4 Item Summer Cosmetics Kit
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~Vince Lombardi
One of the benefits of losing my sight is I am able to easily determine what I must let go. For instance, I use stencils now to help fill in my eyebrows. There are many times I get it wrong because they aren’t perfectly aligned but it’s okay.
To admit that I’m not able to get something even close to perfect is a huge step for me. As a perfectionist, it’s taken me all these years to realize that striving for perfection isn’t the most worthwhile pursuit. It’s stressful, exhausting, and ultimately leads to frustration when I can’t reach that impossibly, impeccable bullseye.
These days, I think it’s partly due to getting older, I’ve relaxed my standards to the point of going almost bare-faced. This is true especially in the summer because I can’t tolerate wearing but the bare minimum makeup.
In hot, humid weather, just the thought of putting on makeup makes me want to hurl myself into a bone-chilling lake. The kicker? I can’t even swim. Hot flashes brought on by the thought of putting on makeup creates a sweat-laden, canvas of a face. If I were to apply the whole cosmetic kit and caboodle it’d probably slide off anyway.
My Summer Cosmetics Kit Consists Of Only 4 Items:
- Eyebrow pencil – Maybelline ExpertWear (dark brown)
- Eyeliner pencil – Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer (noir)
- Mascara – NYX Doll Eye Mascara (black)
- Lip color – varies from nudes and corals to reds
If I could afford microblading and eyeliner tattoos I would do it in a heartbeat. Then I’d only need mascara and lip color. Oh well, as it stands now I’ll stick with my 4 piece makeup routine.
So what are the benefits of using only 4 cosmetics?
- it’s quick
- it’s easy
- I don’t feel like I’m enveloped in sausage casing
Will I give up my quest for perfection? Eh, probably not but I will continue to give my best.
Instead of working so hard to be flawless, I’ve found contentment in appreciating the beauty in imperfection.
To me, real beauty is all around in the form of:
- the sun streaming through leaf-laden trees
- the harmony of the ocean’s roar as seagulls soar above
- the sweet succulent flavor of a juicy peach
- the heady fragrance of the lilac
- the warm embrace of a loved one
Real beauty is recognizing the awesomeness of being human and willing to experience this remarkable, miraculous, journey called life.
What does beauty mean to you?