Picasso, or the Not-so-Wonderful World of Makeup

For most of my life I’ve been told by well-meaning women, “You’d be so pretty if you’d just learn to apply your makeup properly.” I know they meant well, but those words, rather than feeling like a compliment always came across as put downs instead. What I heard was, “Damn, girl, you’re ugly, but you’d look better if you’d cover up your sad looking face.”

I’ve worn makeup since my early teen years, but I never learned the fine art of turning the bare canvas of my face into a work of art as so many women can. Unless that work of art is akin to a Picasso. I’ve got that whole cubist period look down pat. Or was that his blue period? I forget.

Several years ago I discovered a makeup brand I loved. Pür Minerals 4 in 1 foundation provided appropriate coverage for me–not too light, not too heavy–in an easy, breezy format. Makeup application took all of two minutes, including a swoop of blush, a splash of finishing powder, and a dash of mascara. I wasn’t going to win any beauty pageants, but hey, that was never on the table anyway.

Then just a couple of months ago I realized that my foundation was gathering in the creases and wrinkles of my face. It looked as though someone had crumpled up my skin like a sheet of parchment paper and dusted it with beige powdered sugar. It was not becoming.

Since that discovery I’ve been on a mission to find a new foundation, a new routine, an entirely new look. And the whole thing is pissing me off. Liquid foundations don’t stay where I want them even after applications of primer and finishing powder. I end up with a ghostly white upper lip after only a couple of hours of wear. It’s discouraging.

Today I spent thirty minutes in Ulta allowing an enthusiastic young woman to try out a new foundation on me, and then she filled in my eyebrows to make a frame for my face. Why do I need to frame my face?

Oh, yeah. Picasso.

Even after all the young woman’s careful ministrations, the makeup around my mouth wore off much more quickly than it did on the rest of my face. I look like a reverse raccoon. My eyebrows are holding up nicely, though.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

26 thoughts on “Picasso, or the Not-so-Wonderful World of Makeup”

  1. I am with you in regards to frustration with foundation! I never quite got the hang of makeup “enhancing” my looks. I recently decided I would only wear foundation if I go out somewhere special and then only sparingly. I mostly just wear the basics ~ moisturizer, mascara, a little blush, and lipstick. My “beauty” routine takes me less than a minute.

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  2. I’ve never used foundation. It’s actually horrible for your skin. Clogs up all your pores and will only serve in making one age faster. Special occasion only is probably a good idea.

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  3. I never learned how to do makeup either, and am constantly amazed at how expert some women are at transforming their face. I’ve got really expensive foundation that I use when I go out. Have you tried tinted moisturizer?

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  4. Your motto….. Doing the best you can with what you have!!!! You’re looking great!!!! I go out with burned noses, blotchy skin, eyebrows unplucked, etc… At 61 I don’t give a damn!!!! hahaha!!

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