|The new look. (This is not a photo of Theidiosyncratist.)|
I had my makeup "done" not long ago in preparation for an event. I like to call myself a makeup minimalist, but I will concede that, in my case, "minimal" could be a synonym for "lazy."
Anyway, the experience was interesting, and I learned a lot about how the girls are doing their faces these days.
1. Skin. I used to wear tinted moisturizer, at least occasionally. When my last bottle ran out, I didn't replace it. I don't have a bunch of spots on my skin, after all. This, I learned, is not the current fashion.
The makeup expert started her work by applying a number of products. In order, as best I can recall, were these: serum, moisturizer, "correction" around the eyes, "mattifying" foundation cream, three different shades of powdered highlights, all-over flat powder and, finally, powdered blush.
I'm no expert on these matters, but by this point when I looked in the mirror it appeared that my face had been spackled.
2. Eyes. This was more normal. Some lightish-neutral cream around the lids, then eyeliner. Black eyeliner.
"Do you want tails?" the makeup gal asked.
"Tails?" I asked.
She showed me a picture. It looked like this.
Then she brushed some lightly sparkled highlighter under my eyebrows.
Then she brushed some dark brown powder into my eyebrows and used a tiny comb to
Finally, she applied several layers of mascara, blotting between each.
"How's that?" she asked.
I looked in the mirror. Here I will use a popular current expression: My eyes "popped."
"Not bad," I admitted.
3. Lips. "Lips today are dramatic," she said. She offered several suggestions.
"I was thinking of something a little more, well, normal," I said. So she came up with some colors like these, which are more like what I see at parties and in restaurants these days.
I picked a shade like the one on the left. The makeup master found a matching pencil and crayoned my lips all over with that. Then she repeated the process with the lipstick and a small brush.
Then she applied what must have been some kind of clear sealant -- the lipstick didn't smear as much as I had expected later when I had a glass of wine. Definitely a plus.
So here is the the overall look of the moment: matte foundation with highlights and blush; black eyeliner, often with tails; black mascara; occasional eyeshadow, but not the smoky stuff; arched brows and carefully applied lipstick in a strong red tone.
More pictures --
After the facial artist was done and while she processed my credit card payment, I studied my reflection in the mirror. I didn't look like myself, exactly, but except for the face spackle, the result was pretty good.
Then I checked my watch and realized the process had taken much longer than I expected. It occurred to me that maybe I should spend more time, or at least some time, on makeup every day.
When the makeup gal returned, I asked her how long it took her to do her own face each morning.
"About 90 minutes," she said. "But if I'm in a real hurry, I can get the job done in a half hour."
I tried not to goggle in shock.
In these matters, I think the minimalist look suits me best, after all.