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Deep Meaning Often Lies In Childish Plays


I've been trying to break out of my usual make-up routine; investing in brightly colored eyeliners and shadows to get out of my typical winged look. I'll never really get tired of black eyeliner curving up at the edges like all of my favorite 60s stars, but it's also nice to experiment. A lot of girls did their makeup experiments in middle school or high school, trying out glitter lotions and lipsticks borrowed from their mothers. When I was little my mother would help my sister and I out with makeup for dance rehearsals, but recreative makeup for daily wear wasn't really allowed until I was a senior in high school. I was lucky to have fairly blemish free skin all through high school so my mother never thought I needed to wear makeup. To be honest, I mostly didn't care. But it did mean when I started wearing makeup I felt like everyone else had it "figured out." Girls weren't really having fun with their makeup choices anymore, they were expertly enhancing their cheekbones, highlighting their eyes, and plumping their lips. So, I felt blue eye shadow would look clownish in comparison and kept my face rather subdued, finding a personal style indulgence in winged eyeliner that works for an everyday look without being "too much," effectively skipping the period of glitter, weird colors, and general juvenile exuberance. Yet, sometimes it's still fun to be "too much" or even "childish" in comparison to your peers. To have teal hair and smear some vivid hue on your eyelid with your fingertip since you're not entirely certain how to use those fancy little brushes. Because in the end of the day, I might still be figuring out how to apply eyeshadow, but I know how to balance my checkbook and pay my taxes. So, lately I'm experimenting with the whole makeup thing about ten years behind schedule...

12 comments:

skye said...

Great commentary and GORGEOUS dress!

Pueblerina Rose said...

I love the part of "I know how to balance my checkbook and pay my taxes" hahahaha well said! But, well done with the color, it looks really good and makes you look a little bit different, changes are good.

Paulette said...

Makeup absolutely should be fun, and you are well within the range of being able to wear looks like this! I mean, look at Betsey Johnson. She has fun, and she's got quite a few decades on ya. You look fantastic! Your photos are always some of my favorites. The mood and lighting in them is always spot-on with your style.

Sonya Mann said...

Ugh, taxes. *shudder* I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I probably just wouldn't have done them if my mom hadn't prodded me and helped me. But I'm about seven years younger than you, so maybe that's excusable.

Your eyeshadow is delightful, as is that dress!

MsNotWeirdAtAll said...

What a lovely dress :) Cute but also special looking :) On the make up topic: Can't say that it does not look good, but you don't need it ;)

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Rachel said...

That dress! That is fantastic! And I think you should always have fun, whatever age, so keep playing with wild eyeshadow and I'll keep painting every nail a different color and we'll be better people for it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a comment heavy blog reader; Just a quiet lurker but can I just say I love your self cut hair, color, everything right here on you. I love it so much. xo

~K said...

All your pictures are lovely, but the 2nd is just extra lovely. I did the opposite, went from brightly coloured eyeshadow to the winged eyeliner look.

MarieBayArea said...

It's never too late to play with makeup.

Your outfit is dope. I'm adding this post to my faves.

Anonymous said...

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Nikki Williams said...

omg, this dress is amazinggg! love the knee highs

xxoo,
nikki

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Jennifer Stofer said...

I really enjoy this period of experimentation you are currently in. Granted, I really dig most everything you dapple in, but it is nice to see one jump a bit sideways from their comfort zone now and again. ;)