I my have mentioned once or twice that my eyebrows are a bit feeble, and that I don’t know what to do with them. I was a bit overzealous with plucking them at one stage, so for the past few months I have been letting them grow and do their own thing. But even though they are fairly feeble, I need to do something to keep them tidy.
Friends have recommended eyebrow products and treatments, and they have also told me to go and see a makeup artist/consultant. I have had a fear of going to see a makeup consultant because I have seen what they have sometimes done to themselves and my friends. and it frightens me. I don’t want to look like a clown, or a pantomime dame. Hmm.
Anyway, on a spur of the moment impulse, I went into a department store recently. I had an hour or so free and thought to myself, “just go in and see if there is anyone who looks normal”. Well, I had a glance around and I saw lots of scary eyebrows and heavy eyeliner everywhere I looked.
There were so many weird looking makeup consultants there. One looked like Cleopatra. There was one whose expression looked as if she had received a huge surprise – her eyebrows were so high and arched. There was a consultant with a very particular shade of hair, unlike any colour I have seen hair before, and matching lipstick and very scary eyebrows. There was a tall slim woman with great slashes of eye-liner almost reaching her ears. The rest looked like the women in that Robert Palmer song…I was frightened! I almost walked out!
But then I saw her! There was a makeup advisor who looked…well, she looked “normal”. She had the natural look. She was wearing makeup, bronzer, some eye-shadow and mascara and lip-gloss. But it looked so good and not at all intimidating. She looked healthy and appealing. So I made a beeline for her.
I explained my predicament. Incidentally, she never wears eyeliner, which was of great comfort to me. She listened and laughed, and she sat me down and gave me a training lesson on how to look after my eyebrows, followed by a full make-over. I really liked what she did. She gave me a natural look. The products she used were great, they lasted all day. But I made it clear from the start, I was only interested in one. (Friends give me make-up all the time and it sits in a drawer neglected.) I wanted the Hourglass Arch Eyebrow Micro Sculpture Pencil in Platinum Blonde.
That is the first time I have spent any money of my own in three years on makeup! Around nine months ago, I used a SpakeNK gift card someone gave me last Christmas to buy a tinted moisturizer which I am still using. The consultant was right, a little goes a long way! Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss.
And that my dears…is pretty much all I am bothering with most of the time. A bit of sparkly eye-shadow and some mascara for nights out along with a smear of lip-gloss, or occasionally red lipstick. Mostly, the au naturale look.
Well…Jack likes it!
I do love this video. Here’s to looking real, and not like a pantomime character. With just a little bit of help from a product or two…I am going to be myself!