Lernert & Sander: Natural Beauty on Nowness.com
The video got me contemplating makeup as a general concept, and in particular for us over-40 women. Like most women, I've gone through countless stages of experimentation, from that first off-white frosted Yardley lipstick to the present.
Like most very young women, I used to think the Next Best Thing would transform me into the heart-stopping model I saw in Seventeen Magazine. Big eyelashes from a tube! Sculpted cheekbones! Velvety smooth skin! All these were available via cosmetics, in my young mind.
In my corporate years, mid 20's to late 30's, I followed the current makeup trends but generally with a clumsy hand. Yes, I did blue eyeshadow and bold brows. Big old circles of bright blush. Young faces can get away with a lot. I've never been a maestro with the makeup wand, though, and being oily-skinned, I usually looked faded by day's end.
But I still like makeup! I am much less gullible - yet another upside to aging - and the ads don't seduce me any more. I read reputable blogs to find out what's new in the cosmetics world, I read the reviews at Makeup Alley and Amazon, then I plunge in.
I still prefer my face with a scrap of makeup to my bare-faced look. (Do I have to turn in my good-feminist card, again?). But I like the way other women look without makeup just fine. (Fabulous Paula, I am looking at you.) More work for me to do in this area, I see.
Here's what I'd like my makeup collection to look like:
|Neat and sweet|
These days I strive for a natural, neutral palette. Nothing very bright, no sparkly things. For work, I usually apply:
A stroke of dark eyeliner - brown or plum
Concealer for the reddest areas
Pink blush, and, of course:
Lips - my weakness when it comes to color
For off-work hours, mascara, concealer and lips are plenty. What's your opinion about bare-face versus full- or part-face makeup? If you do wear makeup, what are the essentials? If you prefer to go makeup free, is it a new or lifelong habit?