It’s been a crazy, busy few weeks. Lots has happened — Girl Scout cookie booth season came and went, our elderly dog Snuggles died, my husband turned the big 4-0, a little illness shot through the house and a lot of volunteer commitments coming all at the same time.
We’re still in a busy period, but I am almost coming up for some air. And I wanted to treat myself.
I’m always late to catch onto trends. But every spring, I try to revaluate myself a little to make sure I don’t end up one of those people who finds a look and sticks with it forever without realizing time has moved on without them. (Jock-grip bangs, anyone? I know they’re still out there.)
Somehow I settled on booking a haircut and a Sephora makeover.
OK, this was a little out of my comfort zone. But change is growth, right? And I am turning 40 myself this year. (Yup, I said that out loud.)
This is me, fresh faced before my appointment. Not a lick of anything on, except for face wash, a skin treatment and moisturizer.
I got to the Sephora at South Park, and they immediately took me to a seat at a long, mirrored counter. The makeup artist they paired me up with had thick, black glasses just like me. Hallelujah! (I needed someone who’d get my vibe.)
First off, I told her that I usually wear way too much eyeshadow and eyeliner because I’m afraid no one can see my eyes if I don’t. I realize this, yet I still do it. Because habit, of course. I also told her I was really open to trying new things, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and not look like a crazy old lady in the process.
She got one of their Color IQ wands and took pictures of my forehead, cheek and neck to get an accurate reading of what shade of whiter than white my skin is. Turns out, I’m a 1Y04 — which means I’ve got a yellow undertone. So do most other people, so I learned. Huh.
Their fancy iPad screen then brought up all the products in that color that might be good for me to consider, and my makeover artist ran off to grab a few recommendations.
She also selected a few skin items to start things off with, taking note that I’m a sensitive sally and break out into red itchy patches super easily. This also led her to tell me that the more expensive foundations often have more treatment products in them and fewer irritants. Makes sense, of course, but I’d never thought more about it than “Ack! That’s expensive!” before.
Now, using this many things before even putting makeup on my face is a foreign concept to me. I’m a “5-10 minutes and go” lady, not a “let’s mess around for an hour getting my face perfect” lady. But mmmkay. Let’s give this a whirl one time.
This little sucker was also scary to me.
Did you know that most people have round eyes, and so most eyelash curlers are for round eyes? But not for me, apparently. I have almond eyes, so I found out. So my cohorts and I need a different shape of scary eyelash curler to pinch our lashes into. Also, if you pump the pincher a few times, it makes the crimp less harsh. Who knew? (Fancy people, I’m sure.)
Then, all the really extravagant stuff came out. More makeup than I’ve ever had on at one time before, including my wedding day. Eyebrow wax, eyebrow powder, eyebrow gel. Concealer, foundation, bronzer, blush, setting powder, hydrating spray. Eyeshadow primer, four different eyeshadows, mascara. Lip scrub, gold-flaked lip balm, lipstick. I’m sure I’m missing something in there. But you get the point.
I added it up after I got home, and more than $600 in products and tools went into this particular look. Whoa.
Now, the makeover at Sephora is “free,” as long as you buy $50 worth of products. So I knew I’d be taking a few things home. I went for the concealer, foundation and eyeshadow since those were the biggies.
If I had a bigger wallet, I’d have gone ahead and bought the scary eyelash curler, the eyebrow powder and probably the lipstick. Maybe another time.
Were all those hundreds of extra dollars in products worth considering, too? I just don’t know. Here’s what it looked like 8 hours later, and 3 of those hours were spent at a McDonald’s spirit night for school. So that should tell you a lot about wear and tear.
All that face makeup didn’t look a bit different. Although there was a lot to come back off before bedtime, for sure.
One more thing. Here’s what it looked like when I tried to recreate it with the few things I bought and what I had at home.
Not too shabby, my friends. Still too much eyeliner, maybe. I can also guarantee that most of that will have melted into/off my face after 8 hours or more. So what, though?