Beauty · Body Image

I Feel Pretty – Part 2

Read I Feel Pretty – Part 1 HERE

Enter Riley the Beauty Guru

My oldest daughter Riley has mad crazy style and make up skills. I have watched her grow from an awkward pre-teen to a stunning young woman. She loves all that is fashion and can apply make up quite nicely. Even at the height of my Goth Girl days, I could barely apply make up, but that didn’t stop me. I am limited in what I can do with make up. I tend to do mascara and dark lipstick and maybe a nice cat eye liner. The end. And that’s only when I am going out on the town.

Talking to my daughter has introduced me to a whole new way of learning to apply make up. There are a shit ton of “Beauty Gurus” out there in the YouTube land. They have make up tutorials to show you how to apply your make up. All right there, for the world to see. Most of the gurus Riley watches are still in high school, but I ventured out to find myself some adult gurus. I quickly changed my mind. Most of them were all about heavy make up application, something I far from ready to do. So, I let my daughter instruct me on her daily make up routine.

What’s in Your Tool Kit?

The first thing we did was gather up the make up and make up application tools (brushes, sponges, things).  Riley made sure I had the basics required for daily make up application.  I PASSED THE INSPECTION!  Something I was sure wouldn’t happen, but apparently I had the basics down (maybe I didn’t know what everything was, but I had it) and it was time to move on to the next step.  We went to Riley’s room too get her make up and watch the beauty guru tutorial, but when I saw my make up tool kit compared to Riley’s, I felt a little inferior.

All in one handy storage container.  I thought I was doing well.
All in one handy storage container. I thought I was doing well. (Ignore the fact that there are like 6 different Halloween themed cosmetics in there)
And then I saw Riley's make up.  This is the majority of her collection, but there is more.
And then I saw Riley’s make up. This is the majority of her collection, but there is more.

We first watched a guru tutorial on how to apply a day look using Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.  After watching for a minute Riley determined her way was better and she directed me herself.  This was a few weeks ago.  I am currently not remembering any of the steps except that I was doing things wrong.  And apparently you are supposed to use a brush to apply the liquid foundation.  Really?  And the eye concealer needed a brush too?  Whatever, fingers and  q-tips have worked for years!  Pssshhh…

What was cool though, was in the end, I looked pretty good.  I didn’t look like I had too much make up on and I didn’t look like I was bare faced.  I looked nice.  My husband even said he preferred this look to the look I do for myself when I go out.  :/

We didn't do hair.  This as purely a make up tutorial.
We didn’t do hair. This as purely a make up tutorial.
Eye close up.  Check out the slick eye liner.  I did that!
Eye close up. Check out the slick eye liner. I did that!
Me and my tutor.  In the end she told me I needed my hair down and to fix my part.  Next tutorial!
Me and my tutor. In the end she told me I needed my hair down and to fix my part. Next tutorial!

Lessons Learned

I found out that I kind of like putting on make up and doing it the right way. I realized how fun it was to giggle and be silly with my daughter while she showed me what to do.  It was a fun experience that has led me to look into some more guru videos so I can learn a little more.  I know what pigment is and how it affects eye shadows.  OK, so that last tidbit really doesn’t make sense to me still, but eventually, eventually it will.

I am looking forward to the next tutorial, which will lead to another I am sure.  I think we may even make some videos for the fun of it.  I don’t know, but I know I have a lot to learn!

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