Makeup Never Leave Home Without It
“The only way I’d be caught without makeup is if my radio fell in the bathtub while I was taking a bath and electrocuted me and I was in between makeup at home. I hope my husband would slap a little lipstick on me before he took me to the morgue.” ~Dolly Parton
Dolly’s quote sounds laughingly vain and I can so relate. Back in the day, I used to wear a boatload of makeup. Today, depending on the season, I wear considerably less and feel liberated nixing what I feel are non-essentials.
Just like American Express “Never leave home without it” was my makeup. I wouldn’t dream of going outside without my ‘face.’ My reasoning was I felt to do otherwise would be a great disservice to humanity. In other words, I didn’t want to scare people.
I may be overly dramatic but there a time or two where I’d risk death versus being seen barefaced. One time, a few years back, my ex-husband and I were in the ‘non-speaking terms’ zone. So later in the day when I thought I was having a heart attack, I had 3 problems:
- I had to be sure it was a heart attack otherwise I’d have an emergency room visit co-pay
- I needed to make myself presentable which included a shower, makeup, and proper emergency room attire
- Since my ex and I weren’t talking, I would need to drive myself to the hospital
The Wait And See Approach
If you think I did the responsible thing by pushing my pride aside and asking my husband to take me to the hospital you would be mistaken. I did the exact opposite by choosing the ‘wait and see’ approach. I took a shower, put on my makeup, did my hair, and got dressed. All these things I did while hoping the pain would subside, it didn’t.
Then with car keys in hand, I tried to sneak out of the house. The problem with this plan was I had to go past my ex to get to the door. So when he asked me where I was going I told him “to the ER” and kept on rolling.
Astute observer he was, he said, “Steph, you can’t even see to drive.” My response—“watch me.”
Okay, okay granted I sounded childish but I was not going to admit he was right. The end result—took me to the ER.
Long story short, these are the depths I would go to avoid being seen in public without makeup. By merit of me writing this you know by now that the outcome of this particular story was good.
Being comfortable in my skin
Today, I feel at ease walking my dog, going to the store, and all sorts of places without makeup. Once I started taking myself a little less seriously my attitude changed towards a number of things in my life. I actually enjoy wearing it now that it doesn’t feel like such a ritualistic process.
I can’t tell you how good it feels to do so much more with less. Now when I wear makeup I use at most 5 products. Out of the five items, I would consider my essentials to be the eyebrow color and eyeliner pencil.
You know yourself better than anyone else. Even if you are totally blind, with practice you can determine the best way of using makeup. It may take some trial and error but with plenty of patience, it can be done.
Going forward, I’ll talk about makeup for blind and visually impaired people and share techniques that work for me. In the meantime, check out Vision Aware Makeup Application After Vision Loss for very useful information on this topic.
“I think women should wear whatever makeup they want for themselves. Makeup should be fun.” ~Emma Stone