what make up can do, or, thoughts on my MAC tutorial and some WTF photos
For the most part of my life, I was that skinny little poor flat-chested thing buried on the pages of novels well into my early 20s. Until one day, like in the movie Persepolis, the body decided to pop some boobs and swell the hips to 35 inches. The face remained boyish with thick eyebrows and upper lip hair, zits every ‘bloody’ month and pointed chin. Oh, and the face can be a future oil reserve.
I’m not sure if I was/am that ugly because Raymond, a close friend of mine, once gave me an eyeshadow as a (21st? 22nd?) birthday gift, telling me that maybe I should start wearing make up. My younger sister, that ever loving person, would not give my pores a break, commenting with dramatic shock on her face how huge they are. These are fine, of course, but if I can remember correctly, there’s one time in the University when I was passing by a hub of an organization notorious for bullying; one of them said ‘yuck’ loudly after looking at me and everybody laughed. That was my first year of teaching and my soft heart was crushed. I could only think, Wow, did that just happen? Can’t they be more discreet? Ouch ha.
Oh well, I have forgiven him/them/whoever they are and I wish them a good life
like I have now. Pero tongena nila haha. Seriously speaking, I feel sorry for their faces, too I understand bullying is a psychological problem.
But, I was guilty somehow because I really didn’t have time to groom myself well. I’d rather glue my eyes on books and handouts. Vanity wasn’t simply my pastime. I don’t remember now, when exactly I started to have a liking for girly stuff years ago, but only recently did I blog about them.
The last kikay/vain craze I did was the MAC make up tutorial for a minimum of SGD150 (USD 180 or Php5000) make up purchase in some mall in Singapore. My sister is the one interested in the make up session, so she went with me and watched the MAC staff paint my face.
The staff asked first which makeup I want to learn, morning or evening? I said drag. She laughed. I wasn’t even kidding. Anyway I ended up with an evening makeup.
She put an assortment of brushes in front of me. They’re like painting brushes for different strokes. That blurred bottle in the picture is the mist spray to prepare the canvas that is my face. Then she massaged the moisturizer on my face for a couple of minutes. It was so relaxing I didn’t want her to stop. Then she left, for the moisturizer to set.
She came back to apply the make up primer and foundation using a brush. She said I can use my fingers or sponge as an alternative. One set of brush is a hundred Sing dollars.
Then she applied a separate eye primer. Then concealer. Then a layer of dark eye shadow which she blended for a smokey look. Then liquid eye liner. She would do the right side of my face and give me the brushes for me to do the other side. I was afraid to mess up with my right side and look like two face. But it went fine. She was surprised that I can draw a quick straight line using the liquid liner since it’s difficult to apply, she said. I call it obedience–she said “now, draw a line just above your eye lashes.”
However, it looks like eye shadow is not for me. As soon as I open my eyes, voila! It disappears!
Then we applied the mascara. Then blush (my weakness) on my smiling cheekbone. Then lip primer, lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss. I fell in love with the brown lipstick. It wasn’t all brown when applied to my lips so that set made it to my purchase list:
Boldly Bare Lip Pencil
I Love Winter creme sheen lipstick
Deelight lip gloss.
To complete the look, she brushed on about three powders on my face, two are loose mineral powders and one is something glittery for a celebrity effect. And I almost forgot, she brushed my eyebrows and applied a gel on it using something like a mascara brush.