I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I for one had a wonderful day of slaving over a hot stove and sharing it with loved ones…and I loved every minute of it. With my often hectic schedule I don’t have the opportunity to make eloborate meals which surprisingly I miss dearly. There is something about cooking that is therapeutic for me… I am not sure if it’s the chopping or the stirring or the ta-da factor of a meal that comes out perfectly… whatever it is, I heart it.
So in the midst of rushing out the door at the crack of dawn to Mom’s house and checking off my list of packed groceries, extra culinary tools, additonal spices etc it seems that I forgot a few personals in the process. Once the turkey was amply stuffed and into the oven I began to unpack my overnighter only to discover that my woobie, security blanket of a makeup bag and jewelry roll of earrings, cuffs etc were no where to be found.
Hmmm so here I am makeup artist and fashion editor preparing a feast of plenty for a guest list of nine with no makeup, no jewelry, no hairbrush and no time to run to the store. I sat there in the bathroom silently screaming to myself…. not that I am afraid to face the world sans makeup, but after a particularly stressfull two weeks with barely any sleep I simply needed something to make myself feel like the hostess with the mostess and somehow dark cirlces and the last traces of stress blemishes just wasn’t going to do. I poured through the little lipstick bag that I keep in my purse and then then bermuda triangle that is the bottom of my handbag. Yes, I know a makeup artist that only carries around lipstick and practically nothing else is ridiculous.
So I find one Becca lip and cheek cream in Amaryllis, one Kevyn Aucoin gloss in Vesuvian, one mini black eyeliner pencil from The Balms Pick Up trio
A trace of Shimmering skin perfector from Becca in Opal
And one sample of Allison Rafael True Concealr in #3. I rummaged through my Mother’s makeup drawer hoping to find something- anything that would work for anyone under the age of 77. My Mother comes from the era of never leave the house without your red lipstick, so I wasn’t sure if I would find anything other than that in her drawer. Foundation three shades to light, eyeshadow in easter egg pastels, gray eyebrow pencil and.. ahhh haaa a broken charcoal eye shadow from Sonia Kashuk left behind from my nieces last visit!
And hurray at the bottom of my bag my little pocket Trish McAvoy brush set…unfortunately it was just the brush part not the mini organizer!
After smoothing on the shimmer I mixed a tad of concealer with moisturizer and blended in all of those places that need a little coverage I dabbed the Becca Amaryllis onto the apples of my cheeks and mixed it with the gloss to create a sheer glossy lipstick. After smoothing concealer on my lids and letting it set just a bit I took a dab of dry skin balm and mixed it with a dab of charcoal shadow to create a sheer creamy wash of color over the lids..sort of a sheer smokey eye look, then I lined as usual, next since I was without mascara I used a damp shadow brush with the charcoal shadow and painted my lashes the old fashioned way like a cake mascara. My husband couldn’t tell the difference and I was almost as good as new…bring on the cameras!