So, I’ve always thought of myself as pretty low-maintenance, both physically and emotionally. After all, Adventure Guy and I agreed long ago to limit our Valentine’s Day festivities to the exchange of cards–an agreement we both find quite satisfactory.
But this is not about my plans for Saturday night. In fact, it’s not about relationships at all. Unless, that is, you count my undying devotion to the mascara brush as a relationship.
Aftering reading Christina’s post about makeup use, I wonder if I’m really as unusual as the comments might lead me to believe. Am I really so alone in the fact that, ever since my mother grudgingly agreed to save me from the utter disgrace of attending my first day of middle school with an unadorned face, I’ve diligently applied some sort of cosmetics on a daily basis?
I love makeup. Since my great-aunt introduced me to the glories of Merle Norman and the cool trio eye shadow compact (can you say 80’s pastel pearlization?), I’ve been a connoisseur, eventually working my way past Merle Norman (where I also for some reason got my ears pierced) through the Lancome line and into Prescriptives, Mac, Nars, Aveda, and Bad Girl Lash mascara.
Not that I actually wear a whole lot of it. My daily routine takes about five minutes. Really. I can be out of the house half an hour after I roll out of bed, having completed my full look of tinted moisturizer, blush, powder, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. I save eyeshadow for special occasions these days, and dutifully avoid the cool trio altogether.
Which led me to place myself firmly in the above-mentioned low maintenance category. But now, I’m thinking maybe not so much outside Suburbia–land of women who attend the gym in full makeup (not me–I promise I do draw the line there).
So, am I outside the norm where you live? Do you wear makeup on a regular basis? Why or why not. Discuss amongst yourselves.