Saturday, May 1, 2010

Make up your mind

Hey guess what time it is? Fifteen past midnight! And I'm just starting a post! Woo hoo! Bring on six AM!

Guess where I went tonight? I visited a highly-recommended make-up lady at the mall. I say make-up lady. I think she's my age. I felt like a hillbilly. Kuh-yuk.

Anyhow, my sister and sister-to-be and her mother all converged on Sandy at the Lancome counter and I was beatified. I told Sandy I wanted something I could wear on a daily basis - very basic. I know it will shock none of you, but here's what she wanted me to wear every day: foundation, concealer, bronzer, one eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip gloss. That's, like, SEVEN things! Can I ask a personal question? How many different things do YOU put on your face every day? Does seven seem unreasonable?

I'll get used to seven things. I'm sure it'll seem like hardly anything in a few years. I've got to put something on my face, though, because age is not kind. Nor are kids. Earlier this week Val asked me to raise my eyebrows so she could feel and play with the wrinkles on my forehead.

Sandy said she was shocked at how thick my eyelashes were and wondered that they weren't longer. Longer? I think they're quite long enough, thank you. I also think I'm allergic to their mascara (or she just applied three more pounds than I usually do) because my eyes were beginning to sting and turn red by the time I got home. She suggested conditioner. For my eyelashes. So they could get longer. Who knew such things even existed?

I talk as though Sandy was pushing product on me right and left, but she really wasn't. I didn't even buy anything (the store was closing) but I'll be back. My sister(s) told me that she's very reasonable about what you need and don't. In the end she told me the top two things she would recommend and they were eyebrow pencil (I forgot one! EIGHT!) and foundation.

Here's a picture I took when I got home, in my bathroom, with incorrect camera settings and less-than-desirable lighting. Then I washed my face and marveled over what some people do every day. Goal one, getting done.

Next up, eyebrow waxing! (Pssst! Mother, you're coming with us! We have a good recommendation this time!)



  1. Sorry, I'm behind on posts! I'd say 7-8 things is a bit much, at least if you want to ease into it. I don't wear a ton of makeup, but most of the stuff I use is for eye emphasis, and I imagine you'd want to go the same route? I use a little concealer, and a 2-in-1 foundation/podwer...thing. Usually a little blush since I'm so pale, but I don't really care enough to use bronzer. Then eyeliner/shadow/mascara. If I had to pare it down, I'd probably just use the foundation stuff, eyeliner, and a little shadow. It shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes, whatever you do, IMO!

  2. Seven things! Insane! I wear moisturizer, powder foundation, eyeliner and chapstick. I add eyeshadow, blush and lipstick for 'date night". I am often told that I have nice eyelashes too, and I have a theory that it's because I rarely wear mascara. I think you look great sans makeup!

  3. I agree, seven things is unreasonable, especially for someone who doesn't normally wear makeup. For daily wear you could consider just using mascara and blush (or bronzer, in your case). I usually do those two plus concealer under my eyes. Beyond that things get much more dependent on the occasion. Foundation, when I want to even out my skin tones, eye shadow when I want my eyes to be a little more dramatic, especially if I'm wearing glasses instead of contacts, and lip anything is only for super special occasions. Mostly because anything on my lips bothers me (other than my husband's lips, of course.) I only use eyeliner three times a year or so for formal occasions because it is difficult to put on and get right. And I don't have much patience when it comes to primping. I've usually have better stuff to do.Of course, I haven't seen you in a while but I always thought you had nice skin. Beyond the basic two above I'd suggest that either concealer or eyeshadow would be next on the list of "importance" because your eyes are amazing. :)Hope that helps.-One who likes to either dress up or down according to the occasion.

  4. Seven (or eight) things is COMPLETELY UNREASONABLE. How can someone seriously think that is a valid response to "something I can wear on a daily basis--very basic"?!? You know, of course, that I don't wear make-up, so I realize I'm prejudiced. BUT, it's not because I haven't tried. Eye make-up irritates me (literally). I've been beautified at the Lancome counter and via Mary Kay before, and I will say that foundation makes a HUGE difference. However, it always leaves sparkles on my hands if I touch my face. Or on my kids if they touch my face. Add that to the smeared-off eye shadow because I had to wipe splashed-up milk off my eye, and...well, it just doesn't do much for the attractiveness quotient;). On the rare occasion I get "gussied up" for a night out, I pull out the eyelash curler (and try not to blind myself), mascara, and lip gloss/stick (and then get embarrassed if there's any visible on my water glass). Of course, the fact that Dean prefers I NOT wear make-up (I really truly don't look like me) doesn't spur me on to make-up greatness. As to forehead wrinkles, I remember when Aiden first asked me to raise my eyebrows for the same reason. I felt ANCIENT. But then I thought, hey--at least I have to raise my eyebrows to make it happen! I just try not to look in the mirror for too long these days, except to examine the newly-discovered gray streak in my hair (!!!!!).

  5. bethany actuallyMay 1, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Now that I'm in my mid-30s, I wear make-up almost every day, partly because as long as I'm putting sunblock on my face it might as well make me look prettier, ya know? I wear, let's see...five things most days. Six if you count the alpha-hydroxy moisturizer I use before I put make-up on. But as far as make-up goes, I wear foundation (a really cool one by Almay that comes out of the bottle a grayish color and magically matches my skin tone when I put it on, and has SPF 20); eyeshadow-as-eyeliner (I use an angled brush and dark brown shadow and sort of draw a line right by my lashes--it's easier than a pencil and less made-up looking to me than a fully shadowed eye); clear mascara to tame my eyebrows (because if I don't they get crazy), one swipe of regular mascara on my lashes (sometimes I skip that because I have naturally dark lashes), and a lip gloss/balm with sunblock in it.It probably sounds like a lot to someone who doesn't use make-up at all, but it takes me less than five minutes to do. The part that takes longest is putting on the foundation, and I just do it with my fingers!

  6. i wear 4 things every day: concealer, blush, mascara and (simple) eyeshadow. personally, i think eyeliner and lip gloss are extremely overrated. but then i've never exactly been a makeup expert. anyway, i agree with the others that you're beautiful either way. :)

  7. wow! you are beautiful with or without makeup, but WOW you are gorgeous!!

  8. Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like the old Beck! But then I'm firmly in the no-makeup camp and look like crap most of the time so feel free to disregard my opinion.