I don’t usually wear makeup these days. I wore makeup daily in high school and college, and even then my friends didn’t believe I had any on. I guess that should have been a sign: I have no idea how to put on makeup.
At the age of 11, I visited the Clinique counter with my mom. She wanted me to look natural, not made-up. I got powder, mascara, blush and eye shadow. I loved it and thought I looked like a different person, even though I was the only one who noticed I had it on. In the years after that, I had to learn to pile it on a little heavier for dance competitions. My dance coach advised me to pile on the makeup so as to not look washed out onstage. I really felt like I was putting a lot on in those days, but when I met my friend Kate in high school, I knew I was in little league.
She came to my house last week, after not seeing me for years. We did some catching up and then I told her what I wanted in my “makeup” look.
She laughed. “I know, Kelli. I know who you are.”
I thought back to early morning dance practices in the smelly gym. Afterward, we’d only have 30 minutes to get ready for school. No problem for me. Get dressed. Brush my hair. Spend three minutes putting on makeup. Shoes on. Ready.
Not for Kate, though. She spent that amount of time it took me to get ready putting on her mascara. Her makeup always looked perfect. Beautiful.
Let me tell you about Kate. She is full of life. She is kind, caring and crazy (in a good way). We didn’t really run in the same circle, but we were great friends. I loved being around Kate in high school. She always made me feel welcome. We were always laughing. Kate’s talents are endless. She is an artist, she has a degree in geography (too cool!), she is an amazing wife and mom to three kids.
I asked Kate to come over and give me an easy daytime look to transition to date night. She opened up her tool kit makeup box and I showed her my current tiny bag of makeup. My makeup bag could have been Jonah and hers the whale about to swallow it whole.
First, Kate matched my skin tone to the foundation. (I haven’t worn foundation since my wedding day almost 12 years ago.) She worked her magic, blending the foundation into my skin and covering the bags born from four kids waking me up way too early. We talked about the trials and triumphs of motherhood, renovating houses and dreams of future opportunities for the both of us.
When we got to the eyes, I really started paying attention. Y’all, I have never learned how to put on eye makeup. For real. When I try, it looks so bad I have to wash my face, and by that time I don’t even care, so no makeup day is almost every day for me. But, if I’m honest, I’ve always wanted to be an artist with the eyes. And that is exactly what Kate is! She is the first person to actually explain to me how I should use color on my eyelids. “Below the crease, Kelli,” she explained as it finally clicked!
My eyes bulge a little, which is awesome because she said I don’t need eyeliner. No worries, I don’t have time for eyeliner. She lined the lower lid with a medium brown and then made a V on the outside with a dark brown. Then we put a shimmer on the bottom part of the lid over the medium brown. Viola! Day time look done. Then she added a dark pink over the shimmer for my night time look. Add some mascara, and out the door I go with my handsome hubs. Ready for date night…
I can’t tell you how many comments I have gotten since I can properly apply eye makeup. And I like it. It’s fun to put on makeup now. Now listen: I still only wear makeup two days a week, but those two days are filled with shimmer, foundation and the cutest light pink lipstick on the block.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Kate. You can come light up my kitchen any day and make me over. You are seriously one of the funniest, brightest women I know. Go get ‘em girl.
You can find Kate at: https://www.facebook.com/bossbabecosmetics/?pnref=lhc
Out takes of trying lipstick: