Let’s Chat About Makeup

Let’s Chat About Makeup

Makeup…

Beautiful woman in full makeup

How long ago did you start wearing makeup? Do you remember? Have you never worn it?

For those of you saying you have never worn makeup, first I applaud you. Second, I ask how did you do it? Maybe I just fell for all the beauty magazine hype in the world when I was quite young or maybe I had terrible self esteem but both of those are for someone with a higher degree than mine to analyze.

Suffice it to say I was a young teen when I started wearing make up daily and I was voracious reader of Seventeen magazine, Glamour, Mademoiselle etc. Again, we are not going to analyze the value of this, we are just setting the mood if you will. Reading these magazines taught me how to use and apply makeup and I believe it was a worthy education as I am still in love (obsessed) with beauty products today.

Today, as I see from the many Facebook Groups about makeup and beauty I belong to, YouTube is the go to learning method of makeup application. Which circles us back to where I wanted to go in the first place: how to learn to apply makeup.

Honestly, a lot of learning about makeup, especially at an older age depends on what you are trying to achieve with makeup. Personally, what I want from makeup is not look faded. As we age our hair goes gray, including brows and lashes. So, number one for me is to increase the color in those two areas. If you are new to makeup and you look in the mirror and see a more faded version of your beauty then try just those steps, brows and lashes. (I go into mascara more in depth here ).

Eyebrows have become much more of a “thing” lately. For a laugh check this out. But if you want to start with your first attempt at eyebrows then I suggest Gimme Brow from Benefit Cosmetics .  They have lots of colors so you can choose one that most closely matches your own brow color. This is a good place to start. Go lightly at first until you are feeling more confident with the “new” you.

Another great suggestion I have for anyone of any age just starting to wear makeup is go to a department store such as Sephora (personal fave), Ulta, Macys etc. and have one of the employees make you up. You do not have to purchase all of the makeup that they put on you. You can get a little here and there until you feel confident.

I’d love to hear about your escapes into makeup whether you are new at it or a seasoned beauty product expert. Please comment below so we can all share.

Talk soon

Ge-Ge

Let’s Chat About… eyebrows

Let's chat about eyebrows

Do you have eyebrows? Take a look in the mirror and tell me what you see.

Are they there or did you paint them on? Are they white? Salt and pepper? Do you HATE them as much as I HATE mine?

Let’s travel back in time to when we were younger ok? First all women, according to fashion magazines and TV stars, had skinny little eyebrows. Me, as a teen, barely paid attention to mine until the day I SHAVED, yes shaved them off. Not all the way of course, just a half of each one. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t self aware enough to see how idiotic I looked. My mother did and she had a great chuckle over it before she started bawling, which I didn’t understand. They were my eyebrow halves not heres. 

Honestly, if any of my peers noted oddly shaped brows I don’t recall. 

A short few years, maybe months, later, a lovely young model, named Brooke Shields, came on the scene. Her eyebrows are legendary.  Even now watching her play the crazy Grandma on SVU she’s got some dark purring caterpillars up there just like she had forty some years ago.

Now, I once again have no eyebrows and a shave was not involved. The poor little things are gray, white, sparse and sad.

Well, they make me sad anyway.  So, what do we do about this aging thing? 

For me, I put makeup on my brows immediately after moisturizer. However, now that I have blue/gray hair on my head it’s been a challenge to find the right color for makeup for my eyebrows.

So far I’m happy with Gimme Brow from Benefit because they have a tiny brush and extra fibers. Plus if I’m really getting made up I’ll add a light, very light, dusting of matte dark brown eye shadow.  I use Sephora brand, it’s less expensive and stays on nicely and comes off easily. The only drawback to this shadow is its’ container. I’ve got what some people in New England call “The Arthur-Itis” or as I call it arthritis in my hands which makes it hard to open.

What about the straggling hairs? Tweeezerman tweezers are bar none the best. They are worth every single penny and they are not cheap. But be careful what you pluck because if you are like me, the brows are sparse. A nice brow brush is handy to brush up the hairs and see if there’s any kooky hairs but also remember, it’s OK to trim the brow hairs instead of plucking.

That’s my eyebrow show. What about you? Have the changes to your skin and hair caused you to change your makeup colors? Are your eyebrows vanishing from your face? Do you have any special ideas to share with me?

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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