|Misses Marianne, Margaret, and Elinor Dashwood are my inspiration. Sense and Sensibility, 1995.
You’re right, of course. In the greater scheme of things, worrying about not being able to wear eye make-up is pretty shallow. Okay, very shallow. Ridiculous, even, yeah, I get that. And I’m not actually worrying. Not really.
It’s not as if I wear tons of eye make-up all the time. I’ve been out and about in our little village countless times, since I retired, with minimal make-up: just eye brow gel (applied like mascara with a wand), under-eye concealer, a little blush, and mascara. But if I venture any further out in public, say downtown shopping, to a restaurant for lunch or dinner, or to a party, I always wear eye make-up (primer, three different shadows, and liner). This new situation will simply require me to be a bit more… ah… minimal, more minimal, even, than my only-in-the-village look.
|Clare Calbraith as Steph Farrow in Home Fires nails the no eye make-up thing.
So, since last week, after my operation (which went well, by the way), I’ve been looking for inspiration as to how best to navigate the no eye make-up thing. I had in my head that I should go for a retro look. Like Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility. Their make-up is lovely. I noticed it particularly when Mum and I were watching the film again when I was in Fredericton last month. In close-ups they both look so innocent, all fresh-faced, pink-cheeked, and mascara-less. Except that they are, of course, wearing make-up on their eyes, only in such a way to make it look as if they aren’t. On second thought, trying to emulate the youthful blushes of unmarried, unspoiled Regency girls might be a bit of a stretch for me at sixty-two.
Still, thinking along retro lines, maybe the look of the 1940s might be more achievable. Similar to what Clare Calbraith as Steph Farrow does in that wonderful television mini-series Home Fires. With a focus on eyebrows and lips. Which brings me to the shot of my mum in the forties, below. Mum had that pale face, dark lipstick look nailed, don’t you think? I could do that. Except with a brighter cheek colour.
|Dorena Sullivan, as was, in 1944, many years before she became my mum.
|Two weeks ago in full make-up
|My new “cold turkey” look.
You know, it’s funny, but I never noticed that I have one eyelid which is droopier than the other. I guess my contouring eye shadow usually disguises this fact. I’ve been a bit heavier handed with the eye brow colour, hoping for more definition. I’m also wearing my new Laura Mercier concealer which is brilliant. Covers like a dream, and you don’t even know it’s there.
Oddly enough I can’t find earrings that go with my new face. When Hubby and I went shopping on Monday, I tried several pairs and then went without. It seems that without eye make-up, wearing earrings feels like wearing lipstick in my pyjamas. If that makes any sense. My face doesn’t feel “finished” … or something.
So this is the look I’ve been sporting all week. Hubby says “it’s not horrendous.” “Okay,” I reply, “Thanks, maybe, I think.” It doesn’t really look like me, in my opinion. But I don’t hate this look.
|The difference from last week: more and brighter blush, more defined brows, and brighter lipstick.
|In case I chicken out I can hide behind my old glasses.
Now, I have to go wrap Christmas gifts and try to get them to the post office today. All things considered, I’ve left it way too late this year.
How about you, my discerning friends? Would you detect the difference if someone you know well went cold turkey and stopped wearing make-up? Or shaved off their mustache?