Make up is so fun. It's such a symbolic moment in a girl's life when you are actually allowed to wear make up outside the house. Not for dress up or Halloween but really walking out the door with make up on and knowing (or hoping) that you will be taken seriously in the outside world with the make up you applied all by yourself shining on all who behold your awkward preteen deliriously happy little countenance. Even if all you were allowed was mascara and lip gloss it felt utterly glamorous.
Some people feel that make up is a kind of mask you wear almost like war-paint to make you feel more powerful in the outside world. I think there is some truth to that. I think I am braver when I have on "heavy" make up. I know I am less camera shy the more make up I am wearing. Sometimes the make up matches my mood and sometimes it creates it. Either way, I am an artist creating and the result is my work of art.
I also used to love bright lipstick. But I have given that up for the most part. Every so often I will hurl caution to the wind and wear a matte red but that would be an indication of a very strong mood. Mostly I wear softer colors and glossy at that.
Blush has also become more critical as the years move on. It really has to be just right. Because I am blonde, blue eyes, a few freckles, a pink translucent blush looks great. Without it I think I look anemic.
Foundation :) What would any of us do without foundation. In high school I used it to dot on the pimples dimming the blaring red spots. I only applied it to the spots. Now I cover my whole face so that it has an even tone. Even very sheer 'see thru' foundation evens out the over all color. I don't have to completely cover the freckles and what not, just trying to keep it all on the same chromatic level. Foundation is really necessary.
There are "make up artists" for a reason. It is an art. It is very helpful to allow those professionals to show you a thing or two whenever the chance comes along. It's also a blessing that some of these generous souls have actually posted tutorial videos on You Tube. Thank you!! Make up is very fun but can of course be frustrating and I find make up blogs etc so very helpful. One more reason to consider myself prettylucky :)