Our area has a high vaccination rate and a low infection rate so regulations are loosening up. If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional.
When I faithfully wore a mask the past year, I quickly found that there was no point in wearing makeup. It all rubbed off on the inside of the mask. No one saw it so I stopped.
There was a freedom about it. It’s not that I didn’t bathe (I did!) but I never thought twice if I had to go to the grocery store (just about my only outing). Maybe I’d comb my hair and maybe not. After all the mask band screwed up a good “do” too.
As masks became optional, I had to wean off because it didn’t feel right. I felt naked. Then I felt exhilarated. No sweaty face. No stinking bad breath fed into my nostrils (it went in the air for others to enjoy!).
This past weekend I saw some friends. I thought it would be nice if I wore makeup. Not a lot. I never wear a lot. I have “dry eye” so I rarely do any eye makeup which would spruce up my faded eyelashes.
We moved four months ago. Things were put where they fit, not necessarily where they belong or even together. Some makeup was in one drawer and it took me a half hour to find the rest (not that there is a lot!). I never did find my favorite blush.
I sort of forgot the routine. After 40+ years of working and using makeup every day, I actually forgot my quick and easy routine. I applied things out of order. Didn’t match up the right products.
Then I came to my lipstick. Both tubes were dried out and hard. I tried rubbing a bit on anyway. It was hard as a rock. I wear a lip color that is slightly darker than my natural lip color so I don’t have a drawer full of choices. I never was big on reds or even the hot pinks that yell “woman of the night” except for high school when I was figuring out who I was. My lipstick was five years old and dead. In another year or two and with pressure it would turn into a precious stone.
I met up with my friends who didn’t notice. They didn’t even notice the new red zit on my cheek. My body must have thought I was going to a prom because that’s when it broke out the most!
New lipstick is on my list along with reorganizing the bathroom storage. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my old work makeup routine. Hopefully I can pull it together so I can even out my skin tone and flash up my lips. Or I could go back to the mask but at this point, that would look odd.
Oh yes, I put a case of mouthwash on my shopping list too. And zit lotion.