So I am going to come right out and start with this..
I still think blue eye shadow is kind of cool.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know about how up to date I was on make-up styles. I never was one to wear so much. It just never felt like me. My friends would occasionally take it upon themselves to give me a makeover but I always felt like an impersonator.
Mostly of a clown.
On a recent girls night out, my friend and I decided to run some errands before getting food. We went to a makeup store so she could get some new things. I had never been in this store before and was mesmerized by the aisles and aisles of all kinds of beauty supplies.
There had to be a whole aisle just for blush! Then the lipsticks, eye shadows, brow pens, cover up, and it just went on and on.
My friend found what she was looking for in about 2 minutes. Baffled, I asked her where does one begin with all of this? How do you even keep up?
She shared that when she graduated high school, her parents got her a makeup lesson as a present so that she knew how to apply and what to get. How awesome is that idea?
Write that down, everyone!
This would have been a much better way than me trying to set my eyeliner on fire with a lighter to get it to work. And I won’t even discuss the many shades of pinks and reds that were all wrong for me. Maybe that’s when I mostly gave up altogether.
Anyway, life in my forties is starting to take on its own style. I am noticing that my face is starting to show age and I needed something!
So I went back to the store. You see, they have different areas, where you can practice. And that is where I met the employee who convinced me that I should go for the lesson at 43.
She led me around choosing different things. I only raised an eyebrow at how she needed to point out the anti-aging stuff to me but we went ahead and got it all.
I watched carefully as she applied one side of my face and gave me the directions as I applied the other. We went back and forth with different brushes and colors. Who knew there were so many brushes??
And when all was said and done, she also did my hair and we added the lipstick. One that was neither too pink or too red.
The face that stared back at me looked natural. I loved it. Who knew if I could do it at home but in that moment, I was just appreciating how amazing it all came together.
When I got home, my husband said I looked like me ten years ago.
Then I told him how much I spent.
Then he needed anti-aging stuff.
Sometimes in midlife, you just need a pick me up…. something that brings happiness and a new feeling of energy. It doesn’t have to be makeup. It can be whatever brings out your happiness! I may not keep up with all of what I learned but I have the basics. Now to figure out how to style my own hair…
A transformation can do wonders. I highly recommend it.
This picture is proof that not all 40 something year olds should try to look sexy like the younger people.
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