Good tip! Thanks!
Just practice by wearing it every day. If you mess up wipe it off and start over, but you don’t have to turn it into makeup bootcamp. You can also watch some makeup tutorials online to see if you can pick up some techniques and try to recreate them while you watch. Try some of those themed look tutorials to make it more fun and even if you don’t plan on ever actually wearing that makeup style it will help you learn new techniques that work for you.
I would say at the very least something for your eyes. Mascara, maybe a little eyeliner, just to help them stand out. If you have to choose a point on your face to highlight, it’s the eyes. They are the windows to the soul after all.
I have makeup remover wipes that I got from Forever21 that I like because they’re lavender scented but just about any wipe that says it’s a makeup remover will work. From my experience it doesn’t matter so much which makeup remover you use as what you follow it with. I follow that by washing my face too though because sometimes remover wipes can leave me feeling a bit oily and makeup remover doesn’t necessarily do the best job of cleaning your skin and keeping your pores clear. If I’m particularly tired which has been happening a lot lately with my long shifts I just take off my makeup and then go over with Stridex wipes to clean my face. The face wash you use varies from person to person though so pay attention to your skin (whether it’s oily, or dry, or oily in some places in particular, or if it’s sensitive, etc.) Then I follow that with facial moisturizer which is also going to vary from person to person.
It sounds like one of two things is going on. It’s possible that your friend is just trying to scare you out of getting close to any other boys because he wants you for himself. Like, he’s trying to pull this “All other guys are assholes and I’m the only guy who thinks you’re beautiful in Lolita and the only guy who ever will” crap. Or it’s also possible that your friend is a douchebag (actually if he’s trying to pull the crap from the first scenario he’s probably a bit of a douchebag either way.)
Whichever one it is though, forget him. There are plenty of Lolitas who have perfectly happy relationships. There are Lolitas with boyfriends and Lolitas with girlfriends and Lolitas who are married happily and have been for years. The idea that you’ll never get a boyfriend because you dress in a way that makes you happy is silly anyway because why would you want to date someone who is that shallow anyway?
As for your nose, there are things you can do with makeup but it will differ depending on what exactly you aren’t happy about. If you search “how to make your nose look smaller” on youtube though you’ll get a ton of results.
Whatever brands work for you. There are tons of brands out there to choose from and some are better at certain things while others will be better for other things. I use several different brands because I like different brands for different things. When you’re first starting to get acquainted with makeup though I would say it’s best to first figure out what you’re going to do, learn how to do things, and then from there decide what you need to buy. This list of tutorials should help you. The first few are basics to get you started with finding the right shades and how to apply different things and then it goes into tutorials for more specific looks.
Sockdreams has a lot of plus size friendly OTKs. They don’t have a ton of fun loliable ones, but they do have some great options.
For your mascara, have you ever tried natural and organic options? A lot of the time when people have that sort of reaction to eye makeup it isn’t necessarily an allergy issue so much as your eyes are just sensitive to all the chemicals in the makeup. Try a natural mascara such as this, this, or one of these. A friend of mine had the same problem and she started using this mascara and she loved it so much she started buying her makeup almost exclusively from Tarte.
Are you just looking for a makeup bag to carry the things you would keep in your purse or something bigger? Forever21 has some cute ones of both styles. They have this one which is expandable, this small one, and this bigger one (both of which come in black and white stripes for a more Gothic feel.) Sephora has a lot of great ones too but they’re going to be at a higher price point. For something more Lolita specific some brands have made vanity bags that you may be able to find second hand.
If all else fails, there are a ton of places that you can just get a plain black one that you could decorate yourself with a keychain or rhinestones or lace or however you want to decorate it.
It depends on the person, the quality of the lipstick, the Lolita style, and the rest of the makeup you put with it.
Just like different shades of red lipstick don’t look good on everyone (I do believe everyone has their shade but what works for someone else might not work for you) black lipstick definitely does not look good on everyone. Then obviously you want to make sure you use good quality lipstick and keep it with you at all times while wearing it so you can touch-up. I would only recommend it for Gothic Lolita since it’s generally a Gothic look (Kuro Lolita can be other styles besides Gothic. I don’t think black lipstick is a great look for something like Classic.) And as you said, it looks better with some makeup than it does with others. I definitely agree that with a lot of eye makeup it looks overwhelming and it takes away from the lips. Maybe do simple winged eyeliner, some mascara, and maybe just a light touch of color, but don’t do a full smokey eye or anything like that.
I’m not sure when I said lipstick was a basic. It’s something you can add if you want but even I only wear lipstick sometimes. And don’t forget powder. It’s important so your foundation stays in place and you don’t look oily.
Anyway, for your mascara problem, just use brown mascara instead of black. It looks more natural on lighter lashes so it gives you that little pop to make them look longer and thicker without looking too dramatic.