The “Momover” … About Face

May 25, 2010

A recent post on Aiming Low caused me to stop and thing about by beauty regimen.  Or lack thereof.

Don’t get me wrong- looking good is important to me (obviously- note my obsessions with exercise, online shopping, and my hair).  Despite all this effort, I seem to be neglecting one key element.  My face.  I mean, come on- it’s the first thing people look at, right?  So, no matter how awesome my sandals are, if my face looks like crap…

My girlfriends and I like to play the “What’s more important game.”  Someone will ask, “What’s more important: shoes, or jacket?  face, or hair?”  Face never wins.  If my hair looks terrible, it can ruin my morning (so I have a LOT of ruined mornings).

Don’t get me wrong- I used to give my face a lot more consideration and care.  I never really had any skin problems as a teen, but in my late twenties, I developed adult-onset acne.  I tried everything, from over the counter washes and scrubs, to Rx topicals, to washing my face with antibacterial dial (a DERMATOLOGIST actually recommended this- and he had a medical license?).  By the time I entered my 30s I was fed up and found a real dermatologist who gave me a course of Accutane followed by an effective skin care regimen (glycolic acid is my best friend).  It changed my face.

Since then, I haven’t really given my face much thought.  I have my share of sunspots mixed in amongst the freckles, but the acne is no loner an issue, and, fortunately, I haven’t developed too many wrinkles yet.

So, the other day, when Hayden and I read Olivia Forms a Band, and we came to the page where Olivia puts on lipstick (hilarious, by the way), Hayden didn’t get the humor.  Or even understand what she was doing.  He thought she had put paint on her face.  At 2 1/2 years old, he has NEVER SEEN ME PUT ON LIPSTICK.

The next day at Trader Joe’s we saw a woman who was really made up.  And Hayden said, loudly, “She has the paint on her face.”  Nice.

And then, reading the post at Aiming Low prompted some reflection.  Do I ever wear makeup?  Yes.  When Scott and I have a babysitter and go out together to a fancy restaurant (regular restaurants don’t make the make-up cut).  Or when we go to a cocktail party- I think we went to one in February of 2008.  So, my makeup routine is implemented, say, 3 or 4 times a year.

I know how to put on makeup.  I just hate the way it feels.  It makes my face feel dirty.  It makes my eyes feel heavy, and I can’t rub them.  I hate bright colors.  Lipstick grosses me out (lipstick on a glass, gross, or on a sandwich, I am gagging).  I probably have some makeup that is close to ten years old.

I am a little nervous, because I there might come a day when I no longer feel attractive without makeup.  And I’m not sure how to get past my issues with face paints and powders.  Remember, in the 80s, when people started getting permanent eyeliner and the like?  Do people still do that?

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4 Responses to The “Momover” … About Face

  1. Stefanie on May 25, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I am not a makeup wearer. I am a major product user though. Four lotions morning and night. That is my makeup. Keeps the face shiny and healthy looking.


  2. pattypunker on May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    every day for reasons one and two, but i voted for number one. i avoid any foundation or powders or lipsticks, i just like to make my eyes look alive. but my skin regimen is ridiculously high maintenance. lost of moisturizers! so jealous you don’t have any wrinkles!



    Yeah, I just have tons of freckles and sunspots, instead. I think the glycolic acid night cream helps ward away the wrinkles.


  3. Emmie Bee on June 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I kind of have a high maintenance skin regimen but only wear makeup maybe twice a month.


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