Less is more with make-up.
It’s the ageing process that is causing the conundrum. There is no denying my face requires some different attention now. I am happy with the ageing process, I do think I have come to terms with that, but I get nervous about make-up and the application of it.
Less make-up really is more because too much can look a disaster. Especially when it comes to foundations and blushers. There is nothing worse than a face full of make-up that stands out and screams cover-up. I have lost count of the foundation creams I have purchased in the hunt for a dewy glow or a rose petal complexion. The best I can hope for is a more even complexion and a few illumination properties; reflect and deflect.
For special occasions a make-up artist who has magical powers is the best idea in the world; for daytime when I am in charge of the brushes and pencils, less really is more.
I have a few standbys now that make up my routine.
I use a very light CC cream as my foundation over a primer and dab the concealer when and where I need it. The under eye area is my problem with too many late nights and lack of sleep causing dark circles and unwanted puffiness.
I won’t stop the passing parade in their tracks with this routine and neither will I be self conscious all day that my make-up is wearing me and not the other way around. If I want to be bolder and make a statement I will wear a darker or more vibrant lip colour.
Perhaps I have become a scaredy cat; I prefer to think I have matured and my “painted doll” days are behind me. I can still remember my love affair with bright blue eye shadow, thick and gluggy massacred lashes and pale pink frosty lipstick. Yes, it’s true and all three were worn together. The application took a good hour and the removal another. Funny thing was, I thought I looked gorgeous and definitely aspired to the “more is merrier’ memo.
Life really does pass in the blink of an eye. I prefer to blink with less mascara, smile with a matte shade of lipstick and go about my day with a transparent glow.
If I am thinking less is more, I must be a grown up. xv
Less Is More: The Truth About Make-Up
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