I was looking back at old photos of myself the other day, and I was reminded that I really didn’t start wearing makeup until I was well out of high school… out of college, too, actually, and well into grad school in my early twenties. I even remember kind of worrying for a friend because she never seemed to leave the house without makeup on. I thought that was odd, I guess? Go figure. Needless to say, I would not then have been categorized as a very girly girl.
And although I love to wear makeup daily now, it’s more of a routine than a treat, a tool to try to look my best rather than something to play around and experiment with.
I am so thankful that years ago–almost a decade now–I received a boutique gift card for a makeover and a couple of items of makeup. But I have pretty much kept the same colors and look from then to now.
So last month, I took the plunge: I had my makeup done. Okay, is it totally ridiculous that it was a bit of a stress-inducer for me? It felt like going to the dentist: I want good teeth, I know I need to go, and I enjoy the benefit of having been… but I don’t enjoy it!
Thankfully, I have a girlfriend whose makeup always looks amazing. And double thankfully, she works for Mary Kay (not a brand I’ve ever used, but I was willing to give it a try!). Because TRIPLE thankfully, she was willing to come over to my house while the boys were in school and Sis was napping! SCORE!
We just set up at my kitchen table where there is great natural light. She went over skincare (like flossing of the makeup world: helpful, but not really my thing). I am trying to at least use a face cleaner (not soap) and a moisturizer, though, now. Baby steps. 🙂
I like that she kept track of the products we tried that I liked (so my colors are on file… nice not to have to remember), brought a mirror and makeup palette (simplicity is good), and even left me with a little eye shadow sample to try something different, too (a midnighty-cobalt blue… pretty daring for this plain jane).
Here are my [non-expert] tips:
Wear a neutral color shirt so the color you happen to be wearing that day doesn’t influence your everyday makeup choices. I wore a simple navy blue tee.
Take photos. If you have a memory as poor as mine, you will benefit greatly from pausing to take a couple of photos during and after the process. I was sure to take ones of my cheek and closed eyes so I’d have something to reference if needed as I did my own makeup. You might feel silly doing that in the moment (I know I did), but you’ll be glad to have it if you want it later.
Work in natural light. This is tough to do if you are at a department store, but it worked out just great in my kitchen!
Try something new. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, wash it off, and chalk it up to experience. Believe me, if you’d told me a month ago that I’d even consider purple eye shadow, I might just have laughed.
Don’t feel pressured. 1. With Mary Kay, there is a satisfaction guarantee, so when I decided a couple of days later I wanted lip gloss instead of lipstick, my friend just switched it out and I paid the dollar-or-so difference. 2. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to purchase the purple eye shadow (I mean… it’s purple), but I knew I wanted to by the end of the day. If you’re not sure about a product, don’t waste your money. it will be there if you change your mind! 3. Even if you love the look, you don’t have to get every item–I chose a few key pieces to get: I got a liquid foundation (the color match is so nice to have!), a cheek color, an eye shadow, and a lip gloss.
The before and after don’t look super dramatic in this photo… and I guess I am thankful for that (maybe my makeup didn’t look so terrible before?)… But what you can’t really tell is how my skin looks luminous rather than flat, and how my eyes pop rather than looking a little muddy. And I feel like my makeup look now is more… grown up?
So, my thoughts are that maybe it’s not so bad to go to the dentist.. er, I mean get my makeup done every once in a while. Though I’m not sure I’ll be doing it every six months, I don’t think I’ll wait another decade!
Meanwhile, there’s a little something in it for YOU! And that’s good news since drier weather is well on its way! My friend Carrie has given this extra emollient night cream & a cute little pair of black gloves to give away here on the blog!
To enter, simply leave a comment below about anything having to do with makeup–favorite brands, colors, trends, tips, warnings, etc.! Help this plane jane out, okay?! I could use all the help I can get! Your comment must be made by October 31st, 2012, to be entered to win, then I’ll send this on to you (shipped free anywhere in the continental US; you pay the difference beyond that). Wheeeeeeeee!
And hey, even if you’re a crazy person who doesn’t like to win free stuff, leave a comment anyway, okay? I love to read what you have to say!