The dreaded spring disease has attacked! I get it every year around this time. I call it “girly.”
I want to be girly. I want to feel pretty! After a winter of heavy flannels and dull colors, I want to break out like a peacock — a horny male peacock in full plumage. Maybe it’s remnants from my
mating dating days or that odd surge of estrogen that pops up once in a while.
I threw out all my eye makeup, some of it over 20 years old, and headed off to my favorite mega cosmetic store.
Something I learned a long time ago was to select sales help that looks like you want to look. If I am getting a haircut it would be best not to have a stylist with a Mohawk. I found that to be true with makeup and clothing too.
Totally disregarding that inner voice, when a makeup person with electric blue eye shadow asked if she could help I said yes. (What was I thinking?)
Aging has made my eyes deeper so I need new techniques to make them pop. Electric blue isn’t the answer. She said she could help. There were just a few key things I need to do.
We tussled over the eye shadow color. Big surprise! My eyes are hazel so I like deep greenish-brownish tones to make the green part pop – very neutral though, nothing like electric blue.
She wasn’t having any of it. She made up my eyes three times, each time saying, “I don’t like it” then taking it off.
My eyeballs were getting sore so I told her to select the next color. She came back with bronze. Now that MIGHT work but it was all shiny.
Rule one says never use shiny stuff on old skin. It makes you look creepy (yes, creepy not crepey but it can make you look crepey too). Think of all those overly made up matrons. Creepy.
I couldn’t go through another application. I could do better myself. I wore makeup daily for all the years I worked. She did sell me on eyelid primer although now that I have it, I think the shade is too dark.
I did what I should have done to start. I came home to YouTube and learned how to apply eye makeup for deep-set eyes. Ta-da! All is well except that bronzy stuff doesn’t work with my skin color. It would do best with tawny rather than my lily-white skin and much younger skin too.
Now I’m on a roll, I stopped back (with coupon of course) and headed to the cheap section. Almay makes eye makeup sets for specific eye colors. I picked up the naked hazel batch and I am good to go. It’s matte, has the three colors I need and with the coupon, was very cheap.
This phase won’t last long. Makeup is work, especially eye makeup when you can’t see what you are doing but I sure feel pretty! Me and Julie Andrews!