All Made Up

November 4, 2011

I’m so enamored with beauty sites like this that interview stylish women and spill all of their everyday beauty products. They’re gorgeous insider tips that leave me feeling like I’ve just been passed a secret note.

I make tedious lists of all the potions that will make my cheeks glow, shadows and liners that will make my eyes pop, and the just-right shade of lipstick that will make Ben Blair want to give me a kiss! Don’t you love learning how other women make themselves beautiful?

How did you learn to apply make-up? Who taught you? I love hearing stories like that, don’t you?

P.S. I’m currently making my way toward everything on this list!

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1 Ren Lady Of The Arts November 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Being from Toronto MAC was huge when I was in HS- it had just started up and my mom made me an appointment to get a how-to- Great intro although truth be told I don’t wear makeup much
Dr. J says he prefers me without it- Awww how sweet.


2 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:34 am

I’ve never made an appointment with a MAC counter, but I hear they are amazing. I should do it!


3 Lilly November 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

At 54 years of age, make-up is still on my “undecided list.” On one hand I definitely see the advantage that make-up offers – both to cover-up “issues” and to make faces look polished or enhance what is. On the other hand I don’t understand why anyone would paint their face to enhance what is beautiful to begin with. Do we put on masscara because the lashes we have do not measure up? Any what are we trying to measure ourselves against? why do we paint our lips? why don’t we just embrass what is. What message are we sending to our daughters (and this is almost 100% about daughters) if we tell them the must change their natural look to look better for others….after all unless we look in the mirror we are not seeing our painted selves.

Occassionally, I wear make-up but always have this conversation with myself.


4 Lola G. November 5, 2011 at 2:01 am

Lilly, I recently turned 57, and I have the same conversation! I believe that our culture sends very mixed messages to women of all ages regarding beauty.

A woman who is truly comfortable in her skin radiates the ultimate beauty, with or without makeup.


5 Diana November 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Yes, totally agree, I only wear a bit of makeup and sometimes none but think that there are so many girls out there that really believe that they can’t leave the house/home without make up. What does that say about our society??


6 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

I love those questions, Lilly! I think about them too.


7 Colleen November 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I love and wear Bobbi Brown make-up. The color tones are made for older complexions. The tinted balm is lovely. I highly recommend all her products. They are expensive, but last a long time.


8 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag November 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Oh NO. A whole site full of mostly European beauty and hair products? I sense hours of my life slipping away…:) I’ve seen that GOOP list before, all of those products sound SO fabulous!


9 Stephanie November 4, 2011 at 9:28 pm



10 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

I need to do a post on which ones I’ve tried and which ones I suddenly can’t live without. : )


11 rebekah November 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I never learned how to put on make up and I wish I knew. I don’t wear it and I don’t think that, if I had the knowledge, I would wear it everyday. But I do think it would be nice to know how to do it for a special occasion.


12 Catherine at Design Editor November 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I was all over those Goop recommendations too. Think I’ll be trying cream blush now. (Is that Gwyneth’s bathroom? Hello!)

My latest beauty find is foundation primer. Completely smooths out my 38 year old skin! Complete game changer. This is what I’ve been using:

As for learning, a friend of mine took her teenage daughter to a professional makeup artist for a one time lesson in basics. I thought it was such an inspired idea to set her up for the future.


13 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:36 am

Foundation primer? Sounds lovely.


14 Kathleen November 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Even though my mother was very into make up and beauty products, she never taught me or my sisters. We basically learned through magazine guided instructions, trial & error, and an occasional mall makeover. I still don’t feel like I know how to do it correctly and forget anything fancy!


15 Stephanie November 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Oh how I have always adored my makeup. I learned from my mother…who is the most beautiful woman in the world…with or without makeup. I have fond memories of sitting next to her in the bathroom while she “put on her face.” I view makeup differently than many. To me, it’s more like painting on a blank canvass. I can use it to create many different moods, looks, express opinions, etc. I used to literally spend HOURS playing my makeup…even as an adult! Not so much anymore…who has time w/ the kiddos! I still wear makeup…but it’s more to play up natural features (purple or brown eye shadow to enhance my blue eyes, etc.) But I do secretly miss my silver glittery eye liner!


16 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:40 am

I love that you consider your mother “the most beautiful woman in the world”. So wonderful!


17 Karmen November 4, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I love makeup but hardly wear it – when I do & think I’m looking pretty great, my husband will barely comment. HOWEVER – when I’ve just come in from running or working out, all sweaty & natural, THAT is when he says “you look so beautiful right now!”


18 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:41 am

Hah! I’ll bet that’s true for lots of husbands.


19 G November 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

Oh gosh. I’m 22, and I used to hate wearing make-up till about a couple of years ago. Now I’ve sort of figured out a make-up routine: foundation, blush, lipstick, and I’m off.


20 All Unwound November 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

I’m not skilled with a makeup brush. No fancy eye shadow for me. I do wear foundation though since it evens out my skin tone. And the kind I wear has sunscreen in it! Sunscreen that doesn’t run and end up in my eyes! Very important here.


21 Cassaundra November 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

i wasn’t allowed to watch 90210 so when i was at my friends house i would secretly memorize how Kelly Taylor’s eyeshadow and half bangs looked.


22 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:42 am

Oh my goodness. I think I need to google Kelly Taylor’s eyeshadow and half bangs.


23 Cecilia November 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I love makeup, which most people wouldn’t guess, even if they know me well. My mother taught me how to apply makeup when I was 11 or 12 and I will never forget her telling me that it always looks best when you look like you’re NOT wearing makeup. Since then, I spent my teenage years scouring Seventeen magazine for tips and tricks, my favorites being those that were skin tone and eye color specific. I rarely, if ever, leave the house without makeup but few know it. And thanks to my mom and all those magazine articles, I have confidence enough NOT to seek professionals for prom or my wedding or other special occasions.


24 LoveFeast Table November 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Fabulous!! Love the tips for chapped lips…in our blizzard-y tundra in Minnesota – a couple of those Goop products were great to find!! Love it!! So fun to find your blog! (My husband had lunch with someone who’s sister once worked for/with you and so I looked you up!! – love it!) ~Chris Ann


25 Huda November 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Despite growing up in a female-majority house, nobody was too fond of makeup. My mum would wear lipstick, but that was all. I learned about makeup by taking a walk around the mall. I started experimenting on everyone I could and got better at it.


26 Graylin Porter November 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

When I was really little, as a very special treat my mom would let me get out all her makeup and “give her a makeover.” Bless her heart, she let me commit murder on her face! Thick blue eyeshadow applied all the way up to the eyebrow? Not a very good look…

Like the others, my mother always told me that if you’re wearing it right, it should look like you’re not wearing any!

I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis…whenever I go to buy new things, I get overwhelmed…Lilly (the second commenter), I can definitely identify with your “undecided” viewpoints! I think that conversation is important and should be had.



27 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:39 am

What a cute mom you must have!


28 Maria November 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I broke down and paid an aethestician to show me how to apply make-up so it looks natural and can be applied in under 5 minutes. I found it very helpful. And some make-up counters like MAC will show you for free how to apply make-up, too.


29 Rachel Blaufeld November 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love love love makeup….I taught myself to put it on and picked up tricks along the way from the counters at my favorite brands. I adore Bobbi Brown. The stylists from Bobbi did my wedding 13 years ago and I have been loyal ever since.

There are a few stila products that I cannot do without – though.

The flip side to all of this is – my favorite day of the week is Sunday – sweats and no makeup! Rachel


30 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:38 am

It’s always nice to have a grooming break. Even if it’s just one day.


31 Brooke November 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

When I was 14 years old, my Mom had a family friend (who sold Avon) come to the house and giving me some make-up how-to’s.

I go through phases of wearing make-up and not, but I generally appreciate the way I present myself more when I am wearing it. Maybe I should make that a goal for the next year. A little bit goes a long way. :)


32 Deepa November 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Some of my earliest memories (from age 3 or 4) were watching my mom put on makeup. Before she left for work in the mornings, I would insist on getting a kiss on the lips so I could have some of her lipstick. I kind of forgot about makeup till I was about 12, when I would sneak to her dresser for a bit of lipstick and powder. The powder was Beautiful by Estee Lauder, with pretty sparkles… and was for the body, but I used it for my face. MAKEUP FAIL! It was also around that age when I watched her put on her face and she decided to explain what she was doing while I watched.
In college, I joined a choir that toured Europe giving concerts. I had to put on makeup for performances practically every day, sometimes twice a day, for months. That was when I learned how to tweak my mom’s makeup basics into a style that suited myself and my features better.


33 Design Mom November 7, 2011 at 3:37 am

What sweet memories! I love the thought of you applying sparkles to your face as a tween. : )


34 Lamchops November 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

NO-one taught me how to do almost anything. I just watched my older-wiser sisters & tried it myself. JK. My mom let me wear make-up on Saturdays only when I turned 11. Then when I turned 12 she bought me my own few peices. I really was not good at it. The colors were all wrong for me. Too much pink & navy I think. When I graduated high school I went to work for a Photographer & was soon thrown into the position of having to learn how to apply make-up on patrons. For Glamour portraits no less, Scary. I was taught the basics by the previous employee & then ran with it. Now nearly 18 years later I still love putting it on others more than myself (I still do not wear base). I really enjoy it & it is fun.


35 Nila November 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

You know, I don’t recall! I remember sneaking makeup on in middle school- I wasn’t allowed to wear it until high school. I really just experimented and figured it out myself. Sure I went through the crazy eyeshadow phase, but I toned it down as I got older.


36 elz November 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

I’m pretty much self taught, benefitting MUCH from various performance teams/dance groups and my sorority sisters. I teach my girls little beauty secrets every now and then. (They have their own play make-up but are only allowed to wear it in the house!) Our latest was learning how to paint nails. I have to say, my 7year old is REALLY good!


37 Melanie November 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

I learned about applying makeup through trial and error, and Mary Kay parties in middle school. I remember the first time I wore makeup in public. I was in 6th grade. A friend had given me a compact of rosy blush with a spongy puff applicator. It was probably old. I was at school and excused myself to go to the restroom. I returned with the cheeks of a clown. I can’t remember if my teacher suggested I wash my face or my mom made me do it when I got home.


38 Amanda P. Westmont November 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’ve always loved makeup and was 100% self-taught, but over the summer I went to beauty school and became a professional esthetician. Most of my work is as a Brazilian Waxer, but I recently got to do my first bridal makeup job and I absolutely LOVED it.

My mother rarely wears makeup, but since she’s a natural redhead, it makes a HUGE difference in her face. I think I come by my natural love of waxing/shaping eyebrows from watching her go from not having any at all (they’re white-blond) to drawing them in with a pencil. It completely transforms her face. I have platinum hair these days and that means I’ve had to up my makeup regiment in a big way: darker brows, darker lips, darker eye shadows. I do something different every day and it’s always fun.

I think the reason some women hesitate to wear makeup is that it says: I’M TRYING TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL. It’s a risk.


39 Design Mom November 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

“I think the reason some women hesitate to wear makeup is that it says: I’M TRYING TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL. It’s a risk.”

Oh my. That totally hit me. I think I feel another blog post about this topic coming on… : )


40 Connie November 7, 2011 at 11:35 am

I like makeup. It makes me feel like I’m doing something just for me as I take those few minutes in the morning to swirl a little blush on my face, or pair a couple eyeshadow tones on my lids.
That being said, my mom taught me how to do my makeup the summer before high school-she invited a friend of hers who sold Mary Kay to host a party (which is the kind of thing she never does), and I got to be a part of it. I remember how special it felt-so grown up. I remember she got me a really soft pink and mocha brown color palette, and a bottle of Love’s Baby Soft perfume and I felt so feminine. (And at 14, what girl ever gets to feel like femininity is fun?! Most of learning about femininity at that age is so foreign and unpleasant! Ha!).
My mom told me that makeup was like jewelry. It makes you feel special, and sometimes you choose to wear it, sometimes you don’t, and whether you have it on or not doesn’t make you any more or less beautiful.


41 kaela d. November 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

My routine is moisturizer, blush, thin eyeliner, curled eyelashes, and blinc mascara. that’s it. I don’t think I wear full on make up because a) my mom always told me i didn’t need it and i believe her 2) i love my freckles and foundation would cover them up 3) i dont think i could handle something caked on my skin………nope, no siree :) But I do like doing fun makeup for halloween and stuff! When I need help with that i turn to youtube!


42 Design Mom November 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hooray for Youtube!


43 chinkara November 8, 2011 at 11:32 am


thanks for this post! i have been reading for years now. this is the first time I have commented. feels great!

I made some great video art on this subject for the international museum of women. It’s called reflex:reflect and let’s the viewer see and decide on make up application and removal – the time it takes, the product it takes, is it worth it? does it look painful? is it beautiful? is our face just a mask? anyway, it’s worth a look:

I love to play with makeup. I was a model for 20 years, and I am a firm believer in a good moisturizer (I use arbonne), good foundation, and great brushes for application – the rest – drugstore. For real! Try it! Sometimes I’ll go to Sephora to pick up a little sumpin sumpin – they have great trial sizes, perfect for travel. And sometimes, I’ll go into MAC for some eyeliner (because some have a wax base, which is good for staying on longer). But, mostly it’s drugstore.

Also, my mother (also a former model, and has amazing skin) taught me to just take off makeup gently with cold cream. nothing fancy. and always wash your face. you really don’t need much else.

it turned my routine into much of the same as the other commenters, but for fun, I always turn to Lauren Luke (who gives make up lessons on you tube) to try something unique.

Now I have a 5 minute make up routine, and a 30 minute makeup routine. However, at the end of the day, both my husband and I like a fresh, clean, no makeup face. The best!

Small tip: you can put eye cream on your upper lip to help keep away wrinkles as you age… love that!

Take care.


44 Design Mom November 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

So glad you commented! Your project sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to check it out. The whole topic is endlessly interesting to me.


45 chinkara November 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thank you!


46 Catherine VanBuskirk November 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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By the way~~~I LOVE to wear makeup, but I don’t have to, I want to! And when I do, my skin can breathe and my lips are treated with goodness even after I take off my lipstick. Yes, my husband of 25 years loves my Arbonne kissy lips. You should try it too :) If you want some great Swiss products while you are there living in France message me your address and I will sample you a 5 day foilpack of the facial line, RE9Advanced.
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47 Ashley Rae November 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I just turned 25 yesterday, and I LOVE make up! My mom taught me how to put on concealer under my eyes when I was 15 (they have always been dark) and my best friends actually taught me in high school how to do eyeshadow and eyeliner… they used to do it for me because i had no idea what I was doing. I finally figured it out when i was 18 when they told me it was like painting!

Most of the time I atleast put concealer under my eyes before i head out into the public eye, so I dont have to hear “oh you look so tired”… lol. If i’m staying home- I never have make up on. I’ve toned down my make up in the last 5 years… I used to wear alot of wild colors, pinks, blues, greens, RED… i still wear them, but not as often. it’s kind of my way to dress up a plain outfit.

I work in the architecture field where sometimes i’m the only woman in meeting full of men… So wearing simple clothing choices are sometimes the best option to not “be a distraction” as my former boss told me.

I just recently got into lipstick… which I find really fun. Plain black eyeliner and nothing else on the eyes and some bright red lips! :) it’s daring, but sometimes i think its a necessity.


48 Jen Lewis November 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I’m one of those girls who won’t leave the house without makeup. I think makeup is a gift! You don’t have to wear a lot, but a little will go a long way. My makeup routine takes about 5 minutes, but if I’m in a super hurry, just mascara and a little bit of gloss will do :) I prefer to look like I didn’t just roll out of bed though (which is no makeup in my opinion).


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