September 16, 2005

Kiss & Make Up

I used to wear a lot of make-up in my teens, and I was pretty good at applying it, although I may have lacked subtlety. Think colourful goth.
I wore glasses then, and I always thought it spoiled the effect.
When I started work I gradually stopped wearing so much, because I was too lazy to put it on in the mornings. And anyway, what was the point in that godawful hospital kitchen?
Now I find it uncomfortable. Eye make-up makes my eyes feel hot and sticky, and foundation/face powder makes my cheeks and forehead look and feel dry. This is the case no matter what brand I use, although I don’t use really expensive stuff, so maybe that would work better. But as I hardly wear it, there’s no point splashing out, is there?
I don’t seem to be able to wear make-up on my eyes for more than a couple of hours without it becoming smudged and creased. I get panda eyes.
When I wear contact lenses, I have absolutely no idea how to apply make-up, because I have been wearing glasses for longer than I have been wearing make-up, so I don’t know what to do. I no longer have access to the how-to articles in teen magazines, and I draw the line at seeking such advice on the internet.
Once I was given a black eyeliner pencil that was too long to get between my face and the mirror, because I’m so short-sighted. After using it for about 15 years, it is now short enough – but now I have the contact lenses I don’t have to get so close to the mirror anymore.
I have started to notice my skin ageing, but so far I don’t have any wrinkles. I attribute this to Boots Baby Lotion and too low a boredom threshold for sunbathing.


6 thoughts on “Kiss & Make Up

  1. It’s one of those things that we’re somehow meant to know innately, but it’s a real skill and no one ever teaches you (unless you’re a professional make-up artist).
    After 15 years, probably best to chuck your eyeliner pencil, it might have lurgies lurking on it which you are sticking in your eye.

  2. You’re right, Annie. Some of my make-up is nearly as old as Pete. I should throw it all out and replace it. Yay, who wants to come to Boots with me?

  3. I looked hideous in eyeliner on the one occasion I tried it. I thought it would go with Robert Smith’s hair, which I had at the time (actually, I should rephrase that – I had a hairstyle *like* Robert Smith; not Robert Smith’s actual hair, OK?) Anyway, in short – it didn’t. Go, that is. I looked like a tormented Panda. It was at that point that I decided that my time as a Goth would be as a make-up-less Goth. Shame, eh?
    Sorry, I was just having a Goth flashback moment there. My Boots advice is buy lots of black mascara. But then I know nothing, obviously.

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