So, I’ve been on this diet (Ideal Protein. Check out my previous posts if curious.) and needed a distraction. I turned to make up. Something you need to know about me is that I was the child with the extra long, dirty blonde hair that was never brushed. I loved it. Cue Greta, my mini me.
In high school I did the Heidi hairstyle and swore I was a left over hippi in my Birkenstocks, no make up, thrift store bell bottoms and my uncle’s old pea coat. I had a posse of gals that were the same way. We loved the Beatles, VWs, coffee and dreamed big. I’m trying to paint the picture that make up was never on my radar because that’s not the person I wanted to be.
Fast forward to real adulthood and make up is pretty important when reaching the time for age spots and wrinkles. I have never been into it or very good at applying it. I have my Bobbi brown brushes, Dior concealer sticks and Yves Saint Laurent lip stain – all based on Nordstrom’s star ratings and what I read in InStyle. But, in the age of contour palettes and eye shadows I wanted to really learn. Now was the time. I turned to YouTube.
There are so many people doing make up tutorials on YouTube. It’s overwhelming, but I settled on the styling of Jackyn Hill. She is a little too bubbly, but man, does she know what she’s doing. She knows make up, brushes and her work is flawless. I’ve literally bought most of the brushes she’s recommended along with the contour palettes, primer and concealer. She’s good.
If you are like me, you have always been hazy on how to do your foundation. Do you do liquid? Powder? Both? When is concealer applied – before or after? How to I avoid it settling into fine lines? This is the first of her tutorials that I watched and I loved the look and trusted her enough to buy many of her recommendations. I have to say, I don’t know how I lived without the Morphe buffer brush before.
Without sounding braggy, since I started working on my make-up I have had friends ask me what I’m using and even if I could teach them. I point them to Jackyln. I’m going to show you in the next few posts some of my favorite make up right now. In the meantime, what I’ve learned is, well, a few things.
-Practice makes perfect
-Good brushes matter
-Foundation should make you look more natural, not less
-Eye shadows are fun and colors are trendy
-Contouring makes you look thinner
-A primer is not an extra
-There is a difference between day make up and night make up
-Highlighting is everything. My favorite part.
-Make up makes a face look younger and fresher.
The last thing I’ll say is that I am totally in love with Alicia Keys. I think she is one of the most talented, well-spoken musicians we’ve ever known. She has so much to say and I could listen to her speak all the live-long-day. I love her message of no make-up that she is proclaiming. I love it. But. I am also aware that she has a team behind her doing her hair and styling her clothes so that it works. I think for the average, aging woman, a little make up goes a long way. Not in how she conforms to the world, but how she feels about herself. When I feel pretty and like I’ve made an effort, I feel more confident. When I spend time on my skin and make up, I feel like I am caring for myself. That’s the way I feel about it all as I approach 40. Maybe one day I will say, to hell with it all!