I don't think it is difficult to tell that I'm not really a make-up gal. I do concealer, powder, some sort of nude lip and call it a day. I steer clear of liners and mascaras because not only do I have a bad habit jabbing myself in the eyes with them, I also end up looking like a sad clown raccoon within an hour of application.
I have about a fistful of iterations of nude lip color, but any real lip color - you know, the kind that makes it look like I really spent $14 for a tube of something and did apply it - for some reason makes me feel like a little girl playing in her mom's makeup drawer.
I'm not sure if it is the latent tomboy in me or years of My So-Called Life-style teenage angst, but I've always been a little slow to embrace some of my "womanly rites." I seriously did not wear skirts or dresses on a regular basis until about two years ago. I always wore "sensible" shoes, even in heel form, up until a few months ago and see me now in my 4+ inch skinny heels? No teeter tottering over a metal grate to a concrete head injury yet! But let's knock on wood to be safe ... I still don't really know what to do with my hair, I don't like lacy underthings, I just started painting my nails regularly about two months ago, I don't like frilly, pastel-y, pearl-y, girlie things.
I think the lipstick has been the biggest deal for me so far, though. To me, lipsticks means serious makeup and real-life grown-up women wear lipstick, not kids like me. But I purchased my first tube of real lip color - i.e., not nude, not close to nude - and finally got the guts to wear it. I probably could have dabbed my toes into the lip color world without going full-bore red, but you can thank the J.Crew marketing gurus for making me kick myself for missing out on their limited edition Poppy King color. This color was close enough in my book, and here's to hoping that I don't end up smearing it across my top or face later in the day.
Are there womenly accoutrements that you still don't feel ready for? What things still make you feel like you're playing dress-up sometimes?
Top: J.Crew slouchy dolman
Skirt: J.Crew jardin
Necklace: Anthropologie gold finger (worn here - sim delicate here, fancier here)
Bracelet: F21 stretch stud (sim here, here)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim here, plain here, peep here)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff python mab mini (sim here, here, here)
Lips: L'Oreal colour riche in british red