When I was in the second grade, my best friend Andi wasn’t allowed to wear pants to school. That’s not to say that she went bottomless, she just had a fabulous collection of handmade dresses which her mother had constructed for her. Every morning before the school bell rang, I would meet Andi in the girls bathroom and hand her a brown paper bag with my fashion picks of the day.
By the third grade, I started to throw some makeup in the bag. Not much, just some Cover Girl liquid foundation – preferably in a burnt orange shade – and even more orange blush to insure a perfectly sunburned look. Maybe even some Maybelline blue eye shadow would find it’s way into the mix. The only way to finish that look was with a head scarf and lots of shiny lip gloss. Perfection.
Our hero was the obscure beauty Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She took the high class gypsy look into the stratosphere. However, When Andi’s brother’s dreamboat friend told us that we looked like scary clowns we toned it down a few shades…after we finished eating his brain.
So when should you start wearing another face on your face? Hopefully you won’t take it that far. But I do think that if you are applying makeup behind your parents’ back, you are more than likely too young to be wearing the stuff. Your parents might be right on this one! But when the time has comes or if your are using makeup now, please just take a long look look in the mirror before you apply anything and pick out your favorite features on your face. Makeup is for enhancing, not covering – unless it’s a blemish.
Here are some favorite products I think might work for those of you just starting out:
1. Begin with a light moisturizer. I like the Josie Maran protect daily sun protection SPF 40.
2. Tart Cheek stain and the lip stain.
3. Rimmel Glam eyes mascara.
4. Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer tinted in three tones OR corrective green(to take the red down). Follow that up with a little concealer to correct any overt green tones.
Avoid covering your face with foundation or powder. It will only clog your pores and irritate your skin!
Have fun and remember LESS IS MORE! Always.