*** Warning: This Post is Novel Length ***
According to YouTube, you must have mountains of products and more skill than Da Vinci himself just to complete a ‘simple and everyday’ makeup look.
I do not claim to be good at makeup. I am a bookworm and I’ve always had a fear that too much makeup would make me look like a clown. However, I am now happy with what I do and wish to help you navigate the treacherous waters of the beauty world.
Concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick
brushes to apply eyeshadow and blush, fingers
a clean face
Chapter One // In Which The Black Bags Disappear
The average Bookworm can often read into the wee hours of the morning. How can she combat the dire side effects? It’s quite simple. Honesty is all very well, but black bags? The Bookworm can hide it. As she hid – and devoured – those books underneath her covers when the lights were out.
The Bookworm mustn’t feel the need to draw triangles, squares, or complex and bewildering mathematical formulas underneath her eyes. She should take a finger, put concealer on that finger and apply it. (The finger should preferably be her own). She should continue until the black bags are subdued.
Chapter Two // How The Thing Is Done With The Thing
The eyeliner should be gently applied to the waterline. The Bookworm uses her eyeballs to read, so caution should be taken. The eyeliner is not a sword, she is not a Viking, and her waterline is no monastery full of monks.
BACK UP PLAN: If the Bookworm does poke her eye out, she is reminded that audiobooks are popular nowadays.
A NOTE: The fabled ‘cat’ look, while it looks fabulous, requires plenty of practice. Without this, the liquid eyeliner will be wielded in an attempt to look like a magnificent cat, and the result will resemble a panda. A depressed panda.
Chapter Three // Her Eyes Were Shadowed. Literally
The author used to go for the blue or green look. She was under the impression that it complimented her eyes. Today, she goes for the more neutral colours. Four of them, in fact. She likes to live dangerously.
Dabbling is advised for the Bookworm. Fun ought to be had. One can always erase one’s mistakes. The author hides the fact that her hand-eye coordination hasn’t improved since her toddler years by using the lighter colours to erase the wandering effects of the darker bronze.
Chapter Four // Wafting Spider’s Legs
Apparently, the Bookworm shouldn’t keep one wand of mascara for too long. It’s considered unhealthy. Unfortunately, the author ignores this sage advice and keeps one old mascara, and one semi-old mascara. She thinks it makes a difference. What is health when one’s eyelashes flutter like beautiful feathers in a spring breeze?
Step one: apply the thickest wand first, and – here the Bookworm is given a bit of advice from Doctor Who himself – DON’T BLINK. The Bookworm’s bootiful makeup will be ruined and she will either have to:
a) do difficult and complex damage control
b) pretend she was going for the ‘random bit of black on eyelid’ look the whole time.
Step two: use the other wand next. This is logic. Pure and simple.
Step three: the Bookworm should stop before her eyelashes resemble spider’s legs. If they do, the Bookworm must pretend that she meant them to resemble spider’s legs. Spiders are part of nature and nature is beautiful. Her eyelashes are beautiful, beautiful spider’s legs.
Chapter Five // The Permanent, Yet Charming, Blush
Blushing, in novels, is often considered cute. Blushing, in real life, is an evil, awkward and embarrassing thing. As a human who can turn red enough to make a tomato jealous, the author hates blushing. However, she slaps blush on her face. To be contrary is to be human.
The Bookworm mustn’t apply over apply. The ‘oh, yes, I am not a pale hermit but am a charming person with a youthful glow’ effect is wanted. The Bookworm is not trying to convince everyone that yes, she has seen the sun recently and ‘look at this – my fabulous sunburn’.
Chapter Six // The Accidentally Painted Tea Cup
The Tea Drinking Bookworm’s relationship with lipstick is a disappointing one. It’s not it, it’s her. Drinking a lot of tea is generally a deterrent to lipstick longevity. At work, however, the Tea Drinking Bookworm should give herself leave to wear a little of it.
Lipstick should be applied carefully. If the lipstick is red, the Bookworm is given leave to pretend she is a femme fatel. A mirror, or a companion, should be used to check whether any lipstick has stained her teeth.
If the Bookworm wishes to branch out into foundation and highlighter and eyebrow colouring and who knows what else, she ought to do so. Experimentation can be marvelous fun.
The author will be over here, trying not to poke her eye out with a mascara wand, and being pleasantly surprised at how little she resembles a clown. A panda? Sometimes. A clown? Never.
7 thoughts on “the bookworm’s guide to makeup”
Haha such a fun post and so true! These experiences ring true, especially since I am just beginning to use makeup.
Thank you! Ohh … have fun with it and don’t feel overwhelmed. You don’t have to contort or (WAIT I THINK IT’S CONTOURING) use highlighter or bake your face or anything like that. It’s taken me what, three years just to occasionally use foundation. So, take your time and have fun with it : )
Yes I agree! Thank you! Yeah both my mom and I agree that I should go very naturally at least for the first while.:)
> pretend she was going for the ‘random bit of black on eyelid’ look the whole time.
so boho. so shabby chic. right?
>The Bookworm is not trying to convince everyone that yes, she has seen the sun recently and ‘look at this – my fabulous sunburn’.
unless she HAS seen the sun recently and actually DOES have a fabulous sunburn and now her friends who see the sun more than once a fortnight are laughing at her.
>The Tea Drinking Bookworm’s relationship with lipstick is a disappointing one.
*wails of sadness*
the tragedy is only outmatched by that of the French Horn Playing Bookworm (Who Also Loves Tea).
By the way, for any bookworms trying to navigate the mysteries of makeup, Bobbi Brown’s book BEAUTY is marvellous. Also, come on, it’s a book. We’re all comfortable around books, right?
Oh yes! Thinking about it, shabby chic is how I wake up when I haven’t removed my makeup. (Which is bad and shouldn’t be done but I do it all the time. OOPS)
This is painfully true. And I object to the term ‘fabulous sunburn’. It’s as impossible as an honest politician or a truthful liar.
I join in your wailing. Let us wail. WAIL! Today, I tried to convince myself that lipstick stains on a teacup were nice and chic. And my gosh! That is enormously tragic. My condolences.
Thanks for the rec.
(THIS IS TRUTH. WHERE THERE ARE BOOKS THERE IS COMFORT.)
Okay so I love this. Thank you for this bright spot in my morning. 🙂
Thank you 🙂 x