Not me, the makeup! Sheesh.
Who doesn’t love to play with makeup? OK, lots of us. But if you like to get glammed up with color and glitter and eyelashes–but without spending a ton of money or time on it–this post is for you!
I am a Pussyfooter, which means I get dolled up like a showgirl on lots of occasions–sometimes at 8 or 9 in the morning! And my makeup needs to last for hours, while dancing in the rain, sweating in the hot sun, on a stage, in a crowd, and down the streets of New Orleans for 7 or more miles. And I’ll tell ya, this particular combination works. Even after hours of sweating and being rained on, I still look pretty darn good at parade’s end.
Now, I am not a makeup artist, nor do I receive any kickbacks from any of the products I’ll mention below. This is all stuff I bought myself for my own use. I’ve studied lots of YouTube videos for eye makeup application, and I’m a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race–plus I did a little bit of theater when I was a young’un, so that’s where I got these tips. Once I did this process a few times, I got quick–I’d say it takes maybe 15 minutes to put on my face, including fake lashes. (I’ll do a separate post about those!)
But enough chatter, let’s put on some makeup!
First, start with a clean, washed face. Don’t put anything on it, though–no lotion or sunscreen. Not yet. We’re going to start with the eyes, and if powder or glitter falls on your face, it’ll be easier to clean it up (without messing up the rest of your makeup) if your skin is clean.
Apply eyeshadow primer all over your eyelid, up to the brow and around the inner corner of your eye, blending it lightly with your fingertip.
Using a soft eyeshadow brush, put on a pale shade all over your lid, up to your browbone. Next, apply a pearly white eyeshadow to just the inner corners, all around the tear duct and in the hollow on the side of your nose. This is going to help open up your eyes. Blend it a bit.
Now grab an angled crease brush and a straight edge, like a credit card or playing card. Angle the card to form a line from the outer corner of your eye to the outer corner of your eyebrow. This will give your eye makeup a clean edge.
Using your brush and a dark contour color, make a sideways-V shape, following the edge of the card up to slightly above your crease, then sweeping in your crease toward the inside of your eye. Go back and forth a couple times to get it good and dark.
If you want to keep a natural-toned eye, stop there. But if you want to add a bright color, do the same thing, going right over the brown tone with a bright. You can also skip the brown and use just the bright color. If I’m wearing pink, I do it over the brown for extra definition. If I’m wearing orange, I do the orange by itself. Either way, if you wet the brush before dipping into the shadow, your color will go on darker.
Let it dry a bit, then use your fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend lightly. I like the defined crease look, so I don’t blend much.
Use a white eyeliner pencil to line your inner lower rims (waterlines). This really opens your eyes! Extend the white line past the outer corner of your eye, following the line of your card/eyeshadow, for about a quarter-inch.
Now line the top lid with black liquid liner or a marker. I pull my eyelid taut, start from almost the middle, and line in one solid motion to the outer edge. A single line means a smoother line, but it’s not easy! Then I go back to the middle and do a lighter line toward my nose, then get out the card and draw a cat-eye flick above the white line extending about a half inch. Go back and fill in as necessary. Q-Tips make a pointed cotton swab that is very helpful for erasing mistakes–dip the end in water or a water-based makeup remover, because oil-based will make everything slide around!
Time to fill in your brows. I use brow powder and wax every day, so I just use a lot more when I’m getting fancy. Set that powder with lots of wax for staying power. Or use pencils, which are already waxy.
Curl your lashes and apply waterproof mascara. If you’re doing false lashes, a single coat is plenty; if not, layer it up!
Do you want to sparkle? You know you do. Glitter glue keeps glitter in place, and it works GREAT. Squeeze a bit on the back of your hand, dip a flat brush into the glue, and dab it onto your eyelid. Hold a tissue under your eye to catch any glitter fallout, then dip that brush in loose glitter designed for wearing on the face/near eyes and dab on over the glue. Pretty!
Wipe up any glitter or powder that fell below your eyes with a damp washcloth. You’re ready to put on the rest of your face.
Spread a thin coat of face primer all over your face, including under your eyes. Mine needs to set for two minutes, so I brush teeth and floss or go put on Spanx while I wait.
Back to the mirror. Apply your usual undereye concealer. I love, love, love Lancome Effacernes Waterproof in light buff. It is light, creamy, does not settle into lines, and is waterproof! It’s also expensive. But I use it every day.
Now we can finish the eyes. Using a tiny eyeliner brush, which has been dabbed in water, and a very dark eyeshadow, trace under your lower lashes, starting from the outside corner moving toward the inside corner. Extend that outer corner mirroring the upper black cat-eye flick, but stay along the bottom of the white line and extend only a quarter inch.
Touch up the white line in the middle of the two darker flicks if need be. Apply your waterproof mascara to lower lashes.
If you’ll be outside, now is a good time to apply sunscreen. Then apply your usual foundation or BB Cream. Apply blemish concealer. Around my nose, I add Benefit’s Pore-fessional, which erases large pores without caking up like a powder.
Grab your bright blush and go to town on your cheeks, focusing on the apples and swooping up toward the temples. A good thing about being over 40 is that our bone structure becomes more prominent: play up those cheekbones! And if you’ll be wearing a colored wig, put on more blush than you think you need.
To further accentuate bone structure, use a cream or powder highlighter (even a pearly eyeshadow will work) and dot & blend along the tops of cheekbones, on the browbone, along the bridge of the nose, and on the Cupid’s Bow above your lip. Now you glow!
For lipstick, my hands-down favorite has been L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge in Fearless Fuschia. It lasts for hours (sometimes even after washing my face), does not feel dry or sticky, and doesn’t move (or give creepy lip-outlines). Ah. Maze. Ing.
I top it with Hard Candy’s Walk the Line liquid eyeliner in glittery fuschia–I hate this stuff as an eyeliner, but it is awesome as a lip glitter.
You look fabulous, darling! One more thing: apply those falsies. Lashes. I mean lashes. I’ll do a separate post about applying false eyelashes, but I will say that getting a good quality lash (avoid the cheap multi-packs) makes a world of difference in comfort, and I only use Duo Eyelash Adhesive in clear-white (drugstores carry it). My lashes stay on until I want them off.
There! You are all glammed up and ready to face the world. And no matter what the world has in store for you, you will look gorgeous through it all.
Now you tell me, what are your favorite glamorous and/or long-lasting makeup tricks? Any products you love or hate? Dish!
Between out-of-town trips, the kids at home all summer, a dead computer/recovering hard drive/new computer, and Hurricane Isaac (we fared fine, though without power for 4 days), I have been somewhat MIA from this blog. My apologies! But I have been getting dressed, sewing, and taking notes, so I hope you’ll follow along with some of my recent projects!
Here is one I am proud of. I found these capris at the thrift store, and loved the embroidered cherry print, but hated the frumpy way they fit me.
Years ago I had some adorable high-waisted shorts with cuffs, probably from the ’40s or ’50s, and decided to recreate that look from these pants.
Basically, this project is not much more complicated than sewing a regular hem, but you need to do some measuring to figure out how you want them to look. I have checkered shorts from Land’s End that I like, so I used them as a model. I wanted to be able to cuff them or leave them uncuffed, so I used the checkered shorts as a model for that too.
First, I measured the inseam, the length from crotch to hem, of my checkered shorts. These are 5 inches cuffed, 7 inches uncuffed. I added two inches to allow for hemming, so I turned my capris inside out and marked them 9 inches from the crotch.
In order to get the legs even, I measured from the bottom of the capris to the mark: 11 inches. Then I measured and marked on the other side of this pant leg, connected the dots, then did the same on the other pant leg. Now there are lines to cut along.
After cutting off the excess fabric, it’s time to hem. First, I ironed about a quarter of an inch up (still inside-out), using a measuring tape to keep the hem even. Ironing meant I didn’t need to pin before stitching.
Here’s how it looks stitched. If you like, you could leave them just like this, without a cuff.
But I like the cuff. In this style of cuffing, you will be able to see the stitching along the bottom; it’s not a blind cuff like on fancy trousers. But that’s OK with casual shorts, I think. My checkered model shorts are the same way, and it allows me to wear them cuffed or not.
I tried them on and determined I wanted the cuff to be 2 inches. I took them off, turned them inside-out, and folded two inches up, pinning as I went.
I stitched a straight line very close to the upper edge of the cuff, then turned them right-side out, turned up my new cuff, and ironed. I think they turned out cute!
Ta-da! I feel like da (cherry) bomb! Bonus: These have elastic along the back waist, so I can actually sit down in them with minimal muffin top. Yay!
Let me know if you try this! It took about an afternoon from beginning to end–with great results. My other capris and pants are now on notice…
um…skirt, purple mullet skirt!
I should try to dig up some photos of my brothers and their mullets in middle school back in the early ’80s. Gelled spikes on top, long braided rattails in the back as they cruised around on their BMX bikes after breakdancing class…yes the 11-year-old ladies were all over that.
My now-adult-with-kids-of-their-own-and-conservatively-cropped brothers would kill me.
So here’s a more palatable mullet. I saw the ladies on Ain’t No Mom Jeans and I’ll Take That in Purple celebrating the short-in-front, long-in-back skirts that are now popular, and I thought, hm, my legs are still pretty good. Could I get away with one of those? Better yet, could I make one?
Perhaps everyone does this all of the time, but I felt like a bloomin’ genius when this idea popped into my head.
Use a ponytail elastic to extend the waistband of those little-bit-too-tight pants (the ones that look good when you stand but won’t allow you to sit or eat or bend over without feeling like you’ve just had the Heimlich maneuver. Yeah, those).
I am a sucker for Western-style blouses. Snaps, funky yoke detailing, long shirttails, pointy collar–yes, please! So when I saw this one at a thrift about a year ago, I knew it was meant for me. Love the pattern and the ruffles!
Problem: It was much too large. At first I thought I’d wear it loose, but it just looked shapeless, which made me look shapeless. Not cute. (more…)
As of two weeks ago, I have finished my breastfeeding career! I’m feeling both jubilant and a little sad: I’m done! I’m done. The little guy is surprisingly cool with it already. I think we both knew it was time. Well, me moreso than him.
During this last pregnancy, I gained about 4 cup sizes–and two band sizes–then gradually shrank back down (not all the way yet). I maxed out around a 36 H/I; a good friend said, how do you not topple over? Sheer willpower. Which meant I kept outgrowing and outshrinking bras every few months. When you are an unusual size, bras are pricey. Who can afford to drop $50 to $100 per bra every few months? Not me.
So I started altering them. Yes, altering bras.