Two Teens And Their Mama: I'm A 47 Year Old Makeup Virgin

Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm A 47 Year Old Makeup Virgin


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. :)

35 comments:

  1. I was a makeup virigin too until my late 30s! The only time I wore makeup waswhen I went to the prom and when cousins and close friends made me one of their bridesmaids. Lately though, I can never get out of the house without my moisturizer and lipstick, I feel naked without them. :)

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I do wear lip gloss on occasion - does that count?

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  2. Here is what I use: I never liked the feel of foundation on my face so I always have used tinted moisturizers. Since I have dry skin, I like the Tarte cheek stain for a blush (it's a stick). Recently I noticed I needed to start using concealer so after several attempts I found I like the Givenchy. Last fall I discovered the Laura Mercier eyeshadow pallet. The colors are neutral and they stay on all day. It lasts a long time, I'm still using it 9 months later. For eyeliner, I like the Urban Decay 24/7 because it glides on and does not tug at your eyelid. I use drugstore brand mascara - usually Loreal Voluminous, and Revlon Lip Stains. It takes me about 7 minutes if I use all the products but some days I just wear mascara and the lip stain.

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the suggestions Jill. I have a lot to learn!

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  3. Tinted moisturizer with sun screen and a dash of mascara if ypir lashes are like mine sparse with clear tips.

    I do the full run, the moisturizer a bit of powder, light blusher eyeshade liner and mascara in tem minutes. Lipstick is a waste of time as that skin is the black hole fpr all things tinted, so lip balm works just fine. I do nothing heavy handed either

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    1. My lashes are definitely short and thin. I've been trying an eyelash serum but the jury is still out.

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  4. I think you should be proud of your "girl that doesn't wear makeup" reputation! You haven't worn it because you haven't needed it!!!
    I don't wear much, but understand the need for a little help at this stage. My eyes seem to need some emphasis, but wearing mascara is new for me - and I can't seem to keep from rubbing my eyes, so it smears. The best product I have found is "Revlon Colorstay Overtime" mascara.
    I will be reading these comments and suggestions with interest as well!

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    1. Susan, you're so sweet! I think I definitely need to focus on the eyes more. Thank you for the suggestion!

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  5. Lana, I stink at make up too and I'm an esthetician. We studied it but it has never been my thing. I only were the basics. Takes me 5 maybe 10 minutes to put on make up. My goal with my skin and my clients is to get it looking as good as it can without make up.

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    1. This made me laugh - I figured you would have great suggestions for me :). I do agree though, if you take care of the skin underneath it solves a lot of problems.

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  6. I'm no help, as I rarely wear makeup. I don't even know what I'm doing when I put it on.

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    1. Me either! I'm getting some good ideas though.

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  7. I never used much makeup but I actually went to the Bobbi Brown counter at Macy's and they helped me both showing me how to apply the makeup as well as guiding me with colors to use. For everyday (going to work) I use foundation but also have used the tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara, brown eyeliner on top eyelid only.

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  8. I too never wore makeup. When I decided to wear it I went to Bobbi Brown at my local Macy's. They helped show me how to apply the makeup and the colors that would blend well with my face. I liked that they didn't put a lot of sale pressure and I could pick and choose what I purchased. For work I do wear foundation but have also gone with the tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara and brown eye liner on top lid only.
    I also have the Clarisonic and love it!

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    1. I love my Clarisonic! Maybe I will give Bobbi Brown a try. Thank you!

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  9. We are definitely on a similar wavelength Lana! After my post today, you know all of my tips for where to start. You can skip some of the steps but I think evening out skin tone is the most important. After that, swipe on a coat of mascara and you're good to go!

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    1. I laughed when I saw your post today - if I would have waited one more day, I wouldn't have needed this! Your video is great, thank you so much!

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  10. I have always had that same "label" but it just seems uncomfortable to me. I'm very claustrophobic and it smothers me. BUT Since I've started blogging and reading so many others that are so well put together I'm to fix up a little but like you I have no clue what I am doing.

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    1. I agree, I always feel a little claustrophobic too. That's why I'm hoping to get some suggestions for a "light" look :)

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  11. I am in the same boat. I wear mascara and lip gloss. That's it. My daughter despairs of me.

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    1. So funny! It's a good think I only have boys, or my daughter would have disowned me years ago I'm sure :)

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  12. You are so gorgeous without make up. I'd just thank my lucky stars and wear as little as possible if I were you. I think I agree with Alison about just evening out the skin tone if needed. My eyes have become sensitive to mascara's so I use an Almay hypoallergenic one.

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    1. Lisa, you are so sweet. What a nice compliment. I'm sure in the end I'll still do a minimal amount.

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  13. I am so jealous! I am a mess without makeup! I suggest Bare Minerals - great colors and less chemicals. They have fun eye palettes too! Susan

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    1. I totally agree about Bare Minerals - the little bit of makeup I have came from them. Haven't tried the eye palettes though. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  14. I wear very little makeup and hope to continue that! My Mom's just a couple years younger than you and also just uses a BB cream and eyeliner--I think a lot of traditional foundations can make skin look overly dry which is why I'm pro-BB cream

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  15. I've been trying to get my daughter to give me an eye make up lesson. I need some ideas but don't want to spend a lot of time. Great topic! :)

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    1. I agree, I don't want to add a lot of time to my morning routine. Too busy already!

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  16. I'm sorry, Lana, but I'm a poor adviser! I'm a 58 year old makeup virgin. The only thing I wear is a bit of mascara because I have clear eyelashes. And I only wear that when I'm going to church. All those things you said about not being seen pre-made up or getting out the door fast? Me. :)

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    1. Yay, I'm glad I have a partner in crime!

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  17. I LOVE that you don't wear makeup! If I'm not headed to work, I generally don't wear...or wash my hair...yes, I look pretty nasty on a long weekend. As for makeup though, I am a clinique woman through and through. If you wanted to, I'd make sure whatever you use has some SPF in it. I use the pink Maybelline mascara that has been around forever (and an eyelash curler helps). I also love any lip gloss/stick/balm in it. I nice 'natural' one is Sugar. There are a few tints and they have SPF 15-bonus!

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    1. Thanks so much for the suggestions Holli. I do like clinique!

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  18. You and me both on the whole not really doing make-up. My make-up drawer is where things go to die and then I realize I probably should not put on that mascara that is 3 years old!

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    1. I've thrown out so much old makeup that I never used...such a shame :)

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