Of course, the way I make up my face has changed a lot over the years. Make-up itself has changed, fashion has changed, and I've changed (a whole lot) since I received my first mini-make-up kit from my big sister for Christmas when I was in grade nine. And for the past few years, learning to make-up my old(er) face has required me to learn quite a few new tricks.
|All made-up and no party to attend tonight.|
Since I retired I've had a very different morning routine, and for the past five years I've been slowly altering how I wear make-up, and how much of it I wear. So, in the interest of learning a few new tricks and getting my make-up done for free, when I was contacted about a Christmas promotion event for Laura Mercier, my favourite make-up line, I booked an appointment. I used to be exclusively a Bobbi Brown devotee; the Bobbi Brown girls at Holt Renfrew were my go-to experts for years. But I shifted my allegiance to Laura Mercier when Nordstrom opened because of a lovely cosmetician named Katie, who I've written about before on the blog. Katie taught me how to "tight-line," and how to properly use my highlighter powder, as well as giving me all kinds of skincare pointers. Despite wearing make-up for more than forty years, and even working for a stint on the Lancôme counter at Simpson's back in the early eighties, I find there are always new techniques I can learn.
When Katia, who now manages the Laura Mercier line at Nordstrom, told me about their pre-Christmas make-over promotion, I was keen. I was interested in trying new eye-shadow colours in a neutral, soft palette which I could apply easily and simply for day, and layer more dramatically for evening. I thought I might move away from tight-lining, especially for travel, maybe get a liner pencil that would pack more easily. I was also looking for a blush that, applied to the apples of my cheeks, would brighten my face without looking too "rouge-y."
Last Friday afternoon, I enjoyed a lovely couple of hours with these three ladies.That's Diane on the left. Diane is the Laura Mercier rep for Eastern Canada, and a very talented make-up artist. In the middle is Fadumo, an experienced cosmetician who works these events for Laura Mercier. And that's Katia on the right. Katia manages the LM counter at Nordstrom.
|Diane, Fadumo, and Katia at the Laura Mercier counter in Nordstrom.|
I also loved what Fadumo did with my eye shadow. The new shadow colour (Fresco), which I purchased, goes beautifully with the shadows I already owned. At first, she tried a taupe liner pencil, but we all agreed that using a brush to tightline with my dark blue liner works better with the very neutral eyeshadow colours. I wrote a post about learning how to tight-line ages ago. You can read it here, but honestly this short You Tube video from Laura Mercier shows you much better. The key from what I've read, and from my own experience, is to make sure the liner is not too watery, and to apply at the base of the lashes and not in the water line where it will simply run into your eye. I have sensitive eyes and I've had no problem using this technique. I much prefer it to my old smudgy pencil.
Diane suggested the blush I'm wearing here and I love it. It looks dark in the compact, but isn't when it's applied. It gives me some much needed colour in my cheeks, brightening my face without looking like I've too much make-up on. And she showed me how to use the highlighter powder which I already owned to soften the colour if I want. Diane also chose the lipstick pencil I'm wearing. It's quite dramatic here, maybe a better look for me for evening. But she explained how I can use it as a stain by applying it over my lip balm to give just a hint of added colour.
|My Lucille Ball look-alike lips are maybe a bit too dramatic for me for day.|
|My colour palette with new additions purchased last week.|
|Selfie-taking can be down-right embarrassing. One should never take it too seriously.|
You know, my relationship with make-up over the years hasn't always been a love affair; sometimes it's been challenging and sometimes even fraught. I wrote about that journey in this post a while ago. Since I've entered my sixties, aging skin, disappearing eye brows, and wrinkly lips have posed a whole new set of challenges. And since I'm not ready to sally forth each morning bare-faced, unless I'm lacing up my runners, pulling on my fishing boots, or strapping on my skis, I think I'd better learn some new tricks to tackle these new challenges.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not interested in having "a little work done," as the euphemism goes. Not at all. I don't want to deny that I'm sixty-two; I don't want to erase the lines, or smooth out the crow's feet. I just want to find the most flattering way to look a bit fresher, and more pulled together than I do when I roll out of bed. And I want to still feel smashing when I go to a party.
Which is kind of ironic. I'm having cataract surgery tomorrow. I know! And I won't be able to wear eye make-up for two whole weeks. Which takes me right through all our Christmas party dates. And just as I'm learning some new make-up tricks. Drat. Still... as recompense there will be that ability to see clearly thing. That will be good.
Now have a look at the original trailer for one of our favourite British television shows. Old dogs learning new tricks. Hubby and I loved this show. We were sad when it ended.
P.S. Thanks to Diane, Katia, and Fadumo for a wonderful afternoon. I had such fun playing with make-up and yakking with you guys.
Now... what are you doing, my friends, make-up wise to deal with the challenges of aging? Any new tricks you want to share with the rest of us?