Aug 252012

Wearing make-up really isn’t for me, and I recently had a reminder of why.

I have not worn much fancy paint since I was in my 20s and smeared on blue eye shadow and wore high, high heels (we are all idiots at 25, aren’t we?) Being the foxy babe that  I am, I never needed foundation.


Tired of age spots and circles under my eyes, I recently decided to wear foundation.


Buoyed with courage, my  card and my encouraging friends, I went to Macy’s. At the Clinique counter, an anorexic alien-like being in a white coat waited on me. She was visibly horrified by my pale skin. After looking down her snooty, powdered nose at me and trying powders, gels, serums, she finally found the appropriate liquid.


Cost: One Hundred and Forty Dollars.


That’s one answer to the question “What price beauty?”


I bought foundation, cover up, blush, and three brushes. The Martian at the counter was chagrined because I refused the skin care system that goes with everything Clinique. My Walgreen’s Oil of Olay is good enough for women on TV so its good enough for me.


I carted home my new Clinique as well as the numerous free samples  I don’t need in my new free Clinique kit. At home, I realize that I couldn’t’t see to apply this stuff in my bathroom. No way was near enough light, and the mirror was too far away to view pores, age spots, and wrinkles.


I bought a lighted make-up mirror. In my own “ladies room” I chose a location on the wall for the mirror that was ideal for my height. While I was on a business trip, my husband did installed the mirror in a perfect spot.


The morning after my return,  I spackled my face and the experience was great. Wow, I looked so much better. The age spots were gone. Eye circles diminished. Wrinkles just a memory. A big confidence booster.


That night I came home from work and went to my “ladies room” for my evening vigil. As I was seated, I realized that the placement of the new mirror was exactly where I can see myself upside down sitting on the, er, shall we say, can.


Isn’t it obvious this is a sign I should not wear make-up?

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