One of my favorite beauty blogs is the 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic. Christine, the writer, is a doctor and a mom and has very little time for much of anything, let alone for pampering and makeup. I can relate to her busy-ness and love her tutorials on fast looks. So when she asked her audience to volunteer for a new series on her blog called, “Quick Looks,” I volunteered.
I didn’t expect to be picked.
But she sent me a very nice email inviting me to do a look, explain how I do it and include photos…
And then, I started timing my routines.
So I decided to try something different. Since it’s Holiday Season and I have to get a bit dressed up to work at Seaport Village, I would do a more glamorous look.
I thought of a color scheme that would be both trendy, yet classic, and definitely a step above my usual beige. So I started out and did my look…and I discovered that I spent a lot of time hunting for the right brush or this that or the other…and before I knew it, the timer went off and I wasn’t halfway finished.
Sigh. I finished what I was doing and went to work, all the while thinking of ways to streamline the process.
It all comes down to organization. If you know what you’re going to do and have all the tools laid out beforehand, things go much faster — from making a cake to putting on makeup. It was a little appalling to see exactly how much STUFF I used — 6 brushes, 4 eyeshadows, 2 eyeliner pencils, concealer, dusting powder, powder foundation, blush, bb cream, eyeshadow primer, 2 mascaras and a lip pencil… wow! So I put everything I needed to use into its own container and was ready for the next go-round.
This time I sailed through the application in record time! 12 minutes! Then I took the pictures with my new(er) Nikon DSLR.
Where did those grey hairs come from? I just hennaed my hair…um, must have been about 3 weeks ago… the wisdom is peeking through and it doesn’t look like blond highlights…
And those wrinkles under my eyes?! I never saw those before…
Reality. Sigh. I just never saw those flaws in the mirror as I applied my make-up with my glasses off… it took a good camera to show me what I really look like.
Yah. The gray roots I can fix. The wrinkles, just got to accept them. As a non-spring chicken, you got to expect that you are eventually going to start looking like a non-spring chicken. It’s just that with the soft-focus of vision without glasses, I’d overlooked a few details. And I was hoping I could still pass for a slightly younger bird.
Sigh. Time marches on and no-one is immune. I knew that. I knew I had wrinkles and age spots, but I just never really LOOKED at them. Now I really know.
Just ‘coz I look old doesn’t mean I quit…the next morning, right before a long day at Seaport Village, I tried again.
And this time I managed to squeak in at just 15 minutes! With eyeshadow contouring and lipstick and everything! Yea! I grabbed my stuff and camera and took some photos before I had to dash off to work.
Post written and rewritten, photos cropped, and everything sent to Christine… so now we wait and see.
All in all it’s been an interesting and enlightening exercise — both in terms of observing exactly what I do (instead of being on autopilot) and in terms of really SEEING what I look like (as opposed to just focusing on a single feature or looking in the mirror sans glasses).
I am going to work on being more mindful in the morning, but I think it’s OK to have a soft view of myself in the morning. I know the signs of age are there, but perhaps it’s part of God’s plan that my eyesight is getting fuzzier as I get more wrinkles. There’s time enough to ponder on aging and mortality, but first thing in the morning I’d rather think happy thoughts about bb creams and pretty lipstick colors.
What about you?