I have never been big on wearing makeup, especially foundation or powder. Mascara has pretty much been a constant in my life…without it, I look like I need a nap. Lately though, I have felt the need to change things up a bit. My newfound interest in cosmetics started with my 42nd birthday when I had a close friend do my makeup before dinner. She previously worked at the Chanel counter, and she literally opened my eyes to the possibilities of looking beautiful – and different.
It has been 22 weeks and 3 days since I had my reconstruction. I only recently started feeling much better than I did in the previous 5+ months, and it is driving my desire to explore new things.
After my birthday weekend, I went to Ulta to pick up my only cosmetic staple (mascara) and that turned into a two-hour ordeal. Don’t get me wrong – I do own some makeup, but it is definitely not a lot compared to most people. I am learning that applying makeup takes practice…and a whole lot of patience. Some folks are just naturals at it. Me? Well, honestly, I tried doing the “smokey eye” when it became a trend and I looked like someone punched me in both eyes.
Since I am a “student” of cosmetics, I have been texting a few girlfriends “today’s makeup” to seek their opinions on how I look. My close friend who did my makeup for my birthday – and who is also a recent breast cancer survivor – suggested I blog about it. I thought that’s a fantastic idea, since I know there are probably women like me out there, trying to cope with the effects cancer treatments have left on my body. It is a daily struggle; however, the makeup ritual I have been doing almost every day has transformed me – both physically and mentally. Gary has noticed a HUGE change in my confidence and appearance, so much so, he told me to make sure I get good cosmetics and spend the grocery money on it if I need to.
What makeup do you like to wear? Has it changed the way you see yourself and improved your confidence – or are you just becoming a “student” like me? Join the discussion in the comments and share with the group… I am excited to learn about what works for others. Pinterest and YouTube have thousands of makeup tutorials; however, I feel overwhelmed when I try to weed through them.
Foundation: Tarte BB Tinted Primer in Medium
Eyeshadow: Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue (I used Magnetic as eyeliner underneath – that’s the dark color)
Blush: Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue in Mysterious
Eyeliner (corners): Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Soft Nude
Mascara: (base) Cover Girl Super Sizer Fibers, (top coat) Urban Decay Perversion
Powder: IT Cosmetics in Translucent
Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin in Pink
Eyebrows: Urban Decay Naked on the Run in Fix
* I also used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer (it makes it last 12 hours) and Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (mist in an “X” and “T”).