Every now and again, I have a desire to beautify myself. Usually it starts when I see some cute little starlet in a magazine with fantastically made-up eyes and I think, “I can do that! And it’ll obviously make me look like that!” Or I have occasion to notice that my nose is ALWAYS red, no matter what time of day or what state of inebriation. Like yesterday, for example, when I went to get a pedicure. Now, admittedly, your make-up is not at its’ best at the end of the day, but I spent the hour looking in the mirror wondering why I even bothered to put make-up on, since it’s obviously all gone by mid-morning and WHY.IS.MY.NOSE.RED? If you don’t believe me, go look at a picture. It looks huge and red- just call me Rudolph! I don’t know why- I always use sunscreen and don’t spend a lot of time with my finger up there… sigh. I guess it’s just part of me.
So while I was getting a pedicure and lamenting my red nose and lack of make-up, I was also perusing a Spanish Cosmo, which means I was looking at the pictures. And, lo and behold, there was some cute little thing with gorgeous eyes. I felt almost ashamed for looking like a run-down teacher on the last day of school. Which I was.
But here’s the thing: I always feel a little ridiculous in a lot of make-up. Maybe because most teachers that I’ve worked with have worn little to no make-up. Occasionally, you’ll meet that one new, young teacher who slaps it on. Or you run into one of the old-school ladies who still smears the base on with a spackle. Usually, though, teachers don’t spend a lot of time “putting on their face.” I wear powder, blush, eye shadow (most days), eye liner and mascara every day. And, by the end of first period, it’s gone. So mostly I think, “What’s the point?” I’m not really girly enough to wear a lot of make-up. After yesterdays feelings of inadequacy, though, I slapped on a little extra powder and more eye liner than usual and, I won’t lie, I feel a little silly.
Maybe I just haven’t found my style yet. I’ve always said that if I were ever to be rich and famous, all I would want is for someone to dress me and do my hair daily. Now I’ll add ‘someone to do my make-up’ to that list. See, I don’t ask for much.
If you do like make-up, you should read my friend Dawn’s beauty blog. She’s probably ashamed to be my friend. She should be.