When my buddy, Cindy Hattersley (Rough Luxe Lifestyle) asked me if I’d like to join her and some buddies and write about our favorite beauty products, I said, “Me?” I know what my strengths are and I wouldn’t put beauty on the list.
I’m totally confident when it comes to putting an outfit together, but when it comes to beauty products, I feel like I missed the DNA for it. But how could that be?
My mother was a makeup aficionado. She had the most beautiful skin. Everyone told her so. She took care of it, and she never left the house without makeup on.
I don’t remember ever watching her apply makeup, although I did see her put lipstick on with no mirror. She knew her lip line by heart and never strayed out of the lines.
Makeup wouldn’t be something my daughters would learn from me. My youngest, Caitlin, is masterful at it all on her own. As a hip hop dancer in her teens, she was dressing her face up to create the mood of the characters she was embodying in her dances. She’s like Mom…in many ways.
It was a shock to me the day Erin and I were in Nordstrom together and she said, “Mom, can you help me buy a lipstick?” She’s my eldest daughter. She was 32 at the time. I felt so honored to help her pick out her first lipstick shade.
I’m actually confident picking out makeup colors for clients. It’s not that different from helping them choose clothing colors that flatter them most.
But to be asked by my own daughter? My heart felt double the size.
And now hanging out at beauty counters is one of our fun, relaxing things to do together. It’s almost like our gin and tonic after working all day with a client. If we’ve been in stores, she’ll say. “Let’s just go check out the lipsticks.”
An hour and a half later we’ve tried foundations, blushes, skin care, brow pencils, you name it. While I would have been cranky facing the traffic heading back to my home in Sonoma, since shopping with her in a easy, breezy way, I’m now feeling light as a feather, singing my way to the car, swinging my bag of new goodies.
Recently we were at the Dior counter for something she wanted me to see. The two of us ended up buying our new favorite thing: Dior’s AirFlash.
You spray a bit on that fluffy brush and then brush it on your face. It’s a perfect foundation for both of us because we can keep it looking really light. That brush feels so sensual. I feel like I’m being really nice to my face.
It makes me think of Mother, actually. She’s probably looking down from heaven saying, “Good girl, Babe.”
In our last after-work visit to Sephora, we ended up with trying on and buying the same lipstick color. It’s Sedition 142 by Pat McGrath Labs. What I love about it is that it’s great with my red/coral eye frames.
I knew this one was a winner. My girl was there to help me. Mother-daughter time, relaxing, and enjoying the little things together-well, that’s living the good life, isn’t it?
I want to share these links with you so you can enjoy tips and favorites from my buddies in beauty.