Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)? Share, please!
[Note from the editor - I'm now officially caught up from the weekend! Yay, me!]
Back to business. I'm not really a make-up guru. I do wear it everyday, though, and I do NOT leave the house without it. But my generally feeling is that if you know I'm wearing makeup, I'm wearing too much. I'm pretty fair, with light hair and light eyes, and without eye makeup you can't even be certain I have eyes. At all. So my morning routine involves under eye concealer (thanks, kids!), neutral shadow, dark liner, and mascara. Plus light cover up to even out skin tone; otherwise I look like I'm wearing too much blush every day. Or a circus clown. No biggie, right?
That sounds like a lot of makeup to many people, but it's how I feel comfortable presenting myself to the world. I thought that made me superficial until a good friend cited the old "You look good, you feel good" cliche. And she's right. Confidence means so much, and people do treat you differently depending on how you look. It's not right, on principle, but it's true.
I use a variety of department and drug store brands, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear if anyone has a liner that won't smudge. My eyes tend to water throughout the day, and even though I present the challenge to every makeup counter I find, no one has yet introduced me to a liner that won't make me look like a racoon by 6pm. I'm tired of traveling with the supplies I need to touch it up. Truthfully, I have a stash at work, but I only use it if I have somewhere special to go in the evening. So most days are not pretty by the end. I'm sure I'm harder on myself and that people don't actually notice, but it has to contribute to making me look tired and unkempt, right?
That doesn't answer the question at all, does it?
Honestly, my best tip is dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi. My personal vanity's cross to bear is that I have very fine and thin hair. Flat and limp. Not only does it buy me an extra day between washes, it increases the diameter of each hair, and my hair looks *better* on day 2 than freshly washed. Amazing. I've actually thought about using it EVERY day. Maybe I'll try that tomorrow.