Makeup: did you wear it as a teen? I was thinking about this lately because none of my three teens has ever shown much interest in makeup, but I did like it when I was their age.
I’m thinking it was maybe around 8th grade when I began wearing makeup. I often went whole-hog, with foundation, blush, eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick. Of course, this was near 1980, when bright makeup was “in.” I did do blue eye shadow occasionally, but please don’t think too ill of me. Even as a young teen, I wanted to be more subtle than the big swoop of color on my eyelid. I always tried to contour with a lighter shade under the brow 🙂 .
I don’t think I was always totally successful in my makeup application. A frequent memory is of Sunday mornings, in the car on the way to church. Mom would turn around, take a look at me in the backseat, and say, “You need to rub in your makeup along your jaw.” Oops.
For one of my birthday parties, Mom invited a Mary Kay lady to the house who helped my friends and me put on the latest shades. It was so fun. One Christmas, I got a lighted makeup mirror that looked similar to this. Oh, the thrill — I thought it was wonderful. It had fold-out sides and bright lights, which could be adjusted: natural, florescent, office — I think there were 4 settings, but I’m not sure of the last. Each morning, I would switch on my mirror, adjust the lights to my setting for the day, and embark on the road to beauty.
As a young teacher, I continued the makeup routine. It was so fun for me when my 6th grade girls would like my eyeliner or nail polish.
I consider it one of life’s ironies that, now that I could probably really use some the extensive makeup sessions of my youth, my enthusiasm for them has waned. I still wear blush and mascara most days, but foundation and lipstick are usually reserved for Sundays. Eye shadow and eyeliner make an appearance only rarely.
How about you? Did you enjoy makeup in your younger days? How about now? Sound off in the comments. I enjoy your stories!