Everyday I wake up

And put on my make-up.

Scrrrrreeeeecch!  Wait a second here, back up!

In case it isn’t obvious to you by now, I’m a pretty casual person. And by that I mean, I prefer to dress comfortably – no heels, nylons or girdles for me. If I had my druthers I’d wear jeans or shorts with a T-shirt and sneakers or flip flops most of the time. I’m low maintenance in the hair department and can be ready to go in less than 20 minutes (including shower).

And I don’t wear make-up.

When I was in 7th grade my English teacher had us do an exercise as part of a drama segment we were doing. She had written different situations on slips of paper, and had each of us select one, and then act it out for the class. The one I got was “Put on eye make-up”. I can practically see myself from the audience as I did this, feeling exposed and uncomfortable the whole time. She later told me she had chosen that one especially for me, since she knew it would be a stretch for me, and she wanted me to reach a little. Gee, thanks.

But there is a big difference between the dewy, youthful face of a 13 year old, and the face wizened with experience of a 45 year old. Pardon me while I choke on that visual.

Me thinks it might be time to think about wearing make-up.

My questions are many:

  • What kind do I buy?
  • How do I learn how to put it on? Should I go to an Avon or Mary Kay type party to learn? Do they even actually do those anymore?
  • Do I wear it everyday? Or just to work and “out”?
  • Is it hard to take off?
  • What type do you wear, if any? (foundation, blush, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, am I even using the right terms here?)

Even if I only ended up wearing it occasionally, it would be nice to know what to do with it.  I’d love to learn the magic of looking like me, only better.

3 responses to “Everyday I wake up

  1. I typically just wear foundation and lip gloss. If you’re not used to make up, you might like the mineral make-up (I use Loreal)…..its really light.


  2. I used to wear makeup all the time. Now I only wear it on stage. It didn’t last through the day, plus it almost all makes me break out. I now use Mary Kay (do NOT go to a party, it will cost a fortune. It’s like Amway, they make you stay until you buy something). If I need makeup for something like a wedding or I’m singing at church (hasn’t happened for awhile), I stick with light foundation (I do NOT mess with powder), and mascara. I almost never bother with lip stuff because it just gets on my teeth.
    It is a royal pain to take off. I usually just take a shower and scrub.

  3. I wear it when I don’t want to frighten people. Ha ha. No, really, if I’m going to spend a day out and about, I put on the whole works: foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara.

    You can get a good lesson (and a sort-of free makeover) if you go to a department store counter like Mac. They will help you pick out a foundation shade that matches–and you could buy it and then match it to drug store foundation. Nothing worse than foundation that doesn’t match.

    Oh, and as I get older, lipstick makes a big difference. I found the perfect shade by asking for help in a Sephora.

    AND, I’m here because you won a toothbrush. Send me your snail-mail address so I can get it to you. 🙂 Thanks!

    Melodee @ gmail . com

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