that I’m not very productive… admittedly today is one of those days…

Definitely! Putting on eyeshadow and mascara usually makes me feel more confident, and I’ll put on certain colors to help me get into the energy I want.

I agree that it’s sometimes a good distraction, too. It can be a way to kind of reset, since it’s utilizing your imagination and creativity, as well as your hands.

It always improves my mood to wear makeup. If my actual mood says neutral matte brown and I ignore that and push to something brighter, I always feel better. This is why I put on a full face everyday during the shutdown last year.

In my new digs I have this super cosy room too small to really qualify as a guest bedroom so I transitioned it to a studio where I have my digital piano, my crafting, and makeup station. My baby grand is sitting in an alcove outside the studio with my electric guitar and mandolin (both of which I play badly). I feel instantly calmed entering this sacred space. Truly. If I feel stressed in any fashion, I go and sit in my studio and choose an instrument or…makeup! :). Win!

Not necessarily to change my mood, more like setting the mood.
During this whole pandemic, working from home since March 2020, applying makeup each morning, even if I’m not in video calls, definitely helped me set the mood for work and create some sort of separation between home mode and work mode.
Previously, I was sometimes using makeup to set the mood for a special event, going to a show, concert when maybe I wasn’t feeling too enthusiastic due to other problems in my life.
I guess makeup is sometimes just a superficial distraction from other problems. It’s not like it cheers me up, but it makes me feel a little bit more confident or edgy.

Definitely! Sometimes when working from home I’ll have a stressful morning diving into work before getting ready, and taking a break to put on makeup really resets my outlook and gives me a sense of calm.

I’m all in!! I love doing my makeup every single day and never want to miss because I am not highly artistic and creative, but when it comes to makeup and eyeshadow I become my own little van Gogh and da Vinci. I have always loved colorful shadows but Christine, your collection has pushed me to a whole new level so Thank you! And I already adored SG shadows so it was a Win-Win!! I love that I can create a mood with makeup. I am nearing 60 and even in high school got compliments on my eyeshadow combinations (maybelline quads). I love having this window of creativity in my every-day life!

Often! It can sometimes lift my spirits, make me feel just at least just a little bit pretty, and boost my confidence a bunch. I’ve begun wearing it more often lately following a long hiatus of going as long as two weeks without wearing much if any makeup. I just felt really blah. Hated going out in the extreme heat. And so I got lazy for a bit.

Not really as applying makeup in the morning automatically puts me in a happy place.It helps to set up my day and I always feel better when I have my ‘face’on.

Yes, and no.
If I’m stressed applying makeup calms me a bit. For me it’s like meditation.
If I’m sad or angry, happy or feeling joyful I use the mood and do something that fits with how I feel. For example I love purple eyeshadow, but would use a very, very dark purple, and black if I was sad. When I get angry, now I talk really furious, I want to change my eyeshadow to all black and add black lipstick with a tiny bit of red in the middle of the lips.
I mention sad and angry as that’s what I’ve been these last few days. 🙂
Happy and positive or even just OK means colours, still purple, but lighter and paired with pink perhaps.

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