The term 'New normal' is being brandied about so much these days and I can't help but wonder what it will actually mean for our day to day existence.
'Serious' aspects such as business and healthcare aside, social behaviors and customs also have to be re-thought and new norms adapted, apparently. 
Style and beauty, particularly, makeup, will not be spared.

Some days ago, I was going to run some errands and decided to make some effort with my appearance (because not everyday crazy hobo-chique), only to find myself struggling with wearing makeup behind my face mask.
Face masks are uncomfortable to wear on their own, now add the layer of makeup and then add our brutally hot weather here in Lagos these days, my face was a melting mess within minutes!

I decided to forgo makeup that day but I kept thinking about the problem.
Does this mean that we can't wear makeup (out) anymore? Is this another part of our lives to give up? What happens to our makeup stash; are we to throw everything away or just watch it expire?
Then as a makeup business owner myself, I wondered what this would mean for my company and for many others in my market segment.

I know makeup may seem like a small, silly thing to worry about right now but as long as we're alive, looking and feeling good will always be a need. One that ironically needs to be met now that we're all having a hard time. Anything to make one feel good these days is needed, right?

Anyway, as it stands, nobody has definite answers for Covid19, so i just figured that adjustment is what we'd need to navigate this so-called new normal.
No need for any drastic like giving up makeup indefinitely.

Enter my Face Mask Makeup look/technique.
This look is basically lightly-applied makeup focusing mainly on the eyes and a little on the parts of the face that is visible through a mask, like your forehead and temples.
So through my mask, I look like I have a full face of makeup on but I don't. The parts covered by the mask are only primed and lightly powdered which leaves it, as well as the mask, free and clean.
I just posted a full tutorial of the look on my YouTube channel, so head over to watch.
Don't forget to leave me a comment on here and over there, give the video a thumbs-up and also SUBSCRIBE, thanks!

Let's chat, what do you think about makeup in these times? are you wearing any at all or you're ready to throw your entire staff into the ocean?


Face Mask Makeup? Is this the 'New normal'?

Hey guys! Long time, no write. How are you doing?

You know, it’s been a shit-storm around here and it’s all we can do to keep still and wait for COVID-19 to pass.
The pandemic has totally changed life as we know it, forcing us to slow down and adjust. 
We’re now forced to become more health/safety conscious, more reflective and aware of our choices, from food, environmental practices, retail and shopping to government policies, both locally and at a global scale.

One other area of life affected is creativity, especially for content creators like myself. 
I must say that creators worldwide have stepped up commendably with keeping people entertained and inspired in these dark times, while still going through the same feelings as everyone else. Bravo guys!

Social media and the internet in general has been a lifeline for many people, both out of necessity [for news and information] and for pleasure/hope. 
From home/indoor photography, Tiktok challenges, home decor/organisation, Twitter think pieces and even Tinder, because every aspect of our social lives still accessible is precious and we must stay hopeful and inspired.

Speaking of inspiration, beauty and style are a relevant and favorite part of my life, so I finally indulged in one makeup trend that I've been meaning to try out; The minimalist graphic liner.
The photos came out so great it inspired me to write this blog post, after many weeks of writer’s block, that is how powerful it felt.
Now, I’m quite competent with eyeliners, but I was very pleased with my near-precision with the lines, especially for my first try, because this look calls for a steady hand and an understanding of your eye shape, in order to determine the angle and length to draw your liner to. 
No worries if you have to do it a few times to perfect it though, you're indoors now anyway, right?

For this makeup look, one key thing is to keep the rest of the face clean and sculpted, which is why I went pro with my skin-prep and contouring. Can you tell?

It's such a simple and satisfying makeup look, don't you think? Let me know what you think in the comments.

By the way, you should totally follow me on Instagram @skynotfancy. I finally got my account back after so many trials and tribulations, but I’m having to start over, which I’m not very mad about because nothing like a clean slate to build something of your dreams. In this case, it’s a simple, clean, minimalist Instagram page that better reflects who I am.

Also, I have some interesting videos on my YouTube channel, so also check it out and kindly subscribe too! [channel name is also SkyNotFancy].

Also also, i caved and opened a TikTok. I have one video up already but i'm still not convinced that i have the personality and coolness for that app. We shall see. Follow me in the meantime @skynotfancy.

Phew! This has to be my longest blog post in a long time, if not ever. I hope you enjoyed reading.

Stay safe.


Minimalist Graphic Liner.

The white shirt is THE FOUNDATION of every stylish wardrobe, minimalist or not. Not only is a pure-white button-down shirt universally flattering, it's super easy to style and in several different ways too.
Whether you're a 'go big or go home' dresser or veer towards the conservative side like me, a classic white button-down shirt will serve you well. [See how I've styled it in two ways here].

White shirts/blouses are simple pieces that are helping me continue my transition into a minimalist and neutral aesthetic generally. 
This is a process that i'm enjoying so much and these days, it is becoming a signature look for me, as i find myself reaching for any of my three white shirts whenever i need to dress up.

I wore it here paired into a pair of cropped white-washed jeans and simple clear sandals. 

As far as accessories go, I kept it simple as usual with gold jewelry, my day silver wristwatch and small a black purse.
The other amazing thing about this simple outfit is how easy and clean it makes me look, especially with the dark lipstick which I've found is a quick way to amp up a white or monochromatic look.
On another note, the colour white makes me feel light and peaceful, which are emotions that i crave and value these days. 
Also, it's inspired me to clean-up other areas of my life. So I have started re-doing my bedroom and for partly similar reasons, I'm also restarting my Instagram journey.
More on this later but please follow me @skynotfancy_



Style Basic: The White Shirt.

 Hey guys! Happy new year and welcome back here. We are kicking off with a simple style post featuring this minimalist black and tan outfit.

In case you missed it and in case you are yet to see any of my recent YouTube videos, i am minimalist. I’ve been for a long time now and will be for a very long time to come.
One of the most efficient ways to be minimalist in your style is to decide what colors and cut of outfits best suits your body, personality, lifestyle and general aesthetic.

For me, I’ve come to know that structured, easy and not-too-feminine outfits in neutral shades are my preferred style and aesthetic, so I’ve been enjoying styling myself in that way.
Another key tip in style minimalism is the intentional curating of wardrobe basics like a good pair of well-fitted pants and a comfortable top like this knitted black shirt I got from my last thrift haul (see it here). I have also styled it with my black Mango pants, (see it here) so it’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing I own right now.

Easy outfits like this are flattering and can be worn by almost anyone.
I am enjoying gradually curating my wardrobe with intentional pieces that suit my personal style, so look out for my wardrobe makeover video:).

What's your personal style? Let me know in the comments!


Style: Minimalist Black & Tan Outfit.

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