Over the past couple of years, I have really delved into the world of cosmetics. Before that time, I never really wore makeup. I tried… I had no idea what I was doing though. I had no idea what color matching was or what undertones were. I had no idea the difference between cool and warm tones. I looked at palettes in the grocery store and would go for the very lightest and barely put any color on and in no particular order.
When my first divorce was final, I decided to take a step to feeling better about myself. My sister had always had gorgeous makeup (well, mostly because she is INSANELY gorgeous, has beautiful coloring and is an artist) and I would ask her questions as she knew what she was doing. She told me that she loved Bare Minerals and that she wouldn’t ever use anything different. So, I found myself with a free afternoon and a wedding to go to later that evening. I decided to take my chance with going to the mall for some makeup help.
I walked into the Bare Escentials store and was immediately overwhelmed. I had no idea what anything was, and look on my face showed it. A cute sales girl came up to me and asked if I needed help. Oh, never has such a baited question ever been asked. I looked at her and told her that I had no idea what I was doing, and that I would love any advice that I could get. I told her I needed help on everything. That cute girl set me on a path that to either destruction or paradise. I still not completely sure on that one. All I know is that I LOVE it and I am obsessed.
That day she we went through everything. We talked primers, foundations, concealers, eye shadows, eyeliners, mascaras, lip glosses, EVERYTHING. I was so overwhelmed. The sweet girl was trying to tell me everything I needed to know. In retrospect, it was like trying to teach someone calculus in a day. She showed me not only what products were for, but how to apply them and colors that would look good on me.
I left that day with two different sets of three eyeshadows so that I could do two different looks, foundation, primers and eyeliner. I was SO excited that I finally learned HOW to apply a very basic look of eyeshadow. For the first time in years I felt pretty. I was so thrilled to finally look like I had put in effort. I went to the wedding that night feeling like I was on top of the world. Even if it was in my own mind.
Since that time, I have slowly made my way into learning more. I discovered Sephora and Ulta and the great products that they had to offer. I mostly listened to the salesgirls and what they recommended. I soon learned that everyone had their own opinion on products and I was switching products constantly based on what the sales staff of the day liked. It was an interesting process and I have since learned how to find things for myself, although I still love to hear about what is new and what people like.
Three years ago I was planning on going to my high school reunion. I had a friend that always did her makeup flawlessly. I asked for her help. She showed me the tricks that she had learned, and I loved the way that I looked. I got so many compliments on it that night asking how I had done my makeup and how they could achieve the look that I had done. I was flattered and wanted to continue learning.
Over the past two years, I have found a new love affair with YouTube. Did you know that you can learn anything you want to know on YouTube? Being single and not having anyone to talk to after 8:00 when the kids go to bed, I found myself in YouTube trances learning about makeup looks, brushes, palettes, techniques, color combinations, and tricks and tips for everything. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. The good side of that was that I was learning some pretty cool things. The down side was that the more people talked about products, the more products I wanted to try.
So, where I started years ago with 6 simple eyeshadows from Bare Minerals, I know have countless palettes from different cosmetic companies. I have my favorite brands. I have a long list of things that I want to eventually get. It is a pricey hobby, but I enjoy it. I love learning new and classic trends and how to take them from a model with a perfect 20 year old face, to working on my older, not so perfect 40 year old wanna be face.
What has been the part that I have loved the most is doing other people’s makeup and teaching others the skills that I have learned. I get such great joy out of helping someone with a look and then watching them get so excited over looking different and pretty. I have enjoyed as people have come to me with ideas that they can’t wear a certain color or that they can’t achieve a look because their face doesn’t allow for it. The thing is, YOU CAN! You just need to learn how.
One of my favorites of all time has been doing a makeup look for a friend’s daughter for prom. She sent me a picture of what she wanted which was a very bold black eye. It looks STUNNING on the red carpet and for dramatic pictures, but in real life, unless you are doing a specific photo shoot, it just doesn’t look good. I agonized over this, as I knew what she wanted, but also knew that if I gave her what she wanted, she would hate it.
I showed up to our appointment and had more makeup than I would use in a hundred years, but showed her some pictures of something different that I would suggest. I thought warm browns, bronzes, smokey deep chocolates would look amazing with touch of glitter and a sharp cut edge. She let me do it and she was THRILLED and thanked me that I talked her out of her original idea.
Now, I am by no means a professional at all, but I have to say, that this if by far, one of my favorite things to do. Not only is it relaxing to me and helps me justify my enormous amount of eyeshadows (which to most makeup junkies is actually quite small) but I get to make people happy and feel pretty about themselves. Now THAT is something that I would love to do any day.