|Even when I was younger I liked to keep the eye makeup on the subtle side.|
I know that there's a bit of controversy as to whether women who reach a certain age should or shouldn't be wearing eye makeup. But really, with my thinning and sparse eyebrows and eyelashes, CFIDS/ME and fibromyalgia have made me go solidly into the must-definitely-wear-eye-makeup camp. And really, eyebrows and eyelashes DO get washed out with age, even if you don't have the DD. I think it's all about the degree of how much you wear.
Well, of course, there's always the amount of eye makeup that's worn that makes the difference! I mean, I really try not to look like a drag queen on a really bad night - not that there's anything wrong with being a drag queen. It's just that with my identity crisis (I didn't have one in college when everyone else seemed to have theirs, so I'm due one about now) "drag queen" is not one of the identities I'm trying to decide upon. But whatever it is, good eye makeup will definitely be a part of the identity. After all, one of my mottoes in life is "Not the face! Not the face!" as I've often written. That IS prime real estate!
Right. So, in that spirit, I thought I'd pass on a few products names that have proven to be successful over the years. After all, we all pretty much need to deal with dry eyes and what do dry eyes lead to? All together now: RED EYES! Very good! These products have really helped me keep red eyes to a minimum and that's why they're listed. So, here we go!
- Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer:
I have no idea what possessed me to buy this primer when I bought it. I think primers hadn't even been invented yet! (Why do I always insist on dating myself?) At the very least they weren't huge-selling items yet, the way they are now. Maybe I was just so thrilled to be in an actual, real live store that I couldn't leave without buying SOMETHING to honor the occasion! Anyhoo, I've been using this one for absolute ages. I've tried many other eye primers - in fact, I seem to have an impressive collection of various primers - but this is the one I keep coming back to. It's just that good.
- Bobbi Brown Chocolate Eye Palette:
I bought this when it first came out, years ago and it's become a classic for me. Oh sure, every time a new neutral pallet comes out I inevitably find myself trying to talk myself out of buying the latest thing. After all, how much makeup does a woman who almost never goes out at all actually need, I often wonder? Ah! It must be the Girl Scout in me! "Be prepared." Yes, that must be it! And all 13 years of Russian (think "survival") camp helped too: "Будд готов!" (Yes, those funny letters mean "Be prepared!" also!) Well, I think I'm ready all right, with enough product for great-great-granddaughters to inherit old decrepit makeup in the year 2112! But really, Bobbi Brown's palette is what I even use on those barely-there brows of mine in a pinch - there's certainly enough of a selection in color to have a choice depending on the shade of my hair. Yep. "Будд готов" indeed!
- Trish McEvoy with the straight across eyeliner brush, shadow transformer and eye shadow squares:
This may be my favorite liner if I were forced to choose; however, I may have to do a separate post on eyeliners alone. I absolutely love a discreet eyeliner and there are a few that I alternate between as being my favorites, but somehow, I always seem to come back to Trish. I dip the brush into a tiny drop of Trish McEvoy’s shadow transformer, which I've already put a drop onto a shadow in a palette or on the individual shadows. You then have an almost endless supply of wonderful shades and staying power. If I had to give an answer to that silly "what would you take with you on a desert island" question, you can bet your sweet bippie that I doubt any makeup would make it. Instead I'd want an endless supply of fresh cold water and then I'd want a book ON makeup!
Mascara: that's a Pandora's Box for another time! So that’s it for today!
As always, I hope everyone's feeling their best, only better. Ciao and paka!