I remember the first time I wore make-up to school. I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school, and completely unaware that purple eye shadow was so five years ago. I wore it proudly though, plastered above my eyeball as a bold declaration that I was a woman (I’d finally gotten my period). A year later it was foundation. I’d recently noticed other girls wearing it so I figured I should be wearing it too.
If only I had those sad tenth grade photos in my possession, I’d share them. Fat cheeked and pale as a ghost, I had no idea how to match my skin tone. It was always a shade too light, I looked like I was wearing a mask.
Fortunately my beauty skills have evolved since then. By the time I made it to college, I didn’t wear anything more than a little mascara and chapstick. Now that I’ve got a one year old, he’s lucky if I put on real pants.
If I do put anything on, here’s my boring and uninformed routine: touch of eyeliner, brush on mascara, Vaseline on lips, and if I’m feeling really fancy, a dash of bronzer.
I know it’s pathetic, but by now you know I’m no beauty expert. I’ve never used an eyebrow pencil and still don’t understand the point of lip liner. But I do appreciate make-up. I appreciate how it can hide dark circles and spruce up the most tired of faces. I appreciate the transformation that can take place with the right tools and skill. It’s an art.
What about you? Do you wear make-up? How much? What’s on your face?