When I was 11 years old, I remember one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts I’ve ever received. My mom presented me with a little bag of candy; the chalky conversation hearts, some chocolate, and a pink Cover Girls Cheekers blush. I remember the excitement of my very first piece of makeup; a sure sign that I was leaving childhood and entering the awesome state of adulthood. (If only we could go back, eh?!) Ever since then, I’ve had a love of makeup, that once even landed me a job at Kohl’s in the beauty department, rubbing lotion samples into geriatric shoppers hands or trying to create effortless eyes for busy moms.
My best friend and I were both mutually obsessed with makeup, and while neither of us wore tons of it, we would spend weekends poring over our Making Faces book by Kevyn Aucoin. He would create glamorous looks ranging from fairy-like Tori Amos eyes to dramatic, gothy styles with black lips and spiderweb eyelashes. We’d “practice” on each other, never quite mastering the art, but ALWAYS having fun.
Somebody recently asked me why I wear makeup, and I thought it was a good question. I don’t feel like I have to, in fact, there are many weekend days where I leave the house without a stitch of anything on my face, even though I feel like my blonde eyelashes make me look like the walking dead. I wear makeup because it makes me feel good. I love the way a nice black mascara makes my eyes pop, just like how a swipe of pinky coral blush brings some life to my fair skin. I feel more comfortable in the skin I’m in by adding a little “enhancement”. The key is, of course, like Edward Scissorhand’s Mom famously said, Blend and Blend and Blend! Is it my weight that makes me want to wear makeup? Eh, probably not. I like what it does for my face. It’s fun!
While some women dread putting on makeup, I actually enjoy the process as I see it being somewhat artistic. In the morning, I like that I can choose based on my mood for the day – Do I want to do a colorful plum on the eyes, or do I keep it neutral with a sparkly brown? Do I wear lipstick or stick with gloss? Should I bother with blush, or is it too crazy of a morning, when tinted moisturizer and mascara is all I’m going to do?
In the picture above, the wedding makeup includes two uncommon things for me, bright red lipstick and false eyelashes. It’s a little “too much” for everyday, but I had fun “Creating” that look and I think that makeup can be amazingly fun when it’s used in the right capacity. So today, ladies, (and some men too, if that’s your thing!), what are your thoughts on makeup? Is it a must have for you or an afterthought? Is it something you hate, or something you love? Also because I’m a fiend, share your favorite makeup item.. mine is FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara Black. It’s pricey at $24 a tube, but turns my wimpy, mini lashes into lush, foxy fringe.
Your turn: Is makeup a fun, artistic pleasure for you, or a dreaded effect of a misogynistic agenda? Or is it neither of those extremes?!
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