When I was little I thought my mother was the prettiest woman on the planet and I was so fascinated by her makeup and some of the tools she used. She always wore this bright red lipstick and she had these cool eyebrow stencils that she used to shape and color her brows. I remember thinking that I could not wait till I was grown up so that I too could indulge in such fabulousness (is this a word) as makeup.
The Wondrous World of Makeup
My very first foray into the world of makeup was when I went to my senior prom and my cousin, who also happened to be my best friend, helped me since I wasn’t sure were to start or what to do. By the way, if you’ve never experimented with makeup doing so with a close friend is so much fun and I highly recommend it. At any rate, when I put on my prom gown and accessories I felt, well, gorgeous for the first time in my life.
Changing Habits Opens New Possibilities
Being a creature of habit change does not come easy to me and once I have a routine I like to stick with it however in the realm of cosmetics I learned early on that there are many ways of application. This was never made clearer to me than when I went to a beauty consultant at a Lazarus Department Store in downtown Columbus. I was in my late teens and flew the coop from my home in Pittsburgh, PA to “experience the world” okay, so it was a mere 4 hours away, but for me this was huge. I went to a Princess Borghese makeup counter and about 15 minutes later when the mirror was handed to me I was in awe. The beauty consultant took my make-up in a different direction and while it was more toned down that I was accustomed, it appeared flawless. I never was able to duplicate what she did but I did learn a few techniques which I still use some 30+ years later.
The one thing I learned at my first professional makeup session is that while cosmetics can and do enhance our outward appearance the use is very individualistic. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another however this should not stop you from experimenting because using makeup can be exciting.
Makeup Mondays will focus on a range of topics such as skin care, techniques, tools, routines, products and more. Even though some of us may not be able to see well, or at all for that matter, no one knows our faces better than us and we too, can feel good to look good.
“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” ~ Audrey Hepburn