This has been one of those days. Yes, one of THOSE days. It’s the kind that my momma never told me about, mainly because she didn’t know about this kind of day. It’s one of those “No Makeup” days, the kind when I’m running short on time and I figure the most important thing is to get to work, even if I don’t have my makeup on. And I did.
I’ve had these kind of days before, so I came up with a plan to rescue myself from the horror of being seen with a naked face; the Emergency Makeup Bag. This bag holds an entire face in it. Everything I need to cover up and pretty up my face, and yet it’s still pretty basic. It contains foundation, face primer, eye primer, eyebrow powder, eyebrow brush, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, and a sample packet of facial moisturizer. I don’t leave home without it.
In addition to my emergency bag, I have some items in my desk drawer; just in case. I have a tiny pouch in my bag with a lipstick and tweezers in it. And this doesn’t include all the makeup I have at home for when I’m not in a hurry and can put it on before leaving the house. Sometimes, the makeup application takes place in the car while it’s warming up. I’m flexible like that.
I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup before I was 18. By that time, I didn’t know what to buy or how to put it on. I went to a Merle Norman shop and had a gentleman give me a makeover. The only thing I loved was the lipstick. I would look at the makeup in drugstores and department stores and just window shop. It was like pretty candy I was afraid to touch because it wouldn’t be good for me. Makeup baffled me.
I was probably in my early 20’s when my mother-in-law gave me a Christmas gift of an Estee Lauder makeup set. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! All those colors of eyeshadow were like an artist’s paint palette. I just knew they would make me beautiful! As soon as the stores opened after Christmas, I was at that Estee Lauder counter getting coached on how to put on my foundation and apply eyeshadow. Of course, the makeup was guaranteed to apply better if I purchased all the skin products, too. I spent most of a pay check at that makeup counter, but I couldn’t have turned it down even if I had wanted to. I was hooked. I’ve never been without makeup since. It doesn’t all come from Estee Lauder, though. My mascara comes from the drugstore by using coupons and sales. Revlon makes a great lipstick. The special Christmas kit Estee Lauder puts out lasts me all year with blush and eyeshadow and is a very good value. I will buy my foundation when they offer a free gift with purchase. I do try to makeup shop responsibly.
Some people carry around emergency telephone lists, emergency first aid kits, or emergency chocolate. I don’t even own a Bandaid. But if you ever need a blush or mascara fix, I’ve got you covered.