Last year I met up with a guy friend. I hadn't seen him in a long time and so, of course, I wanted to look good. I was happy with my outfit. I was surprised with how happy I was with my hair. And of course, I spent some time applying my make-up.
Now, you should know I am not terribly good at the whole "getting made-up" thing. I rarely use foundation, I use powder. I can't say I am remotely close to being an expert at doing my eyes. It was never something I was all that interested in playing with. My sister Annemarie was quite the primper back in the day and so it was no surprise when she became a Mary Kay consultant. Despite her lessons, I am still rather lame at all of this. (As an FYI, her daughter also works at a salon and spa and is registered to begin "beauty school" in February.) I work with people who literally look beautiful all day long. More often than not, I could use a quick reminder to put on some lipstick.
Sooo, when my friend asked me why women "paint" themselves with make-up I was a little taken aback as well as a little hurt. I had taken my time to look good "for" him and he didn't get it. I called him on the comment and his answer was that of every father to their daughters as they enter the teen years, "You look beautiful no matter what."
::: sigh :::
This was, of course, an excellent answer. This is a guy who knew me in my teenage years when I was that skinny girl back in the picture HERE. He loved me then and he loves me now and it truly doesn't matter if I have make-up on or not. He wanted to have lunch and visit, what I looked like was secondary to him. For the record, he did not put on make-up.
In any event, I suppose that make-up makes me the grown up version of myself. The one who goes to work and helps put a little money in the family coffers. The unmade up me is the grown up version of myself who keeps my family in check by taking care of myself.
Today, I head back to the salon. Painted. But the truth is, my heart likes knowing my unmade up self is the one making a difference in this world. My unmade up self is the one my friends and family see the most, and hey, they love me with or without eyeliner.
Back to the here and now yeah