Confession coming in 4...3...2...1...
I don't wear makeup. Actually, that's not quite true. I wear a little bit of make up, but it's a very small amount, and it's a recent development.
I hear many of you gasping through the interwebs. Trust me, I understand. My dearly departed Aunt Connie never could get over it. That woman spent 2 hours every day "putting her face on", and it drove her absolutely nuts that I didn't wear a stitch of make up. Luckily for her (and probably me) we didn't see each other that often.
I don't have anything against make up. When I was in 5th grade, the older girl up the street gave me a make up "lesson". My father was so irrationally angry when I got home, that he scared me off of it for years. By the time my friends began experimenting with mascara and lip gloss, I had just started wearing contacts, and everything I tried hurt my eyes. I am very fortunate to have good skin, so I never saw the need for concealer or foundation.
Over time I became the girl that didn't wear make up. It became a "label" in high school and college, even though I didn't intend it to be. Then I had kids, and we all know what having a newborn does for your beauty routine.
Truthfully, there are lots of advantages to not wearing makeup. For one thing, I can get out of the house in the morning in thirty minutes flat. I'm pretty sure that's one of the top five reasons my husband married me. Second, think of all the money I've saved! When we travel, my friends bring a huge bag of makeup, and I am aware of how much it costs. They should have that stuff insured. Finally, I never have to worry about anybody seeing my naked face. I can answer the door on the weekends without fear of scaring anyone pre-makeup. I look like this all the time.
Here comes the however.
I'm in my late 40's now. And I've started to notice that things aren't looking quite as good as they used to. My skin tone isn't as even, and my eyes aren't as bright and open as they once were. I've definitely passed the age where not wearing makeup should be my "label". I know that a good, simple makeup routine would solve a lot of these problems.
But I don't know where to start.
I've always taken good care of my skin, and worn sunscreen every day since I was a teenager. For the past few months I've been using the Clarisonic Mia, and I love it. It's my skin's new best friend.
In the mornings, I moisturize well, and put on a BB cream that has a light tint to it. Sometimes I'll add a little blush if I'm going somewhere special. That's it. I've tried getting help from a few beauty counters at the mall. However, most of these nice salesgirls don't understand what I'm looking for, and I come out looking ridiculous.
So, I'm asking for help from my readers. What advice or suggestions about products or application do you have for a makeup virgin such as myself? I'm starting out at least 30 years behind! Please be kind. I can take it, but I don't know if my face can. :)