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More than skin deep
Y’all, I love makeup. Seriously. I grew up not loving makeup. That might have been because I came into the age of makeup in the late 80s and early 90s and heaven save all of us who lived through that era. I spent months begging and pleading for bright blue mascara in the early 90s and then spent years not wearing any makeup at all in rebellion over being conned into wearing bright blue mascara. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself settling into a comfortable place with my clothes, and other adornments. As I’ve come to realize what great gifts our embodied selves are I’ve gotten more and more interested in how we celebrate and care for them.
And for me makeup has become a way of unearthing and revealing holiness. Not of hiding outer flaws but of wearing the creativity, brightness, and joy I want to express on the outside. Now listen, that doesn’t mean every day I’m all happy and glowing inside. Hell now. Some days I’m anxious and unsure and tied up in knots. But I know way deep down in my gut that we are beautiful, body and soul. That I am beautiful. And so the care and adoring of my body becomes a spiritual practice, a reminder of that truth even on days I don’t see or feel it myself.
Who is Glossier
But loving making doesn’t mean I love all makeup. And I’m really not a fan of the look of makeup. (Yup, I’m a weird one.) I
like to look natural, fresh, put together. But I don’t want to look like I’m wearing makeup. So when I started to see people talking bout Glossier and nearly all their reviews mentioned it’s natural, no makeup finish I had to try. I haven’t tried all, or even most, of their products but I have found some that are stand out favorites for me. Makeup for me is a form of artistic expression. It’s a physical meditation as I begin my day. The look I chose helps me mentally prepare for whatever the day has in store. For others who are shy, or introverted the act of putting on makeup might be a powerful practice for you as well. And while tastes differ and it’s always fun to have those full on glam days sometimes most of the time I just want to put awake, fresh, and put together.
My Favorite Products
Cloud Paint (dusk & beam)
The number one standout product for me is Cloud Paint, Glossier’s cream blushes. They come in a little tube and a littlegoes a very, very long way. I suspect a single tube, used daily would easily last most people a year or more. I can’t emphasize enough how tiny a drop of this blush you need to end up with a pretty and natural flush. Anna, from The Anna Edit (who is one of my all time favorite Youtubers and bloggers) shared a tip from Glossier’s founder in a recent video: she suggested mixing two colors together for an even more natural look. In this case I mix dusk (a slightly brown shade) and beam (peach) and end up with a color that looks natural, glowing and sun kissed. I mix them together on my finger tips, dab on the cheeks and then blend them with a beauty blender. I’ll pat the beauty blender anywhere I’d normally put bronzer after the blush is blended to add just a tiny hint of summer color to the high points of my face.
Really there’s not much more one needs in the way of makeup on a long work or errands day. A bit of lip balm, some mascara and I’m ready to go.
Boy Brow (blonde)
Looking at me you wouldn’t know I’m a blonde. But I was born nearly strawberry blonde, and I’ve got the see through skin and blue eyes to match! My hair has gotten darker as I’ve gotten older but for whatever reason my eyebrows stayed blonde, most of my eyebrow hairs are great ninjas. You can’t see them at all. But brow pencils are so fussy. I just don’t have time for that. Which is why I’m loving Boy Brow. It comes in a little mascara like tube with a tiny, tiny mascara wand. You just brush it into your eyebrows for a bit of color and some control and shaping. I’m done in seconds and they look natural.
I’m not much for highlighters. They just don’t look natural to me, and as my skin gets older they tend to highlight every pore and line. But the Haloscope in quartz is pretty and just gives a slight glisten. When I lived in the South folks liked to say that a lady didn’t sweat, she glistened. I don’t know about that, I sweat folks. But Haloscope is what it would look like if I did glisten. Which is nice. The stick is pretty stiff however (ahem) so it’s best to get some on your fingers first and then dab wherever you want glow, otherwise it seems to move foundation around a bit. Of all the things I’ve bought from Glossier this is the one I probably won’t repurchase when it runs out, I just don’t care about highlighter enough and this hasn’t changed my feelings. Glisten or no.
Balm Dotcom (birthday cake)
Ok, seriously, y’all. Balm Dotcom actually smells like birthday cake. Yeah it’s also a really nice clear lip gloss with a little bit of shimmer in it. Who cares. It smells like cake! Not fake cake, real vanilla cake with that awesome fluffy white icing and multi-colored sprinkles. Using it makes me hungry but I don’t care. There’s a bunch of different colors and flavors which you can supposedly use for things other than lip gloss, I have not yet because I don’t want my hands/cheeks/etc to sparkle. But I seriously love this stuff, it really does hydrate and soften my poor dry cracked lips. And it smells like birthday cake.
Frankly the little bubble bags their products ship in are half the fun. They make great travel makeup bags and I’ve got a number of them tucked away holding all my backup products and travel minis.
What are your favorite ways of expressing yourself in dress, makeup, or accessories?